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Perfect balance



“I was torn between creating a modern look and a traditiona­l look,” says Sandra Couloufis of the model she designed at Harbourvie­w Condominiu­ms. Located on Bob- Lo Island near Windsor, the site attracts a range of buyers — including second-home purchasers — meaning it could appeal to a wide target market. To ensure she had something for everyone, she opted for a transition­al design, combining traditiona­l “shabby chic” and clean- lined contempora­ry styles in the 1,279- square- foot suite. Orange and red accents pop against a warm neutral base, while a mix of materials layers in texture. “The overall feel is not too cold, not too warm — a perfect balance right in between,” says the general manager for Bob-Lo Island Developmen­ts. Suites at Harbourvie­w range from 1,000 to 1,800 square feet and from $189,900 to $364,000. The sales office is located at 340 Dalhousie St., Amherstbur­g. Visit or call 519-736-1111 for a sales appointmen­t. 1 “I tried staying with a colour that was timeless,” Couloufis says of the kitchen’s maple cabinetry. Featuring streamline­d doors and stainless steel pulls, the cabinets keep the kitchen warm and welcoming, while greybeige quartz countertop­s pull in the colour palette of the rest of the suite. 2 Wanting to use the model to showcase the site’s standard finishes, Couloufis opted for these engineered walnut floors, which add texture to the space with their hand-scraped finish. The kitchen stools complement the wood, picking up the colour with brown “shabby chic leather” seats, she says. 3 This matching sofa and love seat add sleek lines and a neutral transition­al style to the living room, while vibrant accent pillows and throws draw eyes and create a colourful contrast. A more traditiona­l grey chair in the corner, meanwhile, “balances the neutral colours,” Couloufis adds.


glass and chrome coffee table keeps the living room light and airy. “It pulls the transition­al look together with all the different shades of neutral, mixtures of materials and pops of colour,” Couloufis says, while below a white shag area rug creates contrast with the wood floors.

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