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DESIGN: Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

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Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

Planning a kitchen renovation is always exciting, and often overwhelming. The enthusiasm of pouring over the multitude of Pinterest inspirations often morphs into the stress of decision making of cabinet styles, colours, layouts and product selections.

Today, we have hundreds of options available to us when it comes to all of the finishing touches. Our sinks and faucets are no longer simply utilitarian, countertops come in an array of colours, textures, patterns and product compositions – whether natural or man-made, and appliances have taken an almost artful approach to complement our kitchens. Even accessories such as lighting, stools and hardware have upped their ante to become statement makers in today’s kitchen.

Classic white kitchens will always remain, but right now it’s all about colour! Whether it’s a deep rich green or charcoal grey for our cabinetry, or perhaps richly antiqued brass lighting, the new popularity of injecting colour into our kitchens is creating a character and style all its own. Warm metals can be found everywhere, from custom range hoods making dramatic statements to our kitchen faucets, now being designed as “showpieces.” Faucets have matured beyond simple chrome or satin nickel to a modern vibe of matte black, the warmth of aged golds and the new revival of blackened pewters. One of the hottest new trends in faucets is the two-tone blending of black and metals – and companies such as Blanco have a great selection. Also, and a favourite of mine, are their Silgranit composite sinks that come in a variety of colours and styles. Not only durable, heat and stain resistant, these sinks are also a step up in style, finish and colour from their stainless counterparts.

Black remains a powerful force in kitchen design, and it is moving past the accessories to become a strong colour for cabinetry as well as appliances. Black has the ability to add an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditionally classic feel to any room – and the kitchen is no exception. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it with your faucet, sink or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

Regardless of your personal style, one thing is for certain – our finishing touches have become strong influencers in the kitchen. Find your own inspiration and comfort when it comes to colour, metals and textures, and look to inject some life into your kitchen space. These accessories have progressed from being just functional. With the choices available to us today, they have been designed to be statement-makers that not only elevate our kitchens but create stunning focal points in what was once simply a practical room. Kitchens remain the heart of any home, but that does not mean they need to be boring!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kitchens

Product Showcase – Kitchens

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Product Showcase – Kitchens

Depart from the ordinary

Delta’s Pivotal Collection brings global appeal and a striking statement to your kitchen with sleek, contemporary geometry. Shown here, the Pivotal Collection in Black Stainless finish combines confident, angular lines and exclusive smart technologies to embody modern style.

MASCO CANADA

Concrete Gray – New silgranit colour by Blanco

The perfect shade of gray with a balanced colour profile, this engineered colour combines the highly sought-after raw look of natural concrete with the functionality, feel and performance of Blanco’s patented SILGRANIT material. Subtle, dark speckles depict elements found in real concrete.

BLANCO CANADA

Get creative with your backsplash

Trapezium by Arvex is a glass mosaic collection available in multiple colours that is sure to astound. It impressively blends frosted and matte glass tessera with clear ones, showcasing a sparkling metallic background. A great choice if you’re looking to add brightness and flair to your kitchen backsplash.

CIOT INC.

Beautiful, durable quartz & granite

Quartz countertops offer great beauty, value, durability and maintenance-free simplicity. Beyond Marble & Granite fabricates and installs quartz and granite countertops for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and can customize fireplace surrounds. BMG also offers a wide range of products such as custom cabinetry, porcelain tile, mosaics, faucets, sinks and more. Visit the showroom in Vaughan for personalized attention and competitive prices.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE

Timeless simplicity & functionality

Timeless simplicity with distinctive design and functionality is what Kakoz Kitchens & Custom cabinetry is known for. Serving the Greater Toronto and surrounding area, this family-owned business has extensive experience in kitchen designs and custom woodwork for all commercial and residential projects. No limitation to design aspects and challenges, material selection ranges from modern, traditional, transitional and contemporary.

