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A neutral palette and style in The Craftsman’s Clarkson model lets the space appeal to everyone

Lisa Van de Ven | National Post Homes | Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wide hallways give a sense of space, while extensive windows introduce natural light in The Clarkson model suite at The Craftsman Condominium Residences in Mississauga. Designed with local downsizers in mind, the 1,097-square-foot unit is soft and transitional, says interior designer Kelly Cray. “We wanted to really design a space that was approachable on many levels – nothing that was too feminine or too masculine, but something that was neutral,” says the principal with Union31. Warm walnut and cool metals accentuate the space, while built-in shelving wraps around to create storage and display throughout. “We kept it fresh and light, and then we added some darker elements for contrast,” he adds. Suites at The Craftsman, by VANDYK group of companies, range from 602 to 1,750 square feet and from the low $300,000s to over $1-million. The sales office is at 1601 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga and opens Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m. Call 905-823-4044 or visit craftsmandcondo.com

1 “It’s got a bit of a Decco flavour,” Mr. Cray says of this polished chrome bar cart beside the kitchen island, which adds a touch of glam while complementing the stainless steel appliances. Sourced from Restoration Hardware, the cart is mobile too – making it perfect for entertaining.

2 Three kitchen stools carry through the chrome of the bar cart, but here with black leather seats and a more architectural feel. They’re paired with glass cylindrical pendant light fixtures above, with dark bronze accents “to pull in the dark elements of the suite,” Mr. Cray says.

3 “You can make a statement with hardware,” the designer says, and he did just that with the chunky stainless steel pulls on the white and walnut-toned laminate cabinetry. Those are paired with white quartz countertops and a back-painted glass subway-style backsplash in a grey-taupe tone.

4 Forget a traditional matching dining set. Mr. Cray opted for this contemporary black-glass table from Casalife and surrounded it with wood-framed chairs featuring light upholstery. Purchased from Urban Mode, the chairs “have a bit of a Scandinavian feel,” Mr. Cray adds.

5 “We gave it a knife edge, so it looks paper thin,” the designer says of the marble top on this coffee table, custom made by CB Marble Craft. It was paired with a chrome base from Casalife, and complements the light contemporary area rug from Elte.

6 “There are going to be a lot of different personalities coming here,” Mr. Cray acknowledges. To appeal to all of them, he mixed the unit’s more contemporary elements with classic pieces like these two curvy custom chairs. “The idea was to really provide a soft, approachable design.”

We kept it fresh and light, and then we added some darker elements for contrast