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Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

A condo design featuring traditional details and sculptural furnishings Author: Kim Christie

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Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

When Kim Calabrigo moved from a large family home to a condo, she quickly learned that bigger isn't always better.

 

A peaceful sanctuary in the heart of a downtown core: That doesn’t sound like too tall an order, does it? That’s what Kim Calabrigo sought when she sold her traditional Craftsman-style home in suburbia and moved to a condo in metropolitan Vancouver. Bringing no furniture with her, she was truly starting anew.

Kim’s first-ever solo home purchase offered her the opportunity to decorate exactly as she pleased. “I wanted a tone-on-tone look, mixing classic and modern elements with an edge,” she says.

Coming from a big traditional 4,200-square-foot home and moving to a smaller builder-basic 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom condo, Kim found space planning challenging. She wanted to maintain the most floor space possible while maximizing seating so she could entertain friends and family as easily as she used to.

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Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Decorating must-haves

Homeowner Kim Calabrigo's decorating wish list included sculptural furnishings, soft pink accents and traditional details.

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Living room

To maximize seating in her new condo, Kim had a nine-foot-long sofa designed to run the length of the living room wall.

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Picturesque view

Opting to put a chaise against the living room's floor-to-ceiling windows keeps sightlines open and offers Kim a comfy place to take in the picturesque view with her morning cup of tea.

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Dining area

Though the space is open, the dining area is easily delineated by its standard banquette and oversized pendant light featuring white and peach beads and a rope-wrapped frame. "At night, the diamond motif casts beautiful shadows on the walls and ceiling," says Kim.

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Less is more

"I've embraced the less-is-more aesthetic and added interest by mixing old and new, shiny and matte, smooth and textured, organic and clean lined," says Kim. "I don't depend on bold colours and patterns."

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Feminine master bedroom

Femininity reigns in the master bedroom, from the tall tufted headboard and layered wrinkled linens to the mirrored nightstands and petite vase of flouncy pink peonies. Massive windows mean that Kim can watch the sun set from the comfort of bed. Does it get any better than that?

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Elegant eclectic design

Home office nook

In the master bedroom's built-in office nook, sparkly silver wallpaper subtly offsets the layers of cream, white and gold on the shelves. The palette is echoed in the frameless print of an 18th-century Venetian palazzo ballroom, resulting in a vignette that's the perfect mix of new world and old.

By: Sara Cation Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

 

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