The Squamish project is an ongoing project – it’s my home. When are we ever happy with what we got? No I am just kidding, we are talking about a 5500SF house, many furniture pieces and details are still missing – and that is OK. We just moved in in December 2018 and lots is still in planning, but step by step we are coming closer to the final design. Sometimes I wonder even if there is actually that “final design”? I believe we are living in a fast pace environment and I am up for changes in any form on a daily basis. But one thing I do believe is what Knoll is quoting: “Modern always works.”
Lets start with a couple BEFORE pictures:
The pictures are showcasing the Kitchen, Dining and Living Room.
Let’s dive into the pictures after or maybe let’s rather say “current” pictures
We are looking at an open Kitchen with an Island with a Double Sink and a 48″ Gas Range. It has everything that a Kitchen needs and I love it.
Showing my absolute favourite Muuto Fiber Bar Stools in Counter Height with Oak Legs and a White Seat – matching the Dining Chairs. I prefer the ones without a back, so they can be nicely tucked away below the surface.
The Countertops are Granite called “Dark Water”. Going directly to the manufacturer as a designer saved us a lot of money. The Island is gorgeous with its waterfall on one side. The bold design is reflecting the overall masculine design of the house. The black and white cabinets are simple but rich in space and won’t take away from the gorgeous Granite.
The Backsplash will be most likely a white back painted glass – simple not taking away form the stunning Granite Countertops. We haven’t made our mind up yet, as we are debating if the polished plaster would be an option for this location.
If you look close enough, you’ll notice the kitchen hood needs a cover up as well. We are planning on covering the complete area above the overhead cabinets with the same wood finish as the ceiling – just vertically applied.
The Living & Dining Room
The Living and Dining Room is very complex and one large room combined incl. the Kitchen. The Design shall be fluent throughout the whole space, but at the same time furniture pieces shall standing out individually.
This said, we picked the same wood (Oak) and finishes in white and black matching with the Kitchen Design. The wooden ceilings are bringing warmth to the place. The Granite Kitchen Countertop can be found in the Living Room as well on top of the console with a dramatic waterfall at the end. The Console Doors are the metal clattering that can be found outside along the upper portion of the house. I like to bring the outside in and reflecting the overall design of the house within each room.
Furthermore, I like to sprinkle accents with iconic pieces such as the Eeero Saarinen Womb Chair with the Ottoman (Please do not purchase the chair without the Ottman!) and the Fireorb. These two fellows are like husband and wife or Bonnie and Clyde – one more badass then the other (please excuse my language).
The Eero Saarinen Side Table is another iconic piece that is in need to round up the relationship between the Womb Chair and the Fireorb or even being the bridge of bringing them closer. The Saarinen Side Table is a luxury piece with a black marble top and black base.
The Dining Room is showcasing the Muuto Fiber Side Chairs an Muuto Fiber Armchairs in Black and White with Oak Legs. Available in different Shell and Leg finishes.
The IKEA Pendants are the perfect match – it’s light scale is not blocking the view from the Kitchen throughout the Dining and Living Room Area and it’s black metal structure matches the rest of the style. To be honest, we purchased those for a fast solution for our Christmas Holiday with our Family, but now, we love them. Plus, they were only CDN$30.00. Why bothering changing them for now?
Bringing the outside in – I am planning to bring in the nature and as I am supplying (selling and renting out) plants, I have the ability to showcase and use my plants for decorative reasons around the house.
Plants are a great way to not only bring a natural balance and softness into the house, but also a great way to divide a space for example between a side board and a lounge area (currently in planning).
Interested in plants? –> www.vanteriorplants.com
My design is very functional, which is very important to me. The wood, which is useful in a daily basis, will be stacked behind the fireorb in an efficient way. We will use metal rods creating shelves floating above the concrete floor. Dramatic and keeping an open design. Using the high ceilings as a storage area.
