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DESIGN: Staying Neutral

DESIGN: Staying Neutral

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DESIGN: Staying Neutral

by Linda Mazur

There is often a misconception that decorating in neutrals can be boring. A neutral palette can be far more dynamic than you may believe while creating a calm yet chic space that allows you to introduce drama and personality by way of furniture, lighting, artwork, accessories or design elements such as texture or architecture.

Photo courtesy AlendelFabrics.com
Photo courtesy AlendelFabrics.com

When working with neutrals one important design element to remember is texture. Texture is a wonderful addition to any space, and a great little design secret. Texture has the ability to add both powerful and simultaneously subtle dimension to a room. Staying in the calmer neutral tones can create a canvass for many great textures such as lush velvets, rough-hewn woods, beautiful natural marbles or richly antiqued metals to name a few. Sometimes, the use of bold colours for your walls can overpower or minimize the textural elements of your space, as opposed to highlighting them. There are a multitude of options available to create your own personality when decorating with neutrals. Reclaimed barnboard and cement accents may be desired by some of us, while others have an affinity for the plushness of a lovely velvet fabric and the elegance of beautiful silks for drapery.

One benefits to working with neutrals is the sense of timelessness that it creates. These subtle tones can enable you to easily highlight new trending colours, accessories and even finishes. The introduction of some boldly coloured toss cushions, great accessories, well-curated furnishings or fun patterns could be just the touch needed to elevate your neutral space to place of distinction.

TIPS:

  • Texture is of the utmost importance when keeping it neutral as it adds interest to your space
  • There are a multitude of shades and hues to work with in the realm of neutrals, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit
  • Add pops of colour to your neutral spaces
  • Incorporate a wide selection of fabric types and patterns when working with neutrals
  • A touch of black can go a long way when working with neutrals

As a designer I do like to work in neutrals when designing for my clients. I enjoy creating spaces that appear effortless and timeless, offering the flexibility to easily alter the look of their spaces depending on the season, mood or current design trends. A neutral colour scheme can be an investment in your home. Think of it as a stepping stone to an abundant amount of design possibilities when blended with textures, patterns, accent colour, architectural detailing. Whether designing a main living space, bathroom or kitchen staying in a neutral colour palette opens up a world of options that are far from the mundane.

Neutrals create a calmness to our home. A warm and inviting space in which to relax, entertain and live. This classic and lasting approach to design can be far more dramatic than you may have originally thought. When planning your next project consider the charm of the neutrals. You may be surprised by the chic results!

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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Trend Showcase: Texture Injects Interest Into Furniture And Decor This Year

Trend Showcase: Texture Injects Interest Into Furniture And Decor This Year

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Trend Showcase: Texture Injects Interest Into Furniture And Decor This Year

by Linda Mazur
Photos courtesy of Larry Arnal of Arnal Photography

Here’s what we found at the Furniture Show.

This year’s Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show, May 25th to 27th, 2018 boasted a multitude of trends that we will see sweeping the retail industry in 2018 and beyond.

The industry is making a serious shift back to simplicity and organic design, and that was evident in many of the pieces on display this past weekend. Smooth curves and rounded edges are prominent in furniture and decor, giving sofas, tables, chairs, and consoles a relaxed element; we’ve said goodbye to harsh modern angles and are welcoming an influx of softer pieces. Scandinavian design continues to be hot in 2018, as well as bold influences from the 70s.

The mixture of blonde wood with stylish and functional furniture will make a striking feature in the homes of many this year. Pops of black and white, and mixed metals finishes are also on the rise; we saw eye catching accessories, and decor pieces such as toss cushions and light fixtures created dramatic looks on the show floor.

A common theme amongst all of these incoming design trends is that of texture; whether it’s a plush velvet, a lovely wood grain, or a rough and industrial concrete finish, visual and tactile texture is injecting interest into furniture and decor this year. Lastly, technology continues to play a large part in trend-setting design.

Automation and ease of use is driving the furniture industry toward pieces that are not only on trend but are functional for the user. Whether you’re renovating your home or just looking for a fresh spring update, this year’s Trend Showcase was the perfect queue for what’s to come for retail in 2018 and 2019.

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

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Lighting up our summer!

Lighting up our summer!

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Lighting up our summer!

by Linda Mazur

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons.

The warm weather has finally arrived and many of us will be working on outdoor living spaces for our clients. Creating a beautiful, well-curated backyard oasis, with lush gardens can be an exciting project. However, an outdoor space cannot be truly complete without proper lighting. It not only adds value to the home, it can bring great enjoyment and value to life.

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons such as safety and ease of mobility. Whether it’s an entryway, pathway lighting, recessed deck lighting, a security light or beautiful sconces outside doorways, we require basic lighting to assist us in the dark. However, good outdoor lighting also carries an aesthetic value.

When planned properly, exterior entryway lights can highlight architecture features, whether at the front or rear of the home. As we know, there are multitudes of styles and lighting options available from modern to traditional to period pieces — wall sconces to pendant lighting. Decide what may be the most complementary to enhance the exterior of your home. Recessed soffit lights may be another option to consider and are a great way to “wall-wash” the house, casting a warm glow and highlighting the architectural details.

Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture
Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture

Deck lighting and pathway lighting not only improves the aesthetics of your outdoor space, it obviously also enables us to move freely and safely in the dark. When creating pathway lighting remember to keep your lights well balanced and staggered to avoid the “landing strip” effect that we so often see. When lighting a staircase, I’m often asked by clients how many lights are enough? For a relatively narrow staircase, a single step light centred in each riser may be sufficient, for wider steps you may feel that you require a series of lights along each riser, or perhaps they can be positioned in the stringers.

Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca
Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca

Accent lighting is also important when planning an outdoor project. Consider adding lighting to garden beds, up lighting trees, architectural features like pergolas, arbours or gazebos, or perhaps a wall or water feature. And, let’s not forget that fire is a great feature for the outdoors. Whether it’s an actual formal fireplace or simply one of the various other options such as columns, bowls, pits, lanterns or tables, the addition of fire to your space is a wonderful feature to cozy up and enjoy the summer evening outdoors.

Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca
Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca

When planning and designing your outdoor living spaces, keep in mind that the drive to Smart Home automation is not lost outdoors. Consider Control4 for your lighting, sound, water features, security and more, to enhance your space with ease, as well as maintain usage control.

Our time outdoors in the summer is so short-lived; however, with the addition of proper lighting you can extend and enhance your stay to really soak in the relaxation and pleasures that the summer months have to offer.

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

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DESIGN: From the Ground Up

DESIGN: From the Ground Up

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DESIGN: From the Ground Up

by Linda Mazur

Start your design story with your floors

As small space dwellers, the reality is that sometimes our renovation options may differ a little because we live in a condo. Although condo living can come with its own set of design challenges, there should be no reason that these restrictions should hold us back from creating a magazine-worthy look in our home. Sometimes, the biggest design inspiration for your home can lie right under your nose… or rather, your feet! Instead of searching for inspiration in fabrics and colours, why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? With the multitude of possibilities in today’s flooring, designing your space from the ground up can be simpler than you may believe.

Whether you are renovating a charming vintage walk-up or a modern new build, it’s no secret that condo restrictions can sometimes be the biggest challenge when choosing flooring that is both beautiful and practical. Recently though, we have seen a surge in beautiful floorings like luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core, and laminate flooring that will not only meet the requirements of your condo but will spark your design creativity and serve as a great kick off to the remainder of your project.

Laminate flooring is a hard surface flooring that has been around for quite a while. It is manufactured using material like medium or high-density fiberboard, which forms the core. Luxury vinyl is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible, and comes in a variety of installation options, providing a great look as well as comfort. Luxury vinyl has a multitude of options that have the look of wood, stone, or other natural materials. Vinyl composite core is a newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. The boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring that can be installed anywhere.

Flooring can be inspirational, it has the ability to set the tone for your entire design. Envision a beautifully distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add in some wonderful custom millwork, an elegant plaster ceiling with moulding detail, and a charming old chandelier. Play off this vintage look by adding a simple tailored sofa, Scandi-inspired chairs, and perhaps a rustic coffee table and finish it with colourful accessories. Top this all off with beautiful soft billowy linen sheer drapes, and you’ve creating for yourself an elevated yet relaxed living space, all inspired by your flooring!

However, flooring can tell more than just one story. This same flooring could also inspire a typical urban kitchen to have a more relaxed, country-chic feel. Blend in some warm mixed metals, a fusion of soft grey and wood toned cabinetry, a vintage looking quartz countertop, and you are well on your way to creating for yourself a fantastic kitchen space to be enjoyed with family and friends.

This year’s design trends are all about bold colours, beautiful textures and patterns, so it can feel natural to look to paint, fabric, or cabinetry when searching for direction on your next renovation. Keep in mind that inspiration can be found in many different forms. When embarking on your next project, try looking down to see what’s underfoot… you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find!

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

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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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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 – ReCap

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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 – ReCap

RENO & DECOR Magazine presented “Design Intervention”

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I thoroughly enjoyed designing RENO & DECOR’s – Design Intervention booth this year for the National Home Show.

Inspired by lakeside living, the booth was a unique “cottagey” space with shiplap walls, comfortable and classy furnishings and great colourful decor items like handcrafted cottage themed pillows. The summer’s night sky mural and charming check bedroom walls added unique touches typical of a lux Muskoka retreat.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came in to enjoy our little cottage and talk design!


Winners of the Contests:

  • The Velux skylight and installation – Maria T of Mississauga
  • A 2 hour in-home design consultation with Rebecca Hay – Bethany L of Toronto
  • A gift card and bench from UpCountry – Sandra S of Toronto



Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:


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


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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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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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:

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GTA Home & Reno Show 2018 - ReCap

GTA Home & Reno Show 2018 – ReCap

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GTA Home & Reno Show 2018 – ReCap


RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention

Visitors to the Design Intervention booth were treated to a combination of design advice and inspiration. The advice was courtesy of our host of design experts that were on hand to provide free 15 minute consultations. The inspiration was provided by the amazing booth space designed by Kate Davidson of Kate & Co Design Inc.. Using furnishings and accessories from Casalife and custom murals from Ruth Baker Design, Kate was able to create a beautiful, open space full of colour.


I took a different design approach when designing this years booth for Reno & Decor and created one space two ways. As a designer I like to work with colour and textures and tried to showcase how designing with colour can effect how we interpret our living spaces. Working with Casalife furnishings we created two cohesive looks from one living, dining and work spaces. One space was more moody with richer dark tones, while the other side was created using softer visual materials creating a light and airy feel.”

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Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:


RENO & DECOR Would like to thank the following sponsors of DESIGN INTERVENTION:


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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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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