When you design a dream home from scratch for your family of four, of course you’re going to want to build something that will last€”something that will still fit your needs as the kids grow. “They wanted it to be classy, durable and not stuffy, with a focus on comfort and family,” explains Annaliesse Kelly of Vancouver’s Annaliesse Kelly Design, who helped put together this three-storey, 5,000-square-foot space for a young Vancouver family.

That meant embracing a timeless palette and effortless functionality. “We designed a white-on-white concept, pulling in natural elements to complement the beautiful outdoor space surrounding the home and added pops of colour for a playful tone.” Custom millwork offers ample storage to keep clutter to a minimum, and brass accessories and colourful artwork round out the sophisticated-but-casual look. “They just wanted a space they were excited to come home to,” says Kelly.