Touring a show home decorated by a professional interior designer is one of the best ways to experience how a home functions in real life. You’re able to see how furniture fits, how the layout flows, and get inspired with ways to utilize spaces you may not have thought of before. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes and how the interior designer is inspired to create such a welcoming space? We talked to Brookfield Residential Interior Designer, Chloe Leung, to get the inside scoop.
Let’s explore the Savona 2 floor plan and how the show home came to life at Cranston’s Riverstone.
Savona 2 is a thoughtfully designed floor plan that takes advantage of every inch of its 2,396 square feet. With the mudroom directly off the garage, the spacious walk-in pantry, the seamless open concept main floor, and quiet retreats for everyone in the family on the upper level, this home seems to anticipate how your family lives and has a solution for every need. The functionality of the home is beautifully complimented by sophisticated architecture and design. Not only do you have a home that works well, but it looks good while it does.
When designing the interior of Savona 2, Chloe knew it had to be just as impressive as the exterior and took her inspiration from a country known for being a style icon. “My theme for the Savona 2 show home was ‘upscale Italian industrial.’ I was inspired by the ruins of the coliseum and the streets of Italy. The furniture palette throughout the home is a blend of greige and leather – the greige made it feel more transitional but the leather accents are very industrial.”
One of the stunning features in Savona 2 is the open-to-above living room that creates an impressive but inviting space that is perfect for entertaining. With the large floor to ceiling fireplace, Chloe knew this had to be an eye-catching feature by using large format concrete terrazzo looking tile laid in a vertical pattern to draw the eye all the way up and make the fireplace feel even larger.
With an open concept floor plan, the dining area and kitchen had to be equally impressive. “The kitchen is made up of aluminum glass doors for the upper cabinets and I wanted to showcase seeded glass cabinets in this show home. The dark cabinets flanked with large format white tile creates a seamless, almost non-existent backsplash. The kitchen island has small J-gables which is a contemporary take on the thick columns seen in Italy and more traditional kitchens.”
“The large art in the dining room is the other jewelry piece in the home. They are portraits of the Statue of David, but the black and white, enlarged images of his face give the space a slight masculine vibe that contrasts the white polished tile in the kitchen backsplash.” The large sliding doors provide access to a back deck perfect for grilling and relaxing on those hot summer days, while a flex room adjacent to the kitchen can be used however you please.
The upper floor is smartly designed to maximize space. The surprisingly spacious layout includes a large bonus room at the top of the stairs that is surrounded by three bedrooms. The primary bedroom, complete with a huge walk-in closet and impressive ensuite, exudes elegance and ensures parents have a quiet retreat all to themselves.
“I LOVE a moody, emotional primary bedroom and I think this one says it all. A beautiful MDF panel feature wall is the highlight in this room. I chose a dark brown/green shade paint to give it the emotional feeling it needs. I kept all the furniture, bedding, and art very dark and neutral with the art designed to feel like an abstract piece taken out of the museum in Florence. The wood and concrete wall tile in the ensuite is stunning against the cobblestone type flooring. I added my own mirrors throughout the home and the brass gives it the transitional vibe we need.”
The other two bedrooms found on the upper level provide a retreat for the kids that is appropriately separate and features private access to their own full bath and upstairs laundry. “I love decorating kids’ rooms; they are never themed which makes it more fun. The girl’s bedroom is something else – The graphic wallpaper looks like graffiti taken off of buildings, but with the contrast of the pink bed and the faces of girls throughout, it makes for a fun, tween room she’d be happy to show off to friends.”
On the lower level, the show home has been built with the optional finished basement. “The basement is the perfect place to entertain. I’m a designer who loves to stretch the limits and there is just something about large extravagant art and that’s what is shown in this basement. I used dark wallpaper but placed 4 large portraits of faces with colorful facial features. The art speaks for itself and the room without having to add anything else.”