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Since transplanting to Toronto several months before, our client had yet to really settle in. She wanted the condo -- although a rental -- to be decorated to suit the posh building. To make up for lost time, we made it a priority to select from stocked items whenever possible. A month after our initial consultation, we had the major pieces in place.

While the suite has 10' coffered ceilings, fireplace, and a terrific view from the 48th floor, our first impression was a lack of "wow" factor and personality. For "wow", we would bring in lots of shine for glam, texture for interest, and shots of vivid colour. For personality, we would make use of her cherished belongings and draw our design inspiration from them.

Among the client's furnishings, a settee and a swivel chair/ottoman combo -- small-scale and curvaceous -- appealed to us with their retro/art deco flavour. On their own, these pieces were dwarfed by the volume of the room. But adding items of a similar compact scale would not only contribute to the lounge-y vibe we were after, but also transition well to any future residence: a wise consideration for a temporary home. Their neutral ultra-suede upholstery was lower-key than we had envisioned for the final design, but easy to work with. We visited several showroom floors, putting items of interest on hold until we were able to glean from our selections a cohesive group of fabulous pieces that would meet with the client's approval and budget. A month after our initial meeting, we had all the major pieces in place in the living area.

To start, we found a comfortable leather sofa in the same shade as the settee, its style and curvy outline echoing details of the client's pieces. Opposite sits a sleek Italian credenza: with its high gloss lacquer finish and silver base it is the epitome of glam. But while gorgeous, it is also a practical choice for a small space, offering generous storage capacity and concealing a large TV -- mounted on a motorized lift -- behind it. The rich wood tones of the credenza are also featured in a petite mirrored-top art deco coffee table. The conversational grouping is rounded out by a chair in brilliant blue -- a serendipitous find both for its colour, which is pulled from the client's artwork, and its style that perfectly complements the vintage settee. A couple of small tables, chosen for their textural materials, add subtle interest. Underfoot, a patchwork cowhide rug serves to unify the floating seating arrangement.

Its tones of cream, beige, grey, and taupe reflect all the soft neutrals in the room, while its black branching elements add drama and punctuation.

Window niches flanking the fireplace offered more functional living space. On the left, a glass-topped writing desk and art deco leather swivel chair make working from home a pleasant -- although distracting -- experience. On the right, a glass bistro table and comfy stools are equally accommodating for dinner or cocktails. vibrant sky blue silk drapery frames the furniture groupings and highlights the spectacular views on the one side of the room, while blocking an unsightly view on the other.

In keeping with the main room, the adjoining spaces also cried out for some life. In the foyer, instead of wallpaper, a large colourful abstract canvas virtually covers a boring white wall (and ugly electrical panel).

In the den/guest room, we chose a large sofabed and cabinet in white to blend with the walls and minimize their bulk, while bright pillows and artwork and graphic dark wood elements pop.

Now, instead of looking straight out the windows to the view beyond, the view inside grabs you first!

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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Entertaining Adults
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Curated Downsize
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