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Two Small Condos with Big Style

May 15, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Two Collingwood condos that are small on space but big on style.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.126. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.

These two Collingwood condos are small on space but big on style. One condo-dweller transformed her space into a French art studio. In the second, a couple brings a modern touch to their guest-friendly unit.

Condo 1: French Chic

 
Susan Jones immediately saw the potential of this 1,100 sq. ft. two-bedroom, two-bath condo. She loved the high ceilings and access to the outdoor space. Her vision was to transform it into a French art studio.
 
Jones found her inspiration in a magazine, which she took to Elaine Kettlewell at Kettlewells. Kettlewell refinished both the shutters that hang on either side of the sliding patio doors and the fireplace surround (fireplace from Chantico Fireplace Gallery) to give them a touch of Paris. Custom linen roman blinds are a nod to Provence. 
 
Jones loves to cook and wanted a functional kitchen space to create gourmet meals and treats. Arbour Hill Custom Furniture and Cabinetry created the cabinetry. A backsplash was chosen by Jones from Georgian Design Centre.
 
Every corner of this condo takes you to Paris’s historic Le Marais district – without the plane ride – and that is just what Jones wanted. 

Condo 2: All About Family

 
Special visits from nieces and nephews had Don and Jan DiRocco wanting to maximize every square incho of their Cranberry condo.
 
This two bedroom unit needed space for sleepovers, so with the help of her sister and brother in-law, Ray and Linda Floyd (Real Property Management Inc.), Jan translated what was in her mind – a clean, organized modern space, with a place for everything and everything in its place.
 
They started upstairs, opening up the kitchen, by adding an island and installing white quartz countertops onto new cabinets (South Gate Cabinets Inc.) and new stainless appliances. The next step was to cover the popcorn ceilings with white tongue and groove planks. This was a smart, and in some cases, easier fix than scraping it off. Then everything was painted Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.
 

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