The National Post
Some suite designers try to appeal to everyone. Jeff Schnitter did exactly the opposite. In the two-bedroom-plus-den model at The Carlaw, he designed specifically for one person: a made-up man named Edwin. “We created a character whose life would reflect the potential buyer moving into The Carlaw,” says Mr. Schnitter, principal with Seven Haus Design. “Edwin is a thirtysomething architect and he has an incredible passion for travel, history and design.” And so the 761-square-foot unit’s masculine furniture, “sleek, refined” kitchen and sometimes-unconventional art were all chosen with Edwin in mind. “The suite has a very crafted, warm feeling,” Mr. Schnitter says. Suites and townhouses at The Carlaw — by Streetcar Developments — range from 460 to 1,561 sq. ft. and $244,900 to $679,900. The sales office is located at 345 Carlaw Ave., Toronto and is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 416-690-8588 or visit thecarlaw.ca.
- Look up! The design team added personality above eye level with this seven-foot mobile from Upcountry. It “has a different appearance depending on how you move it around,” Mr. Schnitter says. The breakfast bar’s light fixture made of pop bottles also catch the eye.
- “They’re a crafted vintage style,” Mr. Schnitter says of the grey flannel sofa and brown leather lounger, purchased from Design Republic and G.H. Johnson’s Trading Company respectively. They’re “very masculine,” and together play on the colours in the area rug.
- “I love the floors,” Mr. Schnitter says. What’s not to love? The engineered smoke-grey hardwood features whitewashed veining that adds character to the space. The grey is picked up in the walls and the CaesarStone backsplash and countertops in the kitchen.
- The horizontal wood grain of the blond cabinetry have a distinctive vibe. For full effect, Mr. Schnitter integrated the fridge to keep it hidden and used high-gloss metallic grey uppers for dramatic contrast.
- An old bike, spray-painted white, becomes three-dimensional art against a bold blue wall that makes it pop. “It’s fun to make art out of things that aren’t necessarily made to be art,” Mr. Schnitter says of this guest-bedroom focal point.
- While a second suite onsite was designed with a female character in mind, this unit was unabashedly made for a man, hence the black tufted leather bed from Structube, and the blue-and-white pinstripe bedding.