Tour this Vancouver home's modern eclectic look.
This Vancouver home's modern eclectic look is a testament to the power of a sister act.
Now that the dust has settled on their massive whole-house renovation, homeowners Anna Wright and Alistair Sale – both busy professionals and parents of Lewis, 10, Freddie, 8, and George, 6 – each have their favourite features of the new interior. For Alistair, the cook of the family, the open kitchen is the (long-awaited) best part. Anna is most excited about the master ensuite bathroom she doesn’t have to share with the kids. And for the boys, it’s their bigger playroom in the finished basement.
The Vancouver family lived in the 3,700-square-foot 1920s home for five years before embarking on the huge overhaul. “I’m so glad we lived in the house for a while first and figured out what we wanted,” says Anna. “If we’d done the renovation right away, we would have done things very differently, and those decisions probably wouldn’t work for us now.”
The crisp white brick fireplace surround, built-ins and original wood panelling set off the dark grey on the upper walls of the den. Leaded glass cabinetry doors are another original feature. The antique chandelier was picked up at a London flea market.
A contemporary pale orange sofa pops against the white panelling and dark grey walls. The Mid-Century Modern desk was a lucky find at an antiques store a few years back, as was the Tolix chair.
Going vintage is often a more economical decorating idea than buying brand new, says Sophie.
The birdcage pendant light adds another unexpected dose of colour and whimsy.
In the dining area, an antique zinc-topped table from a French flea market pairs well with mismatched colourful Eames dining chairs. “We thought the different hues of the dining chairs would be quirky and fun,” says homeowner Anna Wright.
The designer pendant light was a pricey find from London, England.
Expanding the existing skylight and adding more windows above the sink brought loads of natural light into the white painted kitchen. Homeowner Alistair Sale greatly appreciates the bigger sink, but extra kitchen counter space, double wall ovens and a gas cooktop were at the top of his must-have list.
French doors lead out to a newly enlarged wraparound deck off the open kitchen/dining area, making the backyard much more accessible. The kitchen peninsula is perfect for casual breakfasts and homework time.
The zinc top on the antique dining table can take plenty of wear and tear from everyday family meals; the stark white modern dishware strikes a pleasing contrast against the patinated surface.
A desk area in the kitchen serves as the family workspace and offers plenty of storage space for the kids’ paperwork and school supplies. Inspirational photos and small pieces of art bring personality to the nook.
The new master ensuite bathroom is Anna’s retreat from hectic work and family life.
The matching gold mirrors in the master ensuite are a glitzy big-box score.
Grey and white cement floor tiles provide ornate pattern in the otherwise serene white room.
The bathroom floor tiles themselves weren't very expensive, but shipping the from California was.
Stay warm with this hearty soup recipe.
Keep warm with a bowl (or two) of this tasty bean soup from Vicky Jones's book, Out of the Pod.
1 Add the oil to a saucepan over low heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft; avoid browning.
2 When soft, add the dried broad beans to the pan, stir around, then add the stock and savoury, if using. Cover and bring to a boil, then keep at a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for a further 20 to 50 minutes, or until the beans have broken down into a mush.
3 Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil and blanch the fresh broad beans for 1 minute; remove them using a slotted spoon and skin them if the skins are tough. Scald the tomatoes in the same pot of boiling water, then skin and chop them.
4 Purée the dried bean and celery mixture until smooth using an immersion blender; stir in the fresh beans, tomatoes and mint and reheat gently.
5 Season to taste with salt and pepper; serve.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
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Excerpted from Out of the Pod by Vicky Jones.
Recipes Copyright © 2015 Vicky Jones, Photography copyright © 2015 William Reavell. Excerpted by permission of Ryland, Peters & Small and CICO Books. All rights reserved.
Pretty powder room.
We designed a Deco-inspired powder room on both a Gatsby and a Carraway budget. Can you tell the difference?
1 Laundry Studio Diamante wallpaper in Turquoise, Hygge & West, $140 US per double roll. 2 UberHaus metal Naples sconces with fabric shade and faux crystals (removed), RONA, $32 each. 3 Aluminum-bordered Ronglan mirror, 32", IKEA, $119. 4 Town Square widespread cast-brass faucet in Polished Chrome, American Standard, $460. 5 Fitzgerald 3-hole fireclay pedestal sink in Canvas White, 24", DXV, $520. 6 Ceramic Hexagon floor tiles in White and Black, 1", Saltillo Imports, $5 per sq. ft. each. 7 Cotton terry cloth Linen-edged bath towel in White,Anthropologie, $48 US. 8 Vintage monogrammed linen hand towel, Putti Fine Furnishings, $25. 9 Moen Iso steel towel bar, 18", RONA, $43. 10 Illume poured candle in glass vessel, Indigo, $18.
