July 13, 2024

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Saskatoon design duo share intimate peek into River Landing penthouse

Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy of Atmosphere Interior Design reveal the inspiration behind their stylishly designed home at Saskatoon's most coveted address: No. 1 River Landing

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Atmosphere Interior Design’s Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy have had their work featured in magazines such as Western Living, Style at Home and House Beautiful from Australia. Their contribution to the Canadian design conversation continues to grow with each passing year.

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Recently Ciona and Elmy debuted the final reveal of a very special project — their penthouse suite at No. 1 River Landing. Located along the riverbank next to the Remai Modern and Persephone Theatre, the glass-clad residential tower is right in the thick of downtown Saskatoon.

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Given the coveted address, the palatial space, and their reputation, the pressure was on to create something truly special. However, Elmy notes they tried to keep focused on what really mattered instead of creating a showpiece. “Ultimately, what do Trevor and Curtis love?” says Elmy.

To begin designing such an amazing space the pair found two design elements they loved — a unique blond herringbone flooring and stunning black cabinetry with a white oak wood grain. Everything else would be built around these building blocks.

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Black cabinetry at No. 1 River Landing
The black cabinetry create is the most powerful design element in the kitchen. “It’s strong and bold without being dark and heavy,” says Curtis Elmy. PHOTO BY EYMERIC WIDLING Photo by Eymeric Widling /jpg

The contrast between the elements could become harsh or boring, but Elmy notes they incorporated shades of charcoal and warm brushed brass and careful use of textures and patterns to keep either from overwhelming any room.

Something they considered was how to keep the ebony cabinetry from becoming heavy and dark. As a solution, the cabinetry was finished with a wash of white paint which settled into the wood grain, giving it a little texture and keeping the black colour from becoming overwhelming.

Custom furniture in penthouse at No. 1 River Landing
Another pair of custom-built chairs were act like twin pieces of art in the living room. Combining soft curves with hard lines, the chairs draw interest from every angle. The pieces were finished with contrasting white leather and grey tweed to add even more interest. PHOTO BY EYMERIC WIDLING Photo by Eymeric Widling /jpg

“I think it’s the most powerful design element in the whole kitchen. It’s strong and bold without being dark and heavy,” says Elmy.

Ciona and Elmy incorporated natural stone as much as possible. For anyone looking for a distinctive look, natural stone can’t be duplicated, so homeowners will know they have a one-of-a-kind piece.

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Loft spaces, such as No. 1 River Landing, are often very dramatic with high ceilings. For the penthouse, the original 12-foot ceilings were lowered to hide the industrial features such as venting and wiring. The lower ceiling and hidden hardware keep the space sophisticated yet inviting.

“I think the sweet spot is in that nine to 10-foot range. Because it gives you lots of room to have art or do other things on your walls, but it does give a warm cozy feeling to the space,” says Elmy.

Atmosphere Interior Design is known for adding texture to a space and this home is no exception.

Elmy notes there isn’t one painted wall in the entire penthouse. The couple incorporated various wallpapers or tiles to give each room its own personality. There are bold choices, such as the hand-painted wallpaper design in the bedroom, but also a softer linen weave paper in the main living space.

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A hand-painted wallpaper design at No. 1 River Landing
A hand-painted wallpaper design provides a fun and bold backdrop for the principle bedroom. The pattern play allows for some ‘wow’ moments according to Elmy. PHOTO BY EYMERIC WIDLING Photo by Eymeric Widling /jpg

“We didn’t want it to feel formal. That wallpaper actually helped tone down some of the flashier items that we’ve used,” says Elmy.

He adds, that people often get scared of pattern play, but it’s a powerful tool in design to create ‘wow’ moments. “Sometimes I have to remind people, in a larger scale and in real life, patterns become quieter for the most part.”

Perhaps one of the biggest lessons for the pair in designing their own home was persistence and patience. Sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect piece. Such was the case with the sumptuous shearling tub chairs in the living room. The fabric invites a tactile experience with Elmy reporting visitors often end up petting the chair as they sit and visit. The upholstery is also extremely durable which fits with their desire to have things be pretty and functional.

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The conversation pieces were “absolutely the perfect choice” according to Elmy, despite the long wait.

One of the suite’s most notable features still gives Elmy pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-I-live-here moments. The floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular river views from almost every room. Those views become expansive when you step out onto the 1,300-square-foot terrace.

The bird’s eye view of the pretty river valley and stunning Saskatchewan sunsets set the location apart. It’s also given Elmy a new appreciation for the city and how much it’s changed.

A 1,300 square foot terrace at No. 1 River Landing
A 1,300 square foot terrace offer spectacular views of Saskatoon from the penthouse suite at No. 1 River Landing. The owners, Atmosphere Interior Design’s Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy recently revealed the completed design. PHOTO BY EYMERIC WIDLING Photo by Eymeric Widling /jpg

No matter what they’re designing, Elmy says it needs to feel like home for someone. And that will look and feel different for everyone depending on their lifestyle, their stage of life and their personality. It’s clear wherever design work takes the design duo, they have a stunningly stylish space to call home in the city they love.

