Interiors
Jun 13, 2011

Interior: Beach-inspired romance

By: Kathleen Dore

Interior: Beach-inspired romance Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Jun 13, 2011

Interior: Beach-inspired romance

By: Kathleen Dore
What designer wouldn’t want to hear this from a client? “Just design this home as though you’d live in it yourself.”

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.

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Beach inspiration
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. neutral-palette-hallway1.jpg
Front hallway

In the front entry, a metal curio cart strikes a nostalgic note while built-ins maximize storage. Kelly chose a more formal desk chair in a pretty floral for the den, since it would be in the direct sightline of people entering the house. neutral-palette-kitchen1.jpg
Kitchen
Shaker-style cabinets suit the informality of the open-concept kitchen. Kelly loves giving style to a space through lighting - the pendants at the breakfast bar are modern, but with an industrial edge. neutral-palette-living-room1.jpg
Living room
A recent trip to Scandinavia influenced Kelly's picks for the living room, such as the Danish modern chairs, floral drapes and checked cushions. The contemporary cottage-casual vibe is captured by the soft, watery colours (like washed-out wood tones and iridescent blues) and natural fibres (linen, wool and jute). neutral-palette-den1.jpg
Den
"I added the blue silk drapes because the room is so small it needed something to ground it," says Kelly. The ottomans are a secondhand find re-covered in linen. The tables were pricey but you can balance the budget, Kelly advises, by making smart trade-offs. neutral-palette-bedroom-lounge1.jpg
Lounge
The long daybed-like sofa under the eaves is – ingeniously – two sofas covered by a single slipcover. “We couldn’t fit something that big up the stairs,” says Kelly. The piece, with its inverted-tuft seat cushion (no uncomfortable buttons to sit on) reminds her of big Moroccan floor cushions. The back cushion’s graphic pattern plays up the bohemian feel. neutral-palette-bedroom.jpg
Bedroom
An ornately detailed bed suits the romanticism of the room. The Scandinavian-style bench draws a connection to the Danish modern pieces elsewhere in the house. The eclectic mix is characteristic of Kelly’s personal style.
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