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NKBA 2019 Design Awards

NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

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NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

This year’s gala event celebrates Ontario’s best and adds a new creative category to the mix

Designing an award-winning kitchen or bathroom is much more challenging than making the space look pretty. It’s about creating an attractive and stylish room while continuing to balance the practical demands of everyday life.

Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter hosts a gala evening to celebrate the entries and reveal the winners of its annual design competition, and the calibre of this year’s winning projects proved to be exceptional!

There was excitement in the air as kitchen and bath designers, along with industry suppliers and leaders, gathered at the much-anticipated annual event, which took place February 9th at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge.

Entries to the competition are judged by a panel of certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD) and industry experts. Qualifying projects are then scored on various criteria, including: NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. With 11 categories, six specialty awards including People’s Choice, plus the revered Pinnacle

Award, a total of 36 awards were presented for design excellence and creativity. A new category of Concept Kitchen was added this year where entrants could push the boundaries and create a space for an imaginary family without a budget to limit them.

This year’s Pinnacle Award Winner was Rose Barroso of Barroso Homes. This prestigious award represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the firstplace place winners.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by Homes Publishing Group. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers as well as the general public. This year’s winner was Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer). The NKBA Ontario Chapter and HOMES Publishing are thrilled to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs.

Pinnacle Award

Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

Compact Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

Small Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions, Designström

SECOND PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

THIRD PLACE Benjamin John Ouellette, Bjoid

HONOURABLE MENTION Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

Medium Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

SECOND PLACE Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok (Co-designer), Designtheory Inc.

THIRD PLACE Joleen M Constantis, Volumes of Space, Inc. & Hira Homes (Co-designer)

HONOURABLE MENTION Linnea Lions, Designström

Large Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith (Co-designer), Grafus Design Build

SECOND PLACE Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

THIRD PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

HONOURABLE MENTION Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer),

Concept Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

SECOND PLACE Cassandra Nordell, William Standen Co.

Powder Room

FIRST PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Small Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Brittany Oakley, Toronto Custom Concepts Inc.

SECOND PLACE Mark Ashton, Ashton Renovations

Medium Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

SECOND PLACE Celeste Pilon, Total Living Concepts

Large Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

THIRD PLACE Natalie Venalainen & Keith O’Brien (Co-designer), Men at Work Design Build Ltd.

HONOURABLE MENTION Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

Other Room / Outdoor Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard, Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

Promotional Display

FIRST PLACE Yasmine Goodwin, My Design Studio

SECOND PLACE Erica Sibley & Beverley Binns (Co-designer), Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

Best Traditional Kitchen

Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith, Grafus Design Build

Best Before & After Kitchen

Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

Best Before & After Bathroom

Alannah Bent, William Standen Co.

Best Budget Kitchen

Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Best New Designer

Alex Deelen, Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

People’s Choice HPG

Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer)

The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.


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Designer Tips: Petite Perfection

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Designer Tips: Petite Perfection

A diminutive master bath retreat is packed with style and storage

Photography By Stephani Buchman

When I set out to design a contemporary home with classic touches in mid-town Toronto, space planning was a key factor in ensuring that we met all the clients’ requests in this 2,500-sq. ft-home. I worked closely with the homeowners to lay out all the interior walls, including the master bathroom, leaving us with a smaller-than-average master bath. The goal in this space ultimately was to pack as much function and style in this master retreat, despite the smaller size.


A master bath is a space that often must accommodate two people at the same time, and offer enough storage for double the toiletries, towels, and bathroom knick-knacks. Having a vanity that accommodates two sinks makes sharing a lot more friendly. The centre bank of drawers is functional and deep. Each side of the vanity has ample room and interior dividers, as well as electrical outlets for storing products and charging toothbrushes and shavers, all simultaneously, keeping the mess off the counters and inside their compartments.


The adjacent tall cabinet allowed us to work vertically. Besides not overcrowding the space, open shelves double the towel storage, and offer a pleasant visual while soaking in the tub. The oversized mirror spanning the width of the vanity and the height of the ceiling was another classic trick that was implemented to expand the feel of the narrow bathroom. Nevertheless, the mirror was adorned with two sconces taking the look from builder basic to glamorous.


Maximizing the details was crucial to ensuring the bathroom didn’t feel heavy and overcluttered. The vanity was raised off the ground by six inches on a contemporary tapered leg making the vanity feel lighter and airier than using a traditional toe kick would. Also seeing the tiles carry through under the vanity helps open up the space and gives the impression of more depth. Similarly, in the shower we implemented the same concept. By having a floating bench seat, rather than a boxed out bench, you can appreciate the beautiful marble chevron-patterned tiles, all while making the shower feel more spacious.

Vaulting the ceiling and popping a skylight was the last detail that was executed to affect the overall architectural envelope. By increasing the ceiling height, we were able to play with the dimension of the space and stretch it vertically to get the most impact without borrowing any additional footprint from the adjacent spaces.


In this master suite, we wanted to create a wow factor, we offset this feature to one side of the bathroom. By anchoring the free-standing tub directly under the picture window, we developed a beautiful focal wall, cladding the walls around the windows in an ever-so-subtle, grey-glass mosaic tile that gives off a beautiful shimmering and pearlized reflection. As a result, the light bounces around in the space, while adorning the accent wall with a luxurious texture. An accent tile is the perfect way to create a focal wall, and in this case, framing the picturesque view around the window.


The finishes were key to the success of this bathroom. While deciding to pass up on the everso- popular white-on-white palette, the homeowners were still adamant about the space feeling light and bright. Opting for various shades of grey and silver, this colour scheme offers a fresh and bright feel while providing a sense of warmth.

Small spaces can sometimes be discouraging and perplexing at first glance, however, the challenge and excitement comes from mixing innovative and classic methods to enhance the space, all while maximizing your needs and infusing it with a whole lot of style.