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What is actually likely on with all the design with the creating at 24th and Lind? – Muddy River Information

What is actually likely on with all the design with the creating at 24th and Lind? – Muddy River Information

The constructing at 831 N. 24th, most lately leased by the Illinois Division of Transportation and also beforehand applied as an American Family Insurance policies company by Mike Mahsman, is currently being converted into a drive-via specialty consume store. Photograph: Ron Kinscherf

Dear MRN, 

I travel down 24th Street and have discovered a ton of design action on the west aspect of the street at 24th and Lind. What is occurring? Is it retail?

What is occurring at the old Deters Dairy constructing on North 24th at the rear of the Females of Charity? I observe building heading on, and I am naturally curious.

The setting up at 831 N. 24th, most just lately leased by the Illinois Division of Transportation and also earlier utilised as an American Spouse and children Insurance coverage company by Mike Mahsman, is being transformed into a drive-via specialty drink shop.

Freiburg, Inc., a neighborhood company owned by Dave Freiburg and nephews Tanner and Parker Freiburg, owns the residence. The enterprise, which will be named Wink’s Drinks, is owned by Tanner Freiburg and his father, Mark. Concrete function exterior and renovation get the job done inside of are complete. Wink’s is anticipated to open in late spring, in accordance to a push release.

“The ordering home windows are on back again order. They won’t be delivered out till the end of April,” mentioned Parker Freiburg, who also is an alderman in the city’s 3rd Ward. “They’re still not projecting to open up till June 1.”

Wink’s will be selecting about 20 workers. It will provide a selection of vibrant drink selections, as nicely as bubble teas and espresso beverages these types of as lattes, cappuccinos, slushies, lotus plant strength, cocoas and gourmand teas. Wink’s will use specialty coffee beans roasted in Illinois in all espresso beverages.

Mahsman’s insurance plan small business pulled out of the building in 2019. IDOT then leased it for an off-internet site office for county contractors performing neighborhood roadwork. That lease ended in December.

“We’re energized to be reverting back again to the initial use of Deters Dairy,” Parker explained. “My father (Mark) and Tanner have often wanted to get into an additional cafe form of business enterprise. So moreover opening up certainly a restaurant, the upcoming closest nevertheless most straightforward thing that could you could do with out cooking food would be a coffee store. With all the lines that you see … Starbucks usually is hectic, and then the increase of Carter’s Coffee, we saw there’s undoubtedly a want for additional espresso.”

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Renovated 1930 Rocky River storybook asks $925K: House of the Week

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- A stone’s throw where the Rocky River meets Lake Erie, there is a home with a modern interior that belies its classic storybook-style exterior.

Built in 1930 in the Beachcliff neighborhood, 44 Buckingham Drive offers more than 3,800-sq. ft of living space. New to market, the home has an asking price of $925,000.

“One of the stand out features of this home is the incredible space,” says listing agent Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna. “Not only do you have a recent two-story addition and renovation, but a fifth bedroom and an office. Of course, the four and a half baths are a pretty nice perk, too.”

The size of the home and the improvements make it a rare find, she adds. Highlights include the warm and cozy formal living room just off the entrance, with its hardwood floors, fireplace and paned window.

Head to the back of the house into the addition where you’ll find the more modern, open-concept family room, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has been updated with a quartzite island and countertops, subway tile backsplash, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The dining room has built-ins and a large picture window overlooking the backyard. The family room is ideal for gatherings with beamed ceilings and sliding door access to the stamped concrete, Pergola-covered patio with fireplace.

The bedrooms are located upstairs. Among them is the primary suite, which offers vaulted ceilings and a luxurious spa-like bathroom. Additional amenities include an unfinished basement and a detached three-car garage with a newer gated driveway.

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

See the full listing at kimcranehomes.com

Address: 44 Buckingham Drive

City: Rocky River

Price: $925,000

Year built: 1930

Square footage: 3,879

Lot size: 8,599 sq. ft.

No. bedrooms: 5

No. bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half

School district: Rocky River City School District

Real estate agent and contact info: Jen Davis, Howard Hanna/The Kim Crane Group

p: 440-289-4864

e: [email protected]

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr, Rocky River

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

44 Buckingham Dr., Rocky River: House of the Week

44 Buckingham Dr. in Rocky River was built in 1930 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The home is represented by Jen Davis from the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna and listed for $925,000. (Photo by Karen Murphy)

For more information about 44 Buckingham Drive in Rocky River, contact Jen Davis at the Kim Crane Group, Howard Hanna at 440-289-4864 or [email protected].

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