1 Paper & Ink Coastal Chic Lace Doily wallpaper in CO10412, through designers, Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $159 per double roll. 2 Hudson Valley Lighting 1-light brass Sanford sconces in Polished Nickel with silk shade, Sescolite, $551 each. 3 Mother of Pearl mirror, 30", Cocoon Furnishings, $1,046. 4 Keefe widespread cast-brass faucet in Polished Chrome, DXV, $680. 5 Town Square 3-hole fireclay pedetsal sink, 24", American Standard, $705. 6 Enamelled-glass mosaic Hexagon floor tiles in White, Cobalt Blue and Light Blue, 2", Saltillo Imports, $19 per sq. ft. each. 7 Cotton terry cloth bath towel in Off-white with linen border in Natural, per pair, Zara Home, $50. 8 Embroidered-linen Honeycomb hand towel in White & Silver, Au Lit Fine Linens, $48. 9 Valsan brass Porto towel bar in Chrome, 20", Upper Canada Specialty Hardware, $129. 10 Tom Dixon poured Eclectic candle in brass vessel with marble lid, Medulla & Co., $95.
Simple sconces against patterned wallpaper will brighten up any powder room, especially when framing the mirror over the sink. Low (left): UberHaus metal Naples sconces with fabric shade and faux crystals (removed), RONA, $32 each. High (right): Hudson Valley Lighting 1-light brass Sanford sconces in Polished Nickel with silk shade, Sescolite, $551 each.
The stars of our high and low powder rooms are the statuesque art deco-inspired pedestal sinks (these gals have got some gams!). Though their silhouettes are quite different, each embodies the celebrated glamour of old Hollywood and makes for one lavish lavatory. Low (left): Fitzgerald 3-hole fireclay pedestal sink in Canvas White, 24", DXV, $520. High (right): Town Square 3-hole fireclay pedestal sink, 24", American Standard, $705.
Racks and hooks are great hanging options, but consider a towel bar, whatever your price point. It allows plenty of ventilation for speedy drying, so your towels stay fresh. Low (left): Moen Iso steel towel bar, 18", RONA, $43. High (right): Valsan brass Porto towel bar in Chrome, 20", Upper Canada Specialty Hardware, $129.
When the first residential bathrooms began appearing around the turn of the last century, the floor covering of choice was mosaic tile. The diminutive size of the tiles – an inch or so wide – suited the scale of the generally cramped spaces and allowed for a wide variety of patterns, which ranged from simple to intricate. To lend our powder rooms that signature old-world charm, we recreated the look by installing hexagonal tiles in a scattered flower motif. The Low features basic one-inch black and white tiles, while the High comprises bolder two-inch white, navy and powder blue ones. We combined segments from single-colour mesh sheets, but you can buy a sheet with a preset pattern for easy installation. The options are as pleasantly plentiful as ever. Low (left): Ceramic Hexagon floor tiles in White and Black, 1", Saltillo Imports, $5 per sq. ft. each. High (right): Enamelled-glass mosaic Hexagon floor tiles in White, Cobalt Blue and Light Blue, 2", Saltillo Imports, $19 per sq. ft. each.
If you're going to add a softly-scented candle into your powder room, you might as well make sure it stays with the glam look of the room by placing it in a gold candle holder. Low (left): Illume poured candle in glass vessel, Indigo, $18. High (right): Tom Dixon poured Eclectic candle in brass vessel with marble lid, Medulla & Co., $95.
Faucets are never a bathroom item to overlook. They are the element of the powder room that will pull the sink, mirror, sconces and added accessories together so choose wisely. Low (left): Town Square widespread cast-brass faucet in Polished Chrome, American Standard, $460. High (right): Keefe widespread cast-brass faucet in Polished Chrome, DXV, $680.
Anticipate your guests’ needs with a toiletry essentials kit. Stock basic hair, nail and dental care products, as well as common medicines. Toss large items, such as dry shampoo, right in, but corral small bits like bobby pins in mini envelopes. Brass and glass Callie box, Pottery Barn, $104. Large cotton Fouta bath towel, Au Lit Fine Linens, $98.
