Photo Gallery: McIntyre Bills Designs
Browse interiors by the Calgary firm.
A smoked-glass backsplash and marble counter add glamour to this Calgary kitchen. Sculptural pendants and oversized topiaries highlight an island that was redesigned with a streamlined silhouette to accommodate more seating.
Larger artwork and a mix of metals amp up the glamour in the living room of the same home. The rich look of panelling was achieved by applying moulding to the drywall, then painting it all in the same colour — beautiful and budget-friendly. The geometric lines are reiterated in the new boxy chairs and Art Deco-inspired fireplace screen by McIntyre Bills designer Stephanie Brown. The screen’s trimwork continues the lines of the chairs.
Lots of soft throw pillows add a bohemian vibe to the family room. The colourful bookcase vignettes complement the warm earthy colours of the sectional, elevating the cosy tone-on-tone palette. Existing built-ins were restyled to better organize books and showcase special pieces.
The ceiling is painted in the same warm beige as the walls. “I love to add a drop of yellow tint to the wall colour, then use that newly created colour on the ceiling in the same room,” says McIntyre. “At a glance it’s all the same colour, only it feels warmer and stops the ceiling from looking grey and dull.” An easy trick to try at home!
Homeowner Christine Woolner wanted a functional kitchen with a vintage black and white look, which the designers achieved with Shaker cabinetry, granite counters and traditional hardware. “Install dimmer switches on your lighting,” advises Bills. “Whether for ceiling fixtures or lamps, they’re essential.” Especially for lights over an island, dimmers allow for low lighting while entertaining around the island and brighter lighting while cooking.
In Christine’s living room, two oversized floor mirrors and four Bill Sofield chairs are “deliberately arranged in a very controlled, Art Deco, symmetrical way,” explains McIntyre. Covered in luxurious mohair, the chairs are a comfortable, inviting substitute for a large sofa in the relatively small room. Dark like those in the rest of the house, the walls here are finished in a textural silk wallpaper.
In the guest bedroom, McIntyre used a fun and friendly striped wallpaper, which is grounded by the plush dark grey wool carpet (used throughout the second floor). The vibrant damask-clad wing chairs were a lucky find when McIntyre and Christine were on a trip to Los Angeles, and add the perfect pop of colour to the graphic palette.
In Christine’s bedroom, the damask wallpaper lends a more feminine look than the rest of the dramatic house. McIntyre kept the furniture simple with a bed upholstered in white velvet, elegant antique tables and simple art.
This 1970s home on Calgary’s Lake Bonavista was renovated into a contemporary space that maintained the integrity of the original architecture. The sunken living room shows the house’s retro personality. McIntyre added a flamed granite slab to the original stonework of the fireplace, creating a juxtaposition of different textures. The smooth hardwood and shag rug also add to the play on texture.
Floating wooden shelves incorporated into the fireplace’s Pece limestone surround create an asymmetry that is very mid-century modern. McIntyre chose a Nuevo floor lamp and bright orange sofas to go along with the theme.
Luisa and Duane Hertzer’s Calgary kitchen was designed in “blocks” — a 13-foot island topped with a single slab of granite, a symmetrical fridge/freezer wall, and cabinetry panelled with textured glass.
The home has a long, narrow horizontal space at the back of the house. To make the most of the space, McIntyre Bills aligned the kitchen, family room and eating nook in a row. To the right, a marble fireplace surround houses storage and a TV.
The cosy library in Luisa and Duane Hertzer’s Calgary home has a wall of Luisa’s own photography — the Hertzers’ children at the Calgary Stampede and photos of their European travels. “We respond to the style and taste of our clients, and really aim to express their individuality,” explains McIntyre. Creating a gallery wall of personal photos and mementos is an easy way to inject your own personality into a space.