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Editing a Downsize to an Elora Condo

April 13, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Treasured memories find a special place throughout this couple's new condo.

OUR HOMES Wellington County Orangeville Caledon Spring 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Wellington County, Orangeville, Caledon, p.58. Find local businesses in our Wellington directory.
Nothing makes it onto this condo’s walls unless it has a story. Space is too precious. When this retired couple put their name on the list for an Elora Heights condominium by Oxford Green Developments, their children couldn’t fathom how their parents were going to handle downsizing.
 
These homeowners are collectors: collectors of stories, of family heirlooms, of art and of all things that remind them of their wonderful lives – and the lives of their ancestors, too. Whether it’s a painting of the church in which they were married in England, a father’s army medals or art from as far as Sri Lanka to as close to home as the Elora Quarry, nothing is wall-worthy – especially now – unless its provenance is extra special.
 
So how did they edit everything down for their new space? Enter Christopher Craig, Principal of Waterstone Interiors and family friend. “We had to make what wasn’t a physical house feel like a home,” says Craig, who helped the couple design and decorate their beautiful new condo.
 
“They have lots of beautiful antiques, many of which have great stories.” Craig's priority was incorporating many of those fine antiques into a more contemporary loft living space. He says the key question was not just which pieces they could use from their previous home, but how to showcase the items that had sentimemtal value.
 
They decided on a neutral palette. Benjamin Moore’s Classic Grey was used on all walls. Floors on the main floor, (except bedrooms, which are carpeted) are manufactured hardwood by U-Save Wholesale Flooring in a warm hickory. Station Earth Total Home Technologies installed a full audio/video setup in the condo, including a 4K TV in the loft.
 

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