Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I am so happy to have Lisa Ferguson, an Interior Decorator based in Toronto, sharing one of her recent projects with you.  I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in NYC for the Nate Show taping.  She is fun, sweet and incredibly talented.  Welcome Lisa.
Hello, Lisa here.  My favourite projects include unique design challenges and I love to create new ways to maximize space, while also stimulating the senses! The other favourite thing for me, is to discover a clients unspoken style and deliver a unique outcome that fits each client like a glove. It does make the portfolio look quite diverse, but it is why I love what I do so much.
This project in progress is one of my favourite in all my 11 years designing interiors. When my client said, “I want you to create a space worthy of Dwell magazine”, I was excited. When I saw that the quaint traditional condo, nestled in prime Rosedale, hadn’t been renovated in 50 years, I could barely control myself.
This is a peak at the Kitchen/Dining part of the reno.  Come along as I show you how I went from “outdated Grandma”  to “Dwell magazine worthy.”
Project Scope: Entire condo renovation & decoration
The client: Single, professional female in her 50’s
Before 1
Before 2
Before 3
The brief:
• Minimalist modern
• Open walls as much as possible
• Art instead of upper kitchen cabinets ( client loves the look and is 5’ )
• No visible kitchen appliances from open concept dining room
The budget:  Modest
The plans:
Existing floor plan
Floor Plan Proposed
The design:
• Custom cabinets
• Integrated panel for Bosch dishwasher
• Free standing armoire with integrated panel for Liebherr fridge/freezer, pantry & cubby for microwave (on end opposite to dining ).  Scored the Liebherr in the scratch & dent section of Appliance Canada!
• Modern built in mirrored oven (Ikea Nutid) to blend in with BM HC171 Wickham Grey cabinets on discreet wall
• White minimalist GE cooktop and white Kindred granite composite under mount sink  to blend in with pure white Ceasarstone counter
• Chrome minimalist faucet ( jewellery for the kitchen )
• Realistic walnut wood looking floor vinyl to blend seamlessly with new hardwood throughout
The finishes:
The Finishes
It always gets worse before it gets better!
It gets worse 1
Nearly there sneak peaks:
Nearly There 1
  Nearly There 2
Nearly There 4a
Nearly There 3
My new favourite interiors photographer, Brandon Barre, will be shooting the “After” very soon.  I can’t wait to share more with you!
OR you may see the full reveal in Dwell magazine (just putting it out to the Universe for you, Lisa!)
Lisa is re-launching her website this Friday: Later this year, she will be introducing a new educational and inspirational decor brand. There is so much excitement ahead for her!
Thanks so much for sharing this Lisa.  I love the idea of artwork instead of upper cabinetry.  The finishes, the cabinetry colour and the gorgeous wallpaper definitely take it from Dated to Dazzling!


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