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Design: Kitchen Life

Design: Kitchen Life

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Design: Kitchen Life

by Linda Mazur

The kitchen is the heart of any home, and the trends that we see emerging are making this an exciting time to add new life and personality to your kitchen space. Functionality is always key to kitchen design, but today’s kitchens are also about creating a timeless style and comfort. Without compromising on the functionality of the space, kitchens have evolved into rooms that inspire creativity not only in cooking but also in design.

One of the big trends this year is colour. We are seeing colour just about everywhere in design and your kitchen is no exception. Neutral kitchens are impacted with bold bursts of colour in everything from your cabinetry, to appliances, tile, sinks and faucets. This is not to say that traditional white kitchen cabinets are still not popular but injecting a good dose of colour to your kitchen to accompany those white cabinets can’t hurt. Working with texture and natural elements continues to gain popularity and one of my favourites for a kitchen is concrete.

This year we are seeing the trend of concrete making its move from the floors up to the countertops…a look I just love. Concrete counters offer a wide selection of customization when it comes to colour, as well as being durable it’s also an affordable option. On the topic of natural elements, wood is “en-pointe” as we see the continued popularity of wide-plank flooring that boasts lighter tones and a warm aged appearance to support the movement towards the relaxed “farmhouse” vintage inspiration we are seeing emerging in design. This “farmhouse” vintage inspiration impacts everything from hardware and lighting to sinks and faucets. Warm, aged brass and gold-toned metal feeds our desire to have our spaces not appeared “perfect” but rather more lived-in and comfortable; evoking an aesthetic that reflects both an individualism and eclectic appeal.

Bertazzoni range Photo courtesy Distinctive-Online.com
Bertazzoni range Photo courtesy Distinctive-Online.com
Silogranit "Ikon" sink Photo courtesy BlancoCanada.com
Silogranit “Ikon” sink Photo courtesy BlancoCanada.com

 

Black is back and in a big way this year. Black is classic and yet modern, and in faucets is a great option as it doesn’t show wear and tear or water spots as easily as some other finishes do…which can be an obvious bonus in a kitchen. When working with black in your kitchen space you do need to remember to use it in several areas not just the faucet, for balance and a well-designed aesthetic. Lighting, hardware, appliances and accessories are all easy ways to integrate black in to your kitchen. If you’re a bit more on the daring side perhaps consider black for a section of your cabinetry, with the trend towards pantry walls this could be a simple and yet impactful statement in the kitchen.

Whatever your inspiration, undoubtedly, the new look of kitchens has much to offer. Whether it’s simple flat front cabinet doors, bold colours, beautiful matte black appliances or warm polished concrete countertops I think we can all agree that the kitchens we will be seeing moving forward are spaces that are inviting, inspiring and conducive to everyday family life as well as casual entertaining. Functionality need not be sacrificed for good style, if your kitchen makes the renovation list this year then look to create a space that has personality, individualism and above all fantastic style!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

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@LindaMazurGroup


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RiverBend Golf Community

RiverBend Golf Community

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RiverBend Golf Community

Where harmony and quality unite

Our living environment is crucial to our quality of life, in terms of having a comfortable home in which to reside – preferably located in a wonderful community and surrounded by nature. The Sifton family operates on these pivotal principles, and is well aware of the components that go into making a great neighbourhood.

Located in London, the RiverBend Golf Community is the result of years of careful planning. RiverBend was designed to appeal to a varied mix of residents – from bookworms to social butterflies, and from golf enthusiasts to nature lovers – every aspect has been considered.

More than 450 homes will be built around, and throughout, the RiverBend Golf Course. Attached villas and single-family homes are available on spectacular lots, some of which are situated along the golf course’s 15th green. Quiet streets with a blend of harmonious architectural styling, along with natural green spaces, contribute to RiverBend’s peaceful setting.

New home buyers have come to appreciate how far their money actually goes in the upscale community of RiverBend. “Residents have really embraced all that RiverBend has to offer,” says Rick Gooyers, executive vice president of Sifton Properties Limited. “Many of our new residents are moving here from the GTA. They are astounded that they can get so much more home, along with a lifestyle.”

