In 2014, when Niamh Tallon and Ciaran Goojha first bought their 1940s-era ranch-style home in Eagle Harbour, a seaside community nestled in West Vancouver, B.C., they were drawn to its original details, charm and history, and its proximity to the ocean. But the home’s mishmash of additions over the years meant disjointed spaces and a pastiche of previous owners’ visions. Niamh and Ciaran researched online to look for a designer, and they chose Pure Design Inc.’s Ami McKay. Ami learned that Niamh wanted respite and calm from the demands of work, while Ciaran, the main chef in the family, wanted to entertain at home. They also adored the ocean and the outdoors; they owned a boat and often spent time on the water with their children, Amelia, 10, and Zachary, 5.
With the owners’ style — warm and modern with subtle beach motifs — in mind, Ami first addressed the home’s challenges, opening up the kitchen and living room, and replacing the almost-black-stained wood floors with white oak planks. Post-renovation, Niamh adeptly sums up the makeover’s impact: “It’s changed our lives. We love to entertain and there’s always a small community around, so it’s the perfect house for that. But it’s also a calm oasis when it’s just the four of us.”