Published on August 29, 2019

When Neal and Stephanie Sterjovski moved into their 800-square-foot condo, they were looking to create a space that would make the most sense for their busy, work-from-home lifestyles. This home, located in the greater Toronto area, was filled with natural light, with lots of windows and tall ceilings, but there was still work to be done. Picturing a minimalist aesthetic, the couple set out to personalize the condo with the help of designer Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen. Here, Stephanie shares how they did it.

Start with the foundation

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“The first thing we did when we moved in was replace the existing maple wood floors with light gray laminate planks to illuminate the home.”

Keep the bedroom calm

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“Since my husband and I both work from home, it was important that our bedroom remained clear of any sort of technology and instead acted as a space for us to relax. Keeping the limited square footage in mind, we opted for nightstands with storage. A tufted headboard and an oversize faux-fur throw give the room a little hint of luxury, while the monochromatic color palette feels refined. Above our bed are three photos from our wedding day, which added a nice personal touch.”

When in doubt, choose IKEA

“As a fashion blogger, a spacious closet goes without saying. Designing one that would fuse with my office was a major goal. We went with IKEA’s Pax wardrobe to maximize storage. I opted out of adding doors—it encourages me to be tidier and inspires me when I’m looking to create looks for posts. I wanted to add a hint of blush to the decor for a subtle pop of contrast, so we brought in this great nude chair from West Elm and filtered in florals and delicate planters. For the office area of the closet, we chose a clear desk and plenty of mirrors to create the illusion of more space.”

Update, don’t renovate

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“The kitchen definitely needed a little sprucing up. When we first moved in, there was a mirror backsplash, which seemed to amplify the mess, that resulted from cooking. The original dark brown cabinets and beige floor tiles weren’t exactly ideal either. While we didn’t want to commit to a complete overhaul, we did opt for quick fixes: whitewashing the cabinets and swapping out the appliances. Bringing in a subway tile backsplash did wonders for the space, giving it a chic, cafe-like feel. And we found a peel-and-stick vinyl tile from Home Depot, which came in a light grey color tone, to cover up the existing beige floors.”

Invest in one good tile

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“The bathroom needed the most love. As we only have one, we wanted to make the space extra special, especially since it lacked natural light. We replicated the white subway tile and black grout combo from the kitchen to really open up the space. Jacquelyn had the genius idea of extending the tile out of our shower and onto the statement wall. We then installed a sconce and a round mirror on top. It came out so beautifully.”

The work-from-home life is looking pretty appealing right about now.

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