This condo mixes hotel chic with seaside calm

Casa II Penthouse was a fabulous project for from start to finish! Located in the Yonge and Bloor epicentre of Toronto, it presented some typical condominium challenges, but we overcame each one.


Interior Designer: Heather Segreti, ARIDO
Design Firm: Segreti Design Inc
Project Photographer: Larry Arnal

The client sought the convenience of living in the heart of Toronto, while enjoying jet setting to other major cities with a minimal commitment back home, was paramount. They wanted the look of a high-end hotel, infused with seaside calm, and customized millwork throughout.

The original floor plan worked, however, after consulting the client, we decided to forgo the dining room / living room combination and move the dining room to the office, and add a cozy banquette eatery, the client was thrilled!

We used a neutral palette of white and gray with a hint of warmth, drawing inspiration from the porcelain slab of the kitchen backsplash. Adding colour to this neutral colour scheme was key in taking the design to the next level. Boldly coloured artwork at the entryway is a welcoming punch, and an open concept shelving/bar area with storage below holds belongings, instead of the typical coat closet.

A gallery wall leads visitors into the suite and custom sized photographs camouflage the electrical panel. With the original dining room taking up the space of the office, to create a separate eating space. We also added a bulkhead around the living, master, and guest suite in order to mount our three-layered window treatment with roller shades.

All these changes, coupled with the coordination of trades 52 floors up, presented a challenge, but the client was delighted with the space, and this project has yielded a long lasting friendship.

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.