Interiors
Feb 6, 2014

House tour: Cozy modern family home

By: Beth Hitchcock

House tour: Cozy modern family home Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Feb 6, 2014

House tour: Cozy modern family home

By: Beth Hitchcock

Contrary to what colour-lovers may think, decorating with neutrals isn’t necessarily the easy way out. It takes skill, design smarts and, most of all, discipline to stick to a limited colour palette while keeping a space from feeling sterile. Take this bright five-bedroom, four-bath home in West Vancouver: The homeowners, custom-home builders Donato and Mariana D’Amici, had wanted a modern structure with traditional detailing to live in for a while before putting it on the market to start another from-the-ground-up project.

Their challenge was to make the space livable for themselves and their one-year old son, Teo, while also showing prospective buyers what was possible. So Mariana, a long-time fan of The Cross Decor & Design (the Vancouver hub of all things hip and stylish), hired designer Joanna Vagelatos to help them execute – and elevate – the couple’s vision. But upon entering the home, Joanna was struck by another vision: the view. “The house is raised on a hillside with beautiful views from every room,” she says. “We decided a neutral interior was the way to go because it would never detract from the setting.”

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House tour: Cozy modern family home

Family room

A retractable glass wall allows the family room to be completely opened up to the outdoors, doubling the amount of living space in warmer months. Oversized upholstered pieces invite easy lounging. The decor is spare and neutral to keep the focus on the glorious views.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Kid-friendly furniture

With a toddler in the house, this tufted ottoman in the family room makes a more practical coffee table than solid wood. In the background, black drapery panels in a UV-resistant fabric can be pulled across to create an intimate outdoor zone.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Bronze accents

Decor bronze accessories add a subtle shimmer to this neutral space.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Living room design

Varying tones of grey-brown warm up the otherwise white living room. Joanna offset the dramatic sleek tiled floor and fireplace surround with cozier touches like the hide rug and textured toss cushions.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Eat-in kitchen

In this West Vancouver home, the kitchen's eat-in area incorporates pieces that range from iconic modern to just plain playful. A perforated metal Moroccan pendant light introduces a hit of sparkle, which is echoed in the silver and gold "Love" prints that seem to float on the wall in white frames.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Kitchen design

Designer Joanna Vagelatos designed two elegant and plush upholstered benches to break up all the hard surfaces in the kitchen. "They look luxe, yet the commercial grade cotton velvet is incredibly durable and especially fitting for a house with kids in it," she says. The mini pendant lights add a hit of playful whimsy.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Grey-washed cabinetry

A wall of grey-washed wooden cabinets holds two integrated refrigerators and built-in luxuries like a wine fridge and an espresso machine.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Dining table

Dishes with delicate scalloped edges stand out against the rough-hewn dining table.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Kitchen views

In the kitchen's eat-in area, family meals are enjoyed alongside sweeping views.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Master bedroom

In the master bedroom, grey and gold wallpaper act as glamorously edgy texture behind the more feminine tufted headboard and mirrored nightstands.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Kids' room

For little Teo's room, "We added playfulness to the room through artwork instead of going crazy with colour," Joanna says. "There are no bold brights, yet it feels like a child's room."

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Whimsical artwork

For Teo's room, Joanna hung an assortment of whimsical artwork above a modern shelving unit.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy modern family home

Dressed for home

Homeowner Mariana D'Amici and her son, one-year-old Teo, dress in the shades of their home's interior.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

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