AT HOME WITH KAILEY MYMRYK
This is by far one of the most favourite projects I have been a part of to date. Kailey Mymryk's personal style is swoon worthy and her home is nothing short of show stopping. This busy realtors home is flooded with natural light, clean lines, and filled with chic details. She is a dear friend and I am so excited to show you her world captured by Victoria Anne Photography. Come on in!
Let’s talk about this home! You currently live in a Westwood bungalow you bought in 2015. What sold you on purchasing this particular home? The size, vaulted ceilings and windows! We had been keeping our eye on houses closer to our sons’ school and daycare, and when this one came up we just couldn’t resist. The house was in need of lots of love, and luckily we had a great contractor to tackle this huge top to bottom project.
Where did you shop for the items in your home? What are some of your favourites? I’m always scouring the Internet, and I make weekly visits to Home Sense- which is the way to do it if you want the good deals! Though most of our findings have come from Urban Barn, EQ3, Ikea, West Elm, Anthropology, tiny feast, and etsy.
What items are important to invest in? What items do you recommend saving on? Invest in the items that are hard to change and timeless- a good couch or flooring and over the years replace the other pieces as needed. Save on trendy items. Once you’re over it you don’t want to have to break the bank to replace it. Also, I think that painting a room is always over looked. It’s an inexpensive, quick and easy way to change the whole vibe of the room.
You have done extensive renovations to this home, what was your experience like? This was the second house we renovated, so we had a little bit of experience under our belts and knew exactly what we wanted and what we didn’t want in terms of style. Ryan from ICAN Construction had a lot of patience with me while I searched for the perfect materials- and then again when I exchanged those materials for even more perfect ones! Renovating a home is a daunting task, and is surprisingly very emotional. Ryan did a great job keeping me on track and stayed calm and happy even on the days I was driving him bonkers.
What is your favourite part of your home? My favourite part hands down is the beams and the windows. Who doesn't love a sun-drenched living room?
What is a cool project or DIY that you’re particularly proud of? I love a good DIY and projects keep me on my toes, so I have a lot! I work best under pressure- so if life ever slows down a bit I always seem to get the urge to paint something, or re-arrange a room. Recently I did an Ikea hack out of an Expedit cube shelf, some pine and 4 cute legs. It makes for a functional toy storage unit in out living room but still looks sleek. I love blurring the lines between kid and adult furniture and this worked perfect.
What is your favourite scheme and go-to sources for inspiration? I really love monochromatic schemes. I change my mind so frequently, it’s easier to have a neutral backdrop and be able to swap out throws, pillows or a rug to adapt to whatever I’m going for at the time. My favourite sites for gathering inspiration are Pinterest, Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy.
How would you describe your personal decorating style? It’s a combination of several styles. I tend to lean towards Scandinavian inspirations, but it always comes off a bit more rustic. I really love clean lines, and light, neutral colours. I love cooler tones and my husband prefers warmer tones. Were both pretty stubborn but we have come up with something were both happy with.
What does a typical day being a mother, wife, and realtor look like? There is nothing typical about my days, which can be a blessing and a curse. It always starts off with lots of coffee and getting both kids out the door to school and daycare. When you are self-employed, and especially with real estate no two days are the same- and there are never enough hours. Hopefully I eat lunch at some point and have enough foresight to prepare something for dinner that two picky eaters will enjoy. Then out for a couple showings after dinner, and back for bedtime, hopefully, and then tidy up! Lets be honest, ill probably end my day with a glass of wine.
How do you find work-life balance? When I find it, ill let you know! I've been getting by just winging it- but I have a whole Pinterest board with great ideas I hope to test out in the new year. Our families all live within five minutes and they are a huge part of our work-life balance.
What advice would you give your 23 year old self on buying your first home? My aunt was my real estate agent when we were buying our first home. Six months pregnant, and a small budget she told me to pick my battles. You can’t have everything you want, you have to pick the best of the bunch. Your first house is special, and will be nothing like the one you end up in. I think that is something first time buyers often overlook. I love working with first time homebuyers and helping them see the potential in a home. It’s a stepping-stone, a learning experience, and far from perfect. But I guarantee you that you will love that house more than you thought possible. I still wish I could curl up on the couch in that tiny little living room, and sometimes I still drive by it maybe a little too slow.
Thanks for having us Kailey, Jay, Max and Jake! xoxo
Curtains + Rug - Urban Barn | Lighting - Robinson Lighting | Flooring - Flatlanders | Couch + Chair - EQ3 | Coffee Table - Eames | Console - Ikea | Lamp + Side Table - Bouclair | Dining Table - Ikea | Kids Table + Dining Chairs - Wire Home | Bar Stools - Urban Barn | Cutlery + Napkin Rings - West Elm | Blue Bowls - Anthropology | Recipe Tin + A Great City Print - tiny feast | Teak Master Bedroom Dresser + Duvet - EQ3 | White Dresser - Ikea | Lighting Bolt - Little Letter Light Co. | Batman Decals - Urban Walls | Go To Bed Young Dreamer Print - One Plus One Design | Cross Blanket - Spearmint Baby | Bathroom Vanity - Home Sense DIY | Tee Pee - Ashley Gabby