Our clients were downsizing to a generously sized mid-town
condo, with quality appointments and upgrades. It was a dream
move-in ready suite for them. They loved the existing contemporary
decor and warm finishes -- cherry-stained maple floors, kitchen,
and cabinetry against pale caramel walls -- and were happy to
keep as many of the existing window coverings and light fixtures
as possible. All they wanted to do was get rid of their old furniture
and decorate. So we went with the flow, and let the suite dictate
our design direction.
An existing fireplace/media centre was the focal point of
the living area. To balance its strength, we selected a deep
grey-brown wood-framed sofa for the opposite wall. Deep rust-toned
fabrics on chairs and pillows highlight the main seating area
and echo the warm wood tones that predominate. A strategically
placed chair and ottoman allows one to be comfortably ensconced
in front of the fireplace, drink near at hand. An out-of-the-way
corner is now a luxe reading nook -- furnished with a leather
swivel chair, dramatic oversized ebony floor lamp, and convenient
For the dining area, back-dropped by a wall of windows, we
selected furniture that allowed the view to play the starring
role. A sleek Italian glass and chrome extendable table makes
the most of the space, opening to seat 12 for festive occasions.
Its visible expansion mechanism is integral to the almost invisible
beauty of the piece. Comfortable dining chairs are upholstered
in soft neutrals which play second fiddle to the foliage beyond.
Throughout the foyer and main area, furnishings with glass
and chrome reflect the light and coolly contrast with the dominant
warm notes. Colourful artwork and decorative items add variety
while pulling the space together. The highlight is an array of
hand-blown art glass above the sofa, featuring bright tones of
orange, teal and yellow.
The bedroom was our major undertaking in the suite, where
we designed custom furnishings to evoke a chic boutique hotel.
A pair of elegant tall cabinets -- cream lacquer fronts framed
by warm maple -- flanks an upholstered headboard wall. Floating
shelves and articulated sconces are close at hand for bedtime
reading. Black-out raw silk draperies create a cocoon-like atmosphere
and reinforce the feeling of hotel living.
Indeed the entire condo is imbued with a sense of quiet luxury,
from the moment one opens the door. Truly a dream come true for
these proud homeowners!