Western Living April 2013

Designer Amanda Hamilton already knew this Calgary home well when she met with the clients to plan a renovation: the previous owners were her clients, too. While the traditional maple cabinetry and buttery yellow walls were warm and welcoming for the past residents, they didn’t fit with the new clients’ aesthetic.

“They wanted something a bit more modern, but this was the perfect neighbourhood,” explains Hamilton. Though many couples retreat to the suburbs  as their family grows, this one did the reverse, ditching their Discovery Ridge suburb to seek a home closer to the heart of inner-city Calgary as they awaited the birth of their third child. They fell for the close-to-the-action location of this two-storey Riverdale Avenue house and snapped it up, despite its traditional design. “It had beautiful attention to detail—French-style crown moulding and elaborate baseboards. It just wasn’t their taste.”

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