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We Love This Mid-Century-Modern-Inspired Coastal Cabin

A house on the edge of the Sunshine Coast finds its soul.

falkenraynolds_halfmoon_0367When homeowners Andrew and Laura first pulled up to this waterfront home on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, its exterior didn’t do much to wow them. “This house is really, really nondescript from the outside,” says Andrew, describing the home on Halfmoon Bay. But, he says, that was part of the appeal: there was a surprise inside. “You pull up to this place and it looks like nothing, and then you walk inside and see the view.” And it’s a stunner.

“We didn’t want anything that took away from that,” says Andrew of the dramatic site with views of Merry and Thormanby Islands in the foreground and Vancouver Island beyond, across the Strait of Georgia. It’s what sold Andrew and his wife, Laura, on the ’80s-era house. “I walked in the door and it was like I was on a boat,” he says of the 180-degree views.


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But the 2,200-square-foot post-and-beam structure was tired and in need of a serious reboot. And yet they never thought of tearing it down. “I almost feel like houses have a soul, and that our job is to bring out the best of what the house is,” says Andrew. With great bones and an unrivalled proximity to the water (current setback rules wouldn’t allow any new building to be as close to the shoreline), they decided to renovate and turn a recreational property into the primary residence for their young family.

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With a keen interest in mid-century-modern design (the couple also refurbed their Palm Springs home by themselves), Andrew and Laura knew what they wanted: a clean, simple, updated space that underscored the views outside. And, knowing what a reno involved, they decided to hire designers.

Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds of Falken Reynolds Interiors (winners in the 2016 Western Living Designers of the Year Awards) were wowed—first, upon revelation of the view, and, second, after scoping Andrew and Laura’s collection of mid-century furniture, including a Noguchi coffee table and a Saarinen Womb chair. Even the house itself had a vintage vibe, with its statement-making flagstone fireplace and fir-panelled ceiling.

“The view is so amazing that when you walk in, everything else is backdrop,” says Reynolds, “and we had to make sure it was quiet. We didn’t want to out-stage the setting.” So they made the picture windows even larger, added more of them, then played up the mid-century theme in as authentic a way as possible.

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Halfmoon Bay, just outside, may be the star, but the inside is now a worthy match, with “that same earthy quality of Scandinavian design,” says Andrew.

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They stuck to a simple palette of bright-white walls and white-oak floors warmed with teak. “Because so much of it is white and really modern feeling, the teak helps to take it back to that ’60s/’70s rich grain with lots of variation in colour,” says Falkenberg. And the teak is repeated everywhere, from inside the master bedroom’s closets to custom drawer pulls in the kitchen. All the bathroom cabinetry is custom teak millwork, including a vanity designed to mimic a mid-century sideboard with sliding doors and integrated handles. “Falken Reynolds and the cabinetmakers probably put as much thought into the cabinets as many people do into a whole house,” says Andrew.

Alongside the custom work, the designers used the couple’s existing furniture—“all nubbly and cozy,” describes Reynolds—providing a textural balance to the white and glass and expansive views. And he convinced them to put out a circa-1940 alpaca rug from Colombia, passed on to Laura from her grandmother, as the funky centrepiece of the main living space.

Other textural interest was added through pattern and subtle variations of hue in the kitchen and bathroom tilework, whether in herringbone or vintage-looking blue-green Heath tiles. “We wanted to bring in little bits of texture and interest so it didn’t feel too stark or severe—even grout gives a little bit of softness and casualness,” says Falkenberg.

And those teal Heath tiles are a key pop of colour. “It’s a really strong mid-century colour,” says Reynolds, adding that the hue “looks amazing with teak.” That blue-green and teak also looks great with the seascape that’s the inspiration for all of this, says Falkenberg. It’s just one of many connections to the outdoors. The kitchen (once cave-like) now has extra windows, skylights (with LED-lit wells that emit a quiet, diffused light) and no upper cabinets—one of the few things Andrew and Laura weren’t sure about initially, but now happily concede is part of what makes the kitchen their favourite space. “I get pleasure out of it every day, multiple times a day,” says Andrew.

Halfmoon Bay, just outside, may be the star, but the inside is now a worthy match, with “that same earthy quality of Scandinavian design,” says Andrew. It’s grounding and soulful, he says—and indeed, the soul they wanted to recover in this home has settled back into place here on the Sunshine Coast.

