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Rosemary Heights Modern Farmhouse Reno

Rosemary Heights Modern Farmhouse Reno

Rosemary Heights Reno

Photo credit: Martin Knowles Photo/Media


A Cozy Kitchen Reno

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Tuesday, August 30, 2022 — Vancouver, BC.     Acanthus Interiors’ recent project is nestled in the historic agricultural heartland of South Surrey, British Columbia. Once farmland that stretched as far as the eye could see, the quaint neighbourhood of Rosemary Heights is bordered by the Agricultural Land Reserve, Nicomekl River, and more than twenty blueberry farms. The clients, a busy professional couple with two energetic young boys, sought a renovation that would provide an oasis for their family and reflect the wholesome values of the community in which they live.

Inspired by the surroundings and conversations it had with the homeowners, Acanthus Interiors suggested a modern farmhouse concept, that would incorporate the clients’ deep love for wood, multi-functional space for the family to live, grow, and afford unique opportunities to experiment with the design.

"We had been looking to do this for several years and had been hesitant, not knowing where to start! We are both accountants and so design is certainty not our thing... we never considered light wood flooring. It took a little convincing but now we love it!”  - Acanthus' Rosemary Heights project clients

"We had been looking to do this for several years and had been hesitant, not knowing where to start! We are both accountants and so design is certainty not our thing... we never considered light wood flooring. It took a little convincing but now we love it!”  - Acanthus' Rosemary Heights project clients



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Stretching from front door to back, the main floor’s open concept once had three different types of flooring. Wide plank natural white oak was proposed throughout to unify the disparate areas. A complementary neutral cream colour palette was selected.  New custom upper cabinets were mounted above the counter, extending to the ceiling, and taking full advantage of the vertical space and bringing an added dimension to the room. This wider bank of wall cabinets now allowed for more counter and storage space, effectively moving the kitchen off the wall and into the well-lit room. Quartz countertops were installed on the lower cabinetry, providing ample baking, snacking or WFH surface areas. The island-mounted porcelain farmhouse sink adds utilitarian charm while the black faucet and coordinating pulls bring a casual elegance to the space. The finished kitchen offers a feeling of well-being, with an abundance of natural light and plenty of space for life to happen.

“I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of making the most of a home, both aesthetically and functionally. Where needed, I love using space-expanding and space-saving tricks such as low-contrast colour palettes, excellent lighting, and dedicated storage to reduce visual clutter. “ – Toula Favreau, Principal, Acanthus Interiors

The main floor powder room underwent a considerable transformation. In addition to the continued wood flooring and cream colour selection, a new vanity matching the kitchen countertops was installed and its cabinets stained to match the kitchen island base, completing the harmonious unified look to the entire first floor. The relaxed modern farmhouse vibe was carried into the powder room using shiplap, adding interest without overwhelming the small room. Chrome faucets, mirror trim, and wall sconce finishes provide bright accents for the small room.

ABOUT Acanthus Interiors
Acanthus Interiors is an award-winning, full-service interior design studio specializing in residential design. Founded in 2007 by Toula Favreau, the Vancouver-based studio took its name from the acanthus leaf motif featured in classical architectural and decorative design. Inspired by its longevity, the studio ideology is centered on the integration of timelessness, creativity, and adaptability throughout its designs. Acanthus Interiors believes a home should tell the story of those living within.

Toula Favreau is a certified Interior Design Consultant and accredited member of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA), and a member of the Homebuilders Association of Vancouver (HAVAN).

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Project Photography by:  Martin Knowles Photo/Media


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