Home Tour: Swingin' Digs (and Chic Wallpaper) at 60

Julia Millay Walsh

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Riesco & Lapres. TRADE: Vancouver-based interior design studio. VIBE: Youthful modernity meets patterned elegance. ABODE: New two-bedroom condo in West End, Vancouver.

Having relocated from a large suburban home to an apartment in Vancouver's thriving West End neighborhood, designer Nancy Riesco's client, a mother of four grown boys, reached out with a very clear brief: "She needed help furnishing her home for her 'new' life." Not sure exactly what that 'new life' would be, she trusted Riesco & Lapres Interior Design to help her figure that out. "It was also important for the space to be cozy and welcoming for her family, and a peaceful home where she would be comfortable on quiet night alone," Riesco says. header1 Looking at the interiors of the two-bedroom, two-bath downtown apartment, which are remarkably youthful, cheerful, and calm, one might picture a twenty-or-thirty-something living there -- not a mother of four in her mid-sixties. The youthful aesthetic, Riesco says, "is a direct reflection of the client's energy and personality. It wasn't something she was looking for specifically; it just emerged through our connection and time spent together." header2 Riesco painted one corner of the apartment a medium blue and treated three other walls to a feminine makeover with wallpapers by Cole & Son and Deborah Bowness, including Bowness's "Wallpaper Frocks," a photoreal print of colorful dresses hanging on hooks. Other playful elements, such as surrealist plates by Piero Fornasetti and a small landscape painting hung cleverly low beside the sofa bring a touch of surprise to the space.  Doses of pattern, texture, and color -- such as the bold blue-and-white striped rug, sheepskin throw, and yellow armchair -- energize and enliven the contemporary condo. It's a new life anyone would be happy to live in. real-deal
Warren Platner Coffee Table Knoll "Cow Parsley" (#CS 66/7046) Decorator's Best Bentwood Chairs Michael Thonet
Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair DWR Illusions of Grandeur Wallpaper Deborah Bowness Cork Stool Moooi
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"Cow Parsley" (#CS 66/7046), $119, Decorator's Best Womb Chair, $3758, DWR Platner Coffee Table, $1937, Knoll
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Risom Lounge Chair, $938, DWR Saarinen Side Table, $579, Knoll Templeton Queen Bed, from $2995, Jonathan Adler
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Flemish Oak Side Table, $745, Atchison Home Slim Desk Lamp, $100, Crate & Barrel "Wallpaper Frocks", $280, Deborah Bowness
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Large Flowers Pillow, $36, Zara Home Swan Chair, $4291, DWR Buche Wool Flatweave Carpet, from $2000, Madeline Weinrib
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Scoop-Back Chair, $79, West Elm Crosby Sofa, $1349, West Elm Fornasetti L'Anticipato Pillow, $160, Barney's New York
Photographs: Janis Nicolay Designer: Riesco & Lapres

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