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Elegant open-space concept makes for an inviting suite

Elegant simplicity is celebrated at Richmond Town Manors with an open-concept design that creates a social, inviting space.

Elegant simplicity is celebrated at Richmond Town Manors with an open-concept design that creates a social, inviting space.


At the Richmond Street and Strachan Avenue development, located between King and Queen streets west of downtown, Kelly Fast, director of interior design at Core Architects designed the model suite to feel supremely modern yet undeniably comfortable.


Clean lines and high-end finishes create a striking look that Fast modelled on the overall modern architectural cues present in the exterior of the building. She also went for open-concept living spaces throughout the suite to maintain a sense of clean, uncluttered style that is the hallmark of modern design.


“The main difference between traditional planning and modern planning is that open concept — there’s nowhere to hide anything and the space is devoid of clutter. There wasn’t a lot of desire to add a lot of accessories to confuse the space,” Fast said.


Furniture was kept simple and carefully chosen to scale to maximize the largeness of the space yet without compromising on creature comforts: While many designers these days chicken out from using large dining tables in more compact spaces, Fast stuck with a full eight-seat dining table in the dining room to keep things practical.


“We needed to put in pieces that would work for people in real life. We didn’t scale back,” Fast said.


In the kitchen, Fast maintained the open-concept feel but added plenty of storage with walnut cabinetry matched to man-made quartz stone countertops. Attached to the open-concept living and dining rooms, the whole area morphs into a focal point for entertaining guests.


“The kitchen is open and very close to the living and dining areas. We really looked at it as the ideal entertaining area — you want to be able to sit and have a glass of wine with someone as they make dinner,” Fast said.


The master bedroom maintains the simplicity of the rest of the suite while veering away from minimalism with the inclusion of a traditional, upholstered bed.


“The real inspiration in that room is the natural light. I wanted to keep things bright and clean and open. We did an upholstered bed to show that modern doesn’t have to be uncomfortable,” Fast said.

 
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