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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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GTA Home & Reno Show

GTA Home & Reno Show

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GTA Home & Reno Show

GTA Home & Reno Show will inspire homeowners to use smart technology, master their next design project and make their home more energy savvy.

Steer your home renovation into the right lane at the GTA Home & Reno Show, presented by RE/MAX at the International Centre in Mississauga on February 16 to 19, 2018. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore more than 300 exhibitors, meet with the GTA’s top contractors, suppliers and design experts and be inspired by renovation and DIY celebrities.

“The GTA Home & Reno Show is a great resource for your next home project, big or small,” said show manager Tina Holmes. “There is always something to do at home, whether inside or outside. From a simple hardware upgrade to a massive renovation, consumers are looking for advice and the hands-on experience they need to tackle any project with confidence.

“This year’s stage lineup and onsite experiences ensure you are on route to transforming your house into a dream home.”

Turn Right at Inspiration

The GTA Home & Reno Show has an amazing lineup that will inspire homeowners to integrate smart technology into their space, master their next design project with ease and make their home more energy savvy.

Control 4, a mini starter home on wheels, showcases new smart home technology and how it can work behind the scenes to complement the decor of any residence.

The cheekily named Granny’s House shows that not all oldies are goodies. Tour this interactive space and experience everything that could be wrong with your home – from drafty outlets to inefficient windows – and learn how to make the right upgrades, saving you energy and reducing your monthly bills.

Inspiring new reno projects and DIY ideas is a stimulating lineup of Canada’s favourite design and renovation celebrities at the CasaLife Main Stage. Presented by Thomasville Cabinetry, HGTV’s Scott McGillivray will be sharing his top do-it-yourself tips. If you’re planning a renovation in 2018, don’t miss TV handyman Chris Palmer, CityLine’s Leigh-Ann Allaire and carpenter craftsman Jordan Spear. If craving design inspiration, don’t miss designers Linda Mazur and Rebecca Hay, as well as colour trend Expert Janice Fedak.

Turn Left at Expert Advice

Once inspired, start planning by sitting down one-on-one with an expert. Test your skills, or gain new skills at one of the show’s many interactive spaces, or bring your pictures, sketches and more for a free consultation with some of the industry’s best personnel:

DIY Tooling Centre: Chat with experts to learn how to handle the tools you need to undertake your next DIY project, from painting to plumbing.

Handyman’s Corner: Canada’s ultimate handyman, Shawn Monteith, will be here to share his secrets, from patching walls to tackling trim.

Destination Renovation presented by BILD & RenoMark: Meet face-to-face with renovators and builders alike for a no-nonsense, one-on-one construction consultations that will save you valuable time and money.

Design Intervention presented by Reno & Decor Magazine:  Celebrity interior designers and decorators will be on hand to offer individual consultations, free advice and expert tips.

Ask a Certified Landscape Design Expert: Transform your outdoor space with a custom 15-minute complimentary talk with top garden and landscape experts.

Feature Home Straight Ahead

Walk through the “Axelle” Feature Home. Built by Bonneville Home, this full-scale home offers inspiration you can see and touch, fusing three design styles into one and showing that traditional beauty can be mixed with a full range of contemporary features.

When you visit the GTA Home & Reno Show you will have arrived at your destination.

The GTA Home & Reno Show

The International Centre
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga

Friday, February 16  =  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 17  =  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 18  =  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, February 19  =  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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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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Design: Turning Up The Heat

Design: Turning Up The Heat

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Design: Turning Up The Heat

by Linda Mazur

With the change in seasons fast approaching, our desire to create a warm, comfy layered look in our homes is only natural.

We look to incorporate the textures and colours of accessories like faux fur throw blankets, beautiful lush velvety cushions and some of the wonderful richly coloured accent pieces we are seeing in stores today. But, have you considered adding a fireplace as part of your room “makeover”?