SOURCES TILE IN SHOWER, WALLS AND FEATURE WALL: Olympia Tile; SCONCES: Royal Lighting; VANITY/ MILLWORK: Dvira Interiors; HARDWARE: Richelieu; MARBLE: Calacatta Marble fabrication, Precious Stone; PLUMBING FIXTURES: Taps; PAINT: Benjamin Moore: OC-54 White Wisp

Dvira Ovadia is the principal designer of Dvira Interiors, a Toronto-based celebrity and award-winning designer who appears regularly on HGTV. For more information, visit dvira.com


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Designer Tips – Sensible Style

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Designer Tips – Sensible Style

A mix of high and low features offer improved function in this classic & contemporary kitchen.

Photography By Stephani Buchman

When a young family of five set out to update their kitchen, they wanted an opportunity to enlarge the existing footprint and brighten up their space. Their old kitchen was dated, dark and their cabinets were falling apart; this kitchen space needed a major overhaul. My design team and I were asked to create a classic and elegant kitchen that would stand the test of time, and would become the central area for the family and friends to gather in. Carefully playing with a combination of low and high finishes, materials and appliances, allowed us to achieve a striking kitchen on a budget.


Clean and simple is the cornerstone for contemporary design, which is why I love to use classic cabinetry with clean lines adding both texture and warmth with hits of colour throughout. The custom range hood and the island in their contemporary ash-brown hue of natural wood break up the crisp white envelope and warm up the space while offering a distinctive and sophisticated character to the kitchen.



Not only does a large island function as a major storage component in a kitchen but it also acts as a focal point in the space. Going from a kitchen that once had a peninsula, with a lot of wasted square footage in the centre, to incorporating an island with extra storage was at the top of the homeowners’ wish list. The island has pullout drawers and mesh doors perfect for storing fruits and veggies.


Smart storage also means that bulky, built-in appliances seamlessly merge with pantry cabinets and other millwork to maximize space. In this renovation, we borrowed a few inches from the adjacent room in order to widen the existing area, but most importantly, it allowed the extra-deep fridge to recess into the wall cavity while still having it look flush with the other cabinets.



Remember, every inch counts when space is a consideration. From sleek wall ovens and microwaves, to refrigerators, built-in appliances look custom and offer up more space. Even if certain appliances are not meant to be built-in, you can still make them look the part. In this kitchen, we maximized our space by placing all the appliances on one wall.

Adjacent to the appliance wall, we included an appliance garage. This specialty cabinet is a great way to store small, yet bulky appliances without visual clutter like: mixers, blenders and food processors. Tucked away, they remain accessible, yet out of sight. When properly planning a storage solution of this sort, it is imperative that the interior cabinets are finished, and multiple electrical outlets are added prior to cabinet installation.


Turning a problem into a solution gave us one of this kitchen’s most attractive features. Flanking the hood, we designed two decorative glass-front cabinets that go right down to the counter, this feature was developed because of a vertical bulkhead that would be too costly to move, so we came up with a solution that would conceal the bulkhead behind the tall cabinets while still allowing for a shallow display cabinet in front.


Extending just past the kitchen was a wide wall where we added a full-height pantry cabinet. This extra space was high on the homeowner’s wish list to ensure ample storage for additional appliances, drinking glasses and bar stock. We also incorporated charging stations within the drawers to be able to charge tablets, cell phone and other devices while having them neatly tucked away. Getting to know our clients’ lifestyle and daily requirements in advance grants us the opportunity to accurately detail small items such as power supply in the very specific areas of the cabinets. The design of the pantry called out for something a little more unique, we wanted it to feel more like a furniture piece while still blending into the landscape of the kitchen. Inspired by an apothecary cabinet, we included a series of drawers to give the cabinet character. Playing with cabinetry hardware allowed us to shape the design, it’s truly an affordable way to add character to any kitchen while making a big statement.


Knowing when to splurge is key to a successful design. A backsplash is always at eye level and has one of the largest impacts in a kitchen; it’s worth setting a generous portion of your budget to make your mark with specialty features. The homeowner was adamant about the backsplash being unique without being too bold. A 2″x4″ natural stone set in a herringbone pattern was our backsplash of choice; the composition and material presents a classic detail that adds texture and interest without overpowering the rest of kitchen. Its colour and smooth texture also complements the oversized 30″x 30″ Italian porcelain floor tiles, which mimick the look of natural stone. This crisp white floor brightens the kitchen and is in sharp contrast to the former darkness that predominated.

Function and esthetics go hand in hand, nevertheless, understanding the functions of a kitchen drives the design. The result is a vibrant, contemporary kitchen with classic elements.

SOURCES – KITCHEN CABINETRY: Dvira Interiors TILES: 24″x24″ Floor tiles- Earthstone Bianco Polished Cercan tile Herringbone, Backsplash- Oriental White 2″x4″Cercan tile APPLIANCES, COOKTOP: Thermador cooktop WALL OVEN, SPEED OVEN & DISHWASHER: Bosch FRIDGE: Electrolux HARDWARE: Berenson MARBLE ON KITCHEN ISLAND: Sea Pearl, New Age Marble QUARTZ FOR PERIMETER: Simply White, Quartex Surfaces Inc WINDOW COVERINGS: Cinzia Designs LIGHTING: Royal Lighting SINK: Blanco FAUCET: Hansgrohe

Dvira Ovadia, Living by Design Toronto-based celebrity and award-winning designer Dvira Ovadia, Principal of Dvira Interiors, is known for her appearances and design work on various HGTV shows. Dvira and her team use their profound understanding of design to create stylishly smart spaces. Servicing clientele throughout Ontario and the GTA. dvira.com @DVIRAdesigner


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