Small space: Moody masculine apartment
To look at Andrew Campbell's super spiffy apartment in Toronto's Church-Wellesley Village neighbourhood, you'd never know it was once the scene of some serious sofa drama. In fact, there was a collective cheer when the seven-and-a-half-foot-long custom Thayer Coggin couch finally took up residence in the 600-square-foot space after it was discovered it wouldn't squeeze into the elevator.
Small space floor plan
"The delivery guys were kind enough to carry it up 12 floors," says Andrew, a design consultant with Bentley Flanders, a contemporary-classic fine-home shop on King Street East's furniture row. Still, he admits, the fiasco cost him a bottle of Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot on top of the moving fee. The moral of the story: Go on and buy that broad-hipped piece for your snug space.
Contrary to what people think, dark hues work beautifully in tight quarters. "I love a feature wall that commands attention, and adds depth and warmth to a space," explains homeowner Andrew Campbell. "I have always been a huge fan of grey and navy with hits of red. Also, artwork tends to pop against a dark colour palette."
Dark-hued living room
A far cry from the nondescript builder-white box it once was, the apartment that Andrew has rented for the past nine years with his partner, Roger Fish, and a Labrador retriever named Rex, has a laid-back, masculine style - or, as Andrew describes it, "a New York loft vibe." Enveloped in a deep colour combo of jewel-toned blue, grey and brown with sultry siren red as an electrifying accent, the small abode is immediately inviting.
Coffee table books
Graphic artwork, a stack of great coffee table books and luxe materials, such as cowhide, leather and glass, provide head-turning moments here. Including the Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog.
Mixed-grey dining area
It's impossible not to stare at the blown glass Dale Chihuly-inspired light fixture suspended above the dining table, for example. "I love giving guests focal points," says Andrew. "But I'm also committed to comfort, which is why the cushy sofa had to be in the picture."
Man's best friend
Andrew shares a sweet moment with his dog, Rex. " It's Rex's place - we just crash here," says Andrew with a laugh.
DIY project: Stylish storage cabinet
Cozy home office nook.
Creativity abounds in this cozy home office nook, which we've designed on both an entry-level and a CEO budget. Can you tell the difference?
1 Quartet cork wall tiles, 12" x 12". Staples, $13 (set of 4). 2 Powder-coated steel Bondis wall clock. IKEA, $30. 3 Umbra aluminum Lettro wall organizers. Urban Barn, $48. 4 Powder-coated steel swing-arm sconce in black. CB2, $90. 5 iMac 3.3GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 desktop computer with Retina 5k display, 27". Apple, $2,399. 6 KSP acrylic Ghost-style chair. Kitchen Stuff Plus, $125. 7 Painted particleboard Alex desk (top only) in white, $169. Painted fibreboard Linnmon tabletop in white, 2' x 4', $20. Lacquered bamboo Hilver desk legs, $20 each. All IKEA. 8 Kate Spade New York acrylic Strike Gold stapler. Indigo, $28. 9 White waste basket. Dollar Tree, $1. 10 Faux leather office bag in brown. Zara, $70. 11 Contemporary handspun wool Sync rug in Spring Rain, 6' x 8'. Weavers Art, $3,570.
1 Cork Tackboard harmony wall tiles with self-adhesive backing, 12" x 24". Jelinek Cork Group, $110 (set of 5). 2 Large stainless steel wall clock in black. Urban Mode, $113. 3 Powder-coated iron Revere wall organizers in silver. CB2, $30 each. 4 Powder-coated steel swing-arm sconce with brass details. Pavillion, $399. 5 Mac Pro 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon ES desktop computer with Dual DPU ($3,499) with Thunderbolt display, 27" ($1,199). All Apple. 6 Polycarbonate Belle Epoque chair in Crystal Clear. UpCountry, $295. 7 Painted fibreboard Emerson desk in white with ash legs. Structube, $529. 8 Stainless steel Akto stapler. Urban Mode, $87. 9 Design Ideas spoxy-coated steel spoke waste basket in white. Neat, $30. 10 Royal Republiq leather Telegraph bag in cognac. Te Koop, $240. 11 Signature handspun wool-blend Terrazzo rug in Stone & Tan, 6' x 8'. Weavers Art, $5,370.
