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A Renovated Black and White Loft With an Industrial Edge

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Designer Suzanne Dimma elevates a Leslieville loft with rich and soothing monochrome details

When Les, a tech entrepreneur, and his girlfriend, Alex, an artist and talent agent, hired interior designer Suzanne Dimma to renovate their Leslieville loft, they told her they wanted to clean up the unit without making it cushy. “We still wanted it to feel like a warehouse,” says Les.

renovated warehouse loft

The glass-walled office visually enlarges the loft. A ladder allows access to additional storage carved into the stairwell. Chair, Hollace Cluny.

Dimma toured the original home and concluded that it was “a bit of a mishmash.” The rooms lacked clear demarcations, the pipes were painted garish colours, and to the right of the entrance was an unsightly staircase with grey particle-board guards. Dimma realized she had two challenges: to impose a sense of order while keeping things open, and to add texture within a streamlined palette.

Bench under stairs in a renovated warehouse loft by Suzanne Dimma

A dramatic new staircase crafted by Jova Management leads to the rooftop. Bench, Coolican & Company; throw, Elte.

First, with the help of architect Barry Goldman, she redid the staircase with oak treads and a steel framework and moved it against the opposite wall, where it could access the roof. She could now add an open-air deck and an enclosed rooftop kitchenette. Inside, she allowed the space to flow naturally, from a front-end foyer and dining room with a double-height ceiling to a back-end living room and kitchen beneath the second-floor bedroom.

Suzanne Dimma - Kitchen white cabinetry in the renovated Warehouse

The loft’s original character is highlighted by sleek white cabinetry. Vase, Mjölk; bowls, Snob; footed vessel and tea towels, Wills & Prior.

To maximize floor space within the 102-square-metre loft, she added a millwork bench that doubles as a storage unit, and to provide access to an elevated closet hidden behind grooved panelling, she installed a ladder on the landing. The finishes are sleek and minimalist. Beneath the stairs is a guest bedroom enclosed in steel and glass, with curtains for privacy. “When the curtains are open,” says Dimma, “it feels like a natural extension of the living room.”

A third-floor kitchenette services the rooftop terrace

A third-floor kitchenette services the rooftop terrace.

The overall palette is strikingly monochrome. Seemingly everything, from the walls to the exposed ductwork, is painted Oxford White. Yet there’s no shortage of accents: brick veneer in the dining area, Carrara marble tile in the bathroom and a luxurious jute and wool rug on the living room floor. The space feels open, and at the same time tranquil and far from boring. “Suzanne added a hundred tiny elements,” says Les, “that I never would have thought of.”

Custom built white bathroom vanity with two mirrors on the wall

In the bathroom, a floating vanity integrates a countertop with extra storage.

Consider, for instance, the custom bedding, which includes a duvet with cross-stitch detailing, cushions in a medallion pattern, and a throw blanket with subtle lavender hues. “We wanted to create a sense of uniqueness in an all-white space,” says Dimma. Who needs colour when your textures are this rich? SUZANNEDIMMA.COM

Suzanne Dimma - Warehouse

A restrained palette in the bedroom adds a sense of calm. Bedding by Suzanne Dimma for Au Lit Fine Linens; throw, Elte.

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