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Modern Beachside Home

A summer beachside home from the team at Kelly Deck Design features on the second annual Vancouver Modern Home Tour.

Visit this house on the Vancouver Modern Home Tour on September 20, part of Western Living Design Week. Partial proceeds go to the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Advance tickets are $30 for a self-guided tour of up to eight homes, but save $5 with Western Living’s exclusive coupon code, WLDW14, or win tickets by entering here

This summery home, featured on the Vancouver Modern Home Tour on September 20, comes by its fresh, beachy look naturally: it’s just steps from the ocean in Kits Point. The locale became the jumping-off point for the home’s design for the team at Kelly Deck Design. “The homeowner had grown up in the area,” explains Carissa Bruhaug, lead designer on the project. “She’d always hoped to take a big old home and transform it into a beach house of her own.”

It’s a look achieved with both colour and materials: the light-coloured woods, soft greys and marbled stone keep the palette cool and perfectly suited to the seaside. The main living area, anchored with a warm, charcoal-coloured bamboo silk rug, is set for casual entertaining: a Bensen Edward sofa is paired with two U-Turn chairs from the same line. The chairs swivel 360 degrees, making them both a cozy spot for sitting by the fire and, with a quick spin, an ideal place to chat with whomever is prepping dinner in the kitchen.

In the nearby dining room, Catifa chairs from Arper, covered in a soft grey wool felt, are placed around a Dutch-designed Arco dining table. The wooden Seppo Koho pendant light adds just the right amount of drama, explains Bruhaug. “It’s a bit of a low ceiling,” she says, “so we didn’t want something too large to command the space. It needed to be complementary to the table and chairs, rather than be a show-stopping piece itself, and to not compete with the Bocci fixture hung from the loft, over the kitchen.”

Throughout, built-in storage takes advantage of underutilized spaces: along the low wall beneath the angled roof of the loft space, and under the staircase. The mega-storage means that other surfaces can be kept clean and open—just right for a home that has become a transitioning spot for the owner, from city life to perfect days by the water.

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Designer Kelly Deck in one of the U-Turn swivel chairs in the living room. They swivel 360 degrees—perfect for guests to visit with those prepping in the nearby kitchen.
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This Seppo Koho pendant is light enough to not compete in the space.
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Built-in storage is maximized everywhere, including in the upstairs office, master bed and under the stairs.
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The upstairs loft is built for comfort, with an oversized sectional paired with an elegant, on-trend marble coffee table.

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