Interior: Stylish and functional downtown condo
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.
The open concept layout of the condo includes an efficient kitchen design, ideal for recipe testing.
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.
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.”
The narrow entryway is a catch-all for Tara’s things.
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.
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.
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.
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.