recent design work

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)



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  1. Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    I adore the sofa you chose. Beautiful work.

  2. Kristen S
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    I love how you married the industrial items with soft feminine touches. (The jewel toned silks especially.) It brings a richness and warmth to the loft, while maintaining it’s feeling of space and openness.

  3. Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    Gorgeous work. The photography is stunning. And I love the paint colour you chose!!

  4. Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    Love the rich deep colour on the wall. It makes the whole space feeling cozy like a cocoon. All the touches are amazing!

  5. danielle
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    A dynamic space and great colour palette. Well done! Would you mind telling me where you found the rug that’s under the coloured stools? Love it!

  6. Posted September 14, 2011 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

    Stunning work!

  7. Posted September 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    @danielle – Unfortunately, that was a vintage find. I’ve been trying to track down some more myself but they are not easy to locate. Much more common in Europe as most of them are made in Africa. If I find any, I will let you know.

  8. Posted September 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    Oh wow! What a beautiful space you have created. I am in love with that vinyl rug! Can’t wait to see the Leslieville kitchen!

  9. Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    wow, what a room. Love the sofa, the intense wall colour (does is read teal or more gray?) and my favourite is the table with the stools. Where can one get a vinyl rug like that? I’d love one for my kitchen.

  10. danielle
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    Woops! Missed the paragraph about the dining area/rug. And yes please, if you do spot any more rugs, I’d be grateful for the tip! Thanks Emma!

  11. Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    @ Giulia – It reads more grey in the space than blue. See comment below about the vinyl rug. It was a vintage find and I haven’t had any luck finding any others.

  12. Kim
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    Love your choices! Where did you find the mirrored end table?

  13. Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    @Kim – the mirrored end table is from West Elm.

  14. Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful, beautiful work. The colors, the textures- this space really has a soul.

  15. Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink


  16. Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    beautiful makeover! love the colours

  17. Posted September 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    That sofa looks sooo comfortable!

  18. Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    Love it, has a real wow and comfort factor. By the way is that your coffee table and footstool?

  19. Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    @ Engracia – Ha! Yes! I was wondering who would be the first to notice. We’re still on the search for the perfect coffee table but wanted to take advantage of Ashley’s time so we brought mine in. And every interior looks better with a little Senufo stool!

  20. Posted September 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM | Permalink

    It looks great! That art piece is super rad!

  21. Posted September 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    HA funny, I was going to ask you about the stool! This is gorgeous, what a change from all the white rooms we have been seeing, this feels so deep and rich = perfect introduction to fall. I love all the vintage accents, but the Montauk sofa keeps the soft coziness amongst all the harder industrial lines. And that ARTWORK – holy cow. must look her up immediately! Thanks for sharing Emma!

  22. Posted September 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    Amazing work!.

  23. Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM | Permalink

    amazing job!
    Love the sofa. My dream is to own a montauk sofa. They just feel like angels.

  24. Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

    Emma, your are awesome and not just because this space looks a million times better than the before, but also because of your willingness to share your sources, and admit that you brought in your own coffee table and stool to complete the picture. I love the African rug and the shelving you chose.

  25. Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:13 AM | Permalink

    jeez…speechless…do you offer your services to other province?

  26. amyks
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    That space is gorgeous…I love the wall color, it is so rich!

  27. Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

    so vibrant, i love it! is that your footstool? can’t wait to see the Leslieville kitchen!

  28. Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:00 AM | Permalink

    gorgeous! love how you are not afraid to use colour. i’ve been thinking of getting a coloured sofa and spaces like these really inspire me to just go for it.

  29. Posted September 24, 2011 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    wow….that is so cool!

  30. Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    I love the blue wall. Could you please tell me what the paint color is, and the paint brand.
    Thank you, Judi

  31. Steven Norris
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Sorry, I am a bit confused. I love the deep rich blue, but the only paint I saw listed was for the Gray, Deep Space.
    Would you mind sharing what color the brand and color the blue was?

  32. Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    @Steven Norris – it’s actually the same Deep Space colour. It’s just the photography that makes it look different. (One reason why you should never trust the paint colour from a photograph!)

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