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Interior Design – Small Space Makeover: A Sophisticated Family Home



Designer Maia Roffey proves sophisticated and family-friendly aren’t mutually exclusive in this must-see small space makeover. See how she transformed a dated split-level home into a functional, playful and adult-approved space for a young family.

Starting with the living room, Maia focused on bringing in natural light. She chose lighter walls and gold-toned floors to bounce in warmth. The homeowner’s love for blue and green offers a soothing colour scheme throughout, while multiple built-ins provide stylish and easily accessible storage space. Maia removed the dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room to open up the space and allow natural light to enter. Fluid pieces like armless chairs and a round table keep the circulation flowing. A window seat with storage below replaces a large window in the kitchen for increased privacy.

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40 comments

  1. ManasKumar Behera

    Big is the new small

  2. I kinda like this house: it's nea, functional, and cozy! thanks for showing…

  3. It's pretty but it lacks warmth like in the kitchen.

  4. Loved the chandelier, dining table and chairs, the glass stair case, drapery, wing chairs, sconces and lighting in the living room. Color choice was good.

  5. That blue sofa is gorgeous, does anyone know where that sofa is from?

  6. Love the draperies. Does anyone know where I could get them?

  7. Sheila P. McKinzie

    Space for me means take all those stuff on top of the center table & those breakable vases around, my husband will knock it down before the day is over the way he moves around the house. Nice staging though.

  8. I love how the space was transformed. I didn't mind the built in on that living room wall. However, I would prefer the steps going to the dining area to be more open & wider. I'd rather not have those glass railings & instead, I would extend those steps all the way thru..

  9. Old fashion all over the place

  10. love this

  11. Split level homes are my favorite. just have to know how to arrange and decorate them properly.

  12. terrie bissonnette

    All those white vases in the corner and white chairs are not kid friendly whatsoever! Coffee tables always look better without clutter. This is a common mistake designers make, less stuff makes for less visual chaos. Wood chairs would have been better, unfortunately this look will probably only last a month if that, with kids around.

  13. Wow wow so gorgeous and beautiful home

  14. Designer Maia Roffey, really does a wonderful job here, for this family. Before the space was choppy and had no flow at all, the rooms were all separated from each other, nothing connected….and now, with the newly designed space, all the spaces, communicate with each other, through color and design flow…the flooring unites the rooms together and the removal of the french doors separating the family room and the foyer entry, really bring the space to a more unified whole. Removing the wall and door separating the kitchen from the dining room, gives the new kitchen/eating area, one beautifully large space for the family to enjoy…the kitchen colors, coordinating with the curtain fabric in the living room, tie all the spaces together beautifully…the white vases as a collection, look beautiful altogether, and would look beautiful in the dining space on the wall with art, on a narrow buffet table, if the children cause that decision…

  15. Eliminating the rabbit's warren of choppy rooms is best part of this project. Pleasant pallette. Kitchen is HUGE improvement! Otherwise…..Not great. Really dislike the meaningless 'collection' of white vases. Wow, that orange and aqua beach painting in dining area doesn't work at all! How long will those books stay in neat straight piles on the coffee table? (with children…. are you kidding?) Weird blank wall behind sofa. (Why not a nice antique Japanese painted screen?) I don't understand why people make a huge ugly TV the focus of their living rooms.

  16. With babies and toddlers how us her design functional? Where are tgexkids, set cuff to their rooms? She was horrible at decorating and maybe not so good at being a woman, she seems angry.

  17. Who likes to approach?

  18. Great makeover – much lighter, brighter with a casual elegance. Love the built-ins around the sofa.

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  20. Greatest Goals Ever

    many thanks for sharing this amazing video

  21. Beautifull space, but not great for small children

  22. It looks jarring. I don't see flow which is quite noticeable with the dining room pictures. Too many books on the coffee table. It looks like a retake on the 1980's ?

  23. Super kid friendly with all the vases on the floor in the corner. Not

  24. Where can I get the rug in the living/family room?  I really need that!

  25. talking about split level look at designers teeth

  26. The vases on the floor are in danger if there are kids around

  27. Anne-Catherine Mulhern

    Beautiful design but many decisions are completely wrong for a family with small children. White canvas chairs are probably the last thing you want around a toddler's dirty fingers. Same with the velvet chairs, they will be ruined the first time the child eats a yoghurt, plays with playdoh or gets hold of a pen (which they all do eventually). And vases in a corner of the playroom, really? This design is stunningly beautiful, but it will get ruined very quickly once it is lived in…

  28. simplebeautyworld

    interesting how this is considered a small space, I would never get this much space in Singapore.

  29. I'm not sure I would have called this kid friendly. Food dropped on the dining room chairs and colored pencils marks on the coffee table … hmm

  30. I have watched a few of these videos and I don't think these people really know what 'small space' means. Maybe compared to a palace…

  31. Rosalba Landriscina

    eleganza, linearita'

  32. That was stunning. Loved everything.

  33. wary god ai love

  34. Why you cant put sofa near the wall? I want to feel secure. That nobody will come behind me. I didnt like. Boring.

  35. My favorite really ❤️

  36. Not digging it. Kitchen bland, DR looks like grandma's. A smaller coffee table would have allowed couch in front of book case.

  37. is that what you call small…? ..

  38. I like what they did with the layout (i.e. opening up walls, the kitchen makeover and the idea of the wall of built-ins in the living room) but not a fan of the furnishings or the decorating style. Everything from the sofa to the dining area feels dated and matronly to me; and the curtains and sconces are just awful. The only piece of furniture I would've kept would be the over-sized coffee table.

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