Small Space Solutions from a Designer's Toronto Home

Small Space Solutions from a Designer's Toronto Home

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Janel Laban
Jul 21, 2008

This beautiful space featured in Met Home is not tiny, but since it is the home of Elaine Cecconi, a talented designer, it incorporates many smart, space saving ideas worth stealing for your own smaller space. Jump below for a closer look:

Floors, walls, furniture, lighting, sheer window treatments - it's all done all in bright white-on-white color scheme - and when taken all the way as Cecconi has done here, it naturally expands any space.

The main exception to all the white is the amazing floating black Corian fireplace. It becomes even more powerful as a room divider and strong focal point against the light colored backdrop of the room, grabbing and focusing your attention upwards which makes the space seem even larger by accentuating the ceiling height.

Two great ideas from the kitchen area - the white on white is working here again - making the functional aspects of a working kitchen blend in with the rest of the room - great for one room (aka studio) living. All equipment and utensils are stored away in the pantry and even the outlets are located out of sight. And, when you really want to hide the kitchen from view, that beautiful wooden slatted panel slides over, closing it off and creating a nice counterpoint to all the white walls in the dining area.

Don't feel hemmed in by only what is available for residences. The designer installed a retail shelving system in the kitchen, shown here. It works great for a narrow space, with shallow shelves in clear glass - meaning that it doesn't take up much room physically or visually. The shelves are removable and can be reconfigured as storage and display needs or wants change.

A large headboard such as Cecconi's could function as a room divider in a studio, providing privacy and storage. This one includes storage cupboards, lighting and two beside tables.

Be sure to check out the entire Metropolitan Home article by Lucie Young (and see the rest of the photos by Ted Yarwood) here.

Photos: Ted Yarwood/ Metropolitan Home

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