In this expansive Vancouver West Side family home, we began by designing the informal spaces that our client's family uses most, starting with a stylish yet comfortable family room. Although the TV is at the center of the room, the backyard views and wall of decorative shelving serve as alternative focal points directing attention away from the TV when it is not in use. We created an intimate informal dining area between the kitchen and family room selecting a sculptural walnut wood table for its graphic appeal.
The front entrance and office-come-mudroom are treated with the same attention to detail, featuring built-in desks, custom cabinetry and a stunning gold double-sided screen that is visible from both the front entrance and the dining room.
In the formal living and dining spaces we moved away from our usual light, airy aesthetic in favor of a dark and dramatic look. A deep, rich color scheme of navy blue, gold and warm wood tones defines the formal areas of this well-appointed family home beautifully.
The emphasis for this project was to establish a masculine, yet subdued home for our international client. Taking into consideration our client’s love of black and white, we centered our design to create a striking juxtaposition between the two contrasting colours – a theme repeated throughout the home.
At the center of this theme and home is the kitchen where black is the dominant feature – from the ebony-stained white oak custom millwork to the conspicuous black-toned hardware, the kitchen evokes a sense of drama and boldness. The island’s countertop was finished in black marble with varying tones of cream and gold veins accented with a high gloss cyprum rose-gold faucet – the pièce de résistance of the kitchen. To balance the darker tones, the backsplash and remaining countertops were finished in white quartz. Large format carrara-patterned floor tiles were used throughout the main level to provide an elegant backdrop to the contrasting theme. A dramatic floor to ceiling black custom millwork wall was flanked by mirroring black marble fireplaces and demarcates the living and dining spaces.
The open-tread all-black staircase was reconfigured to enhance the front entryway and to allow natural light to flood the surrounding spaces. Crisp white painted walls act as the perfect backdrop to contrast the sleek staircase. The powder and steam rooms were kept intimate with finishes in a warm dark palette. The seductive play between dark and light continued to the lower level where the custom bar was awash in black walnut millwork and paired with backlit white onyx countertop.
Additional warmth was brought into the home through materials and finishes, with satin brass hardware and highlights referencing the bespoke nature of the home, with white, nude and grey toned velvety furnishings echoing the textural plushness of luxury and with shades of indigo-coloured accents bringing in hints of nature – ultimately a space of elegant repose.
Tanya Ali & Ronee Cheung
When first introduced to this project, we were excited about the infinite number of possibilities we could explore through new layouts, innovative designs and quality furnishings. The structure of the home was a wonderful canvas to begin our design work and we were inspired by the grand scale of the rooms.
By using a soft color palette of greys and whites, we focused on adding architectural interest through the extensive use of mouldings and creative ceiling designs. We wanted to achieve a harmonious balance of elegant simplicity with transitional features that spoke to today’s modern amenities. By doing so, we were able to achieve an underlying aesthetic providing a blend of glamour, modernity and comfortable sophistication.
We wanted to create a beautifully designed interior that fulfilled the client’s appreciation for beauty, attention to detail and respect for quality. This interior showcases a distinct luxury of details, materials and furnishings while using a sense of restraint and a tailored approach as the foundation of the design.
We launched the opening of our 12th Designer Showcase with Gillian Segal Designs in the Once A Tree Showroom on September 14th. The intention of the room is to reinterpret rustic elements in a contemporary setting. The design seeks to study visual texture, marrying a variety of raw yet refined natural materials. Textured matte plastered walls juxtaposed with polished marble; crisp, white, cloud-like upholstery paired with sculptural metal accents and camel coloured mohair sitting on top of buttery limestone floors will make this space a luxurious, laid back retreat to share a glass (or a bottle) of great wine with great company. Be sure to join us for our next Designer Showcase launch coming soon.