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Interior: Pacific coast chic

Designer Michelle Morelan's 3,500-square-foot open-concept house in Nanaimo, B.C. has a natural essence that compliments its breathtaking view of Long Lake.

Nature is designer Michelle Morelan's muse, a fact she attributes to growing up in Ucluelet, B.C., on Canada's Pacific Coast, amid driftwood-strewn beaches, mist-clad mountains and an uninterrupted horizon. The designer's 3,500-square-foot Nanaimo, B.C., home pays homage to her muse in its palette, furnishings and fabrics. Even the open-concept layout echoes the expansiveness of nature, and the walls of windows connect the interior to its cliffside perch above Long Lake. 

coastal-chic-livingroom2.jpgAiry living room
The living room is grounded by large furnishings like the comfortable deep sofas and by highly textural items, such as the rug, which play off the airy quality of the glass nesting coffee tables and cloches.

Soft grey window sheers add a dynamic element when the breeze blows. The abstract landscape artwork is painted by Michelle. 

"I envisioned a palette of light, medium and dark greys with blues and greens because that's what you see out the window," she says. "That way, your eye just goes straight outside." The colours never overwhelm - they're subdued, like the coastal landscape draped in fog, and tempered by an abundance of white. 

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