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A Contemporary and Comfortable New Home in Nanaimo

Posted on April 28, 2017 by KylieMawdsley

These days, it seems I’m spending more time at my computer than ever working with my Online Consulting clients all over the world! This means that while I love to be able to drink wine coffee while I work, I’m ALWAYS happy to get out of the house and talk to live people (rather than Doug…the dog).

My clients, Lisa and Brian Birnie, were the dream team. They knew what they liked, what they didn’t like, and were totally open to new ideas. Creating their home was all about blending their personal tastes with my knowledge, to come up with a design plan that suited them to a tee.

Contemporary living room. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, tile fireplace surround with floating hearth and linear gas insert. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design Online and local in Nanaimo BC

Working with Alair Homes and my new BFF, Dan (who is like the Rainman of home building and renovation), this home exceeded all expectations in quality and appearance and I know the homeowners were thrilled with the final product – it even got its own magazine feature!  I may have had to buy Dan’s love via Starbucks coffee, but hey, I’ve done way worse things for love (wink wink).

So without further ado, let’s check this bad boy out…

The Modern West Coast Exterior

Using Hardi Board in Cobblestone, we created a layered palette of black, brown and greige, with stone for texture.

Contemporary exterior with hardiboard in Cobblestone, black windows, trim and Black Fox siding. Kylie M Interiors Colour Consultant

Hardiboard Cobblestone with black trim and stone exterior. Garage doors and black soffits. Kylie M Interiors

Contemporary exterior with James Hardi Cobblestone siding, black front door, soffits and stone. Kylie M INteriors E-design

Read more: The 8 Best Paint Colours for Your Front Door

The Modern Contemporary Entryway

Lisa and Brian had a vision of an entryway and dining room that were separated by beams. And while the whole ‘cedar beam’ thing is on-trend, they wanted something a bit more contemporary, so we kept it simple with drywall and paint colour and let the architecture speak for itself.

Dining Room and Entryway, foyer. Black modern front door, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and tile inlay. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design

Open layout contemporary design living room and dining room, entryway, foyer with beams. Sherwin Williams gray paint colours. Kylie M Interiors E-decor and Online Color Consulting

The dining room is a nice step off the entryway. The entire open layout palette consists of layered grays from the Sherwin Williams palette with colourful accents (see the end of the blog post for a paint colour list).

The Expansive Dining Room

With photography by their talented daughter, Jessie Robertson, the dining room makes a statement all of its own.

Sherwin Williams Dovetail, a warm gray paint colour. Photography by Jessie Robertson. Kylie M INteriors color consultant and e-decor specialist

Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray in dining room

The Open Layout Kitchen and Living Room

I love the layout of this home. Just enough definition to create well-defined function from space to space, but open enough to feel bright, spacious and visually connected. We can thank Austin of Datum Point Studios for the fabulous home plan/architecture.

Tile 2 storey fireplace. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. Contemporary modern fireplace. Gray and yellow colour palette. Kylie M Interiors E-decor and Online Color Consulting

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray with teal and yellow accents in a palette

I love the way the island countertop rolls right into the view of the striking, vaulted fireplace.

With a nice peek-a-boo view into the dining room.

How to choose the best paint colour for a 2 storey room or tall wall with vaulted ceilings. Sherwin Williams Dovetail and Repose Gray, white kitchen by Kylie M Interiors

Open layout kitchen with white cabinets, gray island, Cambria Quartz Ellesmere countertop, black pendants and dark wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, best warm gray paint colours. Vaulted ceiling, dark wood flooring, open layout. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Don’t mind the dusty floors, this was obviously a ‘pre-move-in’ photo and I didn’t have my cleanin’ pants on.

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OH WAIT, MAYBE I DID!  Look, Mom, my cleanin’ pants! (and yes, she is going to kill me for putting this photo in that SHE TOOK, but really, it IS my best side…)

Contemporary white kitchen with gray painted island in Cambria Ellesmere. Dark wood floors and Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. Kylie M Interiors E-decor and virtual design

Lisa’s LOVE of teal came through in the furnishings and accessories!

Contemporary open layout living room, kitchen and dining room. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and E-decor services

Cambria Ellesmere black quartz island countertop, dramatic pendant lights in contemporary home with tall tiled fireplace with linear gas insert. Kylie M Interiors Decor and Design

The kitchen countertop and island are topped with Cambria Ellesmere, a striking black, brown, gray and white blend quartz countertop.

Read more: The New Era of Laminate Countertops and Why They ROCK!

The Stairwell with Peek-a-boo Wine Room

Early on, we decided to open up the stairwell so that as you were walking down, you’d see down into the wine room/family room – it was an expensive, but smart choice!

Stairway that is opened up to see into the wine room that is under the stairs. Wood stairs and gray walls. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design, E-decor services

Wine room and storage under the stairs. Open with glass doors and tile wall. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design. Online Consulting and Local services

Opening up the wall makes for a graphic detail, which is WAY more fun to look at than plain old drywall! And if you look juuuust to the left, you can see the bed that they’ve made for me – I live in the wine room now.

Contemporary stairwell with glass and dark wood. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. Wine room under stairs. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design. E-decor and Consulting Online

The Contemporary Cozy Family Room

The stacked stone fireplace is a nice balance to the dark espresso built-in cabinets and floating shelves created by Krystalyne at Mid Island Cabinets (official creative genius).

