When a young professional purchased a newly built condo in the coveted Forest Hill neighbourhood at Bathurst and Eglinton two years ago, she enlisted the help of her designer and cousin, Sonya Barbosa of Spaces by Sonya, to furnish her new space.
The owner had never bought furniture before, but knew she wanted quality pieces. Barbosa did a floor plan and designed all of the furniture for the 1,200 sq. ft., two-bedroom-plus-den condo.
“I’m very much about supporting locally made, Canadian pieces – I really believe in that," says Barbosa. For the entrance, Barbosa’s family-owned business, Northern Iron, created a console from walnut and black iron, and placed it behind the sofa to create an entryway. “Upon entering the condo from the front door, you walk right into the living area, so furniture placement was important to create a partial division,” she says.
For the living room, Barbosa designed a media unit made of walnut and made to appear as a built-in. “We painted the front in black for a pop, and did an art-deco feel with that piece,” says Barbosa. For a funky vibe, ottomans upholstered in electric blue sit on a graphic black and white area rug.
To tie the living room to the kitchen, Barbosa had the island stools upholstered in the same fabric as an armchair but added a beautiful leather to the stool seats for durability.
Barbosa designed the dining table with two slanted boxes, covered in a walnut veneer, with a glass top. Custom drapes add softness, while custom black roman shades add dimension to smaller windows.
Lighting goes funky with a globe starburst that lights both the living and dining rooms.