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Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Natalie Chong's chic condo Author: Ashley Capp

Small Spaces

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Designer Natalie Chong’s light-challenged interior proves you can turn a small rental condo into something amazing.

 

When designer Natalie Chong, owner of Nest Design Studio, first saw the condo she shares with her fiancé, the space looked grim. “It had a frat-house vibe – the previous occupants had trashed the place,” she says. Thankfully, Natalie’s designer eye could see past the beat-up walls and flooring, and with some substantial wall patching and painting and floor repair, the 755-square-foot pad in downtown Toronto began to take on the chic, sophisticated aesthetic it has now.

Because the condo is a rental, Natalie selected paint, furniture and accessories that were either low cost or low commitment. And anything she and her fiancé invested in, such as custom upholstered pieces, can be taken with them when they purchase their first home.

Since square footage is at a premium, anything that’s not performing in the space gets replaced with a more func­tional item. But select pieces will certainly be making the cut when the couple decides to move on. “I had the sofa cus­tom made, and it’s definitely coming with us!” says Natalie. We can’t wait to see what she does with more room.

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Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Keeping it simple

While designer Natalie Chong opted for mostly budget-friendly, low-commitment items for her rental condo, the living room’s cream linen sofa is a classic piece she will keep for many years.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Creating a neutral backdrop

Custom linen drapes with a band of grey trim form a neutral backdrop to some bold living room furniture, including the persimmon-coloured velvet ottoman.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Warm up any space

Warm metallic accents help give colour to each room without conflicting with the subtle colour palette.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Clutter-free and chic as can be

The simple, modern kitchen was already in place, so Natalie keeps it chic and clutter-free with a few well-chosen accessories.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Mixing high-end with low

The stainless steel backsplash is a practical finish that reflects light. One to mix high-end with low, Natalie paired a thrift-shop tea set with a more expensive cutting board.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Always room for more

In the dining area, Natalie selected a round pedestal table with a leaf that can transform it into a six seater when she and her fiancé entertain. Slipcovered armchairs make for a more comfortable alternative to basic dining seating and are practical in the event of spills. A leaning mirror takes up little floor space but has big impact.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Space-saving solutions

The low-profile bed frame makes sense in the small bedroom. The integrated nightstand is a space-saving feature that looks modern and functions well.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Entryway storage

A shoe cabinet stashes everyday footwear and createsa drop-off zone in the entry. Natalie upgraded the hardware for a more sophisticated look.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Condo tour: Natalie Chong's chic and sophisticated Toronto home

Finding a double purpose

Natalie keeps the small space organized by using double­-duty pieces that boast extra storage.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Ashley Capp; styling by Ann Marie Favot
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