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SOURCES
Living Room Alicia Adams classic throw, Capellini side table, Carl Hansen CH07 chair, Steven Pollock concrete planter, Classicon Diana side table, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Noguchi coffee table, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; EQ3, Calgary. Eq3.com. Knoll chair and ottoman, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; Inspired Home Interiors, Edmonton, inspiredhomes.ca. Jonathan Adler Ventana floor lamp, Chintz & Co., Victoria, chintz.com; Mint Interiors, Vancouver, mintinteriors.ca; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; The Artworks, Edmonton, theartworks.ca; Atmosphere Design Lounge, Saskatoon, atmosphereid.ca; Five Small Rooms, Winnipeg, fivesmallrooms.com. Flos Gatto table lamp, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; Le Belle Arti, Calgary, lebellearti.com; Lightform, Edmonton, lightform.ca. Aura European Oak wood flooring, Custom Carpets and Interiors, customcarpets.ca. Charcoal sofa, charcoal chair, rug, small floor lamp, wall art, star clock, homeowner’s own.
Bathroom Blue tiling, Heath Ceramics, heathceramics.com. Stone Tile Granito white tile, Bordignon Marble & Granite, Vancouver, bordignon.ca. Large Hansgrohe Raindance showerhead, Victoria Speciality Hardware and Plumbing, Victoria, vshl.ca; Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Bartle and Gibson, Calgary, Edmonton, bartlegibson.com; Jones Goodridge, Regina, jonesgoodridge.com; B.A. Robinson, Saskatoon, barobinson.com; Dynasty Bathrooms, Winnipeg, dynastybath.com. Small Axor Starck showerhead, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Andrew Sheret ltd, Richmond, sheret.com. Rich Brilliant Willing Branch sconce, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Duravit D-code sink, Duravit toilet, Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, across the West, robinsonlightingandbath.com; Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com. Wood shelf, mirror, drawers, custom.
Hall Herman Miller Eames rocking chair, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; EQ3, Calgary, eq3.com. Stansborough wool throw, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Art, homeowner’s own.
Dining/Kitchen Pental Quartz kitchen counter, Pental Quartz, pentalquartz.com. Knoll Jamaica bar stool, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, gabrielross.ca; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; Inspired Home Interiors, Edmonton, inspiredhomes.ca. Sink, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Andrew Sheret ltd, Richmond, sheret.com. Hansgrohe faucet, Victoria Speciality Hardware and Plumbing, Victoria, vshl.ca; Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Bartle and Gibson, Calgary, Edmonton, bartlegibson.com; Jones Goodridge, Regina, jonesgoodridge.com; B.A. Robinson, Saskatoon, barobinson.com; Dynasty Bathrooms, Winnipeg, dynastybath.com. Stone Tile Milano white tile, Bordignon Marble & Granite, Vancouver, bordignon.ca. Wood chest, dining table and chairs, homeowner’s own. Cabinetry, custom.
Hall Custom mirror, ottoman, Lauten Woodworking, Vancouver, lautenwoodworking.com. Salari City New York rug, Salari Fine Carpet Collections, Vancouver, salari.com. Gubi Mategot coat rack, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com.
Play room Salari Salsa area rug, Salari Fine Carpet Collections, Vancouver, salari.com. Knoll Marcel Breuer rocking chair, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, gabrielross.ca; Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; Inspired Home Interiors, Edmonton, inspiredhomes.ca. Vitra Cork Family stool, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, gabrielross.com; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; Dwell Modern, Edmonton, dwellmodern.ca; EQ3, Winnipeg, eq3.com. Wallace and Sewell Brunel throw, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Coffee table, sofa, homeowner’s own.
Bedroom Fullhouse Vintage rosewood dresser, Fullhouse Modern, Vancouver, fullhousemodern.com. Salari Salsa area rug, Salari Fine Carpet Collections, Vancouver, salari.com. Gubi Beetle gray chair, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com. Vitra Cork Family side table, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, 866-207-1111, gabrielross.com; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com; Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com; Dwell Modern, Edmonton, dwellmodern.ca; EQ3, Winnipeg, eq3.com. Custom closet teak knobs, Lauten Woodworking, Vancouver, lautenwoodworking.com. Benjamin Moore Satin white lacquer finish, Pacific Paint and Wallpaper, Victoria, pacificpaint.benmoorepaints.com; Coast Decorating Center, Vancouver, coastpaint.com; West Hillhurst Paint and Design, Calgary, westhillhurstpaint.com; ColourSpec North Decorating Inc., Edmonton, paintedmonton.com; Eastside Paint & Wallpaper, Saskatoon, eastsidepaintandwallpaper.com; Regina’s House of Colour, Regina, reginashouseofcolour.com; Western Paint, Winnipeg, westernpaint.ca. Bed, blanket, homeowner’s own.

Comments

L

We have known Halfmoon Bay is the best place to live and have tried to emulate this in our home. Scandinavian design is the best for our BC homes. In our opinion.
I love what these people have done with this house. Would love to meet them!

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L

I should have said, we tried to emulate Scandinavian design in our home in Halfmoon Bay!

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