This Briarwood home has a wonderful lot backing on to the Delta Watershed Park - a large walking park filled with running trails and wildlife - cedars and hemlock towering to the sky. Unfortunately the house had stood empty for several years - and was overrun with mice and mould. Something needed to be done.
The new owners wanted a home for entertaining - most importantly in the evening as both worked outside the home during the day. The focus of the entertainment area was the kitchen, as it faced back towards the view of the park. It was quite dark - shaded by all those tall cedars - so it was important to add sparkle and light to the large room.
The colours are chosen to reflect the colours of the forest at all times of year. The yellow alcoves around the sink and bar area add a sunny note during the day, and a rich gold tone in the evenings. A black porcelain floor anchors and unifies the room and the entire main floor.
The kitchen, once small and cramped, was expanded to include work stations for five cooks, a wet bar area with beer tap, and a large island for entertaining. Surfaces are durable - the island top is done in Spanish Porcelain, the European Beach chopping area conveniently directly behind the cooktop. Small appliances are hidden, when not in use, by a full wall of appliance garages. Six dozen spices hang on hooks on the wall by the fridge for easy access, and their varied orange colours make a dramatic contrast to the soft green wall.
Sketch plan of kitchen
The best part about working on the interior design of this home was the ability to work with natural materials that were sophisticated and durable. From the natural granite coffee table to the Spanish porcelain floor; from the leather and sheepskin to the high-gloss cherry laminate cabinets- all surfaces were chosen to look beautiful over time while withstanding the rigours of daily life. -Loris
Solid surfaces are warmed and made inviting by sheepskin, soft leather and glowing lamps. The luxury of all the surface finishes in this home belie their durability and easy care. The solid porcelain floor flows throughout the main floor- uniting all the rooms.
Rhythm of texture, colour and material simplify the space by blending in the eye. Contrast is reduced and the space becomes calmer.
The dining room is cozy and inviting, featuring classic vintage furniture warmed by a rich Klimt print. The navy blue ceiling continues down the wall, and is lit by a natural alabaster light fixture.
The living room, facing the street, features a stunning mid-century staircase with two overhanging balconies. The room was designed in dark colours, for evening relaxing, and the room is filled with surfaces of natural stone. A large sheepskin rug and warm lighting add softness and grace to the room.
Reflecting the colours of the forest beyond, the kitchen and family room sports no less than eight colours of green - from spring spruce bud green to dark cedar. The shiny cherry cabinets reflect the bark of the trees, and alcoves are a soft yellow - bright and cheery in the morning and changing to gold in evening.
Because the clients worked away from home during the day, this home was planned for evening entertainment. Colours were chosen for the way they reflected light. The kitchen was large and spacious enough for many cooks.
"YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE STONE IN YOUR HOME, ROCKS TELL THE OLDEST STORIES."
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