Single-detached homes range from 1,812 to 2,548 square feet, and attached villas from 1,534 to 1,756 square feet. Single-level homes are priced from the mid $300’s. All designs incorporate spacious, well-planned kitchens and great rooms, as well as soaring ceilings and luxurious appointments in the master suite. Beautiful views are enjoyed from the large windows and covered porches.

RiverBend’s year-round, professional grounds’ staff maintain the immaculate landscaping throughout the community. There’s no need to worry about yard work, mowing the lawn or shovelling the snow. As a result, residents have more time to do the things that they’ve always wanted to do.

The Community Clubhouse is the hub of RiverBend. Residents and their guests can savour chef-prepared meals in the dining room. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool and fitness facilities, as well as regularly scheduled social clubs, including game nights, darts and billiards. Special interest groups are also organized, and a speakers’s series and travel excursions are arranged on a regular basis.

Golf enthusiasts tee off at RiverBend Golf Course, designed by Doug Carrick of Carrick Design Inc. The course has five sets of tee blocks to accommodate beginners and professional players.

“It’s great that a community of people, who are approximately in the same age group, have so many chances to form new friendships and explore new interests at this stage of life,” says Gooyers. “Residents often tell us that moving here has given them a fresh beginning.”

Sifton Properties Limited is celebrating 95 years of homebuilding success in London and the surrounding area. RiverBend Golf Community is one of their best.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For further details, visit riverbendgolf.com.


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Product Showcase: Kitchens

Product Showcase: Kitchens

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Product Showcase: Kitchens

by Rise Levy

Timeless & Elegant

Let Tapestry Decor bring your ideas to life. Special thought went into the details of this kitchen renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. Rich textures, stone work, gorgeous floors, and how to accessorize for the final touches. Tapestry adds not only elegance but also function to any space.

TAPESTRY DECOR
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Focus On Quality & Fine Detail

For over 50 years, Irpinia Kitchens has evolved into a cabinet manufacturer with a focus on quality and fine detail, serving a network of dealers and clients both in Canada and internationally. From ultra-contemporary to very ornate traditional designs, the versatility of their product will enable you to achieve that special colour or detail to reflect your unique personality.

IRPINIA KITCHENS
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A Fusion Of Pattern & Colour

For 2018, premium quartz manufacturer Caesarstone has some stunning new colours: Cloudburst Concrete, Frozen Terra, Intense White and Excava (revealed at IDS18). Shown here is Frozen Terra, a fresh concrete-terrazzo fusion of pattern and colour. An innovative look that is both stylish and playful and will complement any colour of cabinetry and hardware. Whether it’s a sleek backsplash, a textured countertop or a fresh flooring feature, their innovative quartz surfaces will enhance any kitchen.

CAESARSTONE CANADA
Caesarstone.ca

Modern Custom Made Collection

AyA Kitchens’ high-end brand Avanti was created to better serve the luxury kitchen market. Known for its highly curated, strictly modern, custom-made collection featuring clean lines, warm textures, movement and fine hidden details, Avanti is reenvisioning modern kitchen living spaces across North America.

AYA KITCHENS & BATHS
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Can’t Believe It’s Ikea Eh?

If IKEA were a smartphone, then Vangarde Cabinet Design & Factory would be the must-have kitchen enhancement app! Finally, you can get the custom look without the custom price. Choose from an endless selection of colours and door styles made to fit IKEA Cabinets. Full-service from design to installation provided or order your Genuine Vangarde Doors and Panels made to fit your IKEA design.

VANGARDE CABINET DESIGN & FACTORY INC.
Vangarde.ca
info@vangarde.ca

Versatile Design

Designed for beauty and engineered for reality, American Standard introduces the new hands-free Avery kitchen faucet. Designed with touchless Selectronic functionality, the Avery faucet turns the water on or off with a wave of a hand, offering a two-function spray with a pause button. The faucet’s versatile design lends itself beautifully to a variety of design settings, available in polished chrome or stainless steel finishes.

AMERICAN STANDARD
AmericanStandard.ca

Pretty Practical

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY
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Tile Makeover

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic, glass, metal, porcelain, natural stone, and mosaic tiles, including 13-x13-inch Porcelain Tile and 12-x24-inch Italian Porcelain Tiles. Open seven days a week.

