Peridot Decorative Homewear is one of Vancouver’s top resources for beautiful furniture, lighting, and accessories. (Almost all of the gorgeous homes we’ve featured from the B.C. area have a touch of Peridot!) But the Peridot team doesn’t just sell home goods, they create beautiful homes. Case in point, this incredibly luxurious and soothing home for Donni Rae Edmonson, a fashion entrepreneur and podcast host. Donni owns @styleforthepriv, a young clothing company with multiple locations and a large online following. She also hosts the successful podcast @privtalkspodcast, where she talks about being a busy mom and running the day to day of a successful brand.
“With Donni, her husband, and children having very busy schedules it was important that they could have a place to come home to where they immediately felt relaxed and could unwind,” Gregory Funk, Partner and Lead Designer at Peridot, told us. “They wanted inspiration taken from their favorite resorts and vacation spots.” (In between a busy family schedule and long work weeks, Donni and her family travel frequently, spending lots of time in LA and Cabo San Lucas.) Gregory and the Peridot team set out to create a home filled with comfortable luxury that would feel edgy, fresh, and unexpected. Gregory tells us more:
Hi Gregory! When did Peridot join the design process?
Donni was working with an architectural designer that I had previously been a part of. We immediately clicked! Donni was very laid back and wanted a house that reflected that. A California contemporary vibe to make our dark rainy Pacific Northwest days feel brighter. The plans had just been completed and they were ready to break ground, meaning we had to get the design rolling. Donni and I had similar style and our visions for the home clicked almost instantaneously. Having the concept nailed, she let us roll with the design.
The materials are key in this space. What can you tell us about your selections?
We used a bleached white oak throughout the entire home to make it feel bright and airy. The cabinetry was built from the same wood planks used on the floor to add depth and warmth to a very light palette. To keep within the neutral palette, we chose a cream limestone that we used on the exterior and great room fireplace to add weight and drama. Adding contrast, we built the floating glass wine wall out of a black metal framed doors, tying it all together with crystal door knobs on oversized black back plates, black iron chandeliers and modern black hardware.
There are a lot of unique pieces here. Where did you source from?
The benefit of being a design studio and a home & furniture boutique is that we were able to take the house to a home using special ordered lighting, custom made upholstery and made to measure drapery through our own lines and private suppliers. We sourced many pieces on our travels during the year whether it was a light fixture in New York or an armchair in North Carolina.
One of the major pieces that really brought the master ensuite to the next level was the bespoke stone bathtub brought in from overseas. Having the tub brought into the homes second story master bedroom was truly a feat all on its own but 100% worth it in the end.
For the furniture and accessories, what was your creative vision?
With the neutral palette of the home, we wanted high-contrast furniture. We used black wood and metal on all the furniture, with white and natural colored linen on the uplostered pieces. We wanted minimalist home décor that made a bold statement ie, marble chains, the handmade coco tray on the great room media cabinet, the crystal obelisks (all available @peridotdecorativehomewear). A piece that we were thrilled about was the grey washed wicker hand woven light over the dining room table. It truly was a great statement piece (also available @peridotdecorativehomwear).
Were there any risks in the design process that ended up totally paying off?
One design detail we were losing sleep over was the black stained wood slatted great room feature wall. The large space was so light and airy and in a last-minute decision we decided to stain the wall black to make a bold statement. In the end it paid off and it added some great contrast.
What was the timeline like for a large project like this?
The build was a long process. When we started the project, our clients had two sons. When they moved into their home, they had just celebrated their daughters first birthday. From the project conception to completion it was about 3 years. Although the contemporary details look so clean and simple there is so much work that goes into the details behind the scenes to ensure they are functional and achievable. We worked tirelessly with our trades to make sure every detail was completed to our correct specification even having to do things twice if it wasn’t perfection.
Finally, what did Donni and her family say when they saw their completed home?
When the house was completed our clients were over the moon. It was exactly what they had envisioned. It was fun, bold and most importantly felt like home.