Style at Home's holiday countdown contest
Style at Home's holiday countdown contest
Modern West Coast kitchen
A gutsy renovation decision affords these Vancouver homeowners a highly functional, modern kitchen.
An open floor plan; rich wood finishes; a sleek, casual look: These are the hallmarks of the West Coast modern style that Sally Parrott and Erik Berg wanted in a new home for their family of five. But given their neighbourhood of choice – Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant area – they realized they’d have to renovate top to bottom to get it. “Our options were older character-filled homes with not enough space, or poorly renovated houses,” says Sally. “We ended up buying the ugliest house on the street, literally,” she adds, dubbing the then four-apartment home the “1994 pink palace.” The solid structure had the flexibility and spaciousness the couple needed to turn it into an open-concept wonder with a welcoming, organized kitchen at its heart.
A boxed-in layout.
Take drastic measure to create an open-concept main-level floor plan. Budget breakdown Materials = $33,310 -Millwork (cabinetry) $25,000* · Countertops $6,000 -Backsplash tiles $545 -Floor tiles $1,130 -Cabinetry hardware $635 Electrical/plumbing = $10,000 Appliances = $26,755 -Refrigerator $12,300 · range $9,000 -Range hood $2,150 -Microwave $420 -Microwave trim kit $330 · Sink $1,870 -Faucet $685 Total cost = $70,065 (excludes design; *includes labour)
The hefty walnut kitchen island with room for three and a matching pantry ground the white cabinets and quartz countertops. “I wanted quartz for ease of care,” says homeowner Sally Parrott, “but I was surprised to learn it wasn’t that much cheaper than marble.” Some savings were found in the porcelain floor tile that looks like cement.
It’s one thing to gut an entire home, but it’s another to move the kitchen to the opposite side of the house, knock down a structural wall and close up a window. Yet that’s just what Jamie Deck, designer and director of Shift Interiors, advised. The couple was torn over the increased costs, but in the end couldn’t argue with spatial logic. “It allowed us to open up the whole layout,” says Jamie.
The first big choice came in the minimalistic low-sheen white cabinetry. Sally wanted a style without fussy profile edges. But Erik, whose taste runs more traditional, was concerned the kitchen would read too stark. Enter the warm-toned richly grained walnut island (topped with quartz), pantry and floating shelf. “I wanted high-quality materials that would stand a lot of wear and tear, knowing we would spend a lot of time here,” explains Sally.
“We’re thrilled with the outcome of the kitchen. It’s the happiest room in our home,” says Sally.
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The holiday hustle can make the season seem daunting. The Moody family has some tips on how to make it exciting once again.
When November hits, the pressure is on for any busy family. The real challenge, however, is keeping the holidays as fun and stress-free as possible. Despite hectic careers, hockey tournaments, theatre performances and family gatherings, Surrey, B.C., designer Lisa Moody of Grapevine Designs tackles this feat with panache, along with her husband, Ron, and their kids, Svea, 14, Eston, 12, and Eli, 9. Here, we get a glimpse into their stylish 6,900 sq. ft. home, plus a few of the festive traditions that make Christmas especially merry for the Moody clan.
Homeowner and designer Lisa Moody made this advent calendar garland 10 years ago by combining her kids’ stray socks with some Christmas-themed ones bought on sale after the holidays.
“There will be a day when I’ll have a formal Christmas tree,” says Lisa with a laugh. But when three kids are contributing to the scheme, bright, fun colours and childhood mementoes reign for now.
“We decorate our faux tree at the end of November. It’s nice to get the decorating done early so we can enjoy the season longer.”
The kids (from left), Svea, Eli and Eston, hang out with Lisa (far right) and enjoy Christmas treats in the dining area. The simple modern table and chairs are durable, practical choices for family mealtime.
Lisa packages presents using plain white kraft paper jazzed up with colourful and patterned ribbons as well as left over scraps of holiday gift wrap.
The fireplace, which has a soaring marble-clad surround, is a focal point for the family during the holidays. Can you spot the Elf on the Shelf? It sits in one of the the built-in maple cubbies and is the origin of many hilarious holiday shenanigans.
The Moody home is the place for family parties during the holidays, and the island in the kitchen, with its yellow wooden stools, is where everyone gathers.
“When a big dinner party seems too overwhelming, we’ll have friends over for cocktails and snacks by the fire.”
Lisa hosts a Christmas party for the kids and their friends. This year, they’re decorating gingerbread cookies and enjoying hot chocolate in festive mugs with marshmallows, candy canes and chocolate chips.
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Top these delicious waffles with raspberry coulis and creme fraiche with lavender honey. Image by: Maya Visnyei
Arrange your delicious waffles on a gorgeous breakfast board with fresh berries, jams and creme fraiche.
Mini chocolate & almond waffles
1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2 In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, butter and almond extract.
3 Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
4 Using 3/4 cup for each waffle, pour the batter onto a hot non-stick waffle iron; close the lid and cook until the batter is crisp and golden and the steam stops, about 5 minutes.
5 Cut each waffle into four pieces; drizzle with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with the almonds.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
1 In a blender, purée the raspberries, sugar and 1 tablespoon water.
2 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan, pressing the solids with the back of a spoon and scraping the bottom of the sieve to extract the pulp.
3 Discard the solids. Stir the lemon juice into the raspberry mixture; stir over medium heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 2 teaspoons water until smooth; stir into the raspberry mixture.
4 Bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
5 Remove from the heat; serve with waffles.
Prep & cook time: 15 minutes
Creme fraiche with lavender honey
1 In a small saucepan, combine the honey and lavender, stirring until the honey is warmed through.
2 Let stand until the mixture has cooled, about 20 minutes.
3 In a small bowl, combine the crème fraîche with 2 tablespoons of the honey mixture (reserve the rest for another use).
4 Sprinkle with extra lavender and serve with waffles.
Prep & cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 1 cup