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Northern exposure

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Northern exposure

This family cottage was designed and built from the ground up in remote cottage country. When returning clients approached me regarding this project, they needed serious help. They had just purchased this gorgeous piece of land, with a dilapidated cottage on it. The existing property was small, mouldy and beyond repair. My clients were seeking a place that had an open-concept, family feel with a few critical items on their wishlist, including laundry, storage and a screened-in porch. Both the architectural and interior requirements ensured that the cottage felt rustic, relaxed and not fussy. They did not want it to look like a fancy home away from home, but rather a casual cottage that would be fun, practical and exude the feeling of comfort.

The main floor is an open-concept space, with the living room on one end and the kitchen on the other, while the dining room anchors in between. The kitchen design is informal and functional, with a sizeable island perfect for congregating and sitting for a casual meal. The contrast of the walnut island and walnut detail on the hood breaks away from the timeless, white shaker kitchen by warming up the space and giving it a custom feel. The kitchen backsplash is a natural, chiselled stone that feels organic and rustic. It ties the entire look together, bringing a little of the exterior natural rock indoors.

The oversized dining room has a large farmhouse style table with bentwood and wicker chairs, reminiscent of the industrial era. Similarly, the linear light fixture comprising of black metal and glass also mimics that factory feel – giving this space a casual dining appeal for a large group of friends and family.

The adjacent living room, with its L-shaped sectional sofa, is a great place to relax and enjoy the wood-burning fire. The furnishings for this family room are comfy and paired down; the rug has a worn-in distressed quality to it, and the pillows also tie in the look with casual cotton, linen and wool fabrics. The look has a bit of that Canadiana feel, with its red and white colour palette.

The screened-in porch is a secondary gathering area for those warm summer nights, with all the dining and living area functions. It allows the summer breeze to penetrate through the space, while protecting from mosquitoes. The look in the screened-in porch has a shabby-chic feel. A few beautifully styled rattan furniture pieces are paired with some high-quality chairs, miss-matched furniture finds, and unique pieces sourced from a few local antique stores.

The design of the entire home was made to feel casual, easy and provide a calming atmosphere. From the architecture, to the interiors, as well as the final touches, every discipline meshes in a harmonious manner to create a dream cottage that’s worth escaping to.

Dvira Ovadia is Principal Designer of Dvira Interiors, an award-winning full service, Toronto-based interior design firm. She is known for her clever design work on a vast number of successful projects. dvira.com


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Cottage basement reno with a Canadiana feel

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Cottage basement reno with a Canadiana feel

In this part of the home, I geared the design towards the children and guests. Outfitted with oversized bunk beds, the sleeping quarter comfortably sleeps six people. This zone was designed to feel like a quintessential cottage bunking room. The walls were treated with barn board and the bed rails were custom made by the site carpenter out of oars. The wall sconces help illuminate the dark and cosy quarters while providing that perfect nautical feel!


The rest of the basement houses a living area with a laid-back seating zone and a farm-like table with schoolhouse chairs that were all locally sourced. The entire colour palette comprises beach inspired hues of blue and white combined with red and white tones reminiscent of Canadiana.



Dvira Ovadia, principal designer of Dvira Interiors is an award-winning and respected Toronto designer, she is known for her clever design work on a vast number of successful endeavours. dvira.com


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5 ideas for a perfect at home office or study environment

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5 ideas for a perfect at home office or study environment

1. Manage the clutter

Working or studying from home means that your workspace may be open to other rooms or spaces, so it’s critical to ensure there is room for all the items you bring to the table. Add a filing cabinet to organize yourself properly, include shelves with baskets and bins that allow you to sort and manage all your office supplies. If you’re designing a custom built-in unit, my favourite recommendation is incorporating a hidden compartment for your printer and any other oversized electronics.

2. Lighting

Nobody wants to be left in the dark. Ensuring that your workspace is illuminated will guarantee that you feel alert and focused. If you’re designing a room from scratch, be sure to include ample ceiling lights, such as recessed pot lights or track lights. Add LED strip lights to the underside of shelves or upper cabinets, so your tabletop is perfectly illuminated. Lastly, a good old-fashioned table lamp not only looks stylish, but helps shine a ton of extra light.

3. Comfort

A workspace, first and foremost, must be a comfortable setting. If you’re spending hours at your desk with the wrong chair, make sure you toss it out and invest in a chair that has ergonomic qualities. Your health and well-being should come above all. Comfort at the table also means having all of your tools and supplies at arm’s reach, making sure you’ve got your pencils in a pretty cup or a handy drawer. Ensure there is ample space for your monitor and keyboard. And last but not least, comfort also means a setting that feels lush and warm; add lavender blooms to help relieve some of your work tensions, and invest in a plush rug to help make your office setting that much more comfortable.

