When a local designer began to travel more for business, it became increasingly difficult to maintain his home and garden and downsizing was the perfect solution. As the owner of BRAVO Graphic Design and Home Staging, Philip Toups sold his downtown home and opted for a gated apartment community that suited his professional and personal lifestyle.

Once he decided on a three bedroom, two bath apartment, he approached the space in an unconventional way. By transforming the designated living areas to suit his needs, Philip put a unique spin on the space. The living room became a dining room, outfitted with a custom table from Rebirth Custom Woodwork that’s suitable for large dinner parties, while the dining room became a sitting area that faces the galley kitchen that is perfect for serving cocktails and appetizers. Finally, the third bedroom became the living room, complete with sofas.

An extensive collection of local and personal art adds personality and color to the neutral space. In the master suite, metallic silver and gold canvases painted with X's and O's by his niece and nephews hang above a chest of drawers. Also on display throughout the space is a collection of oil paintings from the estate of Daniel Breaux and Michael Gauthier.

Now nestled into his new space, Philip is enjoying the company of new neighbors as well as the comfort of his new home.