New pieces, new plan fit bill for new condo

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEBBIE TRAVIS

DEAR Debbie; We have re­cently down­sized and our new condo is great, but not sure how to com­bine spa­ces. We have boxes of books we don’t want to part with, but no den. Any ideas?

David Dear David; Some­times it takes a leap of faith to com­bine fur­nish­ings and per­sonal be­long­ings that lived in sep­a­rate quar­ters in a home. When that space shrinks, smaller rooms are re­quired to take on sev­eral roles. The chal­lenge is eas­ily met with a few well-de­signed pieces and a new plan. The din­ing area in your condo can com­fort­ably be your li­brary, study, work­sta­tion and quiet eat­ing nook. Build two full walls of shelves for your books. Find a round din­ing ta­ble that can be ex­tended when you en­ter­tain. Hang a chan­de­lier or pen­dant lamp over the ta­ble with a dim­mer switch.

And why not try out some new col- ours? As you all know, I love to travel and I dis­cover bril­liant el­e­ments of de­sign wher­ever I go. One of to­day’s hottest de­sign­ers is Kit Kemp, whose dar­ing and se­lec­tive style is seen in many world-class ho­tels in­clud­ing The Pel­ham in Lon­don. Kemp takes the style of a Coun­try House and blends it into a chic Town House. Her pas­sion for colour is ev­i­dent in the Pel­ham’s din­ing room shown here. The mod­ern turquoise book­shelves are thicker than usual, which gives them the right weight to bal­ance with the tra­di­tional wood wain­scot­ing. Play­ful pink chairs and con­tem­po­rary art­work cre­ate an invit­ing space to re­lax and en­joy what­ever is on your agenda. Dear Debbie; Af­ter 15 years in a home we re­dec­o­rated in the ’90s, I feel the need to up­date some fur­ni­ture and redo a mas­ter bed­room. Al­though our cur­rent off-white car­pet still looks OK, the mag­a­zines show a more con­tem­po­rary look, with low pile car­pets (Ber­ber) or car­pet on wood floors. Would chang­ing the car­pet give an im­me­di­ate up­date to our for­mal liv­ing room and bed­room?

Tena Dear Tena; One big change, such as switch­ing wall-to-wall car­pet for hard­wood, will have a huge im­pact on ev­ery­thing in the room. The fur­nish­ings, area car­pets and even the lighting will take on a dif­fer­ent as­pect. For a more con­tem­po­rary look, light wood tones are pop­u­lar right now, but I sug­gest you re­search the wide va­ri­ety of shades and grains avail­able in hard­wood and lam­i­nate floors. I en­joy both mod­ern and tra­di­tional de­signs in my home and still love my dark hard­wood floors. Once the floors are done, con­sider how you want to pro­ceed with other el­e­ments in­clud­ing wall colour

and fur­ni­ture. Dear Debbie; In one of your past col­umns, I read your ad­vice to Les­lie who wanted to mount their flat-screen TV over the fire­place. We have done this and the an­gle for view­ing is very tire­some. I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it even though it’s the hot trend right now.

Katelin Dear Katelin; You make a good point. You shouldn’t have to crane your neck in any di­rec­tion, ei­ther up or to the side to watch the telly. The an­gle will change de­pend­ing on how far you are from the set. Com­fort is the first pri­or­ity, so ex­per­i­ment with a pic­ture over the fire­place and if you are too close, ei­ther change the seat­ing ar­range­ments or look for other op­tions. The new, lean flat-screen de­sign also works well framed by a wall unit, or set on a low shelf, and the new TVs can also be turned or an­gled.

Play­ful colours mix it up in this en­tic­ing li­brary din­ing set­ting.

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