Small Spaces

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo

Blending pretty and practical style Author: Tracey Ayton

Small Spaces

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

Vancouver designer Chrissy Cottrell shares her tips to creating a home that's both fabulous and functional.


A Vancouver designer vows to blend pretty and practical style in the 900-square-foot condo she shares with her husband.
 

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Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

Creating the perfect balance

Follow designer Chrissy Cottrell's 10 tips to creating a home that appeals to both genders.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

1 Think pink

A whimsical print by Paule Marrot adds a pretty touch to the dining room and balances out the handsome dark accents. “My husband, Corey, and I wanted to honour both the masculine and feminine in our home,” says homeowner and designer Chrissy Cottrell of Chrissy & Co. Design Savvy.  

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

2 Select streamlined pieces

Minimalist furnishings ensure this small dining area doesn’t feel cramped. A sleek oval Saarinen-style dining table, paired with iconic Eames chairs, seats six without taking up too much visual space. Stemware and bottles stay neatly tucked away in the narrow built-in bar but can be put on display when the couple entertains.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

3 Max out every square foot

The built-in stainless steel peninsula gives guests a great view of what’s cooking in the galley kitchen. Tucked into the cabinetry, the dishwasher drawer – perfect for a household of two – can handle a lot of dishes while taking up minimal space.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

4 Add warmth

The cognac stain of the vintage-look schoolhouse stools contrasts with the contemporary kitchen’s stainless steel peninsula. The stools also complement the warm-toned hardwood floors and rich colours found in the artwork (a wall-mounted glass platter), pulling the whole space together.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

5 Choose subtle accessories

The regal bust adds sophistication on the living room window ledge. “There’s so much natural light by the window, and it’s always changing, so I keep it simple with pieces that won’t detract from the view,” says Chrissy. “It’s more about the silhouette and texture.”

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

6 Introduce eclectic elements

A living room corner gets the full decorative treament with a mix of pieces that have a Neo-Victorian vibe. The art wall – a standout feature – includes a vintage mirror, golden buffalo head and playful painted portrait of the couple’s toy poodle, Buttons.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

7 Create the illusion of space

The white Italian leather sofa provides negative space underneath the artwork, allowing it to shine. The large-scale piece by David Burdeny makes the narrow living room seem bigger than it actually is. “I really love art that pulls you into it,” says Chrissy. “It’s like a window into another room.”

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

8 Be playful

When it comes to artwork and interesting accessories, people often neglect the bathroom, says Chrissy, who hung some of her favourite pieces on the charcoal wall. “Let’s face it: you spend several minutes in there, so it’s nice to have something interesting to look at.”

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

9 Make a focal point

Upholstered in grey linen with brushed-brass nailhead trim, the tufted headboard takes centre stage in the otherwise sedate master bedroom. A sleek black and gold pendant light adds drama and helps draw the eye upward.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two

10 Tell a story

The master bedroom gallery wall showcases the couple’s history, with sentimental pieces that reflect their time and travels together. “I’m a big believer in buying what you love and then making it work,” says Chrissy, who splurged on custom framing in a mix of complementary shades and sizes.

By: Rhea Seymour Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home
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Small Spaces

Pretty meets practical in a 900-square-foot condo for two