I believe that the best interiors are the ones that feel like coming home to yourself. Of course, this highly personalized approach to design results in a portfolio filled with unique and interesting projects! This primary suite renovation in Esquimalt is no different…
Primary Suite Renovation: Before
Our clients, Christine and Pablo, recently relocated from Vancouver to Victoria along with their children who attend university here. They purchased a 3-bedroom home with the intention of prioritizing a few key updates that would make the space work for them all. First on the list? Their primary bedroom, bathroom, and closet.
The original space was a small loft (300 feet) with low and sloped ceilings, odd angles, and dated colour choices. To update the space for their lifestyle, we set the following project goals:
- Developing an intentional floor plan for the entire space
- Including a walk-in shower, double sinks, and a skylight in the bathroom
- Designing a walk-in closet with ample storage
- Maximizing space while providing room for a media unit and king-sized bed
Needless to say, designing a space where every inch counts takes real creativity! But before we lifted a finger, we devoted time to defining the overall style for each area.
Primary Suite Renovation: Design Inspiration
During our discovery process, I learned that Christine and Pablo both work from home and craved a relaxing, restorative space to escape at the end of the day. They gravitated toward eclectic style and colour, particularly turquoise. A talented jewelry designer, Christine also has a passion for metalwork, bold gemstone hues, and edgy artwork. We created several design boards to capture the look and direction:
With these design concepts approved, we ordered, scheduled, and implemented the design from start to finish. The result? Everything they wanted and more. Are you ready to see how it turned out?
Primary Suite Renovation: Stairs to Remember
Now that’s a staircase! These beautiful stair risers were custom-made by an Etsy artist and super easy to install with a simple adhesive. The patina look is equal parts industrial, edgy, and beautiful to behold. These stunning, reflective copper tones and glimpse of white brick immediately set a relaxed yet industrial vibe.
Primary Suite Renovation: Cozy & Bright Bedroom
Surprise — this is actually faux white brick! But it looks just as beautiful as the real thing. Placing it at the top of the stairs created a focal point that adds texture, visual interest, and infuses the space with character. Other touches include this eclectic artwork — in turquoise and black — and a full-length mirror to strategically reflect light from the window through the rest of the room. Now, turn into the main space and you’ll see…
The bed and media unit. We left the windows unobstructed to allow for a cross-breeze and natural light, tucked the media centre into the slanted cove, and added the king-sized bed they requested…with room to spare! It’s bright yet cozy, restful yet fresh, romantic yet industrial. This room is now the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. Ahhhhh.
Next, we’ll round the corner and head into the bathroom…
Primary Suite Renovation: Modern Turquoise Bathroom
Gorgeous turquoise! Stunning porcelain floor tiles mimic the patina look of the staircase but with touches of steely gray, copper, and hints of deep cobalt. The beautiful black double vanity, strategically placed under the sloped ceiling, contains practical storage and beautiful wood inset details. In the shower, we used several design tricks to create the illusion of a taller, deeper space: dark tiles and a vertical layout. Brilliant.
Last but not least, we infused a modern, industrial touch into the space with matte black hardware and black piping around the shower. Meanwhile, the brand new skylight allows natural light to flood the space while improving air circulation and letting out steam – an added bonus. What was once a small, dated space now feels beautiful and rejuvenating!
Primary Suite Renovation: A Functional Closet
Although I don’t have a photo of the finished closet, it is a far cry from where it started. Hidden by a sliding barn door in black, we added drawers, shelving, and shoe storage on the shorter wall and bars for hanging clothes on the full-height side. We also added felt-lined storage for Christine’s jewelry — the perfect personal touch to make even the most functional closet feel special.
That’s the end of our tour with these wonderful clients. Christine and Pablo were also kind enough to share their thoughts about the experience:
“Lorri listened to us and truly understood our vision. She was responsive and thoughtful to our questions and needs. Our master suite is more than we could ask for. We would absolutely hire her again.”
Thank you, Christine and Pablo! Now, it’s your turn… If you’re ready to create a personalized space that supports your lifestyle and encourages wellness, I’d be honoured to help. Reach out to me here, and let’s get to know each other.