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What to do when you buy your first condo in the Massey Harris Building and your mom isn't around to help decorate? If you're Zanerobe menswear account executive Brandon Kaplan, you enlist an interior decor service for dudes to dress up the place with a faux gator head and a regulation-size rusted steel basketball backboard.
"I used Type-D (type-dliving.com), a Toronto-based home decor service for young professional guys. They come in to do a consult, figure out what you like and go from there. For me, basketball is big, so they installed the backboard. You shadow them through the process so you learn the design skills for yourself going forward."
Kaplan went to Type-D because their services are adaptable to just about anyone's budget. The initial three-hour consult costs $500, and he ended up spending an additional $2,200 to have all his custom pieces built.
Original condo budget $400,000-$450,000
Unit price $460,000 in 2012
Wish list A loft space with unique and engaging features. High ceilings and brick walls were dream items, and Kaplan knew he'd found the one when he saw the kitchen's floating shelves.
Number of properties seen Forty. "I looked for the good part of four months and used a real estate agent who specialized in the King West area."
What he got An 800-square-foot one-bedroom suite
What he says about the neighbourhood "I love it. The demographic is great. It's full of young professionals and it's a stone's throw from Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, and also from King West and the Entertainment District. It's also close to the Gardiner and the water, which is great in the summer."