Homeowner Stephen Fillmore proves that downsizing from a large home to a downtown Toronto condo can be a seamless transition. See how he edited down his antiques and traditional furniture into 720-square-feet of modern, functional pieces. Tour his open-concept kitchen and living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, cosy bedroom and small balcony with city views.
Designer Mazen El-Abdallah tours us through a third-floor reno. See how he converted two awkward rooms into one space for lounging and another for guests.
Tired-looking patio? Style expert Reiko Caron demonstrates an easy way to add a custom look to a solid-coloured umbrella with simple stripes in white paint.
Design, Mazen El-Abdallah, Mazen Studio, (416) 676-6820 or Mazenstudio.ca.
Office/guest room: Desk fabrication, Behr Designs, (519) 942-9166; Eames Aluminum Group desk chair, Nelson bubble lamp, Design Within Reach, (416) 977-4003 or Dwr.com; Font clock, Established & Sons, Establishedandsons.com; throws, Avenue Road, (416) 548-7788 or Avenue-road.com; artwork (on desk, left) by Joseph O. Holmes, 20x200, 20x200.com; purple and black artwork (on desk, right), Notation 28 by Akira Yoshikawa, Katzman Kamen Gallery, (416) 504-9515 or Katzmankamengallery.com; Paul Smith upholstery fabric, Maharam, (416) 366-7600 or Maharam.com; bed fabrication, The Big Stuff, (416) 921-0696 or Thebigstuff.ca; Rug Company throw pillows, throws, Avenue Road, as above; Bestlite wall sconces, Design Within Reach, as above; artwork (through doorway), Alison Fleming, Alisonfleming.com; Risom stools, Design Within Reach, (416) 977-4003 or Dwr.com; artwork (left) by John Lennard, Roberts Gallery, (416) 924-8731 or Robertsgallery.net; artwork (bottom right), James Nye, Jamesnye.com; wall colour, Oxford White (CC-30), Benjamin Moore, 1-800-361-5898 or Benjaminmoore.ca.