It’s easy to think that the powder room in this Vancouver home could sit in one of the turn-of-the-century originals that pepper its Shaughnessy neighbourhood: that richly veined marble and walnut vanity, the Morris and Co. wallpaper, the gilded mirror. And that’s exactly the feeling that the homeowner was looking for. He’d raised his kids in a ’60s-era home on the same lot, but really wanted to build one of the Shaughnessy Tudors the neighbourhood is known for. New builds can feel like they’re faking it if they’re not designed with a deft hand—and that’s where the team from Kelly Deck Design came in. “You’re not trying to create a time capsule,” says Deck. “You want the home to look as if it was collected over multiple decades.” That mix of eras shown here—from the Arts and Crafts-inspired tile on the walls to the classic English washbasin sink to the art nouveau pendant lights—creates a space that feels like it’s been offering the same sense of warmth and welcome for nearly a century.

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The window coverings are actually two layers: there’s a sheer closest to the window, and a silk covering in front with an embroidered ribbon lining its edges. “It speaks to the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the room,” says Deck. The gorgeous rich-blue tile is from Ann Sacks; the flooring is smoked oak boards. Photo by Tina Kuloic.


This story was originally published in the March/April 2024 print issue of Western Living magazine.