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Home of the Week, 138 Princess St., Unit 1109, Toronto. Asking price: $549,000

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Steve Suraci, the founder of Icarus Designs, was tasked with creating a boutique hotel aesthetic for the owners of this condo at 138 Princess St., Toronto. The owners, whose primary residence is in Dundas, Ont., needed a place to stay in the city on the weekend and when work trapped one of them in the concrete jungle late. So with Mr. Suraci’s help they picked out what could have been a generic “soft loft” in the city’s much-sought-after Corktown-St. Lawrence neighbourhood, near King Street East and Sherbourne, and turned it into a one-of-a-kind second home.

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‘The owners were looking to have something that was young, hip and a little minimalist,’ Mr. Suraci said. ‘A very modern look.’

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There were a few things Mr. Suraci fixed, the biggest of which was the repartitioning of space. To do this, they knocked down part of the wall that split the 850-square-foot unit into two in order to convert the closed-off den near the entrance into an open formal dining area that was still far enough away from the living room to create a sense of separation.

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Mr. Suraci also changed was the storage space, or lack thereof. He added a massive front closet with sliding doors that doubles as a place for coats at one end and a pantry at the end closest to the kitchen. He also added custom cabinetry in the two bathrooms and custom millwork in the walk-in closet.

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The boldest decor choice is the only wall that really divides the space in the unit. Covered in a wallpaper Mr. Suraci called “a modern, urban forest,” it is at once busy and minimal. “It was a risk … and a big commitment,” he acknowledged. “But we wanted something to be a feature because it was very bare without it.”

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Other noteworthy details are more subdued, such as the art rail along the two concrete walls and the fact that the gauze-like blinds were chosen with the distinct purpose of allowing enough of the purple, blue and pale yellow light from a lit-up Toronto night skyline in.

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‘You’re actually only a 10-minute walk from the Eaton Centre,’ said Mr. Suraci, ‘though, you feel much farther away from it.’

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