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.”
The exterior of the home is clad in stone and wood in soft colors signaling the quiet atmosphere of the interior spaces.
Ami used gray-washed wood flooring as a unifying element throughout the home.
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.
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.”
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
The glass enclosed wine room provides drama and is easy to access from the dining, living and family rooms.
The blue tones of the rug and artwork add warmth to the family room.
By keeping the backdrop neutral and the bedding monochromatic, Ami allowed the bold artwork be the focal point of the master bedroom.
Beautiful walnut millwork continues in the master bath helping support the cohesion of the home’s design.
Limestone tile surrounds the tub and lines the shower in contrasting shapes adding some visual interest to the space.
I want to create gorgeous, healthy spaces, marrying art, function and form into one seamless whole. Ami McKay
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.