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Out with the old

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Out with the old

A kitchen renovation is like being on a seemingly never-ending rollercoaster ride. The highs (approving the final designs) to the lows (two weeks without progress) are not for the faint of heart. Even celebrities aren’t immune to the drawn-out process of renovations. Harry Styles recently told Vogue his London home took 18 months to complete, a project that initially began as two weeks’ worth of work he had planned to do himself. I feel you, Harry, I feel you.

If you’ve been following my column in Reno + Decor, then you may remember the kitchen had always been the “big” project we wanted to tackle first. It was usable, but it felt dated, worn, and didn’t utilize the space to its full potential (having come from an 800-sq.-ft. condo, we knew a better layout was possible).

Enter my soon-to-be sister-in-law Jessica Fehr, a designer with Madison Taylor Design. She was thrilled at the idea of helping us with our designs, and once we sent over our kitchen measurements, she eagerly started designing. This was my first experience with an interior designer – from now on, I plan to use one for any major renovation to come. Why? Fehr was able to help synthesize everything I told her we wanted and needed, and come back with designs that made sense. That’s the other thing, there are endless combinations of finishes you can choose from, and they know what works and what doesn’t. A clashing kitchen is an expensive mistake I didn’t want to risk making, and as a pro, Jessica was able to help guide us through.

Ordering our custom cabinets was a top priority – even in June they were booking out to the fall. We decided to splurge on custom cabinets by Absolute Cabinets, as we plan to stay in this house for a while. And with almost 10-ft. ceilings and uneven floors, you get more precision and what you want, versus going out-of-the-box.

Finding a contractor was the next major task on my list, since the alternative would be hiring and coordinating all of the trades ourselves – a job neither of us had the time or patience to do.

A colleague of Fehr’s recommended Corner Contracting. After meeting the owner Dylan, we decided he was the right fit based on his friendly demeanour, previous experience with old homes and transparent contract.

Before we began tearing down walls, we replaced two windows to change to a drywall return style (no casings). Truthfully, we need to replace every window in the house, but not replacing these kitchen windows at this stage will create an expensive future issue, since our new backsplash surrounds them.

At the end of September, a complete gut was finished, right down to the studs. To save money, we did this ourselves. Instead of smashing the cabinets a la HGTV home reno shows, we carefully removed everything and donated the kitchen (including appliances) to Habitat for Humanity. The cabinet removal led us to discover significant evidence of mice (ew!), an issue we were able to resolve by ensuring there were no gaps in the subfloor and sealing any possible openings in the foundation.

Another money-saving job we did ourselves was adding Rockwool Safe ‘n’ Sound soundproofing insulation to the ceiling, as our daughter’s bedroom is directly above the kitchen.

Once that was complete, Dylan contracted a plumber and electrician to get everything right behind the walls… which is when our first big issue was revealed. Our plumber, Paul Corcoran, PWC Plumbing owner, discovered all of the plumbing in our home had Kitec pipes. This is a product that was considered top-of-the-line in the early 2000s but essentially is faulty. A burst in the pipes isn’t a matter of if, but when.

We replaced everything in the kitchen, including the lines to the laundry room, as that wall was going to be covered by our new cabinetry. Dylan also suggested we consider using Flo by Moen, a smart water security system that gave him personal peace of mind in his home. Not only does it track your water usage, but it can detect leaks, read temperature and humidity, and lets you shut off your water with the click of a button on your phone (meaning, you could be on vacation and shut off your water from the beach). In the end, we added the shutoff system, two additional sensors and a leak sensing cable, and we’re planning to add two more sensors – one in the attic and another by our water heater – for further protection.

Our electrician, Adam Boyce, owner of Electric All, helped us make sense of our lighting configuration. This meant changing our outlets from double-gang to single, adding additional pot lights, moving the island pendants, adding outlets to the island and putting up a second fixture to frame the back door.

Next up was to replace all of the subfloors and drywall the ceiling and walls, so our hardwood floors and cabinets could be installed. We didn’t plan on replacing our subfloors, but it was sloping down towards the back of the house, and too uneven for laying the hardwood (another ding to the budget).

Once the floors and walls were up, we finally felt like we had made some progress. From there, we had a few weeks of smooth sailing, while cabinets and countertops were installed. The next best day was when our appliances were taken out of their boxes, and our sink was hooked up (no more lugging dishes up and down from the basement), and we could officially stop using our temporary kitchen that was set up in our living room.

The bulk of the work happened within about two months, then the rest, petered away, one task at a time. For example, we had to wait a few weeks for our contractor to find more of our backsplash, as it’s now a discontinued style. Add in a COVID-19 scare (thankfully, no one tested positive), a labourer who quit, a broken truck and a missing ledge – all things out of our control that dragged out the process.

