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Our new favourite quarantine hobby? Pretending we live somewhere else. Join us, won't you?
Photos by Ema Peter
If you need us, we’ll be spending the rest of the lockdown pretending we live in this luxe oceanfront property by Madeleine Design Group. Yes, it was designed for a retired couple who wanted a four-bedroom getaway atop an ocean bluff, and not for the editors of a design magazine, but with 10,000 square feet to work with in this South Surrey home, we feel like there’s plenty of room for all of us to get in there for a safe, socially distanced hangout.
White oak floors and crisp white walls create a cohesive, contemporary materials palette; Starphire glass is used for the windows to provide a crystal-clear view of the sea. But, more importantly, there are six different types of marble used here, so we could all just have our own special patch of the cool stone to enjoy and admire. (For those counting at home, Carraraa, Nero Marquina, Tantalus black, Statuario, Bardiglio, and Saharan Noir are all in play, used for various countertop applications or fireplace designs throughout the house.)
The study, with its handsome black-walnut panelling, would be a great place for us to safely make the next issue of Western Living. The inset panel on the ceiling, filled with individually stained pieces of walnut that fit together like a jigsaw, is the perfect place to fix your gaze during a brainstorming session. But when it’s time for a socially distanced happy hour, the recessed LED lighting and chandelier would dim, and the gas fireplace would roar to life, the light sparkling off of the room’s brass details.
Okay, we do realize that we’ll likely never actually get invited over , but what’s the harm in poring over photos of this roomy, thoughtfully appointed home? What else is there to do but dream?
PROJECT CREDITSContractor: New Creation HomesArchitect: X-ArchitectureMillworkers: Kurt Sander, Kitchen Art Design, Westwerk Interiors Marble Importer/Fabricator: Bordignon Marble and GraniteFurniture and Decor: Brougham Interiors, Avenue Road, Once a Tree Furniture, Cantu, Lightform, Ocean Pacific Lighting, Diffusion Lighting, Modular Arts