Luxury meets durability in this glam Toronto home

This existing 5,000 square foot luxury condo was renovated for downsizing clients who love to entertain but also wanted to make sure they have space to host family. The clients sought luxurious yet durable finishes and furnishings throughout, because of their desire to host grandkids. They selected treasured art and antiques to bring, and asked they be incorporated in the design, and wanted a beautiful space for their wine collection.

Interior Designer: Jeffrey Douglas, ARIDO
Design Firm: Douglas Design Studio
Photographer: Michael Graydon

The design team met with the clients and conducted extensive interviews with the family to understand their private and social life, priorities and tastes. The result is a glamorous space featuring luxury materials and artisan touches, integrating a selection of collected art and furnishings into a new space suitable for both family gatherings and formal entertaining.

The design team moved key rooms like the kitchen and powder rooms to new locations in the floor plan, which can be a challenge in condos, as it can affect the surrounding units. By designing rooms strategically, the new floor plan didn’t require disturbing any neighbours.

Luxe kitchen area with large curved island and maple brown cabinets.

The kitchen was moved to a prominent place in the home to take advantage of the stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling bow window in what was formerly the dining room. A natural palette of airy blues and greens with earthy caramels reflect the natural colours of the ravine view and sky. Depth and drama were to the home by using black accents throughout.

A rotunda was introduced to facilitate an elegant separation between public and private space while maximizing flow. Side panels in the rotunda seamlessly close and create total privacy, while a shimmering silver leaf mural adds flair.

A modern space keeps the future in mind

Interior Designer Karyn Faryna was engaged by her client to modernize their outdated 1970’s bungalow for a bright, open concept home.

Interior Designer: Karyn Faryna, ARIDO

Project Photographer: Ryan Fung

The client also sought features that would add value such as a new ensuite bathroom, an expanded kitchen with an eight foot island and added pantry storage, keeping potential re-sale goals in mind. Finishes, furnishing, and materials are an eclectic mix; transitional meets modern with Scandinavian influences, including the white walls and white oak hardwoods throughout.

The project was not affected by COVID, it was completed before the pandemic. Existing plaster walls and ceiling were removed in the solid brick construction home. A central load-bearing wall that divided the living spaces was replaced with a twenty-two foot support beam to achieve a large spacious main living/kitchen/dining area -perfect for entertaining.

New framing and custom built-ins in the master bedroom were added to make space for a new ensuite, much more desirable for re-sale in this space.

A serene modern bedroom with two white built-in closets and a bed made up with throw pillows.