East Vancouver Residence

In October of 2013 I made the hard/not hard decision to start my own design firm. I always saw this as my future but took the plunge earlier then I might have imagined. After working mainly on large commercial projects, I realized my true passion lies in smaller projects with a focus on residential, hospitality, and retail design. I'm very excited to present my first complete project that was finished in July of 2014. I joined the project as the walls were being framed so I basically had a blank slate to work with. I was involved in every part of the design from concept to millwork to styling. My client was great; a bachelor with modern taste who trusted my vision yet was involved in almost every decision along the way. The result is a modern yet comfortable space perfect for entertaining friends and family. 

The kitchen features a beautiful 3" thick white quartz waterfall island countertop. We chose white carrara marble subway tile for the backsplash and added custom charcoal bar stools to add contrast. 

The open concept floor plan in the kitchen and dining room is the perfect set up for entertaining a group. Both rooms flow together with linear glass pendants and a continuing neutral palette. 

The living room features a floor to ceiling marble stone fireplace and a beautiful white cow hide rug to anchor the space. Custom sofas and Mongolian sheep fur pillows add softness and texture making it a comfortable area to relax and socialize. 

The family room off of the kitchen is a more relaxed place to watch TV and hang out. A cozy area rug and a sectional sofa make it a comfortable place to lounge with plenty of room for a group. Four black and white prints of Vancouver by Levi Groeneveld add character to the space. 

The modern master bathroom has clean lines with a floating countertop and backlit mirror. It features a beautiful grey quartz countertop and a square charcoal floor tile. 

The other side of the master bathroom features a jacuzzi tub and steam shower for the ultimate relaxation. The wall tile is a beautiful faux white marble and covers three of the walls completely.  

The focal point of this master bathroom is a photograph printed on acrylic by Levi Groeneveld. The design of the room was inspired by this piece and is one of my favourite rooms in the house. 

The shared bathroom joins the other two bedrooms with pocket doors on either side. We created a custom striped tile pattern on the walls around the double sinks to add interest and texture to the space. 

Powder rooms are fun because you can do something a little more creative with them. Nobody spends a lot of time in there so you might as well leave them with an impression. We decided to put a fun geometric floor and striped wall all while keeping the neutral palette of the house. The fun Marset pendant and carrara marble countertop add interest to the small space. 

In the master bedroom we used a geometric wall covering as the focal point on the headboard wall. A cozy rug, upholstered headboard and deluxe bedding make for a space that is both comfortable and stylish. 

The office, located just off of the great room, also features a geometric wall covering to add interest to the space. The desk offers plenty of storage and workspace for at home affairs. 

A white gallery wall in the hallway lends itself to perfectly host three beautiful pieces of art by  Levi Groeneveld . The pieces add a welcome pop of colour to the space. 

A white gallery wall in the hallway lends itself to perfectly host three beautiful pieces of art by Levi Groeneveld. The pieces add a welcome pop of colour to the space. 

Coffee table styling in the family room featuring a vintage camera and handmade concrete lightbulb. 

Close up in the office. The wall covering is called parliament windows but I thought it looked somewhat like books; perfect for an office. 

Here's me just hanging out in the kitchen, chopping up some kale and eggplant and pretending I live here. 

I'm so grateful to have worked on this project and thanks to everyone who was involved along the way. Although I am currently working in Paris for the year, I love working in the west coast style and can't wait to start my next project when I return. 

Until next time,

Bryony

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THE SPOTLIGHT: LEVI GROENEVELD PHOTOGRAPHY

I feel truly lucky to be married to a talented photographer who can not only shoot my spaces, but fill them with magnificent artwork. Levi Groeneveld started his career fuelled by a passion for travel photography which eventually led to doing interiors and architectural photography in Vancouver where there is no shortage of beautiful spaces to shoot. Along the way he has developed a wonderful collection of abstracts and landscapes that are the beginnings of his fine art collection. As we are moving to Paris in August, Levi is taking the opportunity to develop this collection while continuing to hone his interiors and architecture skills. I look forward to all of the new work that will be created this year as we travel the globe! 

All of Levi's photographs are available for purchase and can be made with custom finishes and sizes. Everything can be shipped worldwide. Check out his website and blog for continuous updates to his collection. 

Check out a few of my favourites below, and stay tuned for future collaborations soon! 

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Contact Levi at www.levigroeneveld.com for any details! 

A Designer's Guide To Vancouver - Main Street

Welcome to the first segment in a new blog series called "A Designer's guide to...." in this case Vancouver. This series is in collaboration with my personal photographer and husband, Levi Groeneveld, a Vancouver interiors, architecture and fine art photographer. We love to travel and explore new places at home and around the world. We were inspired to start this guide as a way to share our experiences and offer inspiration to those looking to explore a new city. This Summer we are going to be living in Paris and plan to travel to many other cities throughout the year. Stay tuned for city guides from around the world as our journey unfolds. Whether it's an eclectic neighbourhood coffee shop, a trendy new restaurant, or a place to get beautifully designed home accessories, a designer's guide is here to give you a curated list of places that offer great design in all forms. 

Without further adieu, welcome to Main Street! Home to some of the city's best independent boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. Always refreshing and lively, a day on Main is a day well spent. 

