Photo Gallery: B.C. Homes By McCarthy Hinder Interior Design
Pared-down, laid-back spaces that inspire.
This kitchen is part of the Blanc collection of eight modern townhomes built by The Airey Group that merges minimalist architecture with rich materials. “We wanted a West Coast flavour, with a modern feel for this project,” says Carrie McCarthy of McCarthy Hinder Interior Design. Expanses of white oak floor accent the white lacquer kitchen cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops. She adds, “Simply White by Benjamin Moore was chosen because it was clean without being cold, with no blue undertone.”
Artful pendants delineate the dining area without blocking views. In the kitchen, the cabinets’ vertical grain leads the eye up to the cedarclad ceiling, for a treehouse effect.
“Even though this kitchen is in a “spec” house, we wanted it to be family oriented, welcoming and warm yet still contemporary,” explains Carrie. The home was built by Evoke International Design, developed by brothers Jamie and Trevor Linden (of NHL fame). “The black light fixture over the dining area is Ikea,” Carrie points out. “Everyone thinks it’s expensive, but this project was a good mix of high and low elements.”
The dining area in this home feels open and expansive. Space-saving features include a round table, and floating, built-in buffet. Carrie and Tanja chose a simple white palette as a backdrop to make the woodgrain and art stand out. They found this old railway tie and leaned it casually in a corner, like a sculpture.
A large rug defines the living area, where family and friends gather to watch TV or enjoy a fire in the natural stone fireplace, one of the Pender Island home’s most impressive architectural features.
Instead of a traditional box cushion to top the bench, Carrie and Tanja opted for the subtle pattern and rich colour of a kilim rug to add punch to a neutral dining area. “We had an antique kilim rug sewn into a cushion for the built-in bench. It was reasonably priced and looks modern because it’s not puffy — that’s the key,” Carrie advises. The black pendant over the rustic dining table was an Ikea find and picks up the tones of the artwork.
The first floor of the Blanc project townhouses in Kitsilano, a Vancouver neighbourhood, relies on warm oak to tie the different spaces together. “We wanted it to be organic, using very earthy colours with a pop of colour from the art and accessories,&
A nook in the guest/playroom is a refined distillation of the home’s drawn-from-nature palette, with the art and console echoing tones in the stone wall.
The principal bedroom is cantilevered out over the landscape and wrapped in windows. Plush carpeting, linen drapes and cosy bedding in soft, calming shades of grey and taupe balance the industrial austerity of concrete floors. The spiky wooden light fixture is a modern take on an antler chandelier.
This Kitsilano bedroom demonstrates the quiet power of neutral bedding with a combo of dark and light tones layered together. For added interest, Carrie chose identical lamps but unmatched bedside tables. The crinkled textures, plush fur cushion and chunky rug turn this bedroom into a cosy cocoon.
A vivid pink rug, pillows and pretty lighting in the daughter’s bedroom adds fun without going all-out girly. A doublebed lower bunk provides lots of space for overnight guests, while cedar panelling on the ceiling adds warmth and texture. McCarthy and Hinder designed a storage unit with painted-pink cubby holes to make the bed feel more enclosed and create a spot to display collectibles.
This children’s bedroom had a tight budget so Carrie searched the web for a graphic motif, settling on an overblown honeycomb that subs in for a headboard. “The biggest surface in a room determines the paint colour — the bedding is more restrictive than the paint,” Carrie advises. “After we decided on the linens, choosing a wall colour was easy.” Tanja Hinder custom designed the chartreuse lampshade to lift the grey.
With its walls finished in horizontally veined travertine slabs and the ceiling in matching tile, the bathroom’s walk-in steam shower has an enveloping, spa-like feeling that reflects the rocky seascapes outside. By making the threshold level with the cement floor, the designers have focused the room on the unbroken flow of natural light instead. The window opens to allow excess humidity to escape and provide the luxury of a shower with a view.
Glass panels which partition the shower and a custom vanity give this bathroom an open, spa-like vibe. The bench to the left was made by Tanja Hinder. The texture of the woodgrain and a rough concrete bowl in the shower are counterpoints to the smooth expanses of carrara marble floor and glass.
A glass divider doesn’t obscure the chunky stair treads or raw appeal of the woodgrain in this staircase. “The space is accented beautifully by the concrete artwork by Steve Pollock,” explains Carrie.
The glass-walled pavilion is the hub and heart of the house. It holds the living, dining and kitchen spaces and links the family wing, to the right, and the guest wing on the left. Furnishings here are sleek and low-slung, so they don’t block the views. The huge white oak dining table and benches are designed to feel like a modern picnic table.