Interiors
Jun 7, 2013

Interior: Stylish and functional downtown condo

By: Bethany Lyttle

Interior: Stylish and functional downtown condo Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Jun 7, 2013

Interior: Stylish and functional downtown condo

By: Bethany Lyttle

Working in Toronto but living in Waterloo, Ont., meant a commute of nearly 15 hours a week for Style at Home’s style and food editor, Tara Ballantyne. “It just wasn’t practical,” she says. So Tara decided to rent a condo in downtown Toronto to offset the craziness. Four days a week, she stays at the condo; three days a week, she’s at home in Waterloo with her husband, Paul.

The plan worked but not without a little ingenuity. A tiny 600-square-foot condo would need to function as a test kitchen, design studio, storage area, prop house and all around comfy home.
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Test kitchen
The open concept layout of the condo includes an efficient kitchen design, ideal for recipe testing. tdot-condo-living-2.jpg
Double duty dining
The dining table doubles as an kitchen island for meal prep and takes centre stage in the open-concept kitchen, living and dining area. The Mid-Century Modern dining chairs were a splurge; the West Elm settee wasn’t. tdot-condo-shelf.jpg
Storage solutions
A metal locker serves as storage for styling props. On its top, Tara created a layered display with artwork, books and decorative objects. “I brought the striped vase all the way from Denmark on my lap. Nothing ever fits in my carry-on.” tdot-condo-entry.jpg
Entryway
The narrow entryway is a catch-all for Tara’s things. tdot-condo-white-shelves.jpg
Home office
Flanked by a storage unit and a basic bookshelf is a floating shelf that acts as Tara’s desk. The stool below belonged to her grandpa. tdot-condo-desk.jpg
Colourful accents
The fresh desk display includes a mix of pretty pastels, creative artwork and a cute table lamp. Homeowner Tara Ballantyne made the pinwheels and showcased them in an open frame. tdot-condo-bedroom.jpg
Low-cost embellishments
Creative genius is at work in the bedroom decor. From toss cushions fashioned out of fabric remnants to a flashlight-turned-pendant-light, Tara embellished low-cost items to achieve one-of-a-kind results. tdot-condo-bedroom2.jpg
Bedding details
White bedding is accented with graphic throws and toss cushions. Tara customized the shadow box backings with paint colours to match the condo’s palette.
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