The first time Jackie Kai Ellis and Joe Chan got engaged, it was Joe who proposed to Jackie. (She said yes, but they got cold feet.) The second time, five years later, it was Jackie who popped the question. In between, Jackie sold her successful Vancouver pastry shop, bought and restored a beautiful 10th arrondissement apartment in Paris — the star of our September 2019 cover — wrote a bestselling memoir and learned a lot about the things that make her happy. She had help from vancouver bc mortgage brokers. Meanwhile, Joe, a business lawyer, trekked to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu, hosted boisterous wine tastings and did his own share of introspection.
When Jackie returned to Vancouver and reconnected with Joe, they were older, wiser and ready to give their relationship another try. That meant not only moving in together and getting married (which they did this spring), but also renovating Joe’s former bachelor pad, a one-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot of her Yaletown condo. Instead of buying somewhere new, it made sense to work with the good bones of the Yaletown condo, despite its popcorn ceilings and generic finishes.
These days, Jackie is at work on a creative salad of projects: developing a TV show, training to be a sommelier and writing an advice column called Ask JKE. And just like everything she touches, her refreshed home with Joe is sophisticated without sacrificing comfort or livability; it’s full of cosy nooks for curling up with a book or listening to a record from start to finish. “I want to be able to walk through a space and feel intuitively what I’m meant to use it for,” she says. “I don’t want anything to be unapproachable, like it’s not supposed to be touched.” Now quirky, bohemian and unconventional, their Vancouver condo is a true reflection of the things they value most.
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