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Design: Colourful Kitchens!

DESIGN: Colourful Kitchens!

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DESIGN: Colourful Kitchens!

by Linda Mazur

Kitchens are moving away from simple whites and stainless appliances to a world made of colour, personality and statement-making designs. Kitchens are still the heart of any home, but they have also matured to a space in the home that supports not only the functional aspects, but family life as well as casual entertaining; and as such adding a kick to your kitchen designs with colour can yield huge returns on the design front.

Neutral and white kitchens will always continue to maintain their popularity. The traditional white cabinetry may seem “safe,” but let’s face it … kitchens are an expensive and time-consuming room to renovate, therefore staying relatively neutral can allow you to maximize the longevity of your space and your investment. However, neutral does not need to equal boring.

There are many ways to inject colour in to your kitchen space. From the new popularity of coloured cabinetry, to accessories and coloured appliances, kitchens are developing a life and personality all their own. One colour that we are seeing in everything from faucets to lighting, hardware to appliances is matte black. Matte black adds an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditional classical feel. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it in your hardware or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

The same can be said for the addition of gold tones to your kitchen design. This warm metal has been appearing in bright tones, aged finishes and one of my personal faves – the unlacquered brass version. Unlacquered brass has a look and feel all its own. Its warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome. This finish is organic and ever-evolving. The absence of the lacquer allows the durable solid brass to naturally age over time and develop a beautiful unique patina of colour and texture.

If you are on the hunt for a more whimsical or edgier feel to your kitchen design, then perhaps a brightly coloured gas range from Bertazzoni is more to your liking; or you may want to add a touch of character with a brightly coloured backsplash … either way the injection of colour will not go unnoticed.

Whatever your own personal style, one thing for certain colour has become a strong influencer in the kitchen. Find your inspiration and comfort with colour; and look to inject some life in to your kitchen. Whether it’s simply richly coloured fabrics and wallpaper, a bright yellow gas range or deep earthy green cabinetry that will give your kitchen some character … undoubtedly the new look of your kitchen will be a colourful one!

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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Design: Sinks, Faucets and Countertops ... the Choices are Endless

Design: Sinks, Faucets and Countertops … the Choices are Endless

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Design: Sinks, Faucets and Countertops … the Choices are Endless

by Linda Mazur
Photography by Stephani Buchman and Jason Hartog

Kitchens are one of my favourite rooms to design and with the abundance of options available to us today, kitchens are more exciting than ever! From a multitude of colourful options and wonderfully organic finishes for our faucets, to virtually indestructible materials for our sinks and counters, the choices we have are enough to make our heads spin!

Today the traditional double bowl stainless sink has been pushed aside for options that offer greater style and function, that are designed to not only make our lives simple, but our kitchens look far more attractive. From different finish options other than the classic stainless steel, to a wide selection of colour, shape and size options sinks today have progressed to become a stylish feature instead of just a utilitarian necessity. And, for those of us who are smallspace dwellers, many manufacturers have designed sinks that pull double duty to increase the efficiency in your kitchen. When counterspace is at a premium, these sink options allow you to expand your work surface with add-on accessories such as grid trays, cutting boards, colanders and drain boards. Blanco Canada, one of these great sink manufacturers, offers us both an innovative and well-designed product line. One of my particular favourites – the Ikon apron sink or “farm house sink – is very much en-pointe in kitchen design this year. This sink offers great lines and a slightly tapered profile that gives us a rather modern approach to a traditional classic.

Brass is back with a vengeance and is one of the hottest metals moving forward in kitchen design. This is not the shiny yellow brass of decades past, but rather an unlacquered brass with its beautifully aged and antiqued finish that we are now seeing. This unlacquered brass has a look and feel all its own. It’s warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome. This finish is organic and is sometimes referred to as a “living finish”. Because of the absence of the lacquer the durable solid brass is permitted to naturally age over time to develop a beautiful unique patina of colour and texture, that is forgiving of water stains. It offers sophistication, old world charm and yet modernism, and is a wonderful option for your kitchen faucet. Also hot in the world of faucets is colour! Fun can be had with a multitude of colour options for your faucets, but what is most striking is the return of matte black – a chic and classy addition to any kitchen.

