Located on Penticton’s Lower Bench, the guest house showcases sweeping views of Okanagan Lake. This Guest house consisted of a major renovation on an existing home. When planning the design, it was imperative that we open up the front of the house with oversized sliders and large windows to capture every inch of lake view. Our challenge aesthetically was marrying 'her' minimalistic modern side with 'his' more traditional style. We captured that marriage by combining the more traditional stone masonry and woodwork with more contemporary finishes, such as the high gloss cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. The hardwood floors are a rift and quartered white oak, which continues up onto the central wall and stairwell. The wood walls add some warmth to the otherwise white and airy walls. Indoor, as well as outdoor seating areas were created to enjoy the double fireplace. Technology at its finest ensures that you can turn on your fireplaces, lights or heating/cooling with a simple touch either on the wall or from your phone. The wow factor in the main living space has to be the two large copper Tom Dixon pendants sitting over the kitchen island. Their mirrored effect captures the interior and exterior of this cozy cottage all in one shot. Whether guests are staying a week or months - this tiny kitchen will suffice; as it features a full size integrated refrigerator and dishwasher, full size gas oven and microwave drawer. Much consideration was made for storage in this guest house, with full height pantry units, custom made beds with drawers and storage under every staircase, nook and cranny. On the lower level of the cottage, you will find a laundry room, coat closet, bathroom and bedroom. The basement was dug out in order to allow for two French doors and a large picture window, so that full advantage could be taken of the view of that gorgeous acreage of cherry trees. The twin beds were custom made in rift and quartered white oak to blend into the wall and floors and feature hidden built in drawers at their base. Imagine waking up to a view of trees laden with ripe red cherries.
Project Designer: Jennifer Connolly, Jennifer Connolly Interiors & Design