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Model of the Week: Touchy Feely

Texture makes for a sophisticated space in The Wimbledon model at The Britt Residences, designed with an established couple in mind. “Someone who lives here would use the space quite a bit for entertaining,” says designer Sarah Tremblay. “It would be for someone who travels a lot, sees a lot of design and architecture, and has very discerning taste.” She kept the palette throughout the 1,111-square-foot suite neutral, focusing instead on the textural elements, juxtaposing leather wall panels, silk rugs and concrete-based table lamps for plenty to touch. There’s tonal contrast too, with dark finishes paired with lighter furniture. “It’s a very high-contrast space,” says Ms. Tremblay, from the design firm Munge Leung. Suites at The Britt, by Lanterra Developments, range from 339 to 1,190 square feet and are priced from $275,900 to $1,137,900. The sales office is at 955 Bay St., Toronto, and open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-926-1669 or visit

1. As the dining table, which features an oval glass top and silver base, is the centrepiece of the kitchen area, these stools were chosen to remain under the radar. The dark brown leather stools match the cabinetry and the brown flecks in the granite countertops.

2. “The granite is quite beautiful,” Ms. Tremblay says of the counters, where flecks of black and brown stand out against a cream background. They were the inspiration for both the dark brown Shaker-style cabinetry and the black glass-faced accent cabinets she used throughout the kitchen.

3. Extending from the kitchen into the living room, this accent wall features dark brown leather panels that introduce more texture to the space and extend the colour from the kitchen cabinetry. “We wanted to create a focal point on that wall, besides the TV,” the designer says.

4. Ms. Tremblay aimed to create contrast, and this media unit from Avenue Road does so in more ways than one. The lime-washed oak contrasts with the blackened-steel doors, while the design itself contrasts with the polished suite around it. “It has a slightly industrial feel,” she says.

5. “While it’s a classic space with a clean colour palette, if we hadn’t put something contrasting in it, to pop, it would have been boring,” the designer says. And this camel-toned swivel chair from Interior Elements is anything but boring, adding a punch of colour to the space.

6. “Sophisticated whimsy,” is how Ms. Tremblay describes this coffee table from South Hill Home, which features a glass top with a base designed to resemble silver branches. “This is the one piece that really jumps out,” she says. “It’s almost like jewellery in the space.”

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