Hillside West Concord Brentwood 4756 Lougheed Highway Burnaby 426 homes in a 45 storey tower by Concord Pacific Developments

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

PHASE 1 SOLD OUT: Earthy tones, playful elements on display at Concord Brentwood

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Concord Brentwood

Where: 4756 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

What: A total of 10 highrise towers, between 40 and 50 storeys. The first tower of 45-storeys in Phase 1 is sold out

Developer and builder: Concord Pacific Developments Inc.

Sales centre: 4750 Kingsway, Burnaby (Metrotown mall)

When your home overlooks a 13-acre Burnaby park, a connection to nature no doubt comes naturally.

But it takes some real talent to bring that sense of connection inside the home while incorporating a luxurious palette — as Olivia Lam has with the display homes at Concord Pacific’s Concord Brentwood community.

With a deft blend of earthy dark tones with sensuous texture in her materials, Lam, principal of Liv Interiors, creates a haven that pays respect to the surrounding nature of the community.

She adds bold patterns and playful touches and manages to make all these elements look seamless from one room to the next.

In a room imagined for a child, Lam eschews the traditional childlike primary colours in favour of a mini-tree house bed.

“This children’s house-bed allows the room’s focal point to be one of playfulness and innocence,” she says.

“It’s meant to evoke a tree house-like sensibility, bringing a dash of the outdoors to the comforts of an indoor space, keeping aligned to the natural earthy tones of the suite in general.”

The tree house bed is also meant to remind visitors of the new park and trails that surround the development, she adds.

That green space has been a magnet for those buyers, with the first phase of the tower community now sold out.

To emphasize her tastes for both luxury and the outdoors element, Lam chose what she calls “deeper earthy neutral tones” throughout one suite and adds a bold pop of purple in the dining room chairs. The plush ‘royal’ stands out in the moody space.

“With this striking colour, we were able to infuse the cuisine dining experience at home with a sense of opulent regality most fitting for the overall lofty space.”

In one bedroom, Lam lays on the textures and patterns with a textured wallpaper, large prints on the duvet and a throw, then a soft and inviting sheepskin rug — all rich, sensuous texture.

“The blend of these elements allows the inhabitant a sense of refinement, presented in an elegantly subtle fashion, while using the complementing shades of neutral colours to set the air of serenity and make the room feel more livedin and organic,” Lam says.

The kitchen is at once compact, but dense in terms of storage. It stands out in one suite for its sense of masculinity, emphasized by the grain of the broad bold vertical grain of the cabinetry facades, seamless integrating the whole area.

Every detail was considered in the kitchen, Lam says.

“A masculine kitchen is more timeless. When you open up the cabinet doors, you’ll see that every inch here has been thoughtfully designed, with minimal unused space, revealing an ergonomic convenience to every storage space, every handle placement.”

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