Finishing Details

As this project in downtown Toronto comes to a close, we want to talk about the simple elements and accessories that we believe make the space truly unique and extravagant.

We chose to have all gold fixtures and hardware in the master suite to stand out and act as the bathroom jewelry against the almost monochromatic tile and vanity. All fixtures were custom made by Rubinet – they have so many finish options and and a great reputation for being good quality. The handle profile we went with is a modern cross lever, paired with a rounded arched neck. The look of these fixtures is really simple and contemporary. Even the toilet paper holder is gold!

Throughout the entire house we chose to update all of the main level potlights and added the same ones to the second level as well. All LED Halo lights in a cool tone to brighten up this older home. However, we did add one feature wall sconce between the two vanity mirrors. This antique was found during the reno and immediately became one of our biggest inspiration pieces for this design.

In the shower we did a herringbone pattern with the 2″ x 12″ marble tile in a honed finish. If you want this look for a cheaper price, ask your supplier to cut a 12″x12″ tile into 6 pieces. These skinny tiles are extremely fragile, so make sure to order more than required! This tile was the accent strip for the tile north wall and floor. We were able to use a linear shower grate at one side so this tile was usable on the floor, instead of having a slope on all sides with a centered drain. The main tile is a 12″x24″ porcelain tile to look like carrara marble – at a fraction of the cost.

Downstairs in the living and dining area, we have all white walls with black accents. By adding windows on either side of the original arch it makes the two spaces feel more connected and open. These matte black frame windows were custom made and designed by yours truly.

Because we were having these windows custom made, we asked the manufacturer to also make a few accent pieces like this fire log holder and towel rack in the same matte black metal. We absolutely love the way the warm tones of the wood tie in with the fireplace mantel and original doors. The same metal is repeated for the master bathroom shower and water closet enclosures.

 

Glamorous Condo

Our client is the owner of a PR company in downtown Toronto. She wanted to create a space that was sophisticated and inviting, but definitely with a feminine touch. We had a good budget to work with, but we tried not to go overboard in order to get the biggest impact.

    

The condo itself had great bones to work with. It has a good size, open concept living area and master suite. Hardwood floors throughout and lots of natural light gave it huge potential to be beautiful.

 

The key with condo living, is to maximize every piece that you put in to make sure every piece is also functional. When renovating a small space, it is important to use every square inch that you have available. Storage was huge for our client. Woman have a lot of clothes, and Cheryl was no exception. We displayed some of her favourite fashion finds, but also gave her more storage in her new TV console, and open shelving. The backdrop for the open shelves is a subtle marble wallpaper on one wall as a competing element with the large windows both other walls.

 

Sometimes condo-sized furniture actually makes a small space look smaller, so we chose a full size, slightly curved couch from Elte, in a grey lilac velour. We paired a smaller marble coffee table with a Mongolian fur stool to coincide with the scale of the couch, but also has the option of more seating.

 

The bedroom is one of our favourite girly, textural, and glamorous spaces that we have designed so far. We have a gold bed frame that has clean modern lines, with a lower headboard to not draw attention to the lower ceilings. Having a queen sized bed allowed for two large night stands that don’t necessarily match, but have equal presence. The custom made neon sign and framed photograph from House Eleven, accompanied with the white brick wallpaper tone down the femininity to give a more urban feel.

Spaces by Jacflash was very fortunate to have this project displayed on West Elm Toronto’s Instagram! Check it out here >> West Elm Instagram

 

Spaces by Jacflash in Toronto Life

When Jasmeet Singh, a.k.a. the Brampton-bred YouTube sensation Jus Reign, moved into a downtown rental condo earlier this year, he didn’t know quite what to do with the place. After living there for a few months with only a sectional sofa, dining room table and bedroom set, he decided to enlist his friend, designer Jaclyn Genovese, of Spaces by Jacflash, to transform the space into a cozy paradise.

He was headed away on a two-week work trip to L.A., and he wanted the apartment to feel like home by the time he returned. His parents always had lots of plants around the house when he was growing up, so he asked Genovese to put together an interior with a lush, tropical vibe. He dubbed the space “the Reignforest,” and the name stuck.

The condo already had a new kitchen and sleek walnut floors. Genovese added outdoorsy touches and a greener colour palette. She installed natural-looking pendant light fixtures, added bamboo and jute furniture pieces and designed custom teak partitions. She also filled every corner with tropical houseplants, including banana trees, palm fronds propped up in vases and a faux-living wall above the bathroom’s soaker tub. The end result has warmth and personality worthy of its comedian tenant. “It’s still classy and timeless, despite the fun concept,” says Genovese.

Most of the furniture was either vintage, or sourced from West Elm or CB2. When he returned from the west coast, Singh was pleasantly surprised to find that the interior feels super-spacious, even though Genovese added a bunch of stuff:

In the living room, Genovese added some colourful throw cushions, a bamboo chair and a rattan-and-marble Hettler Tüllmann coffee table:

The eating and living areas are divided by a set of teak slats, designed by Genovese. She covered the fireplace wall in concrete-style wallpaper, to give the space a more industrial feel:

The bedroom has a jute carpet. Genovese installed the wooden ceiling beams during the redesign:

This antique dresser was another new addition:

The custom TV console in the living room is filled with family memorabilia and antiques:

Here’s the bathroom, with the plant wall above the tub, and a stool made to look like a tree stump:

And here’s the tenant pondering the meaning of life in his new kitchen:

 

We are so excited to have one of Spaces by Jacflash’s designs be featured in one of Toronto’s most recognized magazines. To see the full article, click here:

Inside YouTube star Jus Reign’s jungle-themed downtown condo

Jus Reign’s ‘Reignforest’ Reveal by Spaces by Jacflash

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Spaces by jacflash is super excited to reveal youtuber Jus Reign’s Downtown Toronto condo! The theme that Jus Reign requested was “Reign Forest”, so we pulled some of his existing furniture with new pieces, adding organic textures, endless plants and warmer tones throughout the space.

