Interior design: Turquoise contemporary condo
Stacey, who runs the flourishing Interiors by Stacey Cohen, moved into her home last June and began transforming the 965-square-foot condo from an empty shell into a delightfully youthful space chock full of personality. Her vision for the condo was to stick to a cohesive, neutral palette and add pops of colour – her poison is turquoise – through home decor accessories. Doing so would allow for an easy switch-up, since all of the larger pieces are neutral.
Homeowner and designer Stacey Cohen treated the closet door to a dose of vibrant turquoise in an eggshell finish. To create contrast, its grooves were coated in a semi-gloss white: “It’s a nice way to make a statement and introduce colour in a less overbearing way,” she says.
Even the crushed velvet sofa style she’s sitting on has bling – silver nailhead detailing added by Stacey outlines its base, while, above it, a dazzling light fixture emphasizes the condo’s 10-foot ceilings. “The sofa’s size and placement make the space feel larger,” says Stacey. “I entertain all the time and there are never any traffic issues.”
The office nook came together with glossy white floating and open shelves. In the hallway, New York City subway-sign artwork adds a graphic punch and emphasizes the high ceilings.
Stacey sits in the small space living room of her downtown Toronto condo. Behind her are photos of Paris taken by her father and framed for her as a gift. She tweaked several pieces throughout the condo to clever effect: the media unit in the living room (she swapped forget-table knobs for crystal ones and forwent the feet in favour of a wall-mounted design), the desk in her home office (improved with a mirror top), the wall in the bedroom (stencilled to create a headboard effect) and the dining table (now grand thanks to a marble top).
Stacey recommends white or solid-coloured pieces when displaying dishware on open shelving or styling open shelves, since a mishmash of hues would be jarring.
For relaxed meals, one of the nicest spots in the condo is the light-filled
breakfast or dining nook off the kitchen. An arc floor lamp lends drama to the pristine setting.
Colourful decor accents
Flowers are an easy way to layer in another colour without the commitment. Stacey amplified the condo’s high ceilings with floating open shelves that go all the way up.
To create this paint project headboard, Stacey used a coat of charcoal paint and a stencil. It introduces a note of sophistication into the dream master bedroom.