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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.

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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.

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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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Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

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Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

Caesarstone Canada’s latest designer collaboration is truly a dream partnership. Caesarstone is thrilled to be working with celebrated potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler. Our dreamy collaboration will debut at Canada’s largest design exposition, the Interior Design Show 2020 (IDS20) from Jan. 16 to 19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s a deeply engaging and highly Instagrammable installation that transports you into a vibrant fantasy world called Dreamland.

Design forward

Going into its seventh year, Caesarstone’s Designer Program challenges the status quo of the expected uses for our products and celebrates innovation through partnerships with renowned interdisciplinary designers from around the world, who each offer their forward-thinking perspective on this versatile material. Previous collaborations have included Marije Vogelzang, Snarkitecture, Jaime Hayon, Tom Dixon and more, and we’re excited to add Jonathan Adler to this esteemed group.

Jonathan Adler

Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: Pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Adler’s desire to design all of the pieces one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, Jonathan Adler is a design company with retail locations worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects and a wholesale business boasting more than 1,000 locations globally. It strives to create luxe and livable interiors that are seriously designed, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Fabulous fantasy

Adler describes working with Caesarstone’s premium products and talented team as “fab,” and the feeling is mutual. As he says, what could be better than using dreamy materials to create a dreamy environment? We certainly can’t think of anything better than that.

From dream to reality

The Caesarstone x Jonathan Adler Dreamland installation at IDS20 will transform Caesarstone surfaces into a surreal and ethereal, free-floating fantasy. Visitors will walk through a heavenly cloudscape that showcases the versatility of quartz through a variety of colours and textures. Adler challenged himself to design a soft environment using Caesarstone, a material more often associated with straight lines and sharp angles. Lending an airy, dreamlike quality to the space, the exhibit will feature clouds, faces, ostrich feathers, and a giant rainbow arch, in addition to neoclassical columns inspired by Caesarstone’s headquarters in the old Roman port city of Caesarea.

Redraw the boundaries

This year’s collaboration represents Adler’s impeccable commitment to craftsmanship and luxury that we’re excited to bring to life with his creative and unique take on Caesarstone. Inspirational and imaginative, Dreamland pushes the use of our product into all aspects of the home, encouraging homeowners to discover all that’s possible when you dream in colour.

Follow your dreams

For more dreamy visuals and designer inspiration, be sure to follow @jonathanadler and @caesarstoneca to add colour to your feed.


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ENHANCED TRACTION

Deckorators Voyage composite decking features “Enhanced Traction” and the look of interior hardwood flooring. Made with patented Eovations technology, Voyage decking is strong, lightweight, thermally stable, and backed by a 25-year limited warranty, including removal, replacement, and installation in the ground or water.

DECKORATORS

VEIL INTELLIGENT COMFORT HEIGHT TOILET

This compact, streamlined one-piece toilet with integrated cleansing from Kohler showcases flowing and immaculately balanced curves. The Veil one-piece toilet with integrated cleansing functionality epitomizes minimalist and ergonomic design. Its sculpted core provides a suite of precision features finely tuned to offer optimum hygiene and ultimate individual comfort, from personal cleansing to an LED nightlight to hands-free opening and closing. All of the features are easy to control on a touchscreen LCD remote control.

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SMOOTH AND 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

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 the bathroom to your client’s taste. Riu is also now available with a square spout.

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STACK THIN STONE

Add the beauty and performance of natural stone with Arriscraft’s STACK thin stone. This dry stack, ledgestone-style material features a split face finish and installs like tile. Return corner units deliver a full-bed look. Manufactured in Cambridge, Ont., STACK is available in more than a dozen colours.

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MATCHING FINISHES AVAILABLE ON DRAINS, SHELVES AND PROFILES

Schluter Systems is providing finishes on their shower shelves and 4″ square shower drain grates that complement the most frequently used tones used in tiled showers. The company’s popular TRENDLINE textured finishes are available on profiles, grates, and shelves so they can all match for a more cohesive overall design. The finishes are: matte black, matte white, stone grey, greige, cream, and bronze.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

I was consulted to help figure out how to best spend a client’s modest budget, wisely, on a kitchen reno, while accomplishing a new look. She wanted to replace her cupboards for more efficient storage. After an honest appraisal and a critical eye, I could see that it wasn’t, entirely, necessary. We didn’t even need to paint them. What was needed was far less expensive and easier to do. We needed to lighten the space up and be creative with functionality. The overall footprint of the kitchen was good, so just a few adjustments to the cupboards were necessary. By adding gliding shelf solutions within the cabinets, we were able to solve the efficiency issue and added extra storage on a budget. Not having to do a full demolition of the existing kitchen put money back into the budget for what needed doing, and splurging on the key elements.

