It's the most wonderful time of the year: the time when, yes, we gather again with friends and family to celebrate the season. But it's also one our favourite times here at the magazine: when we get to crown the Western Living Home of the Year.

Our 5th Annual WL Home of the Year celebrates the top designs in 2021, published by Western Living over the past year. From a gem of a Whistler cabin that preserved its vintage charm, to a holiday home that brings a beach vibe to West Vancouver, each of these homes is stunning through and through. 

And it's all on you to vote which one deserves the title of our 2021 Home of the Year.

Have a look through the top 14 finalists below—each links to their original story—and get ready to vote.

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 tell your friends to do the same (#WLHomeoftheYear)!

We’ll be narrowing it down to the top five on Wednesday, December 8, and crowning the victor—2021’s Western Living Home of the Year—on Wednesday, December 15.

Of course, every one of these homes that's made it to our finalist list is a winner—and full of inspiring ideas.

Congrats to all of the finalists of our 2021 Home of the Year!

1. Book Lover’s Paradise

A post-and-beam home offers an architect Rafael Santa Ana of RSAAW a chance to make a decade-long design dream a reality.

RSaAWEma Peter

2. Calm and Coastal

BattersbyHowat brings a long-planned dream home to these homeowners on the Sunshine Coast.

battersbyhowatEma Peter

3. Modern Farmhouse

Floral wall decals, football-focused decor, and a hidden wine cellar make this Vancouver home from designer Stephanie Brown functional for the whole family.

stephanie brownJanis Nicolay

4. Cool Cabin

Lynn Gentile of Cabin Fever Interiors gives vintage Whistler cabin a modern update, without losing its charm.

whistler cabinChris Rollett

5. Lovely Loft

The team at Falken Reynolds creates a space that celebrates this Vancouver condo's history—and future.

Falken ReynoldsEma Peter

6. Brick Beauty

The design team at BLA Design Group and Wiedemann Architectural were just trying to create something special for the homeowners—a home that was simultaneously monolithic and full of light. 

brick beautyAndrew Latreille

7. Beachy Holiday

Designer Ami McKay of Pure Design keeps it casual-cool for the holidays.

ami mckay christmasJanis Nicolay

8. All the Right Angles

Architect Marianne Amodio of MA+HG and an ambitious homeowner stray off the beaten path—and anchor a heritage home even more firmly in its community.

amodioJanis Nicolay

9. Natural Beauty

A Whistler home from Shelter Design with interiors from Lauren Ritz Design embraces sky and stone.

shelterEma Peter

10 Excellent Infill

Architect D'Arcy Jones creates a modern design that nods to heritage.

darcy jonesEma Peter

11. Room with a View

Box Interior Design designed the condo for a travelling client looking for a space with a masculine aesthetic, a spiritual connection and muted restraint.

room with a viewLarry Goldstein

12. Post and Beam Perfection

Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating turned a quirky house into a space the homeowners could love for decades to come.

post and beamProvoke Studios

13. Special Update

A trapped-in-the-'70s Vancouver Special gets a modern makeover from Kalu Interiors.

van specialJanis Nicolay

14. Black and Bold and Beautiful

The 2,600-square-foot space pairs both modern and classic elements, thanks to the design duo at Ministry of Interiors.

edmonton homeBrianna Hughes