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.
You'll love these beachy neutrals.
You'll love these beachy neutrals.
Transition into fall with this palette of beachy neutrals.
This combination of soft sand and watery aqua is the perfect transition-to-fall palette.
A minidress in a cool aqua shade from Stella McCartney’s Resort 2016 collection.
Crocheted raffia Leah clutch in Natural with leather strap and tassel, Mar Y Sol, $125 US.
Sandy San Franciscan Steps print with frame in White Premium Wood, Minted, from $31 US.
Stainless steel Deuce pitcher/watering can in Mint, Umbra Shift, $70.
Woven abaca Yountville pendant light, Serena & Lily, $450 US.
Style at Home Collection queen cotton Alcazar duvet set, Sears, $200, Cotton/sateen sheet set, Sears, $130 and lumbar cushion, 14" x 20", Sears, $55.
Cotton Cozy blankets in Alpine White and Sea Spray, Coyuchi, $198 US each.
Beaches book by Gray Malin, Abrams Books, $50.
Stoneware Mimira nut bowl, Anthropologie, $24 US per set of 2.
Solid beech Assembly bar stool in White Wash, EQ3, $199.
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