Absolute Model Suites Offer Choice: Hip Urban or Downtown Sophisticate
For anyone whose taste runs to hip downtown or urban sophisticated, the exciting new condo presentation centre at Absolute (the “Marilyn Monroe” building) in the heart of downtown Mississauga has become a must-see event.
The 7,000-sq.-ft. centre features a pair of fully furnished and equipped model suites. The interior designs by Carmen Dragomir of Esqape Design Inc. are certain to impress. Better yet, Dragomir has created her design masterpieces using furnishings from easily accessible stores like Ikea, Casalife and Up Country.
“Model suites have to both capture the lifestyle of potential residents and be easily affordable at the same time,” she says. “What I have tried to do is create comfortable and inviting homes with a little imagination and an average budget.”
The pair of model condo suites includes the 670-sq.-ft. Meridian, a one-bedroom-plus den unit and the 1,050-sq.-ft., two-bedroom plus den Absolute. The one-bedroom Meridian has been decorated and equipped to suit the needs of first time buyers – an urban single professional or young couple, while the larger Absolute reflects a more sophisticated couple who also enjoy the excitement of living in the heart of the city.
“Both reflect the excitement of living right in the heart of one of Canadaâ€™s largest cities,” says Dragomir. “These are homes for people who appreciate design and simplicity of line and function. They are also both easily achievable. Anyone looking to stamp their own personal taste on their home can probably pick up a few tricks each time they visit the presentation centre.
“The smaller one-bedroom-plus den suite uses a monochromatic pallet â€“ high-gloss white kitchen cabinets and white furnishings with orange accents. Soft and bright tones of intense fruit shades are hot for the 2004 colour palette,” says Dragomir. Set against white walls, cabinets, wall-to-wall full height sheers and curtains on the floor-to-ceiling windows, the splashes of vibrant orange, draw the eye to conversation pieces like the orange ottomans and the throw pillows in the seating area or the Japanese-style dinnerware, orange chopsticks and orange decorative candles. “Orange stimulates sensuality, emotions, physical energy and lifts the spirit which makes it perfect for a single, young professional setting,” adds Dragomir.
Engineered, high-gloss hardwood floors in kitchen, living and dining areas help to tie the open concept living rooms together. White leather dining table chairs and sofa continue the colour scheme and reduce the profile of the major furnishings making spaces seem larger.
The two-bedroom-plus den Absolute condo suite also uses one style of hardwood flooring to tie together all living spaces. But its colour scheme is softer, using earth tones of cream and beige with hints of green and touches of deep chocolate brown. Bedrooms are especially striking. Dragomir has used a striking combination of rich, dark wood in an espresso shade contrasting with white and cream bedding to achieve a richly textured escape from a fast-paced lifestyle.
“Condominiums are very different from detached homes and must be treated as such,” she says. “The overall space is smaller. That means treating living areas as multi-functional spaces. I have tried to create inspirational, classic, sophisticated spaces that also offer flexibility when entertaining. You start with cocktails in the den, then the main course in the dining room and desert and coffee in the living room.”
She also advises taking advantage of the GTAâ€™s plentiful supply of affordably priced furniture stores for most items, reserving bigger-ticket spending for accent pieces or small, striking art works.
Absolute, when complete, will be home to 1,800 families and five high-rise towers. The centerpiece will be The Absolute Club, the largest recreation centre of its kind in Mississauga.
The Absolute presentation centre is situated at the north east corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street, just west of Square One, in the heart of downtown Mississauga.