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Jun 24, 2015

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

By: Helen Racanelli
Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

A glam bachelorette pad with a beach-inspired design Author: Valerie Wilcox

Small Spaces
Jun 24, 2015

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

By: Helen Racanelli

A 500-square-foot condo in the city is transformed into a stylish, tropical oasis.


Growing up, decorator and stylist Laura Collins would often rearrange the furniture in younger sister Jennifer’s bedroom. “My room was always a mess,” says Jennifer. “Almost weekly, Laura would come in, switch the furniture around, organize and make it look pretty again.” So when it came time to furnish her first bachelorette pad in Toronto, Jennifer didn’t hesitate to ask for help from her big sis, who started with a mood board that evoked a sun-drenched Florida beach house. It was a style Jennifer sought not only because it reminds her of frequent family vacations down south, but also because she admires her sister’s beachy-glam Toronto townhouse (featured in Style at Home’s June 2014 issue), which boasts a similar eclectic coastal aesthetic.

Immediately, Laura identified aqua, brass and flamingo pink as key colours for the 500-square-foot space’s fresh, fun look. “My sister is my favourite client ever,” says Laura. “She trusts me – she knows this is my area of expertise.” Indeed, Jennifer purchased almost everything on the mood board within a week of moving in.

Though the space is small, Laura picked out standard furniture instead of condo-sized options. “Larger pieces make it feel more grand and livable,” she says. But of all the furniture in the space, the brass bar cart, set in front of the balcony doors and decorated with tropical details, is Jennifer’s favourite. “It reminds me of being somewhere hot,” she says. “I wake up, sit on the comfy sofa with my cup of coffee and see the sun shining in. It makes me feel like I’m in a beach house. It’s exactly what I wanted.”

 

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Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Creating a tropical vibe

Brass, aqua, turquoise, a hint of kelly green and a spattering of flamingo pink against the neutral white backdrop lend a refined vintage tropical vibe to the main living area of homeowner Jennifer Collins’s Toronto condo.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Decorating with prints

Framed prints of exotic beaches, a robin’s egg blue task lamp and a carefully edited selection of tropical-feel objets add freshness to the desk.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Stylish kitchen

The kitchen is compact but features all the essentials, including a microwave tucked under the counter, a slender fridge and a peninsula offering enough seating to eliminate the need for a formal dining area.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Brass accents

A vintage brass tray topped with pink tumblers in the kitchen links to the brass bar cart with flamingo-themed items in the living area on the opposite side of the space.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Vintage flamingo print

Decorator Laura Collins (right) sits with her sister under a vintage Turner flamingo print.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox; styling by Christine Hanlon Credits: Style at Home

Condo tour: Tropical-glam bachelorette pad

Get the look: Tropical glam

1 Calypso tray, Rosanna, $32. 2 Amir toss cushion cover in Azure, Tonic Living, $45.  3 Industrial task lamp in White, West Elm, $119. 4 Kivik loveseat with Dansbo fabric in White, IKEA, $529. 5 Lucette bar cart in Gold, Pier 1 Imports, $430.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Valerie Wilcox Credits: Style at Home
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