Friday, April 30, 2010

Home Tour: Michael Penney of House & Home

Happy Friday! Today I'm featuring the fabulous home of Michael Penney, assistant style editor of Canadian House & Home. I included little tips straight from the article, which share how Michael mixes old with new and how he "creates prosecco-and-crostini rooms from a beer-and-nachos budget!" See how he adds character by mixing vintage finds with pieces from Pottery Barn, Ikea, West Elm and HomeSense. Enjoy and click here to read the entire article. Any special plans for the weekend? I'm hoping to just relax but that usually never happens...see you back here next week! XO - Julie

Rustic baskets above the shelves and a mod '60s light fixture emphasize the height of this kitchen. He found the light fixture at a vintage store for $100!

A secondhand cabinet from Craigslist stands in as a stylish and budget-savvy island. He decided to leave it alone and not "gunk it up with paint." Pegboard offers valuable storage space.

Vintage chairs—recovered in a menswear-inspired Robert Allen fabric—add a bespoke touch to this space.

Color-blocked books add punch to white shelves and collectibles. This is on my list of things to try in my own home one day!

Painting the back of this built-in hutch makes china, antique goblets and collectibles stand out.

A vintage painting, trophy, mirror and woven basket add texture and eclectic charm to this living room mantelscape. When digging through a second-hand store he suggests going over an area more than once, in case you miss something the first time.

Simple white bedding allows the printed drapes—a steal at $12 a yard—to steal the spotlight. He painted the ceiling an intense robins-egg blue which make the white walls pop.

A clawfoot tub and wainscoted tile add charm, while the all-white palette keeps the look fresh.

A wide and preppy striped wallpaper wakes up this room. "Our 'headboard' is panels from a vintage door, mounted to the wall and framed with MDF," says Michael. "The glam pulls for the bedside tables came from eBay — just $20 for four!" Crisp white bedding and lampshades tie the look together.

A chinoiserie thrift-store chaise, drum stool and patterned cushions evoke a air of genteel splendour. He added a new shade to the $6 second-hand lamp.


  1. I recently colorblocked my books ... One of the easiest and best things I've done to improve my office space. Definitely worth the time! :) Lovely home, as well.

  2. ahh I love these color combinations! especially the light blue and white! so light and airy!

    thank you for sharing!

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports

  3. Great house. Love the colour scheme and the thrift finds are fab.

  4. Wow Beautiful Beautiful!
    I especially love the living room with the books colored cordinated!

    Thanks for posting!


  5. Fabulous home love it :) Love the shades of blue and the mix of old and new. Some lovely ideas there. Thanks for sharing. He's one stylish man!!

    All things nice...

  6. wowza! I love that whole kitchen from the wallpaper, the peg board wall, and that crazy cool vintage light fixture. :)

    Great pics!

    Bre @

  7. awesome pics! I love the ideas that Michael comes up with in the mag too! : )

  8. Peg boards are the ultimate organizer! The one in my art studio is 5' by 8' large!!

    xoxo Laura

  9. YUM. Thanks for sharing this, I love the way he has used the turquoise (usually such an over powering and cold colour) to connect the rooms together, while still giving them their own personality by styling them with all his vintage finds! Sadie xx

  10. Love the turquoise and the brown stripes so fun! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Great home - thanks! I'm really loving striped wallpaper at the moment..... dying to try some out at my place!

  12. I like his living room and bedroom, they look very calming and peacful... I can imagine it to be relaxing to be in those rooms.

    And what is it about wicker baskets that are so great? Can't get enough of them! My mother practically has a shop full of them round the house lol

    Have a great weekend! :)
    Sarah @

  13. julie, his space is so fabulous! this is what i mean by pieceing a space together. not and interior designed space, just pieced together. it's how i think of my own way of approaching a space. my thought is to always lean towards the eclectic, some old, some new and some in between all of that. love this post!

  14. Really pretty. The striped wallpaper is a strong contrast to the more interiors in the kitchen and other parts of the home. What an inspiration!

  15. Love the brown stripey wallpaper! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

  16. so charming and stylish...

  17. My fav part of the house is hands down the kitchen. its so beautifully done! the choice of lighting, the wallpaper, and that sweet little window that looks out to the terrace. ahh love!


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