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Tour a beautiful Canadian home inspired by English countryside architecture

contemporary home exterior

This warm and inviting English countryside-inspired home designed by West of Main Design is filled with memorable moments, located in Ottawa, Ontario. The clients had a large property where they wanted to build their dream, forever home. They were looking for a European aesthetic, where the designers brought in classic elements with modern design. They were inspired by the property’s landscape and wanted the home to complement its surroundings, using the natural surroundings and color tones to essentially blend into the landscape. 

The clients are a young family who loves to entertain and has a lot of friends and family. The designers took this into consideration with the layout of the home in order to accommodate their lifestyle and elevate their entertaining. They also wanted to make the most of the view on the property and be mindful of the different rooms that would have access to the view. This resulted in the kitchen and living room being open concept with each other and focusing on the view and spectacular sunsets.

DESIGN DETAILS: INTERIOR DESIGN West of Main Design BUILDER Art & Stone Homes FURNITURE West of Main Shoppe

contemporary home exterior

For the exterior facade, the designers were inspired by English countryside architecture and wanted the home to have a lot of dimension as well as beautiful roof pitches. In terms of finishes, the designers were intentional with where they were placing the stone and where they were placing the siding. For the color scheme, they selected muted tones that would blend into the landscape.

contemporary home exterior

contemporary home entry with a console table

For the entrance to this English countryside-inspired home, they wanted to make it a true statement with its custom double wood doors. As you step inside, you are greeted with a beautiful view out towards the water. With ten-foot ceilings in the entrance, they wanted to make it feel nice and cozy by adding reclaimed wood beams to the ceiling. On the console table is the Gaios Table Lamp by AERIN for Visual Comfort.

contemporary home entry into the living room

Above: The entryway flooring features a brick-style tile, which was installed in a herringbone pattern — lending a cobblestone, courtyard-style feel.

contemporary living room with a natural limestone fireplace

Above: In the living room, the fireplace stone is Natural Limestone from Indiana. The flooring throughout the home is a 7-inch plank European French oak, character-grade, sourced from France. It has a custom stain finish.

contemporary living room with large windows

Above: The living room has the best view in the home, which is framed through double-height windows. To balance this, the fireplace is in scale and proportion to the ceiling height. To bring a cozy feel into this space, reclaimed wood clads the ceiling, repeated from the entryway. The wood is stained in a chocolatey-brown hue to bring the outdoors inside.

contemporary living room

The furnishings throughout this home were sourced from West of Main Shoppe.

contemporary living room with a natural limestone fireplace

What We Love: This English countryside-inspired home project is a great representation of making something new feel lived in and warm but still beautiful, providing major inspiration. The colors and natural light in this house are simply amazing. Throughout this home, you will find a stunning mix of modern elements with classic elements. We especially love the backsplash wall of the range hood, providing a stunning focal point for the kitchen. 

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home did you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of our other favorite home tours that we have featured in the Canadian province of Ontario here on One Kindesign: Light-filled contemporary model home in Ottawa offers inviting interiors and Tour this incredible four-story home overlooking the Rideau Canal, Ottawa.

contemporary living room

contemporary kitchen with a large island and black backsplash tile

Above: In the kitchen, the owner’s wishlist was integrated appliances, a beautiful focal point, light and bright but with moody and glamorous elements. The space features a European aesthetic with furniture details for the millwork instead of regular kitchen cabinetry. The light fixtures include Visual Comfort’s Ruhlmann Pendants and Clemente Library Lights.

contemporary kitchen with a large island and black backsplash tile

Above: When it came to the finishes, the designers mixed and matched. This included stained oak cabinets mixed with ebony-stained oak cabinets — Flint AF-560 by Benjamin Moore. The hardware was also mixed, with black hardware on the light oak cabinets and unlacquered brass on the darker cabinets to make them pop. The plumbing fixtures are also unlacquered brass that, over time, will develop a beautiful patina. 

contemporary kitchen with black backsplash tile above the range

Above: The feature in this space is the stove wall, which was designed to be dramatic. It is framed out with drywall and recessed in. The entire hood and range wall feature a glazed, artisanal-style black tile that reflects the beautiful natural light that streams in. The tile is from Ciot.

contemporary kitchen with windows

contemporary kitchen with a large island and windows

With the open-concept living and kitchen area, the designers ensured they made use of all available space. With this in mind, the stove wall was brought forward and the butler’s pantry is hidden behind. The galley-style butler’s pantry provides a nice flow that is accessible from both sides. This also helped to create a beautiful, symmetrical focal point in the kitchen.

