Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen is a very busy woman. As the writer of her own blog, style-maker, and Toronto interior designer, her days are hectic and long. So when designing her small condo, she focused on creating a sanctuary; a pretty place to relax and unwind. Like most of us, she was also working within a tight budget and had to be creative in her design decisions. She refurbished family hand-me-downs and refinished vintage finds to fashion a home filled with unique elements and brimming with her personality.
Her condo is also her laboratory, a place where she experiments with new ideas. Says Jacquelyn, “Our living room has been a work in progress since the moment we moved in. Right now I’m pretty majorly into a blush and navy combination, which I’ve used sparingly throughout our space.”
The overall feel of the condo is restful but it is also punctuated with several bold punches of color that add interest and a hint of glamour.
Jacquelyn’s living room does double-duty as a serene retreat and hard-working office space. Effectively blending these two disparate functions required a detailed eye, thoughtful space planning and a focus on beauty in all of her design decisions. The white cube bookcase creates a separation between the spaces, while also providing storage and the perfect place to show-off two delicate lamps.
“Though it would have been a dream to wallpaper the little bump-out in the wall with something fabulous, our budget dictated that simple, painted, bold stripes were in order. In addition to creating some interest in a more or less typical condo, it allowed us to define the office area, which is really just a little corner in our open floor plan.”
The bookshelf was inspired by a find on Etsy. Jacquelyn’s boyfriend took on the task of building it himself with pipes and pipe fittings. “It is, by far, the most talked about piece in our place. And I love that it gives our fairly girly condo a bit of a rough edge.”
“When designing on a budget, it’s important to keep the large (more expensive) pieces neutral, and infuse colour through toss cushions, vases, tchotchkes and the like.”
“My favourite piece in this room is, hands down, our vintage cart-turned-coffee-table. We found it, unfinished and missing a few boards, tucked in the back of a vintage shop. It adds much-needed character, warmth and interest to an otherwise fairly crisp space.”
Throughout her home, Jacquelyn emphasizes creature comforts. “Oversized floor cushions pull double duty when we have extra guests over, you’ll find candles pretty much everywhere, and a basket filled with blankets is never more than an arms length away.”
Jacquelyn’s use of eclectic finishing touches add character and whimsy.
This large mirror is a balancing focal point to the office wall finish and brings a sense of expansive space to the small condo.
“In addition to being able to switch out small details (that seriously make our space feel brand new when I have design ADD), it was really important for me to ensure our space is totally usable, and beyond comfortable.”
A sisal rug and large pendant light help define the dining space.“The massive chest in the corner was actually my grandmother’s way back when, and holds everything from our linens and towels to our liquor to our collection of vases and bottles and then some!”
Artwork of varying styles and different mediums are unified by color and framing.
Jacquelyn’s bedroom has been through several design updates and she loves the current feel, “It’s calm, serene, and makes for the most wonderful night’s sleep.”
I find it funny that one’s bedroom is often the very last place to receive some love. Whereas, if you ask me, it should be the first. Your sanctuary. Your respite from the rest of the world. So that was the goal here, and I do believe said mission was accomplished. Jacquelyn Clark
Rather than using typical curtain rods, Jacquelyn’s boyfriend used the same pipes that created the bookshelves. It’s an unexpected touch and helps create a cohesive feel throughout the condo.
I think you’ll agree that Jacquelyn’s boundless innovation and ingenuity create a beautiful and functional home that generates plenty of great decorating ideas.