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Jan 26, 2015

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

By: Laura Muir
House tour: Cozy neutral condo

This calming home in Vancouver is the perfect place for a new family of three. Author: Tracey Ayton

House Tours
Jan 26, 2015

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

By: Laura Muir

Designer Jamie Deck creates simple harmony throughout this Vancouver condo, resulting in a calming home for a new family of three.

It happens a lot. After putting a big down payment on a home, there might not be much left in the budget for decorating or design. But Sarah Edmondson was lucky. When she and her husband, Anthony Ames, purchased this newly built condo last year, she had two things on her side. Number one: The condo itself, in Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighbourhood, already boasted the high-quality finishes, light-flooded spaces, coveted ocean views and big soaker tub that were on Sarah’s wish list. Number two: She found a trusted designer – Jamie Deck of Shift Interiors – who understood how to turn the 1,300-square-foot condo into a dream home on a strict budget.

To determine the aesthetic, Jamie introduced Sarah to Houzz, a popular home-improvement website, where she could peruse photos of interiors and pick out what she liked. Based on the images she chose, it became apparent that "modern was the direction she wanted to go," says Jamie. Sarah was also drawn to soothing colour schemes of grey and white, so Jamie incorporated a neutral palette with various shades of grey and textural elements that add coziness and depth.

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House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Walnut front door

The condo's original walnut front door served as the jumping-off point for incorporating wood into the space.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Entryway artwork

A framed Rudyard Kipling poem makes for whimsical artwork in the entryway. The two stools, which are used as perches for putting on shoes, can be pulled into the dining area to provide extra seating at the ends of the table.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Mixed decor living room

The living room offers a warm layered effect thanks to natural greenery and a rich mix of decor materials, such as wood, glass, linen and wool. Two pouffes lend a hit of pattern to the space.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Buffet and open shelves

The nook in the living room was the perfect spot to install a built-in buffet and open shelves. “The buffet, which is 20 inches deep, is where Sarah keeps things she doesn’t use every day like vases and Christmas items,” says designer Jamie Deck. The millwork runs past the nook on one side to lend architectural interest and visually elongate the space.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Save vs. splurge: Sectional

The high-quality sectional was a definite splurge - but it's the most-used piece in the space.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Broadloom carpet rug

Underneath the TV, built-in drawers act as toy storage. The stainresistant New Zealand wool rug is actually a piece of broadloom carpet. “We just got broadloom cut down to size – it’s half the cost of an actual wool rug,” says Jamie.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Save vs. splurge: Millwork

Custom millwork allows the condo to better meet the storage needs of the homeowners.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Modern dining room

A modern wooden table, easy-care leatherette chairs and a dramatic oversized pendant light define the dining area.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Save vs. splurge: Fireplace

An electric fireplace, a more affordable alternative to gas, creates a luxurious focal point.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

White kitchen

With its sleek flat-panelled cabinetry, white granite countertops and stainless steel backsplash, the condo’s original kitchen works well with homeowner Sarah Edmondson’s penchant for modern design.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Hallway gallery

Sleek white custom frames give the gallery walls in the hallway a uniform look.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Save vs. splurge: Artwork

Although the frames are custom, the framed art is a selection of treasured photographs.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Cozy master bedroom

The master bedroom design gets its warm, cozy appeal from elements like the rustic feature wall (created with wood-look vinyl flooring), linen blend drapes and upholstered king-sized bed. “The mattress lifts up, and there’s storage spaceinside the bed frame,” says Jamie.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Contemporary bedroom design

The master bedroom boasts the same restful grey and white colour scheme and contemporary clean lines used elsewhere in the condo.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Storage nook

An unused niche in the master bedroom was turned into a TV and storage nook (a panel slides up to reveal the television).

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cozy neutral condo

Prized decor

The open shelves display prized items like a Moroccan jewellery box that belonged to Sarah’s mom.

By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

 

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