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DECORATING THE CONDO...PART 4 ~ HIGH / MEDIUM/ LOW....

You can stop holding your collective breath....the reveal is finally here. If you are new to this blog, a quick recap is in order. We bought a condo in Toronto for my two daughters and husband to share. Those details are here.  This process started in July and was finally completed 2 weeks ago, due to the fact that I live in Ottawa and the logistics of going back and forth were often hampered. 

I set out to decorate the condo on a budget, using high (H), medium (M), low (L), previously owned (PO) and DIY furnishings and accessories. Of course my decorative choices and their attached symbols are all relative to this particular project only. The priority, was that the condo had to be comfortable and easily maintained...nothing fussy. 
As with all my projects, for myself or clients, the colour scheme is chosen after careful consideration of either meaningful, existing colours or newly purchased items....for example, artwork, area rugs, favourite colour schemes etc. In this case, the starting off point was this sofa from ELTE (H).

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The brown leather chair from LA-Z-Boy (H), the antique washstand (PO), lamp on washstand (PO), the area rug (PO),  floor lamp from IKEA (L) and round table from West Elm (M) almost complete the major purchases for the living room.


The large sample is the colour used throughout the main area...BM turret CC-604 / to the left, feature walls in the dining room...BM mortar CC-574 /  black BM chalkboard paint on one wall in kitchen / remainder of walls in kitchen...BM ivory white CC-130 / bathrooms...BM bradstreet beige HC-48 (post here) and all trim and doors...BM white dove OC-17

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In the dining room a Canadiana pine harvest table (PO) takes centre stage with 4 white Klismos dining chairs from West Elm (M). A white bench from IKEA (L), now in one of the bedrooms, is used as extra  seating when needed. 

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I knew I was going to use this antique wash stand (PO), but I wasn't sure where.

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In Decorating the condo...Part 2, I spoke about other purchases and DIY projects. This blue suede chair from West Elm (M) was an essential colour pick-me-up and fit perfectly on a tiny wall.

So are you ready for the reveal?

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I searched for a coffee table for this space for a long time, but continued to come back to this marble topped, open legged beauty from West Elm (H). The higher end purchases are items I knew we could use elsewhere. Pillows are from MODECOR and the artwork are pictures taken from a 2012 Tom Thompson calendar that we framed in IKEA, Ribba frames (L, DIY)

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Completed dining room. The extra leaves have been added to the table. The IKEA expedit bookcase (L) was the perfect solution for an array of mostly art books,  antique china belonging to my grandmother, wine bottles, napkins etc. I love how the darker wall allows the bookcase and contents to pop!

See this post Decorating the Condo...Part 3...for additional information on the unique, one-of-a-kind dining room pendants (M).

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I found the perfect spot for the antique washstand.

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This sunroom is directly adjacent to the living room and can be walled of with glass sliding doors. The area carpet (PO), gate-leg table, and 'ghost chair' IKEA (L), Lamp West Elm (M), original artwork in IKEA Ribba frame (L)  MODECOR (DIY)...  see here for how to. What isn't shown on the opposite wall is a white Murphy Bed, which turns this room from a sunny office to a bedroom when needed.


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One of the walls in the kitchen was painted in chalkboard paint. the mostly white kitchen needed a focal point, it's a super handy way to leave messages and shopping lists...and there was no need for a piece of artwork...bonus!

That's it gang. Loved every second of the hunt,  repurposing some of our existing furniture, rugs and antiques and shopping in Toronto was a blast. The girls and my husband are extremely comfy in their new digs...as am I when I come to visit.