Spaceman accessories. Futuristic furniture. Lamps and light fixtures that make a statement. There’s a whole lot to look at in the model suite for Xpression Condos in Richmond Hill, and that’s exactly what designer Tania Richardson was striving for. “We wanted to push boundaries,” says the principal partner with Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting. While the 888-square-foot space was designed to be dramatic, it’s also whimsical: Humorous accessories and playful furniture pieces keep the suite from seeming too serious. “We went for something fresh and new, because that’s what buyers are looking for,” she says. Suites at Xpression, by Zancor Homes, range from 491 to 1,174 sq. ft. and from the $ 200,000s to the $ 500,000s. The sales office is located at 9471 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, and is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 905-237-7810 or visit xpressioncondos.com.
1. Showing purchasers something different on the floor, Ms. Richardson eschews “safe wood tones,” opting for white hardwood. It lightens the space, carrying through to connect the living room with an open nook the designer converted into a home office.
2. A one-of-a-kind oatmeal-toned custom sofa incorporates a back of varying heights to open up views to the windows. “It’s visually interesting,” the designer says. The curved design also hugs the corner to maximize the space.
3. A crackpot design to be sure. “We wanted to have fun,” Ms. Richardson explains of the lacquered coffee table. Cut at a 45-degree angle, the inside is painted burnt red to pop against the cream exterior. “[The suite is all] about layering different textures and materials,” the designer says.
4. The bubble chair may look like something straight from the future, but it was actually chosen for its soft, natural shape. “What we did is instead of using hard rectangular lines, we brought in these organic shapes,” Ms. Richardson says. “There’s a lot of rounded softness here.”
5. Shelving was created between a structural column and a wall to showcase accessories, such as this cheeky row of spacemen. “That’s just for the smile factor,” the designer says. An otherwordly lamp on the cantilevered desk also makes a strong statement.
6. “It’s dramatic, it’s edgy, yet it reflects light to create a sense of volume,” the designer says of the office wall, finished in charcoal mirror. A series of six moon photos are mounted on top, while nearby, Ms. Richardson’s etchings of the constellations are an artful touch.