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The coolest gear to elevate your kitchen experience.

Dolce & Gabbana slow JUICER by Smeg.

$1,900. thebay.com

The Bambino Plus ESPRESSO MACHINE in damson blue.

$550. breville.ca

A3500 ascent series BLENDER in candy apple red.

$800. vitamix.ca

Vortex plus 6-QT stainless steel AIR FRYER by Instant.

$180. amazon.ca

Professional plus FOOD PROCESSOR in silver by Ninja.

$150. canadiantire.ca


$80. bodum.com

Drip 14-cup programable COFFEE MAKER by CRUXGG.

$145. williams-sonoma.ca

The custom loaf BREAD MAKER.

$400. breville.ca

Artisan series 5 qt. tilt STAND MIXER in honey.

$700. kitchenaid.ca

Gourmet 4SLICE TOASTER by Wolf.

$540. williams-sonoma.ca


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Kitchen Appliances aren't what they used to be!

Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

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Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

Kitchens are and always will be the heart of any home! The kitchen has come a long way from simply being a utilitarian space, to a space that exudes personality and character while integrating beautifully with the rest of your home. The personality of your kitchen develops with the design — through your cabinetry, finishes, colours and design details. However, recently we have been seeing our appliances becoming more of a focal point and contributing to the overall aesthetics of our kitchens. Whether appliances are integrated or a stand-alone feature, they are definitely making themselves noticed – and for all the right reasons.

The appliances alone cannot create a beautiful kitchen. However, they are critical to the overall design and function of your space, and when well-selected can deliver large on aesthetics. Appliances are colourful, bold, streamlined and impactful. They can elevate your kitchen while delivering the “restaurant-quality” professional-grade features that many of us desire. Whether large or small, they are meant to be seen and are inspirational to kitchen design.

The selections these days are endless. French door refrigerators or door-in-door refrigerators, gas range or induction, double ovens or perhaps French door ovens, dishwasher drawers, undercounter microwaves, refrigerator drawers, warming drawers, built-in coffee centres — the list can go on and on. All have their own benefits, whether it’s space accommodating, ease of access or luxury features, the appliances of today deliver large on all fronts. They are being outfitted with Bluetooth capabilities to easily integrate into our Smart-Home systems to make our lives just a little easier; and some are bypassing the traditional “knobs” for the sleek look of “touch and swipe” controls that are inspired by our smart phones.

When you are looking to purchase new appliances, it’s really best to do your research and have a good understanding of what is available, what works for your budget and what features you will actually require, or use. Small appliances have also made huge strides in design, professional-grade features and, most excitingly, in colours. Fun coloured Kitchen-Aid stand mixers or Breville barista stations are a fantastic complement to any kitchen counter. Not only functional, they add a great pop of colour to any kitchen. Also, we have seen the emergence of exciting new small appliances such as a countertop beer brewing station.

Stainless appliances still have their popularity. However, white appliance are coming back in full force. The modernized white appliances feature stainless accents and fit beautifully with many design styles. Matte black stainless is also a great finish for kitchen appliances, offering a sleek and modern alternative to the traditional stainless appliances. Truth be told, the colours and finishes of some appliances are downright amazing and offer a great deal of “design inspo.” Custom finished range hoods that create a focal point in your kitchen can be a great design touch, but so can a fun vintage-inspired retro pink fridge. Highlights of antique brass for the knobs and handle on your range might be just enough of a detail for you, or a bright fun orange for your range is more in line with the inspiration for your new kitchen. Whichever way you decide to go, the options are available and the inspirations are countless.

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.



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Holiday Must Haves for your home

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Holiday Must Haves for your home

By Rebecca Hay

The holidays are hands down, my favourite time of year. It’s a time to gather, celebrate and indulge. It’s all about giving and sharing and I am often hosting non stop. It can be a hectic season so being prepared always helps! Here are my top 5 holiday must-haves for this year.

All of these items will help set you apart as a host but can also make for excellent gifts!

Must Have #1 : A good Coffee maker

As a continual holiday host I need coffee to fuel my fire but also to offer our guests. It’s rare these days if someone doesn’t drink coffee. Also, my husband is coffee obsessed and Craft Coffee Brewing is one of his latest passions. I’ve narrowed down my search for the perfect gift to the new Precision Brewer by Breville. It allows coffee enthusiasts (my hubs) to re-create the same balanced flavour of craft brew coffee, at home. The fact that it looks good is just a perk for me. The bonus is that it creates 12 true cups of coffee in less than seven minutes, finally we can replace our little french press and have the volume we need to fuel all the relatives!

Must Have #2 : Cozy Socks

Everyone thinks about cozy blankets but I’m digging the cozy sock trend this year. Socks are a nostalgic gift for me as my father was in the textile business and always used to gift us with more socks than we could ever wear. These McGregor socks remind me of the ones he used to gift us with the added bonus that they are holiday festive and OH so Canadian. I plan to keep extra pair on hand for guests and hope to win serious brownie points as a host.

Must Have #3 : Unique Coffee Table Book

As a designer I always try to have a few fabulous large scale coffee table books out for guests to peruse while they sit by the fire. They make an excellent conversation starter and the right themed book can make for some very interesting debates! They also make excellent gifts!

Must Have #4 : Festive Toss Cushions

Updating your sofa and seating areas temporarily with festive toss cushions is an easy fun way to add a festive designer touch. Whatever the colours you choose to decorate with, get a few pillows to match and you will feel like you’ve stepped into a new home. Since I live in a small Toronto home I don’t have the space to store an entire set of cushions year round, So I simply swap out the pillow covers and re-use the insert.

Must Have #5 : Creative Cooking Tool

This one is completely a tool for my husband who is the chef in our family. He loves his outdoor smoker and uses it every chance he gets, but it’s time consuming to wait all day for your meat to slowly smoke! So I am gifting him with The Smoking Gun. A new held smoker that uses cold smoke to infuse natural flavours of hickory, Applewood, mesquite and more, into both food and drink for a natural smoke infusion. I’m expecting it to add a bit of theatre to our holiday dinners!

Here’s hoping that this holiday is a smooth one for all of us and that these 5 Must-Haves help make sure your holiday goes off without a hitch.

Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto based boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto , GTA ,Canada www.RebeccaHayDesigns.com


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