Woodland Park 8570 204 Street Langley 106 townhouses by Infinity Properties

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Touches such as a record collection or books transcends the ?staged? setting

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Woodland Park

Where: 8570 204th St., Langley

What: 106 townhouses

Residence sizes and prices: Two beds, two-beds-and-dens, three beds, three-beds-and-dens, and four-beds; 1,263-1,825 square feet; priced from the $400,000s

Developer and builder: Infinity Properties

Sales centre address: 1 – 8570 204th St., Langley

Hours: noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Thursday

At Woodland Park, Infinity Properties’ new townhouse community in Langley, Gannon Ross Design principal Jen Gannon injected signs of life that might be familiar to all of us.

A record collection, books and everyday useful items can be found throughout these light, airy spaces for a look that transcends the “staged” setting. Tchotchkes of everyday life add a personality that appeals to visitors, Gannon says.

“We took this route because there is a general trend these days to really personalize your space by showcasing personal collections or hobbies like photography or record collecting.

“I think sites such as Pinterest really show people how to showcase their personalized space. I also think there is a trend to make your home comfortable, authentic and a reflection of you.”

One of the two display homes opens to a doorless den adjacent to the front hall, where Gannon Ross used a white and grey palette for a clean office. In one living room, she chose to decorate in a light Scandinavian tone. A neutral white ‘brick’ wall — an uncanny effect, thanks to wallpaper — offsets a long table, offering a perfect backdrop for an infusion of character.

“The neutral background allows us to pop in fun colour, pattern and texture. By building in a banquette and having the dining table run lengthwise, it makes the space feel more open.”

Strong design and character can be seen throughout the suites: in one bedroom’s unique wire chandelier, in kitchen millwork and in an open-concept space with minimalist touches of light wood, blue and red. Gannon says this combination appeals to first-time buyers open to new ideas and fresh takes on decorating. That demographic has taken a shine to these suites, thanks in part to her work.

“I think the colour palettes for the two schemes appeal to first-time buyers because they are contemporary yet neutral, and give first-time buyers a good canvas to start with. The two model homes gave ideas for two very different looks purchasers could work toward.”

No doubt, new homebuyers impressed with Gannon Ross’ style might want to use some of Gannon’s ideas when they move in. Gannon advises that they invest in a few good pieces of furniture or millwork and then, if they’re on a tight budget, add some fun pieces to add personality.

“Second-hand stores, Etsy purchases, Ikea or craft markets can help add a lot to a space.”

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