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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Classic touches with natural accents Author: Tracey Ayton

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Classic touches and natural accents take a builder-basic house from plain to pleasing.


Usually when we talk about a house that has great "renovation potential," we're referring to a fixer-upper with a ton of charm. But in this case, it was a typical 12-year-old spec house that struck the vivid imagination of designer Karla Amadatsu of Kerrisdale Design.

When she and her husband, Jeff, purchased the 4,150-square-foot home in Langley, B.C., two years ago, they appreciated its formal layout, good bones, attractive exterior and family-friendly cul-de-sac setting. (They share the house with their children, Ben, 9, and Carys, 7.) The problem was all the brown. But Karla, who is known for her sophisticated “new traditional” style, could see beyond the interior’s builder-basic look. “It felt like a great family home the minute I toured it,” says Karla.

Through a cosmetic makeover done in stages over two years, Karla transformed the space by painting everything white, installing dark hardwood floors and adding architectural details like new fireplace mantels with marble surrounds (while removing some slightly odd decorative features, such as faux pillars). “The facade of the house, with its dormer windows, is quite traditional and charming,” says Karla. “So we wanted to have the same vibe on the inside, with timeless furnishings and finishes.”
 

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Timeless entryway

The walnut-stained wire-brushed oak floors and new mouldings give the entryway timeless character, while the black faux-bamboo dresser offers handy storage.

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

A kitchen refresh

Keeping the original cabinetry, designer Karla Amadatsu and her husband, Jeff, transformed the kitchen by filling the gap between the uppers and the ceiling and painting everything white. Details like the ceramic-tiled backsplash with light grey grout, decorative toe kicks and polished-nickel hardware dress up the space and create a fresh, traditional look.

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Enhancing an elegant aesthetic

To enhance the elegant aesthetic while keeping it inviting and fresh, Karla incorporated both classic and clean-lined pieces, natural fabrics, textural elements, a combination of metals and a neutral palette with hits of black.

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Creating a formal vibe

The living room, with its neutral palette and warm mix of textures, gets a formal vibe from the chic scalloped-linen pendant light, marble-topped gold-leaf iron coffee table and herringbone marble fireplace surround.

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Mixing patterns and textures

A mixture of patterns and textures throughout the home reaffirms the traditional and charming look Karla was going for when renovating the house.

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House tour: Traditional and charming family home

Finding the perfect balance

The family room, which is adjacent to the kitchen’s eat-in area, is both elegant and relaxed, with a neutral colour scheme and a mix of classic and clean-lined furnishings.

Image by: Style at Home By: Laura Muir Source: Tracey Ayton
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