Reconciling the idea of the traditional show suite, its potential, pitfalls and possibilities, was at the forefront of our approach to the interior design for Seaside model home. Commissioned by respected Vancouver developer Mosaic Homes, we were challenged with redefining and elevating the concept to align with their culture of design innovation. Tsawwassen, a sunny, if sleepy, enclave at the southwest corner of the Vancouver metropolitan area, seems an unlikely candidate for such a progression.
Working from a blank slate, we settled upon the idea of beginning our process with the development of an equally progressive muse for the project. Searching for authentic narrative amongst the tropes of real estate marketing and development, we developed a buyer sketch that endeavoured to reach beyond the usual buyer profile suspects—in this case, downsizers looking for simpler, and sunnier, pastures.
What we settled upon was a thoroughly modern take on the retiree—one that yes, don’t have kids and no, don’t need so much space anymore, but also still knows how to let loose, knows a thing or two about art and design and battles the sands of time 3-4 times per week through strenuous exercise. The space that we’ve developed for the model home reflects this.
A sumptuous home bar with capacity for more than your average golden hour G&T, a curated selection of diverse artwork and curios lining the walls and nestled in storage nooks, a design-minded home gym that looks just as good as it performs.
A dedicated space for well-honed crafting and making activities. Room for entertaining and hosting overnight guests. Technology integrated throughout the home. We wanted to craft a space that reflected a new normal for what an ‘empty nest’ can be.
Throughout the space, we reflected the usage and programming of each room within the home. Soft and inviting pastel tones in the more intimate living spaces, balanced by punchier and richer colours in active spaces like the bar and home gym.
The artwork is an eclectic mix of vintage, contemporary and collage work which tell the story of a lifetime of discovery and collecting.
Similarly, the mix of furniture echoes a balance of vintage and antique with sharp and contemporary. These elements, combined with the thoughtful architectural and design details of the home, sought to bring a layered and nuanced feel to the space, brimming with textures, colour and richness. Truly a reflection of the life, past and present, of its ‘owners’.