News - Past is prologue


Published: August 27, 2016

Source: National Post

DRAWING FROM ECLECTIC INFLUENCES, INCLUDING THE 1960S LISA VAN DE VEN

The model vignettes at Sonic Condominiums had to appeal to single buyers and couples, empty nesters and first-timers. To accommodate that, interior designer Kelly Cray opted for an aes- thetic he calls “contemporary chic. It’s a bit eclectic as well, mixing some ‘60s-inspired pieces,” adds the principal with U31. Wood accents in the kitchen cabinetry and living room furniture introduce warmth, while gold-yellow accessories add pop. Wire-brush style laminate flooring grounds the space and creates visual texture. “The wood on the floor is similar to the wood in the kitchen,” Cray adds. “We wanted to tie that in and unify the space.” Units at the Lindvest site range from 331 to 941 square feet and are priced from the low $200,000s. The sales office is located at 18 Ferrand Dr., North York and open by appointment. Call 416-532-6636 or visit lindvest.com.

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The kitchen island does double duty: it's a place for prep work, but has four stools around it to create a dining table, too. A white quartz counter- top matches the rest of the kitchen, while open shelving pro- vides storage. “It’s on casters, so you can move it around,” Cray adds.

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Solid lacquer upper cabinets in a grey-taupe tone are paired with wood-look Eurostyle laminate lower cab- inets, for a kitchen Cray calls timeless and classic. The neutral backdrop gains added interest from the backsplash, which features a marbleized look, with hexagonal tiles in whites and greys.

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"In the common areas of the condominium, we went for a bit of ‘60s inspiration,” Cray says, and he played on that in the model living room, with retro-inspired ac- cents like this wood- framed chair, featur- ing grey upholstery. For a “bit of bling,” there’s a brass-toned side table beside it.

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The custom coffee tables repeat the hexagon shape of the back- splash, one in wood and one with a grey- and-white marble top. On the wall, meanwhile, the tones of the kitchen con- tinue in asymmetric- al white and walnut shelving. “It’s a very European aesthetic,” Cray says.