February 9, 2018
Lottery Home: Contemporary coastal living
By Catherine Dunwoody
The latest BC Children’s Hospital Choices Lottery home took a deliberate move away from the all-things-beige colour palette typical of show homes. The results? A West Coast vibe nothing short of stunning.
Numerous shades of grey, including a soft Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey hue on the walls, were used to create an atmosphere that works beautifully in the new 3,700-square-foot lottery home on Bishop Road in White Rock. In the living room, a grey stone fireplace is complemented by the taupe engineered hardwood that’s used throughout the home. “It’s a wider plank I am a big fan of,” says Sharon Poonian of DHS Homes. “Normally I don’t go for this colour, but it was such a good match with the grey tones and texture throughout.”
Sandra Hurtley from Positive Space agrees. When sourcing all the furniture from Valley Direct Furniture, she carefully selected a textured velvet sofa in a deep grey as the showpiece here. “Everything in the home reflects the architecture. There is nothing formal about this sofa, and it helps to balance the room,” Hurtley says.
The great room space on the main floor flows from the living room into the dining area and then into the kitchen. A tropical acacia wood table has a live edge, paired with some low-back contemporary chairs and a bench. From there, the doors open wide to a sundeck with built-in grill with white countertops and stainless steel doors to match the kitchen.
Upstairs, inside the master bedroom, Hurtley says, “I choose serene palettes that are luxurious. I want it to feel like being at the Four Seasons hotels. I started with the draperies. These are like birch trees tying in with grey wall colours, and the tone of the wood in the furniture is the same as the floors.” Hints of shimmery silver appear in the mercury glass, bling in the bedding and wall art, and a chandelier that creates texture in its ceiling shadow.
In the other two bedrooms, one geared to a girl and the other a boy, large windows provide lots of light. Every bedroom has its own bathroom.
The lower level family room features an adjustable-height poker table in soft, tactile wood. “Nothing is more organic than wood—it adds comfort,” says Hurtley. Nearby is a bar with wine fridge and snacks, a comfy sofa and flat-screen TV with virtual reality goggles.
Hurtley explains why, as builders, she and her husband got involved with the lottery home. “My daughter was a preemie born in BC Children’s Hospital, so it’s interesting that now we are doing this, full circle, 20 years later,” she says. “That was a big part of our decision to do this project. When you have a chance to do something for such a good cause, well—I know how these parents feel.”
The White Rock lottery home is at 1502 Bishop Rd. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get BC Children’s Hospital Choices Lottery tickets at bcchildren.com.
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When it comes to neutrals, much has been said about going back to beige, but grey continues to be a serene and sophisticated choice—and a surprisingly warm one. This White Rock home features multiple shades of grey throughout, from the walls to the furniture to the flooring to the silvery accents. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey, while furniture is upholstered in charcoal and the master bedroom shimmers with silvery bling. Says Poonian, “Even though this is contemporary, I still like a cosy feel. Grey is softer than white on walls.”
Contemporary + traditional
Mixing contemporary and traditional features is both modern and timeless. The kitchen of this home features Shaker-style custom cupboards by Surrey’s G&B Woodcraft. “I like modern and contemporary, but also traditional. When you put in a bit of traditional, it just softens everything,” Poonian says. Hurtley adds, “Shaker cupboards are so timeless.”
Colour pops: Trendy teal
Teal and similar oceanic hues of greeny blue are among the trendiest colours for 2018. Cool yet warm, natural yet urban, teal pairs well with neutrals, brights, pastels and metallics, and makes a great accent against grey tones. “I chose teal accents as the pop of colour, being in White Rock by the ocean, to bring the outdoors in,” says Hurtley.
Like many new homes, this one includes a legal in-law suite. “We went traditional down here,” Hurtley says, “using oatmeals and navy, with turned legs on the furniture in a smaller scale.” Also, Poonian adds, “We did not put in a kitchen because a lot of people do not want one. They want this space for either adult kids or their parents.”