It’s been mentioned that the inside design of somebody’s house tends to match their persona. And if persona is an unbroken sequence of profitable gestures, as F. Scott Fitzgerald as soon as argued, then who’s to say the decor of a former NHL hockey star and his lovely younger household isn’t an analogous type of expression? For David Jones and Kim Vaage Jones, that collective gesture spans all the way in which again to when the couple first started relationship within the sixth grade. Now, a couple of many years later, the pair have three kids, a canine, and a shocking home of their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Situated within the leafy north Vancouver neighborhood of Edgemont Village, the lot on which their house is situated was bought by the Joneses at the start of 2017. After two years of building, they moved into the brand new construct. The house, which was designed by the residential structure agency Su Casa Design, is nestled between the 4,000 foot-tall Grouse Mountain and the Burrard Inlet that results in the Pacific Ocean. It’s, as one would think about, the perfect setting for a lately retired skilled athlete. “You may ski, swim, and play golf—all on the identical day,” says David Jones, whose star profession spanned from 2007 to 2016, and included time with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, and Minnesota Wild. “Positive, it’ll be just a little chilly to do all three in a day … however there aren’t many locations on the earth the place individuals have these outside choices. For us, it’s excellent.”
For all the probabilities afforded by the encircling space, the Joneses have been eager on making their home an area that felt so comfy friends would wish to linger. “We each had nostalgia for our childhood properties,” explains Vaage Jones. “The views of the mountain are nice, however what we actually wished was a spot the place our children might safely run and play, whereas the neighbors are out socializing with each other.” Want granted: The Joneses’ neighborhood now contains many younger households, who—pre-pandemic—typically socialize. However to make a brand new house really feel so congenial that associates wish to stick round? That takes actual imaginative and prescient.
On this case, assist honing that particular imaginative and prescient got here from the well-trained eye of Kelly Deck, the director of an eponymous design agency. The couple hit it off with the inside designer from the get-go after they have been launched by a good friend. Finally, they tasked Deck to assist put the ultimate touches on the abode and work on the precise artwork placement. “Kim and David each got here with a transparent imaginative and prescient, so our job was simply extracting that imaginative and prescient and inserting it in a well-defined surroundings,” says Deck. “They wished a household house that had a timeless sophistication—so once you walked into the house, it was unclear whether or not it was brand-new or had been there for a very long time.” In different phrases, what the Joneses have been craving for was Frank Gehry’s rule of outstanding structure, of which he as soon as mused: “Structure ought to communicate of its time and place, however yearn for timelessness.”
There’s little question that Vancouver is a ravishing metropolis, however whether it is missing in a single space, it’s within the absence of historic homes. “Consumers on this space are at all times in search of an authenticity in a house that matches the approach to life right here, which tends to be very leisure and relaxed. However on the identical time, an elevated sense of that,” explains Deck. “With Kim and David, we simply saved stripping the interiors down, refining it, taking out pointless particulars. The tip result’s, when you’re within the house, it has this heat texture to it that makes you wish to keep.”