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Jun 30, 2015

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

By: Rhea Seymour
House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

A modern-meets-glamour family home Author: Barry Calhoun

House Tours
Jun 30, 2015

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

By: Rhea Seymour

This Vancouver home is ready for its close-up, thanks to a design dream team who transformed its traditional interior into a cozy and modern family abode.

 

Sometimes what starts out as a simple one-room renovation inspires a whole-house makeover. That was the case for the owners of this 4,300-square-foot four-bedroom home in the leafy Dunbar neighbourhood of Vancouver. The couple’s initial plan to overhaul the leaky master bathroom kick-started a total facelift of the five-year-old abode’s traditional interior. “It was looking brown and boring,” says designer Kelly Deck. “One of the owners is a fashionista, and she wanted the space to reflect that, so we went with a modern-meets-glamorous aesthetic showcased in classic grey.”

 
The first order of business: refreshing the major surfaces throughout the house. “If you want to have big impact, you have to address the floors, walls and ceilings,” says Kelly. To create a more contemporary feel, the oak floors – initially stained dark walnut – were sanded and refinished in light grey. The walls were painted a soft, cool grey and the home office ceiling was papered in a geometric pattern for wow factor.
 

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House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Kitchen design

Pale grey leather bar stools provide comfortable seating at the kitchen island. “I love these bar stools because their soft contours suit almost any interior, and you can upholster them in leather all the way down the leg,” says designer Kelly Deck. The glass chevron-patterned backsplash adds subtle interest.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Seating options

A built-in banquette, a Corian-topped dining table and durable dining chairs are family-friendly options.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Bright accents

The modern chandelier and rainbow-bright piece of art serve as statement pieces and add impact to an otherwise neutral space.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Brass chandelier

The brass chandelier in the kitchen’s eat-in area complements the oversized glam pendant lights above the island.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Fun with prints

Artwork need not be reserved for gallery walls and frames. This whimsical print leans against the kitchen's backsplash and quickly wakes up the space.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Great room

With a textured wool rug and a sectional big enough for the young family of five to snuggle on, the great room is intimate and inviting. The metallic side table adds a little bling, while the artwork over the fireplace was chosen for its scale and warmth.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Master bedroom

Layers of rich blue and shimmery grey in the furniture, drapery and accessories create a luxurious master bedroom. The chandelier was selected for its wide, shallow form to take up volume in the vaulted ceiling. The artwork above the bed is unexpected and causes visual tension.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy and contemporary family home

Master bathroom

The design team kept the original configuration in the master bathroom but replaced the deck-mounted bathtub with a freestanding one for a clean, contemporary look. A marble floor in a herringbone pattern is a timeless choice.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home
 
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