I'm excited today to show you some recent design work that my partner Yasmin I have completed. A few weeks ago we met up with photographer Ashley Capp to finally get some shots of a couple of interiors we wrapped earlier this year. Today, I'm going to show you images from a loft in Kensington Market and in a couple of weeks I will show you a kitchen we completed in Leslieville. Let's begin with a little teaser of how the loft turned out.
The "after" photos are always so much more interesting than the "before" but it's good to take a look back to see where we started! When we first visited Stephanie's loft it was a bland and boring space. All of the walls were white and the cork floor cast an orange glow that dominated the space. Since replacing the cork floors wasn't in the budget we needed to find a way to minimize their appearance. I was eager to paint the main wall in the space a dark but luminous grey colour to move the eye up from the floor on to the walls. Stephanie willingly agreed and quickly got to the task of having the walls painted. The colour we used is Benjamin Moore's Deep Space. Here are a few shots of the loft after we painted out the wall but before we did anything else.
We decided that replacing the small, clunky island in Stephanie's kitchen with a larger, industrial table on castors would be more functional for her and could work as both a prep space for food and as a dining table. We had a local company called Smash make the piece and I love the way it turned out. Stephanie scoured flea markets and ebay to find the eclectic mix of stools that surround the table. I think the way she mixed up the colours alternating between the soft oranges and blue-greens was brilliant. We complimented it with a vintage, African vinyl rug that picked up the colour of the stools and just finished the space off.
In the corner of the image, you can see that we also added some Sticotti shelving to the wall. This runs almost the entire length of the room and gives Stephanie plenty of storage as well as a desk area.
In the living area, we knew we needed to make a big impact on the main wall. Stephanie mentioned to us that she had a friend who was an artist and she would see whether or not she could buy a piece from her. When we saw the final work from Janna Watson we were stopped dead in our tracks. We knew that this was going to be the focal point of the room and that we needed to follow its lead.
We added the Emmanuelle sofa from Montauk and layered it will a rug from West Elm, vintage industrial fixtures from Commute Home, and raw silk cushions. The cork floor that once seemed so dominant no fades into the background and actually compliments the raw particle board in the painting. The loft has a relaxed, comfortable feel with intense moments of colour and industrial elements that suit both Stephanie and the architecture of the space. I'd love to hear what you think of the finished loft!Images credits: Ashley Capp (afters)