Open House Sundays #19 - AKA Design

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's home every week!

This week's tour is courtesy of Shannon at AKA Design.  Shannon is a fellow Canadian blogger who is a whiz at remodeling and decorating.  She has the most darling home and the decor is gorgeous!  You are going to love how she put together this fabulous look for her home without spending a fortune.

Enjoy the tour!


Hi there Design Dreams by Anne readers! Shannon here! I'm a Canadian writer, interior designer and homeschooling momma of three. I am the writer and half of the creative team (the other half is my handy hubby, Dean) behind the lifestyle blog, AKA Design. I am also the author of Bloggers & Brands, the blogger's guide to pitching and working with brands.

I'm so excited to be here to share our house tour with you!

Come on in...

landscape progerss
We moved into this house in December 2012 – just 10 short days before hosting family for Christmas. Home ownership has been such an adventure. But now that we're settled into our house I love spending time changing the decor with the seasons.


We adore that this house has both a living room and a family room – something we’ve never had before. The upstairs living room has thus far progressed from not enough seating to ample seating for at least six. We built the Barn Door, Mantel and Coffee Table ourselves. I love cozy spaces so I always keep plenty of throw pillows and blankets around for cool nights!






We sold our old dining table, chairs and hutch to the buyer of our last house. They were totally suited to the space. Which gave us a blank slate to decorate again. Dean built the farmhouse table and I finished it. We also DIY’d most of the other accessories in the room.

chalkboard wall




Our kitchen’s realtor photo threw me for a real loop when we were first looking at houses. I just couldn’t imagine such a tiny kitchen for a family of five. What didn’t show up was that there was a good 8 feet between the fridge and the closest wall! We are finally just about finished making it over...although we're just about to start tiling the wall behind the floating shelves with counter-to-ceiling white subway tile!

kitchen progress fridge

kitchen progress

kitchen open shelves

breakfast bar

kitchen from side door


Last spring we were chosen to participate in Creating with the Stars. Although we didn't win, we did make it to the final round in which we redid our main bathroom. Who am I kidding? It's our only bathroom! I have rather a black thumb so faux plants and flowers brighten up the space and will change with the seasons.

aka design bathroom wall

AKA Design bathroom detail shelf

vintage industrial bathroom vanity makeover


Our master bedroom is the room that was most finished first. It is usually the last room most people work on, but with the kids getting older and taking over more of the rest of the house, it was important to me to have our bedroom looking great! We stenciled a feature wall, created the reclaimed wood look headboard and whipped up some easy envelope pillows to pull it altogether.

rustic chic master bedroom
aka design master bedroom
tallboy dresser
Aside from our family room and kids rooms, which are currently a mess, that's our house!
Thank you so much for having me, Anne!


Isn't Shannon's home fabulous??  Proof positive that it doesn't have to cost a fortune to have a beautifully decorated home.   Thanks so much for inviting us into your home Shannon!

Thanks for visiting everyone!

With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!

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  1. Shannon's home is lovely and has great ideas. It's funny how even though I read her blog, it takes a tour like this to make an idea pop out that I have been thinking about. In this case the wood shelves with the streamlined metal brackets. I need them for a mini bathroom makeover. Any idea where I can find some? I love seeing fellow Canadian homes too. Have a great week, Anne!

  2. Shannon's home is just darling. I love all the industrial touches and she has managed to make it feel warm. Sometimes with industrial thrown in it can feel "cold". Love it. She has done a great job! xo Diana

  3. Her home is so lovely. Her style is very near mine, which makes me smile BIG! I love the raw wood mixed elements!! And like Elizabeth BlueClearSKy, I honed in on those shelves, too. They are what I've been looking for for a wall in my breakfast room. Also seeing the mirrored closet doors in the Master Bedroom is confirmation that I'll be doing the same in my Master! Just lovely!!! Thank Shannon! Thank you Anne!

  4. I have always loved Shannon's style. Her home looks so cool doesn't it?


  5. Thanks for sharing this wonderful home. I'll check out the blogs!

  6. Anne,
    Great choice again this week. Love Shannon's adorable and warm home. Love when peeps can take a home and make it so sweet on a budget. Love the creative style she has. Thank you Shannon for sharing your sweet home with us.

  7. Shannon's home is beautiful and filled with creative and wonderful things that showcases her personality and her love for home and family...another great feature today Anne!!

  8. Thanks for sharing this home, Anne. There are so many different ideas there.

  9. So lovely - all of it - but being a stenciller ( lol ) I LOVE the bedroom wall !

  10. Love her touches of modern industrial and how they mix into a cozy cottage feel!

  11. Love all the industrial and graphic elements in the rooms. I pinned the dinning room as a favourite.

  12. Nicely styled home, and I love their DIY tables. Thanks for the tour! xxx ~ Nancy


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