At times, tidying an office space can feel like a near-impossible feat (we've all been there). But before that pile of paper is mistaken for a mini mountain, rest assured: help is on the way. From wall-hung storage bins to fancy glassware, these three organizing solutions will have you conquering clutter once and for all. 1 Welcome wall storage: Free up precious desk space by storing stray items in sightly wall-mountaed storage bins. Ideal for tight quarters, they come in a range of sleek style sand can easily house everything from keys and office supplies to mail and magazines. 2 Get creative with glass: The glass message board has quickly become the new whiteboard. Simply hang a float picture frame (available at craft supply stores) on your wall and write notes on the glass using an erasable marker. Insert a favourite photograph or, if you're feeling crafty, line the inside with patterned paper. 3 Repurpose pretty dishware: Corral oft-used items like pencils and push-pins in gorgeous glassware or petite ceramic bowls set on a modern serving tray. Think of it as styling a glamorous bar cart, minus the booze!
Step 1: Assemble the Alex desktop as per the manufacturer's instructions (you won't need the frame that's included). Set the desktop aside. Step 2: To make the desk 30" high (the standard height), use a handsaw to cut off 3" from the bottom of each Hilver leg. Screw the legs into the pre-drilled holes of the Linnmon tabletop. Step 3: Apply a latex-based adhesive to the top of the Linnmon tabletop and carefully set the Alex destop on top, ensuring it's centred. Clamp the surfaces together while the adhesive dries overnight.
Aesthetically pleasing and practical for small spaces, the mighty sconce prevails in the world of office lighting. On the hunt for a style that suits your budget? We promise you'll take a shine to one of these swing-arm designs. From the top: 1 Brushed stainless steel vintage. gusmodern.com, $600. 2 Powder-coated steel with brass details. pavilionmodern.com, $399. 3 Powder-coated steel Tribeca Warren 1 in brass. wayfair.com, $350 US. 4 Powder-coated steel in black. cb2.com, $90.
Forgo securing a bulletin board to your workspace wall and opt for this textured and versatile cork alternative. The secret to any well-decorated space is finding a balance between style and function. In the case of cork, don't restrict yourself to a pre-made bulletin board. Perfect for adorning a wall, cork tiles (sold in an array of sizes and textures) will lend you a warm, tactile element to your home office. Jazz up the look some more by reusing bejewelled brooches as push-pins.
Stylish and restful retreat.
We designed a restful retreat with a plush queen-sized bed as its focal point on budgets akin to a power nap and a full night’s sleep. Can you tell the difference?
1 Cotton Mesh Oval pendant light, 20", Union Lighting and Furnishings, $530. 2 Gianna Venetian mirror, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $20. 3 Powder-coated steel adjustable plug-in Ranarp sconce, IKEA, $90. 4 Linen Linblomma shams & duvet cover in Natural, per 3-piece set, IKEA, $18. 5 Glass Stripes bottle with plastic lid (not shown), Zara Home, $18. 6 Glass Stripes tumbler, Zara Home, $4. 7 Porcelain-topped brass-plated steel Oneda side table, Elte Market, $140. 8 Style at Home Collection cotton Embroidered flat & fitted sheets in White, per 4-piece set, Sears, $140. 9 Style at Home Collection polyester Periwinkle Paisley coverlet, Sears, $140. 10 North Afghan hand-spun wool kilim Chubi RUG, 4' x 6', Herat Carpets, $545. High & Low: Valspar Dogwood Petal Ci203 Wall Paint And Cashmere Pink Ci-119 Accent Stripe Wall Paint, Lowe’s; Portrait Linen Liz Toss Cushion, Trianon; White Nile Votive Holder, Crocheted Lana Cardigan (On Hook), Anthropologie; Gold-Dipped Porcelain Dish (Used As Coaster), Cambie Design.
