Aspen Ridges offers organic experience
With rooms awash in dark wood tones and apple-green accents, AspenRidges’ Scenic condominium suites at Leslie and Eglinton are bringingthe outside in.
With rooms awash in dark wood tones and apple-green accents, Aspen Ridges’ Scenic condominium suites at Leslie and Eglinton are bringing the outside in.
Taking cues from the 900 acres of parkland surrounding the property, designer Mike Niven of Mike Niven Interior Design Inc. set off to create an organic suite experience, mimicking the great outdoors.
“Most of the living area is oriented towards the best view from the building,” he said. “We’re making reference to that greenery in a contemporary way.”
All furniture is designed in a bench-made block style creating a look that is rugged without being rough. Much of the natural wood furniture is oiled instead of being lacquered, for an authentic outdoorsy feel.
Modern pieces, such as bone-white barstools at the kitchen counter, mingle with dark walnut brown cabinets. The rich shade of brown is present throughout the suite.
“We took everything down to its simplest form — even the green accents,” said Niven. “Real scenery is many shades of muted green. But we picked one bold green.”
Sheer curtains and frosted glass doors allow natural light to filter into adjoining rooms. But even the suite’s light fixtures are a subtle nod to nature.
Above the kitchen table, a modern chandelier’s silver boughs branch out, meant to look like the top of a tree. The fixture ties-in cleverly, without looking too literal.
“We’re blending Italian modernism with nature,” said Niven, who designed the suite for an older urban-minded crowd.
Other features include nine-foot ceilings and a tiled spa washroom with floating vanity. As well, Niven has designed a “living wall” of plants along the Scenic’s lobby staircase.
Suites at the Scenic range from 590 to 1,400 square feet. Expect to pay anywhere from $210,000 to over $700,000. Parking is included with each suite.