KAKOZ KITCHENS

Timesless & memorable marble

Every year, premium quartz manufacturer Caesarstone unveils innovative new colours. First to be released this spring is Empire White 5151, a unique marble quartz that is Caesarstone’s latest interpretation of authentic Calacatta marble. It presents the sophisticated beauty of natural stone alongside the durability and easy maintenance that are synonymous with Caesarstone. Like all Caesarstone, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Accent colours

Black with gold has been increasing in trend lately, and Amati Canada is a good place to find a lot of brands launching collections that bring out the best using these finishes. The trick is the subtleness of the two combined and not to visually overwhelm. Check out their collections, or visit the Amati showroom or website.

AMATI CANADA

Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

Quartz & stone in all shapes and sizes

The Remnant Warehouse has more than 2,000 pieces of popular quartz brands such as Caesarstone and Silestone, as well as natural stone in all shapes and sizes. Find excellent pricing on materials for small projects. You can view all of these pieces, plus register for designer and contractor pricing at qrw.ca.

THE REMNANT WAREHOUSE

Timeless & elegant

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

TAPESTRY DECOR

Distinctly beautiful. Naturally Canadian

HanStone Quartz is Ontario’s only quartz brand. Proudly manufactured in London Ontario, HanStone’s state of the art facility produces material for all of North America. HanStone offers superior quality, exceptional design and more than 40 inspiring colours and patterns. The local choice for designers and homeowners alike.

HANSTONE CANADA

Natural timeless beauty

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

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Revolutionary voice assist faucet

The Sensate Touchless Faucet with Kohler Konnect is your voice-controlled kitchen assistant. Use simple commands to turn water on and off and dispense measured amounts of water. It can also monitor water usage and alert you if unusual usage is detected via the Kohler Konnect app. Visit the website for more information.

KOHLER

Silestone eternal noir

Part of Silestone’s Eternal Collection, this new shade is an adaptation of the natural Sahara Noir Marble. Set upon a black backdrop, Eternal Noir is characterized by its luxurious white and gold-toned veining. The veining and highlights run completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an authentic natural appearance.

COSENTINO

Ideal for any coffee lover

The new Jura S8 from Faema Canada is the ideal companion for any coffee lover. Simply select your favourite beverage from the full colour touch screen and within seconds enjoy your favourite specialty coffee. The one touch options include: Flat White, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso, Americano and more.

FAEMA CANADA

Thin Tile

Ranging in thickness from 3.5- to 20-mm with panel sizes between 80- by 100-cm to 160- by 320-cm, this new large-format porcelain opens the door to never before available applications for tile, merging between traditional tile design and stone slabs. ThinTile specializes in the design, supply, delivery, and installation for large thingauged porcelain tile.

THIN TILE

Beautiful designer hardware

Prima Home Hardware has elegant kitchen cabinet hardware to suit any style or design. Ranging from ring pulls, handles and knobs, all are fashioned from quality materials so that they don’t have to be replaced. Exceptional quality and a subtle artistic touch go into the design of all of their cabinet hardware.

PRIMA HOME HARDWARE

Make a bold statement in matte black or white

The sleek low-profile design of BLANCO’s POSH faucet is now available in two new finishes: full Anthracite and full White. Anthracite is the perfect matte black finish with luxurious, earthy properties. White creates an exquisite monochromatic look in light kitchens.

BLANCO CANADA


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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

Faucets, sinks and countertops – Hanstone, Caesarston, Cosentino and more

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Faucets, sinks and countertops – Hanstone, Caesarston, Cosentino and more

BOUTIQUE COLLECTION

From the depths of Northern France to the streets of Yorkville, HanStone’s new Boutique Collection encapsulates the beauty and elegance of the world’s most stunning cities. Inspired by alluring destinations, this crisp and cool collection features a gorgeous array of seven new modern quartz surfaces, all with unique and striking marbled veining—perfect for elevating and adding a timeless feel to any space.

