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Staying Neutral: a Light-Filled Coastal Residence in West Vancouver

For a family home in West Vancouver, interior designer Amanda Evans, principal designer and owner of eponymous design firm in North Vancouver, created a serene retreat appointed with crisp and clean shades of white and creme and hints of blacks and grays. “The house itself was a blank slate designed by the previous owners,” says Evans, who sourced furniture and accessories for the residence from CB2Once A Tree, and Da Vinci’s Home in Vancouver. “We added in things like paneling in the family room, marble in the principal bathroom, and custom millwork in the living room to add interest to the rooms and create a more layered and comfortable space.”

A serene dining room
A serene dining room with a painting by artist Brian Sostrom

When it came to the design and artwork, Evans looked to the nearby landscape. “We take a lot of influence from the area surrounding the home and since this house overlooks the water, we wanted to be mindful of that and chose a predominantly blue theme for the abstract art,” says Evans. “We chose prints that would not compete with the view or space but would spark some interest and create a focal point.”

A family room in a calming palette designed by Evans
A family room in a calming palette designed by Evans

This is the family room off the kitchen where our clients will hang out or entertain,” says Evans. “I love the paneling and light fixtures we added to the far wall. It adds some architectural interest to the space and turns a large, blank wall into the perfect backdrop.”

Living Room
A bone inlay box resides atop design books on a coffee table.

“On a large coffee table setting, I like to ensure there are different heights when working with accessories,” explains Evans. “And, the easiest way to achieve this is by stacking books. I also love to incorporate greenery to give an organic feel. We used this decorative box with bone inlay to add texture as it captures most of the colors in the room. Finally, adding in the round coasters adds another shape to the vignette.”

A light-filled kitchen with a striking marble hood | A tranquil guest room with calming hues of crème | A bone inlay box resides atop design tomes on a coffee table.

“On a clear day, this guest bedroom has a beautiful view of the ocean which we didn’t want to compete with,” adds Evans. “Our clients wanted a relaxing space they could welcome guests who were coming to stay with them.”

The Master bedroom
The Master bedroom

“This is the principal bedroom so we wanted to up the drama a bit with a statement headboard and matching gold oval mirrors over the nightstands,” explains Evans. “We incorporated a light fixture made of linen to give off an ambient glow. The wallpaper is a white grasscloth which added texture to the space. The abstract, but neutral rug helps anchor the bed and is cozy to the touch when getting out of bed in the morning.”

A home office with a wall of framed photographs
A home office with a wall of framed photographs

“We did a cosmetic renovation in this space,” says Evans. “We kept the existing vanity and countertop but added in gold light and plumbing fixtures and mirrors to warm up the ultra contemporary bathroom. We also used a faux marble to add some texture to the floors and walls. The view is incredible so we kept the overall palette calm and relaxing.”

A soaking tub in the Master bath
A soaking tub in the master bath is perfectly positioned to frame views

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