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Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Interior: Electric eclectic condo Author: Style At Home

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Interior: Electric eclectic condo

It’s a classic love story: Boy meets girl and wedding bells ring. Girl moves into boy’s 1,100-square-foot condo and, soon after, they decide to redecorate – with good reason. Though Amar and Bhargavi Varma had great chemistry, it didn’t apply to their ideas about design. “His place had a bright red feature wall and a huge leather recliner, which, while comfortable, just wasn’t going to be part of our lives,” Bhargavi says with a laugh. But Amar wasn’t exactly head over heels for the decor in her previous apartment either. “Finally, we just said, ‘Let’s get some help and find someone who can give us a look we both love,’” he says.

So they called on designer Montana Burnett, who is known for bringing new life to dated eateries on Food Network Canada’s Restaurant Takeover. Her mission? To give the couple a hip space with plenty of colour and pattern. They also wanted to start from scratch, which meant bringing in all new furniture, window coverings and rugs. “We told Montana it would be a zero-to-100 project,” says Bhargavi.

Montana set about creating a beachy yet vibrant blend of crisp white furniture with natural textures, such as capiz and bamboo, juxtaposed with ethnic prints and bold hues. For longevity’s sake, the designer and homeowners agreed to add colour with accessories, which can be changed down the road, rather than with the large pieces of furniture. Most of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo was painted white, with a few splashes of electric blue that Bhargavi has loved since she saw Carrie’s apartment makeover in the first Sex and the City movie. Luckily, Amar also embraced the look.

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Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Homeowners Bhargavi and Amar

Bhargavi (left) and Amar in the living room of their colourful condo in Toronto.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Eating nook

The kitchen’s sunny eating nook is a carefully curated riot of colour and pattern. The capiz-shell chandelier was a Craigslist find; an ornate hardware-store ceiling medallion adds an element of architectural interest.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Kitchen elements

Designer Montana Burnett brought in a well-worn wooden table to contrast with the glam elements in the kitchen of this Toronto home.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

A dedicated space for prayer

“We’re both practicing Hindus, and it was important for us to have a dedicated space for prayer,” says homeowner Bhargavi Varma. “So we created this altar on an open shelf in the kitchen. It’s theperfect spot to light a candle or meditate.”

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Dining area

Decorating with yellow wasn’t part of the original design’s blue and coral colour scheme, but it eventually found its place in the home, starting with the dining area’s honeycomb-print wallpaper. Montana affixed inexpensive dip-dyed table runners to the dining chairs for a fun custom touch. “The five-by-eight-foot mirror that’s mounted to the wall is one of my favourite things,” says homeowner Amar Varma. “It opens up the whole space and creates the illusion of depth.”

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

A neutral backdrop

An abundance of white in the living room, from the walls to the furniture, provides a neutral backdrop for the infusion of yellow and blue. Montana used symmetry to give the eyes a place to rest. “Also, the darker lines in the rug help to ground the space,” says Montana.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Master bedroom

The master bedroom is all about layering: A rug sits atop wall-to-wall carpeting; neutral drapes frame bamboo blinds; and complementary patterns make the bed look inviting.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

Interior: Electric eclectic condo

Injection of glitter

The bedroom’s earthy palette gets an injection of glitter from the mirrored nightstand, metallic table lamp and bejewelled elephant.

Image by: Style at Home By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Stacey Brandford; styling by Christine Hanlon

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