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Suite 305, South Tower, 5811 Cooney Road
Richmond BC

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New Dimensions in Luxury  in a West Vancouver Estate


New Dimensions in Luxury in a West Vancouver Estate

Susan Kime


A front view of the luxury residence, located on a private, almost half-acre area, with 7,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living on three levels, and a three-car garage.


“When you first see this home’s exterior,” says Teresa Cain, founder of Interior Solutions Design Group, “it looks like a spacious, three-story, traditional estate: many windows, pillars, with a large freestanding three-car garage. But as you enter, you begin to see an evolution from one style to the next. Though the exterior defines tradition, the interior speaks in another voice, as it moves from traditional to transitional, with luxury always being the subtext or undertone.”

Cain speaks with authority on this evolution, as she worked on this estate’s interior design for nearly a year, collaborating with Design Marque, Dekora Staging, and Pacific Property Group Ltd. “I was not alone in this design project, and we all had ideas that added to the granular meaning of luxury transitional design.” 


A great room/gathering area leads out to the open living area. The colour palette for sofa, chairs and natural-fibre seats is warm transitional tones of beige and brown.

 The foyer, entryway, and staircase are all finished with hues of natural-wood flooring, and are blended with a beige, white, and black colour palette. The hall and the stairway pillars reflect the classic form, which balances the colour schemes of the transitional design. 

 The expansive mud room is next to the entryway on the first floor. It is used by visitors and owners to remove their snow- or mud-covered shoes and boots, and is also used for pets, so  snowy or muddy paws can be cleaned as well.

Cain and the others had a lot of transitional square footage to work with — seven thousand square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, with the entire main floor combining indoor and outdoor areas, with walk-out viewside terraces, a heated outdoor summer dining area with access to the swimming pool and spa. On the lower floor, there’s a billiard room, an exercise gym, a wine vault, spa, and changing rooms. 

The size of the estate would normally create a challenge for the designers, but with the agreed-on transitional style, all worked well. Transitional colour palettes are very subtle, with an emphasis on ivory, chocolate, beige and tan, creating a scheme that is relaxing and uncomplicated.

“Elegant features define the many memory points in the home,” Cain says, “but the underlying transitional aesthetic involves clean, open, breathable space. The ceilings are high, sometimes 25 feet, and often a signature light fixture accents the warm woods, and off-white walls blend well. This lighting creates comfortable living, dining, and kitchen areas. Because the flooring is mostly natural wood, the texture in the carpets or rugs is important. Berber carpets and sisal rugs are popular choices for this style.”

The large gourmet chef’s international kitchen features top-grade professional stainless steel appliances and a large entertainment-size centre island. A gardenside breakfast and daily eating area can be seen behind the island. 

The dining room, with china cabinet in dark wood.

In this estate, she says, the kitchen is an open area, with the highest-end appliances: Wolf, Miele, and Sub-Zero. These are complemented by a large gourmet kitchen island with a sink, or work basin. “When the host or the chef is preparing food on the island and guests are talking, he or she doesn’t have to move over to the kitchen sink to work,” says Cain. “There are more uninterrupted conversation possibilities if you have two complete kitchen work arenas instead of one.” 

One of the bathrooms is another unique example of Cain’s focal points. “I wanted the bathtub, called a slipper tub, to be memorable, so we angled it diagonally, so the slipper tub would be even more of a focal point than normal. I think it worked well, as the other detailing allowed the eye to go toward the slipper-tub direction.”

A rear view of the home, with pool, hot tub, and two indoor/outdoor living areas. 

An intimate indoor/outdoor gathering area. The natural stonework on the fireplace and the floor, along with sisal rugs and natural furniture fibres give the room an eco-sensitive feel. 

The indoor/outdoor areas also define luxury in terms of more usable gathering space. “These areas provide a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor living,” she says. “In this home, indoor becomes outdoor without boundary. And these spaces expand the home so much — the owners can have more family, friends, and other guests to dine, swim, and in all ways enjoy the milder Vancouver weather.”

In all of these spaces, Cain and her design colleagues provided an interior basis onto which the owners can add their own personal statements, in terms of paintings, photographs and heirlooms. Whatever colour, shape and dimension they are, they’ll fit into this estate, due to the blend of exceptional design aesthetics coupled with transitional colour palettes. 

 The lower floor is also visible here, with lower patio, upper patio, and upper outdoor living areas.

The wine vault — the lower area of this home has a walk-in, air-conditioned area for wine storage. The glass doors, seen left and right, close to keep the area properly air-conditioned. 

The master suite, upstairs, with custom California-king bed, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. The transitional colour palette is comprised of shades of white, beige and brown. 

The master bath with an angled slipper tub as the room’s focal point. 

Written by Susan Kime
Photos Courtesy of Eric Christiansen Real Estate