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April 21, 2011

The distinctive and refined interiors at 68 Main Street, a six-storey, 143-unit condominium in the resurgent Markham Village, were conceived and appointed by Flora Di Menna, of Flora Di Menna Designs. We recently caught up with her and she gave us the scoop on her vision and some of the notable aspects of the project’s aesthetic.

Immediately evident when experiencing the model suite is the distinctive colour scheme, designed, said Ms. Di Menna to play with the available space. “The fresh, pale palette of cream, and tawny camel and beige, both tones that are warm but light to help expand the space,” said Di Menna, “and the wood elements – kitchen cabinets, the round dining table – are in a mid tone range to complement.”

Keeping it simple, too was a goal at 68 Main Street – and that, said Ms. Di Menna, “goes for profiles on the kitchen cabinets, as well as the furniture plan.”

Said Ms. Di Menna:

“In the living area, a sofa, chair and coffee table project tailored lines, and next to these elements sits a round dining table, which seats four without intruding into the space. I chose parsons chairs to go with the table. Without arms they take up less space, and the upholstery makes them very comfortable. I also chose less bulky, shallower sideboards, tucked in to niches at the perimeter to keep them out of the main traffic pattern. Their mirrored fronts reflect light and sparkle. Two of these are all that’s needed to provide tons of additional storage, plus they help better define the area they’re in.”

Here’s a visual taste of what she’s talking about:

The living space in the model suite

The model kitchen

One of our favorite touches in the kitchen is the overhang of the granite island counter which makes space for two comfy-looking upholstered stools. Perfect snacking space, we say! The space itself, explained Ms. Di Menna, “makes the most of the traditional work triangle by being in a U-shape.”

Sierra Building Group, the developers of 68 Main Street, identified the location in the historic but increasingly vibrant Markham Village as a fantastic opportunity, and the project’s way of bridging heritage and modern, said Ms. Di Menna, provided both challenges and inspiration.

“There’s an inevitable tension,” she said, “between the interior and exterior, with the facade and its heritage overtones making a smooth transition between the historic downtown and the interior which is really the latest in everything.”

It clicks!

Intrigued? Check out the 68 Main Street model suite for yourself, located on the west side of Highway 48, north of highway 7 in Markham.

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