When interior designer Kimberley Seldon downsized from a five-bedroom house to a two-bedroom condo, she gladly compromised on space - but not on style
Planning is everything
Planning is everything. That's never more true than in the case of downsizing, says Chatelaine interior design expert Kimberley Seldon, who learned that first-hand when she and her husband traded in their five-bedroom home for a compact two-bedroom condo. Buying from floor plans, they could see their new small place had everything they wanted - except storage. So Kimberley got down to business, organizing every nook and cranny to maximize space.
First design challenge: the kitchen. "When it comes to entertaining, we usually have hors d'oeuvres or do takeout," she says. "There's so much great food in the neighbourhood. I knew this wouldn't be a kitchen. I'd spend a lot of time cooking in." So she adjusted the floor plan accordingly: Instead of large, space-hogging appliances, she tucked bare necessities like the cooktop, oven, fridge and coffee maker behind louvred doors and opted for a small sink. The trick opened up enough space to fit a multi-purpose island turned dining table (complete with ample storage) into the main living area.
She then installed built-ins in almost every other room. "I use them as my guidelines for when it's time to purge. Once they're full, they're full," she says. The condo is now a model of brilliantly thought-out efficiency. With sleek dark walls to play up the expansive view, it's dramatic yet friendly and cozy. Perfect for a charismatic personality like Kimberley's!
Pick up some tips for decorating the living room of a small apartment in this interior design video from Howcast.
Date 13-07-09, Duration 1:19, Views 25231
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