The worlds of hockey and interior design are miles apart, but these athletes score big on style both on and off the ice. Take a look inside the homes of Kirk McLean and Wayne Gretzky — there's no doubt about it, these all-stars have the home game in the bag.
Wayne Gretzky's Palatial California Estate
Elegant European style on the West Coast.
Set in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains, Gretzky's stately home is a little slice of heaven. The porte cochère at the house's entrance exemplifies the symmetrical Georgian exterior. A dramatic fountain echoes the interior's ornate architectural detailing.
A baroque-inspired room.
The parlour, off the foyer, exudes an elegant mix of English, Asian and Regency influences. The richly hued silk upholstery pops against the white-glazed walls and moulding and understated ebonized walnut floors. Luxurious gilt pieces tie in with the fireplace's hearth and surround made of ivory and gold onyx.
French Country Kitchen
A classic French look.
In the kitchen, the beadboard-panelled ceiling and range hoods, butcher-block countertops and a chunky tea-stained oak top on the island imbue a homey look. The precise floral hood trim exemplifies the attention given to the house's visual flow; it reflects the extensive mouldings used throughout. The louvered pocket door leads to an ample walk-in pantry.
Regal Living Room
Richly detailed retreat space.
With french doors (not visible) that lead to the garden, intricate floral motifs and a green-based palette — in the bespoke silk-blend cotton area rug, deep olive mohair-covered sofa, and green onyx fireplace surround, for instance — the living room has a soothing botanical look.
A bathroom fit for French royalty.
In his wife Janet's private tub room, the bath enclosure is defined by an arch with detailing that emulates a keystone and pillars. The floral and lattice pattern on the tub's apron is French-inspired. The ivory and cream palette makes for a soothing retreat.
Kirk McLean's Kitsilano Home
A West Coast home with a view.
With a view like this, it's no wonder why former Canuck goaltender Kirk McLean chose to settle in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood.The nature-entrenched hillside was the perfect match for McLean's down-to-earth personality. Let's take a peek inside the house!
Classic Contemporary Kitchen
Timeless design and elegant details define Kirk's kitchen.
An expansive window floods the kitchen with light and affords views of a lush garden. Kirk's designer and girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, wanted the kitchen island to feel solid and sculptural, so she stained it ebony and topped it with black granite. Rather than use barstools, she set a long, low leather seat by the window to accommodate guests but keep them out of the way.
Traditional Living Room
Comfort is key for Kirk.
Clean and spare but utterly comfortable, the living room is a mix of traditional and updated pieces with lots of strong shapes and minimum clutter. The old coffee table, which Kirk and Wendy have had for years, pairs handsomely with a tweed Ralph Lauren sofa and an antique Chinese cabinet. A simple sisal area rug defines the space.
A spare bedroom was madeover into a serene retreat.
The den is Kirk's favourite room. Previously a gloomy spare bedroom, it was opened up by adding french doors along the back wall and creating a small garden reading area outside. The walls are covered in French pen-and-ink drawings.
Kirk McLean's Bachelor Pad
Before settling in Kitsilano, Kirk called this downtown Vancouver condo home.
Kirk met his girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, when she signed on to makeover his downtown condo. She bestowed the bachelor pad with a handsome, classic aesthetic. Mud hues used throughout counter the abundant natural light. In the living room, slouchy, feet-friendly furniture creates an inviting space. Two leather club chairs, a classic rolled-arm sofa and round ottoman are traditional elements. Tall windows overlook a spectacular view of Stanley Park, English Bay and the Vancouver skyline.
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