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Ultra Modern living

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A search by a Kingston family for a relatively modern and spacious home led us to Gavia. They immediately liked the look and feel of the community — contemporary architecture, open green spaces and lush vegetation surrounding the community, with modern amenities. The townhouses are aesthetically appealing and designed to reflect clean, geometric lines along with open living spaces, ample windows and sliding glass doors that allow for natural light to enter rooms from multiple angles as well as allowing for multiple outdoor views and almost forging a relationship with nature. “Perfect for our family,” says the homeowner.

In keeping with the look and feel of the community and to complement the architectural design of the townhouse and its accompanying modern amenities and functionality, the couple felt that they needed to hire the services of a professional interior decorator to enable them “to create an ultra-modern and contemporary living space that also felt warm and appealed to the different personalities” of their four-member family. Through their realtor, Remax, they were put on to Eroleen Anderson, who provided the much-needed advice to create a home that is not only ultra-luxe and sophisticated, but comfortable, beautiful and warm — definitely a place in which the family enjoys spending time.

The interior design of this home was quite an extensive job for Anderson. It included, she says, “Buying and conceptualising all new furnishings for all spaces; designing and manufacturing of new window treatments; redoing the kitchen countertops and backsplash. Also expanding the square footage to allow for a newly built powder room and creation of a modern take on a solarium.”

Anderson's favourite spaces are the living and dining rooms. They adhere to her love of white.

“I am in love with all shades of white, which allows me to overlay all my décor pieces,” adds Anderson.

She applauds the homeowners for agreeing to the simple colour palette featuring whites, greys and silver. “They were very open and receptive to the contemporary design.”

The formal living room is anchored by “a low Italian, white linen, oversized sofa with large sectional pieces, that are adjustable for any design or layout,” the designer says. This is complemented by a coffee table with clean mirrored lines and matching side tables. A pair of gorgeous, textured, Brazilian, graphite lounge chairs makes a curvaceous artistic statement. Gold, black and silver abstract provides the perfect art on the wall while an oversize cow hide rug lies underfoot. The designer has leaned an oversize 7ft mirror in one corner “for an element of surprise and also to allow one to see the room through various angles”. Other armchairs, upholstered in fabrics that match the nearby patio seating, provide additional areas to sit for large groups.

The elegance continues in the dining room where a “highly stylised white, organic cloud chandelier floats above the elegant dining table”. The table has an oak base with an “overlay of clear beveled lead crystal”. It is accompanied by ivory linen, upholstered chairs and an extraordinary cowhide herringbone rug.

The designer shares that she enjoys “playing with metal, glass, wood and acrylic transformed into works of art. The background or canvas of the internal walls or space should be as neutral as possible allowing the elements of décor to pop and translate into meaningful art”.

The kitchen countertops were upgrades with the selection of “a leather granite slab”. Watermarked steel times and basket weave acrylic and steel bar stools add much drama in the well-equipped space.

Yet another special space is in the basement, a complete envisioning of the traditional man cave. Here, an elegant home office has been crafted with a relaxing velvet grey sofa and glass cube tables. A variety of patterned throw cushions “adds pizazz. A luxurious wool and silk rug ties in the space and anchors the room”. All the elements here mirror the clean lines and neutrals of the entire home.

There is a surprising blast of colour, however, in seatings, rugs and accessories on the adjacent patio.

The family's eight-year-old daughter wanted red in her bedroom, which Anderson delivered in an accent wall but toned down with what she calls “the elegance of white and black”.

The 14-year-old son's room is blue with “a bit of accent on the walls and a denim theme”. He calls it his “man cave”.

Anderson says her personal style is “international in nature, borrowing from the contemporary flair of Italy and the sensuality of France. Encompassing the simplicity and clean lines of Asian design”.

The master bedroom is la pièce de resistance. The luxury of white combined with pristine soft fabrics and bedding gives the feel of “an oasis in the cloud”.

Modern clean lines in white leather, stainless steel and mirrored glass were the choice for the furniture, a revised version of a French Venetian look.

“The mattress is adjustable for modern-day living,” confides Anderson. Just another small detail adding to the quality of comfort.

The adjacent bathroom is modern yet earthy with its travertine tiles and glass shower and a great deal of storage space in dark cabinetry that is brightened by copious natural light.

There is deliciousness in the details of lighting choices all over and even in minor spaces. The staircase and hallway feature bespoke hand-blown glass pillars with radiating light that is anchored with a stainless steel base. The powder room is illuminated by an Art Deco fixture which drips in glass beads with silver elements. The vanity mirror strategically complements the chandelier as it is lavishly framed with crystals. The result: a sparkling showpiece of a space!

Anderson elaborates, “The spaces I create or design, must rise up and greet the owners with passion, luxury, peace and a feeling of a relaxed mind each and every day.”

Clearly that is the case with these homeowners as they are all enjoying their home and find real comfort in its clean, contemporary style.

 

Reproduced in SO courtesy of HHG Magazine Summer 2017 Issue - Now on stands

Text: Michele Geister

Photography: Denis Valentine