We have a long list of options available to us today for countertops. From traditional granite and the ever-classic natural marble, to quartz, wood, and concrete – a trendy option for your kitchen. This year we are also introduced to a new product – Laminam. This is a stain, scratch and heat resistant countertop option that achieves the beauty of natural stone, wood and concrete and requires no maintenance.

With advanced technology and designs that enhance functionality and durability, these new product options will not only look great in our homes, but also add ease and simplicity to our everyday lives. If you’re looking to renovate your space, do a bit of research and consider some of the new and wonderful products on the market today …. sinks, faucets and countertops are not what they used to be!

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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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 9 – 18, 2018 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

Celebrated as one of Canada’s rising industry leaders, Toronto designer Rebecca Hay has a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious private residences to large scale commercial projects both in Toronto and nation wide.

With a focus on exceptional quality, Rebecca Hay Designs offers a full range of interior design services, specializing in luxury residential. Rebecca’s designs infuse old with new, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary. An extensive network of resources and partnerships allow Rebecca and her team to deliver outstanding, hands-on service, and beautifully creative solutions that bring their clients’ visions to life. In addition to her residential design work, Rebecca and her team create award-winning sales pavilions for some of the top home builders in the GTA.

Rebecca Hay Designs – National Home Show/RENO & DECOR Booth inspired by classic and casual lakeside living.

Rebecca Hay Designs is pleased to announce we will be providing the design creation for the upcoming Design Intervention booth #4118 at the National Home Show.

Muskoka inspired and naturally nautical, I based the RENO & DECOR booth’s decor scheme on this classic summer home aesthetic. We have incoproated walls in painted white shiplap to add textural interest while creating a relaxed cottage living atmosphere. The crisp white walls will be balanced by the soft and varied wood tones of the furniture which was all selected from our furniture sponsor this year UpCountry and added in some fun custom hand printed pillows by Cottage Cloth which emphasize the nautical theme and easy going vibe.

We created these outdoor living spaces by adding a rich night sky mural provided by Ruth Baker Design and paired it with outdoor furnishings to simulate lakeside summer living. A custom “boathouse” bar was designed to create an outdoor entertaining zone, built by Pure Kitchens and paired with sleek black stone counters from Select Granite and a luxe faucet from Watermarks. In addition to comfortable indoor/outdoor living and entertaining, we wanted to include a bedroom vignette. With a buffalo check pattern created by Peacock Living, the walls are graphic, bold and fun.

The booth showcases a glimpse into lakeside living at it’s best.

Come visit me and the team while at the National Home Show this March and get design inspired!


On Monday, March 13 @ 2pm and Friday, March 16 @ 2pm – be sure to catch Rebecca on stage along with Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur as part of RENO & DECOR’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Realities Of A Reno”

Regardless of the size of your project or the footprint of your space, creating  a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes can be accomplished with a well laid out plan.  Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  We can garner inspiration by all that we see, but realism is always necessary when renovating, not only about the space you’re working with but also your budget.  A good design can deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting home that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering an upcoming renovation, join GTA designers Linda Mazur, Rebecca Hay, Kate Davidson at the National Home Show stage, where this panel of designers will be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming home renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.  They will take you through the key aspects of renovating, share their top renovation strategies as well as fave kitchen, bath and home products to consider including in your homes in 2018.  Get inspired and reno ready in 2018!


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here.

Friday, March 9 = 11 pm – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 9 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 9 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 9 = 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 12 pm – 2 pm

Friday, March 16 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 6 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, March 11 – 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, March 12 = 12:30 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 12:30 pm – 4:40 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 2 pm


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

See you at the show!


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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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Design: Transforming Your Space with Light

Design: Transforming Your Space with Light

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Design: Transforming Your Space with Light

by Linda Mazur

Lighting is an essential part of any interior space, and achieving good lighting in your space can elevate and transform your design aesthetic.

