Primed By Design | Milton Interior Decorator

Altering foyer, smaller pieces create space

YourHome.ca, Best Laid Plans by Donna Jean MacKinnon, Nov. 13, 2008

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Melanie indicates she wants a sense of openness in her new 830-square-foot condominium. This is a tall order in a space that has been chopped up into 10 segments – much like a rabbit warren. “This unit has a claustrophobic foyer, which can be altered and a tiny living room, which cannot be,” says certified interior decorator Sharyn Kastelic. Melanie indicates her condo hasn’t been built yet. This gives her a chance to make changes.

Kastelic advises asking the builder to exclude the foyer closet, but leave two feet of the back wall extending across the den opening. Next, she would build a new closet across the back (exterior) wall of the den. This will create a more gracious entrance, spacious enough for a storage chest and mirror – to the left of the door. Kastelic recommends building a one-metre-wide kitchen pantry to replace the foyer closet.

There’s no need for two sinks in this tiny kitchen, with its lack of preparation space. And the optional breakfast bar is not an option, according to Kastelic. “There’s no room for both stools and a dining suite,” she says. “But there is space for a round table (1.4 metres) and four high-back upholstered chairs in the middle of the room. “Kastelic suggests centring a round, contemporary crystal chandelier and a ceiling medallion above the table, to add “importance” to the dining area. She comments there’s no room for a storage unit or art in the dining room, because it has three doors on the left and two on the right.

Melanie will have to purchase small-scale furniture for the living room, according to Kastelic. Kastelic favours an “L” seating arrangement to keep the space open. She would go with a 1.6 metre sofa against the left wall and position two extra dining chairs so their backs are to the window. An end table will fit in the corner beside the left arm of the sofa and Melanie can use the right corner for a tall floor lamp.

“A square glass-top coffee table with a metal base will keep the room light and airy,” says Kastelic, owner of Primed By Design Inc. To the left of the master bedroom door, there’s room for a combination media unit and bookcase and for a flat screen television closer to the balcony. Kastelic also suggests artwork above the sofa, track lighting along the window wall and a seven-foot square sisal carpet.

Melanie indicates she plans on having overnight guests. Kastelic recommends using the second bedroom as an office as well as a guest room. She advises hiring a closet company to build a workstation in the bedroom closet, designed so a chair can be tucked underneath when it’s not in use. Other than that the room will only accommodate a bed and nightstands with drawers.

Melanie indicates she plans on having overnight guests. Kastelic recommends using the second bedroom as an office as well as a guest room. She advises hiring a closet company to build a workstation in the bedroom closet, designed so a chair can be tucked underneath when it’s not in use. Other than that the room will only accommodate a bed and nightstands with drawers.

In the master bedroom, Kastelic’s choice would be a queen-sized bed with storage drawers underneath, as there’s no room for a dresser. Kastelic feels the double closet needs re-organizing to maximize its use. She advises using the closet company again to get rid of the existing bi-folds and to install new closet doors on each side.”This move will make the bedroom feel more open, protect the clothes from (bathroom) moisture and create a proper passage way to the ensuite,” Kastelic says.

Since Melanie has a ground-floor unit facing northeast, excessive light is not an issue but the window coverings need to provide privacy. Kastelic recommends investing in Hunter Douglas Silhouette blinds with a top-down feature. These blinds allow daylight in above the blinds and at night, they can be pulled for privacy. In the living room sheers will suffice, while the bedroom drapes should have blackout linings.

Kastelic suggests painting the interior with a warm taupe neutral colour such as Linger, C2-349W (C2 Paint). “I would choose cushions and accessories in warm oranges, rust and browns and, perhaps, have a hint of red here and there,” she says.

 

Note: The Furniture Layout Plan on the right was not included with the original article.

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