A Traditional Family Home

This is definitely one of our favourite projects to date. A busy family of four with a love of cape cod design and traditional detailing was looking for a cozy refuge. Designed with family in mind, every nook and cranny was thoughtfully put to use.

The front hall with full height paneled walls and coffered ceiling is grand yet light & airy.


The front parlour is a perfect escape for fireside evening cocktails.


The dining room is directly across the hall from the parlour. Wall to wall drapes, rich velvets and the traditional chandelier lend a cozy & intimate atmosphere.

Shimmery damask wallpaper and a custom furniture-like vanity add a glamorous feel to the powder room.

Detail is everything in this home. The coffer ceiling and crown details were meticulously designed to appear grand yet not overwhelming. 


The cozy living room is perfect for snuggling up by the fire.

This jewel box of a home office is tucked into the stair landing descending to the lower level. 

The library at the top of the upper level stairs is set between the kids bedrooms, perfect for homework and crafts.

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The kid's rooms are their own  private sanctuary, complete with loft & ensuite. Fun details like the daisy pattern tile detail in the daughter's bathroom add personality while remaining timeless.

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The master bedroom with more beautiful panel work and an end of bed console with pop up television.

Traditional detailing continues into the master ensuite with checkerboard marble floors.


In the basement, the bar is perfect for social gatherings. Who needs to leave the house when you have a bar like this?

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Adjacent to the bar is the media room, the essential unwind area with oversized seating and relaxed materials.


Another hidden gem - a bookcase concealing a secret playroom.

Wall to Wall Drapery

Drapery is one of the easiest ways to pull together a room and we love it when they go wall to wall. Here are some of our favourite spaces that prove how drapes can dramatically transform a room.

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We draped the whole wall in this basement home office despite the fact there is only one small window. The effect is luxe and creates the illusion of a wall of windows. 

Drapes run the whole back end of this home from the kitchen to living room. We used sheers to let in the light but still provide privacy.

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Using drapes in unexpected rooms like this ensuite make it feel even more luxurious and softens the otherwise hard surfaces.

Drapery in this stairwell adds plenty of drama and a backdrop to the sculptural pendant light.

The classic patterning on this fabric pulls the room together without overwhelming the space.

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We used sheers on 2 walls of this home office to provide privacy and soften the wall of modern windows.

A family friendly renovation

To many of us the 90’s doesn’t seem very long ago, but for this home built late in the decade the last fifteen years had not been so kind. Our clients have a busy family with two soon to be teenage boys and many friends close by. They had outgrown the original suburban style of the house, but loved their neighborhood and close-knit community, so a full renovation was in order. We had the pleasure to help transform this home from 90's drab into a sophisticated and contemporary family friendly home. 


The homeowners have collected artifacts from various world travels and wanted dedicated display space for their treasures. The asymmetrical walnut shelving on either side of the linear fireplace is a far cry from the honey oak it replaced. Each niche features a mini LED spotlight to highlight each piece. Lots of texture and pattern make this family room a cozy gathering place where they can enjoy their collection.


The kitchen design was kept clean & minimal, with extra thick counter tops, backpainted glass and a mix of dark stained walnut and high gloss zebrano woods. 


The dining room is intimate and comfortable with a focus on the art collection. The metallic finish on the ceiling provides a warm glow and subtle formality.


The dramatic powder room features a custom backlit agate vanity, walnut panelling and sparkling glass tile. The overall effect is truly jewel box-like.


The family library was designed as a place for the kids to do homework and crafts. This space was actually captured from above the existing family room’s two story height, giving the clients some much needed extra room. Lots of storage and a built-in bench seat help to keep things in order.


The basement media room and bar are a play room for kids and adults alike. Multiple screens allow for multi-player video games or different sporting events all at the same time.  A mobile bar island and durable tile floors make this a space easily adapted to many functions.

We love how this home has maintained a sophisticated feel while remaining family-friendly. The richness of materials, lots of intentional storage and contemporary lines keep the home clean, elegant and welcoming. 

Our Christmas Wish List

The holidays are upon us once again and while spending time with our loved ones is at the top of our wish list here are a few other things we've been daydreaming about.


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A live performance of “A Christmas Carol”  in this theatre photographed by David Burdeny. The photograph would be fantastic as a consolation gift.


A week in Palm Springs to take in the Film Festival in January.


And then pop back in February for Modernism Week.



 A trip to Bali, Indonesia – eat, pray, love style.

The Tea of the Month Collection from David’s Tea - 12 delicious sample teas to keep me warm this winter.


A Fitbit Surge – To track my runs and keep me inspired to work out.


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A pair of Pajar boots to keep warm and stylish while at the rink being a hockey mom

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This Wegner Shell Chair in cowhide would look perfect in our new house on the farm.

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A Traeger Smoker - Just because smoked food is so delicious!



 A basket of treats from the West Coast including: Cheeky Peach Craft Cider from Merridale Cider, a selection of cheeses from Saltspring Island Cheese and smoked tofu from Soya Nova Tofu Shop.

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While I’m eating and drinking the above items I’d like to be lounging with my husband poolside at the Parker in Palm Springs.

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 Lodge 13.25” Cast Iron Fry Pan and new cookbook Mastering Sauces by Susan Volland so I can look like I can cook more than I do.



A couple of weeks (or months) of sun, sand and surf in the quaint village of San Pancho, Mexico.

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This badass Burberry leather jacket so I can pretend I'm cooler than I actually am.


This Crown Minor chandelier for my dining room- and possibly a new dining room to go with the chandelier.

The last thing on our wish list is for all of our clients and friends to have a safe and merry holiday season. We'll see you in the New Year!