The Collector's CondoTransitional Living Room, Vancouver

The homeowners of this condo sought our assistance when downsizing from a large family home on Howe Sound to a small urban condo in Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver. They asked us to incorporate many of their precious antiques and art pieces into the new design. Our challenges here were twofold; first, how to deal with the unconventional curved floor plan with vast South facing windows that provide a 180 degree view of downtown Vancouver, and second, how to successfully merge an eclectic collection of antique pieces into a modern setting. We began by updating most of their artwork with new matting and framing. We created a gallery effect by grouping like artwork together and displaying larger pieces on the sections of wall between the windows, lighting them with black wall sconces for a graphic effect. We re-upholstered their antique seating with more contemporary fabrics choices - a gray flannel on their Victorian fainting couch and a fun orange chenille animal print on their Louis style chairs. We selected black as an accent colour for many of the accessories as well as the dining room wall to give the space a sophisticated modern edge. The new pieces that we added, including the sofa, coffee table and dining light fixture are mid century inspired, bridging the gap between old and new. White walls and understated wallpaper provide the perfect backdrop for the colourful mix of antique pieces. Interior Design by Lori Steeves, Simply Home Decorating. Photos by Tracey Ayton Photography

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Becky Harris added this to Room of the Day: Couple Downsizes to a Condo Home in StagesJan 9, 2017

Steeves helped her clients choose a grouping of their existing prints to hang gallery style and had them all matted and framed the same way. These are limited-edition scenes of Old Montreal by R.D. Wilson. She created a sense of symmetry around the new sofa by using the same lampshades on a new floor lamp and the couple’s existing lucite lamp, and by making sure the shades were placed at the same height. The lamps add a modern-day touch, while the Noguchi coffee table is an iconic midcentury modern piece. The rugs tie in with the fabrics on the throw pillows and chair.Sofa: American Leather; cherry blossom fabric: Meredith Heron for JF Fabrics; geometric fabric: Duralee; pig: Urban Barn

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Zethu Dumakude added this to KikuyuAug 31, 2019

I can make the base a beige or even green or pink

Camille Dahnke added this to dining/living roomJun 15, 2019

Collection of black and white prints in matching frames

FORTUNE DECOR added this to ContemporaryJun 5, 2019

Above the sofa - replace with hanging lights

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