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Danielle's Colorful, Creative 1960's House in Ontario

Today I'm delighted to share Danielle's rental home. Danielle is creative living with her husband and three adorable sons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her house was built in the 1960's and Danielle has really played up its clean lines with vibrant colors, fresh decor, and personality – all on a budget! 

"I have always rented and decorated in whatever way possible. I like when a space is a reflection of the person (or people) living there." - Danielle

I adore the color of gray on Danielle's walls throughout the living room and foyer.

Gauzy white curtains allow the sunshine in and make the space feel bright and airy. Traditional mingles with mid-century modern here in her dining room and throughout her home. A cubby-style bookshelf serves as a buffet – with wicker baskets keeps everyday clutter at bay.

Here's a close-up of the cute little vignette on the dining room buffet.

I love Danielle's kitchen – especially that fresh yellow-green on the walls that really makes all the white pop. I also like the colorful rug that runs the length of her cabinets. 

You really don't have to have a huge kitchen to have a functional, beautiful kitchen. :)

I adore this view from the kitchen looking into the dining room – the green looks fabulous against those warm-toned floors. 

Small space dwellers aren't ones to waste space. Danielle took advantage of this empty corner by bringing in a piece of furniture that kinda works as a "kitchen console." Since counter-space is limited, there's room here for the microwave, coffee-maker, and a landing strip/charging station up top, while baskets keep things organized a shelf below, and there's still room on the bottom to keep pots and pans within easy reach. (I totally might borrow this idea for my kitchen!)

Don't forget to decorate the space above the upper cabinets! Here, Danielle displays some kitchen items that are white, green like the walls, or a bit metallic for a nice sheen. And look at that lovely, shining mixer on top of the fridge! 

I really love the mini-gallery wall in Danielle's kitchen – especially the beautiful drawing of her dearly departed cat that a dear friend commissioned. I'd love to do the same of my kitties.

The bedroom is painted a lovely shade of buttery yellow. I love how modern (that graphic headboard) mixes with vintage (that perfectly-worn dresser to the right of the bed). 

If you look closely, you'll see that the headboard closely mimics the bedding. ;)

A girl after my own heart: scarves proudly displayed on the wall!

One of my favorite things about Danielle's decorating is how she includes quotes that she loves throughout the space. I really, really love this one.

I don't know about you, but I've lived in several places with awkward strips of wall like this. Usually, I ended up putting a tall, skinny mirror there or leaving it empty, but Danielle took advantage of the tiny space with a small shelf, art work, and a curated vignette.

There are so many more photos of Danielle's space on her blog – and lots of insight into where she got certain things, how she goes about decorating, and more!

View the full tours here: Living Room | Bedroom | Kitchen

(Have little ones of your own? You'll enjoy touring her nursery-turned-little-boys'-room, too.)

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Thank you for the feature! I love everything you wrote and am excited to see what other homes you spotlight. Love your blog!
Painters Pinner said…
Well done, Daniell! The whole place is so creative and looks really comfortable. But most of all we like the yellow-green on the kintchen's walls!
Marcio Wilges said…
I have always thought you can never do too much in a rented house because it is not yours so eventually you would need to rip everything apart when the rent tenure is over. However, playing around with furniture does help to create the space that is uniquely you and a few coats of paint won’t hurt.
Marcio Wilges said…
I have always thought you can never do too much in a rented house because it is not yours so eventually you would need to rip everything apart when the rent tenure is over. However, playing around with furniture does help to create the space that is uniquely you and a few coats of paint won’t hurt.


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