Gillian Segal Design Elevates a 20th Century Home in Kitsilano, Vancouver
Located in the Kitsilano beach neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada, Gillian Segal of her eponymous design firm transformed a three-story home, originally built in the ’90s to reflect the style of the area’s historic homes, into a modern abode. “I immediately fell in love with the character and charm the house had,” Segal says, referencing the heritage-style wood inlay floors, stained glass, and well worn brass hardware. “We really wanted to maintain heritage elements, but interpret them in a more contemporary way,” she shares. By removing pillars and a dropped coffered ceiling, Segal’s team opened up the space, adding archways for a shapely element.
Working with a neutral palette inspired by the natural hues of beaches in the Pacific Northwest, Segal layered subtle shades of color and saved the most saturated tones for pieces of art. “We wanted a palette that felt warm, sophisticated, and textural,” Segal notes, adding that this approach enabled her to focus on materiality. “We used lots of natural stones, mostly marbles, and worked with oak in a variety of finishes throughout the home,” she explains, “while the materials are seemingly quiet, we focused on the detailing, such as the cast metal post running through the kitchen island.”