HANSTONE CANADA

A FUSION OF PATTERN & COLOUR

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

CAESARSTONE CANADA

SILESTONE BY COSENTINO’S NEW SILVER LAKE

Part of Silestone by Cosentino’s new Loft Series, Silver Lake is a unique and original colour that offers a fresh and contemporary take on the industrial look of concrete. Its elegant white background is superimposed with soft nuances of grey, and features Silestone’s new Raw Texture, replicating the matte finish of concrete. Visit the website or call the Cosentino Toronto Showroom at 416.247.9090.

COSENTINO

ONCE IMPOSSIBLE, NOW POSSIBLE

Art resides at the core of Vicostone’s product development, and they aim to immortalize an artistic touch in every design. With constant innovation and unique know-how, Vicostone are pioneers in “The Art of Quartz.” Inspired by the elegance of natural travertine with a vein cut that visually resembles wood grain, this collection offers a stunning, luxurious new look with the resiliency of engineered quartz for your countertop. Available in white, cream and black.

VICOSTONE CANADA INC.

AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO SPA EVERY DAY

The Delta HydroRain Two-in-One Shower Head installs in minutes with no special plumbing needed. Once installed, it provides you with a luxurious shower experience and complete control over your water with a pivoting raincan, and the option to use the raincan on its own, the showerhead on its own, or both together. Available at kitchen and bath showrooms, select retailers and online across Canada.

MASCO CANADA

NATURAL, TIMELESS BEAUTY

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

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

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

BLANCO CANADA LTD.

A PERFECT BALANCE

Riobel is proud to present its newest powder room collection: Ciclo, a perfect balance between technical and design aspects in faucetry. The faucets in this new collection are offered in four finishes: chrome, brushed chrome, brushed gold and black, with three different types of handles: plain, fluted and knurled.

RIOBEL


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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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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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Product Showcase: Kitchens

Product Showcase: Kitchens

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Product Showcase: Kitchens

by Rise Levy

Timeless & Elegant

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

TAPESTRY DECOR
TapestryDecor.ca

Focus On Quality & Fine Detail

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

IRPINIA KITCHENS
Irpinia.com

A Fusion Of Pattern & Colour

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

CAESARSTONE CANADA
Caesarstone.ca

Modern Custom Made Collection

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

AYA KITCHENS & BATHS
AyaKitchens.com
AvaniKitchens.com

Can’t Believe It’s Ikea Eh?

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

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

Versatile Design

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

AMERICAN STANDARD
AmericanStandard.ca

Pretty Practical

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

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY
GreensvilleSoapstone.com

Tile Makeover

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

X-TILE CANADA
X-Tile.net

The Next Evolution of Sensor Technology

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

BLANCO CANADA LTD.
BlancoCanada.com

ONCE IMPOSSIBLE, NOW POSSIBLE

Art resides at the core of Vicostone’s product development, and they aim to immortalize an artistic touch in every design. With constant innovation and unique know-how, Vicostone are pioneers in “The Art of Quartz.” Inspired by the elegance of natural travertine with a vein cut that visually resembles wood grain, this collection offers a stunning, luxurious new look with the resiliency of engineered quartz for your countertop. Available in white, cream and black.

VICOSTONE CANADA INC.

vicostone.ca

INDUSTRIAL LOOK

The Riobel Bistro kitchen faucet is perfect for an industrial look and makes a real statement. It offers a two-jet handspray and is available in three different finishes. Its flexible swing spout gives this faucet a wide range of motion and the pull-out spray extends the range even further. Riobel: brilliantly modern.

RIOBEL

riobel.ca

CUSTOM CRAFTSMANSHIP

Perola Kitchens & Interiors use world-class custom craftsmanship to design, build and install exquisite and high-quality kitchens and cabinetry. From contemporary to transitional kitchens, their expertise and unsurpassed quality make them leaders in kitchen remodelling.

