SMALL WON­DER

Obakki founder and phi­lan­thropist Tre­ana Peake finds that homey feel­ing in her lit­tle West Van beach house.

Vancouver Magazine - - PLAY - by Stacey McLach­lan photographs by Ja­nis Ni­co­lay

Com­ing home used to look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for fash­ion de­signer and phi­lan­thropist Tre­ana Peake. “We had an 8,000-square-foot house with an in­fin­ity pool with doors that opened up wide. It was such a beau­ti­ful house, but it didn’t feel homey,” she ex­plains.

She trav­els con­stantly for work (her cloth­ing brand, Obakki, takes her to New York and Ja­pan; her char­ity, the Obakki Foun­da­tion, takes her to Su­dan to drill and mon­i­tor wells), and hus­band Ryan Peake is on the road reg­u­larly, too, tour­ing in a lit­tle band called Nick­el­back, so hav­ing a home base that felt like home was crit­i­cal. “I wanted a house where peo­ple didn’t need to take off their shoes and could come over with their dogs,” says Tre­ana.

Two years ago, they found just that: in a quiet West Van neigh­bour­hood, the cou­ple and their two kids (aged 13 and 15) set­tled in to what Tre­ana calls “just a lit­tle beach house.” She’s be­ing mod­est—the bright-and-airy Crafts­man home, with its panoramic views of Howe Sound, is hardly a shack—but there is a beau­ti­ful hum­ble­ness to this space. It es­chews flash to let the cliff­side lo­cale do the talk­ing, and the Peake par­ents have added per­sonal touches in­side in the same un­fussy vein: a twin set of over­stuffed

Restora­tion Hard­ware so­fas cov­ered in slouchy linen; a bay win­dow lined with a dozen cacti; built-in shelves brim­ming with well-thumbed cook­books; per­son­al­ized art projects gifted from Ryan to Tre­ana tucked into the cor­ner.

On a Sun­day, you’ll find Tre­ana in the kitchen all day, coax­ing one of the kids into help­ing her with a tagine recipe (she’s an avid cook), or out in the fire-heated cedar Ja­panese bath she set up in the back­yard. Ryan might be in his stu­dio, the kids in their rec room up­stairs. On warm sum­mer nights, the fam­ily pad­dles around to­gether in kayaks or dives into the ocean right off the rocks. Tre­ana’s work rais­ing money and build­ing wells in Su­dan through her foun­da­tion can be de­mand­ing—“it’s such a spe­cial place, but pretty chal­leng­ing,” she says—so time spent in tran­quil­ity with fam­ily is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant. “Some­times I have mu­sic, but usu­ally I’m lis­ten­ing to geese and hawks and ea­gles. It’s so mind­ful,” says Tre­ana. “This house makes you slow down and spend more time to­gether.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the Obakki Foun­da­tion’s clean water ini­tia­tives, go to obakki­foun­da­tion.org

I Spy The Peakes keep a pair of binoc­u­lars at the ready for whale watch­ing from the break­fast nook (here you can see Tre­ana pho­tographed in prime po­si­tion). A photo of Tre­ana’s dad sits on the table­top, too.

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