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Your personal barista

Freshly ground, not capsuled, Jura is the leader in producing super-automatic specialty coffee machines. The new E8 is a modern refresh of Jura’s best-selling machine. With a touch of a button, prepare authentic and trendy coffee drinks such as espresso, latte macchiato, and flat white. Say hello to your personal barista.

FAEMA CANADA | faema.ca

Simplicity & beauty

The kitchen is the focal point in every home, so why not make it the kitchen of your dreams? Installing quartz or natural stone also adds value and beauty. BMG specializes in countertops, whether it be quartz (Caesarstone or Hanstone) or natural stone (granite, marble, quartzite). Nowadays, customers are looking for simplicity, beauty and maintenance-free products, which makes quartz a great choice for countertops. Visit the showroom in Vaughan and view the vast selection of slabs available.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE | beyondmarbleandgranite.com

The ultimate matte black accent

Discover amazing new design opportunities with the ultimate matte black accent for your kitchen. Introducing the VINTERA 30, a contemporary farmhouse sink in Coal Black, a brand new Silgranit colour. Featuring a slim 6.5-in. apron, generous nine-in bowl depth, and flushmount installation option, the VINTERA is both spacious and sleek. Its flat matte black colour and smooth silk matte feel are perfect for those who love bold, contemporary design.

BLANCO CANADA | blancocanada.com

Flexibility at your fingertips

Bosch has taken the trendy, flexible temperature drawer to the next level with its new VitaFreshPRO technology. Precise cooling and humidity keeps food fresher—up to three times longer. Multiple temperature settings allow you flexibility in this spacious compartment—hermetically sealed from the rest of the refrigerator—this special drawer can be converted for all occasions. Fruits and vegetables, cheeses and deli, drinks, and fish and meat. Visit Canadianappliance.ca for more details.

CANADIAN APPLIANCE SOURCE | canadianappliance.ca

Shades of grey

Introducing Bahia, inspired by the contrasting light and dark grey elements forged deep under the geological layers. Vicostone’s Quartz version is a popular choice for kitchen countertops and islands, benchtops, backsplash, bathroom vanities and more. Its desirable marble look makes it a unique design that will be the focal point of any project.

VICOSTONE | vicostone.ca

Simplicity & elegance

A modern take on the traditional framed shower door! ELERA marries the classic pivoting design with the contemporary lines of a frameless door. This emerging trend will highlight any bathroom decor by showcasing its simplicity and elegance. What’s more, with a unique 90-degree In&Out pivoting system and magnetic closure, getting in and out of the shower is easy as one-two-swing! Available in Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Matte Black. Various size ranges available. Price range: C$582 list List (single door) – C$2,107 List (two-sided).

FLEURCO | fleurco.com


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What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

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What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

Photography by Peter Sellar

Kitchens are changing dramatically in Canada as housing forms continue to change, and the driver is the divide between larger, expansive sprawl or estate-style homes versus the shrinking units found in the newer, micro-sized condo suites. They are also evolving to represent the true goal of these spaces – and it may differ from what you may initially think.

Size matters

The larger the home, the more likely one can find an eat-in style, more closed concept, dedicated kitchen space. While this room may be somewhat open to either the dining room or the family room for a great-room style feel, it is now more expansive and opulent than ever.

The smaller the home, the more likely the kitchen is completely open-concept to the main living area, adjacent to either the dining or family rooms, or even integrated into the suite as a whole like in a bachelor-style suite. In these types of spaces, appliances are more often hidden behind panel-style fronts, blending seamlessly and completely out of sight when not in use. It provides more of a multi-functional and flexible space, eliminating the feel that one is always in the kitchen when eating, socializing or even sleeping in those tight urban abodes.

Paradigm shift

The trends as it relates to colours of the cabinets and counters themselves are changing too. While the most popular all-white kitchen has dominated the last decade, the mood and related colour palette is shifting in a big way. The intermixing of colour, be it stained or painted cabinets, have been dropped into the spaces by way of feature islands or lower versus upper cabinet colouring, for some time now. Designer Laura Thornton from Thornton Design confirms the fashion of this hub has taken a virtual 180. “Black,” she says, “as well as deep greys and hearty wood tones in a matte or high-gloss finish,” are setting the dramatic stage. Mixing in more offsetting style includes large industrial ranges and ventilation hood fan covers as popping focal points in larger kitchens. Paired with gold hardware, the strong statement is a paradigm shift from recent historical kitchen projects where hoods were hidden and white cabinets and brushed nickel adorned virtually every project, along with light, if not pure white counters.

Industry insider

Quartz countertop company Cambria further confirms this. Kirstin Kucy, Toronto market rep from Cambria, affirms that even though white and grey counters are still extremely popular in kitchens, consumers and designers are trending more to a darker, sophisticated, richer colour palette. This is most visible in the kitchen surfaces where consumers are gravitating towards darker hues and low-lustre (matte finish) materials. “We’ve seen an increased interest in Cambria’s Blackpool Matte design, a low-sheen, solid-black quartz surface material, as well as in designs from our new Black Marble collection for use in kitchens, and even in architectural elements such as backsplashes, shower walls and fireplace surrounds, in lieu of tile,” she says.

Design district privileges

When planning your own kitchen project, be sure to swing by Toronto’s design-decor district – specifically The Building Block – the new one-stop shopping solution at the corner of Caledonia and Lawrence, where you can retain the full suite of both architectural and interior design services for your space, experience a number of the newest kitchen designs in new vignettes, as well as more than 160 countertop styles in the Cambria Premier Dealership in the Distinctive by Design Fine Cabinetry showroom. You can even retain the service of full construction execution – all under one Green rooftop patio! While in the area, be sure to check out some of our designer and trade local favourites, such as the café inside Elte, or for some cured meats or an espresso at Speducci Mercatto, where you can feel like a trendsetting European as you sort out the selections you will use for your own amazing kitchen.

Buon appetito!

Brendan Charters is a Founding Partner at Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the GTA’s only four-time winner of the Renovator of the Year award.

@eurodalehomes

(416) 782-5690


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