Changing out the countertops was mandatory. We needed to lighten up the space to make it feel more open, and to balance off the darkness of the cabinet colour. We chose Caesarstone‘s Empira White marble quartz, because of its classical white base with deep grey (almost black) veins to accent and tie in with the cabinet colour. This countertop modernized the kitchen, plus it’s durable and easy to clean.

This kitchen also needed a new backsplash. We chose a simple, white bevelled edged subway tile for its elegance and simplicity. Because it’s timeless and classic, it won’t go out of style. By using larger tiles, we maintained clean lines, but the tapered edge offered deluxe detailing.

The custom range hood became the focal point of this space. We removed the small (useless) cabinet above the metal range hood. By making it white, it pulled the colour scheme together. And, in keeping with the white of the backsplash and countertops, it added to the openness of the space as soon as the valance was removed.

A Whirlpool, black stainless-steel kitchen suite provided continuity in this kitchen. I love to match cabinet colours and appliances whenever I can. By making your appliances blend into the colours of the kitchen gives the illusion of a larger space, because your eye doesn’t bounce to the contrast of the cabinets and appliances. Plus, the appliances are fingerprint resistant, which helps keep things looking sleek and fresh with minimal upkeep.

A counter-depth refrigerator made the space more open and accessible. On top of that, the French door option allowed for more clearance when the door was open, which made it easier to have two people in the kitchen at once.

While the kitchen used to have a microwave stand to the right of the range, replacing it with a custom wine rack to the cupboards, was more visually appealing. The microwave was tucked out of sight and utilized a wasted corner.

Having new appliances instantly updated the kitchen. The bells and whistles on these appliances are amazing, and so functional The refrigerator is one of my favourites. Its pantry-inspired layout, with an infinity slide shelf, which allows for extra room for tall items. The range has a touchscreen. It learns, adapts and suggests customized presets based on your family’s routine – perfect for my client and her family of four. Finally, the dishwasher has a third level rack space, so that they can make extra room for those hard-to-fit items and large kitchen utensils.

Wanting to maintain the visual continuity, I selected an under-mount sink. Coupled with a black faucet, the visual ascetics are modern and clean, and is in keeping with the colour scheme.

I removed the closed cabinets to modernize the look. By tiling that whole wall, and adding the natural wood tone of the shelving, it created an up-to-date, open look. We wanted to replace the tan floor tiles, but the cost, timing and mess didn’t warrant it. Instead, I used the shelves, chairs and accessories to tie in the colour, making the floor seem more purposeful. The addition of natural wood helped to ground the space and add an organic feel to the design.

While we were able to use the cupboards, the hardware had to go. The new brass handles were the perfect accents, along with a matching pendant light over the sink. I would have liked to include pendant lighting all around the kitchen, but the light locations didn’t align with the table.

An ultra-useful stand mixer in blue was perfect for this busy family, and I added accent pieces, including the dishware and a vase in a coordinating blue. Floor runners keep feet warm on cool days, add softness to a space, and can tie in colours. It’s important to buy ones that are machine washable.

This basic kitchen has been transformed into one that suits the family’s modern lifestyle. It’s great that we didn’t have to scrap the old cupboards, and could give them a new lease on life. Don’t be too quick to replace items. Sometimes a strategic update is the better way – and it can save a bundle.

Refrigerator
36-inch Wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator – 24 cu. ft.

Range
5.8 cu. ft. Smart Front Control Gas Range with EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates

Dishwasher
Stainless Steel Tub Dishwasher with Third Level Rack

HGTV Jo Alcorn is an interior and product designer for Alcorn Home, she has a full home furnishing and pet line collection displayed and sold across Canada and the U.S. She is known for her clean line savvy design concepts.


