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Entries in Canada (253)

Monday
Jul202015

A box

A box is a box is a box unless it the Cliff House by Canadian MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. A simple idea, a stunning location, a box that is more than a box. Retreat, weekender, archetypal cabin with a view and vertigo. Austere, modest poetry in the landscape.

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Tuesday
Jul142015

Point Grey Residence

A mix of modern and rustic, a neutral palette with layers of texture. Light and liveable. Warm and inviting. Pull up a chair in the kitchen or sink into the sofa. I'd feel right at home in this home by Vancouver-based interior designer Sophie Burke.

  

Monday
Jun082015

Riesco & Lapres update

It has been a while since my last blog feature on Vancouver interior design firm Riesco & Lapres, and their spaces continue to impress with fun and fresh creations. Pops of colour and pattern results in delightful eye candy. Here are some of my favourites from their last few projects. 

P.S. Sorry - I'm short on pets on furniture entries this week. To submit photos send them to kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net. Thanks!

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Friday
May292015

Suspended

Montreal architecture firm _naturehumaine is at it again. These guys are unstoppable, and my favourite Canadian architects right now. Here is the brief on this latest project of theirs: The client wants to transform the last two levels of a building to create living spaces for her two athletically inclined children, who are now grown adults. The primary goal is to create a shared living space in which all utilitarian functions are shared but which still allows each person to have privacy. The architectural concept consists in removing the floor currently separating the two levels to create a wide-open space in which two large boxes appear to float in mid-air. These suspended boxes, adorned with unfinished plywood panels, each contain a bedroom and a bathroom. This configuration creates three gaps, each being two floors high; the centre gap becomes a physical exercise room with a pair of gymnastics rings. The whole structure is connected lengthwise by a block that is painted black; the block accommodates different services, including stairways, a shower room and part of the kitchen. A large island with unfinished wood painted white delineates the kitchen space, with sliding lacquered bookshelves underneath the wooden boxes. I love everything about this...the spaciousness (2000 sq ft too!), the massive black wall of storage, the shelving with more storage, and yes even the raw plywood. This sounds like the perfect solution given what the client was looking for. SCORE for client's kids! 

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Thursday
May282015

Eye on you

I knew I had seen the cabinet with the eyes before. I had admired it in a post by Kim showcasing the photographs of Janis Nicolay. There were only two shots of this space. I wanted more and finally more is what I have. It's the design studio of Vancouver interior designer Peter Wilds. White on white with a mix of traditional, quirky, modern and classic. Knowing how designers change their studio surrounds on a regular basis I wonder what it looks like now?

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