Sansa Interiors – A space punctuated by wood accents brings warmth to a renovation


Jude Kamal of Sansa Interiors embarked on a renovation with the goal to embrace minimalism and make a home a peaceful oasis. Light wood, black hardware and white accents work together to create harmony in the palette.

Slatted wood accents around the fireplace offer a modern backdrop to a feature wall. A white quartz surround repeats the shape and colour of the flanking cabinets and brings unity to the overall design.

Sansa mixed traditional treatments, such as the crown moulding with more modern finishes and fixtures, which makes the overall design transitional, which is a great technique for many of the older homes in Ontario. By mixing the old with the new, an aesthetic is achieved that keeps the context of the original architecture and yet brings it up to date.

The master shower offers a great solution for a small space and the attention to detail simplifies the concept. A black trim piece is the only line around the glass perimeter and stands in stark contrast to the patterned white tile. By using three patterns of tile, visual interest is created. A large off-set niche and hand shower/rain shower combination makes this shower very functional. The storage nook beside the shower is deep, and is a great space to store towels. The horizontal grain of the oak cabinetry is repeated here.

Sansa designed a creative solution to store shoes at the back door with a built-in bench and shelf. The bench is a great idea for kids who need to sit while parents help with boots and coats, while hooks make it easy for them to stay tidy. The oak grain is horizontal, and this becomes a feature throughout the many wood elements in the home, including the bathroom vanities.

In the dining area, an open shelving unit in light oak offers a spot to display objects, and the white shelf above becomes a lovely art gallery. The simple white pendant and live-edge table are functional and fun.OD

Samantha Sannella
Samantha Sannella
"SAMANTHA SANNELLA, BFA ID, M ARCH, is a designer, educator and principal at Urban Retreat Homes. She is an expert in the field of design and construction and is a columnist for several HOMES Publishing Group publications."
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