Mas­cu­line, mod­ern, el­e­gant and edgy: This Cal­gary home is all about style but has cozy com­fort­able liv­ing at its core.

Style at Home - - Industrial Comfort - TEXT LAURA MUIR | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY COLIN WAY

Tom Si­mons had no in­ten­tion of buy­ing this house. It was be­ing built as a spec project by Cal­gary home builder Mis­sion Homes and was halfway fin­ished when fate worked its magic. Hav­ing col­lab­o­rated with the com­pany be­fore, Tom was fa­mil­iar with its high-qual­ity work and wanted Mis­sion Homes to build a new house for him and his two teenaged kids, Grace, 17, and Cole, 14. “I came here to meet the builder about it, looked around and de­cided then and there to buy this one.”

Even though the 4,000-square-foot house wasn’t com­plete, Tom liked what he saw. The space boasted at­tributes that went beyond spec house ex­pec­ta­tions thanks, in part, to de­signer Nam

Dang-Mitchell, who had been work­ing with the builder on the ba­sic fin­ishes – so Tom hired her to fill in the rest. “It’s nice to take a project from be­gin­ning to end,” says Nam.

“I wanted a fam­ily home that is taste­ful and el­e­gant but not os­ten­ta­tious,” says Tom, who en­vi­sioned a ro­bust mix of in­dus­trial and tra­di­tional styles with re­laxed fam­ily liv­ing at its heart. “I wanted a space that could serve as both a spot for my kids to hang with friends and some­where I could host busi­ness as­so­ci­ates.”

The ca­sual mas­cu­line vibe Nam cre­ated suits this anti-pre­cious prac­ti­cal­ity. In her sig­na­ture so­phis­ti­cated neu­tral pal­ette, Nam pro­duced a cozy char­ac­ter-filled back­drop with ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, tex­tu­ral wall­cov­er­ings and rich sooth­ing colours. White oak makes

a fre­quent ap­pear­ance in the house. “I’m in love with the floor­ing,” says Nam. “It’s wide plank with a nat­u­ral­look­ing matte fin­ish, and I just love how au­then­tic, or­ganic and ca­sual it is. It coun­ter­acts the for­mal­ity of the mould­ings.” White oak con­tin­ues in other el­e­ments, such as the kitchen is­land and the ceil­ing beams, as well as se­lect built-ins, cab­i­netry and glass-pan­elled pocket doors through­out the home, all of­fer­ing the same light and re­laxed ef­fect.

Along with in­cor­po­rat­ing a chic mix of clean-lined mid-cen­tury, con­tem­po­rary, tra­di­tional and tran­si­tional pieces, Nam pushed Tom to em­brace some edge with whim­si­cal winks, such as the sculp­tural Kelly Wearstler light fix­ture in the en­try­way and the spiky cof­fee ta­ble in the liv­ing room – but he was all for adorn­ing the din­ing area with the bold Pop­eye pop art (which he al­ready owned). De­tails like this keep the so­phis­ti­cated house fresh and un­fussy – and fam­ily friendly.

The liv­ing room (and its ad­ja­cent study) is one of every­one’s favourite ar­eas. “I’m in here all the time,” says Tom. “I start ev­ery day in here with a cof­fee and emails. Then at night, I’m here again, ei­ther work­ing or read­ing.” Cole and Grace also like to sit by the fire with their tablets, and their three-year-old Labradoo­dle, Tucker, lies on the sofa in front of the win­dow to keep watch. It’s the kind of fam­ily liv­ing that feels plucked from the pages of a sto­ry­book...but a mod­ern one with a lit­tle edge.

A pan­elled wall treat­ment lends clas­sic style to the din­ing room, while the art­work adds per­son­al­ity. “I love the con­trast be­tween the Pop­eye paint­ing and the for­mal­ity of the wall it sits on,” says de­signer Nam Dang-Mitchell. DIN­ING TA­BLE, Crate and Bar­rel; END CHAIRS, De­sign Within Reach; LIGHT FIX­TURE, O’Lampia; DRAP­ERY SEWING (through­out), Rita’s Cus­tom Drap­ery; DRAP­ERY FAB­RICS (through­out), DWA In­te­rior Fur­nish­ings; BLINDS (through­out), Global Shades.

Tom and his kids, Cole and Grace, pose with their beloved Labradoo­dle, Tucker.


ABOVE & LEFT The free-stand­ing cast iron tub with a riv­eted stain­less steel skirt is the star of the mas­ter bath­room. With its French bateau style, it’s at once clas­sic and in­dus­trial. El­e­ments like the floor-mounted tub filler, mar­ble floor­ing and sub­way tile wain­scot­ting lend old­world charm. The grey linen drap­ery, lay­ered over wo­ven blinds, has a soft­en­ing ef­fect. “And be­cause I like to add some­thing or­ganic to ev­ery room, there’s a tree stump side ta­ble,” says Nam.Cus­tom VAN­ITY, Ca­mantra; VAN­ITY HARD­WARE, Ban­bury Lane De­sign Cen­tre; BATH­TUB, TUB FILLER, Emco Cor­po­ra­tion; MEDICINE CAB­I­NETS, RH; FLOOR TILES, Saltillo Im­ports; STOOL, RUN­NER, Home­Sense.

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