What do you do when the house of your dreams in your ideal neighborhood has the wrong layout? If you’re Vancouver lawyer Amy Campbell, you take a deep breath and call your twin sister, Sophie Burke. The principal of Sophie Burke Design — and H&H’s 2020 Designer of the Year — is a master at blending Scandi style and century Craftsman homes, and she’s also pretty good at knowing what her sister will (and won’t) like. “I completely trusted Sophie to come up with the right look and feel for this house,” says Amy, who lives in the city’s Kits Beach area with her husband and their three teenagers. “We share a similar aesthetic, but I needed some direction.”
The first order of business: letting the light in. The circa-1912, four-bedroom, four-bathroom house had charming original features, but the interior had been chopped up awkwardly during previous renovations. “Our biggest intervention was opening up the spaces and making everything feel more connected,” says Sophie. Working with Jennifer Millar, the firm’s senior designer, Sophie relocated the kitchen to the sunnier south side of the house, and the dining room wall was opened up to join the spaces. On the second floor, the principal bedroom and bathroom were completely reworked, and a series of small rooms in the basement became a more livable space for a laundry zone, mudroom, home office and rec room.
“Our philosophy is always to keep the bones of the house intact and complement it with contemporary furniture and natural materials,” says Sophie. To get the look, heritage details were preserved and, in some cases, restored. Next, modern light fixtures and furniture were layered in for a perfectly understated balance of old and new.