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Inspired by Canada’s coastline, this nautical abode is now perfect for its growing family

Taking cues from its seaside setting, the transformation of this home marries old and new for a family of eight.
Blue contemporary coastal style kitchen.Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design

When the urge to change strikes, it doesn’t always require starting over from scratch. This was the case for a family in Vancouver, Canada, with six children – two daughters aged four and 16, and four sons aged six, eight, 10 and 12. Their parents, with deep roots in the real estate industry, have an appreciation for contemporary art and fashion, complemented by a taste for the timeless. Interior designer Kelly Deck took care to reflect this during the transformation of the family’s 743-square-metre, three-level home.

A two-storey, white stone exterior with a blue door.
The entry features a cedar shingle roof, copper piping and buff-hued natural stone. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

“The original home was built in 2012 and was roughly 360 square metres; at that time, the homeowners had just two children,” says Kelly. “Then the family grew. Not wanting to relocate, the homeowners were eventually able to acquire the property next door and sought to consolidate the two lots to build a larger home that met their needs.”

An outdoor alfresco area with cane chairs, a tablescape with flowers and hanging pendants.
Located in a seaside suburb in Vancouver, Canada, this nautical abode faces a park and the ocean, and enjoys mountain views beyond. However, it did not always boast such grand proportions or pretty interiors. Originally two neighbouring homes, the couple who lived in one purchased the house next door to accommodate their growing family. Now, eight pairs of feet run along the wide verandahs, which skirt the home. For similar armchairs, try ‘Malta’ verandah chairs from Provincial Home Living. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Who lives here?

A couple, who love contemporary art and fashion, and their six children.
Which styles does the wife like? Kelly: “She grew up in Eastern Canada where there are far more historical homes – she has a love of mixing antiques with modern art and accents.”
And her husband? “He is from a multi-generation Vancouver family, and wanted a home with exceptional architectural interior details and high-quality finishes that supported a strong visual narrative.”
How did you marry these styles? “Things were kept light, bright and very layered in the main bedroom, which is furnished in white, linen and different hues of blue. The ceiling detail is a very pale blue that has a gentle reference to the sky blue outside.”

A classic mudroom with a timber bench, white wall panels and cupboards.
Every corner of the home was optimised to provide neat functionality for the large family. Soma Millwork & Design crafted the well-appointed mudroom joinery. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

A renovation and extension ensued, delivering the generous proportions the family craved. “Tucked behind a tall Portuguese laurel hedge, the Craftsman-style house is hugged by deep verandahs around three sides, giving it a stately and Southern sensibility,” says Kelly. She created a light, romantic colour scheme outside, while inside she evoked the couple’s relaxed style and love of mixing antiques with modern accents.

A home office with a navy library and walls, sofa and desk.
The office ceiling sports Phillip Jeffries wallpaper above a Herman Miller chair. Kelly Deck Design customised the sofa and ottoman in zesty contrasting fabrics. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

As the project progressed over four years, Kelly and her team of trades adapted to the family’s changing needs and sensibilities. “What started as a room to be shared by the two youngest children (a boy and a girl) turned into a room for one with a jungle theme, while the older teens moved from the upper-floor bedrooms to the recreation level, where they’d have their own spaces in close proximity to the ‘hangout’ rooms,” the interior designer shares. “Our role was to stay flexible.”

A timber sitting room with ceiling beams, decorative wall panels and a blue sofa.
A Studio Gallery Melbourne artwork hangs atop a Currey & Company monkey table (try the ‘Abu’ table from Cromwell). (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Kitchen and breakfast nook

Blues, white and natural timber nod to the home’s coastal locale and are reflected in the sunny breakfast nook.

A timber breakfast nook below a wall gallery of decorative plates.
For similar dining chairs, try the curved striped-back chairs from Alfresco Emporium. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Just a few steps from the breakfast nook is the breathtaking kitchen. “The provincial blue island matches the La Cornue range hood and a butler’s pantry with sultry blue cabinetry, the colour for which was taken from the Moroccan tile selected for the splashback in this space,” says Kelly.

Blue contemporary coastal style kitchen.
For a similar blue, try Dulux Sea Drifter; for similar Urban Electric pendants, try Bloomingdales Lighting. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)
A wall gallery with decorative blue plates and two sconces.
Vintage plates bring years of character to the breakfast nook’s sea-hued decor. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Kelly transformed every corner of the home. Open to the main-floor foyer, the kitchen was extended to include a breakout space. An antique baker’s table offers storage space for a collection of vintage picnic baskets.

