August 25, 2017

A stunner in South Surrey

From florals to metallics and shades of grey, Ocean Park show home reflects top trends you can take home

By Catherine Dunwoody

West Coast folks eagerly await the annual unveiling of the BC Children’s Hospital Dream Homes, and this year is no exception.

One lottery home in particular that seems to have nailed all the hottest décor trends is the property in Ocean Park, South Surrey. We had the opportunity to take a sneak peek in person and were impressed with all we saw of this stunner of a five-bedroom family house.

The house is breezy and spacious at 3,700 square feet, combining the main and upper floors, and designed with a flow from room to room that feels relaxed and sophisticated. The colour palette and textures chosen are modern without being so trendy it will look dated faster than you can say 2018, and we have Debbie Heal from Sunrae Design to thank for that.

Heal had a clear vision of what she wanted the home to not just look like, but also feel like. She chose a neutral palette of shades of grey, taupe and cream anchored with the depth of chocolate brown and burnished with metallic accents throughout. Unexpected colour pops in the kitchen and bedrooms add interest and a sense of play, and the entire home is furnished with major pieces, accessories and artwork by La-Z-Boy.

Some noteworthy highlights? Heal chose to create a tasting bar instead of a dining room in the obvious area, instead situating the large dining table and seating right off the kitchen. The tasting bar seats four at a high-top table right next to the floor-to-ceiling wine fridge that holds 800-plus bottles.

Why have one kitchen when you can have two? It’s definitely a trend for homes to have an open kitchen the entire family can access easily, but a spice kitchen you can enter through a closed door is ideal for serious food prep when you are entertaining. Top of the line Jenn-Air appliances are featured in both kitchens.

And about these hot décor trends mentioned earlier? Here are a few that wowed us.


Fifty shades of grey? That’s for quitters. Every possible shade appears on everything from paint and wallpaper to countertops, drawers, tiles and furniture. Mixing greys from the palest dove grey to the deepest charcoal is a contemporary approach. The kids’ bathroom had a primarily grey palette, but with added pops of playful tomato red linens, while the grey materials used in the flooring, tiles and vanity counter tops in the master bath created a serene, spa-like vibe.


Considered the new black in fashion, and most certainly in décor and design. Heal was careful with where to place navy, choosing the kitchen island, which makes a bold and modern statement being the anchor of any kitchen. The cupboards in navy blue topped with white Caesarstone countertops look crisp, fresh and inviting against white oak floors. Heal also chose navy for the powder room cupboards on the main floor, and a dusky, softer navy in the living room’s sectional sofa.


Without the constant presence of the burnished, earthy metallics Heal carried throughout this home in every room, the feel and look just would not be the same. From brushed gold, hammered pewter and aged bronze, the metal elements all worked together, creating a modern opulence and adding warmth to a cool colour scheme. Unexpected objets were placed throughout the home—like stackable boxes, vases and ginger jars—while most of the graphic print wall art shimmered with some element of metal. Striped lamp bases, drawer inlays, edging on tables, sofa cushions and throws all had some metallic embellishment.


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