Photos by Ema Peter

A high-design power couple deserves a high-design condo to match. And Beth Thompson, principle of Wondrland Interior Design, and her husband Rex Panther, co-owner of furniture boutique Brougham Interiors, have achieved just that with their West Vancouver penthouse.wondrland interior design 5

Though they were downsizing when they moved to the 1,700-square-foot condo, the pair still wanted something that felt light, airy and open... and connected them to their urban roots. "The view is so great: it keeps us connected to the rest of the city," says Thompson. 

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You can catch the view from so many different vantage points in the window-lined suite, but the best place to drink it in is the sweeping 900-square-foot patio (all decked out with Brougham-sourced seating, of course). The glass doors slide open to connect with the living room, essentially blending the two spaces. 

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wondrland interior design 7In the living room, a whimsical light fixture adds a more feminine touch. Silk wall-coverings by Phillip Jeffries bring in texture, and sheer drapery softens the glass surfaces. "At night time–when it’s dark—it can feel a bit cold and harsh," says Thompson, "and the drapery, without making it too heavy and dark, warms it and softens it."

While Thompson tried to stick with timeless, not-too-trendy pieces both inside and outside, she still included a few, as she puts it, "elements of surprise," like the pair of round, periwinkle tub chairs in the living room that tie into the colour of the patio umbrella.  

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Even the home office in the back of the condo is connected to the outdoors, in a way, thanks to a floor-to-ceiling mirror that brings the views all the way back. "Not making it feel like a tiny, closed-in space was important to me," says Thompson. 

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The workspace was originally intended to be a wine room, but when she started working from home during the pandemic, plans changed. Here, Haworth glass walls are engineered to have great acoustics ("They're a serious commercial product," says Thomspon), and keep the work area quiet while allowing natural light to filter in.

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In the bedroom, a piece by Thompson's mother, Gerry Thompson, adorns the wall, but it isn't the only floral artwork in the home. The office's crown jewel is a stunning botanical mural: a painting by Fiona Ackerman that Thompson had made into a custom wall-covering. "I love that I'm surrounded by art and colour," she says.