There are many considerations such as functionality, mood and atmosphere that should be taken into account to ensure you are successful when tackling lighting. When you are starting to develop the layout for the lighting in your living space, a good approach to consider is to layer various types of lighting, as it affords you a greater flexibility. There are four basic categories of lighting layers: Ambient, Task, Accent and Decorative.

The first layer of lighting is known as ambient lighting, which illuminates a space, allowing you easy mobility throughout a room. The second layer of illumination is task lighting and, as the name states, it affords you added lighting in a specific area devoted to a particular undertaking such as reading, a kitchen counter space, etc. Accent lighting, is the third layer and is used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space. And, finally, there’s decorative lighting, the fourth layer of illumination, which is simply an accessory to your room. It is sometimes referred to as the “jewelry” in the room or the finishing touches.

Another source of lighting that sometimes gets missed when designing a plan is natural light. Natural light is the most beneficial, inexpensive and environmentally friendly light available to us. Many condos today are being designed to maximize natural light with an abundance of windows that not only offer us a fantastic source of light, but great views and design aesthetic. If you are considering a major renovation of your home be sure to incorporate as much natural light as possible, be it through enlarging your current window size, adding a transom window above a walkout if space permits, or perhaps adding a skylight.

Light is essential to interior spaces. It is a powerful tool that has the ability to transform the feeling of a space by simply altering its intensity, colour or placement. It can be one of the greatest challenges in a home…but knowing and understanding the effects light has on your space will help you gain both a balanced and an impressive light plan in your home.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • The general rule for an eight-foot ceiling height is that a chandelier should be hung approximately 29 to 34 inches above a dining table for each added foot of ceiling height increase by three inches.
  • Be sure to add the proper amount of pot lights to your space. Too little will under light your room; too many can create glare and make your ceiling look very busy.
  • Dimmer switches are a great asset; not only can they reduce your electrical usage but they also add to creating ambience in your room.
  • Consult a design professional to help ensure you achieve the best lighting possible in your home.

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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Festive Gatherings By Design

Festive Gatherings By Design

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Festive Gatherings By Design

by Linda Mazur

The holiday season, is fast approaching.  This year, parties are taking a far more formal approach with the return of glamour, colour and luxury that will leave your guest wanting more.  It’s all about making your guests feel joyful, while exuding elegance and creating an affair to remember.

Rich jewel tones, metallics and a touch of sparkle are a must in the party life of 2017!  As in design, this year is all about colour.  Pretty amethyst, lush plum tones bordering on black, and beautiful bright pinks that pack a punch are a highlight of the upcoming holiday palette.  Incorporate these rich hues in your fireplace mantel, centerpieces, glassware and textiles to create a lush and layered look for your festivities.

From a stylish, well-appointed home in which to host your party to the quality and attention to detail in your party planning; this year the design scene and the party scene run hand-in-hand.  Décor is of great importance when planning your festive gathering, as are many other “little things” that will make this a special and elegant affair for all to remember.  Think formal invitations, with a dress code, to set the stage.  Or beautifully wrapped personalized ornaments as party favours for your guests … an added touch that will remind them of the evening.  It’s all in the details this party season!

From the flowers and décor, to the food and drinks, the best parties this season will be thoughtful, intentional and carefully crafted to reflect individual style while creating an unforgettable night for your guests.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your festive party planning!

  1. Glam up your tables with beautiful china, crystal and silver.  A bit of fresh greenery, candles and a few holiday touches are a quick and simple way to add a festive touch to your table top and other areas of your home.
  2. Consider hiring waiters or bartenders to assist, not only does this ensure the needs of your guests will always be attended to but it will also allow you to personally enjoy your party.
  3. Dessert/cake image — “Instead of formal desserts, create a decadent and festive sweet table for your guests.  Pretty vintage footed-cake plates, a touch of greenery and lush florals will make for a beautiful table-scape; feature an accompanying dessert wine to make this a fait accompli.”
  4. Floral arrangement image –“This beautiful floral arrangement is the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season featuring rich, lushes plum tones, with a great play on texture … who could ask for anything more.”

