Photo Gallery: Hockey Player Homes
Winning interior design from hockey all-stars.
Retired hockey star Trevor Linden always knew he wanted to retire on the west coast, so when a townhouse in Whistler’s Snowy Creek went on the market, Linden wasted no time in buying it. After renting it out for just over a decade, Linden gutted and renovated the five-storey unit with help from his brother, contractor Jamie Linden, and designer David Nicolay.
Linden wanted a minimalist look that still had the feel of a cabin in the mountains. Nicolay transformed the kitchen from builder-basic to contemporary hideaway by concealing the double fridges and freezer drawer within white lacquer cabinets and using natural hues with clean lines. Green chairs and accessories add a fun hit of green in an otherwise neutral area.
Nicolay embraced the beauty of Mare Bianco limestone tiles and oak cabinets, which are juxtaposed by the clean modernity of Caesarstone counters and white lacquer cabinets in the kitchen and dining area. The stretch of narrow wood cabinets contributes to the open, uncluttered look and adds warmth to the cool white counters.
High ceilings and clean lines make it a relaxing, tranquil space for reading or socializing. The existing fireplace was updated with unglazed porcelain tile and, since no mantel was built, the texture remains the focal point. Neutral colours and natural materials are consistent with the flow of the open-concept main floor.
Nicolay recessed the TV to save space. A built-in sofa seats ten, making this room a perfect gathering place for friends and family. The Brent Comber coffee tables lend an elegant rusticity to the space, while a painting by celebrated B.C. artist Gordon Smith visually links the interior with the outdoors.
Just off of the kitchen is this floating steel staircase, welded by brother and contractor Jamie Linden. Wood treads match the rest of the home and frameless glass guards offer sculptural impact without blocking the flow of light.
The loft space is masculine without being heavy, and matches the feel of the rest of the home while offering a more private place to read and relax. Custom-made shelves keep clutter in check. White walls, large windows and exposed wood beams in the vaulted ceiling keep the loft bright and airy.
The king-size bed from Carmel Furniture Design dominates the principal bedroom, while the Brent Comber side table adds a natural note. The use of earthy colours creates a stress-free, relaxed vibe.
Designed as a wet room, this main bathroom has an airy style. The mirrors, neutral colours and high ceiling make the room appear larger than it is, and no-fuss cabinets corral toiletries. The floating vanity and toilet have visual lightness and are practical when cleaning the floor.
See more photos of Trevor Linden’s Whistler townhouse in our photo gallery.
With a view like this, it’s no wonder why former Canuck goaltender Kirk McLean chose to settle in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.The nature-entrenched hillside was the perfect match for McLean’s down-to-earth personality. Let’s take a peek inside the house!
An expansive window floods the kitchen with light and affords views of a lush garden. Kirk’s designer and girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, wanted the kitchen island to feel solid and sculptural, so she stained it ebony and topped it with black granite. Rather than use barstools, she set a long, low leather seat by the window to accommodate guests but keep them out of the way.
Clean and spare but utterly comfortable, the living room is a mix of traditional and updated pieces with lots of strong shapes and minimum clutter. The old coffee table, which Kirk and Wendy have had for years, pairs handsomely with a tweed Ralph Lauren sofa and an antique Chinese cabinet. A simple sisal area rug defines the space.
Williams Watt played light and dark finishes off each other to moody effect in the living room. To give the hearth more presence, she recreated an idea she picked up at the Mondrian hotel in L.A.: she added a 6″ deep white tablet (of drywall) behind the wooden mantel, which has a surround of lustrous deep brown porcelain tile.
The den is Kirk’s favourite room. Previously a gloomy spare bedroom, it was opened up by adding french doors along the back wall and creating a small garden reading area outside. The walls are covered in French pen-and-ink drawings.
Kirk met his girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, when she signed on to makeover his downtown condo. She bestowed the bachelor pad with a handsome, classic aesthetic. Mud hues used throughout counter the abundant natural light. In the living room, slouchy, feet-friendly furniture creates an inviting space. Two leather club chairs, a classic rolled-arm sofa and round ottoman are traditional elements. Tall windows overlook a spectacular view of Stanley Park, English Bay and the Vancouver skyline.
“Kirk has a beautiful style,” says William Watts. “He likes classic and traditional design, but with an edge.” That’s certainly true of his condo kitchen. Bar height chairs slipcovered in white denim pull up to the eating bar clad in a polished marble countertop. They contrast the ebony-stained Shaker-style cabinetry, which adds traditional character.
The eating nook in Kirk’s kitchen is defined by a corner banquette covered in canvas with a traditional linear stripe. “I like a dress shirt,” says Williams Watt. Drapery made from tweed suiting fabric, a cashmere toss pillow, and a floral iron chandelier enhance the warm, casual look.
A beveled mirror brings in the views seen through the window. The bed was custom-made to look like a sofa — inviting, soft and low. The space’s subdued palette and masculine pieces add warmth. A white pendant light and minimal accessories lend a modern feel.
Set in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains, Gretzky’s stately home is a little slice of heaven. The porte cochère at the house’s entrance exemplifies the symmetrical Georgian exterior. A dramatic fountain echoes the interior’s ornate architectural detailing.
The parlour, off the foyer, exudes an elegant mix of English, Asian and Regency influences. The richly hued silk upholstery pops against the white-glazed walls and moulding and understated ebonized walnut floors. Luxurious gilt pieces tie in with the fireplace’s hearth and surround made of ivory and gold onyx.
In the kitchen, the beadboard-panelled ceiling and range hoods, butcher-block countertops and a chunky tea-stained oak top on the island imbue a homey look. The precise floral hood trim exemplifies the attention given to the house’s visual flow; it reflects the extensive mouldings used throughout. The louvered pocket door leads to an ample walk-in pantry.
With french doors (not visible) that lead to the garden, intricate floral motifs and a green-based palette — in the bespoke silk-blend cotton area rug, deep olive mohair-covered sofa, and green onyx fireplace surround, for instance — the living room has a soothing botanical look.
In Wayne’s private study, rich, dark, walnut panelling and built-ins contribute to a library-like aesthetic. Beloved hockey memorabilia, like a Warhol portrait of Wayne, his #99 jersey and a Detroit Red Wings jersey that belonged to Gordie Howe, personalize the room.
In his wife Janet’s private tub room, the bath enclosure is defined by an arch with detailing that emulates a keystone and pillars. The floral and lattice pattern on the tub’s apron is French-inspired. The ivory and cream palette makes for a soothing retreat.