Downsizing can be daunting to say the least, but when you enlist the help of designer Jamie Deck of Shift Interiors who is known for creating multi-functional soothing spaces – you know you are in good hands. And that is exactly what this Vancouver couple did. Jamie designed a smart open floor concept in a palette of calming grays, and then infused her affinity for modern lines and organic textures making for a chic inviting condo.
Says Jamie, “It was an empty shell when I first started. My clients were downsizing from a 3,000 square foot home to this 1,000 square foot condo. and they were worried about how they were going to fit all of their stuff and their large dog.” Jamie’s solution? To create practical, functional spaces and incorporate savvy space-saving storage with custom built-ins making this downsize a lot easier on her clients.
“People are often worried about color blocking or adding a dark color to their walls because they think it’s going to enclose their space. It doesn’t! If it is done properly it reflects the light and creates beautiful contrast.”
Originally the storage closet, this area was completely transformed into their dining space open to the stunning views of Vancouver. Housing a built-in bench with underneath storage, a hidden wine rack and USB ports, the clients are able to use this space for both work and pleasure.
The sleek, modern custom cabinetry wall built by Arne Bickle of fullbore design makes a statement while providing hidden storage housing an air conditioner, bar (in the wood paneled area), and an entryway closet.
Included in their services, Shift Interiors put together a custom artist package for their clients including this beautiful painting by Karine Léger.
Jamie featured her clients’ love for plants by displaying them in these unique ceramic and leather wall planters made by Light + Ladder.
Jamie created a sophisticated hotel-room feel for this bedroom with sumptuous textiles.
Shift interiors custom built the desk and above storage which houses the bedroom air conditioner.
The black wall in this bedroom creates a beautiful contrast to the cream colored upholstered bed frame adding some drama to this space.
Custom collage piece by artist Glenn Fischer.
Jamie’s advice for creating a similar space?
“It’s all about keeping it simple and using repetition. Choose a monochromatic base palette and add organic materials like wood floors, plants, and textiles to make a modern space not seem cold. If you are hesitating, less is always more”
Jamie was able to apply her less is more approach while creating a dynamic space through her use of color blocking, natural textures, custom furnishings and artwork. The result? A Zen condo that oozes style and sophistication.