Sometimes a new space can feel…too new. This hip but traditional Minneapolis couple wanted their new condo to have an urban home feel using classic interior home design elements.
Blend a modern condo layout with traditional elements and achieve a timeless home design that suited this happily married couple who were ready for change now that their kids were off to college.
|This Minneapolis couple wanted to get it right the first time, using classic elements like neutral furnishings and adjustable accents for a timeless condo design.|
Brandi's first meeting with this couple established the exact look and feel they wanted for this interior design project—classic, timeless, but with accents of colour that were flexible should they want to change it up down the road. Having everyone agree on the vision makes decisions easier and quicker later on in the design process.
|Deciding on the vision early on means you can select a path of design choices to follow. For example, focusing on traditional interior design with a warm and simple palette led to choices such as adding texture and character to the media room using grass cloth as a wall covering, and selecting warm wood textures for the built-ins to give the room a cozy feel.|
An important step in any design project is incorporating the owner's lifestyle into the space. For example in the master bathroom, the double-vanity mirror masks a built-in TV which the couple can see while soaking in their traditional claw-foot tub.
|The room off the main bath area features a refrigerator, coffee maker, and shower—all the couple needs without ever having to leave the comfort of their master suite.|
The next step was choosing design elements and furnishings that were luxurious as well as practical. From stain-resistant rugs to durable vinyl damask wallpaper, all the choices could handle a lot of wear and tear yet still retain their beauty.
|The warmth of the foyer makes guests feel welcome, and the leaded-glass transoms not only echo home-design elements found in early 20th century homes in Minneapolis, they allow natural light through, guiding guests into the rest of the home.|
Lastly we incorporated colors that set each room apart, yet worked together as a whole. Fixtures and accessories were chosen to immerse the homeowners and their guests in the traditional comfort of a century past.
|The simple, clean lines along with the cooler, complementary colors and tones gave the guest bathroom a refreshing, crisp feel.|
|Brandi retrofit a Bombay chest to accommodate an onyx sink, giving the powder room a centuries-past look and feel. The polish in the twice-coated vanity top perfectly complemented the shine of the chandelier and framed mirror.|