contemporary kitchen with built-in display hutch

contemporary kitchen scullery

Above: This moody butler’s pantry is just as beautiful as the kitchen, with cabinets stained in an ebony black — Flint AF-560 by Benjamin Moore. The countertops are a walnut butcher block to make it feel warm and cozy. It offers plenty of storage.

contemporary kitchen scullery

contemporary dining room

Above: The dining room is located at the front of the house, therefore it does not get as much natural light as the back of the house. To address this, the designers created a moody atmosphere in this space. The walls feature beautiful wainscoting in a sage green hue, which is also applied to the trim and ceiling to envelop you in the space. The doors can be closed off in this space when entertaining. There is also an integrated sound system.

contemporary dining room

Above: On the buffet in the dining room is the Beton Table Lamp by Kelly Wearstler.

contemporary dining room

contemporary dining room

contemporary music room

Above: Another feature on the homeowner’s wishlist was a music room, somewhere where she could play music, be inspired, and get creative. It feels like its own space yet flows well with the other rooms that are adjacent to it. To achieve a moody feel in this space, the designers added a deep blue limewash to all of the walls, including the ceiling and trim so that you are enveloped in the room.

contemporary powder room

Above: The powder room features an artisanal subway tile in a beautiful sage, olive green hue. The texture on the walls and the playful penny tile flooring add to the English countryside feel.

contemporary bathroom shower

contemporary bedroom with large windows

Above: The owner’s suite includes the bedroom, the closet, and the en-suite bathroom. There is also a balcony, which is all in its own wing at the back of the house. It provides a relaxing environment to end your day.

contemporary bedroom with French doors

Above: Upon entering this serene bedroom, you are greeted by double doors and a beautiful blue-gray hue that is on the walls, the ceiling, and the trim.

contemporary bedroom

Above: There are lots of windows in the bedroom, accented with linen drapery that is used as blackout curtains at night, which is also motorized.

contemporary bedroom with a coffee bar niche

Above: The bedroom also features a recessed morning bar, integrated into an arched opening for an added touch of luxury. There is also an integrated refrigerator for coffee creamer, water bottles, 

contemporary walk-in closet

Above: The closet features plenty of open storage to showcase and accessorize apparel. The flush mount light fixture is the Lettie by Hudson Valley Lighting.

contemporary walk-in closet

contemporary bathroom with a freestanding tub

Above: The en-suite bathroom is located just off the closet and was designed to showcase the view. A freestanding tub overlooks the water, providing a feeling of serenity. The ceiling light is the Kayal Chandelier from Arteriors Home.

contemporary bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower

contemporary bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and white tiles and built-in bench

Above: The glass-enclosed shower features an artisanal white subway tile to create a serene and relaxing feel. This space offers a large ledge instead of a niche for storing showering essentials.

contemporary bathroom with a vanity

Above: The bathroom features a dual vanity along with a linen closet for plenty of functional storage. The modern vanity features 4-inch thick countertops and unlaquered brass plumbing fixtures. The light fixture on the wall is the Julius Sconce Alabaster and Antique Brass sconce from Arteriors Home.

contemporary master bedroom private covered balcony with outdoor furniture

Above: A private balcony just off the owner’s bedroom suite features glass railings so as not to detract from the views. The railings are set into reclaimed wood beams.

contemporary private patio off the master bedroom with outdoor furniture

contemporary covered patio with outdoor furniture

Above: The beautiful exterior facade features old world-style stone walls.

contemporary staircase

contemporary laundry room

Above: The laundry room features a mix of timeless yet playful details. It is located upstairs with dormer windows that bring in an abundance of natural light.

contemporary laundry room sink and storage cabinet with an olive green paint

contemporary hallway

Above: The kid’s wing features built-ins with an attractive arched entry that can be seen on the lower level. The built-ins include pull-out laundry hampers and drawers for plenty of storage. The kid’s wing has a Jack and Jill style bathroom, so each bedroom has its own vanity, which is off of a bathroom where you have a tub and a toilet.

contemporary nursery

Above: The light fixture in this whimsical nursery is the Alana Semi Flush from Mitzi Lighting.

contemporary nursery

contemporary bathroom

contemporary mudroom with a built-in window seat and herringbone brick flooring

Above: In the mudroom, cutouts were incorporated into the doors for ventilation. This space offers plenty of storage along with a drop zone for keys and drawers for extra storage.

contemporary mudroom with a built-in storage closet painted in olive green and brick herringbone flooring

PHOTOGRAPHER Justin Thomason Photography

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Robert Sweet
3 months ago

Spectacular. The kitchen is particularly impressive, with the dark glossy tiles surrounding the stove. A great use of materials.