A timber table in the foyer decorated with cane suitcases, flowers and books.
For similar woven baskets, try Wicka. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Living area

Inspired by the ocean views and nearby yacht club, the designer opted for a coastal colour scheme of white, navy, gold and natural timber hues. “We also wanted to create the presence and substance of a historical home that had been standing for generations,” says Kelly, who personalised nooks with a mix of antique finds and modern treasures.

A coastal style living area with blue sofas, a marble fireplace and nautical wall art.
A custom sofa by Kelly Deck Design in the main living area extends an invitation to relax, alongside a mix of armchairs. The artwork above the Jamb fireplace is one of the family’s many vintage finds. For a similar fireplace, try Martin Allen Antiques. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Upper landing

“We wanted to create a graceful arrival experience on the bedroom level,” says Kelly of the roomy upper landing, which is bathed in natural light. “Here, the table acts as a rotating vignette for seasonal florals and objects.”

A white upper landing decorated with a jute rug, gold chandelier and a table with a patterned cover.
For the whimsical P Kaufmann ‘Jardin Animalier’ fabric in Indigo that clothes the circular table, try Thread Candy. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

“We were compelled by the homeowners’ vision of creating a forever home that would meet their family’s needs now and in generations to come – a legacy home.”

Kelly, interior designer
A table decorated with a vase of white flowers, books and wooden birds.
The nautical narrative is reflected throughout, reinforced by white and blue. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Main bedroom and dressing room

A jewel-like Currey & Company chandelier (try Cromwell) presides over the couple’s bedroom, which is awash with sea swept colours and frames harbourside views. Kelly layered the room with tactile materials such as sisal, linen and timber.

A coastal style main bedroom with blue furnishings, a gold chandelier and a jute rug.
For the Anna French ‘Moorea’ fabric in Blue used to upholster the bed, try Boyac. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

The home’s materials and colour palette is drawn from seafaring. “We referenced the timeless and practical details and materials of timber sailboats – the sun-kissed wood, the fastened details, the colours of rope, sail and sea,” says Kelly, who opted for shiplap and wall panelling in the entrance, stairwell and common areas. “All these elements inspired our colour scheme and the relaxed coastal feel.”

We love… nautical accents
A white, blue and grey main bedroom with windows overlooking a bay.
Topping off the bedlinen is a woven ikat blanket from Threads of Life. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Brimming with storage is the couple’s luxurious dressing room. “To create the feeling of a historical home, we were very intentional with our use of finishing carpentry throughout,” says Kelly.

A white dressing room with a gold geometric pendant and marble drawers.
For the Kravet Basics linen fabric that lines the joinery, try Elliott Clarke. A Visual Comfort ‘Morris’ lantern (try Laura Kincade) crowns the space. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Main ensuite

True to nautical style, the upper walls and ceiling of the couple’s ensuite are panelled. The sophisticated Victoria + Albert bathtub is offset by richly veined stonework and brass fittings, including the Hudson Valley Lighting ‘Bruckner’ pendants.

An all-white ensuite with gold glass doors, a freestanding bath and a marble vanity.
For similar lights, try Becki Owens ‘Ivy’ pendants in Aged Brass from Highgate House. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

“Throughout the home, the hardware, plumbing and lighting is a mix of unlacquered and aged brass,” says Kelly. “Many of the selections have decorative exposed fasteners, like those you may find on an antique sailboat or historical wooden ship.”

The main ensuite with a freestanding bath, gold towel rack and gold glass doors.
An antique plant stand adds charm. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Powder room

Resplendent with blue panelled walls and blonde timber detailing, the powder room is a stately escape.

A coastal style powder room with blue wall panels, a timber vanity and patterned tiles.
For the Christopher Farr Cloth wallpaper, try Ascraft. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Alfresco area

Janus et Cie chairs surround a custom outdoor table by Kelly Deck Design, and festoon lights add a magical touch.

Designers Kelly and Chelsea setting the table by the outdoor kitchen.
In addition to the interiors, Kelly (left) refreshed the exterior with assistance from her firm’s senior designer, Chelsea Brynildsen (right). The outdoor kitchen is by Paul Sangha Creative. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Lighthearted and airy, this newly transformed forever home is sailing into a new chapter, with many more memories yet to come.

A blue bar cart in the outdoor alfresco area.
The drinks cart and lamp are vintage. (Photography: Ema Peter / Styling: Kelly Deck Design)

Interior designer: Kelly Deck Design, kellydeck.com.
Architect: Eric Stine Architect, ericstinearchitect.com.
Building: Ronse Massey, ronsemassey.com.
Landscape design: Paul Sangha Creative, paulsangha.com.


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