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A Vancouver family home filled with timeless character

Nestled into the forest on Canada's west coast, this active family has built a classic home with enduring, relaxed style.
Ema Peter

Sometimes, starting from scratch is the best way to achieve what you have in mind. This is what former professional ice-hockey player David Jones and his wife Kimberly decided to do when they couldn’t find the ideal property in Vancouver, Canada, for themselves and their three children, Ronan, 10, Greta, seven, and Hugh, five – plus their dog Leonard.

Homeowner Kimberly and Leonard the Boston terrier welcome you inside their Vancouver home. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Who lives here? David Jones, a former ice-hockey star; Kimberly Vaage Jones, a decorator; their children, Ronan, 10, Greta, seven, and Hugh, five; and Boston terrier Leonard, 16.

What’s the biggest lesson you learnt? David: “Trusting our ideas was paramount. Kim and I had a very clear vision.”

Your best buy? David: “I love our lighting selections. Each light speaks to a traditional period that helps bring this era into a new home build.”

Favourite possessions? Kimberly: “The antique gilded frames appear ornate, but the photos in them capture our children in some of our most cherished memories as they’ve grown.” David: “Several pieces of antique furniture from Kim’s family help bring some collected age to the feel of the home.”

The double-height entry “showcases a memorable staircase in the entrance, wrapping up and over the front doors”, says Kimberly. (Credit: Ema Peter)

“We sought a level of privacy, and our home backs onto a green belt, which offers a peaceful, quiet backyard and overlooks a stream and large cedar trees,” explains David of this custom-built, three-storey house, which is spread over 570 square metres. “In designing it, we hoped for a timeless yet approachable feel. I think that was achieved.”

In the entry interior designer Kelly Deck chose tumbled linen-toned marble in an ashlar pattern for the floor – you can get a similar look from Granite Works. The 19th-century Italian marble table and the gilded French frames, all sourced from Vancouver specialist Scott Landon Antiques, give a traditional feel to the foyer – for similar, try 1st Dibs.

The family likes to spend time together in the light-drenched dining area. (Credit: Ema Peter)

“I planned for an oversized, bright and airy dining nook in lieu of a dining room and the formality that can come with it,” says Kimberly. “It came together beautifully, with an antique French drapery table grounding the space, and landscape planning so the flowers will reach up and past the windows as the years go by.” Find a similar table at Provincial Home Living.

“With three young children, we wanted a space we would occupy daily to gather around, for both informal and formal dining occasions,” says Kimberly. The chairs have the same aesthetic – for similar, try the ‘Round Curved Strip Back’ dining chair from Interiors Online.

DINING AREA In the light-filled dining area, daughter Greta sits on an old French drapery table found at a local nursery. (Credit: Ema Peter)

The home lies at the bottom of the North Shore Mountains, which overlook Vancouver, and nestles in the forest. “We sought out this area,” says Kimberly, “and have been overwhelmingly rewarded in our choice by the relationships forged with the neighbours, everlasting friendships for the kids, and the mountains and ocean within minutes of home.”

KITCHEN In the kitchen, interior designer Kelly reflected her clients’ desire for an old-world feel. “Inevitably, guests gather here, and the cabinetry featuring our collected serveware on display makes for both a beautiful and functional backdrop for hosting,” says Kimberly. (Credit: Ema Peter)
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While they were still looking for the perfect block, Kimberly and David approached interior designer Kelly Deck. “They wanted to create a traditional interior that was both relaxed and stately,” says Kelly. “With their busy and recreational lifestyle, it was important to them that the house was impressive without being pretentious or precious.”

The custom cabinetry was made by local company Sage Cabinetry in cream and light grey finishes – a good alternative is Porter’s Paints Milk and Grey Pepper. For similar fixtures, try the ‘Alfred’ pendant light from Beacon Lighting and Perrin & Rowe ‘Provence’ mixer and spray rinse from The English Tapware Company. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Kelly worked closely with the couple to bring their vision to life and drew inspiration from images of historical homes in the southern United States and the French countryside. “We used them as a jumping off point for layers of warm neutrals, matt finishes, tarnished metals and textured stone/tile,” she says.

Collected pieces are beautifully displayed on shelves in the kitchen. (Credit: Ema Peter)

The first material selected was a rough-hewn marble in an ashlar pattern for the floor of the double-volume front entry. It instantly gives the home – adorned with a warm and earthy palette – a relaxed vibe.

