Upgrade with stylePublished on September 28, 2015

  • Candice Olson trellis wallpaper from York Wallcoverings is a restful backdrop for the master bed

  • A moose head from Z Gallerie hangs on a carrara marble mosaic wall in the living room 

  • Jennifer’s elegant style fits in with her dining room

  • A tulip table with carrara marble top from MYHome FURNITURE, with a Kartell Bourgie lamp in black

  • The Larmes 24-light pendant above the island is by ET2, ALLModern.com

With her trademark clean, classic, modern elegance décor style, designer Jennifer McGahan has taken a basic three-year-old Ashcroft suburban home in Stittsville and created a showpiece for her signature style. 


When she bought the home two years ago, it had sat on the market with little activity due to the fact that it had no "wow" factor. "It hadn't been upgraded at all by the homeowner - neither at the time of building, nor in the three following years. It didn't show well," says Jennifer who liked the layout and knew it would be easy to enhance. 


Jennifer completely gutted the main floor and installed new hardwood, staircase and railings. She changed the door styles, added trim, put in new kitchen cabinets and lighting, as well as upgrading the ceiling finish.


The all-white kitchen is complemented with a brick wall in Carrara marble and white quartz countertops. Pops of silver and glass accents on a display shelf add elegance and intrigue. The open shelving works in conjunction with the Shaker-style cabinets to create the modern-urban vibe that dominates the space. 

Hints of luxury in the form of lighting have been added in both the kitchen and the dining room. It brings in a bit of glam and suits Jennifer's look to make her feel right at home in the space she shares with her two sons. 


Jennifer believes in the resale benefits of upgrading new construction, and offers up five must-have upgrades that will not only enhance your space but will bring value to your home. 



Jennifer McGahan's Upgrade Advice

Hardwood throughout: Minimize flooring change for a seamless, easy-care look.

Lighting: Upgrade lighting to include one or two "wow" fixtures.

Trim: Baseboards, window casing and trim influence the overall feel of a space. Flat, modern trim is easy to clean without grooves to catch dust.

Quartz countertops: Less patterned than granite, the durable materials update space with a touch of modern.

Hardware: Upgraded hardware is a cost-effective way to add a designer touch to your new home 


Jennifer McGahan Interiors



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