vancouver’s talented interior designer on why the best living spaces appear effortless

Kelly Deck, Vancouver-based interior designer, believes the best living spaces appear effortless and integrated — less is always more. She adores the simplicity of handmade ceramics and the tactile nature of Belgian linen. Sumptuous throws and Italian furniture are “easy to live in, look inviting and last forever,” she says. Beautiful spaces being her true passion, original art is a personal luxury she treats herself to at least once a year.

A confirmed globetrotter, Kelly’s “go to” destinations have long been Paris and Bali. “In Paris, people appreciate quality over quantity — I like that. I’d usually prefer to pack cheeses, croissants, fresh fruit and an exquisite bottle of wine for a picnic than go to a five-star restaurant. Real luxury is being fully present in the moment.” When she’s ready to reconnect with “the sacred,” she heads to Bali, “a magical place rich with tradition and beauty.” Turn the page to discover a few of the beautiful things that keep Kelly inspired everyday. 

Kelly’s Picks 

White orchids are Kelly’s favourite flower; she incorporates them into almost every home she designs. Vanessa Bruno Athé wool blend coat, a staple. Chanel Havana frame brown gradient sunglasses accompany this insatiable traveller from Bali to Paris and back. Leimu by Iittala is a handmade glass and concrete lamp that glows with simple but oh-so-satisfying visual combinations. For a year, Kelly has been looking for her “perfect” bag; this Softie Saddle Hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs comes very close. Eclectic by Tom Dixon, scented candles; ‘Orientalist’ fragrance is her fave. Paris tan throw from Linen Way; the designer’s sweet suggestion for a Mother’s Day gift. Obagi Medical C-Rx Kit for Oily Skin is this intelligent beauty’s anti-aging secret. Joshua Jensen-Nagle’s original art titled ‘Dwindling Time in Admont Abbey’ began as a photograph of one of the world’s largest monastic libraries; Kelly had to have the gorgeous plexiglass-mounted piece for her collection. It’s easy to imagine her tall, thin figure relaxing with a book on this no-nonsense Flexform couch. Like live-in-it-forever leather, Kelly gets jazzed by “beautiful little vessels.” These are made of porcelain by UK artist Jill Shaddock.

Photography by Milos Tosic