Interior designer Annaliesse Kelly’s client is a commercial realtor looking forward to retirement. As part of the transition process for this new stage in his life, he purchased a property in the Tsawwassen neighborhood of Boundary Bay just outside of Vancouver. Located just a minute away from a five-star golf course and Centennial beach it felt like the perfect place to settle down in.
“The area has a Palm Springs feel,” Annaliesse told us. “My client wanted his new place to feel relaxed. This home was built to reflect his lifestyle and that involves family, friends, golf, backgammon, and all done with a large welcoming smile.” As a new build project, Annaliesse was able to get quite detailed with how the final result turned out, working in unison with the architect to coordinate the interior and exterior aesthetics. “The owner wanted a modern beach house concept, with vaulted ceilings, large doors, and huge windows that open up the entire living area to the container pool, hot tub, and large Trex deck in the back yard,” she explained.
As a bachelor and someone who enjoys entertaining, Annaliesse’s client wanted his home to be low-maintenance. “He requested that nothing be too fussy or fragile,” she explained, “and wanted it to feel like a space you would walk inside from the pool or beach and feel comfortable.” With three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, an office space, and 10-foot vaulted ceilings in the living area, the home gives off a feeling amplitude and space, perfect for hosting guests. “My client wanted an open plan for entertaining and a large bar for his bachelor lifestyle,” she recalled, “and a black and white theme with white tongue and groove shiplap to add to the beach house theme.”
The expansive kitchen is the perfect example of all of the homeowner’s requirements in one space: functionality, low-maintenance, and a masculine beach style. “We altered the original layout of the main level, moving the dining room from the back of the house to the middle,” she said. “This allowed for a larger kitchen and dining area.” She selected black cabinetry paired with durable white quartz countertops from Caesarstone, and as well as nickel pulls, that all contribute to home’s clean aesthetic. In front of the kitchen island, she had a custom walnut dining table made: “We wanted a more relaxed vibe ready for entertaining,” she shared.
After several months, and as the world is in the throes of a pandemic, Annaliesse checked in with her client after the project was finished: “I just spoke with him the other day,” she smiled, “he said that self isolation was easy in such a beautiful space.”