A fireplace is a great focal point in any room and the perfect starting point if you’re looking to build a relaxing room that’s charming and inviting on those cold winter days. It can instantly transform your space by adding not only design interest, but also comfort …creating a cozy atmosphere. There’s much to consider when deciding on a fireplace, from the location to the size of the room, from the design aspect to the requirement restrictions. Are you looking for a more traditional mantle look, or perhaps a sleek modern approach is more your style?

Fireplaces today are not just for house-dwellers, if you reside in a condo all is not lost. You too can enjoy the beauty and comfort of the season by installing an electric fireplace in your home. Electric fireplaces have come a long way in their design since they first appeared on the market, and have become a viable alternative to those that are unable to install a gas unit. There are many different styles of electric units available, from a traditional log set with mantle, to beautiful ice crystal units, river rock to the “true to life” organic look of a natural wood burning fire of the Opti-Myst units created by Dimplex (Dimplex.com). As a designer, I’m a big fan of these Opti- Myst electric fireplace units. Fireplaces are a great design feature, and these units offer the look and feel of a wood burning fire by using revolutionary ultrasonic technology to create the most realistic, life-like flame and water vapors to create smoke effects; an aesthetically pleasing visual display that is second to none.

Ethanol fireplace units are also a great option for condo dwellers. Ethanol units are easy to install and available in so many different styles and sizes, from full fireplaces to table top units, to columns that are great for the outdoors and can be incorporated in to your balcony design. Ethanol fuel is all-natural and made from renewable resources, a highly efficient heating solution for your home.

Though electric fireplaces are far simpler to purchase and install than gas, there still are so many options and possibilities that you really should do your homework to decide on the best for your home. Fireplace units can be free-standing or built-in, plug-in or hard-wired, emanate heat or simply be a visual accent (KastleFireplace.ca). I like to turn to a knowledgeable company like Kastle Fireplace to assist in purchasing the most suitable unit when designing for my clients.

With winter fast approaching get inspired by all the colour, texture and beautiful accessories you’re seeing to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. A fireplace could be the best decor addition of all this season.

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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Bathroom Bliss

Bathroom Bliss

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Bathroom Bliss

by Linda Mazur

Bathrooms are traditionally one of the smallest rooms in your home, and have long been simply a functional space that never garnered much attention.  However, today bathrooms are becoming elevated to highly stylized spaces that not only evoke personal taste but customized lavishness.

Whether it’s a “spa-like” retreat you’re after or a timeless, classic design that is big on functionality, today’s bathrooms are delivering large on luxury.  Beautiful porcelain tiles that create stylish patterns on your floors and walls, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry designed to fulfil all your storage needs, elegant soaker tubs that not only deliver on beauty and style but comfort and relaxation…these are the makings of a luxurious bathroom oasis.  However, a good bathroom design isn’t just about style, it’s also about functionality.  It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is large or small, if you prefer a charming rustic look or something more refined, when you’re looking to renovation your bathroom your design should bring together all that is the best of what you envision while still maintaining the needs of day-to-day living.

With all that is available to us today, it’s easy to be inspired.  The tile selections are endless from tile that looks like wood, to metallic finishes, to art-deco influenced tile pattern; it’s enough to make your head spin.  And then, there’s your bathroom faucets and fittings?  It used to be that chrome was the way to go, however, today we have options available from trending unlacquered brass, from respected design forward company Victoria + Albert to matte blacks and coppers.

Victoria + Albert, vandabath.com
Victoria + Albert, vandabath.com

Needless to say, today’s bathrooms are no longer just a practical space, they are rooms with character and personality that are intended as much for general usage as they are for relaxation.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your bathroom renovation:

  • Do some research and create a realistic budget, though it’s a small room, a bathroom renovation tends to be more expensive than many believe
  • Look to purchase the best quality your budget allows one of my favourite overall brands for quality and design is Victoria + Albert
  • As your tub is intended for relaxation so when shopping get in it and check out the comfort level

Come meet me at the Fall Home Show on main stage with designer Kate Davidson this Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2pm -3pm talking all about bathroom design.

****Also visit me at the RENO & DECOR booth # 1319 this Friday, September 15th from  3pm-5pm; and Saturday, September 16th from 11am – 1pm.

Check here for all of the times and event details.


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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