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DeWalt subcompact series

DeWalt introduces the XTREME Subcompact Series tools, a line of five compact and performance-packed brushless 12V MAX tools. The new line offers powerful, ergonomic solutions for a variety of applications, including electrical, drywall, remodelling, automotive, metalworking, woodworking, and masonry applications.

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Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever your clients need to express their unique style. They offer 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. Let X-Tile’s knowledgeable and friendly staff help with your renovation or building projects.

X-TILE CANADA

Finally! Beauty, safety, affordability, and independent living combined

Bronte Collection introduces Grabcessories, a complete line of 2-in-1 Grab Bars designed to prevent falls and enhance independent living. Made of non-corrosive stainless steel, Grabcessories 2-in-1 Grab Bars support up to 500 pounds, and feature no-slip rubber grips (shelf excluded). They are available in chrome and brushed nickel. The transitional curved designs seamlessly integrate into any bathroom decor.

BRONTE

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

Durable and edgy

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to any bathroom thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead

The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

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Tailor Made Sinks

Introducing Kohlers new Tailor customizable farmhouse sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohlers’ 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.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE - Bathrooms

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BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Its offered in four finishes: stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.

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DELTA PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD

The Delta Pendant Raincan Shower Head with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant shower head establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

DELTA FAUCET CANADA

PERSONALIZED FAUCET

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offer a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor style, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucets by choosing the spout, handle and finish.

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PRETTY PRACTICAL

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom 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

A TOUCH OF STYLE

Passepartout is a collection of glazed porcelain stoneware available in trendy pastel colours. This collection is available in two unique patterns, allowing for the creation of various combinations. Passepartout will certainly add a touch of style to the walls of your contemporary projects.

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SLEEK MINIMALIST VIBE

More than ever before, designers and homeowners are embracing matte black as the hottest finish for its sleek and minimalistic vibe. Doors & More is the first “all inclusive”shower door company to offer the ability to add a black frame to any of their shower doors. They offer innovative and stylish products, custom sizing and a warranty on all of their products.

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DURABLE & EDGY

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to your bathroom, thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

EXPRESS YOUR STYLE

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic, glass – 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 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

BE BOLD

Be bold with the new Kohler Artist Editions Dutchmaster Midnight Floral sink for your bathroom. Dark hues and bold, dreamy floral patterns are sure to bring that daring yet romantic look to your space.

ATLANTIS BATH CENTRE

SHADES OF GOLD

We have noticed a shift from the shinier ‘polished gold’ finish towards a more toneddown ‘brushed gold’ finish. These Amati faucets come in different shades of gold that complement the lighting in your space. Check out the ‘Shop Finishes’ collection on the Amati website.

AMATI CANADA

LATITUDE HAS ARRIVED

This new sliding shower door provides the very “au courant” look of a grid shower door, with none of the inconvenience. Thanks to its silk-screening method, the door has a virtual grid appearance making cleaning hassle-free. It is available in matte black for in-line, walk-in, two-sided and tub versions. Made with S.R.T. treated glass for added safety.

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STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER SHELVES

Shower shelves are often constructed using tile. Schluter-Systems’ brushed stainless steel shower shelves bring a unique design element to tiled showers. Made from 5/32-in. thick stainless steel, the sturdy shelves result in a sleek, clean finish. They fit between rows of tile and don’t use fasteners which can damage waterproofing.

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STATEMENT PIECE

The MOD + Collection by Graff is a modern way to customize your faucet. This widespread faucet comes in 15 finish options, three spout styles, three Tuscan marble handle options, and has a sophisticated knurling design to finish it off. Perfect for the customer who wants a unique statement piece for their bathroom.

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Fall in love with your bathroom style

The DM Bath Collection by Dezign Market is a full suite of bathroom products to create the perfect style in your master bath, ensuite or powder room. Made in Canada, solid wood modular bathroom vanities are available in semi-customizable sizes to fit seamlessly into your space. Designed on a mix-and-match system, choose your finish colour, quartz countertop options, sinks and hardware for a bathroom you’ll love.

