Tudor Ave Transformation
This beautiful home in Cadboro Bay underwent a complete overhaul, taking it from a dated dark 1980’s west coast design to a very up-to date modern elegance. We worked together as a team as I assisted the homeowner on all aspects of design and finishes, she had excellent taste and often only needed my stamp of approval. We started by choosing a rift and quartered white oak with a custom stain for the flooring. The kitchen cabinets were all custom coloured lacquered while the ensuite was rift and quartered white oak. The kitchen and ensuite marble is Vancouver Island marble.
A tremendous amount of satisfaction was felt overall to see this home transform using first class trades and materials. Everyone on Mike Knight’s (GC) team and South Shore Cabinetry did an outstanding job showing finished work to the highest calibre.
The Union Club of British Columbia
The Union Club of British Columbia, a National Historic Site, is located in a beautiful heritage building built in 1913. The scope of this project was to do a cosmetic upgrade to the main ballroom, which had not been renovated for decades. The wood paneling was just skin veneer from the late 1960’s or 70’s, that was cracked and falling off the walls. The room was dark and depressing, it was desperate for a facelift.
The first thing was to consult with an architectural historian and determine what was original and what was not. New wall panels and baseboards were designed based on proportions found elsewhere in the building. Pilasters were added to run wiring behind and give some depth to the walls. The colour scheme was lightened up, in classic creams with navy and gold accents.
The carpet design was taken from the ceiling detail in the adjoining Palm Court Lounge and all the original ceiling plaster was repaired where needed and painted in a series of creams. The fireplaces were original, but not in good shape. We faux painted them to look like old English oak creating some weight at each end of the room.
The project took about 12 months in planning and 3 months in construction. The results are wonderful and this room will provide enjoyment for its users for years to come.
Uplands Golf Club, PGA Tour Course
The Uplands Golf Club was a wonderful project that was about 18 months in planning. I was given the challenge of a complete cosmetic update of the entire main floor of the clubhouse with the addition of adding a full service bar in one of the lounge spaces, creating a larger enclosed dining space in the same lounge, adding two new washrooms, updating all the furniture, and re facing the fireplace.
The biggest challenge was creating a balance in colour with all the 20+ year old fir that had aged orange. A palette of greys, taupes, and putty seemed the best choice to compliment the orange, toning it down.
The new bar space has been hugely popular resulting in a great spot for a beverage after 18 holes. Often the seating is packed and everyone seems to be enjoying the space immensely. I’ve been told on men’s night, it’s difficult to get a seat!
Chateau Victoria Penthouse Suites
It was finally time to renovate the 16th and 17th floor penthouse suites at the Chateau Victoria. They were long overdue for a complete update. We started by removing a wall between the kitchen and living space to open up the gorgeous views. A new kitchen was installed along with new bathrooms and all cosmetic finishes.
I went with both a warm and cool grey base palette to give some balance. It was then accented with steel blue in the carpets and a very edgy bright pink to liven things up! You can’t help but smile when you enter the room, the pink is fresh and snappy!
Foul Bay Kitchen, Ensuite, & Powder Room
This kitchen & ensuite were part of a major house renovation that included the entire home. The owners were looking for a bright kitchen, classic and timeless in design. No detail was missed, every design aspect was carefully thought out and researched. We came up with a west coast casual but classic beach colour palette- driftwood grey, taupes, sand, white, with soft grey blue accents.The Neolith counter tops in the kitchen have a string of sand colour running through them which tie in the stained white oak accent cabinets. The beautiful backsplash tile pulled the colour palette together perfectly.
The ensuite is designed around classic Carrera marble counter tops and tiles. The bright, clean white cabinets and soft grey blue walls complete the look. The powder room also acts as a guest bathroom so a shower with pebbles was created to further the west coast beach theme. All in all, everyone was thrilled with the outcome. The year in planning was worth the wait!
The Sidney Travelodge was ready for a room and corridor overhaul. The 1960’s mid century modern architecture is quite unique with an addition added in the 1990’s. I decided to go with a mid century modern theme both in design and colour. The room carpet was designed first and then 2 colour palettes formed from there. I created clean and modern casegood furniture and had it made locally, this made it easy to control the design.
The corridors were really fun to work on because the coloured glass block accents in the large corridor windows were a jumping off point. A base colour of grey was used with pops of citrus orange, apple green, and ocean teal in the carpet tile and wallcovering. The guests and staff have loved the result, it’s modern and fresh!
Newport Kitchen & Family Room
This kitchen & family room were in a complete reno in a lovely traditional home. The homeowners had some beautiful arts and craft furniture pieces and desired an arts and craft styled kitchen. We chose to go with stained white oak and creamy white hand built cabinetry along with a honed and antiqued granite.
The family room, open below the kitchen, has built in bookcase cabinetry and a new fireplace surround to compliment the kitchen. Grey furniture was chosen to add some modern elements and for a splash of colour, orange accents were added.
North Saanich Bathroom
This small but very efficient bathroom reno was done for a retired couple desiring to have a 5 Star hotel feel with yet an aging in place requirement. A lot of thought went into every detail, from the height of the toilet to the shape of the cabinet handles. We started by choosing fixtures and finishes that would be suitable for aging seniors and still had a luxurious feel.
