Style House Tour-AKA Designs

Hi there City Farmhouse 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 keep plenty of throw pillows and blankets around for cool nights year round!

AKA Design Living Room


More of Our Living Room


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. Fresh flowers and pastel colors carry the dining room decor from spring right into summer.

chalkboard wall



More of Our Dining Room


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. And I love it!

kitchen progress fridge

kitchen progress

kitchen open shelves

breakfast bar

kitchen from side door

More of Our Kitchen


This spring we we chosen to participate in East Coast Creative’s 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

More of Our Master Bedroom

Aside from our family room and kids rooms, which are currently a mess and undergoing renovations, that’s our house!

Thanks so much Jennifer for including me in your home tour series!

Thank you for sharing your home, not only is it stylish but gorgeous Shannon!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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  1. Great tour. I love her style and how she has pulled everything together so beautifully.

  2. Jennifer…thank you so much for featuring Shannon. I’ve been following her blog for awhile but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much of her home. She has great taste and a wonder style of rustic and farmhouse going on! It’s so great that she and her husband were able to make the gorgeous coffee table and mantel. Wow! Shannon, if you are reading this…where did you get the rug in your living room and what is it called? I am in love!!

    Jane xx

  3. Can’t imagine moving in just before a big holiday then having to host family for that holiday. Did they have to shove things in closets a lot? lol. Love style of home and how she made good uses of space she had. Arranging furniture just right helps immensely. Lots of awesome made goodies to decorate house, love that barn door in house. Happy weekend

  4. Love your home! We’re about to put the same flooring down and would like feedback on how well it’s held up for you. Thanks!

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