X-TILE CANADA
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The Next Evolution of Sensor Technology

The BLANCO SOLENTA Senso is a new semi-pro faucet that provides the ultimate hands-free experience with a conveniently placed sensor control, located directly underneath the magnetic docking arm. Enjoy instant, effortless water control without touching the faucet. A simple hand movement is all it takes, thanks to its reliable and sophisticated start-stop user interface.

BLANCO CANADA LTD.
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Streetsville Centre

Streetsville Centre

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Streetsville Centre

Right-size the next stage of life

Downsizing is a word that can be fraught with emotion, especially as it pertains to uprooting from the home where you raised your children, as well as having to edit your belongings down to a more manageable size. Apparently, most of us spend 80 per cent of our time in 20 per cent of our living spaces. When you look at it this way, it’s more like right-sizing.

At Streetsville Centre in Mississauga you can find exactly what you want, and need, for the next stage of life. Here, you can choose from well-designed townhomes, with all the luxury upgrades that you’ve always desired.

When you scale down, the equity from your family home is tax-free if reinvested in a principal residence. The financial benefits go a long way towards realizing other retirement dreams, or assisting your children and grandchildren. Speak to a financial advisor about how changing your home affects your overall fiscal plan.

There are so many things to consider when relocating, especially as it relates to the proximity of health care, transit, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, as well as social and natural attributes for getting out and about. Dunpar Homes‘ latest project positions you in the centre of Streetsville, nestled in the middle of acres of parkland on the Credit River, and directly across the street from the GO station. Streetsville Memorial Park includes a soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, picnic grounds and hiking trails. The Ontario Racquet Club is a 150,000-square-foot facility with indoor, and outdoor, tennis courts, squash courts and hot yoga classes, as well as pilates and spinning studios. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and the Riverwood Conservancy are located close by.

Streetsville Centre is a 200-unit enclave of luxury towns and semis starting from the mid-$800s. All models include three bedrooms, two-car garages and lots of storage, and range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet.

Gracious designs feature high ceilings, large windows, and functional, openconcept floorplans. Interior finishes, include marble or granite countertops, hardwood floors and large closets. Easy access to the deck and rear yard, naturally extends the interior footprint when entertaining family and friends.

You’ll have lots of extra time, without having to worry about shovelling the snow, cutting the grass or yard maintenance – time that is better spent with those you love – especially your grandchildren. Unlike condos, where space and storage are at a premium, a townhome at Streetsville Centre is less expensive per square foot than a condominium, and offers you far more space when you’re ready to right-size.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Call or register online to book an appointment.

416.318.9112

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Delta Faucet Canada recently introduced a new black stainless finish for the kitchen

A bold new colour in stainless

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A bold new colour in stainless

Delta Faucet Canada recently introduced a new black stainless finish for the kitchen.

When it comes to kitchen design, consumers are embracing the black stainless trend in everything from their major appliances to their stand mixers. Now, consumers can extend this unique finish to their faucets.

To address design trends and preferences, Delta Faucet Canada recently introduced a new black stainless finish. Less reflective and warmer than traditional stainless steel, the new finish offers a modern look that pairs well with black stainless appliances, as well as a variety of other finishes. Have traditional white appliances in your kitchen? Consider switching to black stainless faucets for a completely new monochrome look – one of the biggest trends following IDS 2018.

The new black stainless finish will be available starting in February 2018 exclusively on Delta’s Trinsic Pro Collection.

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Kaitlin Communities

Kaitlin Communities

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Kaitlin Communities

It’s all about the lifestyle and the locations

Baby boomer or not, it’s a freeing time of life when you get to make choices in terms of how you want to spend your time and where you want to live.

Seniors now outnumber young people, and it’s this portion of the population that are being catered to by lifestyle builders. There are lots of choices out there, but Kaitlin Corporation emphasizes both components when developing a new community – life and style.

Determine the must-haves on your wish list. Do you want to live by the water? Or maybe next to a championship golf course? Or does living in an historic small town appeal to you? Chances are that Kaitlin Corporation has exactly what you’re looking for.

