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A Designer Transforms Her Parents’ Vancouver Cottage into a Bayside Retreat

When it came to revitalizing this cottage, it was a family affair – literally. “My parents enlisted me to reimagine it as their dream retirement home,” says Vancouver designer Jessica Touhey. And it was a task that would require more than a little imagination. “It was a bit of an ’80s time capsule,” she says. “There was patterned carpeting, heavy oak cabinets and Corian-marble bathrooms galore!”

To get the space up to millennial speed, Jessica initiated a 12-month back-to-the-studs overhaul. Her goal: create an open-plan space that would reflect its Vancouver Island setting, and showcase her parents’ affinity for dynamic, clean-lined design. The result is a personalized home that’s just as adept at hosting grown-up dinner parties as it is groups of grandkids.

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