That’s what happened to designer and media personality Kelly Deck. Her client, a builder with whom she’d worked before, brought her to see a 1920s cottage-style home, which he planned to renovate and sell, in Vancouver’s trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood. She remembers standing at the front door on that first visit: “I laughed and said to him, ‘What have you gotten yourself into?!’ It was modest – just 2,320 square feet – and, having been owned by the same person for so many years, it hadn’t been touched in ages.”
Despite the home's less-than-favourite first impression, Kelly just couldn’t refuse a carte blanche project like this one and the opportunity to design a house a mere five blocks from the shore in her favourite cottage-casual style.
Canada's West Coast beaches inspired designer Kelly Deck's scheme for a Kitsilano cottage redo. Weathered wood, natural-fibre fabrics, and a soft, muted palette evocative of a Vancouver beach veiled in mist are key elements of the decor. The house's 1920s-era heritage is reflected in rustic romantic touches throughout.