Functional and with an old-world feel, the elegant kitchen is where this family spends most time – while the basement level, which comprises a family room and a full sports court where the kids regularly have a game of floor hockey with their dad, was meant to be fun and relaxing.

Off the kitchen, the butler’s pantry packs a lot in. For similar wall tiles, try Tile Cloud. (Credit: Ema Peter)

In every nook, Kimberly undertook the furnishing and decor, curating comfortable upholstered pieces, vintage finds and custom furniture that combine with objects and artworks from her parents’ home. These include the couple’s favourite piece, a 19th-century Italian marble table in the foyer sourced from local antiques dealer Scott Landon.

LIVING AREA Adorned with large, comfortable sofas – the ‘Andersson’ and ‘Kandos’ fabric sofas from Provincial Home Living are similar. A custom tumbled limestone hearth is by local firm Adera Stone. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Of the French doors and transoms, Kimberly says, “The effect is a lovely experience of the outdoors throughout the seasons.” A large coffee table and complementary tones in the sisal rug (for both, try Temple & Webster) and decor items contribute to a welcoming atmosphere. The artwork above the fireplace is by Sarah Bird.

For the main living areas, a warm white paint was chosen. Dulux Antique White USA will give a similar result. (Credit: Ema Peter)
The living room is an inviting space thanks in part to the custom French doors, which can be flung open to bring in the outdoors – and sunshine. (Credit: Ema Peter)

For the dining room, Kimberly found a spectacular vintage drapery table at a local nursery, while the open-plan ‘great room’ living space, where tall French doors open onto the back patio, is an irresistible invitation to gather day and night. “As our home looks out onto the green belt, a wall of French doors allows the dappled sunlight to stream in,” says Kimberly.  “One of my favourite moments of the day is when the morning sunlight hits the bathroom drapery.”

MAIN BEDROOM Located at the back of the home, David and Kimberly’s escape is furnished with a RH bed and Pottery Barn bench. “Looking out on the expanse of the forest, it is a sanctuary from a busy life with three young children,” she says. The Montauk Lighting Co is one place to look for a similar chandelier. (Credit: Ema Peter)
ENSUITE “I coveted the gauzy drapes encircling the tub,” says Kimberly. “They provide privacy and soften the natural light.” An artwork by Diana Brambila adds even more character. Get the look with curtains from Wynstan and an Early Settler ‘Alto’ clawfoot bath. (Credit: Ema Peter)

“We’re a very laid-back family that prioritises experiences over possessions, and I think that’s demonstrated in our home,” says Kimberly. “There are some moments of grandeur but also conscious selections of humble materials, antique pieces and family heirlooms in the furnishings, and a floor plan that facilitates connection.”

GRETA’S BEDROOM Six bedrooms are spread over the basement and first floor. Greta’s room has great views and plenty of storage. Try Adairs for a range of colourful throws.
A Hamptons-style bedhead (try Xavier Furniture) adds character to Greta’s room. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Both the interior designer and her clients worked hand-in-hand to reflect this collected feeling, almost as if the home has come into existence over decades, with attention to detail and a thoughtfulness in all aspects conducive in making memories.

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GRETA’S ENSUITE Every little girl’s dream, this space is simple and bright. Source a similar basin set from The English Tapware Company. (Credit: Ema Peter)

“This home serves predominantly as a peaceful haven for our family, but can transform to create the quintessential space to gather with our family and friends,” says David.

HUGH’S BEDROOM The layout of Hugh’s room is similar to his siblings. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Kimberly agrees. “Perhaps I feel the most ‘me’ I ever have in this home,” she says. “It’s perfect for this chapter.” In fact, having enjoyed every step of the decorating process and being truly inspired by this very personal project, Kimberly took the plunge by launching her own practice following the completion of this home, Kimberly Jones Lifestyle. A brand new adventure lies ahead.

PATIO This may be a new build but the outdoor living spaces evoke lazy days in traditional Provence. You’ll find similar large outdoor tiles at Beaumont Tiles, and try Fossil Vintage for vintage outdoor garden settings. ‘Dagar’ large terracotta planters from Garden Life will display your plantings just as well. (Credit: Ema Peter)

Interior design: Kelly Deck Design, kellydeckdesign.com.

Architect: Su Casa Design, sucasa.ca.

Furnishing and decor: Kimberly Vaage Jones, kimberlyjoneslifestyle.com.

The backyard has room for a cubby. Try Lifespan Kids for a similar one. (Credit: Ema Peter)

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