Fleetwood Rise 131 townhomes 16518 Fraser Highway Surrey by Anthem Properties

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Fleetwood’s style rises to the occasion

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Fleetwood Rise

What: 131 townhomes

Where: 103 — 16433 Watson Drive, Surrey

Residence sizes and prices: two-beds, three-beds, three-beds-plus-den, and

four-beds; 1,210 — 1,644 square feet; prices range from $500,000 — mid $600,000

Developer and builder: Anthem 

Sales centre: 103 — 16433 Watson Drive

Centre hours: noon — 5 p.m, Sat — Thursday

One glance at the funky and minimalist decor, muted colours and mid-century flair in Fleetwood Rise’s Surrey display home and it’s clear Janine Wilson and The Mill Design team had more than their fair share of fun tapping into the esthetic of young families looking to make a home in Surrey.

“Buyers … are very savvy to current trends these days, thanks to the amazing design resources available on Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz,” says Wilson, a principal at The Mill and the designer of Anthem Properties’ new townhome community in Surrey.

Call it the democratization of interior design: social media platforms have given decor afficionados more freedom to curate, show off and share their fabulous decor inspirations, so it’s no wonder that as homebuyers, they come to display suites with high expectations.

While the Fleetwood Rise show home is definitely colourful and kid-friendly, The Mill’s esthetic appeal is decidedly grown-up, particularly in the living room

The Mill Design covered one wall with a faux brick effect, fashioned from wallpaper by Milton & King luxury wallpaper designers, which “helps add a lot of architectural character to the long narrow main floor you see in most townhomes,” Wilson says.

The living room shades are so muted they take on a neutral character next to the tan leather mid-century style ‘Sven’ sofa Wilson sourced from Article in Gastown. These hues inspired Wilson to incorporate navy wool drapery and black and white woven rug with charcoal side chairs.

 “I feel like colours like navy and terra cotta orange can be used almost like a neutral grey,” Wilson says. “They are the basic colours of the water and earth so they aren’t hard to look at or too bright no matter how much or where you use them.”

The black, white and brown scheme of the kitchen finishes adds contrast; the medium brown laminate mimics teak and stands apart from the more traditional styles that saturate the market, Wilson says. “We’re seeing so much of the white oak, grey oak, and walnut these days in kitchen cabinetry, so we wanted to do something slightly different here but also use a colour that was still really easy to coordinate with furniture.”

Wilson says of all the tasteful pieces used in the display home, she favours the marble and brass coffee table from CB2. “The marble veining is so subtle and the brass is a perfect darker brushed brass that doesn’t stand out too much and blends in with almost all metal and wood finishes.”

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