Fea­tur­ing trends both fresh and time­less, this luxe West Coast sit­ting room strikes a stylish con­fi­dent pose.


Fea­tur­ing trends both fresh and time­less, a luxe West Coast sit­ting room strikes a stylish and con­fi­dent pose

The se­cret to liv­ing large in a 150-square-foot room lies in se­lec­tive style. Lack­ing the lux­ury of lots of space in this Van­cou­ver home, de­signer Ami McKay and spous­es­lash-con­struc­tion man­ager Don Thomas of Pure De­sign had to em­ploy an ex­act­ing eye and choose el­e­ments for the sit­ting room that were noth­ing short of per­fec­tion: invit­ing and comfy, high qual­ity and über-func­tional, time­less and on-trend. The pieces work to­gether to add mod­ern char­ac­ter to the home’s vin­tage 1930s en­ve­lope, de­liv­er­ing that quin­tes­sen­tial of-the-mo­ment decor mix that lends per­son­al­ity and charm to any space. Here are the high­lights.

1. Arc On

Sculp­tural arc lamps are noth­ing new, but these long-necked ad­justable beau­ties are so ver­sa­tile they never seem to go out of style. “They’re great for light­ing in­ti­mate spa­ces in lieu of a ceil­ing mount,” ex­plains Ami.

2. Heart of Glass

Move over, French doors. In more mod­ern spa­ces like this, a wall of black-framed ware­hous­es­tyle win­dows is steal­ing your spot­light. Here, they add in­dus­trial drama and echo the ge­om­e­try of the open-framed fur­nish­ings, as well as the hits of black that pep­per the room.

3. Colour Code

If you’re in­vest­ing in big-ticket items, keep longevity top of mind and opt for neu­tral hues. Add in­ter­est with tex­ture, and choose a colour­ful hero like this fun en­er­getic rug. Should the home­own­ers ever crave a fresh ac­cent shade, they can sim­ply switch out this one piece.

4. Tanned Hide

With its graphic square frame and caramel­coloured cush­ions, the sidechair is mas­cu­line to the eye but fem­i­nine to the touch. The Pure De­sign team loves its sup­ple, slightly worn leather for its ul­tra-luxe feel. “It goes with ev­ery look and adds warmth to any space,” says Ami.

5. Photo Fin­ish

A clas­sic style move that never gets stale, adding per­sonal travel pho­tos lends char­ac­ter. When mat­ted and framed, a trio of black and white ar­chi­tec­ture shots (an­other trend we’re see­ing lots of) looks gallery-wor­thy...but comes at a frac­tion of the cost.

6. Bar Star

“These days, we’re adding built-in bars to most of the houses we’re de­sign­ing,” says Ami of the 1950s trend that has re­turned to liv­ing rooms of late. Per­fect for pre­vent­ing kitchen con­ges­tion dur­ing get-to­geth­ers, this one max­i­mizes ev­ery square inch and boasts stor­age for ev­ery­thing from wine and spir­its to serve­ware.

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