We’re loving paneled walls right now. The Catherine half creates the most stunning classic homes layered with paneling and rich materials. I’m a bit more contemporary, but love these spaces from past projects of ours. Right now we’re working on a few more modern spaces, but we’re adding paneling. The key is the tone on tone, white on white or grey on grey and keep the style clean like the dining room shot below. This mix reminds me of spaces you see in Europe, classic apartments dripping in architectural detail but decorated in a modern style. Don’t be afraid to mix it up.
I’m doing some research for a club entrance design in Vaughan and it somehow brought me to looking through old Subway entrances in New York. There was a series done that have now become my main inspiration for the bar design. Here’s my favorite shot of the New York Entrance.
In my web travels I came across another post showing a collection of the world’s most impressive subway stations. Some beauts for sure. Here are my favorites from the bunch. Check out the full reference post here. FULL POST >
My contractor Matt Creelman [Mattu Building Specialists] and I gave this Button Factory Loft a facelift renovation last year.
This spectacular loft has just hit the market. [MLS link] Situated in Toronto’s Little Italy, a block up from College street, it’s in a prime location, a prime building and leaves nothing for the want.
Here’s what we did:
The previously outdated tiny kitchen was opened-up to the main living space and redone top to bottom. An AyA custom kitchen, with Ceaser Stone counters, and marble back splash. I puzzled this baby in, using every inch and creatively utilizing the under-stair area for a bar credenza c/w wine fridge, as well as pulling adding an open bookcase from counter up to add depth and interest on this feature wall seen from the living area.
The remaining triangle of under-stair-space is a hidden storage pull-out drawer currently used to hide away baby toys, solving the number one loft living issue, storage!
The powder room was reorganized and updated with slick contemporary fixtures, a custom espresso stained vanity counter and mirror, all mounted on a marble clad wall. Opposite the sink and toilet, we created a smart solution to hide the laundry and storage using a series of 3 sliding panels, the largest central panel fitted to look like an over-sized wall hung mirror, never hinting to the function beyond.
The drywall knee walls from upper landing and enclosed stairs, were opened with slick glass guards mounted on espresso stained wood panels. This change creates a wide open, sophisticated space.
The master bedroom and main bathroom were also reorganized allowing a double sink, on custom floating espresso vanity in the bath, and a sizable walk-in closet in the master bedroom.
High end light fixtures were installed throughout, the insulation updated, new solid wood recessed panel doors with stainless lever handles installed, and a fresh coat of paint finished this reno off without leaving a detail untouched.
A hidden gem to this space is a set of wood stairs leading to the roof, already prep’d to receive a roof deck with gas line and power installed and waiting.
Wanna Buy It?:Price: $799,000 Realtor: Lisa Graham 416-489-2121
Address: #12 – 200 Clinton Street, Toronto ON Additional Info: [MLS link]
Breathtaking 2 Storey Mews Loft At Exclusive ‘Button Factory’ In Little Italy. Light Filled Corner Unit With 21-Foot Vaulted Ceiling, Dark Stained Maple Hdwd Flrs. Stunning Glass Railings, Chic Chef’s Kitchen With Caesar Stone Counters, Gas Range & Professional S/S Appliances, Wine Fridge, 2 Lux Bathrooms, New 2nd Flr Layout, Ingenious Laundry, Lighting, In-Ceiling Sound, Hidden Linen Closet, Dreamy Master Walk-In. Open Sat/Sun 2-4.**** EXTRAS **** Ge Monogram S/S Gas Range, Stove & Hood, Fridge, Dw, Wine Fridge, Maytag 9000 Steam Washer/Dryer. Designer Light Fixtures, Custom Blinds, Pot Lighting, Gas Line/Sound To Rooftop, Increased Water Service, New Insulation & Electrical.
I found this office project featured on www.home-designing.com and I gotta say, I kinda love it. We’re working on a few creative offices right now, and although I don’t think they’re ready for this kinda cool, I’ve filed these images in the ‘ol, “use this somewhere” folder. I know of a few creative offices, agency types, living a wee bit more corporate than they ought too. You know who you are! We really need to stop trying to paint the walls a “fun” colour and move from the office tower, into the garage, and off we go….
For now, may you longingly admire the offices of this agency, Parliament. The continuous wood slab work tables are ridonculous! They document the design, and process on their site.