The co-founders of Legends Haul have created a cosy, stylish place to call home – Vancouver Sun

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The mood is peaceful and serene, thanks in large part to the coolly comfortable décor of Jill and Craig Sheridan's mid-century modern home.

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Joanne Sasvari

Jill Sheridan has discovered a refuge with a view--and perfect mid-20th-century bones--in beautiful Deep Cove.
Jill Sheridan has discovered a refuge with a view--and perfect mid-20th-century bones--in beautiful Deep Cove. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

From Jill and Craig Sheridan’s patio, it’s a clear view across the rooftops of Deep Cove to Indian Arm and the mountains beyond. It’s so quiet, you can hear the trees murmuring in the light breeze. The mood is peaceful and serene, thanks in large part to the coolly comfortable décor of their mid-century modern home.

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And yet, Craig says, “Last year was mayhem. It was pure mayhem.”

No kidding. Take one global pandemic, relaunch a (very busy) business, mix in two young kids, throw in a major renovation and you get the kind of year the Sheridans had. As Jill says, “It ended up being this bizarre perfect storm.”

Their Deep Cove home is a place to recharge for owners Craig and Jill Sheridan, founders of the Legends Haul e-commerce grocery business.
Their Deep Cove home is a place to recharge for owners Craig and Jill Sheridan, founders of the Legends Haul e-commerce grocery business. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

Creating a new legend

The Sheridans are co-founders (along with their friends Alex Ploughman and Jonathan Burke) of Legends Haul, a grocery delivery service that emerged from the pandemic. Founded in 2018, it originally sold high-quality, mostly local foodstuffs to restaurants and retailers. The idea was to fill in the gap between big-box wholesalers like Sysco—which had bought Craig’s family’s business, Trimpac Fine Meats—and small, obscure, ultra-boutiquey operations.

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“We are breaking the traditional supply chain,” Craig says. “We always say, ‘Let’s put more money in the farmer’s pocket.’ The name Legends Haul was to celebrate the farmer, the maker. They’re the legend. This is their haul.”

Luckily, they also had a “side hustle” called the Milk Run, which offered products to a few friends through an online platform. So when the pandemic hit last March, they were ready to pivot.

Their restaurant business dried up overnight. But their retail business exploded, offering consumers stuck at home the same Brant Lake wagyu beef and Zaklan Heritage Farm greens the restaurants were getting. At the same time, the Sheridans saw an opportunity to help their restaurant clients: They encouraged them to create “provisions” that could be packaged and sold as “Friends of Legends Haul.” Think: Nightingale frozen pizza, Chambar meatballs, Café Medina paella. Some owners later called Jill and told her those orders “literally saved me.”

But to do this meant transforming their business from traditional distributor to a more logistics-heavy e-commerce retailer. “A year ago, we were on an Excel spreadsheet,” Jill marvels. They were so busy, Craig moved into the office, while the nanny moved into the house, and Jill, who did all the brand marketing, shuttled between the two.

So of course they decided to do a renovation as well.

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  1. The shaded back patio has space and toys for the whole family, including son Parker and daughter Gigi.

    The shaded back patio has space and toys for the whole family, including son Parker and daughter Gigi. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  2. The upstairs patio is designed for relaxation.

    The upstairs patio is designed for relaxation. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  3. Some of the haul from Legends Haul, which specializes in smaller, local and organic producers.

    Some of the haul from Legends Haul, which specializes in smaller, local and organic producers. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  4. Jill Sheridan pauses in the living room with the furriest member of the family, their Australian Labradoodle, Mick.

    Jill Sheridan pauses in the living room with the furriest member of the family, their Australian Labradoodle, Mick. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  5. A patio with firepit and sleek seating enters onto the primary bedroom.

    A patio with firepit and sleek seating enters onto the primary bedroom. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  6. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace and sleek furniture that complements the mid-century lines of the home; accents are in warm earth tones and natural textures.

    The living room features a wood-burning fireplace and sleek furniture that complements the mid-century lines of the home; accents are in warm earth tones and natural textures. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  7. The ensuite off the primary bedoom features warm gold and natural basket weave accents, a deep soaker tub and a vast closet made from IKEA Pax wardrobe modules.

    The ensuite off the primary bedoom features warm gold and natural basket weave accents, a deep soaker tub and a vast closet made from IKEA Pax wardrobe modules. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  8. The ensuite off the primary bedoom features warm gold and natural basket weave accents, a deep soaker tub and a vast closet made from IKEA Pax wardrobe modules.