“Location has always been a major consideration for our communities,” says Bill Daniell, president of Kaitlin Corporation. “We take pride in how well-built our homes are. But beyond that, we know it’s really important for our owners to live in a great setting. They want to have amenities tied to their quality of living, such as trails, parks and water – right at their doorstep.”

HARBOURVIEW GRAND

If you’re passionate about living close to the lake, then check out Kaitlin’s newest condominium project – Harbourview Grand in Port of Newcastle. Here, you can enjoy maintenance-free homes with waterfront views, a fabulous trail system that runs parallel to Lake Ontario and a local, waterfront marina if your boat also needs a home. For easy access to the GTA, both GO transit and Highway 401 are nearby.

BAYPORT VILLAGE

If a more cottage-like setting is your cup of tea, Bayport Village is adjacent to the local marina on Georgian Bay. Bayport Village is connected to the thriving community of Midland by an in-town trail system, and is only 90 minutes north of Toronto.

LOYALIST COUNTRY CLUB

A little further east is a community that is being built around a championship golf course, which has hosted Canadian PGA tournaments. Loyalist Country Club takes advantage of an onsite clubhouse and restaurant, as well as an active social club, and is a short drive to local parks, award-winning wineries and the city of Kingston.

MODO CONDOS AND TOWNS

Located in Bowmanville, residents of MODO Condos and Towns are able to walk to local shops and restaurants, and enjoy everything that living in a charming, historic town has to offer. The common thread that ties together all Kaitlin Corporation communities are the outstanding models, which combine exceptional floorplans, design features, finishing touches and upgrades to provide you the style, and the life, that you’re looking for.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information on all communities by Kaitlin Corporation, visit their website.

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The Design Story - Mike Jensen, DishDrawer™ Dishwasher | Fisher & Paykel

Video: The Design Story – Mike Jensen, DishDrawer™ Dishwasher | Fisher & Paykel

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Video: The Design Story – Mike Jensen, DishDrawer™ Dishwasher | Fisher & Paykel

Mike explains the thinking behind what led to the creation of the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher. He describes how we have refined the process to ensure greater design flexibility, ergonomics, reliability and great dish washing results every time.

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Bringing new life to your neutrals

Bringing new life to your neutrals

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Bringing new life to your neutrals

by Red Barrinuevo

A neutral colour scheme is a great choice for many reasons. As a decorator and stylist, I find neutrals to be widely appealing, non-offensive, and they can work with virtually any furniture pieces you may already have. Neutrals are subtle and easy to work with, but they can border on boring when not done correctly. Let’s explore some ways to liven up a neutral backdrop and infuse your sense of style by using shape, colour and texture.

Think of your furnishings in terms of their shape, size and upholstery to liven up a basic backdrop. In a neutral room devoid of colour, your furniture pieces are what make it pop. For example, pattered accent pieces make a great statement and break up the monotony of the neutrals.

If your large-scale furniture pieces are “quiet” in terms of colour and upholstery, then you officially have permission to get loud with your accessories! For example, a bold rug or an eye-catching piece of wall art that echoes the colours of all the furnishings in the room will serve to visually tie the space together.

Next, bring texture to your neutrals by layering materials such as fur, natural fibers and bark cloth. Even when their colour family is the same, the interest comes via their tactile differences.

In the same vein as texture, I always recommend you alter your finishes. For example,  you don’t want every table and chair to be made of the same material. A combination of wood types, stone, mirror and metal delivers the variety you need to make your neutral space warm and inviting.

TIP: Metallic accents add texture without complicating the room’s colour scheme.

Remember that even a neutral space can benefit from a little colour here and their – especially when it’s doled out in small doses. Choose a single accent colour to pop against the neutrals, such as yellow or something equally vibrant.

A neutral colour palette is a great interior decorating choice, for many reasons. Neutrals are calming, refreshing and easy to personalize, and they typically survive the frequent change in trends, between seasons and even from year to year. The trick to a successful neutral interior lies between those beige walls – shape, texture and yes, even some colour, to bring that beige to life.

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA.

The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services.