DEZIGN MARKET

Airy dynamic design

Shibori Clouds in Neutral Beige is an airy yet dynamic design, reminiscent of an expressive sky on a cloudy day. Available on tempaper.com for $98 per roll, the print is designed to celebrate a joyful aesthetic, inspired by Eastern travels. The peel and stick wallpaper, which is phthalate, VOC and lead-free, can be used in a number of creative ways, including on stair risers, bookcases and cabinets.

TEMPAPER DESIGNS

Jeld-Wen siteline windows

Increasingly, homeowners are seeking windows with a black interior finish. Jeld-Wen is proud to offer this dynamic look with their Siteline collection, which offers the timeless look of natural wood windows in a wide variety of styles. Check out the website to see options that work best for your home comfort preferences.

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Change the way you cook

Change the way you cook with the Monogram built-in oven with Advantium Speedcook Technology. Its compactness is the perfect fit for smaller living spaces, such as a condominium or apartment. The speedcook feature allows you to cook up to eight times faster than traditional ovens without needing to pre-heat. With an innovative built-in convection oven, microwave and warming capabilities, this advanced oven will transform your meals. Can be purchased at Canadian Appliance Source.

CANADIAN APPLIANCE SOURCE

2019 trends

For 2019, Caesarstone partnered with preeminent trends forecaster, Lidewij Edelkoort to develop Form Follows Food. In this stunning book, the worlds of food and design continue to merge, inspiring each other in a creative, multisensory experience. New colours from Caesarstone include Empira White, a classic white marble quartz, and Primordia, a cool grey that echoes the character of concrete.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Enhance any space with a skylight

Adding a skylight enhances any space, making it lighter, brighter and more comfortable. The effect that natural light has on you is well documented. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, where the air quality is three to five times worse than outdoors. A skylight gives you more access to natural light and fresh air to create a healthier, safer indoor environment. Shown here, before and after.

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Colour Theory 101: A main floor renovation in Little Portugal hits all the right notes

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Colour Theory 101: A main floor renovation in Little Portugal hits all the right notes

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, and revisit those lessons on colour theory from high school art class; I promise this detour will be quick. Everyone knows that the primary colours are blue, red and yellow. Secondary colours are made by mixing two primary colours together: purple, orange, and green. Tertiary colours are made by (you guessed it), mixing one primary colour and one secondary colour together.

Opposites attract

Now that we’ve got those three terms straight, let’s move on to complementary colours. One common misconception about complementary colours is that they are similar colours. When we say “complementary,” we are actually referring to two colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel. A complementary colour pairing is made up of one primary colour, and one secondary colour that was made without the primary colour it is paired with. The pairs are blue and orange, red and green, and yellow and purple. Scientifically speaking, complementary colours simultaneously stimulate different parts of the eye, which is why we find the combination so appealing. It’s a natural example of opposites attracting. When we are describing similar colours, the technical term is “analogous” colours. They are groups of three colours that are next to each other on the proverbial colour wheel. An example of a trio would be blue, teal and green.

Mood-enhancing hues

Now that we are up to speed on our colour theory, let’s apply it! This is the fun part. First of all, don’t get hung up on the colour of the year. Rather, think about the colours that evoke the atmosphere you want to create in your space. Some may find peace in darker, more dramatic hues, while others find solace in brighter spaces with varying shades of analogous colours. The latter was the case for our client’s ground-floor renovation in Little Portugal. The main goal for the space was to open it up by removing the partition walls. In doing this, we shifted the location of the kitchen toward the back of the home to provide a more formal living/dining space at the front of the house, and a family room right off the kitchen at the back of the house.

Family heirloom plays a new tune

One of the major influences in this design was finding a way to transform the client’s family piano. The piano was no longer in great musical shape, but it had been in the family for decades, so it was an important piece of family history that needed to be preserved. The piano was lovingly disassembled, and the salvaged pieces of mahogany were stripped and sanded, revealing a beautifully rich reddish-orange wood. The family heirloom was then reconfigured into a functional and original desk in the kitchen. Considering the open-concept floorplan, we chose a classic white-and-grey paint combination for the kitchen cabinetry. To add a hit of timeless contrast, we selected a moonstone marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern.

