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Oct 19, 2014

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

By: Iris Benaroia
Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Take a tour of this chic condo space. Author: Stacey Brandford

Small Spaces
Oct 19, 2014

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

By: Iris Benaroia

Furniture and textile designer Lori Harrison is a neat freak living and working in a small space. Here’s how she keeps her home looking stylish.

Textile and furniture designer Lori Harrison is inspired by imperfection – she once recreated the peeling plaster of a building’s facade she saw in Venice, California, on a toss cushion to glamorous effect. But when it comes to her home, Lori is committed to creating the picture of perfection.

From the harmonious earthy palette that looks sharp against the white walls to the bespoke accessories, every inch of the 900-square-foot, one-bedroom condo she shares with her husband, Michael Clark, is mellow, meaningful and cohesive – key in an open-concept space.

When the couple bought the place last year, in an intimate, three-storey Art Deco building in an upscale midtown Toronto neighbourhood, they loved the layout of the petite but already renovated apartment. So they used sparsely placed and low-slung furniture – some of it designed by Lori herself – and clean contemporary lines to make the small space feel large and evoke a cultured air.
 

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Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

California-style living room design

The woodsy details and large fiddle-leaf fig tree give the living room of this Toronto home a comfy California feel. Mismatched side tables look relaxed and artsy – the one on the left is Lori’s design.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Restrained kitchen design

No backsplash? No problem. “I kind of like that there isn’t one, because it looks more contemporary,” says Lori of the gorgeously restrained kitchen, with its space-saving built-in walnut dining table that offers extra counter space when needed.      

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Clutter-free aesthetic

Sticking to simple decor, Lori uses minimalist aesthetic in the kitchen and throughout the home.   

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Ideal storage space

The streamlined bank of cabinetry – deep and wide for optimum storage space – with barely visible hardware is framed by a sleek Corian countertop and doesn’t read too kitcheny in the open-concept room.    

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Chic office look

Lori’s artistic temperament is evident in her casually chic home office. “The white bust is actually my neck – I made it for a university project – and the bare-chested illustration I did in high school,” says the talented artist.  

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Office bookshelves

“I wanted to colour coordinate the books in the office, but my husband [Michael Clark] wouldn’t let me,” says Lori. The wire chair is paired with one of her prototype toss cushions.  

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Traditional-meets-contemporary

The couple’s tastes – he’s into traditional, she likes contemporary – are established in the hallway vignette, with a handsome cabinet Michael bought in Cambodia topped with modern artwork.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Luxe bedroom

With soothing fall colours, luxe linens and Lori’s own artwork, the bedroom boasts a relaxed, pared-back vibe.    

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo

Lori Harrison

Homeowner Lori Harrison of Lori Harrison Designs is content in her live/work abode. It’s perfect for creating her artwork, textiles and furniture, which are available online and in shops across North America.      

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home
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Condo tour: Traditional-meets-contemporary condo