Floral design by – Opening Night Flowers

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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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Design: Colour Trends of 2018

Design: Colour Trends of 2018

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Design: Colour Trends of 2018

by Linda Mazur

The new year is just around the corner, and with it comes the anticipation of what design trends lie ahead. Colour continues both its inspiration and domination in 2018. Whether you prefer to use colour abundantly within a room, or minimally to punctate your space – without a doubt, colour definitely holds steady.

Paint companies, like Benjamin Moore, are forecasting a rich palette of hues from the revival of retro colours like burnt orange, to warm earthy palettes of pinks, browns and plumy greys, to rich reds, bold fuchsia and blues. The selections are endless, the combinations are striking. However, no matter which colour palette is yours, one thing that remains consistent in 2018 is gold. Whether you use this metallic hue as an accent in your accessories, hardware or lighting, or it becomes your primary wall colour shades of gold is “where it’s at” for 2018.

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The gold tones we are seeing this year range from the shiny yellowy gold of days past, to weathered golds. Unlacquered brass is also “en-pointe” for the coming year with a look and feel all its own. Its warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome. This finish is organic, and often referred to as a “living finish”. The absence of the lacquer allows the durable solid brass to naturally age over time and develop a beautiful unique patina of colour and texture. As a designer, I’m drawn to the unlacquered brass finish for everything from bathroom fittings and accessories, to furniture items and lighting, as it offers sophistication, old world charm and yet modernism.

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Fabric is always a wonderful way to add a burst of colour and texture to your living space. Texture has the ability to add a powerful, yet subtle dimension to a room, and continues to be a strong trend moving forward. If you’re a bit colour-phobic, preferring a neutral palette, texture can be a great way to still create an enviable home.

Colour adds personality to your home, creating a look and feel uniquely your own. May 2018 be the year you are inspired by colour and all shades gold!

TIPS FOR 2018:

  • A gallon of paint goes a long way in enriching any space, with a little bit of work you can quickly transform the feel of any room.
  • Don’t be afraid to mixed gold with other metals in your home, mix metals are on trend and can make a great statement.
  • Add a black element to your mix; by doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.

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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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Cover Story: All Dressed Up

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Cover Story: All Dressed Up

By Linda Mazur • Photography By Jason Hartog

Host a memorable affair with flair

The end of the year is fast approaching—the start of what I like to call the “season of soirées.” Holiday parties this year are taking on a more luxurious tone, welcoming the return of indulgence, glamour and colour that leaves guests begging for more. Here’s my guide to creating a formal, festive ambiance for an affair to remember.

COLOUR-FRIENDLY

Rich jewel tones must be in attendance at your formal get-together. Pretty amethyst, lush plum tones bordering on black, saturated pinks and potent pops of bright yellowygreen— a nod to 2017’s colour of the year—are a highlight of the upcoming holiday palette. Add these opulent hues to your fireplace mantel, centrepiece, coloured glassware and textiles, lending your soirée a lush, layered look.

DELIGHT THE SENSES

Amp up the luxury by adding texture to your decor; this is a great way to express your own style and personality, in a tactile way. Sumptuous velvets, silks and coarsely textured linens are a mainstay for the cool fall and winter nights, adding warmth and welcome to your home as your guests cosy up, relax and digest after a splendid meal.

As a designer, I’ve seen texture, pattern-play and mixed metals dominate the design scene through 2017, and indeed, these will see us through the final countdown of the year. Well-appointed, well thought-out decor reflects a more minimalistic approach to design, highlighting the beauty of each carefully selected piece or custom finish, and bringing balance and harmony to the room.

LAYERS OF LUXURY

This featured dining room showcases a mix of patterns carefully selected to complement the beautiful wallpaper—the focal point of this room. The sheen and texture of the dupioni silk drapery and the velvet dining chairs help create a sense of tactile luxury, while lending the perfect backdrop for the glamorous chandelier. We combined several different metallic finishes in this space to bring dimension to the design esthetic, and bring character and personality to the room.

