Picture it: You spend your days walking through homes of every possible size, shape and style. Basically, you’ve seen every type of dwelling there is. Then comes the time to downsize your own home. How do you, a realtor, decide what to buy?
“You have to know your nonnegotiables,” says Kara Reed, a familiar favourite on HGTV’s Sarah’s House series. “For me, that meant having enough room for Brier, my lovable chocolate Lab, and having access to green space.” So even though Kara’s initial condo search focused on trendy lofts and slick, modern living spaces in the city, she opted out.
“I just didn’t want to give up seeing trees outside for stylish details inside,” she says. That’s when Carol Reed, her then sister-in-law and current design guru, stepped in.
“She said to me, ‘Why don’t you quit looking for an interior you love and start looking for an ideal location. After all, you can create a dream interior anywhere.’
A muted colour palette lends the kitchen a soothing look. The standout marble backsplash acts as a feature wall, visible from the main living area.
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Interior: Chic modern condo
Toronto realtor Kara Reed has seen a lot of homes during her 21-year career. Find out what made her choose this 1980s condo for her very own.