France Lefebvre Okanagan Design Obsession
Attached you will find an article from the Luxury Vancouver Magazine Folio Nov/Dec 2019 issue. I was very fortunate to have the media tour my own home in October. More pictures are available throughout the website.
Folio.YVR ☆ Issue 8/9 ☆ Luxury Lifestyle Magazine ☆ Vancouver, BC ☆ Nov/Dec 2019
From the moment you enter Kelowna’s Lakestone community, it is apparent that the development is a work-in-progress, but for the families that have taken up residence amidst the construction, life is good. In the Benchlands section, award-winning interior designer France Lefebvre is busy finalizing little décor touches that turn a house into a home.
For France, the decision to build in Lakestone was an easy one. She and her husband wanted to fulfill their longstanding dream of building their dream home close to nature. “This house was designed with the intent of being the house where we would spend our golden years,” she says.
“We wanted a relaxed lifestyle with lots of outdoor possibilities.” The property has no shortage this, with unobstructed views of Lake Okanagan to the south and west, easily accessible hiking trails, golfing, wineries, and restaurants.
Lefebvre is a Montreal native, and has spent ample time living and traveling across North America and beyond.
Her over 15 years of experience as a residential interior designer reflects this, and she brings perspectives from different cultures and design styles when she works.
After 21 years living in the United States with her husband Bob, spending time in Memphis, TN and Lake Bluff, IL, they decided to relocate back to Canada in 2018.
The interior design choices are directly attributed to the vibrant blues of the Okanagan’s water, and the famously clear skies of the region. A matte dove white finish on almost every wall allowed for Lefevbre to play with accent colours throughout, and to offer breaks in the pattern of white with warm and organic textures like tile and shiplap.
According to Lefebvre, although the oversized island (featuring a stunning Caesarstone countertop) anchors the kitchen, everything is built around her collection of cookbooks. Her collection of books numbers around 300, and it is essential that the kitchen be large enough to display them properly. Each book finds its home under the island, or above the refrigerator where they are backlit for a pleasant effect in the nighttime. “I plan to continue to buy books that I am passionate about,” she says, clearly not one to rely too much on old recipes.
Off the kitchen is a wall of windows that lead to a large patio, from which the Okanagan landscape provides a spectacular panorama. It is a perfect place to start or end the day, with incredible sunrises and views of lights on the lake at night. The space feels like one big living room, as the open design and flow has the living room, kitchen, dining room, all blending together.
Caesarstone countertops are used at several points throughout the home, in both the kitchens, mudroom, and bathrooms. The polished Statuario Maxmius 503 is warm with marbling which complements the white oak flooring and cabinets fittingly. For Lefebvre, the benefits of the product come as much with function as with form. “The beauty of this product is in the proximity to real marble, that it offers at a better cost and [required] maintenance,” she remarks.