A Young Family Of 4 Finds Home In A Rustic Contemporary Tandem Condo
September 12, 2018
Catherine Cena into a homey rustic contemporary space. The couple worked with Cathy after seeing how she designed Lester’s cousin’s condo and her portfolio. The lady of the house shares that keeping a corporate job while also raising a toddler got their hands full and their days hectic, so they wanted to have a space that’s homey. She says, “[Lester and I] both work in a corporate setting, and have very hectic work schedules. Weekends are packed with household errands, too. So, we want our home to have a classic, clean look that will last years.” To achieve the look the young family wants, Cathy turned the two units into one 98-sqm tandem condo with 4 bedrooms (including the maid’s room), 2 bathrooms, and 2 balconies. Cathy mixed country elements and elegant contemporary pieces, and incorporated a lot of natural stone elements that add to the rustic vibe of the space. She explains, “The clients really didn’t want anything too cold, modern, or industrial. They really wanted it to be homey, cozy, and a little bit rustic.” Cathy shares that they changed almost everything in the space. She had one of the entrance doors closed off to extend the kitchen space and storage and create a small breakfast bar. The kitchen was made by System One Concept. “This kitchen is actually pretty big for condo standards so the clients were very happy with it,” Cathy shares. Melody, who loves to cook like Lester’s mother, calls the kitchen her “Pinterest kitchen.” The designer also added an open shelving at the six-seater dining area, and more storage throughout the tandem unit. “We put in furniture with lots of storage, but also gave a lot of character to the unit. For example, the beds have drawers built into them, the foot bench in the master bedroom is also a storage piece, and we put in consoles around the unit to serve as additional table or counter space and storage,” shares Cathy. The designer also had the unit’s ceiling dropped. “We dropped the entire ceiling to make room for recessed pin lights. I added some elements like mouldings in the ceiling of the living and dining to add character to the space,” Cathy explains. She also had the flooring changed, particularly in the living area and the bathroom, into new vinyl flooring on top of the existing tiles to make the space feel more homey and cozy. Cathy kept the color scheme of the tandem condo neutral with white and gray walls throughout the unit. Turquoise glass subway tiles in the kitchen, and the unit’s accessories add pops of color to the space. “We told Cathy that we don’t like loud colors, that we want whites and neutrals. We want it to be maaliwalas and peaceful. We want to have a clean look that we can easily accentuate with decors that can add colors,” shares the lady of the house.