The National Post
Warm and cool collide in Model Suite 610 at Sync Lofts, where concrete and metal meet wood and leather for a look the designer calls Inviting Industrial. “It’s a nice balance,” designer Jessica Helps says. “When you have concrete, you need to add some warmth and you need some texture.” Carbonized bamboo floors with golden undertones, then, are juxtaposed against the concrete ceilings. Accents such as a leather lounger and cowhide area rug create warmth, while chrome kitchen stools and a steel coffee table add to the suite’s industrial ambience.
Meanwhile, nine-foot ceilings and expansive windows help keep the 850-square-foot space feeling open and airy. “We wanted to stage the suite with furniture that really showed how big it is,” says the principal with Seven Haus Design. Suites at the Streetcar Developments site range in size from 850 to 1,319 square feet and in price from $464,900 to $759,900. The sales office is located at 630 Queen St. E., Toronto, open by appointment. Call 416-690-2988 or visit synclofts.com.
- This cowhide area rug does more than just add warmth to the living room – it creates texture and pattern, too, balancing the harder, more industrial elements of the suite. “We used a pretty bold pattern,” Ms. Helps adds. “A bigger space allows for that.”
- Go big is the motto in this unit, and larger items like this coffee table from G.H. Johnson’s Trading Co. are meant to accentuate the suite’s spaciousness. The steel table features exposed bolts and textured sheet metal along the top, adding to the unit’s industrial flavour.
- “It looks like a piece of industrial equipment,” the designer says of this metal side table, also from G.H. Johnson’s, which also plays on the suite’s industrial theme. The crank on the side isn’t just decorative: It moves the tabletop up and down.
- These painted wood nightstands from West Elm add plenty of surface space for reading materials, but also help soften the master bedroom. “Sometimes adding rounded elements, rather than square, sharp elements, creates warmth,” the designer says, so that “everything isn’t so stark and crisp.”
- A European-style low-lying bed from Crate & Barrel accentuates the master bedroom’s high ceilings, making it feel larger. For a clean finish, Ms. Helps added a check-patterned bedspread that combines the dark grey of the bed itself with the crisp white of the pillows.
- “They keep with the suite’s industrial look,” Ms. Helps says of the bedroom accessories – specifically the eye-chart-inspired art and the textured burlap accent pillows. Even the antique car on one of those pillows plays into the unit’s industrial theme.