Less is More  in a minimal design that provides warm, bright space for a family

The entry is a head-turner, with its lighting and wood accent wall.

Photos by LeRoyal + St-Arnaud 

When a young professional couple with three kids wanted to refresh their home, they sought out interior designer Pamela Pryce of Since her home happens to be near their neighbourhood in Aylmer, they had already met socially on occasion. He’s a lawyer and she’s a pediatrician, Pamela says, adding, “My client grew up in an environment of interior design and architecture. She has amazing taste and ideas.” At the outset of the reno project, though, the family’s 10-year-old dwelling had great bones, but a basic interior.  

The look is clean, spare and organic.

“We renovated the entire main floor of this home, the staircase and some bedrooms on the second floor,” the designer notes.  Describing it as a “very big transformation,” she adds that the months-long project encompassed complex, detailed custom millwork, electrical work, plumbing, flooring, paint, custom lighting and furniture. In the process, new divisions and living areas were created.

 “The entire home is very minimalist, clean and organic,” she says of the resulting look. “The space is warm, natural and bright.” When you walk into the home, one compelling focal point is the small reading nook. It’s surrounded by detailed, custom wood panels with a shadow door opening into an office. Wood shelves with books and a lounge chair for reading make it an inviting spot to relax.

The entry is another head-turner, its staircase drawing attention to a ceiling that soars over 20 feet, plus a striking wood accent wall.

Maple wood, metals, quartz and natural fabrics complement a palette of neutral colours.We worked with white, creams and sage green throughout the home,” Pamela mentions.The home is now very bright, well balanced from one room to another and warm at the same time—with all of the natural wood materials we have used. My clients’ favorite spot is the reading area.”