I’ve lived in my condo for
just over a year and need
a solution for the dining area.
I live alone and don’t often
entertain, so I don’t need
a traditional table and chairs
in that space. I have a white
sofa and chairs, a cream shag
rug and a glass-and-chrome
coffee table in the living
area. Any suggestions for a
wall colour? I’m drawn to a
vintage look, but mainly want
my condo to look lived-in!
Bringing life to a stark condo
Living in a house for a time is a great way
to see how you actually use the space and
saves you from purchasing things you
might not actually need.
UNIFY THE SPACE
Continue your fresh and simple all-white
scheme by painting all walls, including
the hallway, a shade like Mother of Pearl
(WW21) by Ralph Lauren Home (shown;
www.ralphlaurenhome.com). Paint the
kitchen’s half-wall and cabinetry the same
colour to unify the different architectural
elements and make the space feel larger.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Since you don’t need a table and chairs,
create a strong focal point on the blank
wall. Using a credenza or console is a
great technique, and it will afford you
more closed storage, a necessity in most
condos. An example of a focal point built
around a console and a single piece of art
was featured in H&H style editor Sarah
Hartill’s home (September 2006).
Source vintage pieces at secondhand
furniture stores; look for something 24"
to 30" h. x 48" to 60" w. x 18" d. The
surface can serve as display for a few
key accessories, small stacks of books
and a lamp or two. To punch up the
neutral palette, add a Jieldé Signal
S1333 lamp (shown; at Hollace Cluny,
www.hollacecluny.ca), a vintage-style
piece first made in the ’50s and sold in
many different colours. Hang a collection
of small art pieces and family photos, or
one large piece, above.
Set a pair of chairs on either end of the
unit so if you do want to have, say, a small
cocktail party, you have extra seating.
ADD COLOUR AND TEXTURE
Toss pillows are an easy way to add
personality to your living area. The
Wool Punch collection by Fluf (shown;
www.fluf-design.com) offers an array
of sophisticated and earthy hues.
A sofa is often one of the largest pieces
in a room, so it should be visually strong.
Your current sofa is a bit too heavy for
the space. When you’re ready to replace
it, consider a more elegant piece, like
the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Aiden
leather sofa at Elte (shown; www.elte.com).
The soft-blue, tight back upholstery and
loose seat cushions, slender arms and
exposed feet give it a retro feel that’s in
keeping with the look you’re after. And
it is only 76" long so will fit in your space.
1. Jieldé Signal S1333
lamps, Hollace Cluny. 2.
Wool Punch throw pillows,
Fluf. 3. Mitchell Gold +
Bob Williams Aiden sofa,
Elte. 4. Paint: Mother of
Pearl (WW21), Ralph