Canadian Interior Designer, Robert Bailey was presented with conceptual sketches for a vacation home from his clients. The vacation home would be built on a site located in Naramata, B.C., an area well known for its pristine landscapes and outdoor lifestyle. Because of the location, creating a home that featured natural materials would become an important feature both on the interior and the façade of the home. Robert combined the design choice of cultured stone and French Oak with his client’s wish list of a humble aesthetic to create a vacation retreat that blurs the lines between an indoor and outdoor lifestyle. Designed from the ground up, Robert was able to place all the main living areas along a view wall of glass that completely opens up for a true outdoor experience.
The front of the 2-story home keeps a traditional profile that belies the more modern approach on the back. Simple 6′ fencing of horizontal cedar boards stained a dark opaque grey define the property line and offer privacy. The garage door is finished in the same grey as the fence, as is the trimwork. The home itself is in a lighter shade of dusky grey with cultured stone stacked up on both sides of the lower level, with the exception of the entry way
Leading up to the garage is a driveway of grass and concrete, creating an almost mosaic pattern with the grass being the grout lines. Past the driveway and hidden behind the cedar privacy fence is a small seating area close to the house. The home offers a windbreak on those days the breeze from the lake is a bit brisk.
The back of the home is where the lakeside living takes centre stage. Both the dining and the living areas are located against view walls where the windows slide and stack completely out of the way, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The 2nd floor has the same window treatments on the left and a large deck on the right.
Just to the left of the dining area is an outdoor seating area that surrounds a gas fire pit.
Tucked around the corner of the house is an outdoor shower with drainage built into the concrete pad.
Inside the home the cultured stone continues as a design feature on the walls creating a warm and rustic focal point to the dining area. The dining table is a large wood plank table, 96″ in length and 42″ wide. The legs are solid 12×12″ beams cut to size and inset into the corners of the table. Clean lined Scandinavian style chairs are upholstered in the same charcoal grey used on the exterior of the home. A low buffet with a white surround combined with 3 large gauzy globe pendants offer a modern contrast to the rustic table, cultured stonewall and pre-distressed, fumed planking on the floor. The kitchen brings light into the centre of the home with the use of white flat panel cabinetry.
The white kitchen introduces wood via the four bar stools and the door into the pantry. A series of 9 ceiling pendants replaced the standard pot lights to tie the white of the cabinetry into the French Oak ceiling.
On those days and evenings that the window walls are closed, the use of white trim mirrors the colour of the kitchen and creates a visual flow from the window to the modern globe pendants to the kitchen. A thin beam of white on the ceiling creates a visual separation from the dining and the kitchen areas.
The white trim on the windows follows through on two sides of the living area. Draperies in a shade similar to the white oak, a charcoal steel fireplace surround and the combination of furnishings continue the neutral palette of browns, greys and white.
The only colour in the living room is on the couch where a pair of rich celery green pillows offers a connection to the outdoors. The neutral colour scheme is kept fluid and interesting with the use of texture. The rivets on the fireplace surround, the ribbed pattern on the area rug, the plush velvet on the coffee table, and the rustic texture of natural wood side tables all create a visceral storyline.
The living and dining areas are separated – and connected – by a hallway that begins at the front entry way and ends at the kitchen, where it then disperses into the indoor, outdoor living space.
The kitchen cabinetry wraps around the kitchen wall into the hall area. Here the cabinets create a bar area complete with a wine fridge and red wine cubbies.
Down the hall past the bar is where the staircase to the upstairs is located. A white balustrade with a French Oak hand rail mounted on top creates an interesting running board up the stairs. A low white bureau in front of the balustrade offers a place for your keys as well as a place to hide some outdoor necessities when you enter / exit the home. The treads and risers are the same French Oak as the rest of the flooring.
From the hallway a large canvas is visible mounted above the stairs. The painting offers one of the few hits of colour seen in the space, but instead of the celery hue seen on the living room pillows, this painting offers multiple shades of blue mixed in with greys. The low bureau in front of the balustrade continues the story of texture with its interesting mosaic relief pattern on the 4 doors.
Across from the stairwell is the family room.
This room offers not only a place to kick back and relax, it also offers a place to do a little web surfing via the laptop station. The rich celery green is reintroduced on a pair of Scandinavian style occasional chairs and two long striped pillows bring in additional colours. The Window wall opens up to the front yard, where just outside is another outdoor sitting area.
The stairwell leads upstairs to the bedrooms and the media room. The space is kept visually interesting by the large canvas on the wall as well as the cascading light fixture.
The media room is located above the garage and continues the White Oak ceiling with a twist. Here, the ceiling is broken up with a dropped drywalled perimeter that houses several pot lights. The large TV is mounted on the wall across from the couch. A pair of tray tables and an Eero Aarnio suspended bubble chair are the only other furnishings but the room is kept from feeling sparse by the two large, complimentary area rugs that read as two large pieces of floor art.
The Master bedroom is located directly above the dining area and continues the neutral palette of the rooms below. Visual interest is introduced via a pair of pear shaped glass bedside table lamps that glow with a central amber hue and by the graphic zig zag on the bed linens. Additional tones of amber and yellow are introduced on the pillows but the real highlight of the room is the view of the lake.
The stunning panoramic view of the lake is visible on two sides of the bedroom. The room has a small sitting area opposite the bed offering a private place to read a book or simply enjoy the scenery.
The Master Bathroom is large, spacious, and full of conveniences, right down to a flat screen TV mounted on the far wall and visible from both the walk in shower and the large free standing soaker tub.
The vanity runs the length of the wall and incorporates an open shelf for towels rather then drawers and doors. The two vessel sinks are oversized but by wall mounting the faucets, the vessel sinks fit comfortably on the counter.
A second bathroom located upstairs also has two sinks on a long vanity. Here the sinks are smaller in scale and bulge out from the edge of the counter.
The shower and tub in the 2nd washroom are connected but separate. The large walk in shower has both a regular shower head as well as a centre rain shower.
Downstairs there is also a powder room with a small wall mounted sink and a floating toilet.
A fourth bathroom comes complete with a shower.
A guest room is located opposite the Master Bedroom and above the living space. Here, a small desk area beside the closet offers a place for guests to read or use their laptops. A balcony leads of the window wall so guests can enjoy the view of the lake inside or outside.
Robert Bailey Interiors
Josh Dunford Photography