Decorating with plants and flowers
It’s not surprising, then, that the Vancouver condo he purchased with his partner, Brent Beattie, backs onto one of the city’s brightest horticultural jewels, VanDusen Botanical Garden. “That’s why we bought it,” says Thomas – that and, after buying a farm near the U.S. border, the couple needed a pied-à-terre closer to work. The 1,825-square-foot condo is convenient, but its setting is remarkable in such an urban environment. “It feels completely private, like we’re living in a park or a forest,” says Thomas.
“It was move-in-ready,” says homeowner Thomas Hobbs of the modern kitchen. Avocado-coloured bar stools provide a vibrant punch to the sleek stainless steel-fronted kitchen island. The paintings were picked up for a song at a student sale at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Thomas is an avid gardener so his home is never without fresh flowers. Here, a kitchen countertop vignette displays organic forms and a unique potted plant.
Art Deco copper plates from a power station in Chicago were the first things Thomas bought for the condo. “I thought, what a colour palette to build a room around,” he says. The toss cushions were made with Fortuny fabric that the couple brought back from a trip to Venice, Italy.
Walls of glass
Two walls of glass open onto the terrace, which Thomas and his partner, Brent Beattie, use as a space for entertaining. “People spill out here from the living room and dining room to ogle the view,” says Thomas.
“After work, it’s gin and tonic time out here,” says Thomas. “The terrace faces south and stays sunny until sundown.” Spiky foliage adds russet to the outdoor palette, and the brown resin wicker chairs echo the living room’s upholstery.
Thomas arranged plantings using a repetition of shape and colour for a strong design statement in the terrace’s stainless steel planters.
Planted containers add textural interest to the outdoor living space. “I love that these are all weathered, like they’ve been in the ocean,” says Thomas.
Plants on the terrace
The terrace is alive with unique plantings, all arranged by Thomas.