Leanne Ford and her brother, Steve, replaced the existing lower cabinets with a custom, metal grate-fronted system that they powder-coated bright white and topped with a solid surface Formica countertop. Leanne's thoughtful design choices combined to create the look of a home that's been there for years — a far cry from the brand-newness of the original space.
Leanne covered the range hood in wood and painted it white, swapped the existing gas cooktop with a high-end stove and installed industrial-chic fixtures throughout. She kept the existing concrete floor, sealing it with a matte sealer — a decision that judge, Mike Holmes, questioned. Her response? "I honestly believe in imperfectly, perfect."
Shying away from descriptions of her personal design style as “eclectic,” a term she feels has become overused, Olaniyi defines her approach as, “edgy elegance with quirky undertones of bohemian, global and familial influences.” It’s a mouthful, but she lives up to it. One of the key elements in this mix are moments like this wooden bowl filled with black stones and decorated with small pictures of her grandmother, parents, brother and other members of the family. It’s a beautiful way to weave a family story into the decor, one of many that add depth and soul to this space.
A solar generator isn’t going to give you the same power, right now at least, as the gas-guzzling behemoths. But it is going to keep going … and going … and going … even when there’s no more in the tank for its bigger fossil-fuel-eating brother. And it won’t expel deadly gasses like potentially fatal carbon monoxide, either. Solar generators can be used to power multiple hand-held devices, a mini-fridge and other small but survival-necessary items. So for those who require powered devices to breathe or refrigerated medications, a solar generator could be the difference between life and death during an extended outage.