Natural Materials Shine in This Modern Vancouver Home

Designer Ami McKay of PURE Design Integrates Bright Artwork into a Calm, Natural Palette

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12/05/2016

After being asked to design interior and exterior spaces for this new house in the Edgemont Village neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, the first challenge designer Ami McKay of PURE Design faced was convincing the homeowners to step outside of their comfort zone and desire for using walnut everywhere. “I wanted to use walnut as a punctuation. It’s more of a feature”, Ami explains. “If it’s everywhere it gets a little flat.”

The creative design and use of natural materials like stone, glass and several types of wood, won over the clients. The end result is a calm, cohesive backdrop accentuated with bold modern art. “This house is very west coast contemporary. The inspiration was all the natural materials.”

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The exterior of the home is clad in stone and wood in soft colors signaling the quiet atmosphere of the interior spaces.

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 Ami used gray-washed wood flooring as a unifying element throughout the home.

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The fireplace stone, a mix of one inch cube bluestone and porcelain wood-grain tile, adds texture without disrupting the quiet color palette of the living room or distracting from the bold artwork.

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Ami uses lighting as beautiful accents to the decor  and art.  Each room has its own unique lighting scheme. “I love lighting and take it very seriously. It’s a sculpture, it’s an opportunity.”

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The calm feeling of the home is reflected in the kitchen with its monochromatic palette and simple hardware and fixtures.

Dining Chairs: Bertoia Wire Chair

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The glass enclosed wine room provides drama and is easy to access from the dining, living and family rooms.

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The blue tones of the rug and artwork add warmth to the family room.

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By keeping the backdrop neutral and the bedding monochromatic, Ami allowed the bold artwork be the focal point of the master bedroom. 

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Beautiful walnut millwork continues in the master bath helping support the cohesion of the home’s design. 

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Limestone tile surrounds the tub and lines the shower in contrasting shapes adding some visual interest to the space.

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I want to create gorgeous, healthy spaces, marrying art, function and form into one seamless whole.  Ami McKay

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The materials and color palette in Ami’s design are reflective of the mountains and forests near Vancouver. This connection to the surrounding environment was an essential element in creating this beautiful home.

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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