Inside a Vancouver Kitchen That's Actual #LifeGoals

Vancouver, Canada's third-largest city and the only one that has both a coastline and rocky mountains, is consistently ranked among the world's most livable cities. Its urban-meets-nature vibe and mild weather make it an enticing place where many young Canadians relocate—among them a young couple, Sophie and Peter Collins. The newlyweds had no qualms about purchasing a home sight-unseen in the neighborhood of Cambie. The area had everything they wanted: leafy parks, young families, and a vibrant local scene—with new restaurants and bars popping up weekly. Though the house had not been renovated since it was first built in the 1960s, Sophie—a food and wellness blogger—had a clear vision of how she wanted to transform this two-bedroom house. 

But to get this gut-job shaped up and family-ready, the young couple had to call on the help of interior designer Gillian Segal. Working with a large wish list, a small space, and a restricted budget, Segal was able to bring the couple's vision to life—and then some. Her goal: creating a warm and welcoming space that was both family-friendly and made for entertaining for the two gracious hosts to build a life in. We chatted with the designer about every aspect of the project. Take a tour—the kitchen is one that belongs in your "dream house" folder.