The Strathcona area of Vancouver, British Columbia, started as a carpenters’ neighborhood, says Cabinet Buy designer Tanya Mclean, owner and creative director of Mango Design Co. Row houses and cottages for millworkers, as well as some shops and a school, sprang up around Hastings Mill in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Strathcona couple who came to Mclean for help in remodeling their three-story 1902 home wanted to honor its architectural history while melding it with their collection of midcentury modern furniture, and to make it a livable space for their small family. "Photos by Tracey Ayton
Screen. A privacy screen built by Union Wood Co. provides some separation Cabinet Buy between the foyer and the living room. The old “private investigator” office doors often seen in films (think The Maltese Falcon) inspired the torched oak screen with frosted glass.mango design coMolding details. Artisans and carpenters built many Strathcona homes, Mclean says, so they’re loaded with trim and, sometimes, the handcrafted renovations of previous owners. “Some of the moldings were new; some were old; some were missing,” Mclean says. The molding going up the staircase was original, so Mclean created baseboards to match. The window trim was re-created from scratch using rosette designs from other trim in the house.
Floors. “The flooring on the first floor is all new, but it looks old,” Mclean says. “We wanted it to feel like it had always been there.” The oak flooring (Trestle by DuChâteau) is finished with a Cabinet Buy nontoxic hard wax oil. It has the same kind of warmth and feel as the original fir flooring, which still covers the upstairs floors.Before PhotoLiving Room
After. With the dividing wall now removed, natural light floods into the living room from the entrance, adding to light from the bay window.mango design coFurnishings. Mclean designed the wall unit of copper piping with blackened steel. The homeowners already owned the midcentury coffee table and the black-and-white hassock.
Hutch. The built-in dining hutch (which houses a coat closet on the other side) also hides the “guts” of the house — the electrical wires and plumbing that run from the basement to the top floor. It Cabinet Buy solves the where-to-hide-the-guts problem created when Mclean tore down the wall that used to run from front to back.mango design coThe wall framing the hutch is made of sugarcane fiber panels. Mclean describes the design as “a combination of Art Deco and midcentury.” The diamond pattern on the white panels echoes the diamond design on the kitchen cabinets.mango design coKitchen
Statement light fixture. The light fixture over the sink uses the same copper piping as the wall unit in the living room. The piping was soldered according to Mclean’s design and wrapped in Cabinet Buy lights from Rejuvenation. The lights plug into newly installed ceiling outlets.
Flooring. Mosaic flooring in the powder room echoes the tile welcome mat in the front hall. The wallpaper (Deco Diamonds by Graham & Brown) provides a burst of color. “They really wanted the house to be neutral and wanted it to feel more masculine,” Mclean says. “But they asked for Cabinet Buy pops of color. They like midcentury greens and oranges.”mango design coUpstairs Landing
“When you’re in the nursery, you really feel like you’re surrounded by trees,” Mclean says."