PEROLA KITCHENS

perolakitchens.com

INNOVATIVE, ULTRA COMPACT

Dekton by Cosentino introduces a new colour, Fossil, a textured gray stone with fossil-like organisms, reminiscent of ancient times. Its mottled pattern gives naturalness to any space, offering both beauty and personality. Dekton is an innovative, ultra-compact surface used for both interior and exterior applications, such as kitchen countertops, flooring, wall cladding, fireplace surrounds and bathrooms. Dekton is highly stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant.

COSENTINO

dekton.ca

CUSTOMIZE YOUR KITCHEN

Allstyle Cabinet Doors has created a “Retro-Fit” solution for fully customizing the look of IKEA cabinets. Allstyle offers alternative styles and material options to create the kitchen design you desire. The flexibility of combining standard cabinetry with finely crafted doors creates a stunning result.

ALLSTYLE CABINET DOORS

allstyle.ca

NATURALLY CANADIAN

Canada’s premium quartz manufacturer, HanStone Canada, is revolutionizing the quartz industry. Produced in a state-of-the-art facility in London, Ontario, HanStone Quartz is known for superior quality and exceptional design. With over 40 unique colours and patterns to draw inspiration from, paired with a lifetime residential warranty, it’s no wonder HanStone is the natural choice for homeowners and interior designers alike. Locally Made, Distinctly Beautiful, Naturally Canadian.

HANSTONE CANADA

hanstone.ca

RENOVATOR’S DREAM SHOP

Beyond Marble and Granite is committed to finding the ideal kitchen or bath design to suit your budget and lifestyle. Offering a wide selection of quartz and granite countertops, BMG also has a wide selection of mosaics and backsplashes, porcelain tile, faucets, sinks, and more. The team at BMG believe that every project deserves to be a masterpiece, whether big or small. They fabricate and install countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, and also customize fireplace surrounds. Installing quartz or granite countertops adds value and beauty to any room in your home, office or cottage. Visit BMG’s showroom in Vaughan or Mississauga for great deals.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE

beyondmarbleandgranite.com

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY

Amati Canada has curated a line for your kitchen that will evoke an emotional response. Their showroom space is a unique experience. Escape the ordinary is their theme this year. Shown here, LITZE BY BRIZO. Luxury & Affordability

AMATI CANADA

AmatiCanada.com

SMOOTH SOPHISTICATION

Delta’s Trinsic PRO Collection combines rugged industrial design with smooth sophistication, creating a distinct aura of a gourmet cooking space. Shown here, the Trinsic PRO in the Black Stainless finish, capturing the effortless silhouette with smart features exclusive to Delta.

DELTA FAUCET

deltafaucet.ca


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Product Showcases: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

Product Showcases: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

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Product Showcases: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

by Rise Levy

TIMELESS DESIGN

Contemporary. Minimal. Enduring. Bring the beauty of Caesarstone into your home in a new way with the limited edition Wall Clock collection. It’s style that goes beyond the surface. Shown here, 5211 Noble Grey.

CAESARSTONE CANADA
caesarstone.ca

SMART CONTROL

PUSH, TURN, SHOWER—The intuitive GROHE SmartControl Shower System features direct control of each shower outlet and a personalized volume setting. Simply push to stop and start, and turn to adjust the water flow. GROHE TurboStat technology delivers your desired water temperature within a fraction of a second. Now that’s smart!

GROHE CANADA
grohe.ca

LAUNDRY ROOM LOVE

The BLANCO LIVEN laundry sink will add new life to your laundry room. Designed for modern laundry rooms, the LIVEN features gently curved corners for cleaning convenience. This dual-mount, 12-inch deep sink is made of SILGRANIT (natural granite composite material) and is available in seven colours.

BLANCO CANADA LTD.
blancocanada.com

THE BEST IN SATIN GOLD

Bathrooms are becoming an extension of one’s self; a reflection of your style, attitude and boldness. Satin Gold expresses one’s confidence and success, yet creates an inviting sensation to the senses. Amati Canada brings out the best in Satin Gold, from the faucets to bathtubs, and their showroom space is a very fine and exclusive experience.

