White is never boring, it is a dramatic color, that carries a subtle permanence.
White can be cozy. Using airy fabrics and textures will add depth to any white decor.
White is flexible, a blank canvas that allows the freedom to pursue anything you can dream up.
Gray is a fantastic exterior color choice because of its neutral hue. It blends in perfectly with the clean sharp lines of the a-frame roofing and doesn’t overpower the white trim of the windows.
Horses have always been a part of Amy Byztek’s life. Her father was a horse breeder and Amy and her sister are currently the sole caretakers of a 6-horses stable, which she describes as a healthy dose of exercise that keeps her grounded.
Amy learned her equestrian savvy as a member of the Canadian Pony Club, a volunteer organization that teaches Canadian youths the basics of riding and caring for horses. She describes her training as being very ‘by the book’ with an approach of putting horses first, a philosophy she continues to honor to this day.
The neutral palette and weathered wood elements that compose Amy’s mudroom entrance reflect the practical and organized necessities afforded by the designer’s industrious and outdoorsy lifestyle.
Indulge in the joy of missing out, in finding balance in wide open spaces, roaming free and letting go, of feeling overwhelmed by taking in nature’s cadence of whispers and silences.
Whites can be paired with neutral colors in earthy materials and textures to give depth to a more demure decor. Natural materials will warm up small or sparsely furnished room by adding points of interest. Subtle tone-on-tone patterns, stone, and metals will work well as unifying pieces.
Strip away unnecessary embellishments like overly vibrant colors or very busy patterns and invest in carefully curated accent pieces. Because there are no distractions, every design element becomes significant when working with a white foundation.
Transform your everyday decor into a white wonderland by using natural elements and fabrics. Linens are Amy’s absolute favorite choice for upholstery because the colors never look flat, and it is always cool to the touch.
It becomes very easy to update a white decor by changing a few accent pieces, like a lamp or a piece of art, which will become the new focal points of a room. A small shift can produce massive changes.
Why not make your home decor a reflection of your hobbies or passions? These distressed wood cabinets work perfectly as display cases for Amy’s pottery pieces. As a conversation piece, it is a great way to invite guests to stir up a discussion about the things that are closest to their heart.
This custom wood staircase in one of Amy’s favorite aspects of her farmhouse. A mix of natural exposed Fir beams and White-painted Maple, it keeps the space looking bright and open, notably with the half wall feature and old barn posts. Add accent pieces to personalize the space, making the decor feel deliberate and homey.
The master bedroom includes a timeless mix of neutrals, like whites, browns and tans, embellished by organic fabrics and textures that confer a modern yet warm ambiance. This massive iron bed frame from Restoration Hardware is a definite showstopper.
Perfection doesn’t have to look perfect. The slipcover for this lounge chair was made by Amy’s mother. Crinkled, lived-in, and always comfortable, this meridienne day-bed is the perfect spot to sink into a good book.
This custom bathroom vanity was designed from reclaimed oak and outfitted with a marble countertop. While Amy admits that porous stones surfaces tend to mark and stain, she argues that Italian marble has been worn into for thousands of years, and still looks great.
White Ceramic Subway tiles are a staple in the design world, notably for their clean and stain resistant attributes. Playing up a perennial favorite, Amy added an accent line of marble mosaic pieces to give the back wall a more modern feel. Liberal use of different shades of ivories, pearls, and creams can confer a contemporary appeal to a classic decor without foregoing authenticity or simplicity.
The family estate, a 100-acre property, is home to 6 beautiful and pampered horses: Fender, Gibson, Blueberry, Rosie, Gulliver, and Cedric. Amy used to own and operate a Tack shop, an equestrian supply store, so horses literally constituted her entire life and livelihood.
Amy designed a studio space to be able to house her budding passion for pottery and be able to work from home as an interior designer. The space is filled with a mess of clay, hot kilns, and various fabric and material samples.
An artist is only as good as her tools. Amy takes great care of only selecting the best materials, and attends a number of workshops and training seminars to deepen her technical knowledge of the artform. She currently sells sets of porcelain serving platters, cookie stands, pitchers and vases, which are absolutely stunning.