1 George Nelson Bubble medium plastic-polymer-coated steel Saucer pendant light, 25", Design Within Reach, $329 US. 2 Inner Oval mirror with silver border, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $1,360. 3 Powder-coated steel accordion plug-in Morgan sconce in Ivory, Crate and Barrel, $199. 4 Lavato Italian linen/Egyptian cotton shams in Natural, $74 each, and duvet cover in Natural, Au Lit Fine Linens, $404. 5 Distinctly Home glass Como carafe with cork lid, Hudson’s Bay, $25. 6 Mikasa glass Swirl tumbler in White, Hudson’s Bay, $25. 7 Handcrafted marble-topped painted cast-aluminum Elke side table, Crate and Barrel, $699. 8 Ralph Lauren cotton sateen fitted & flat sheets in Deco White, $145 each, Hudson’s Bay, $290. 9 Cotton Grid Dot coverlet in White, West Elm, $205. 10 West Afghan hand-spun wool kilim Soumak rug with raised pile weave details, 5' x 7', Herat Carpets, $1,350.
Bored by the typical headboard? Here’s an easy DIY headboard alternative: Paint a stripe the width of the bed and the height of the wall using a contrasting hue. Then hang a large ornate Venetian mirror about two feet above the bed. Together, the two elements create the look of a grand headboard. Valspar cashmere pink ci-119 accent stripe wall paint, Lowe’s; Gianna Venetian mirror, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $530.
American architect and furniture designer George Nelson (1908–1986) was forever pushing the envelope. Working in the heyday of mid-century modern design alongside the likes of Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, George honed in on his contemporaries’ fixation with seating. “Every truly original idea,” he wrote, “seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” it’s this keen sense of observation that led George to make waves in the realm of lighting in 1947. Inspired by a photo of cargo ships covered in netting encased in self-webbing plastic (a translucent white spray developed for military use), George and one of his in-house designers tracked down the “spiderwebby” spray and used it on a spherical frame they fashioned from steel wire. thus the prototype for the first bubble pendant was born, and the rest is history. Many of the original designs in the line, including the saucer, are still in production. George Nelson bubble medium plastic-polymer-coated steel saucer pendant light, Design Within Reach, $329 US.
Five oatmeal-coloured shams boasting homespun charm impress with decorative flanges. 1 Frayed Rough edges lend rustic countryside appeal. Cotton blend Daloni in neutral with envelope closure, Anthropologie, $98 US per pair. 2 Wide The voluminous flappy flange has a casual, laze-in-bed vibe. Lavato Italian linen/Egyptian cotton in natural with envelope closure, Au Lit Fine Linens, $74 each. 3 Classic A simple design and super-soft feel promise to make this washed-linen sham a long-standing favourite in your home. Alamode Home washed-linen Morgan in natural with envelope closure, Elte Market, $40 each. 4 Contrasting A warm charcoal accent colour smartly frames this one, giving it a slightly serious, sophisticated air. Linen blend Leah with button closure, Urban Barn, $200 per 3-piece duvet set. 5 Knotty The tie details give this option’s single flange an upscale look. Linen Linblomma with envelope closure, IKEA, $90 per 3-piece duvet set.
Our High and Low bedrooms get their old-world charm from the toss cushion, which is adorned with the image of a veiled lady borrowed from a vintage French oil painting. Here are a few other toss cushion options featuring historic Mesdames (and even a Monsieur!). 1 National portrait gallery polyester Queen Elizabeth i arrow with feather insert, 18" x 18", We Love Cushions, $72. 2 Chad Wys polyester Nocturne 109 with polyester insert, 16" x 16", Society6, $27 US. 3 Polyester Lucrezia Sommaria with polyester insert, 16" x 16", Zazzle, $42. 4 Portrait linen Andrea with down/feather insert, 24" x 24", Trianon, $325.