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Downsizing done right Sandy and Reid Mason thought the dated Newmarket condo was the wrong move for their retirement years — until designer Patti Wilson gave it a chic, new style by Sue Kanhai | photography by Jim craigmyle
hen Sandy and Reid Mason’s real estate agent showed them a listing in Newmarket last year, the couple, looking to downsize from their family home in Scarborough, was decidedly underwhelmed. Sure, the 18-year-old condo was generously sized at 1,800 square feet, had nine-foot ceilings, two bedrooms and two bathrooms; but the layout was poorly divided, the entire apartment was dusty-rose pink and it had a mammoth home office they had no use for. Now, though, Sandy and Reid are thankful they took their agent’s advice to consider the condo’s potential. Soon after buying the place, the Masons hired Newmarket-based interior designer Patti Wilson, who had a contemporary vision for the condo. The complex houses just 39 units, and Wilson had already transformed one, so they had full confidence in her.
Wilson got rid of the awkward separations between the dining room, kitchen and living area and reconfigured the footprint a little. She divided that needlessly large office in two, turning half the space into an elegant beverage area — complete with coffee centre and wine storage and cooler — just off the kitchen and using the other half to enlarge the adjacent ensuite bathroom. Wilson also designed a spectacular white kitchen that features a striking custom metal range hood made by blacksmith-artist Kyle Thornley of Metal Mind Forge, as well as a porcelain carpet tile backsplash. Originally, the couple had wanted an industrial gas range, but because of venting requirements decided to go with a sleek and super-fast induction cooktop instead. The whole space feels fresh, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Plaster of Paris. The master bedroom is a study in comfort. The soft greys and taupes are muted and serene, the perfect GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 27