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The project also offered designer Lynn Gentile of Cabin Fever Interiors a chance to honour one of Whistler's old cabins.
A well-designed space has the power to evoke emotion, forge connection and transform your psychological well being. So when Vancouverite Else Yamaoka first stumbled upon Camp Lifestyle & Coffee shop in Whistler’s Function Junction, she immediately felt transported—back home.
“I was looking at the items they sell and instantly felt connected to the store,”she says. “The tables where you can sit with your computer or read a book in a serene space is exactly how we interact as a family—I felt so at ease, grounded and happy!” Elsa promptly returned her little log cabin nearby and, with a quick Google search, discovered that Camp’s owner, Lynn Gentile of Cabin Fever Interiors, was also its interior designer.
She sought a blended mountain modern palette that respected the heritage of her 1,600 square foot abode, but a revamped kitchen as all three kids, now young adults, are “incredible chefs and can throw a 15-course meal together,” she says. “A proper place where we can honour our food—it’s not just about eating, but thinking about what we eat and where it comes from as well as sharing recipes together.
The project also offered her a chance to honour one of Whistler’s old cabins. “Log cabins are now being replaced by big boxes in concrete without a stitch of wood,” she says. “But you still want to feel like you’ve in the mountains!” Without losing any of its charm, she set about updating the Yam family space—a warm and “chunky” west coast modern vibe.
Sofa/sectional : MDF Italia Mate sofa
Side chair and ottoman: Bertoia
Coffee and end tables: MTH Woodworks salvaged cedar logs with resin
Table and benches: custom by Kate Duncan
Chair: MDF Italia- Flow
Bar stools: MDF Italia- Flow
Light: Brendan Ravenhill Drum with wood grain interior
Art work: Jimmy Wright Polar Bears
All custom cabinetry and millwork in Oak and paint grade with custom integrated pulls
Hood fan: custom metal
Stove: Fulgor Milano with custom front plate denoting “the Yam Fam”
Subzero panelled Fridge/freezer, wine fridge and bar fridge
Lights: Brendan Ravenhill- Drum
Sofa/sectional: Lignet Roset- Togo
Wool Blanket: Camp Lifestyle and Coffee Co
Coffee table: Log Jam by Brent Comber( Made from left over logs from reno)
Wall sconces: Marset, Tam Tam
End tables: MTH Woodworks salvaged cedar with resin
Floor Pillow: Camp Cot by Camp Lifestyle and Coffee Co
Mountain pillow: Whistler Blackcomb, Camp Lifestyle and Coffee Co
Outdoor Living Room
Firepit/coffee table: Stix and Stones
Concrete/wood bench: custom by Stix and Stones
Ceiling Light: Finch light
Originally published in February 2021
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