Designer Karla Dreyer believes that your home should create a connection to who you really are – your lifestyle, your taste and your dreams.
This lovely home, situated in Morgan Creek, a quiet community south of Vancouver, British Columbia is a stellar example of this philosophy. A neutral backdrop and subtle coastal feel creates a sense of place perfect for the Northwest, while its openness and easy access to indoor/outdoor living give it a comfortable and laid-back feel. Splashes of color and metallics dial up the glamour.
“The clients are a couple in their 60’s and they wanted a home they love spending time in and also for entertaining”, says Karla. “They are a stylish couple, but the space was lacking personality. They wanted a place that was warm and welcoming but also had that wow factor.
“They lived in the home for over 5 years and really wanted to update it without doing a reno. Our inspiration was taking some existing traditional pieces and mixing in more modern and unexpected pieces. This project was about making changes to connect the home to the homeowner. You can do so much with the right lighting, textiles, rugs and accessories.”
The interplay between calm and bold starts as soon as you walk in the front door. We love how the formal mirrored credenza is softened by pastel modern art immediately clueing guests in that this home is full of remarkable detail.
This cozy corner has a great view to the yard and is a perfect place for sinking into a comfortable chair for quiet conversations.
“I wanted to add more texture and mix to the great room. It’s a very large room so you need to be intentional with the way it’s decorated to make it still feel cozy. We did this through a mix of textiles, a new beautiful rug, a wood coffee table (which always warms things up), and then touches like fun poufs and accessories.”
The use of circular forms, from gold mirrors over the fireplace to a metallic pouf ottoman, brings a sense of unity to the design.
I’m such a believer in adding those final details to a home. It really connects the home to the owner. Remember to add textiles to your couch. Add books and sculptural items to your coffee table. Also think in opposites when styling. For example, we got this great new wood coffee table for the room and then added glass and gold to create interest and dimension. Karla Dreyer
Tucked into a corner, the dining area is made to feel more spacious with the large window and airy Jonathan Adler chandelier. Neutral art and the mirrored credenza balance the heaviness of the dining room furniture and storage.
“The beautiful Zoe Pawlak artwork was a real jumping off point for us. The client loved it! It’s fresh and bold and I pulled a lot of inspiration in terms of color and style from there.”
Karla’s attention to detail is carried through the outdoor space.
“This space is one of their favorite places. It looks onto a golf course and they spend many days out there in the summer. This really is an extension of the home so we opted for a very comfy outdoor living room set with a beautiful coffee table and then accented in blue to keep it fresh.”
They wanted a place to relax, read and also entertain and this space does it all! Karla Dreyer