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.”
“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.”
Outdoor furniture with strong lines and low profiles make a statement while still allowing the view to take center stage.
“The large and open layout gave us the opportunity to play with scale. We took this opportunity to select larger scale lighting fixtures.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“The master bathroom has a very spa-like feel, with an oversized marble tile tub and high end walk-in shower.”
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?