For Calgary designer Nam Dang-Mitchell, the chance to put her mark on an apartment in the city’s historical Bannerman Block building was impossible to pass up. “I was able to indulge in ideas I’ve wanted to bring to life for some time,” says Nam of the project that Certus Developments, her husband James Mitchell’s company, undertook. A minimalist kitchen with an emphasis on a single killer material — silver limestone with blue-gray veining — was one such idea. Covering virtually every hard surface in the kitchen and bathroom in the same stone creates a cohesive look, and every inch of the slabs has been used.
Nam also had to get creative when she encountered a roadblock needing a design workaround: an imposing load-bearing column that juts awkwardly into the living room. The solution? Building custom banquettes topped with cushions on either side of the support pillar. These sofa stand-ins are deep enough to double as guest beds when the back cushions are removed, leading Nam to observe: “Sometimes, embracing the flaws in a space results in the best solutions.”
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