How do you make a new condo feel like it has a past? That was the challenge designer Michael Angus accepted when antique collector Catherine Hanson enlisted him to turn her standard white-box condo into an elegant, lived-in home. To start, Michael took everything out — the cheap floors, big-box kitchen cabinets and flimsy doors — and installed dark, hand-scraped hardwood floors throughout, handsome mouldings, panelled doors and ripple-fold drapery that blends seamlessly with the walls and ceiling.
With an uninterrupted view of the lake and a terrace for gardening, Catherine doesn’t feel at all confined by the limited square footage. “When my friends and family came over pre-renovation, they all said it was too small,” says Catherine. “But once the chandeliers, large mirrors and crown mouldings were in, it felt bigger. You need to treat small spaces like they’re grand.”
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