AMATI CANADA
amati.com

THE GENIUS SHOWER

Thanks to its versatile design, the Genius Shower from Riobel blends in perfectly with all bathroom decors. This high-tech shower system is sure to satisfy all expectations. Simple and user-friendly–two words that perfectly sum up the Genius Shower. Its digital keypad is so easy to handle that everyone in the family will be able to use it.

RIOBEL
riobel.ca

ELEGANT NEW COLOUR

Part of the Dekton by Cosentino Natural Collection, the new colour offering Opera replicates the look of elegant Italian Carrara marble and boasts the extraordinary new soft-touch finish from Dekton, Velvet Texture. Simple light-grey veining adds depth and a unique contrast to the creamy white surface for a classic understated finish.

DEKTON
dekton.ca

DO-IT-YOURSELF MASONRY

Fusion Stone is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your home, inside and out. Utilizing a patented system of thin-stone veneer, it is easily installed with the included stainless-steel clips and screws. Available in three distinct types, all backed by a Lifetime Guarantee, Fusion Stone can be installed on both new and existing wall assemblies.

FUSION STONE
fusionstone.ca

HIGH DRAMA, LOW MAINTENANCE

One of the leading quartz surface manufacturers and trendsetters in kitchen countertops, Vicostone has introduced their 2018 NEW design series, including Nero Marquina BQ8740 and other charming vein colours. With up to 93 per cent of nature’s finest pure quartz, a Vicostone countertop is the most scratch-resistant and durable surface available. The colour ‘black’ is not only considered a “must-have” in any designer’s collection but also has “high-fashion status” with the combination of pure black and magical, unique white veins. The design has successfully mimicked the beauty of natural stone and is a perfect choice for a dramatic kitchen.

VICOSTONE
vicostone.ca

MINIMALIST, REFINED & COMPOSED

Introducing one of Kohler’s newest collections, Composed. This gorgeous bathroom faucet epitomizes the ever-popular minimalist design with refined curves making it an elegant, timeless piece. Atlantis Bath Centre is showcasing several pieces from the new Composed collection. Visit the Atlantis nearest you to get started on your new bathroom renovation, featuring the Kohler Composed collection.

ATLANTIS BATH CENTRE
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SIDEKICK PEDESTAL WASHER

Wash two loads at once with the LG TwinWash, featuring the LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer, specifically designed to wash small, custom-care laundry loads. Acting as a pedestal stand for your full-size washer, you can wash delicate items separately from your normal loads. You can choose to run the LG Sidekick by itself or at the same time as larger, family-sized loads.

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SLEEK SCANDINAVIAN STYLE

The Solna Kitchen Collection by Brizo brings sleek Scandinavian style to the culinary space with articulating faucet architecture. Designed to bring greater versatility to common kitchen tasks, the articulating arm offers a larger range of movement than a traditional pull-down faucet, letting you perfectly position the faucet for any task at hand. Visit brizo. com for more information. Available at The Water Closet Showrooms.

THE WATER CLOSET
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BOLD, CONFIDENT STYLING

Ideal for modern living spaces, the Tommy Collection from Delta adds an unmistakably bold statement of confidence. Designed with the Canadian market in mind, this faucet collection, which includes a high-arc kitchen faucet, two lavatory faucet options and a shower system, has a fresh, resourceful design that will be a complement to any smart interior. Now available in the smooth, slick and awesomely onyx matte-black finish, the Tommy Collection is available at plumbing showrooms across Canada.

DELTA FAUCET
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CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Canada’s premium quartz manufacturer, HanStone Canada, is revolutionizing the quartz industry. Produced in a state-ofthe- art facility in London, Ontario, HanStone Quartz is known for superior quality and exceptional design. With over 50 unique colours and patterns to draw inspiration from, paired with a lifetime residential warranty, it’s no wonder HanStone is the natural choice for homeowners and interior designers alike. Locally Made, Distinctly Beautiful, Naturally Canadian.

