Decorating & Design

August 17, 2022

A Dark ’80s Kitchen Becomes An Emerald Jewel For A Fairy-Tale House In B.C.

Designers don’t often squeal with delight when they arrive at a prospective project. But Christi Rivard and Jessica Allerton from Bidgood design studio did when they pulled up to the Victoria house belonging to Rachel Nolte-Laird and Dave Laird. The Tudor Revival home looked like it was pulled straight out of a fairy tale. Located near the city’s Galloping Goose Trail and Swan Lake, it certainly sounds like one, too.

“It’s a very quaint English countryside–style neighborhood and the architecture suits that style,” says Jessica of her clients’ 1940s abode, which is situated close to the lake. They’ve owned the house since 2016 and were ready to swap the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances and dark counters for something that resonated with the home’s historical charm. “They were looking for a more traditional style because the sleek kitchen didn’t go with the house,” says Jessica.

Scroll down to see how they transformed the space!

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Christi Rivard and Jessica Allerton