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The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef's kitchen

The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef’s kitchen

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The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef’s kitchen

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Undertaking a renovation project is an exciting endeavor, whether it is updating your first home or expanding your existing one to make room for a growing family. However, there is truly something special about renovating your home for a period in your life when you will have more free time; for most, this means preparing for retirement.

Grownup wish list

For the many families we have helped realize their home’s potential for retirement, their goals and priorities are of course different than those of young families. With the kids grown, and perhaps not living at home full time anymore, the concerns of aggressive wear and tear are a thing of the past. It’s time for parents to treat themselves to some of the finer things in life, and focus on that ever-growing wish list that has most likely been building up over the years.

Go-pro kitchen

In this semi-detached Toronto home, the homeowners decided on a two-storey rear addition, plus a basement addition that provided space for a potential income suite. The size of the addition was not driven by the desire to add a family room off the kitchen, which is a very popular feature for growing families. This open-concept ground floor has ample space for a formal living room/dining room and the chef’s kitchen they always dreamed about.

One side of the kitchen is completely dedicated to prepping, and the stainless-steel countertop and backsplash not only makes for easy cleanup, it also gives this space the look of a professional kitchen.

Open-shelving is another element you will find in a professional kitchen. In this space, we incorporated them above the prep counter, which makes it easier to find and grab what you are looking for. On either side of the range, floating shelves are not just decorative, but are used to organize the wide variety of oils, vinegars, sauces and spices that these talented cooks use on the daily.

Timeless & transitional

This timeless kitchen strikes a perfect balance between traditional and modern elements. The shaker door profile will never go out of style but in this particular design, we opted for a skinnier door rail, 1.5″-wide to be precise, to give the doors a sleeker look. The cabinetry hardware was also selected for its thin handles that combine both matte black and stainless-steel finishes.

Fixtures & finishes

The Blanco Culina kitchen faucet is one of my favourites, not only because of its professional look, but also for its ease of use. These faucets also include hints of black, that tie into the light fixtures and decorative cabinetry hardware.

On the range wall of the kitchen, brick-looking tile gives the appearance of a painted brick wall, but offers easy cleanup, unlike that of the real thing. Inspired by the backsplash tile, we selected our paint colours; Benjamin Moore OC-23 Classic Gray, and Benjamin Moore 2134-30 Iron Mountain for the island. Walnut accents on the custom hood, open-shelving and integrated breakfast bar add a warm, modern touch to this timeless white-and-grey palette that these home chefs can enjoy for many years to come.

Sources

CABINETRY: Merlo Woodworking

INTEGARTED BAR AT ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Pionite, Absolute Acajou WY160-TL Timberline, through Merlo Woodworking

STONE COUNTERTOPS: Caesarstone Frosty Carrina, fabricated/installed by Stone Design

STAINLESS-STEEL COUNTERTOP & BACKSPLASH: Perfect Stainless Steel

BACKSPLASH: CeraGres

FLOORING: Value Wood Flooring

SINKS & FAUCETS: Blanco through Roman Bath

APPLIANCES: Caplan’s Appliances

HARDWARE: Shaub And Company through Upper Canada Specialty Hardware

LIGHTING: Universal Lighting

CABINETRY PAINT: OC-23 Classic Gray, Benjamin Moore

ISLAND CABINETRY: 2134-30 Iron Mountain, Benjamin Moore

Natalie Venalainen is a senior designer at Men At Work Design Build Ltd..

She has over 10 years of industry experience and has won several awards including the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s top 30 under 30 design professionals across North America.


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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

remodelcanada.com

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Home Show: Home Improvement

Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

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Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

The Home Show: Home Improvement edition takes place at the International Centre this Feb. 14 to 17. Don’t forget to visit the Reno & Decor booth 263 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floorplans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

remodelcanada.com

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win an amazing new faucet from Blanco, valued at $785!

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11:30 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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What to see at Toronto’s Interior Design Show 2020

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What to see at Toronto’s Interior Design Show 2020

Every year we look forward with much anticipation to IDS to discover so many great new design products and ideas. Here are a few things to see and do:

Reno & Decor Magazine and Ontario Design – come see us at booth 738

Homes Publishing Group is proud to be a Media Sponsor of IDS20 and has been with the show since it began 22 years ago. This year, we have teamed up with The Collective, a new innovative designer workspace located in Toronto’s design district.

Please visit our booth 738 and pick up copies of our 2020 edition of the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook and the latest issue of RENO & DECOR magazine and enter our booth contest for a chance to win BLANCO’s NEW Rivana faucet.

