Welcome to the next installment of our Floor Tours series, where we step inside the spaces of some of our favorite design-world friends to chat all things rugs and decor and learn how they’ve turned their house into a home.
Up this week is the Ontario townhome of Brianne O’Neill of @boneill_athome, which she shares with her husband, one-year-old son Costa, and pup. We’ve fallen in love with every detail of the beautifully boho space, which is filled with tons of textures and layers, and strikes that perfect balance of being stylishly decorated while comfy and safe for her young family. Without further ado, we’ll let Brianne give you the full tour below!
Tell us about your style! How would you describe your home and aesthetic?
I always find it hard to answer this question as I feel my interior style is always slightly changing in ways. A couple years ago I would have said my style was boho. I loved Anthropologie vibes, I couldn’t have enough plants in our house, and I wanted all the rattan and wicker furniture. Fast-forward to now, and though I still love a boho look, I feel like my overall style has toned down. I prefer neutrals over color. I love an earthy boho look where the room has a classic overall feel with added texture, layers, and neutral tones throughout.
What made you choose to move into this home? What were you looking for?
We were on a very tight timeline—we had moved to Ontario not having a home! We lived in my husband’s tiny, tiny work condo in the city, and with a baby on the way, we knew we needed a place of our own ASAP! Ontario living is much different than Nova Scotia where we used to live, and the market is more expensive. This is a “short term” stay, so we didn’t want to invest in a large home. I saw this townhouse listed, and we went to see it right away. I really wanted a white kitchen, and as soon as we walked in, we were sold!
What has the process been like designing and making your house feel like a home?
After building our home in Nova Scotia and having to leave it after only a year, it has been hard to make this space feel like a home. It takes time to figure out your style and what works and doesn’t work for you and your family. We slowly picked away at adding furniture pieces and styling each room, and now almost two years later, each room is complete (for now!).
You have a young son—and he’s so cute! How has having a baby changed the way you think about your home?
Thank you—he is the absolute sweetest! It honestly hasn’t changed my style in any way. A lot of people will ask, “How do you keep your decor out or have nice chairs, light colored rugs, etc.?” And I always say that just because I have a child doesn’t mean I can’t have nice things! I’ve been teaching Costa not to touch Mama’s pretties! And it seems to be working.
As for furniture, have we had spills? Yes! Has he bitten the leather chairs multiple times? Yes! But these are all things that can be replaced. Plus, I love to switch around furniture, rugs, and decor, so I am sure in a few years when our furniture has been through it all, I’ll be happy to have to “replace” it!
What are your favorite things to do at home with your son? Is there a particular space you like to gather and spend time in?
My son is a year old, and we are currently in a lock down yet again! So much of the past year we have had to spend inside. Now that he is almost walking, and much busier, he loves to play ball and race cars. He makes the cutest “vroom” sound. Our living room is his playroom (#townhouseliving), and it looks like a bomb went off everyday by 4pm! We also like to play in his room—it’s my favorite room in our house. I had so much fun designing the space for him.
We have to ask about your rugs! What rugs do you have from Rugs USA, and what made them the perfect fit for your space?
Oh my, what rug do I not have! I love the variety Rugs USA has to choose from. There’s a rug for every style! One of my all-time favorites is the off-white Moroccan Lattice Tassel rug. It was actually the very first rug I got from Rugs USA, and it is currently in my son’s room. I recently ordered the larger size for our living room. It’s such a good alternative to a wool Moroccan rug because you don’t have to deal with the shedding! My other current favorite is the beige Eldorado rug, which I have in two rooms as well. It has a vintage look, but is way more affordable and soft on the feet!
Let’s talk projects! What DIYs or renovations have you done?
We really haven’t done too much to this townhouse. It was built in the 60s but fully renovated when we moved in, so other than paint and wallpaper, everything else is still the same. I swapped out light fixtures to things that are more my style, and added floating shelves in our living room and laundry area for more styling space. But other than that, no big projects, yet!
Do you have any design tricks you’ve discovered while decorating that you’re willing to spill?
Shopping your home is a big one! My husband may not agree with this one, as every time he looks for something it’s in a new location. But it’s a great way to get a new look without spending money.
Thrifting is also a great way to add in new vases and shelf-styling pieces without spending a lot. I always like to look for vases that have a unique shape that will cover nicely with a coat of paint. Sometimes the color of a vase or decorative object will throw someone off from buying it. But I always say if you like the shape and the price is right, buy it then paint it!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest and Instagram are the two main inspiration sites for me. I spend a lot (maybe too much) time on Instagram, and I follow a lot of great accounts where I love bits and pieces of their homes or client homes. Following so many amazing accounts, both luxury and DIY, gives me the inspiration to make something that works for my home within my budget.
What do you love most about your home?
Our home is cozy, and I believe that’s what makes a home. It is small, very small. And some days I wish for a larger house where we have an ensuite bathroom or a playroom. But this is our home, and we make it work. Plus a small home is easy to clean! Or at least it was before I had a busy one year old!
All photos courtesy of Brianne O’Neill.