Ida Cristello and her design team recently finished the Caledonia Towns model home. We’ve had lots of visitors come by for their tours already and whether you’re one of them or you’re considering a visit, we wanted to go through some of the design elements and inspiration behind the model.
Layout & furnishings
The idea was to create a space that anyone could envision themselves living in. We wanted to show the flexibility of the layout and finishes and how they could work for singles, couples, young families, or empty nesters. The space needed to reflect the vibe of the neighbourhood – centrally located and young, but sophisticated as well.
The living/dining area is a favourite for our design team. People end up leaving with the feeling that the space is much bigger then they originally thought. Large windows and 9 foot ceilings make the room feel spacious and light-filled. Carrying the flooring material through from the living and dining rooms into the kitchen means end users can determine their own room dimensions and how they want to use the space.
The light fixture adds a touch of glam while keeping things light and fun with round crystal droplets and an organza drum shade.
One thing we want to stress is that no compromise was made on the scale of the furniture. The couch, entertainment unit, occasional chairs, rugs, beds, and dressers are all full sized. Mirrored and glass surfaces reflect light and keep things feeling airy. This technique is reflected (pun not intended) in the mirrored nightstands in the master bedroom, the glass dining table and coffee table and the full sized mirror in the dining room.
You might be surprised about where some of the furniture and decor elements came from. Ikea, Homesense, Prima
We used laminate flooring from the Torlys Lexington series in Cobblestone Oak. It’s a natural blend of soft brown-grey taupes which allowed us to play off these colours in the furniture and accessories.
Granite counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom are durable and always look great. We chose Grigio Sardo for the kitchen and Nero Impala in the master ensuite.
The kitchen was designed around entertaining. The island is great for pastry preparation and perfect for laying out a spread of charcuterie and cheese boards – a nod to the cultural history of the neighbourhood. For the model home we kept the walls light and bright with Wedding White by ICI Dulux Paints.