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.
This week, we’re so excited to take you into the stunning Ontario home of Kass DeKoning, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter. We’ve been major fans of Kass and her airy style for quite awhile now, and were thrilled when she offered to give us a tour and all the details on how her home came together. Keep reading for our Q&A with Kass—and prepare to fall in love with each and every space!
Tell us about your style! How would you describe your home and aesthetic?
I feel like my style is constantly evolving and changing! I would say I’m a touch of everything… modern, eclectic, contemporary, Scandi, and farmhouse. I’m all about the neutrals, and lots of natural elements like wood and plants. I enjoy adding hints of color that are easily changeable from season to season!
What made you choose to move into this home?
We built our home 3.5 years ago because we wanted to move our kids out of the city and raise them in a rural community. That is how my husband and I were raised. We knew when we were building that our plan was to live here long term, so we planned our house build with that in mind.
We built a two-story house with our master wing on the main floor. We really wanted to give some distance between us and our kids as they got older! We also opted for an open-concept main living space. We love that we can all be in the same living space—whether I’m cooking or the kids are watching TV, the flow is really great!
What has the process been like designing your space, and making your house feel like a home?
It’s all about stumbling across the right pieces to complete our home. It has been about three years and our living room finally feels just right! Curating your home should never be rushed and I always believe that you’ve got to love and find purpose within your home. I also love layering in lots of texture through rugs, pillows, throws, plants, etc. Those pieces really make a home feel warm and lived-in!
You have lots of little ones running around your home! How has having kids changed your approach to design? What have you done to make your space more kid-friendly?
I have always believed less is more! Less things for the kids to knock over and break. And it’s easier to clean a home with less things! The pillows go flying now and again, but that’s what home is all about: feeling comfortable!
We also have set boundaries, where our kids must eat at the table or kitchen island unless they ask to eat something in front of the TV. We believe it’s good for them to understand that you should respect other people’s belongings and take care of things. And at the end of the day, if something gets spilled, 99% of the time we can clean it up and it’s not a big deal.
What are your favorite things to do at home with your family? Is there a particular space you all like to gather and spend time in?
Our living room is a hot spot! The basement is also a fave, where the boys can rip pucks with their buddies and Scottie can trike around! We also love being outside in the summer. The kids have a great area to bike around. And as I have gotten older, I definitely enjoy gardening and taking care of our property (now I sound like my parents!).
Let’s talk projects! What DIYs or renovations have done in your home? What’s next on your to-do list?
We just finished two projects recently. We have slowly been adding additional character to our home, because as you know, building a home takes time (and money). We added vertical shiplap to our mudroom and some built-in cabinetry to our pantry! It feels SO good to get these projects done. The pantry is something I have been wanting to finish for years.
Do you have any design tips you’ve discovered that you’re willing to spill?
Yes! Check out your local thrift and antique stores. Those are the simplest ways to add character to your home. Also, don’t be afraid to paint anything and everything… The power of paint is incredible!
What is your most treasured item in your home?
I don’t have one specific piece. If anything it’s probably our couch because that’s where the kids always gather at the end of the day and it’s super comfy. But I also love my thrifted vases. Those are always the best treasures to stumble upon!
What do you love most about your home?
I love how simple, calm, and bright our home is! It makes me happy knowing this is our forever home and that we can really soak our time and energy into making it ours. I also love that we have the best neighbors, friends, and community right outside our door! Our kids have neighbor friends that they get to play with on a daily basis—it truly is the best place to raise kids!