Interiors
Apr 2, 2012

Interior: Vibrant contemporary condo

By: Iris Benaroia; styled by Ann Marie Favot

Interior: Vibrant contemporary condo Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Apr 2, 2012

Interior: Vibrant contemporary condo

By: Iris Benaroia; styled by Ann Marie Favot

Tim Lam’s home is a shrine to all things loved. The 33-year-old decorator and blogger (and auditor) behind Design Maze has amassed a vibrant collection of furniture and home decor accessories in his downtown Toronto condo. Wonderfully energetic, his 750-square-foot space harnesses colour and pattern – and lots of it – against a neutral backdrop. It’s impossible not to feel happy here. Tim changes his home’s look seasonally to keep it fresh. With his gumption, we’re sure we’ll be seeing great things from this decorator.
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Dining room
The rug and statement wallpaper are a testament to designer and homeowner Tim Lam’s chutzpah – he’s not afraid to get flashy. To balance the colours, classic Cherner dining chairs and a Saarineninspired dining table were introduced. The funky stunning chandelier adds a note of whimsy. interiors-timlam-kitchen.jpg
A bright kitchen
Unlike the rest of his condo, the kitchen design is kept simple yet finished with
Tim’s deft touch. interiors-tim-lam-shelves.jpg
Open shelves
Tim loves collecting pottery, mixing expensive and inexpensive pieces from different eras as wonderful white accessories: “As long as they’re all white, they look harmonious together,” he says.

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Cheery living room
The living room’s colour palette seems haphazard, but Tim’s colour choices are actually complementary.

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Wallpaper patterns
With its animated, interlacing botanical pattern, this wallpaper (which Tim first saw in Style at Home!) makes a beguiling focal point in the dining room. interiors-timlam-sittingarea.jpg
Sitting area in living room
An ethereal glass coffee table quiets down all the activity in the space. “It has a light, airy look that I love,” says Tim. The 1950s original Saarinen Womb chair was beige when he bought it and the foam was ruined. Recovered to be a piece of bright red decor, it takes pride of place in the living room. interiors-timlam-dresser.jpg
Stylish storage solutions
Pattern emerges from both the wallpaper – which has a muted botanical design – and the natural striations on the dresser. A buttery yellow vase adds warmth to the scene. interiors-tim-lam-bed.jpg
Master bedroom
Since his bedroom doesn’t have a closet or dressing room, Tim reconfigured IKEA’s Pax wardrobe system to fit around his headboard, giving it the look of a built-in. interiors-timlam-accent-table.jpg
Decorating with colour
Bright Billy buttons – favoured by designers because they’re so cute and springy – highlight decorating with yellow in the encaustic artwork.

For more on Tim Lam, check out our 20 questions with him here.
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