E-decor and Online Decorating Services. Beautiful ledgestone, travertine fireplace with Tv above, dark wood mantel and built-in bookshelves wtih 2 cream accent chairs. Kylie M Interiors

Contemporary, modern fireplace with dark wood built-ins and floating shelves with travertine ledgestone. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design, E-decor

Contemporary, modern fireplace with ledgestone, tv, mantel and built in bookshelves. Kylie M Interiors E-decor, decorating and design services

Home bar or wine station with fridge and sink. Dark espresso cabinets and wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Decorating, Design and E-decor services

Read more: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Fireplace

The Master Bedroom

With an ocean view, the master bedroom is a restful retreat, equipped with a walk-in closet, laundry room and beautiful ensuite bathroom.

Master bedroom, Benjamin Moore Collingwood with Escarpment feature, accent wall. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and E-design

Master bedroom with Benjamin Moore Escarpment and Collingwood. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Benjamin Moore Escarpment with Collingwood feature wall. Teal accent chair and glam style.Kylie M Interiors Online Color Consultant and e-decor

Master bedroom with laundry room in walk in closet with sliding bar door. Paint colour Benjamin Moore Collingwood. Kylie M interiors decorating and design online

The master bedroom palette is a range of soft, warm gray neutrals that flow seamlessly into the ensuite bathroom.

Best gray paint colour, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and Escarpment in bedroom and bathroom. Dark wood flooring. Glam style. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Bathroom with floating gray vanity, Cambria quartz countertop Kirkstead. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, large mirror. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design Online and Nanaimo

The bathroom palette consisted of a soft warm gray on the walls, hexagon marble accent tile and porcelain that looks like marble (a great way to save money AND maintenance).

Bathroom with marble walk in shower, hexagon tile floor, alcove, freestanding tub, window. Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore. Design by Kylie M Interiors. E-decor, online design services

To see more of the bathroom, check out this blog post…A Contemporary Marble Bathroom – Ultimate Luxury

Other Bathrooms

This home boasts three other bathrooms – one for each guest room and a powder room upstairs.

1. Guest Bathroom 

Just look at that freakin’ countertop – so gorgeous! It’s Cambria Galloway, a beautiful blend of neutral colours, glitz and earth-toned green.

Small bathroom decorating idea. Glass mosaic tile on wall behind vanity. Cambria Galloway. Kylie M Interiors. E-decor and Online Color consulting. Based in Nanaimo Bc

Cambria Galloway with Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White in small bathroom with mosaic tile. Kylie M Interiors

2. Guest Bathroom

We just fell in love with the mosaic tile with the mother o’ pearl accents.

Small bathroom with walk in shower. Glass doors, fibreglass base, mosaic tile niche and large porcelain wall tiles. Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Kylie M Interiors

Close up of mosaic tile niche in shower with mother of pearl and large greige porcelain wall tile. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design blog

And the Powder Room…

Again, Cambria Galloway looks STUNNING with the graphic wallpaper.

Small bathroom, powder room, floating vanity. Cambria Galloway quartz countertop.Graphic wallpaper.Kylie M Interiors E-decor, Online Design Consulting (1 (2)

Small bathroom with graphic geometric wallpaper. Quartz countertop Cambria Galloway.Kylie M Interiors E-decor and Online Decorating and consulting

Powder room, small bathroom with Galloway quartz countertop, graphic wallpaper, mirror and pendants. KYlie M Interiors

Master Paint Colour List

Do you want help with YOUR dream home? 

Check out my Online Consulting and E-Design Services

The best paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Home Decorating and diiy ideas blogger.market

Chat soon,

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  1. Looks awesome! Random questions: where were the bar chairs found and also do you know what company did the big canvasses?

      1. Kylie, you did an awesome job!!! Breathtaking!!! so color coordinated, you nailed my taste.

        Random question, Where was the rug purchased? or where can I find similar?

        Thx in advance.

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    1. Thanks Mary! It is pretty cool. They had an open house for all of the trades/builder/landscaper/etc… and it was just so fun to see it all put together. I wish I were a professional photographer so that I could really do it justice!


  2. OMG this is sooo amazing, a dream come true!! The detail, the beautiful color – how it all comes together soooo well. I could just walk from room to room, …forever, and never need to go outside, … well except to look at the exterior of the house!! What an extraordinary creation!! Well done!!

  3. I guess I need to get me some cleaning pants! Woot-woot! Everything looks very polished, but the powder room is definitely my favorite.
    (I think Benjamin Moore has the most unfortunate initials…I smirk every time….personal issues, I know.)

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      Thank you Lauren, it was actually a brand supplied by the cabinet company. It would be somewhere in between BM Amherst Gray and SW Gauntlet Gray 🙂

  4. Hi Kylie, What color is the exterior paint and trim? I’m thinking of doing SW Origami White with Extra White window trim and tricorn black facia. Possibly Greek Villa with the same trim colors. I’m going nuts comparing whites. Thanks in advance! Laura

  5. Kylie,

    Is the color of the cabinets in Guest Bathroom #1 Aesthetic White? Or is it the walls? Or both? I am considering Aesthetic White for my kitchen cabinets. It seems like a nice neutral but am fearful it may have pink undertones.

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      Hi Cathy! It’s on the walls. You know, I want you to sample it. Do a nice big sample in the right finish (usually satin) and see how you feel. Admittedly, it can look WARMER in real-life than it does in that photo, but rarely flashes pink.

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