As part of our continued commitment to the design community and our collaboration series, LIV Design has joined creative forces with longtime partner and client, Toronto’s Concord Adex, to discuss simple, beautiful ways you can accessorize your home.
LIV has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Concord Adex – a subsidiary of Canada’s largest community builder, Concord Pacific. The Concord Group of Companies can be credited for some of Canada’s largest skyline defining communities and continues to shape residential living across Canada, the US, and now the UK. Innovative design thinking, commitment to sustainable, LEED construction and, most importantly, the cultivation of liveable communities, define Concord’s considered approach to development. Currently, they have a number of large scale master-planned, residential/mixed-use communities underway, in various stages of planning and development.
We’ve worked together on a number of projects over the years in the Greater Toronto Area including Concord’s Toronto Presentation Centre, and the display suites for Concord’s King’s Landing and Omega projects. A key part of designing for Concord Adex is accessorizing and styling the display suites to help visitors better envision how spaces can be used in daily life. It’s our final, finishing touch in the interior design process that brings everything together. The same principles we employ commercially for these design suites and centres, apply to decorating residential spaces as well. Together, we’ve outlined some recommendations for our readers based on our expertise and design aesthetic.
In this article, we are breaking down our best advice product suggestions for accessorizing your:
Personalizing your space is so important. It is a manifestation of who you are and an articulation of what ‘home’ means to you. Both the LIV and the Concord Adex teams have extensive experience designing and building for multi-family residential communities, together we share an unparalleled vision for condo interiors.
So we are teaming up again to share some advice on smaller design elements that we believe will not only personalize and enhance any living space but specifically, more compact ones. Choosing the right accessories and elements must be done thoughtfully to avoid overwhelming the space. Optimally, the elements chosen should not only have inherent aesthetic value but offer functionality too.
We’ve also selected some items from our favourite stores in Vancouver and Toronto to help you accessorize your home – all available for delivery or pick up. We also encourage you to rethink items you have in your home, that may not yet know their aesthetic potential. Upcycling forgotten gems, repurposing lifeless pieces, and even DIY art projects are great ways to refresh your space while minimizing your environmental footprint.
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A table announces the key function of a room. It dictates whether you’ll be eating there, storing your keys, reviewing paperwork, or simply enjoying an afternoon tea break or evening cocktail. By extension, the style of table you choose will be informed by its function.
When accessorizing your table:
Coffee Table Books:
These beautiful books are all available from Vancouver’s Inform Interiors.
Candles & Objets
Once a living room stalwart from the bygone era of Gimlets, Mint Juleps and stiff Old Fashioneds, bar carts are back in favour with designers. Maybe we can blame Mad Men or simply our fascination with sophisticated mixology, but the bar cart or utility cart is once again an elegant and multi-functional piece suitable for any home.
The bar cart essentially serves as open storage for glassware, stemware, decanters and bar accessories sparing space in your kitchen cabinets for other items. In small spaces, bar and utility carts are excellent multi-purpose systems that provide mobile storage. Reference the following tips when deciding on a cart display:
Bar Cart Accessories:
Shelves are essential for most living spaces. They sometimes help define a space but most often are needed to store and display books, mementos, photos and artwork.
We do recommend, however, that you treat your bookshelf as something more than a storage unit and consider the following tips when organizing them.
Also, consider floating shelves or slim picture rails instead of a large bookcase, especially in small spaces. These convey a minimalist aesthetic and offer an alternative surface to showcase your objects, art and photos.
Candles & Objets:
The colour of your walls will imbue the first layer of tone and ambiance to a space. However, it is what you layer next that truly reflects your personality and design aesthetic. Artwork and wall coverings work to strengthen the concept or design direction of a space. For example at Concord Adex’s Omega display suite, Spaces Collective styled our interior designs with earth-toned walls punctuated with artwork that depict nature, boosting an earthy, biophilic aesthetic.
In determining what to do with your walls, remember: