When hockey player David Jones was ready to retire from the NHL, he and wife Kimberly set their sights on returning home to Vancouver. They approached designer Kelly Deck before they even found a lot to build their dream home. “David and Kimberly envisioned a traditional home inspired by their appreciation of classic American architecture and their times spent in the European countryside,” Kelly says. “The home was to be elegant, easy, and relaxed. Superfluous detail and high maintenance finishes were completely avoided and instead materials that would patina and take on an aged quality were curated for the interior.”

The home is in a well-established family neighborhood at the base of the North Shore Mountains. It’s three levels, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, as well as variety of family spaces like the playroom, office, den, great room—even a hockey rink and spa on the lower level.

To ensure the home looked like it’d been there for decades, not days, Kelly carefully selected finishes and fixtures that were timeless—and often vintage—create a collected and imperfect look. Certain elements repeat throughout the space, like honed, chiseled marble in an Ashlar pattern that’s seen in the entry, laundry, powder, and principal en suite. The rest of the spaces have a matte-finish wide plank wire brushed oak flooring. 

“Kimberly herself furnished and decorated the home with collected family heirlooms, antiques and custom furnishings,” Kelly says. To keep it from feeling too “new” and too bright, they chose shades of parchment, linen, and ivory. “She is a vibrant and very creative client to work with. She took great joy in the design process and her style evolved over the course of the project. Our team worked closely with her and the trades to adapt to her changing tastes and see her dream realized.”

The home is effortless and elegant, much like the family themselves. “The overall style is delicately Provincial, but really just timeless and classic,” the designer shares. “It’s a home that feels elevated without being precious.”