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Interior Designer Karyn Faryna was engaged by her client to modernize their outdated 1970’s bungalow for a bright, open concept home.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

A serene condo in Toronto’s bustling downtown

When purchasing this 1,205 square foot condo, steps away from Toronto’s downtown core, the client imagined a highly customized, open space that buffered the hectic city environment with serenity and calm. In the interview with the design team, the client specifically asked for a lot of concealed storage, a large home office, and a sophisticated design suitable for entertaining.

Interior Designer: Mini Ryu, ARIDO

Design Firm: Ryu Design

Project Photographer: Margaret Mulligan

Interior Designer Mini Ryu modified the layout of the space, removing a powder room to increase the size of the office space while respecting the client’s budget.

The centrally located kitchen makes a natural gathering place for guests, with warm oak flooring underfoot, and sleek white lacquer cabinetry that provides the requested concealed storage. Opposite the kitchen is a curved wall of windows, that lets natural light flood into the space. The design team carefully planned the placement of furniture, lighting, and accessories to create harmony on this curved line. A dark, smoky glass coffee table, warm accent fabrics and a collection of interesting accessories add warmth to the space.

A home office off the front entrance of the unit is partitioned with white translucent glass offering privacy and visual interest with shadows and silhouettes, while allowing natural daylight to penetrate.

In the bathroom, warm earth tones, and varied textures of wood balance the modern, clean lines of white millwork, geometric shapes and abstract art. Baked ceramic pieces are scattered across a wall like leaves from a gentle breeze, adding to a spa‐like peace at the end of a long day.

Each of these elements from the design adds up to an effective balance of functionality and style with modern, natural and rustic elements executed in visual harmony.

Bringing the outside in made this home feel liveable yet contemporary

Interior Designer: Azen Bongard, ARIDO

Design Firm: Studio 8 Design Inc.

Photographer: Azen Bongard

The clients purchased this home mid-construction and were excited that it was an eco-friendly build using insulated concrete form construction and radiant floor coils as the sole heat source. They loved the views of the water on each of the three levels, and the adjacent tree-lined neighbourhood.

With a floorplan considerably smaller than their previous home, their main concern was feeling cramped as a family of four. They also needed the home to accommodate their family business, which added to the space constraints.

The client’s other concern was that the design of the home not be too cold and modern. They had seen many new homes that felt sterile and impersonal to them, and they envisioned a space that was contemporary, yet livable and warm.

Photographer: Azen Bongard

In order to visually enlarge the space, the design team maximized the indoor/outdoor connection with large windows, backyard access from the ground floor, and lush plants around the space.

Minimal blinds let in an abundance of natural light, while guard glass with little hardware lets the light flow throughout the space, and the elegance of the double high space over the kitchen is emphasized by a custom sculptural light fixture which also draws the eye upwards. A barn door and wooden bar-stools soften the modern angles of the home, while the natural oak of wide planks underfoot enhances the connection to nature.

Photographer: Azen Bongard

The aesthetic even spread to the storage solutions, where extensive built-ins in each of the rooms were created to stow clothing and clutter away.  

The design team mainly used natural materials such as wood, concrete, brick, rope, undyed wool and felt in order to create a warm, contemporary aesthetic. Each are eco-friendly options, which also emphasize the natural colour palette, while the team chose throws, pillows and carpets with lots of texture, to emphasize the handmade, human connection.

This modern home blends indoors and outdoors seamlessly

Interior Designer: Neal Prabhu, ARIDO

Design Firm: nkArchitect

Project Photographer: Peter A. Sellar

As architects and interior designers on this project, the design team wanted to address the challenge of this east-west oriented lot in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood. Their goal was to maximize the southern exposure of this property and provide spaces for the clients to enjoy Canada’s short summer season to its fullest.

Interior Designer: Neal Prabhu, ARIDO, Design Firm: nkArchitect, Project Photographer: Peter A. Sellar.

Creating an L-shaped outdoor space along the south west corner of the building offered an interesting solution: the full height moveable glass walls let ample winter sunlight inside, while in summer, the same walls slide away from the inside corner of the L, opening up the indoor space to the outside.  

With the client’s busy work schedule and little down time, the home needed to be a haven of tranquility and calm, while providing space for relaxing and entertaining – a sanctuary, vacation spot and family home, with bright day‐lit interiors. Pragmatically, the clients and their growing family sought an open plan with flexibility in function and space, and outdoor living spaces easily accessible and visible from any point within the interior.

Interior Designer: Neal Prabhu, ARIDO, Design Firm: nkArchitect, Project Photographer: Peter A. Sellar.

The home’s materials all extend this tranquility, as the design team erected vast white walls, neutral wood finishes, stainless steel appliances, and dark wood flooring. The changing light and shadow patterns throughout the day, and seasonal patterns become the focal points in this neutral space.

With a focus on restraint and simplicity in materials complimented by the warmth of exterior surroundings, this home is a stunning backdrop for a growing urban family to enjoy everything the seasons have to offer.