Interior: The new traditional

Interior: The new traditional

Interior: The new traditional Author: Style At Home


Interior: The new traditional

For homeowners and designers alike, it’s always helpful to start with a source of inspiration or a jumping-off point when creating a fabulous interior. In this case, it was the colours in a renowned textile that inspired the fresh look of this West Vancouver home.

When homeowners Linh Nguyen and Mike Tran enlisted designer Karla Amadatsu to decorate their 3,300-square-foot new build last year, they were already familiar with her work. “They saw one of my projects featured in the September 2012 issue of Style at Home and loved the new traditional feel that it had,” says Karla. And this clean-lined, neutral space provided the ideal backdrop for Karla to inject her elegant, timeless style.
Main living space

Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon fabric was designer Karla Amadatsu’s colour inspiration for this West Vancouver new build. Brought in to add her traditional-with-a-twist style to the main living spaces, Karla was able to bring quite a few “you complete me” moments to the mix. Have a look for yourself.

Clean lines, weathered finishes, classic detailing and warm metals.

The dining room

Designer Karla Amadatsu paired a sleek, rustic oak table with classic Louis XVI-style chairs in a vibrant cobalt blue fabric to create a sophisticated look that’s not too formal in the dining room. An aged brass and crystal chandelier adds warmth and interest to the space. Rich blue linen fabric shines against the soft weathered frames of these chairs.

Comfortable pieces, airy quality, textured fabrics and playful prints.

The living room

The living area is a study in balance. Curvaceous armchairs offset a clean-lined sofa and airy side tables lighten up a substantial coffee table. The added blue banding on the white drapes ties them in with the scheme.

Mosaic-tiled fireplace

A convex mirror is a traditional touch hung on the modern marble mosaic-tiled fireplace. “I thought it was important to have something on the floor-to-ceiling fireplace to break it up and add some contrast,” says Karla. Providing inspiration for the palette, the Schumacher fabric was used on the toss cushions. The striped wool rug adds a beachy vibe to the living area. colour-update1-bigimpact.jpg
Making a big impact

Smaller accessories like these pieces of agate stone create big impact. colour-update-kitchen.jpg
Kitchen staples and decorative touches in blue suit the grey and white tones perfectly.

Classic and contemporary kitchen

The mix of crisp white Shaker-style cabinetry, sleek grey quartz kitchen countertops, marble-tiled backsplash and chef-worthy stainless steel appliances gives the kitchen a look that’s both classic and contemporary. colour-update1-island.jpg
Kitchen island

The kitchen island serves as a spot for food prep but also acts as a breakfast bar. “So there’s a lot of seating for kids or entertaining,” says Karla. The iconic polished aluminum stools are an eye-catching focal point and work with the other shiny and matte metal finishes in the space.


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Interior: The new traditional