Spring is in the air, and in the home. To celebrate the start of the season, we talked to fashion-savvy, pattern-loving interior designer Sabrina Albanese about spring trends and took a tour of her colourful Toronto condo. Incorporating designer fabrics inspired by her fashion background, she brings runway-worthy looks to a compact living space.
Sabrina Albanese combines a passion for fashion with interior design, using bold textiles, patterns and colours to create joyful spaces in her own signature style. She is widely known for memorable interiors that showcase a relaxed elegance and irreverent wit. Her work and home have been featured on HGTV, House & Home, and The Globe and Mail.
INVITE COLOUR IN
Sabrina’s 774-square-foot condo in downtown Toronto makes a big impression from the very start. Her love of colour and patterns are immediately apparent, with a bold Missoni runner and a multicoloured coat rack creating a captivating, kaleidoscope effect in the entranceway.
LIVE AND LET DINE
Opening up to the dining area, your eyes are drawn to a vintage bamboo peacock chair, a retro treasure discovered at an estate sale. Hanging from the ceiling is a dramatic, oversized black wicker chandelier by Italian brand Gervasoni. The living area features a bench upholstered in an iconic Missoni print and a classic Tom Dixon coffee table. Sabrina’s low-profile, emerald green velvet sectional with Robert Allen fabric and white contrast piping adds texture and tailored comfort, complemented by a custom media console in a high-gloss bird’s eye maple.
FEAST FOR THE EYES
The bold, black-and-white Christian Lacroix wallpaper from Designers Guild enriches the kitchen with a joyful, tropical feeling, while an oversized pendant light from Rejuvenation plays with scale for additional impact. Custom cabinetry by Irpinia and a Caesarstone countertop in 3142 White Shimmer lend a sleek, elegant simplicity to the eye-catching space.
PRETTY IN PINK
The bedroom’s focal wall is adorned in silk wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries in a serene pink hue, while Sabrina’s custom upholstered headboard in Schumacher mohair and Missoni linens create a calm, chic setting to unwind and dream. Like the rest of her home, it’s her own personal retreat with a harmonious vibe that makes her feel good morning and night.
Sabrina predicts the design trends that will be in full bloom this spring will include terrazzo prints, bamboo, wallpaper featuring murals and nature prints, decorative dinnerware by Versace and Rosenthal, minimal lighting and a comfortable and cozy look with plenty of pillows.
BATHE IN COLOUR
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