Learn why downsizing to a condo doesn't always mean sacrificing space. Tour the spacious penthouse of Elte owners Renee and Ken Metrick. Designed by Brian Gluckstein, the 5,500-square-foot home boasts modern floor-to-ceiling windows balanced by traditional elements and classic furniture. Tour through a luxurious principal suite, complete with a TV den, his and hers walk-in closets, inviting fireplace area and spa-like bathroom. Draw inspiration from the calming neutral colour scheme, timeless materials and flowing layout. Finally, Allyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell from Toronto's Bobbette & Belle bakery share their tips on how to decorate cookies for the winter season.
Interior design, Brian Gluckstein, principal, Stephen Wagg, design director, Gluckstein Design Planning, Toronto (416) 928-2067 or visit Glucksteindesign.com.
Bedroom: Sleigh bed in aubergine finish, table lamps, side tables, bench, Matteo collection bedding, bronze figure table, Elte; Tree XIX and Tree XVII (2001-2002) from the Walden Pond Revisited series by Thaddeus Holownia (digital photographic enlargements), Corkin Shopland Gallery.
Bathroom: Waterworks Empire freestanding tub, Ginger's Bath Centre, Toronto (416) 787-1787, 1-888-444-3292 or visit Gingersbath.com; Opus washstand with marble vanity, Opus double-glass tube-shaped sconces, Waterworks tiles, Waterworks Aero faucet, Ginger's Bath Centre, as above.