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The main living area is designed to feel both indoor and outdoor, both in furniture selection and in flooring that extends to the patio beyond (opposite). The kitchen’s colour palette (right) all started with the selection of the bright red La Cornue stove.


hen a world-travelling couple collects furniture from every country they’ve lived in, their designer might be tempted to encourage the use of a storage unit. Or they could borrow a tactic from Jennifer Heffel and Alex McFadyen of HB Design: craft the collection into a source of decor inspiration. From the woven baskets tucked into the niches of the fireplace to the African prayer chair in the master bedroom, mementos from their clients’ travels provide a warm anchor to this modern home on Vancouver’s west side. “The homeowners were very keen on creating a collected type of feel to the home,” says Heffel. “They didn’t want everything to match. So we repurposed a lot of the furniture and designed it into new pieces, whether it be a big table leg we cut down and sliced up, or adding a cool colour.” There’s perhaps no better illustration of the concept than on the main floor, where the dining room is a mashup of wicker, leather and wooden chairs around a liveedge dining table, paired with an organic chandelier and an asymmetrically designed fireplace. Polished concrete floors lead right outside, blurring a sense of whether this space is primarily indoors or out. “It’s meant to feel like / j u ly / a u g u s t

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Western Living, July/August 2019