Decorating & Design

August 23, 2021

Visit A Waterfront Home With Breezy Indoor-Outdoor Style

It was over a decade ago when Ami McKay of Pure Design Inc. first arrived at her friend Kirsten Reid’s house for a party. “Wait a minute!” she gasped as she walked through the front door. “I’ve been here before — I almost put an offer in on this house!” Though Ami didn’t end up with the perfectly perched cottage-style home in Lions Bay, British Columbia, a community near West Vancouver, she met its owner, Kirsten, years later and they had bonded over their shared love of the little house. Not only that, Ami had played matchmaker — she helped introduce Kirsten and Todd Woodward, who happened to be the best friend of Ami’s husband, Don Thomas.

So, in 2018, when Kirsten was planning the renovation of the circa-1965 house — it was short on space but long on vintage charm — she knew Ami and Don (Pure Design Inc.’s construction manager) were the right couple for the job. It was finally time for Ami to put her stamp on the house.

With four kids between Kirsten and Todd — two in high school and two taking online university classes — the couple needed a home that could accommodate the hustle and bustle of their blended family.

First, the floor plan needed to be addressed. “The insanely small kitchen didn’t work and impeded the view — it was silly,” says Ami. She moved the kitchen to the other side of the main floor, where a garage turned flex space sat, and removed a wall and added beams to support the newly carved-out room. It might have been easier just to rip out the cottage’s original shiplap walls when adding new insulation, but Ami was adamant that this period detail be preserved, and Kirsten loved the rustic element, too.

Now properly warm, cozy and authentic, the property has a relaxed coastal style with a soothing palette of white, blue and wood tones that doesn’t feel like a formulaic nautical scheme.

Scroll down to escape to this dreamy waterfront home!

Author: Amanda Ross

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House & Home July/August 2021


Ami McKay, Pure Design Inc.