National Post

Jack is nimble

The transition­al design of Aspen Ridge’s model suite gives it broad appeal By Lisa Van de Ven

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Jack is “confident” and Jack is “handsome.” Those are the words interior designer Dan Menchions uses to describe The Jack model suite. “It feels very stately,” the partner with II By IV Design- adds. “The fur nishings look like some of the pieces could have been purchased during travels.” The 1,617-square-foot suite features nine-foot ceilings, warm white walls and textured wallpaper accents, for a sophistica­ted backdrop. Original art is “beautifull­y curated throughout,” Menchions adds, while clean-lined furniture combines lacquer, wood and accents of bronze. “I would say this is a very confident suite,” the designer says. “It’s a handsome suite, without being masculine.” Units at The Jack — an Aspen Ri-dge Homes pro ject — range from 533 to 1,974 square feet and are priced from $421,990. The sales office is located at 2 Jackes Ave., Toronto, and open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday by appointmen­t, and weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 416-203-7034 or visit thejackcon­do.com.

1 Black oak is paired with brass legs in this dining table from Avenue Ro- ad. Sur rounded by black upholstere­d c- hairs — also with bronze ac c- ents — it’s the first thing vis itors see as they walk in. “The scale is perfect for the space,” Menchions a-dds. “And we want ed something formal.”

2 “We needed a statement piece,” Menchions says, and this light fixture is exactly that. Made of bronze and handb-lown glass, the large-scale fix ture highlights the tall ceilings a- nd makes the Hermès dish ware on the dining table below sparkle. “It feels like an art piece,” he adds.

3 An office space off the dining room includes a white lacquer and metal desk, and an Eames Aluminum Executive Chair by Herman Miller, in tobacco- toned Vicenza leather. To help differenti­ate the space “-we were trying to keep the fur niture in the office as light as possible,” Menchions says.

4 Wide-plank wire-brushed engineered w-ood flooring is used through out the suite, in a light grey tone that’s paired in the master bedroom with a similarly hued area rug from El-te, laid under neath the bed. “The area carpet becomes more of a texture than a pattern,” Menchions says.

5 The focal point of the master bedroom is the bed — but not just any bed. A king- size walnut canopy bed from Avenue Road. “We don’t typically use canopy beds, but this room was large enough that i-t leant itself to a large sculptur al piece,” the designer says.

6 Menchions c omplem- ents the charcoal ac cents found in the bedding and the bed’s canopy draping with a grey-toned wallpapere­d accent wall behind the bed — creating visual texture in the master bedroom. The Arteriors bedside lamps pop against the wall with their black glass shades and brass bases.

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