Contemporary Family Home in British Columbia

Hotel Luxury with a Nod to Asian Heritage and Comfortable Family Living

Interior Design PURE by Ami McKay. Photography Janis Nicolay. Home Design. Modern Sanctuary. Kitchen eating area
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Janis Nicolay
07/05/2016

This stunning Fraser Valley, British Columbia home for a family with two small children began with the clients’ desire for a luxury hotel feel.  Working with space constraints (the existing floor-plan could not be changed), Designer Ami McKay of PURE by Ami McKay created light, open spaces and incorporated some pieces inspired by her clients’ South and South Eastern Asian heritages.

Describing how she gave the home an updated design, Ami says:  “We chose a bright white colour palette throughout the house. The existing colours were quite dark and it needed something fresh. Using a bright white brought more of a contemporary feel to the existing transitional space. Because we went with a neutral background throughout, this made it easy to bring in beautifully bright tones with the furniture and artwork.

“The clients also requested colour! That was one of the best parts, getting to choose classic contemporary pieces of furniture in the brightest colours we could find.”

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“Because of the spacious, open nature of the home we implemented larger scale pieces like the pendants in the entry and the kitchen nook, as well as the floor to ceiling marble fireplace in the living room to give that high end feel.”

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Outdoor furniture with strong lines and low profiles make a statement while still allowing the view to take center stage.

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“The large and open layout gave us the opportunity to play with scale. We took this opportunity to select larger scale lighting fixtures.”

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“For this project we were really inspired by our clients and their cultural backgrounds. We brought in pieces like the bright pink rug in the living room which was made out of recycled Saaris and other vibrant colours; inspired by South and South East Asia.”

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“The kids’ rooms were very fun to design. The daughter’s room is whimsical, yet grown up. We sourced pieces that work for her now, but will grow with her into her adult years.”

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In the son’s room,” the key pieces can transition with him as he grows, but we made sure to implement design features like a black and white striped wall and car-themed bedding so that it is playful and appealing to his current age.”

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“The master bedroom is a unique room in the home as it really has that luxurious hotel feel. The bed is separated by a two way, marble tiled fireplace with an adjacent seating area featuring a vibrant indigo chaise.”

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“The master bathroom has a very spa-like feel, with an oversized marble tile tub and high end walk-in shower.”

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We asked Ami for suggestions on creating our own Modern Sanctuaries:

“Make sure it is comfortable by adding layers of textiles, books and plants. It is all about creating memories, and a home that people gather in. I do this by having several enticing areas throughout our home to nestle into with a friend, a book or a cup of tea.” Ami McKay

Sanctuary Seekers – what are some of the design elements you have included in your homes to create enticing gathering spaces?

Meet the designer Ami McKay of PURE Interior Design
Bio:

PURE Interior Design, led by Ami McKay provides consultation, design, and project management services to a wide range of clients in both the residential and commercial markets. The secret of our success lies in the incredible relationships we grow and nurture with our many diverse clients. We take time getting to know you and we aim for nothing less than excellence on each and every project. At PURE we create long term, close working relationships because we give you exactly what it is you desire. We always strive hard to create your perfect, ideal space.

Chatelaine calls Ami “One of Canada’s top five designers because she doesn’t follow the trends, she sets them”. Designing is an organic, holistic process for Ami. She blends periods and styles and adds her own subtle sense of whimsy to create a fresh and innovative space you will cherish for years to come.

Ami McKay’s intense passion for design lies in creating gorgeous, healthy spaces, marrying art, function, and form into one seamless whole.

What are some tips to help our readers create their own Modern Sanctuary?
1) Buy pieces you love and that excite you.
2) I call it, "Spreading the love". Which means we mix high end pieces with existing, reinvented and sourced vintage pieces to achieve the look of quality while remaining budget conscious.
3) Make sure it is comfortable by adding layers of textiles, books and plants. It is all about creating memories and a home that people gather in. I do this by having several enticing areas throughout our home to nestle into with a friend, a book, or a cup of tea.
Who are some of your favorite Craftsmen whose work you incorporate when designing a home?
Hinterland: This is a newer company in Vancouver making their own furniture. Their pieces are so distinctive! They use old trees from the Sunshine Coast and create contemporary, rustic pieces for your home.

Miriam Aroeste: Local Vancouver artist who makes bold hued contemporary art pieces that make a passionate statement in every space.

Janis Nicolay: Local Vancouver photographer, a visual storyteller who’s images are captivating and beguiling. Once you see her work, it is hard to forget.

Once A Tree Furniture: Family owned company we have worked with for years. Their team are warmhearted and caring while consistently producing and delivering beautifully well crafted pieces.
What is one small design change that makes a big difference?
Paint makes a huge difference in a space. Having the right colour sets the tone and feel for the whole house. It is a great solution for changing the look of your kitchen instead of replacing your cabinets. Paint the cabinets lighter for a fresh look, and add a bold patterned Moroccan floor tile to add individuality.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
My home is my Sanctuary. We live in Lion’s Bay which is a town in the mountains, outside of the city. We live right beside the ocean in a contemporary, rustic style cabin home. It is fresh, bright, and away from the chaos of the busy city. It’s wonderful!
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