For a special touch, layer hand towels in various materials and textures with unique details, such as pleats, fringes or embroidery. Stick to a single palette for uniformity. 1 Cotton terry cloth Heather Fringed in Oatmeal, Pottery Barn, $24. 2 Cotton terry cloth in Off-white with linen border in Natural, Zara Home, $20 per pair. 3 Cotton terry cloth Linen- edged in White, Anthropologie, $28 US. 4 Fringed-cotton honeycomb-woven Fouta in Powder Blue, Putti Fine Furnishings, $22. 5 Vintage linen with crocheted edge, Putti Fine Furnishings, $295. 6 Antique-French-linen with vintage-linen pleated edge, Putti Fine Furnishings, $80. 7 Vintage monogrammed linen, Putti Fine Furnishings, $30. 8 Embroidered-linen Tangier in Oat & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $48. 9 Cotton terry cloth jacquard Isaac Floral Sculpted in White, Pottery Barn, $30. 10 Cotton terry cloth jacquard, Zara Home, $14 per pair.
A casually chic dining room.
We've put together two chic dining rooms on two polar opposite budgets. Can you tell the difference?
1 Atelier branching 15-light iron chandelier with glass globe shades, Bouclair, $530. 2 Polyester drapery panels with grommets, 42" x 84", $70 per pair, HomeSense, $140. 3 Ceramic grey salad bowl, Elte, $50. 4 Premium burlap table runner, 14" x 132", Rustic Weddings, $14. 5 Lacquered suar wood Freeform dining table in Natural with powder-coated stainless steel base, 12', Artemano, $7,995. 6 IKEA PS 2012 dining chairs, $99 each, IKEA, $495. 7 Handmade jute Natural rug in Ivory & White, 8' x 10', O.co.
1 Custom double-arm branching 6-light steel cHandelier in Antique Black with porcelain sock- ets, Lampcage, $845. 2 Lined cotton Wallace drapery panels in Grey with grommets, 52" x 84", $120 each, Crate and Barrel, $480. 3 Mud Australia large Pebble bowl in Ash, The Salt & Pepper Catering Co., $165. 4 Linen Way linen Toledo table runners in Natural, 17" x 67", $55 each, Love’co Home, $110 5 Siam limited edition lacquered suar wood Kinnari dining table with stainless steel base, 10', Artemano, $12,000. 6 Oak dining chairs in black finish, Art Shoppe, $2,395 ($479 each). 7 Wool Eli rug in Beige, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149.
Our high and low chandeliers are organic in shape yet industrial in material: The dark metal arms resemble branches, while the clear glass globes emulate fruit. Just as no two trees on earth are identical, the branching trend has yielded a whole crop of variations. Here are three that are sure to quickly grow on you. HIGH Eight-light aluminum and steel Bistro Globe Clear Glass in Brass, Restoration Hardware, $1,250 US. MEDIUM Ten-light bronze-finished metal Mid Century Orb, Pottery Barn, $658. LOW Six-light plated-metal Mobile in Antique Bronze, West Elm, $299.
Turning a set of unassuming mismatched glass bottles into a show-stopping display is as easy as one, two, three. One: Spray-paint the vessels a matte black (apply a few coats, allowing to fully dry between them). Two: Adorn each with a black taper candle or stalk of feathery green grass or leave empty. Three: Line them up loosely. TIP Reusing old bottles? To remove any sticky residue from labels, scrub with a dab of peanut butter. 1 Vintage-look glass bottles, $52 per set of 24, through designers, Hofland, $52 per set of 24. 2 Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Flat Black, The Home Depot, $8.
A low-maintenance natural-fibre flat-woven rug is a chic no-brainer, but the winning texture is up to you. 1 Braided wool: A single twisted thick wool strand that’s sewn row by row to a backing has a braided look. Handmade Eli in Beige with cotton backing, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149. 2 Knotty jute: Loosely twisted strands of nubbly jute are woven together to create a knotted texture. Lohals, 6' x 8', IKEA, $99. 3 Fine sisal: Tightly woven in a subtle box pattern, this sisal boasts a smart cotton border. NuLoom Alexa Eco with cotton border in Beige, 8' x 10', O.co, $283.
No matter how delectable the food at your next dinner party, this solid suar wood table- top promises to be the star. Covering the intricate lacquered surface with a tablecloth would be a decor sin, but leaving it exposed to spills and scratches would be doubly so. Get the best of both worlds with a neutral table runner– whether it’s a simple unadorned option or one with subtle details, such as a fringed edge or an embroidered border. FROM BOTTOM 1 Fringed linen Beckett in Natural, 20" x 90", Crate and Barrel, $70. 2 Linen Way embroidered linen Duet in Natural & Yellow, 19" x 67" and linen Luke Herringbone in Natural, 18" x 59", $44, Love’co Home, $44. 3 Linen Way linen Toledo in Beige, 17" x 67", Love’co Home, $55. 4 Stainless steel forks with melamine handles in Brown, Zara Home, $6 each.