Hooray for hol­ly­wood

A cramped condo that lost its char­ac­ter gets gor­geous af­ter a glam­orous do-over.

Style at Home Big Style for small spaces - - Contents - text Kath­leen Dore pho­tog­ra­phy Michael Nan­g­reaves

A tiny condo gets gor­geous af­ter a glam­orous do-over

A heavy- handed

retro­fit of a com­mer­cial build­ing in Toronto’s west end had stripped Chanele and Ryan Krausz’s first home of most of its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter. But Chanele, dec­o­ra­tor and prop stylist ex­traor­di­naire (look for her set de­sign work on Food Net­work Canada’s In­spired With

Anna Ol­son) pulled out ev­ery trick of the trade to turn 700 square feet into a place to live, work and throw lots of par­ties – all in a clas­sic Hol­ly­wood style that makes ev­ery inch close-up ready.

1. Add Tech­ni­colour

“I love bold colours, but I wanted them in small doses so they wouldn’t over­whelm such a tiny space,” says home­owner Chanele Krausz. The side ta­ble (in her favourite jewel tone) was her grand­mother’s and serves as a sec­ondary bar (yes, they’ve got two bars in 700 square feet!) and as a much-needed catchall for mail as well as bits and bobs.

2. Play to the Gallery

Chanele rec­om­mends us­ing ver­ti­cal sur­faces for dis­play in a small space. “The hall­way that leads to the front door has so much empty wall space; it’s the per­fect can­vas for all of my favourite things,” says Chanele. She ar­ranged works of art from an artist friend, travel pho­tos, mir­rors and thrift shop finds (in­clud­ing an Exit sign and a de­gree from the Univer­sity of Toronto from the early 1900s). There’s even a tiny bust of a rhino, her hus­band Ryan’s favourite an­i­mal.

3. Use Spe­cial Ef­fects

Chanele’s ad­vice for open-space one-room liv­ing is to trick the eye by cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent zones (here, one room feels like three). Just re­mem­ber to leave enough floor space to eas­ily nav­i­gate, or your de­sign will back­fire and feel cramped. White walls unify and cre­ate spa­cious­ness, al­low­ing Chanele to in­dulge her love of bold colours in small doses that don’t over­power – for ex­am­ple, a sap­phire blue rug and emer­ald green ac­cents. “And ev­ery­thing does dou­ble duty,” she says. The din­ing ta­ble is an ex­tra work sur­face by day; the desk an im­pro­vised mu­sic sta­tion or buf­fet ta­ble at par­ties.

4. Get Into Show Busi­ness

Smart dis­play adds stor­age space and style with­out break­ing the bank. “I try to use pretty containers,” says Chanele, re­fer­ring to the emer­ald green box hold­ing some favourite things. An over­sized paint­ing was an in­ex­pen­sive big­box-store find that brings drama to the vi­gnette. The mir­ror is garage sale gold.

5. Cre­ate a Fea­ture

An im­i­ta­tion brick that looks au­then­tic was an in­vest­ment but cre­ates a fea­ture wall in the pre­vi­ously ho-hum space. The trio of cubby units – a bud­get buy dressed up with DIY leather drawer han­dles – of­fers much­needed stor­age. “Ev­ery­thing has a home,” Chanele says. “That’s the key to keep­ing a small space calm and clut­ter-free.”

"I love Hol­ly­wood glam, and I used brass ac­cents and an­tiques, with their char­ac­ter, warmth and patina, to get the look.”

6. Go Bold and Beau­ti­ful

“I love bold graphic pat­terns and modern style, but I’m still at­tracted to tra­di­tional decor,” says Chanele, “and here the look was achieved on a re­ally tight bud­get.” The Gap ad posters were $5 each at a thrift store (al­ready framed!). Chanele says it may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but large-scale art and plants make a place feel big­ger, as long as you use them care­fully for max­i­mum im­pact. The small round din­ing ta­ble lets Chanele seat lots of friends with­out eat­ing up much space.

7. Make a Low- bud­get Block­buster

Grab a can­vas and make your own ab­stract art like this over­sized DIY piece by Chanele – a bold state­ment in a small set­ting. The bar cart is a Ki­jiji find and evokes old Hol­ly­wood at a glance.

8. Do a Mag­i­cal Dis­ap­pear­ing Act

With the kitchen open to the main liv­ing space, the cou­ple de­cided the builder-ba­sic cab­i­netry had to go. “New black lower cab­i­netry grounds the space, and the pale up­pers blend nicely into the white walls,” says Chanele. Sadly, there wasn’t room for an is­land. “It would have been too tight and we would have had to sac­ri­fice the liv­ing area’s sec­tional, which was more im­por­tant to us,” she says.

9. Cue New Glam In­dus­trial

Chanele’s clever up­date of the small bath­room en­cap­su­lates her dec­o­rat­ing theme: com­bin­ing in­dus­trial, Hol­ly­wood glam and clean modern lines. She made the walls work by adding dec­o­ra­tive and func­tional so­lu­tions, such as a clever towel hook fash­ioned from pipes, a wall­mounted retro ex­tend­able mir­ror and shelves hold­ing in­dus­tri­al­style bins and bas­kets.

10. Look Up

A float­ing shelf holds first aid kits and reg­u­lar toi­letries; bas­kets un­der­neath pro­vide towel stor­age (there’s no linen closet).

11. Climb the Walls

Chanele’s love of strong graph­ics makes the util­i­tar­ian bath­room a stand­out. The wall­pa­per, de­pict­ing a New York City build­ing fa­cade, adds in­ter­est to the room and hits an in­dus­trial note, while a float­ing shelf and emer­ald green bam­boo towel hooks make the wall more than a pretty face.

12. Be Con­sis­tent

Look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­in­force your pal­ette with ev­ery­day func­tional items. Ever the prop stylist, Chanele uses green toi­letries that tie into the condo’s pal­ette.

13. Steal the Scene

“That fab­ric is very Hol­ly­wood,” says Chanele of the head­board she up­hol­stered her­self. “The bed­room’s small, so it’s a great way to add pat­tern and colour and draw at­ten­tion to the bed rather than to what the room is lack­ing.” Wall-mounted sconces make up for min­i­mal table­top space.

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