Collingwood House is a 1920s Vancouver Craftsman home. It was a bit of a gamble going into the remodel, but the owners definitely had a vision for what it could be.

There’s something about a simple, clean kitchen island that I just love. It’s always one of my goals for kitchen designs – to not have to worry about clutter in a space that functions as a central gathering place feels very calming. People gravitate to islands, whether for a meal, a drink, or just to catch up with each other.

Of course, I love the cozy feeling and warm details just as much as my clients do. To these clients, that meant accessible cooking with wine glasses and olive oils or plates on open shelving. This home had a charming space right off the kitchen that became a den-like family room. And the skylight addition over the sink floods the room with beautiful, warm, natural light.

Ultimately, the house turned from something rather boxy and quirky into a really beautiful home. The moment you step into the entry, you're welcomed with a generous entry through an arch doorway that flows into the kitchen.

Where we started