HANSTONE CANADA
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Hard as stone

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Hard as stone

By Shelanne Jennings-Augustine of Dockside Magazine

Finding the perfect fixtures for your kitchen or bath remodel can be hard to do.

“There are many options on the market that look great. But it can be hard to tell how well they’ll operate and how long they’ll last,” says Rick Cooke, manager of The Water Closet in Orillia.

That’s why, when it comes to finding beautiful, strong fixtures for your home, Rick says your best bet is to go back to the basics.

“Some of the best fixtures today feature natural elements,” says Rick. “Steel, stone and brass all look beautiful in your home, but they also pack some significant strength that will save you money in the long run.”

Start with steel

Stainless steel is no stranger to industrial and architectural industry, but bath and kitchen retailers are also using it in many of their residential fixtures.

The reason, Rick says, is clear: “They’re corrosion resistant, extremely durable and hygienic.”

What many may not realize is that stainless steel has a surface that is very difficult for bacteria to stick to, making it very easy to keep clean.

“If you’re updating your kitchen, try a stainless steel sink that’s both beautiful and practical,” says Rick. “Like the Quatrus R15 stainless steel apron front kitchen sink by Blanco. Its contemporary design has 15mm radius corners that make it very easy to clean. For a matching fixture, check out the Culina faucet by Blanco. It also made of stainless steel and has an interesting coil arch neck and maneuverable wand with push button flow selector.”

To add some texture, depth and durability to the bathroom, consider adding a sink made of stone or concrete.

“Take the Native Trails Americana Vanity,” says Rick. “It uses reclaimed wood for a rustic, textured look, and is topped with a gorgeous concrete sink.”

Although concrete is a rather unconventional material for fixtures, Native Trails has designed their concrete sinks to be sustainable, light weight, and stain, scratch and crack resistance.

“On top of that, they have a one-of-a-kind colouration that looks great with any style.”

If you’re not keen on concrete, look for vanities that feature limestone instead. Grey limestone has a low porosity, is extremely durable, and is generally low maintenance.

“Look for pieces that combine stainless steel and limestone like the UNIK Stone vanity,” says Rick. “This vanity is artisan crafted to be both strong, ecologically responsible and incredibly beautiful.”

If you’re looking to update your fixtures and add a splash of colour to your space, consider fixtures made of solid brass. Not only does brass come in a number of finishes, it’s also extremely durable.

“It’s impervious to the elements and resistant to corrosion,” says Rick.

For a modern take on a brass fixture, check out the Vero widespread lavatory faucet in champagne bronze by Delta.

“This industrial designed faucet features sharp design lines details which look great in bright brass.”

High efficiency

To complete your bathroom renovation, why not add strength to your toilet too? Although high efficiency and power aren’t often seen synonymously, the latest low-flow toilets offer more suction than ever before.

“Now you can use as little as 4.1 litres of water, without having to flush twice.”

For high quality design and a modern style, Rick suggests the American Standard Boulevard one piece Toilet.

“The dual flush feature is great for saving water and maximizing conservation.”

Before you begin your project, stop into your local plumbing fixture expert and see the products for yourself.

“At The Water Closet, we’re always here to show you the latest products and answer your questions. Our goal is to get you the best looking fixtures that will look great for years to come.”

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Design Experts – Once Upon A Kitchen

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Design Experts – Once Upon A Kitchen

The melding of modern and rustic takes shape in a country kitchen on Mother Nature’s clock.