In total, the process has been almost nine months, from when we started reviewing designs and looking for a contractor, to today, when we can fully live in and enjoy our kitchen. No one said renovating was easy, but having a space you love is worth the wait.

Trades: Madison Taylor Design. madisontaylordesign.com | CORNER CONTRACTING. cornercontracting.ca | ABSOLUTE CABINETS. absolutecabinets.ca | PWC PLUMBING. pwcplumbing.ca | ELECTRIC ALL. info@electricallco.com | MARIO’S WINDOWS & DOORS. marioswindowsdoors.com | Countertops in Arctic White (perimeter) and Colton (island) by CAMBRIA. cambriausa.com. Installation by ELEGANT SOLUTIONS. elegant-solutions.ca | DECOR & HARDWARE: Old Fashion Mosaico BACKSPLASH by Ston. stonitalia.it | PAINT in White Dove (island, upper cabinets and walls); Simply White (trim and baseboards) by Benjamin Moore. benjaminmoore.ca | CABINET HARDWARE in the Ellis Collection Davenport in matte black by Top Knobs. topknobsdecor.com | High arc pulldown KITCHEN FAUCET and Flo Smart water security system by Moen. moen.ca | Quatrus double bowl undermount SINK by Blanco. blanco.com | Classic light filtering ROMAN SHADES window treatments in White Linen by Select Blinds. selectblindscanada.ca | Madeleine leather seat collection COUNTER STOOLS in black oak drifted by Restoration Hardware. rh.com | RANGE AND DISHWASHER by Samsung. samsung.com | 800-Series FRIDGE by Bosch. Bosch-home.ca | MICROWAVE by Frigidaire. frigidaire.ca | RANGE HOOD by Kobe. koberangehoods.com | APPLIANCES from Canadian Appliance Source. canadianappliance.ca | Linear PENDANT by Wrought Studio. wayfair.ca | Arti SCONCES and Skye Globe PENDANTS by Hinkley. wayfair.ca | Tompkins Industrial DINING TABLE 74 in., in black. westelm.ca | Restored vintage mid-century modern DINING CHAIRS by Poul M Volther from Kijiji. kijiji.ca | ART by Holly Addi. hollyaddi.com

A writer and editor for more than a decade, Stephanie Gray has covered everything from luxury travel to modern parenting challenges.

Her work has been featured in publications including Glamour, Elle Canada and Best Health.

She recently bought a century-old home north of Toronto, in need of updates, which she’s taking on with her husband (and toddler in tow).


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Product Showcase - Home inspiration

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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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Product Showcase: Beyond Marble and Granite

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The ultimate matte black accent

Discover amazing new design opportunities with the ultimate matte-black accent for your kitchen. Introducing the Vintera 30, by Blanco – a contemporary farmhouse sink in the company’s latest Silgranit colour, coal black, 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 is perfect for those who love bold, contemporary design.

BLANCO CANADA

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NEW JURA E8 PIANO WHITE

The most successful automatic coffee machine in Jura’s history – now easier to use, with an even greater variety of specialities and a more sophisticated design. Buttons on the front of the machine and a modern TFT display make operation incredibly simple. And the integrated maintenance programs and new interchangeable milk spout ensure maximum hygiene.

FAEMA CANADA

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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 believes that every project deserves to be a masterpiece, whether big or small. Installing quartz or granite countertops adds value and beauty to any room in your home, office or cottage. Visit the Vaughan showroom for all your renovation needs!

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE

beyondmarbleandgranite.com

Custom cabinetry

JH Kitchen is a family-owned business that has been operating for almost 10 years. Their team of experts specialize in custom cabinetry and design, and work with you to meet your every need. From the initial stages of consultation to home visits, follow-ups, and installation, the company is dedicated to working with each and every client to achieve exactly what they envision to be their dream kitchen. JH Kitchen offers the highest quality, with a diverse selection of designs, at the best price. The primary goal is to ensure every customer’s complete satisfaction.

JH KITCHEN

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New & Noteworthy product showcases for Summer 2020

New & noteworthy product showcases for summer 2020

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New & noteworthy product showcases for summer 2020

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

Make the most of summer

Make the most out of summer weather and your outdoor space with this attractive seating group from DOT Furniture. The aluminum frame showcases a contemporary “string” arm detail and coordinating olefin cushions. Add this set to your backyard patio for the perfect place to enjoy after-work drinks with friends, family board game nights, or al fresco snacks.

D.O.T. FURNITURE

The next evolution of sensor technology

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 without touching the faucet. A simple hand movement is all it takes thanks to its sophisticated start-stop technology.

BLANCO CANADA

Maximum protection

Paint that powerful rectangle, your front door into a stunning design statement with Beauti-Tone. Formulated for the Canadian climate, providing maximum protection for years on your exterior. Exclusively at Home Hardware and Building Centres throughout Canada.

BEAUTI-TONE PAINTS


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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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