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Jan 22, 2015

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

By: Jennifer Hughes
House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Tour this Vancouver home's modern eclectic look. Author: Barry Calhoun

House Tours
Jan 22, 2015

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

By: Jennifer Hughes

This Vancouver home's modern eclectic look is a testament to the power of a sister act.

Now that the dust has settled on their massive whole-house renovation, homeowners Anna Wright and Alistair Sale – both busy professionals and parents of Lewis, 10, Freddie, 8, and George, 6 – each have their favourite features of the new interior. For Alistair, the cook of the family, the open kitchen is the (long-awaited) best part. Anna is most excited about the master ensuite bathroom she doesn’t have to share with the kids. And for the boys, it’s their bigger playroom in the finished basement.

The Vancouver family lived in the 3,700-square-foot 1920s home for five years before embarking on the huge overhaul. “I’m so glad we lived in the house for a while first and figured out what we wanted,” says Anna. “If we’d done the renovation right away, we would have done things very differently, and those decisions probably wouldn’t work for us now.”

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House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Grey and white den

The crisp white brick fireplace surround, built-ins and original wood panelling set off the dark grey on the upper walls of the den. Leaded glass cabinetry doors are another original feature. The antique chandelier was picked up at a London flea market.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Pale orange sofa

A contemporary pale orange sofa pops against the white panelling and dark grey walls. The Mid-Century Modern desk was a lucky find at an antiques store a few years back, as was the Tolix chair.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Save vs. splurge: armchair

Going vintage is often a more economical decorating idea than buying brand new, says Sophie.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Birdcage pendant light

The birdcage pendant light adds another unexpected dose of colour and whimsy.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Quirky dining room

In the dining area, an antique zinc-topped table from a French flea market pairs well with mismatched colourful Eames dining chairs. “We thought the different hues of the dining chairs would be quirky and fun,” says homeowner Anna Wright.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Save vs. splurge: Light fixture

The designer pendant light was a pricey find from London, England.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Spacious kitchen

Expanding the existing skylight and adding more windows above the sink brought loads of natural light into the white painted kitchen. Homeowner Alistair Sale greatly appreciates the bigger sink, but extra kitchen counter space, double wall ovens and a gas cooktop were at the top of his must-have list.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Open kitchen and dining room design

French doors lead out to a newly enlarged wraparound deck off the open kitchen/dining area, making the backyard much more accessible. The kitchen peninsula is perfect for casual breakfasts and homework time.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Zinc-topped dining table

The zinc top on the antique dining table can take plenty of wear and tear from everyday family meals; the stark white modern dishware strikes a pleasing contrast against the patinated surface.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Kitchen workspace

A desk area in the kitchen serves as the family workspace and offers plenty of storage space for the kids’ paperwork and school supplies. Inspirational photos and small pieces of art bring personality to the nook.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Master ensuite bathroom

The new master ensuite bathroom is Anna’s retreat from hectic work and family life.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Save vs. splurge: Mirrors

The matching gold mirrors in the master ensuite are a glitzy big-box score.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Ornate bathroom floor tiles

Grey and white cement floor tiles provide ornate pattern in the otherwise serene white room.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Modern eclectic family home

Save vs. splurge: Floor tiles

The bathroom floor tiles themselves weren't very expensive, but shipping the from California was.

By: Jennifer Huges Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

 

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