1. Le Marché St. George 

4939 St. George Street at the corner of E. 28th Ave., Vancouver BC 

A few blocks East of Main Street lies the hidden gem of Le Marché St. George. Start your day off right at this lovely neighbourhood cafe with an amazing cup of coffee and a delicious treat. The offerings are always changing but you can be sure that the daily selection will be scrumptious. One of my favourite parts of the experience was the vintage silver serving trays, spoons, and saucers they used to serve their guests. Monocle Magazine called it one of the world's best cafes. The market is charming and rustic and offers a selection of gourmet items that are worth checking out. This place is not to be missed!

2. JoJo's Place 

4376 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Calling all antique lovers! This is a great place for industrial vintage finds. Many of the pieces are restored to their former glory in-house and they do a wonderful job. The store is as eclectic as they come but you're sure to find a gem in one corner or another! 

3. Nineteen Ten Home Boutique  

4366 Main Street, Vancouver BC

As you walk down Main street be sure to pop into Nineteen Ten, a modern vintage boutique with a wonderful selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories. Beautifully designed, this store showcases it's offerings in a creative and eclectic way. If you're looking for the perfect vintage accessory, this is your place.

4. Vincent Park 

4278 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Next up is the great, Vincent Park boutique, offering a curated selection of men and women's clothing and accessories. The store has an edited design with pops of interest like a photo booth in the middle of the store. Fun! Stop here for that classic piece your wardrobe is missing, or for something a little more of the moment; they have a good mix. 

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5. Eugene Choo

3683 Main Street, Vancouver BC

If you're looking for a unique designer piece, look no further than Eugene Choo. Offering a nice mix of labels like Aigle, A.P.C., Picnic, and Henrik Vibskov, this relaxed boutique gives you both local and international options. Don't forget the Annex next door which offers a great selection of men and women's shoes and accessories. The atmosphere at Eugene Choo is friendly with lots of natural light and a simple yet curated display. Don't miss it!

6. Umeboshi Shoes

3638 Main Street, Vancouver BC

You're probably tired from shopping now so you might as well head on over to Umeboshi, take a seat in their awesome vintage theatre chairs and try on some shoes! Not just your ordinary shoe collection, these are a carefully curated selection of handcrafted beauties you need in your closet now. Do yourself a favour and invest in a well made pair of shoes that will last for many years to come. Find brands like CoclicoDieppa RestrepoArgila, Rachel Comey, and Oak Street Bootmakers on the shelves here. Finally can we please turn our attention to the miniature shoe last on the front door stopper. Squee! 

7. Vancouver Special

3612 Main Street, Vancouver BC

If you like mid-century modern design, then Vancouver Special is your kind of store. They have everything for the modern home from clocks to sofas to teapots. Take a browse at their interesting library of design and architecture books or the entries from a student design competition they currently have on display. Some brands of interest here are Braun alarm clocksMountain Beanbags, and HAY sofas. Check it!

8. Flower Factory

3604 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Look no further then their long list of awards and accolades to realize that flower factory is one of the best in the city. I can personally vouch that their work is nothing short of amazing as I worked with them for my own wedding. Stop in to browse their wide collection of flowers and succulents and be sure to check out what they're busy working on for their next event. Visiting with a friend later? Why not whip up a little bouquet and make their day. There is nothing better than fresh flowers in the home. 

9. Burdock & Co

2702 Main Street, Vancouver BC

You must be getting hungry by now so head on down to Burdock & Co for some seriously delicious food and drink. Their menu consists of share plates that change to reflect the seasonal availability of ingredients. There is a focus on sourcing local ingredients, naturalist wines, and craft beers. We tried the ricotta nettle gnudi, buttermilk fried chicken, and rosemary smoked muscles. They were all amazing but the gnudi, similar to gnocchi, is a must try. The design concept here is rough and refined. It mixes industrial elements like the lighting and bar stools with delicate tile work on the bar to achieve a space that is worth checking out in it's own right. Burdock & Co's relaxed charm and friendly service will keep you coming back on the regular! Check out the dinner menu here. 

10. Brassneck Brewery

2148 Main Street, Vancouver BC

After dinner, head down to Brassneck Brewery and taste some great local beers! Tasters come in flights of four. Pick your favourite one and hang out all night. Rotating food trucks hang outside the front door and they are happy to let you gab something and bring it in. If you like what you've tasted, grab your own growler and take some home. You can't get it anywhere else so now's the chance to stock up. Growlers are the resealable glass bottles that are taking the beer world by storm lately. There are a variety of sizes available, all adorned with some pretty awesome graphics and branding (There are also T-shirts if you like the graphics too). The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to help you find a beer you're sure to love. The design in here is industrial with lots of reclaimed wood and concrete floors. You can check out the beer being made next store through gaps in the walls which is a feature I particularly like about the design. Brassneck Brewery is sure to cap off your adventure in a fun and lively way.

That concludes our curated tour of Main Street! This by no means is an exhaustive list of all of the great spots on Main with elements of good design. We could go on and on, but for now we'll leave it at 10 spots! Hopefully something has peaked your interest and you will get out and explore this great city! 

Enjoy!

Bryony + Levi

All photos copyright Levi Groeneveld.