The 80s Vista Remodel: Living Room, Family Room & Enviable Wine Cellar

You know those rooms you see in House & Home and wish you could transport yourself to instantly, even just for a day?

That’s exactly the kind of space I have for you this week.

Now, I’m not tooting my own horn here — most of the homes we design are for a very specific couple or family, which means each space is highly personal to them. Today’s Calgary foothills home, however, was designed as a multi-generational family home and total crowd pleaser, so…

…I’m in! Care to join me?


During the Kitchen & Dining Room Reveal, I shared what we took on when we started this project.

Sadly, the Before photos have mysteriously vanished (why, DropBox, why?) but believe me when I say it was a sight to behold. Oak everywhere, awkward floor plans, a sunken living room, a lack of lighting… the list goes on.

The lone survivor of a DropBox mishap. Now imagine this same scene in every room…

For the entryway, living room, and family room, we needed to…

• Open up the dark, closed-off entryway

• Completely redesign the floor plan and flow between rooms… everywhere

• Bring more natural light into the space (and say “adios” to an awkward sunroom)

• Create an elegant, comfortable design that still feels cosy and intimate

Let’s take a tour…


Wow factor right from the doorway! We remodeled this space to widen the entryway and create a stunning first impression that would match the rest of the home.

To keep this narrow space bright, we selected warm-toned double doors with frosted glass (hello, natural sunlight) and light-coloured walls. Minimal accents of black (doors, sexy svelte railing) and the lantern chandelier add the perfect touch of grandeur.

Can you believe this is the same space you saw in that Oaken Adventure photo? Miracles do exist.

In the living room, we wanted to create a space that would feel cosy yet luxurious, inviting yet elegant. For the wow factor… a Caesarstone Quartz fireplace surround that dreams are made of.

Soft textiles and warm tones are sure to make friends and family scoot a little closer, no matter the season.

And how about those windows?

Now let’s take a trip downstairs to the family room…


To fix this basement family room’s awkward layout, we opened it up and created different zones: an entertainment area, a dining area and wet bar, and a teen/tween hangout.

The dining and hangout area, complete with wine fridge, wet bar, and a darn good view. I foresee only good times here.

Perfect for any family’s cosy, classy Calgary winter. And guess what’s hiding behind the built-in shelving over on the left?

Storage! I know, can you ever have too much storage?


If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen this wine cellar before… but I think it’s about 10x more enviable once you know it belongs to this mountain house of dreams.

Backstory: LBI fought hard for this wine room and everyone is so glad we did!

Can’t resist a designer moment here… notice how the herringbone flooring subtly mimics the pattern of the wine shelving and brings the design together?? SWOON.

Easy to stock up for the winter.

Alright, that’s a wrap for this week, but this house has much more to show you upstairs… some bedrooms, several bathrooms, a yoga room, even a pet spa!

…okay, it’s a laundry room, not a pet spa, but we did give Fido the perfect place to bathe.

See you next week,