Putting a personal stamp on a rental condo.
Even if you don't own the suite you're living in, there's no reason not to make it your own.
Toronto interior decorator Mary Bannet of Just the Thing was tasked by a female client to decorate the woman's rental condo to reflect her taste and to suit the posh building it was located in.
Ms. Bannet noted that the suite had spectacular views from the 48th floor and airy 10-foot coffered ceilings, but lacked personality. To add the 'wow factor', Ms. Bannet opted to bring in shine to add glamour, texture to bring interest and jolts of bright colour to liven the space. To personalize the apartment, she drew inspiration from the client's cherished belongings. The vision was to create a lounge-type vibe with multiple seating choices and places to set down a drink.
The client's small-scale curvaceous settee and swivel chair/ottoman combination had an appealing retro Art Deco flavor, but were dwarfed by the volume of the room. Ms. Bannet added items of a similar scale, that would transition well to any future home, to contribute to the lounge-y feel.
Ms. Bannet visited several showroom floors and put items of interest on hold until they were able to put together a cohesive group of great pieces that met with the client's approval. A month after their initial meeting, all pieces were in place in the condo.
The result is a space that reflects the tenant's personal taste, with touches of glamour, drama and colour that enlivens the formerly bland setting.
Although the room's palette is low-key neutrals, metal and mirrored elements such as a bar cart and small table add glamour, lush fabrics add texture, and bold artwork and a blue chair add jolts of colour. Underfoot, a cowhide rug unifies the floating seating arrangement.
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