Well, it's been a year, hasn't it? There have been a lot of ways we've attempted to distract ourselves through this can't-wait-to-see-the-back-end-of-it year that is 2020 - upping our sourdough game, Zoom pub quiz nights, putting our Christmas lights up a month early - but one of our favourites continues to be just this: gazing at gorgeous home designs from across the West.
Because there's nothing we love more than celebrating the best architecture and design in Western Canada, and thus: our 4th Annual Western Living Home of the Year.
A gorgeous Whistler getaway, a striking "pixel" house in Vancouver, a contemporary Calgary home designed to evolve with as its family grows - each finalist here is thoughtful, beautiful and already a winner in our books. Now it's up to you to decide which home should be crowned our WL 2020 Home of the Year.
Once you've chosen your favourite home, scroll to the bottom to the poll, where you can vote. You can vote as many times as you'd like, and share your favourites with friends. We’ll be narrowing it down to the top five on Wednesday, December 9, and crowning the victor—2019’s Western Living Home of the Year—on Wednesday, December 16.
And in the meantime, take a little inspiration from these gorgeous homes of 2020!
A warm contemporary design in Whistler from Mitchell Freedland just begs for weekends by the fire.Ema Peter
Designer Robert Bailey elevates simplicity to an art form in the subtle and careful design of this Vancouver home.
Ema Peter 3. Island Getaway
A once-tacky ’90s townhouse was no match for interior designer Stephanie Brown, even with a baby on the way.Phil Crozier
5. Room to Grow
The team at Calgary's Reena Sotropa In House Design Group were tasked with creating a forever-home for a growing family of five.
The team at Falken Reynolds helps a family transition from close quarters to this airy dream home—without the growing pains.Ema Peter
Designer Gillian Segal brings home the Festival of Lights in glorious silvers, whites and blues.
A Vancouver home by Measured Architecture is a gorgeous study of materials, from its confetti-like exterior to its boldly beautiful interiors.
A Calgary reno from the team at Paul Lavoie Interior Design strikes a balance between elegant restraint and glittering exuberance—plus a few pleasingly placed unicorns.
Eymeric Widling10. Calming Contemporary
AK Design used a timeless palette and natural elements to give this home lifelong style.
Texture, pattern and colour collide with abandon in this PlaidFox Studio-designed Vancouver loft—and the homeowners say: “Bring it on.”
12. Holiday Magic
Designer Alykhan Velji revisits one of his designs to bring a modern holiday spirit to a chic Calgary home.
13. Modern Glam
Melanie Finkleman of Hazel and Brown Design brings a little rock-star edge to a heritage home in Vancouver.
Madeleine Design Group designed this four-bedroom getaway atop an ocean bluff for a retired couple.
15. Mountain Modern
A chic chalet from Form Interiors takes mountain living to new peaks.