At our first meeting prior to construction, this client arrived
armed with a raft of inspiration pics: it was evident that glam
was the way to go. So when it was
time to select finishes, we chose hi-gloss lacquer with gold
metallic detail for the kitchen cabinet accents, and a rich brown
countertop with sparkly mica flakes. As the condo's completion
date approached, we set out to purchase the perfect pieces for
our proposed furniture layout. The space is small -- only 735
sq.ft. -- so our selections had to be carefully considered, and
flow and continuity would be particularly important.
During our hunt, the client fell in love with a simple yet
elegant dark wood sideboard/media cabinet, framed in brushed
brass. This and a pair of warm metal étagères became
the start of our furnishing plan. To balance the dark woods in
the kitchen and furniture, we opted for strong colours for our
seating pieces in the living area. Our client favoured a sleek
mid-century look sofa with channel-quilted back and we found
a swivel chair to complement it, covering both in luxe jade-toned
Based on the condo specs, we had originally planned to separate
the kitchen from the living area by placing the étagères
on either side of the sofa. But when
we were able to visit the site, we found the main wall was a
few inches shy of what we expected! We decided to re-think the
layout before proceeding.
Now, a pair of burled wood stools, teamed with mod gold-toned
floor lamps, flanks the sofa. The swivel chair sits by the kitchen
island, its bold jade colour and high back acting as a visual
separation from the workspace. Those must-have étagères
found a home opposite the kitchen, and do double duty as bar
storage. One of them even disguises the A/C unit that is unattractively
situated along this wall. With strong elements at the perimeters
of the narrow living area, we needed an "invisible"
coffee table to reduce visual clutter. The glass waterfall table
we found is distinguished by its extra curves and feminine shape.
Breaking with the predominantly contemporary vibe, we brought
in a soft sand-toned Persian rug to satisfy the client's taste
for traditional touches. A wall of teal strie silk drapery catches
the eye right at the front door.
The miniscule den functions as the client's home office/make-up
area, so we needed a large desk. And since the space is visible
from the rest of the living area, it had to be beautiful and
clutter-free as well. A generous cream coloured writing table
with antique gold art deco base fits the bill. A petite wall-mounted
bookshelf squeezes in books and baskets of supplies, while the
printer sits at the bottom of a clear glass cart that slips unobtrusively
under the desk when not in use.
From the beginning, we had envisioned using wallpaper in the
living area to highlight the seating arrangement and soften the
transition from the kitchen cabinets. We found so many possibilities
that we decided to use wallpaper in other areas as well. In the
living area, metallic paper with a muted script design offers
continuity with the tone of the backsplash tiles. In the den,
a soft tree design on teal background contrasts with the cream
desk and adds oomph to the space, while repeating the blue-green
tones of the upholstery. And then we found a fractured agate
pattern in feminine tones of rose quartz and gold that we just
HAD to use in the bedroom.
That wallpaper inspired the soft mauve for the custom headboard,
its channel quilting echoing that of the sofa. The gold tones
of the drapery were also pulled from the pattern. Contrasting
these soft notes is silky deep teal bedding -- found by the client
-- that brings in the rich tones of the living area.
With its sparkle of glass, gold-toned metals, and notes of
jade and quartz, this condo truly is a tiny jewel box!