Light and Sensibility


When I began writing about this project I was torn regarding how I should categorize it. As you know, I like to write about the influence on design, whether it be a fashion influence, influenced by nature or influenced by travel. Ultimately, given the location of this original mid-century modern home in West Vancouver’s British Properties the design was greatly influenced by it’s natural surroundings. However, the modern style of the home would also influence the design as would the client’s personal desire to introduce a touch of understated elegance to the space. The original ensuite was a small dark space.  While breathtakingly beautiful, the tall trees of the North Shore Mountains often make for dreary interior spaces so increasing the level of light in this master ensuite was absolutely essential. A neutral palette was selected to emphasize the modern, airy and bright aspect of the new space. A floating […]

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Island Retreat


This project is one which was definitely inspired by nature. The waterfront property has been in the family for years, yet never developed. My clients were so excited to be building their dream retirement home on such an exquisite piece of land. The end result needed to feel as though one were living on a cruise ship. With vistas of bald eagles, pods of orca, neighbouring deer, tranquil sunsets and sparkling ocean as far as the eye can see, the mood had to be one of subtlety, softness and sanctuary.   The driftwood, beach pebbles and blue of the ocean was the inspiration for the colour scheme. Cool white walls were warmed by brushed oak floors and beams tinted with a subtle hint of bluish-green stain. Clean lines in both the furnishings, built-ins and fireplace surround allowed for artistic pieces such as the driftwood floor lamp and the occasional collection […]

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