Colour’s transformative power

Knowing that blue and orange are complementary colours, it is no surprise that the hints of blue found in the backsplash, as well as the undertones in the dark grey colour of the island, are the perfect pairing for our custom mahogany piano desk. The vibrant runners are an excellent way to add colour and pattern to the neutral backdrop of the walls and cabinetry. By simply changing the runners, some accessories, and the artwork, the colour story of this space was completely transformed, without another major renovation.

If you are like me, and constantly thinking about your next design project, take the time to consider the colour story of your home, because great spaces are carefully and selectively curated to present a cohesive story from the foyer to the back door, and everything in between. Now for your homework – because I have to give you the full high school experience – do a little colour soul searching; discover what colours empower you, energize you, console you, and then create your new space with unapologetic conviction.

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KITCHEN CABINETRY PAINT: Chantilly Lace OC-65, Midnight 2131-20 Benjamin Moore KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS: Noble Grey from Caesarstone KITCHEN BACKSPLASH: Moonstone Herringbone from Creekside Tile KITCHEN CABINETS: Merlo Woodworking WOOD FLOORING: Bistro Collection, Maple French Roast, Fuzion Flooring

Natalie Venalainen is a Senior Designer at Men at Work Design-Build.

She has 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 in 2018.


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Aoyuan: M2M's T1 Tower Suites

M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

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M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

Get a glimpse into a vibrant lifestyle currently being offered by Aoyuan International at Yonge and Finch. Now open, is the three-bedroom model suite at M2M. This insider’s perspective offers a first-hand appreciation for this 8.6-acre masterplanned community, situated close to the Yonge/Finch subway station.

All roads lead to M2M

M2M recently received the 2019 People’s Choice Award from BILD – GTA. With 1,680 new residences, it has been earmarked as an exceptional new development. On-site amenities include a community centre, a day care and a new public park, as well as 180,000 square feet of retail and office space. Just steps from the main subway artery and transit hub, other travel options whisk you away to the downtown core or suburban destinations. In additon, direct access to Highway 401 is situated just south of M2M.

Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.
Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.

A model suite

Within the M2M Presentation Centre, a fully furnished three-bedroom suite is now open for viewing. Featuring a 1,101-square-foot corner unit, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 220-square-foot balcony, this model showcases an incredible living space.

At M2M there’s no need to compromise on space, style or comfort. If downsizing, this is the ideal first step. Exceptional quality is evident with clean lines, walnut flooring and gold accent detailing. An overall asthetic appeal is reflected in all the fine finishes.

Double-height yoga studio.
Double-height yoga studio.

Attention to detail

As you enter the model suite, you’ll notice that the inviting foyer includes much-needed storage space. In the heart of the home, the kitchen features Caesarstone on the countertops and on the island, with sleek waterfall edges on both ends. A space-saving convenience includes additional counter space that pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed. The counter is complemented by a beautifully tiled, white marble backsplash in a Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen also includes integrated appliances, a Kohler sink, shaker-style woodgrain cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting – all of these upgrades are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites.

The open-concept dining area is connected to the kitchen and to the living room, and features sculptural lighting to offset your furniture. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of this suite to promote privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry, a storage closet and natural light is optimized throughout.

Aoyuan offers a wide variety of layout options for those who appreciate expansive spaces, with the option to remove bedrooms, and open up floorplans, where possible. Other floorplans include one- and two-bedroom layouts with dens, as well as double-master suites. The flexible designs can accommodate a variety of family requirements or multi-generational living.

The extended community

Beyond the doors of each suite, an active lifestyle awaits. Residents can choose to relax, socialize or take advantage of various fitness opportunities, including a double-height yoga studio, a sauna and change rooms. Also within the development are beautifully landscaped areas with exclusive outdoor spaces that are accessible to residents on the third and ninth floors. In addition, there’s an infinity pool, a barbecue area and an outdoor dining room – plus plenty of space to unwind.

For those who love to entertain, there is a party room, a theatre room and lounge areas that are perfect for get-togethers with friends and family. From initimate dinner parties to celebratory events with an extensive guest list, the on-site dining room offers a full chef’s kitchen.

M2M places residents in the centre of this amenity-rich area of North York, close to transit, schools, parks and other community destinations. The M2M sales team is made up of knowledgeable professionals, who understand the local market, and are on hand to assist with this all-important decision.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge Street.

416.901.2720

m2mcondos.com


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