5 TIPS FOR PARTY SEASON 2017

  1. Nothing sets the stage for a swanky soirée like a formal invitation! Send invites a month ahead of time, to give guests time to plan and RSVP.
  2. Glam up your tables with beautiful china, crystal and silver. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your serving dishes. It’s a great way to add personality and unique charm.
  3. Lay down freshly cut greens on top of serving trays for a quick and festive touch.
  4. Lighting is an important element not to be overlooked. Opt for dim, romantic lighting from multiple sources: chandelier, table lamps, sconces, candles. A layered lighting plan will help set the right mood.
  5. To ensure the right ambiance, communicate a dress code to your guests. They’ll appreciate getting the heads-up on what to wear (a sure distress for some!) but this will ensure the theme of your soirée is carried through from the decor, to the menu, to the guests.

THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES

Another trending element making an appearance at this season’s formal affairs is the curated and customized. Nothing screams “exclusive” like a little personalization—a relatively easy way to make your guests feel truly special. From colour that complements the occasion, to signature cocktails, and customized menu items with wine pairings, this highly stylized affair exudes elegance at every turn. This year, the design scene and the party scene run hand-in-hand, so your decor shouldn’t be an afterthought. Think personalized place-card holders, wine charms and party favours, and an elegant centrepiece to make your dining table the focal point.

Expect the best parties this season to be thoughtful, intentional and carefully crafted, to reflect individual style while indulging guests in a night they won’t soon forget.

SOURCES

DESIGNER: Linda Mazur Design Group DINING CHAIR UPHOLSTERY FABRIC by Robert Allen Manufactured by Silva Custom Furniture, CUSTOM DRAPERY FABRIC by Alendel, MANUFACTURING is Model Space Designs, WALLPAPER: JF Fabrics, LIGHT FIXTURE: Prima Lighting, BAR CART: Artage, FLORAL DESIGN by Opening Night Flowers, DESSERTS from Pusateri’s Fine Foods, AREA RUG: Stevens Omni

Linda Mazur, Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group, has almost two decade of experience running her multi-disciplinary design firm. Known for creating relaxed, stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada, her work has been published nationally in various publications. lindamazurdesign.com @LindaMazurGroup

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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

Design: Windows and Walls with Character

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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

by Linda Mazur

A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways.

The windows and walls in your home are not just a structural entity but, in fact, are a blank canvas for you to become inspired and create something impactful and dynamic. The fabric and wall coverings we are seeing today are not only inspirational but exciting. From bold geometrics to vintage floral, beautiful opulent metallic finishes, to the rustic vibe of reclaimed brick and wood, we just can’t get enough of the design power of fabric and wallpaper.

Both fabric and wallpaper can make a huge impact in any space. A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways, far beyond that of just paint. Whether your room is large or small, wallpaper and fabric can instantly set a style, make a bold statement or add character and personality to an otherwise basic design. It can change a vastly spacious room by making it feel more intimate and cozy, just the same way a bold and busy pattern can transform a small room in your home to a charming and dynamic space.

Wall coverings can address a blank wall in your home. However, many condo dwellers today have a greater amount of windows than walls; the view and light is fantastic but it can also be challenging. With the volume of windows some of my clients have in their condos, window treatments can become a costly venture. When looking to add some type of window coverings to your home, why not consider a combination of blinds and sheers? Motorized blinds are an easy option for condo dwellers, providing privacy and sun control. However, blinds alone can sometimes seem unfinished. With the addition of sheers this can become an attractive option. Much like wallpaper, sheer fabrics have come a long way in recent years. These are not the sheers you may remember from your childhood. Instead the sheer fabric options available today are exciting, colourful, incredibly patterned and textured — just the perfect thing to frame out your vista.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  • Look to create a stylish focal point in your room by wallpapering a single wall
  • Don’t be afraid of using large-scaled patterns in smaller spaces
  • Wallpapers are also available in peel and stick, making installation easier and often these papers are reusable, a great option for renters

As space is often at a premium in condos, one style that I like to suggest when designing for my clients is the ripple-fold drapery header. Ripple-fold is a simple, understated design for drapery. It has clean lines and the ability to highlight many large bold fabric patterns, but is exceedingly more elegant and custom looking in your living space than a basic grommet drapery header. A treatment such as ripple-fold, in combination with blinds, will complement your windows beautifully while also affording a tight, space saving stack-back of your drapery panels when not in use.

