Small Spaces
Jan 26, 2015

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

By: Jennifer Hughes
Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

A small Toronto bachelor pad is transformed into a modern masculine retreat. Author: Donna Griffith

Small Spaces
Jan 26, 2015

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

By: Jennifer Hughes

A carte blanche mandate, a modest budget and a lot of trust transform a small Toronto bachelor pad into a modern masculine retreat.

Take one young man, add a brand new condo and zero furniture, and you’ve got one empty bachelor pad. “When I first moved in, I put the television on the floor and used lawn chairs as furniture,” says homeowner Josh Isaacman of the small two bedroom Toronto condo he bought last year. Clean, contemporary finishes, such as espresso-stained hardwood floors, and a sleek kitchen with a combination of light and dark kitchen cabinetry, meant the space was a blank canvas just waiting for the right artist.

In pursuit of something fresh, modern and masculine, Josh hired designer Stacey Cohen to help choose furniture for the condo. But she did way more than just furnish and decorate. “Stacey came in and had a great eye for everything; she just did it all,” says Josh.

At only 750 square feet, the condo needed to be functional above all else. "Lack of storage was one of the biggest challenges in the space," says Stacey.To address this, the designer took advantage of the 10-foot-high ceilings, using a combination of wall-mounted pieces to create storage and accentuate the height.

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Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Welcoming entryway

Every home entryway, no matter how tiny, needs a mirror, a spot to drop keys and a place to perch while putting on shoes. Stacey managed to squeeze in all three elements into a seriously small footprint.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Modern and masculine decor

Designer Stacey Cohen in the 750-square-foot masculine modern condo she designed for homeowner Josh Isaacman.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Space-saving living room design

Sleek storage cabinets mounted on the back-painted glass wall in the living room hide tech gear and other belongings. Small square ottomans tuck away underneath and can be pulled out to offer more seating.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Inexpensive living room artwork

She also created inexpensive artwork decor for Josh based on his interests, such as sports and architecture.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Custom living room sectional

In order to maximize seating, Stacey had the grey sectional sofa custom made to fit one corner of the living area.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Custom glass desk

Josh uses the condo’s second bedroom as a home office. A custom-made glass desk and slim shelving units give the small room the illusion of more space. The desk is made of Starphire glass, which has a clear blue tint instead of the usual greenish cast.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Industrial-styled kitchen

In lieu of a designated dining area, the kitchen’s breakfast counter saves precious floor space for more lounge-style seating. The T-back metal stools give the room industrial edge.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Contemporary master bedroom design

The gleaming glass wall and custom bed create a focal point in the master bedroom. Wall-mounted storage cabinets from IKEA, nightstands from CB2 and other off-the-rack purchases offset these more expensive elements.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Cool grey paint palette

The cool grey palette is carried from the rest of the condo into the private spaces.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Complete and furnished condo

When the modern Toronto condo was complete and furnished, Josh had no regrets about giving Stacey carte blanche. “She really understood my taste without me even giving her much direction,” says Josh.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Modern and masculine condo

Save vs. Splurge

SAVE:  1 Storage Cabinets: Affordable big-box storage cabinets are the key to maintaining order in the small space. 2 Frames: Inexpensive personalized artwork in affordable IKEA frames has a high-end gallery look. SPLURGE: 3 Glass walls: Custom back-painted glass walls add architechtural interest to this new-build condo. 4 Sectional: Another custom piece, the sectional couch fits perfectly in the living room and offers ample seating.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

 

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