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When long time clients approached us to renovate the bathroom in their Mount Royal condo, we jumped at the chance.  The layout of the bathroom is very unique in that it is three distinct but connected spaces. His and her vanity spaces are separated by the tub/shower enclosure, his side can be closed off with a pocket door, hers with a swinging door.  Her side also serves as the guest powder room and can be accessed from the hall.  Additionally, his side is  the ensuite and can be accessed from the master bedroom.  Confused yet? Here is the blueprint for the room:

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Let’s take a look at this lovely “loo for two”!

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Using walnut for the custom vanity on “His” side creates a definite masculine vibe.  The floating cabinet is underlit giving the space a touch of drama.  Adding to the masculine feel is a 3″ thick mitred counter in Calcutta Gold Marble.

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“Her” side is truly stunning.  We had the custom vanity lacquered in white for a more feminine feeling and chose a delicate Ogee counter edge profile to add softness.  As this side of the room also serves as her make-up vanity, we were very selective in lighting fixtures that were not only pretty (the vintage lotus flower fixture is gorgeous!) but provided light that was bright and even enough to apply make-up.  The top piece of millwork built into the vanity is a custom jewellery box designed specifically for our client’s collection.

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The brass plumbing fixtures tie in beautifully with the gold accents of the vanities.  The custom marble tile mosaic by New Revenna is a jaw-dropper and serves as a striking art piece for the whole space.

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The end result is a gorgeous, tranquil space that both she and he can luxuriate in without compromising their own personal taste.

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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It is said that people love having lots of choice but hate to choose,  This can ring especially true when shopping for tiles for your new build or reno.  It quickly becomes apparent that the options are seemingly endless. Thousands of colours, shapes, and sizes crowd showrooms, making the task of selecting your favourite overwhelming to say the least.

This overabundance of choice is why we rely on the “little black dress” of tiles – the hexagon.  Classic and elegant, the “hex ” tile is available in so many different sizes, colours and textures, it’s no wonder it is one of our favourites.

This week on the blog, we take a peek at some projects in which we used hex tile – sometimes in a very classic way and sometimes with an innovative twist.

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Principal Designer Reena and Senior Designer Alanna check out the newly installed hex floor tile in the mudroom at the Maillot Show Home in the new Silverhorn neighbourhood in Calgary.  We chose to do a field floor of white oversized hexagon tiles with pops of gray tiles and black grout for contrast (as well as helping to hide stains).  To see more photos from this gorgeous home, search #MaillotShowHome on social media.

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corea-sotropa-interior-design-hex-tile-image-3These shots are from the master bathroom of a home we designed in Sylvan Lake. We chose to tile the entire bathroom floor in beautiful carrara marble hexagon tiles to create a clean and classic look.  White tiles also really help to make a pedi pop!  To see more photos from this project search the hashtag #CSIDSylvanLake.

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LOVE this laundry room floor!  We wanted to add a strong graphic of colour to this space and these cute hex tiles from Daltile proved to be just the thing we need.  This pattern is shown as an inset detail, with surrounding 2” gray square tiles.

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This is the shower floor of a lovely and elegant master bathroom we designed.  We selected this particular marble hex tile for the variations in colour.  A small 1” hex tile was chosen so the pattern didn’t overwhelm the smaller space.  Even the shower drain is dramatic!  To see more photos from this project search the hashtag #CSIDHamptons on social media.

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A shot of the installation  of the mosaic tile going in around the bar at Tommyfield Gastro Pub in Calgary.  We wanted to create a really strong black and white graphic, and hex tiles gave us the ability to zig-zag the pattern.  We’ll drink to that!

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Look kind of familiar?  We loved this detail so much that we re-interpreted it for the laundry room at the new Maillot Show Home in Silverhorn.  This inset floor detail was used to give the laundry room some pop.  We think that creating bold or colourful graphic details in utility spaces can make even the dreary task of laundry a little more cheerful!

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Great behind the scenes shot of a mudroom floor being installed.  The clients were up to a bold choice to liven up the mudroom, and we rose to the challenge!   We chose to create a diagonal strip through the space using alternating black and white 1” hexagon tiles. Stunning!

Styles and fads come and go in interior finishing, just as they do in fashion design.  But as these pictures prove –  you can never go wrong with a little black dress!

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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Downsizing your home does not have to mean foregoing personal taste and treasured objects collected over a lifetime.  This week on the blog, we look at a project that allowed our clients to maintain their most loved furniture and art – despite a massive downsize.

The living room of the home is off the front door foyer and sets the first impression for visitors.  It is intimate and elegant, the perfect space for an evening cocktail party.

aspen-loft-living-room-corea-sotropa-interior-design-image-2 We installed textured grass cloth wall coverings, creating a dramatic and luxurious feel.  A tone-on-tone bamboo silk rug was selected to add a subtle graphic in the space. The arm chair was an existing Switzer chair from the clients’ own collection. We re-imagined the chair with a new paint job and cut velvet leopard print fabric.

The small nook to the left of the fireplace created the perfect spot to showcase a singularly bold dragon root floor lamp.  The base of the lamp was so sculpture-like that we layered it in front of a mirror to showcase it from all sides.

A closer look at this stunner:

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A custom sofa was created with a unique back.  The notched detailing of the sofa creates architectural interest as well as per the clients’ request, allows more natural light into the room.

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The clients’ own stunning tapestry influenced the tone and palette for the room.  The striking black built-ins echo the frame on the tapestry and provides hidden storage.

We were so pleased we were able to incorporate some treasured pieces into the clients’ downsized living room, providing them with a comfortable and elegant entertaining space.

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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