The Jarvis & Wellesley_430sq ft

A midtown condo originally purchased as a rental. Once the tenants decided to move out, our client decided it was time for a new venture. We had originally designed the rental kitchen and subsequently finished it for the upcoming sale.

Now, it was time to stage an empty shell of an apartment. Too many furniture pieces and it would look crowded. Too few and it would appear that this condo unit was too small. This building had units coming up for sale all the time. Some renovated, but most showed their age.

First order in the agenda was to paint. Did we follow the trend and paint it a neutral grey or apply an actual colour to the wall? The debate lasted all of 2 minutes. We knew colour was the greatest statement we could make in this unit. If we kept everything else light & airy, this apartment would outshine the competition.

And did it ever.
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Before - One room with 4 walls.
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The strong colour on the wall was the perfect backdrop for our ivory couch and silver accents. We believed, it was important to show how and entertainment area would work in this condo. A large screen TV was not in the cards (they never are). So, we improvised with a bombe chest and picture frames.
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Although, we kept furniture to the minimum, we knew that creating zones within the apartment would work in our favour. This bachelor pad was more "let's have casual drinks" than dinner for 4. A bar table and stools offered the casual area for a meal on the run or casual drinks with friends..
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In this kitchen, we kept the styling and accessories to a minimum. We thought we'd let the backsplash do the talking.
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The original owners had removed the closet and used the nook to slide in the bed. We debated whether or not to add a dresser. In the end, though we decided that simplicity was key. A queen bed and occasional tables. The headboard we wanted was not available. We had to improvise with picture frames.
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As we begun to work on a floor plan, we noticed an empty space right by the door. It didn't encroach in the bedroom and it didn't stop the door from opening and closing properly. Why not create a little office nook? Show potential buyers that the laptop can have it's own dedicated spot and not clutter up other surfaces.
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During the original renovations, the bathroom received a budget friendly facelift. A pedestal sink, mirror, towel holders, shelves and new lights. Staging for this room included making sure we had clean lights, a sparkling faucett and lots of white to channel the spa feeling.
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Space was at a premium - 430sq ft. Style and function were not. Once ready for its close up, this condo unit had an eat-in area, a living room, a separated bedroom and finally an office space. This condo unit did not have potential - it had achieved its potential!
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