The three C’s: Clean, Crisp, Contemporary
Our client’s vision was crisp, clean and contemporary, minimal and monochromatic with a note of contrast. “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication!” they said. With their vision for the project completely intact from the get-go, we aspired to make their vision a reality.
Interior Designer Heather Segreti, ARIDO
Design Firm Segreti Design Inc.
Project Photographer: Larry Arnal
The first design challenge came early, with an open concept request. We started with a space planning to convert the existing architectural base plan to an open concept and include a much-coveted central circular stair.
The original plan had a very small two-piece powder room located off the kitchen, smack in the centre of the main floor living area. Moving this room to the side entry awarded it more space, 15-foot ceilings, and let the design team incorporate hotel-style amenities. The client was thrilled with this unexpected and grand design solution.
We created a circular stair with a glass railing, meeting all clearance requirements and fulfilling our client’s aesthetic expectations for a minimalist piece using open risers and a floating glass balustrade. This circular staircase would prove to be the focal point of this home.
To push the envelope and add even more drama and elegance, we partnered with a local lighting fabricator to design a light fixture to suspend down the centre of the stair, and reflect into a mirrored ceiling on the second floor. The end result was a symphony of design elements that needed no words.
The main floor kitchen was sleek and contemporary with fully integrated stainless steel appliances. The finishes continued the crisp and minimalist palette, a white linear wood grain to reflect the white-washed “shiplap” wood of a seaside retreat, paired with a soft gray high gloss lacquer to mimic the reflection of water, in contrast to the wood. Counters were a quartzite Cintilante – white on white with an underlying hint of green. We used the same quartzite on the fireplace and backsplash walls in the kitchen.
Our mandate for the second-floor master suite was a hotel style bedroom suite. The cool Miami green was incorporated in a glass wall that divides the master bedroom from the en-suite bath. We positioned a linear fireplace in this glass wall with sight lines to the master tub and vanity wall, connecting the two spaces visually. Our tile selection for the master suite was large format high gloss porcelain with light gray veining paired with custom glass mosaic on the shower feature wall, reminiscent of tiny shells and leaves that you’d find while beachcombing.
Artwork is always the fun part of a white on white palette, the sky was the limit and our client’s input was paramount. We wanted to make an impact in the front entry hall.
Our client wanted to see the beauty of the ocean everywhere their eye landed. To respond to this, we printed a mirage of beautiful turquoise and blue colour on large acrylic panels that flanked the front entry, to bring life and vibrancy to the clean crisp palette.
The main hall fireplace with transparent viewing screen to the family room was the perfect place to land our highly polished and unexpected 48” diameter concave mirror. All these custom art pieces punctuate the overall look for this clean, crisp, contemporary home.
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