What I desIgned
Erin Marshall-TurnEr, lux DEsign inc.
A creative approach to condo design
With limited square footage, odd nooks and tricky layouts, condos can be a design nightmare. Sometimes it’s simply best to learn from the pros. We picked the brain of Erin Marshall-Turner, an interior designer with Lux Design Inc. (luxdesign.ca), to find out how she turned this 970-square-foot one-bedroom-plus- den suite in Fashion House (Freed Developments) into an elegant bachelor pad.
Client’s wish list: “He wanted an element of worldliness and travel, an interesting place to put his bike and a feature wall that grabs you as soon as you walk in,” says Marshall-Turner. “He also liked the idea of reclaimed wood and a cleaner twist on Canadian rustic.”
Design inspiration: The client showed Marshall-Turner some sentimental items that they used as inspiration for newer pieces and the overall design.
A place to work and play: “As he works from home quite a bit, we created a custom chalkboard map area that wraps the two walls in the office area. The feature wall separates the office from the rest of the condo as a designated work space, but is also a beautiful custom artwork that marks off the geographical locations he has conquered so far.”
Design challenges: The biggest challenge was the long, narrow living space. “The client wanted to be able to lounge on a large sectional sofa, but sizing and layout were a challenge. Our solution was an extra-long sofa that was still wide enough for maximum comfort,” says Marshall-Turner. “Instead of a traditional coffee table, we opted for three organic stump stools that, when locked together, create a long coffee table but are able to be moved around the room when the client entertains.”
Time commitment: The design process took two and a half months from start to finish.
Design advice: “Sometimes clients fall in love with furniture pieces that don’t fall within their budget. In this case, our client really wanted a classic Eames lounger but wasn’t ready to commit financially. We were able to bring in bar stools that mimic that look for a smaller financial outlay,” says Marshall-Turner. “We encourage condo owners to think outside the box to achieve the look they want and to look beyond a literal translation of the design.”