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The problem that a lot of condo residents are facing is trying to make a cookie cutter condo feel like home. We addressed this issue by creating a completely custom and unique space for Jus Reign’s “reignforest” condo.

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To avoid being too thematic with the reignforest vibe, Spaces by Jacflash chose a natural colour palette with organic textures.

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To brighten up an otherwise boring hallway, we added a green vinyl, to introduce the theme to the rest of the space.

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Typically condos come with standard, flush mount lighting, so we’ve swapped out those lights with a matte black pendant and a great alternative to pot lights.

The kitchen was already beautiful, but to add extra seating we added two stools on the island and a rope light pendant above the sink.

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This affordable mid century modern sideboard is perfect for entertaining and storage.

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Jus Reign wanted to use his existing dining room set, so to tie it all together we added a glass globe chandelier pendant.

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A huge existing feature in this condo is the centred fireplace. To showcase this feature, we’ve installed a concrete wallpaper and wood slat barrier wall.

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Again in the living room, he wanted to keep his existing sectional. The main changes we made to this room was with the use of fabric in the throws, pillows and rug. In addition, the coffee table and side tables allow for easy entertaining.

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This feature wall is an affordable, but showcasing TV console.

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It’s amazing what a different textiles make.  White, crisp bedding, a natural coloured jute rug, and hanging sconces, frame the existing furniture. You would not be able to tell you were in a condo by looking at these faux wood beams!

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All this bathroom needed was a few accent pieces. The wood side table and large faux plant wall create a lush oasis.

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Working with Jus Reign was obviously beyond entertaining and we loved everything about this project- the beautiful condo, his unique theme, the freedom he gave us to design and of course, his enthusiasm with not only the process but the final outcome!

Spaces by Jacflash Master Suite

The most dramatic change for this home is on the second floor. It made this project extend from 6 days to 6 weeks. The homeowner has always wanted a large master suite, as there was no shower in the tiny master bathroom on the second floor. To get ready they had to go up to their third floor to shower every morning so a bathroom renovation was always on their to-do list. After we heard their intentions, we had a plumber come in to give us an opinion on whether or not our first floor design would be affected with the second floor renovation. The plumber then told us that if the owner one day wanted to reno their second floor and create a larger master bathroom, that the main floor would be greatly affected, as he would have to add a large bulkhead on two walls on the living room. With this being said, all of our beautiful panels and mouldings downstairs would have to be removed, so we decided to start the second floor design and demo right away!

Spaces by Jacflash took on the challenge of completely changing the layout, design, and systems of the second floor of a typical Toronto semi-detached. Originally with small outdated bathrooms and little to no closets, we are creating an extravagant master suite – stocked with a 4 piece bathroom, huge walk-in closet and all the modern conveniences you could imagine.

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Strangely, this level was already kind of open concept. Instead of the bedrooms usually being separated in multiple small spaces, it was one large room that the owners used for a seating area and master bedroom. On the other end there was an office space that led out to a patio, which they used as a closet.

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The trickiest part of designing the layout for this bathroom was to not waste any space, but also not let it feel cluttered and cramped. After many meetings and changes, we finally landed on a layout that the home owners love.

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Keeping the layout symmetrical and balanced will allow continuous fluidity. We changed the bedroom into the back room to give the master access to the back patio and the morning light. The closet will then be at the front of the house, but can easily be converted into a spacious bedroom if needed.

Going from a tiny bathroom of 5′ x 4′ with no shower, to a 14′ x 8′ 4 piece, means that we had to relocate the plumbing stack. This was a bit of a headache but was resolved with a bit of creativity to hide a bulk head downstairs (see last post*).

We took a lot of inspiration from these pictures –

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We will be using a similar medium grey marble in a custom herringbone pattern, with a honed finished as a waterfall affect ‘strip’ in the shower. It will be accompanied by a Carrara marble porcelain on the entire north wall. Mixing high end marble with inexpensive tile creates a really expensive look without the big ticket price.

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We love the dark matte black accents on the glass and fixtures against the white walls and vanity. We are going to use this idea for our shower and enclosed water closet, as well as a few custom features.

Make sure you go over the fixtures you would like to order with your plumber before you make your purchase! Some faucets/shower heads may look nice but may also have the wrong valves for your pipes or for the layout.

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Here are the final elevations, showing the placement and final finishes for everything in the bathroom. To emphasize the symmetry of the plan, we also brought that into the bathroom with the two glass enclosures on either side of the vanity, and also a full mirror covering the south wall to reflect the symmetrical north wall. Incorporating high contrast finishes with a bit of sparkle will also create balance between masculinity and elegance.

The custom vanity is 7′ long, which offers a ton of storage under the sinks. It is locally designed by a really helpful manufacturer. The high gloss white finish will be a nice contrast of material between the shiny gold, matte black, and honed grey marble.

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Things are coming along, we just finished the framing stage. We can finally see what the space feels like with the new layout.. this bathroom is going to be big!

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This week we are finalizing all of the electrical, HVAC and plumbing to have the first building inspection completed by the end of the week. After this stage is done, we can go ahead with the insulation, installing the new windows, and drywall/taping.