Indecision drove designer Clare Forndran to dub herself “the worst client” after decorating the one-bedroom condo she shares with her longtime boyfriend, Lucas Fegaras. “I spend my days looking at beautiful things,” says Clare, who works at Ali Budd Interiors in Toronto. “Because of that, I want to take my home in a different direction every five minutes.” One thing Clare never wavered on, however, was living in her Yorkville neighborhood. “I’ll choose location over size any day,” she says of the boutique-lined locale she’s called home for the past decade.
Determination is part of Clare’s decorating DNA. “My coworkers call me ‘the FBI of interior design,’ ” she jokes. “If something exists, you can count on me to find it.” Sleuthing out the best flourishes paid off big time in her 750-square-foot abode. “When you need to move mountains to get your hands on that last critical piece, it makes for a great story,” says Clare. Her biggest (and boldest) decorating move was the black and white scheme, which ensures the entire condo will look chic for years to come.