She’s Canada’s favourite design expert, a style influencer and a regular guest on over 14 national TV shows. He is a veteran actor, helicopter pilot and a California native with a soft spot for Vancouver, thanks to his time filming here. Janette Ewen and Lorenzo Lamas travel and work—a lot. Their whirlwind lifestyle and romance inspired the ultimate getaway, a chic beach condo in Huntington Beach. —As told to Bianca Solterbeck
We love everything about our sanctuary in the sun, but the living room has to be my favourite space. It has a distinct beach vibe, probably because I hung Lorenzo's surfboard over the sofa! I selected a super comfortable sectional sofa from Mobilia (Canadian-made), which is ideal for relaxing on and enjoying a cocktail while Lorenzo plays the guitar. We worked with my design team, Kellee Merrell and Patrick Delanty on the project. We wanted to keep the furniture relaxed with a slight rustic, modern touch and incorporated brass and wood, with a few hints of pattern. We discovered some old negatives of Lorenzo's father (actor Fernando Lamas) that date back to the 1950’s and we incorporated those into the room. Pulling the colour scheme and the vibe from those images created a space that felt familiar but fresh. Lorenzo and I are always on the go, so having this space means everything to us. I can be on the road for as long as a month and knowing I have our little seaside escape and my handsome beau to come home to makes it all worthwhile.