The Area showcasing the Wombchair is useful in many ways. Not only it’s a great perspective sitting and collaborating with guests, but also it’s an area to sit back and read a book at the fireplace. This said, I will have a Muuto Leaf Lamp standing behind the Womb Chair allowing enough light and being very defined in scale, at the same time not taking away from the Design of the surrounding furniture pieces.
Many more thing will need to be decorated, set by step such as the empty walls, rugs in the dining area and a brand new sofa (picking the right sofa configuration is not easy with a layout having two busy areas within one room – the TV and the Fireorb! A clever design is in the making.)
The Master Bedroom
For the Master Bedroom we got a real good deal on the Briers June King Size Bed. It looks stunning and it’s super easy to built, plus we have some additionally storage below the bed. Love it. To be honest, my bed is one of the most comfy places within the whole house (right after my favourite Womb chair 😉 ) ! A big role plays the mattress. I am absolutely a fan of Endy Mattesses and I won’t ever buy any other brand since I have tried this one. I have purchased one a year ago for my downtown apartment, and it’s still comfy comfy comfy and of course most importantly healthy at the same time.
The pictures are showcasing the Bed and Bedding from the Hudson’s Bay (the Bay Days are usually the best days to go if you’re looking for a crazy deal!) and she Decor Pillows I bought for $15.00 each from Walmart (yes, I do shop sometimes at Walmart when it comes to Decor and Accessories).
Next to the King Bed are two Florence Knoll Hairpin Side Tables with a White Top and Black Base. Heads up: This side table is a designer piece that is quite affordable (around CDN$200.00) and comes in different colours. Worth to check out. Very useful as an End Table as well. We will keep using the two Hairpin Tables until we found our perfect Nightstands (still looking!). The Table Lamps are the Muuto Control Lamps, which are dimmable. Of course, it’s available in different colours. I am totally obsessed with that Scandinavian brand.
Another highlight of the Master Bedroom is the Make up Vanity, which is basically an Ikea Shelf floating off the wall. The Ikea shelf does not come like that, we had do so some tweaking to assemble it without any brackets.
My dresser is very important to me to store my undies and have enough space for my jewelry boxes. (Yes, women have a lot of things!)
Two Nightstands. One floral Painting or two pictures above the dresser. A 55-59″ bench in front of the Bed (preferably upholstered).
Some hollywood style bulbs around the mirror are a must!
The Entry Way
For the Entry Way we have purchased so far the Nelson Platform Bench and the CB2 Izzy Pillow as well as one tall mirror that reflects the Entry Door to make the room seam bigger overall.
JJ Wall Finishes (find more work on instagram @j_j_wall_finishes) worked on our two walls in the Entry Way and it looks stunning.
The 4th pictures is showing the wall with the 3rd Coat and the last two pictures are showing the final finish. Isn’t it gorgeous?
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The very last three pictures are showcasing the wall with plants that freshin’ up the space a lot. Find all my plants at: www.vanteriorplants.com
Currently, I am looking for a console next to the bench – preferable in a black or bronze metal. One drawer would be ideal. Closer to the Entry Door, the Umbra Hub Umbrella stand is very useful, which can be a real eye catcher as well.
Worth mentioning is that I will place soon an order for the Muuto Dots (takes usually 6-7 Weeks) which will be hung in a peaceful way above the umbrella stand and the bench. This way, the furniture along the wall will be combined spectacularly.
The Master Bathroom
The Master Bathroom has lots of day light by Skylights and a tall vertical window allowing the view to the forest while relaxing in the freestanding bathtub. With a Double Sink, we can enjoy our daily routine in the bathroom together using each one sink.
The Shower tiles are a matt Marble look, chosen to be spectacular in it’s softness and elegance, but also not taking away from the wall behind the freestanding tub. We simply had the ceiling wood coming down the wall, which also gives warmth to the room. Keeping it simple and a “clean” look, we picked a simple white Granite for the Vanity and for the Bench in the shower (keep it consistent!).
I am going to order couple posters for the walls, which will be showing a pop of greens, getting well along with the surrounding forest. A couple examples below:
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