October 16, 2014
When Sofie Laforest designed the display suite at Burnaby’s Aldynne on the Park, she considered how so many of us see the concept of home as a haven — a bit of softness against the harder edges of the outside world. She expressed as much in her own artistic way, with fabrics, soft textures and sensual tones.
Throughout the space, Laforest infused a sense of delicacy and softness reminiscent of the natural beauty of Burnaby’s Central Park, just steps away. It’s evident in the fabric of the dining chairs, in the dominant cream and white, and in the blue details throughout the open-concept kitchen and living room.
“To keep the softness continuous throughout the suite, we tried to incorporate a palette of fabrics that complement each other seamlessly in softness and tone,” says Laforest, who worked with Celia Dawson, Polygon’s senior vice-president of design.
“Aldynne is located beside the park and close to nature. The jewel-toned palette would hopefully make one feel that this is a place where you can unwind. We wanted people to feel a sense of calm and serenity.”
In addition to the dining room chandelier, a dominant eye-catching feature, the windows in the display suite draw attention, stretching floor to ceiling and meeting in a corner. The windows create a scene in themselves, so it’s wise to step back with decor, Laforest says.
“One has to be careful not to overpower or compete with architectural designs,” she says.
“We didn’t want to cover the corner windows; we wanted to embrace and showcase them. This was achieved by using delicate window fabric with simple detailing. They softly frame the window and meld with the wall.”
The Polygon design team takes a shine to horseshoe-shaped kitchens, which offer plenty of counter space.
“This is our preferred kitchen layout as it seems a little more contemporary … clean, simple and a sense of spaciousness.”
In the bedroom, the designers placed puck lights in the ceiling above the bed and installed mirrors on each side of an upholstered headboard. Adding the mirrors “added a bit of glitz … and the headboard and puck lights appear to float against the side mirror panels,” Laforest says.
The soft leather-panelled walls and millwork in the living room and bedroom add warmth and texture, says Celia Dawson, senior vice-president of interior design for Polygon Homes.
“Sofie used (these textures) to define without overpowering, and without off-balancing the windows. She also created a sense of coziness and intimacy to the dining room by adding leather-wrapped wall panelling to the accent walls.”
Source: The Province