May 23, 2013

Everything you need

The show suite at Seylynn Village mixes hard lines and softness, cool and warm materials.

BY FELICITY STONE

Long an area to go through rather than go to, North Vancouver’s Lower Lynn neighbourhood is set to become a mixed-use urban community close to parks and trails, main street shopping, public transit and the Trans-Canada Highway. In May, Denna Homes begins construction on Beacon, the first of three towers at Seylynn Village, the area’s first new residential development. The 24-storey tower at Mountain Highway and Fern Street will have 201 homes ranging in size from 569 to 1,355 square feet and starting at around $270,000.

The show suite is 1,160 square feet with an open plan living area, two bedrooms, two baths and a den. “It’s a really good size space so everything in this suite is full size,” says Kari Henshaw, principal of Insight Design. The spacious front entry hall looks even larger thanks to a wall covered in smoked mirror. “Smoked mirror’s in,” says Henshaw. “Smoked mirror, smoked glass. We have the luxury of having a nice size foyer, and we just wanted a little bit of glam, a little bit of wow.”

The hall console table is custom made of steel — “a bronzy colour, so it’s maybe a cooler material but in a warm way,” says Henshaw. The design approach throughout the suite mixes hard lines with softness, naturalness with polish, cool and warm materials. “We chose earth tones, but there’s still some grey, so when we chose our palette it had to do with its surroundings,” says Henshaw. Throughout the suite, large-scale photographs mounted on the wall depict West Coast scenery.

The compact kitchen is designed for easy access to the dining room and for socializing with guests. Natural stone counters have a striated look, floors are textured wood laminate and the kitchen backsplash is glass tile to create a warm yet contemporary space. The dining area accommodates a full-sized table surrounded by clean-lined yet comfortable upholstered chairs.

In the living room, a custom media unit combines wenge on the wall with a high-gloss metallic finish on the floating credenza. The coffee table/ottoman mixes a minimalist chrome frame softened with an upholstered top and a textured rug beneath. Curtains hang either side of the floor-to-ceiling windows. “It’s not that they close; it’s not that they’re functioning,” says Henshaw. “It just helps to soften the space.”

In the master bedroom, a simple yet opulent charcoal grey upholstered headboard spans the room. “It gives that more horizontal look, widens the space,” says Henshaw. But the guest bedroom literally has the most to say: the wall behind the bed is covered in glossy plexiglass backpainted with: “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”

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