Most of our clients come to us seeking an open concept floor plan, but in this case our client wanted to keep certain areas contained and clearly distinguished in its function. The main floor needed to be transformed into a home office that could welcome clientele yet still feel like a comfortable home during off hours.
The client desired to transform the front porch of this semi-detached house into a mudroom/waiting area for clientele. The front living room needed to function as an office that could be closed off from the rest of the house. There was initially no powder room on the main floor, so it was important to introduce lavatory facilities so that clientele wouldn’t need to venture into the owner’s private living area.
“It all started with the client asking me, ‘how and where to fit a powder room into this space?’” recalls Alona of MAJ|Interiors. Creating a functional floor plan is always the first step to any project but as you start to design the layout one also has to consider the clients lifestyle and ensure the new space meets those needs/desired wish list. Our client is a traveler and collector of art. “He had a very eclectic mix of artwork, mixed media and furniture. It just needed to be better curated so that the space felt pulled.” explains principal designer Alona. We achieved that by establishing a warm neutral colour pallet for the backdrop (structural space) and introducing accents of black and white within furniture/accessories. Even though the furniture is a mix of modern and traditional, the black and white details within each piece complement one another. We continued this design concept throughout the main level, introducing elements like a black custom metal railing and a black and white mini geometric mosaic for the kitchen backsplash.