Room of the Week: Geele Soroka, Sublime Interior Design

Gray Magazine Blog

Category: Living Room
Location: Vancouver

Goal: A Vancouver couple living in the One Harbour Green condominiums wanted to take advantage of their expansive view of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains, while still having plenty of space to entertain guests.

Inspiration: “The two inspirations for me are always the clients and the views,” says Geele Soroka, principal designer at Sublime Interior Design. “All of my projects start with the client’s lifestyle and necessary requirements. In this case, that meant a living room that seats 10 people and allows for circulation, yet does not look cluttered. The views are spectacular so the goal was to marry the indoors with the outdoors. The use of color, shapes and certain sightlines carry the eye to the outside view, bringing it in.”

Breakdown: Aside from the views and creating enough space to entertain large groups, Soroka also paid attention to the acoustical properties in the room, as the couple enjoys listening to music. When arranging the room, the designer “balanced out the reflecting sound from all the glazing and used fabric on the sectionals and the carpets to absorb sound as well,” she explains. In addition to the white sofas, upholstered with durable chenille fabric, two leather swivel chairs from Spencer Interiors offer seating, and neutral rugs from EAST INDIA CARPETS add warmth and texture. Above the Crema Marfil marble–clad fireplace, a custom piece from Solart is designed to change color with certain lighting. The low reflective coffee tables from Spencer Interiors also catch the light and provide surface space without interfering with the views.

Tips to Get the Look: Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when decorating a space, but Soroka’s strategy is failsafe. “Think about the visual footprint of your furniture, select the largest piece first, and work from there. To achieve balance, pay close attention to colors and how they interact with other colors and shapes.”