Customizing, bespoke, tailored, personalized, made-to-order — whatever you may call it, it is most certainly a integral part of my job. Part of the beauty of working with a design professional is the ability to customize your home and make it feel unique and different from the other surrounding units in the tower. It allows us, the designers to create not only the look we’re after but also add further functionality to the space for our clients. This was exactly the case with our latest clients who purchased a brand new home in a beautiful Toronto neighbourhood but were lost when it came to turning their house into a home. They had visited many condos to really explore their design options; the problem was nothing felt like them, as a couple or as a growing family.
At that time, their current living environment was about a quarter of the size of their newly purchased space so instinctively they knew they would need lots of tailoring to cater to their new needs. With a beautiful toddler running around and another one on the way upsizing would not only describe their sq/ft but also their family’s requirements. They needed a living space that could accommodate large family gathering, get-togethers with friends and a space their own children could grow up in. She wanted the whole family to be able to gather on the sofa with no worries of messy hands or accidental spills; he wanted room to lounge in after a long day of work. And so with all this in mind we designed a custom sofa, a U-shaped sectional with a 41″ deep seat to give this family that absolute comfort they longed for. We chose a dark gray velvet fabric with just enough sheen to cover up potential mess yet a material that had ample presence for this open concept living space.
Having the opportunity to incorporate custom elements in your home can present great value in your quality of living. Each design decision we made was only strengthened by the function this space required. We were also able to create a custom-built banquette area where the kids would be able to get in and out freely and the adults could sit with unobstructed family room views. We used highly durable upholstery vinyl for all surfaces, even the dining chairs to match. We also took a brand new distressed wood table and commissioned a custom glass top designed to fit perfectly and clean up easily. We decked the banquette with lots of texture and pattern to give some personality and add a playful touch to this neutral area.
With a little planning, and with a lot of decision making, myself and my design team we were able to build an interior for our clients that was truly customized and a perfect reflection of their style, and more importantly, their lifestyle. The homeowners instantly felt like “home” the moment they walked in. There is no greater accomplishment than creating successful designs for our clients. The homes that encompass longevity, the spaces that represent functionality and the rooms that depict true aesthetic for the homeowners — that is what all great design should represent.
• If you are short on space in your dining area think about creating built-in seating. It allows you to add seating without taking up
valuable space with additional chairs.
• If your space is open concept try to keep a single colour palette consistent throughout the space to make it feel more open and
• Depth in a sofa is the most essential for comfort. If you’re designing a custom seat consider going as large as possible and you may never wish to leave.
• Don’t shy away from making a bold statement in a small space.
Creating a dynamic focal point will always add interest to a room,
no matter how big or small.
• Often times the word ‘custom’ is associated with a higher price tag, however it doesn’t have to be. Do your research on good quality pieces and then make a comparison before relating it to items that have no longevity.