Melanie and Brenton Brown’s home shows the beauty of contrast: Modern pieces sit next to family antiques; globe-trotting finds rub up against locally sourced treasures. When they bought the house it was a standard contractor renovation with dark green walls and a cheaply overhauled kitchen.
Fortunately many of the historical features were left intact, including the original trim, windows and flooring. With Melanie’s background in interior design, she knew a coat of white paint and the removal of a wall or two would open the space and give them the lofty, modern look they wanted.
It’s no surprise that family history and tradition are extremely important to the Browns: One of Melanie’s prized possessions is a photograph of herself and Brenton, both age one, in her grandparents’ Vancouver backyard. The two had played together as children, though their long-standing connection wasn’t realized until after they fell in love in university.
They learned that their fathers had attended medical school together, and their grandparents recalled swinging from the chandeliers at one of Vancouver’s best-loved music institutions, the Commodore Ballroom. Now their home is the perfect reflection of their shared history and the new stories they are creating together as a family.