Last week I shared how we transformed a Beaches loft from really cheesy to masculine cool. This week I’m sharing a condo we completed in the hip neighbourhood of King Street West, an area in Toronto where the condo boom is thriving (and where many of my clients tend to live).

This is what I was presented with- a lumpy blue couch and some wooden (fruit?) crates as a coffee table- a refreshing change from the plastic milk crates that many of my bachelor clients have as furniture before I get to make some changes.

Here is what we did:

Goodbye lumpy couch and hello beautiful convertible dining table and Italian folding chairs. Also hello to some gorgeous pendant light fixtures, and a custom piece of artwork by Becky Simpson of RLS Studios.

We wanted this space to feel masculine and simple (cue the black glass table top, walnut wood and grey upholstery). Keeping the grey vibe alive the coloured E27 pendants were a perfect choice for this open concept loft. The art is a photo that my client took of a childhood travel spot that we had enlarged and painted using a custom encaustic technique (side note, you can read more about using art to customize a space in New Condo Guide).

Here’s a tight shot of some custom floating shelving we designed to feature some of my client’s eclectic accessories and travel memorabilia.

On to the bedroom- built in shelving around a bed is a great way to maximize space in a small space. We dressed the niches with simple graphic elements in keeping with the simple graphic bed spread. A simple modern pendant light illuminates another gorgeous piece of art we picked for the client by Ian Busher.

In my 5 years of business I’ve worked with many bachelor clients- busy urban professionals who care about design, but don’t have the time, patience, or sometimes interest to decorate their space. I’ve helped many men go from milk crate to absolutely great and this project was a great one to work on.

In other news, I am still pregnant, counting down the days (less than 10!) and wrapping up another bachelor project that I honestly cannot wait to share. Dramatic custom bed, custom linens, midnight blue paint… so good. Stay tuned for news on both fronts!

Photos by Tanja Tiziana-Burdi.


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