It is not every day
we are presented with projects that have historic relevance to the city, especially ones that are intended for residential housing. This private residence was truly unique, an address of distinction; the original “Toronto Hunt Club” dating back to 1930 was known as a playground for aristocrats.
A landmark where society’s finest would entertain with activities such as hunting foxes and riding horses was also used by the Royal CDN Air Force in the 1950’s and 60’s. Fast forward to 2003, after a major building restoration you’ve got one of the most luxurious condo conversions in the city of Toronto.
Not always, but typically new condos are smaller spaces with very little architectural leadership. However, when we were asked to transform this particular space, we knew we needed to be aware of the historic significance and architectural details of the original structure. Yet, our challenge was to convey a more contemporary living environment with a masculine inspired influence. The homeowner, a young professional, had recently purchased an open concept condo with such particulars as a vaulted ceiling, double story windows and a clearance of 13 feet high – clearly, our main objective would be to enhance those rare condo features. We needed to exude the ceiling height and draw attention to the large double story windows. If you are living in a space that has any type of unique characteristics, use those as a focal point and develop a design showcasing those elements. With the ceilings allowing for a large chandelier, we knew it would add that soft allure to an otherwise structured space.
Although the condo building itself had a great deal of character, the unit was lacking any type of individuality. Polished, sophisticated and masculine was the homeowner’s vision for this condo. We worked closely together to transform the condo space into an environment that would match his refined lifestyle.
The living room, with its unexpected color palette of citrus green and midnight blue, was intended to be a multifunctional space – doubling as a formal area for entertaining but also a casual room to relax and unwind. We needed to seamlessly adapt both comfort and style into one living space. Naturally, when you are presented with an open concept floor plan, like many condos are, you need to plan based on your lifestyle. If you entertain quite frequently, plan for additional seating. However, if you are limited on space then pay close attention to the scale and proportion of the room. We balanced out the intensity of the greens and blues with muted neutral grays.
Always mindful of the historic surrounding, we decided to incorporate vintage pieces mixed with custom furnishings to create a distinguished look. We refinished and upholstered two traditional Bergere chairs in a more modern pattern and color for these two-of-a-kind pieces. By layering multiple shades of grey and pattern variations, creams and off-whites, we were able to create a collected look for a timeless design.
Break up a love seat into two separate chairs as this allows the eye to visually read the space as open and airy. Use a consistent color palette and make sure the furniture style is continuous throughout your space – if you need to bring in additional seating from another room, your furniture will never feel out of place. Focus on neutral sand inject pops of color.