Caesarstone Canada

Leading quartz brand Caesarstone is one of the shows biggest sponsors and can’t be missed. Their latest designer collaboration is truly a dream partnership. Caesarstone is thrilled to be working with celebrated potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler. It’s a deeply engaging and highly Instagrammable installation that transports you into a vibrant fantasy world called Dreamland.

Drop by their booth as well to check out some of their new products and drop by to listen to some the many conference speakers on the Caesarstone Stage.

caesarstone.ca

BLANCO Canada (Booth 1444-1448)

Always an innovative booth to visit, BLANCO will immerse the industry and consumers in a romantic tale with the kitchen sink through an experiential space, while underscoring the company’s reputation and dedication to quality, service, design, and innovation. They will also provide visitors with an empathic, voice-activated exhibit. A mini outdoor oasis titled “As Well”

Two new product lines will be on display. BLANCO’s CATRIS FLEXO faucet and their new RIVANA Collection. Both are semi-professional faucet lines with unique styling.

RIVANA Faucet
RIVANA Faucet

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Fleurco (Booth 1644)

Fleurco will be showing several new products including their Latitude Pivot shower doors, Luna lighted medicine cabinet and the uniquely shaped, Lucite acrylic, Aria Rhapsody bathtub.

Latitude Pivot
Latitude Pivot
Luna
Luna
Aria Rhapsody
Aria Rhapsody

The Latitude Pivot has the stylish, black grid, silk screen design we love in their other shower door models but with an in and out 90-degree pivoting system and their shatter retention technology (S.r.t.) glass for added protection.

Their Luna lighted medicine cabinet features soft close hinges, LED lighting with an on/off touch switch with dimmer and can be wall mounted or recessed.

fleurco.com

Cosentino Canada (Booth 2016)

Cosentino a global leader in surfaces, will have an interactive outdoor kitchen display designed by Urban Bonfire featuring Dekton and highlighting beautiful surface aesthetics available for outdoor living and entertainment.

New products include their ultra-compact Dekton Liquid Collection featuring 3 new colours – Liquid Sky, Liquid Shell and Liquid Embers. This new collection visualizes and makes tangible the power of liquid through swirls, ripples and fluidity. Also being shown will be the latest colours to join the Silestone quartz line – Et Bella and Et Do’r in the popular Eternal Collection.

Dekton- Liquid Sky
Dekton- Liquid Sky

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And last but not least, a reminder to pick up your copy of the latest issue of Reno & Decor magazine, Canada’s home idea book at our booth 738 or throughout the show floor.

See you there!

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

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

BLANCO CANADA

TAILOR-MADE SINKS

Introducing Kohler’s new Tailor customizable farm-house sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohler’s curated apron inserts, which allow the owner a freedom of choice to coordinate the sink with the surrounding materials and offers unlimited creativity. The apron inserts can easily be changed out to match a kitchen refresh or updated design. The Tailor kitchen sink provides innovation, design, and function to any kitchen space.

KOHLER

SILESTONE BY COSENTINO’S CALACATTA GOLD

A colour made up of a white background through which elegant, wide grey highlights are interspersed with unexpected golden glints. Eternal Calacatta Gold, with its eternal, distinguished appearance, pays homage to a marble, which has been held in high esteem since ancient times. Shown here, the Princess Margaret Lottery Home 2019, Oakville.

COSENTINO

SMOOTH & SLEEK

Scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant, Caesarstone quartz is not only perfect for bathroom countertops and vanities, but also wall claddings, flooring, accents and more. Pictured here is 4003 Sleek Concrete from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This smooth surface creates a calming effect in this spa-like bathroom.

CAESARSTONE 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

SINGLE PULL-DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET

The Delta Junction kitchen faucet enhances the modern kitchen with its crisp, geometric lines and standout style. Choice of finish includes Chrome, Arctic Stainless and Matte Black.

MASCO 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

BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, a distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover Riu, a modern twist of the traditional setting. This simple and modern collection will complement your bathroom for years. Choose a cross or a level handle, Riu is available in five finishes to personalize your bathroom to your taste. Riu is also now available with a square spout.

RIOBEL

ARTISTIC TOUCH IN EVERY DESIGN

Art resides at the core of Vicostone’s product development and they aim to immortalize artistic touch in every design. With constant innovation and unique know-how, Vicostone are pioneers in “The Art of Quartz.” Pictured here is BQ8881 Gan Eden, which is part of Vicostone’s Exotic collection. People have always seen clouds as an endless source of inspiration – for their exploration, appreciation and sublimation. All of Vicostone’s beauties are fully portrayed in the Sky Series. These premium products will create a luxurious satisfaction for the most discerning customers.

VICOSTONE CANADA INC.


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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.

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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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