The colour palette was light neutrals with the bright white wavy tile as a backdrop. The homeowner is a floral designer so beautiful, colourful arrangements make the perfect splash of accent colour!
Oak Bay Condo
This was a fun project! The owners had just bought this new condo and wanted to freshen up their furniture and accessories. The condo had been designed with warm neutrals, so colour was in order! A lovely peacock blue/teal seemed to be a favourite of the couple so it was easy from there.
The eclectic mix of furniture was wonderful, making the room interesting and personal. The coffee table was made by a local craftsman, adding our teal colour on the interior.
The bathroom needed a punch as well, so this fabulous wallcovering adding texture and colour with going overboard with pattern.
Finally we added in accent pieces and accessories, completing the look at the same time keeping it from looking like a showroom.
The Chateau Victoria Suites
The guest suites at the Chateau Victoria were in much need of an update. We started with a great carpet design with custom colours that would allow me to then choose 2 colours schemes. The first scheme is a hue of soft green, and the second is a vibrant blue. A punch of accent colour was then selected to complement each scheme.
The perimeters of the updates consisted of new wallcoverings, custom designed headboards, drapes, upholstered and casegood furniture, artwork and lighting as the key elements. The project is still ongoing as new floors are completed each year.
All the rooms in the chain were due for upgrades, so selecting the perfect scheme was important for different locations around the province. The new scheme started with a lively, fun, and yet practical carpet design with custom colours. Jumping off from there, I was able to choose wallcovering, upholstery, custom designed headboards, artwork and bedding.
This project was especially fun to work on because the colour palette needed would have to work whether the hotel was located in lower mainland, the Okanagan, or on the island.
This completed kitchen reno was such a transformation! We started with an original 1980 oak kitchen, with pink and grey accents. It was so overtired and needed help! The owners started by choosing the granite and I built the colour scheme finishes from there.
The cherry cabinets are warm and timeless, they bring out the warm natural tones of the granite. It was very easy then to add the current grey tones in the glass backsplash and wall colour. Overall, it was a fabulous transformation!
Sun Heights Kitchen
This kitchen was part of an entire main floor upgrade to a very dated home with a good layout. The owners were after a warm, yet modern look. They were very tired of the cool greys they had been living with for 25 years.
The kitchen cabinetry is maple with a dark warm chestnut stain. The countertops are a quartz looking laminate, finished with a beautiful trendy glass backsplash to add the sizzle. We chose bubble glass pendants above the eating bar and nice strong looking cabinet door hardware to complete the look.
The Chateau Victoria New Lobby and Traditional Rooms
This project was a highlight in my career. This lobby was pink, purple, and green from the late 1980’s. It was a 12 month team effort and the result is a classic, sophisticated space that takes an enormous amount of traffic and wear and tear.
Every surface was redone- the tile floor, the wall treatments, a new fireplace, all new furniture, new front reception desk millwork, lighting, new window treatments, inlayed carpets, artwork, and accessories. Every detail was thought out and considered. I truly enjoyed working with the management, staff, and trades on this project, perfection comes from a collaboration!
The Chateau Victoria Corridors
This project was a fun challenge. I really wanted to have a focus at the elevators to take away from the long corridors. I came up with a giant map of downtown Victoria to be mounted in 3 panels between the elevator doors. We were able to add touristy highlights on the maps so visitors could see where things were located.
New custom wool carpets were also designed, new lighting, updated stain colour on the room doors, new vinyl wallcovering that can stand up to luggage cart traffic, and room signs were also added. These corridors went from dark and dated to bright and cheerful!
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Rooms
I was responsible for the final furniture ordering sign off and placement of all the room furniture.
Before opening, I spent 10 days staging each room, as there were 14 different layouts and various colour schemes. It was quite a puzzle to put together, challenging and hard work, but rewarding!
The result was having all rooms furniture placements complete, mirror and picture placement finalized, and rooms ready for the opening guests!
Dr Hall Dental Office
I toured every dentist’s office in the city that had been updated in the previous 2 years and they all typically had a similar look. This client wanted a slick, modern, clean, cool looking office that would still feel comfortable to patients.
We started with the carpet and found one that worked, giving us starting point. The other finishes and fixtures were then selected to compliment. New millwork was designed and old chairs from a colleague’s office were given new life with new fabric and restraining.
This beautiful arts and craft inspired home was a large scale reno. I was involved in all aspects, my first meeting with the client was to help pick out windows and exterior doors.
These kitchen cabinets are white oak stained a traditional walnut colour, and the beautiful black granite is honed and antiqued giving it an entirely different dimension. The custom hood canopy was hand painted to look like old hammered copper and the backsplash tile is charcoal slate. The lighting is from a company that does hand forged iron pieces. There are so many details, the finished result was something to be proud of!
Fairfield Ensuite and Powder Room
This spa ensuite was so much fun to design. It was part of the beautiful arts and craft inspired home reno above. The owner was hoping for a feminine look, soft and spa like for this room.
We started by choosing the Bianco Carrera marble tile and designing the floor and shower patterns. The inlaid tile floor mat in front of the vanity is heated underneath. The cabinets are costumed lacquered with a Bianco Carrera marble top and all the fixtures are nickle plated. Finally a soft sea blue was chosen for the walls to complete the look.