First impressions can sometimes be deceiving. As we slowly rolled past an impressive array of homes in a quiet tree-lined Richmond neighbourhood, it was impossible to pinpoint which of these homes was our destination, but then, through a window, a glint of gold, caught my eye.
This Versace home appeared no different from others outside, but inside, as you will see, it is an entirely different story. The latest of Major Interiors design projects is Casa Maggiore, a 3,626-square-foot gorgeous and elegant home inspired by Richmond’s island City’s charming landscape.
The site was carefully selected to ensure proximity to Richmond’s picturesque dyke where you can gaze upon the horizon to enjoy the rainbow of colours during sunsets. The warm golden tones mixed with the hues of umber and ochre created the foundation for the home’s colour palette, décor, and artwork.
Creating a home to foster personal well-being and inner harmony are fundamental goals of Major Interiors, and one’s that William Chan, Interior Design Director, ensures is embedded throughout the home’s DNA.
This 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home encompasses a thoughtful mixture of indoor and outdoor living with strong connections to the outdoor spaces.
Rooms are designed with large windows and doors to allow each of them to be gently bathed in natural daylight and fresh air.
The design incorporated a balance of indoor/outdoor space with over 1,350-square-feet of combined open/covered outdoor patio, with a spacious theatre room, his/her walk-in closets, and a vaulted ceiling in the master suite.
Materials at Casa Maggiore have been meticulously examined and curated to ensure that they work in harmony with one another when all components are put together. The proportions and adjacencies of the spaces have been most carefully considered. Chan incorporated a full compliment of Versace ceramic tiles on the main floors and all walls and floors of the ensuites, natural granite and marble for countertops, and wide plank engineered hardwood flooring in the den, stairs, and bedrooms.
Every bedroom is provided with an outdoor balcony or patio to enhance the living experience and aid in a healthy lifestyle. Be it quiet meditation, yoga, or simply reading a book while basking in the sun, the balcony can be a space for relaxation and self-healing. Italian villas inspire multi-layered ceilings and ornate decorative wall panelling within the interiors where they are enhanced with beautiful Versace wall covering.
Like a Villa, rooms seamlessly flow into one another while maintaining their connection and views with the exterior. The natural flow of spaces creates a greater sense of freedom and is ideal for entertaining.
Entrance is by a single 42” door, and immediately you are greeted with iconic Versace home elements—the Foglia ceramic, signature wall coverings, Barocco patterns, the Greek key, and medusa—a gorgeous Austrian crystal chandelier, and a recessed display niche.
While the foyer may appear to be simplistic and similar to many other homes in the neighbourhood, the proportions and architectural elements are distinctly different.
Living room furnishings are from the Versace Signature series with a compliment of Argo tables. The use of black and gold accents is a perfect reference to Versace’s opulence. The alignment of furniture is precisely executed to be central to the foyer and dining room.
The 250+ bottle wine wall in the dining room is the focal point and is centred with the foyer accent tile and the living room fireplace. The room is created to have a sense of openness; you will notice that unlike other similar homes, it does not have walls, yet allows your family to have an intimate dining experience. Furnishings include the Caratesio table with Greek key gold design, which compliments the foyer’s border tile.
For this family having a Western and Wok kitchen was not up for debate, and throughout both are the top appliances by Miele, Wolf, and Bosch.
The adjacent nook is brilliantly designed to provide the family with a sense of being seated outdoors. The large windows surround the seating area, which comfortably holds 7+ people.
The Casa Maggiore master suite is indeed that with an entry vestibule, French doors, a 700-square-foot south-facing balcony, and two walk-in closets. Parapet walls on the west and south side gently screen family members from neighbours and create a calm space to practice morning yoga or sip a cup of tea.
The ensuite has a 14’ barrel ceiling with a separate toilet room for privacy. The steam shower is a showstopper with its bench, rain showerhead, and body massage sprays—a private space to relax and reflect in.
The additional four bedrooms are as beautifully and thoughtfully designed as the rest of the home.
Incorporated throughout the entire house are Intelligent home systems, including Control4 lighting system, security surveillance, Nest thermostats, and ambient music system.
The powder room is nicely proportioned and furniture like vanity and toilet are wall-hung to make the room appear larger. There is an elegant use of edge lighting around the mirror to create an illusion of greater depth to the room. The decor and linens by Versace Home are a perfect compliment to the room!
The family and theatre rooms are strategically positioned to be easily accessible. The family room contains a softer furniture selection from the Versace Zahara series, which brings vibrancy and energy and swivel armchairs to enhance interactions with those watching television or visiting the outdoor lounge area.
The theatre room is accessed directly from the family room. It has a 110” screen, and when the family is entertaining, it expands the capacity of the socializing area (family room, kitchens) to 40+ people with ample seating.
From the moment you step into Casa Maggiore, you experience a seamless transition to an Italian villa with ornate wall coverings and silk shades, hand-carved fireplaces, and an abundance of European atmosphere.
While this Versace home was specifically designed for family living, Major Interiors works with all types of requests and creates masterpieces for all those who truly live a luxury lifestyle.
- Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Marketing & Communications Inc and publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine and digital women's lifestyle magazine EcoLuxLifestyle.co. She is a prolific content creator, consultant, and marketing and media strategist within the ecoluxury lifestyle niche. Post-pandemic, she has worked with many small to mid-sized plant-based/vegan brands to build their digital foundations and strategize content creation and business development. Helen is the west coast correspondent to Canada’s top-read industry magazine Retail-Insider, holds a vast freelance portfolio, and consults with many of the world’s luxury heritage brands. Always seeking new opportunities and challenges, you can email her at [email protected].
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