When we asked readers to submit photos of their living room for a chance to be featured on Houseandhome.com, we were overwhelmed by the responses. H&H readers then voted for their favourites, and B.C. designer/builder Dawna Jones' own black-and-white living room came in first. This space isn't the only gorgeous room in her house — the rest of Dawna's home is stunning, too, so we had to share the photos. Many thanks to Linda Sabiston for the amazing shots:
Dawna has been in the building business for over 16 years, working alongside her husband Bruce Jones of Venture Enterprises. Understanding what happens at every stage of construction has been a huge asset for her as a designer.
The west coast — with its ocean views and natural beauty — inspires Dawna's designs. She describes her style as simple and organic, and loves texture. She enjoys contrast, too, which is evident in her home's black-and-white colour scheme. This timeless approach means she won't tire of her decorating choices quickly, and can easily revamp the look if need be.
Dawna's favourite room in her house? The kitchen, or "the party house" as she calls it. A large door to the patio opens up almost 18-feet for easy flow between indoors and out.
Each room takes advantage of the ocean view. This dining room table was built by Dawna's husband Bruce.
Her loft-like bedroom also offers stunning views of the mountainside. "In the summer it's like sleeping in a treetop," she says.
When it comes to decorating, Dawna says, "It's always important to me to have a mix. I think people are surprised when they come in and realize it's not 'super modern' and minimal. That is not me!"
I'm off to dream about rooms with a view...
Linda Sabiston, First Impressions Photography