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The Challenge:
The client had moved into this condo, plunked down her belongings, and let clutter and inertia overtake her. She wants to be able to entertain, but just finding a place for guests to sit is a challenge.
The Vision:
By maximizing storage and using multifunctional pieces, we would make every inch of this small space count.

The Process:
We first assessed the client's wardrobe and storage requirements, and designed and commissioned closet organizers and built-in cabinetry to fit her particular needs. The second bedroom (not shown) was thus transformed from a junk room with a mattress on the floor into a tidy functional space, with a wall bed, desk, shelving and concealed storage.

This in turn allowed us to pare down the dining room furniture to a round glass table and 4 chairs, comfortable enough to encourage lingering over dinner. To make up for the lack of light in this windowless niche, we mirrored the back wall, adding sparkle and opening up the space. A serving cart located next to the kitchen peninsula substitutes for the dining table as a catch-all surface when not being used for entertaining.

The "living room" allowed for a sofa and TV and not much more. We opted for a generous sofa/chaise combination that extends past the minimal available wall space. A narrow étagère behind it both disguises the overhang and turns an odd space into a focal point. A dining room buffet, re-purposed as a TV stand, offers additional storage. Also multifunctional are the storage ottoman/tray table and floor lamp/side table.

While a quiet colour palette of beiges and soft blues sets a calming tone throughout, for the master bedroom a feminine wallpaper was selected as a foil for more masculine dark wood furniture and charcoal bedding. Glimpsed through the open bedroom door, the vignette atop the armoire and its floral backdrop become part of the living room décor.

As a finishing touch, we added some pizzazz to the open kitchen with a contemporary stone and glass mosaic backsplash and pendant lighting.

The Result:
This client now has a place for everything and can entertain with confidence!

We invite you to continue exploring our site for design inspiration, then contact us to find out how we can provide 'just the thing' for you!

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