Home embraces its surroundings
entertaining, a washer and dryer under a granite countertop, a fold-down ironing board and other practical pullouts.
LornaGail also has a spacious dressing room, ensuite and bedroom stretching across the width of the house, offering light from both sides and flowthrough air.
“It feels so cosy here because there are no distractions,” said the pediatric respite care nurse. “We love the serenity and unbounded feeling.”
Following the continental style, both LornaGail and Michael have their own bedrooms and dressing rooms or studies at opposite ends of the L-shaped home, so they can have private time while staying intimately connected.
“Women really get this,” says LornaGail, whose bedroom glows with the colours of moonlight. They both like to rise early, do yoga and meditate.
She didn’t place her bed against the wall in typical fashion. Instead, it divides the room into two, with the bed facing the inner courtyard and afternoon sun, while the other side faces the forest and is her yoga area.
Few of the windows need curtains, but where necessary she has made them from Indian saris. The white fabric billows and drifts like clouds across the windows, and outside the views resemble Tom Thomson’s wild landscapes.
The couple enjoy travelling in India, where they visit historic sites, study art, enjoy village life and relax in Ayurvedic clinics.
“Our goal was to create a house full of wood, light, healthy natural building materials, that rested on the land as if it had always been there,” says Michael.
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The home of Michael and LornaGail on Saltspring Island, B.C.