This style of drapery is best constructed using a fabric that has a great hang. Alendel Fabrics not only has a large selection of fabrics just perfect for this sort of window treatment, this season they have also launched a new line of wall coverings.

Become inspired with your walls and windows, and look to give them some personality and character.

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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Luxurious Gold

Luxurious Gold

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Luxurious Gold

by Linda Mazur

Synonymous with luxury and opulence, the colour gold has been enjoying a resurgence as of late. This is not the brassy yellow gold of decades past, but a fresh revitalized look of gold that not only gives this metallic colour a new lease on life but also gives the design world an inspiring playful element.

Florin shower fixture Victoria + Albert
Florin shower fixture Victoria + Albert

Metallic finishes are always a distinctive element in design and décor. They are easy to incorporate into any space and often can be the heart of the design. Metals can inspire creativity or simply be the finishing touches to your space. When looking to design a “spa-like” bathroom retreat, consider adding a bit of gold for that luxe-look. One “gold-toned” finish that definitely deserves some attention is un-lacquered brass: warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome. Unlacquered brass has an organic, unparalleled finish that is sometimes referred to as a “living finish”. Due to the absence of the lacquer, this durable solid brass finish is able to naturally age over time and develop a beautiful patina of colour and unique texture unique. It offers a beautifully aged slightly antiqued look. Un-lacquered brass can complement a modern design, work with rustic influences or add oldworld charm to a traditional space.

Shropshire clawfoot slipper tub by Victoria + Albert
Shropshire clawfoot slipper tub by Victoria + Albert

When creating a high-end bathroom oasis, functionality, durability and comfort are just as important as selecting finishes that offer a level of timelessness. Your faucets are not only the “jewellery” in your bathroom, they are also one of the hardest working elements sustaining a large amount of daily use and abuse; as such, quality is of the utmost importance.

Metals can inspire creativity or simply be the finishing touches to your space.

As we know, sourcing reliable and reputable faucets for sinks, baths and showers can be a significant part of the design process; and knowledge is an important part of making the right selections for your project. Take the time to understand the practical elements of your selections, from water pressure, and ease of cartridge replacement, to warranties and faucet repair or replacement, there can be several deciding factors when making your final choice. Another factor you may want to consider in your decision-making process is installation. For example, exposed shower systems have gained notoriety as of late and may prove to be a simpler installation option for your project. In this case, the mixers are combined with the temperature and pressure components of the shower and are located on the exterior of the shower wall usually in unison with the shower head.

Bathroom sink, Lario 100 Volo by Victoria + Albert
Bathroom sink, Lario 100 Volo by Victoria + Albert

Whether wall mount, single lever, vintage inspired or more modern and streamlined, your selection can be the difference between a moderately successful bathroom design and renovation, or a truly remarkable one.

The following are important tips to keep in mind when selecting your bathroom faucets:

  • To avoid delays or additional costs decide early on in the renovation process if you are wanting counter top or wall mounted faucets as this is critical when your plumbing rough-ins are being completed. Also, consult with your contractor or plumber if you’re looking to situate plumbing on exterior walls.
  • Touchless faucets require electrical mechanisms that mount under the countertop. Often, the sink does not allow for enough room to accommodate them.
  • Wall hung sinks and floating countertops can be great, but ensure that any exposed plumbing is well constructed and metallic pea traps are used. All too often, contractors install plastic ones and they become unsightly focal pointed when construction is complete.
  • Select the best quality faucets from reputable suppliers that the budget permits to ensure longevity, durability and maintainability.

 

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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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