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Home staging mistakes to avoid this spring

Home staging mistakes to avoid this spring

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Home staging mistakes to avoid this spring

by Red Barrinuevo

Home staging today has become a common marketing tool when listing your home for sale.

These days, home staging is a must to compete in today’s marketplace. Here are some common mistakes that can put those staging efforts to waste.

1. Choosing a staging company based on price

Basing your choice solely on price can jeopardize the full potential of your property. For optimal results, invest in the highest quality stager you can find. Look at the company’s portfolio, credentials, professionalism and track record.

2. Not having staged photos

Most buyers start their home hunt online. This is your first chance to spark their interest. If they don’t like what they see online, buyers will just click on through to the next listing.

3. Moving things around after your set-up

Stagers are trained to make the best of the spaces given to them. Once the house is staged and “showing ready,” repositioning furniture or accessories in the room can ruin the whole feel of the space. Each furniture piece, decor, artwork, etc. are placed in strategic spots for a reason.

4. Not trusting your stager

We advise to get client testimonials before hiring a home stager. Check what other agents or previous clients say about them. See if they’ve done similar properties at the same price points. Ask questions before agreeing to anything.

5. Micro-managing the stager

Our goal like many stagers is to showcase the property at its best. However, lack of confidence in your stager can hamper his or her creative juices. We often suggest to vacate the property during set up, and let the stagers like us do what we do best.

6. Unrealistic timelines

Getting a house ready for sale is not a simple process. It can span mere days or months, depending on the condition of the property. Staging involves meticulous planning, and executing all these plans doesn’t happen in 24 hours.

7. Telling homeowners staging is just de-cluttering and organizing

While it is true that staging often involves decluttering and organizing, home staging also involves space planning, proper furniture placement, knowledge on the current design trends, accessorizing and more!

8. Advising the homeowners to stage the house themselves

Although some homeowners can pull it off, a vast majority cannot. The end result of a DIY staging job is usually a disaster (even after a detailed staging consultation) because the execution is always poor, or there is a lack of vision and skill required to successfully stage a property.

9. Advising homeowners against staging

Nowadays, homebuyers are more educated and critical than ever before. They know “what else” is out there. By staging your home, you’ll help ensure that your house impresses them enough to stay.

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA.

The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services.

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The Lawyer: City of Toronto amalgamates four groups into CreateTO

The Lawyer: City of Toronto amalgamates four groups into CreateTO

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The Lawyer: City of Toronto amalgamates four groups into CreateTO

by Zale Skolnik

Included are Build Toronto, Toronto Port Lands Corporation, Toronto Parking Authority and Toronto City Real Estate.

As a significant and influential landowner in the Toronto real estate landscape, the City of Toronto’s reorganization of the management agencies responsible for the city’s real estate assets is a move that comes with many questions. With an enormous and diverse real estate portfolio, developers are constantly working with the city to purchase, partner with and redevelop surplus lands, generally to create additional much-needed housing in the City of Toronto.

Up until January 1, 2018, most of the city’s portfolio was managed by four distinct groups consisting of: Build Toronto, Toronto Port Lands Corporation, Toronto Parking Authority and Toronto City Real Estate.

After a year-long process, the city has completed the consolidation of its real estate holdings into a centralized entity, which will have effective management and control over all surplus city lands and real estate activities. According to a recent City of Toronto press release, this new entity is called CreateTO and as of January 1, all development deals will be managed through the CreateTO offices.

The aforementioned city groups will gradually merge into/report through CreateTO, and all redevelopment opportunities related to city real estate assets are said to be continuing within the mandate of CreateTO. Exact details on CreateTO’s operations remain to be disclosed.

The intention is for CreateTO to centralize all decision-making on city properties in one organization. It remains to be seen how the consolidation of the city’s assets into one agency, which will now have direct involvement from both bureaucrats and councillors, will allow the City of Toronto to fully and efficiently maximize economic benefit from it surplus lands.

We do look forward to representing our clients in partnership with the city on future development projects and hope that the consolidation results in practical efficiencies and the further development of surplus city assets for the benefit of all involved.

Zale Skolnik is an associate at Robins Appleby Barristers + Solicitors.

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