What I de­sIgned

Erin Mar­shall-TurnEr, lux DE­sign inc.

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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.”

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