Photography By Alex Lukey

Getting a kitchen design just right is always a little stressful. In this particular project, timelines were somewhat tight seeing the homeowner had a bun in the oven of her own, making it an even more time-sensitive project. Our young professional couple had bought a wonderful home in the country with the thought of starting a family— complete with animals, lots of space to grow, and land to spare. The setting is nothing short of bountiful Mother Nature in her glory but inside the home, the kitchen needed help bringing its outdated appliances, tiled floors and oak-stained cabinets into the now. Ultimately, we knew we had to conceive and create a modern country kitchen before the birth of her first child. From start to finish, we had seven months to complete the project. We knew this kitchen was going to go full-term and we needed her to do the same. The race was on to see who would cross the finish line first, baby boy “Harrison” or us!

ON SOLID GROUND

We started by removing the floor tiles in the old kitchen and replacing them with some beautiful hardwood. Many people worry about hardwood in the kitchen but the reality is that factory-finished hardwood will perform as well as tiles and is a little softer underfoot. Water is no issue unless it is left on the floor for hours and hours. We replaced the floor throughout the main level with a beautiful Satin wide board product in a warm-grey tone. Our first trimester ended on solid ground.

CHEF-WORTHY APPLIANCES

Next was the selection of appliances. Both she and her husband love to cook, so selecting a premium brand like Jenn-Air was the natural choice. A six-burner cooktop and range hood, coupled with a double oven and panel-received French door fridge and dishwasher were selected in record time. When cooking is a passion, it is important to look at products that will give you the superior performance a chef comes to expect. We love the idea of panel-received appliances in open-concept spaces to ensure that the kitchen looks like fine cabinetry when you are in the family room but is filled with function when you are working in the kitchen. In open-concept living, you want to elevate the visual of the kitchen to suit the elegance of the principal rooms.

“IN OPEN-CONCEPT LIVING, YOU WANT TO ELEVATE THE VISUAL OF THE KITCHEN TO SUIT THE ELEGANCE OF THE PRINCIPAL ROOMS.”

FAUCETS & FINISHES

Next, we selected a farm-front style sink from Blanco to maintain the charm and era of the homeowners’ property coupled with a vegetable sink on the island. We were delighted to find they were both available in a Silgranit material, making them almost impossible to destroy and perfect for this new family. Blanco faucets in chrome, one for the farm-house sink with a spring control and the other has a simple arch, complemented each other perfectly. With a budding family, we needed a beautiful yet easy-to-maintain countertop. The Silestone by Cosentino option, a man-made quartz, fit the bill. We selected the Nebula Orion colour because it was simple but also had some graining in it like marble. Every new mom knows that any help hiding the dirt until you can get to cleaning it is a God-send.

TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN

We then ran an elongated subway tile as a backsplash made of a bevelled glazed porcelain paying homage to the traditional country kitchen. Clean and crisp, modern and approachable— the space is elegantly embellished by black-and-gold lighting above the sink and island. We also selected knobs and pulls in matte black to provide contrast as well as add a touch of the “local blacksmith” look. The warm and reflective properties of the gilded drum shade interior result in a soothing glow, day or night.

POWER COUPLE

A classic black-and-white palette wove a common thread throughout the kitchen colour scheme. Anchoring the design, we incorporated a matte-black island and moving the eyes upward we selected, along with the homeowners, white raised-panel door cabinets. The result is a modern kitchen with a farm-fresh feel for this wonderful family in waiting.

AND BABY MAKES THREE

This modern country kitchen was completed just one week before “Harrison” arrived on the scene. Our sources tell us that both kitchen and baby are doing brilliantly.

SOURCES – FLOORING: Satin Flooring COUNTERTOPS: Silestone by Cosentino SINKS AND FAUCETS: Blanco BACKSPLASH: Olympia Tile CABINETS: CCW Millworkers LIGHTING: Living Lighting on King CABINET COLOUR: Benjamin Moore, Cloud White OC-130

Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are co-founders and principals of Peloso Alexander Interiors. They bring 35 years of combined experience to creating environments that merge the client’s lifestyle, personality, and architecture. pelosoalexander.com, twitter @ glenpeloso & @glenandjamie, Facebook.com/glenpeloso

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