Philip Fine

Philip Fine

The Elephant in the Backyard

The tree in Stéphane Ouellet's backyard was ruining a good thing. The yard, once an urban refuge, was now a place where only the tree was thriving. The roots of the 100-year-old poplar were turning the rubber tiles...

Ingenious Island

Ingenious Island

Designers Vanja Santic and Dario Drinovac have been practising some social engineering on their dinner guests. Let's call it guest-herding. The couple, who run the Vancouver design firm Room8 and who designed their own home in Kitsilano, love...

Elegant Walks on the Wild Side

Elegant Walks on the Wild Side

René Desjardins’s design inspiration entered the room one day in the form of a female client’s outfit. The wearer, one half of a couple moving to Westmount from the suburbs, was dressed in a cashmere coat and a...

King Eddy’s Condo, a 45-Day Challenge

King Eddy’s Condo, a 45-Day Challenge

  Old Hollywood. Those two words helped Peter Brooks focus his mind for the challenging project ahead. He and his team had 45 days to design and decorate a 1,200-square-foot condo, which was a bare white box with...

Workmanship and the Wok Kitchen

Workmanship and the Wok Kitchen

A kitchen cabinet can hold more than crockery or foodstuffs. Sometimes another world can exist inside of it. As if The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had been directed by a home designer, the curious can walk...

The Four Elements Tell the Story

The Four Elements Tell the Story

  This is a story of glass, stone, wood and leather, and how the combination of these elements turned a West Vancouver property into a balanced, high-end home. This quartet of materials gives the two-storey home a cool temperament,...

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