    The ensuite off the primary bedoom features warm gold and natural basket weave accents, a deep soaker tub and a vast closet made from IKEA Pax wardrobe modules. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

  9. Cool but cosy linens and natural-texture cushions are heaped in the primary bedroom, which looks out over Deep Cove.

    Cool but cosy linens and natural-texture cushions are heaped in the primary bedroom, which looks out over Deep Cove. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

Mid-century meets new millennium

The Sheridans’ home was built in 1979, a classic late-mid-century modern house with clean lines and big windows. “We love mid-century modern, that ’70s style,” Jill says. The house backs onto Mt. Seymour, with the rainforest in their steep backyard. Its 3,700 square feet are divided between the upper floor, where the kitchen, kids’ rooms and living areas are located, and the downstairs, where the large primary bedroom sprawls.

They bought the place six years ago. “Craig looked at the view, and looked at the garage and said, ‘That’s good, we’ll take it,’” Jill recalls. They didn’t even know whether the bedroom had an ensuite (luckily, it does). “If we didn’t move on it, the house would have been sold from under us,” Craig says.

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Both had long dreamed of living in Deep Cove; Craig ever since he was a kid growing up in North Vancouver and Jill, who is from Cranbrook, ever since she moved to the coast 13 years ago. “We’re big advocates of the Cove,” Craig says.

Since moving in, they’ve had two kids—a girl, Gigi, who is five, and a boy, Parker, who is two—and have still managed to undertake a renovation project every year.

Most recently, it was installing cedar shakes on the exterior of the house; previously, they transformed a little cabin at the back of the property into a gym and guest suite, and added a glass railing to the upstairs patio for an uninterrupted view to Jug Island. “Except we’re food people and we aren’t doing the kitchen and that drives me nuts,” Craig says. “But we’re not going to do it until we can do it right.”

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Family and friends gather around the rustic wood dining table; the patio just beyond overlooks Indian Arm.
Family and friends gather around the rustic wood dining table; the patio just beyond overlooks Indian Arm. Photo by Janis Nicolay /PNG

Family-friendly spaces

The kitchen may be a project in the waiting, but the rest of the home is both comfortable and stylish. The dining area next to the kitchen opens on to the upstairs patio and features a long, rustic wooden table perfectly designed for friends to gather round. Across the hall, the light-drenched living room has a wood-burning fireplace, caramel-coloured leather sofa and a mid-century sideboard that Jill found on Craigslist for $300. Accents are earth-toned in hue and global in motif: Moroccan leather poufs, wicker baskets and hand-embroidered Indian cushion covers from Maiwa on Granville Island.

To the back are the children’s rooms. Gigi’s is pretty and romantic; Parker’s features a nostalgic framed display that includes a photo of Craig’s grandfather’s racehorse and Jill’s dad’s baseball glove.

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Behind the house is yet another patio, this one with toys for the whole family—a trampoline, a mini slide, Craig’s beloved Big Green Egg smoker. Stairs climb through a beautifully planted slope—“The original owners of the house won awards for landscaping,” Craig says—to a little cabin in the trees. The previous owner used it as an office, but the Sheridans have transformed it into a gym and guest suite, with Craig’s sports memorabilia hung proudly on the wall.

Downstairs, though, is the Sheridans’ private refuge. They’d used the space as a lucrative Airbnb until early last year, when they realized they needed somewhere to recharge from their busy lives. Last December, while restrictions were still in full force, they renovated the space. “It was not our most relaxing Christmas,” Jill says with a laugh.

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The bright, spacious bedroom is heaped with luxuriously rumpled linen bedding and textured cushions in natural hues. It opens onto yet another patio, where chairs cluster around a firepit. And then there is the spa-like ensuite that had come as such a pleasant surprise, with its deep soaker tub, soft lighting, hexagonal marble tiles, natural woven materials and a huge section of wall transformed into a closet with Ikea’s modular Pax wardrobes. (Vintage handles add a personalized touch.) On another wall hangs a golden-hued painting called Le Soleil by Tiffany de la Llave.

“It’s my favourite thing. I love it,” Jill says, adding, “We were super happy with how it turned out. We call it our Zen den.”

Design runs in the family

The design has largely been Jill’s responsibility, and her passion. “I love design. We’re really good at working together, but we have to stay in our own lanes,” she says. Aside from the kitchen, Craig’s “lane” includes art—he chose the Andy Warhol poster in the dining area, for instance, and the Zoe Pollock painting he bought Jill as a gift.

Jill has clearly inherited her décor skills from her mother. “My mom is an interior designer so I grew up on job sites with her. Now when I do things, I put my visions together and say, ‘Mom, can you tell me where the holes are?’” Although they have a different esthetic—her mom is more into French country—they speak the same language. “She really challenges me on things, which is great,” Jill says.

She adds: “It took me until this year to figure out how to use our spaces. You just evolve as a homeowner and this year we feel we know our style.” Or as Craig says, simply: “We love it here.”

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