Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos

A black-and-white palette gets added depth with pops of colour and some unusual texture
By Lisa Van de Ven National Post September 11, 2015.

Authentic loft living gets a fresh and airy twist in the L-10+D model suite at Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos. A colour palette of whites and creams keeps the space light, while dark neutrals, alongside occasional pops of colour, create contrast in the 607-square-foot space. “It feels uplifting,” says interior designer Elaine Cecconi, of Cecconi Simone. “Even though it’s all white, there’s a lot of interesting materials and textures that come together that give depth and layering to the space.”

Accentuating the loft lifestyle, 10-foot ceilings are highlighted with extended cabinetry, and a textured wall creates a rough-hewn look. “I think it feels really welcoming,” Cecconi says. Suites at Art Shoppe — by Freed Developments and Capital Developments — range from 315 to 1,985 square feet and from the $200,000s to $2 million.

The sales office is at 2131 Yonge St., Toronto and open Monday to Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-487-7373 or visit artshoppecondos.com. Authentic loft living gets a fresh and airy twist in the L-10+D model suite at Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos.

A colour palette of whites and creams keeps the space light, while dark neutrals, alongside occasional pops of colour, create contrast in the 607-square-foot space. “It feels uplifting,” says interior designer Elaine Cecconi, of Cecconi Simone.

“Even though it’s all white, there’s a lot of interesting materials and textures that come together that give depth and layering to the space.” Accentuating the loft lifestyle, 10-foot ceilings are highlighted with extended cabinetry, and a textured wall creates a rough-hewn look.

“I think it feels really welcoming,” Cecconi says. Suites at Art Shoppe — by Freed Developments and Capital Developments — range from 315 to 1,985 square feet and from the $200,000s to $2 million. The sales office is at 2131 Yonge St., Toronto and open Monday to Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-487-7373 or visit artshoppecondos.com.

1. Accent walls feature texture, not colour, with the application of a plaster tile designed to look like wood, then painted contemporary white. Earlier, “they used wood as formwork, and you would see the relief in the concrete,” Cecconi says. “This is a nod to that.”

2. Open high-gloss shelving in warm grey lets the textured wall behind shine, providing both storage space and contemporary contrast. “It’s that chic contemporary offset with a more rustic textural palette,” the designer says. “We liked the idea of the two coming together and offsetting each other.”

3. Whether you have a guest staying over or just want to lounge, this white canvas day bed proves multifunctional, turning the den into a second bedroom or a reading space. Patterned accent pillows piled on top continue the grey tone found in the shelving.

4. A white frame against the white wall ensures the photo — by Jordan Nahmias — becomes the focal point. It’s just one example of the mismatched art used throughout the suite, together creating a collected feel. “This is more the way people actually live,” Cecconi says.

5. Black fabric pendant lights hung on one side of the master bedroom add asymmetry to the space, “creating an interesting imbalance that’s unexpected,” Cecconi says. The upholstered bed features crisp black and white bedding, with a pop of colour found in the vivid patterned accent pillows.

6. “The wide plank gives it a more contemporary look,” Cecconi says of the floors, a pre-engineered oak that’s so light it’s almost as white as the walls around it. “We didn’t want any visual breaks from floors to walls. We wanted it to feel like a continuous space.”

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