4. Make use of horizontal and vertical surfaces

A home office is often more than just a desk and chair. It means housing a lot of books, office equipment and stationery. Making use of your walls is key. Use the height to add shelves, storage cabinets, an inspiration board and even a variety of wall-mounted racks and organizers. When it comes to choosing or designing a custom desk, make full use of all your horizontal surfaces. Go end to end for that custom look, or find a ready to buy a table that works with the scale of your room to maximize your office functions.

5. Add a splash of something

Organizing an office doesn’t mean it has to feel sterile and minimal. Have fun with it, find baskets and bins that are colourful, add a splash of drama with artwork, books or decorative object. If you’re opting for a custom built-in unit, find a colour that inspires you, and go for it. It will be a room that you’ll look forward retreating to, and work won’t really feel like work anymore!

Dvira Ovadia is Principal Designer of Dvira Interiors, an award-winning full service, Toronto-based interior design firm. She is known for her clever design work on a vast number of successful projects. dvira.com


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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

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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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Designer Tips – Family-Ready Mudroom

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Designer Tips – Family-Ready Mudroom

Photography By Stephani Buchman

Not just a place to hang your coat and store your boots, the mudroom makes a statement and offers ultimate function.

There are many rooms in the home that are important for everyday living, and the mudroom is a space that has risen to new heights. With the hustle and bustle of busy families, it is a practical room that should be functional and bring added value by simplifying everyday activity and facilitating the entering and exiting of the home.


Storage and organization is at the forefront in the design process, which has pushed the mudroom into becoming one of the most sought-after spaces in the home. With messy Canadian winters, we need a practical transitional space for storing mud-caked boots, hats, gloves, bulky coats, snow pants and the list goes on.

Mudroom essentials begin with understanding your everyday needs. For most families, some of the key functions of a mudroom include a coat closet, individual lockers or cubbies, coat hooks and a bench for kids or the elderly to sit down and tie their shoes. Some families also require ample space for seasonal sports and specialty equipment. Special consideration needs to be made when designing a mudroom with a list of very big or even very basic needs.

Ensure you add a few different types of lighting from functional to ambient


In this mudroom, we designed a space for a busy family of four that enjoys outdoor activities. To maximize storage we lined the perimeter of the space with fullheight cabinets and a built-in bench with storage drawers below. The tall closet doors give the illusion of height and the drawers flanking the sink are ideal for storing keys, small items and even some essential tools. The reverse shaker doors are sleek and modern painted in Benjamin Moore’s Heron White.

The style of this mudroom combines modern elegance with classic touches. The white backdrop allows the old-world floors, coat hooks and vintage hardware to stand out. The juxtaposition of these elements is both striking and inviting.

Incorporate fun fabrics, wallpapers and hardware to create an overall stylish memorable space

One of the most practical features of this mudroom was incorporating a sink. A place to wash up when coming in from the outdoors is very important; it also allows the family to clean up their muddy boots and belongings right in the mudroom sink without having to drag them through the home.

Consider your pet’s needs and include a larger sink area if you want to add a dog wash station


Lighting in the mudroom is also important in making this space über functional. A series of pot lights were installed strategically throughout the room. They are all on a motion-sensor switch, so when mom comes in from the outdoors with her hands full, the lights turn on automatically. This is the perfect small and clever feature that can truly enhance everyday living. A decorative industrial-style pendant hangs directly over the sink defining this zone while providing proper task lighting.


Special considerations for interior finishes are also very important in creating a practical room. Inspired by cobblestone roads and wanting to bring that look indoors, the dark slate brick floor is easy to maintain, and its dark tones conceal the daily imperfections. Mudroom floors must hold up to so many elements— from snow, salt, sand and mud—making sure that your floors work for all seasons is key to a utilitarian space.

Consider using hard-wearing washable materials in darker tones to conceal the dust and dirt

While it’s imperative to ensure you’ve included all the essentials in a space, adding a sense of whimsy also helps make a functional space that much more fun! Our gold bumblebee wallpaper from Farrow & Ball combines freshness and fearlessness—the bee symbolic of welcome adds a memorable and inviting touch. We chose a variety of hardware all within gold and black tones to accentuate the simple white cabinets and give the space a unique character. Having fun with hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to accessorize a space.

The custom-bench cushion in its multi-stripe tone helps bring colour and character as well as additional storage. The black-and-white modern artwork complements the design and creates a curated look in a very functional room.

Every home needs a stop-and-drop space that makes for a pleasant transition to and from the outdoors. With careful design planning you can create a mudroom that’s both practical and stylish for your everyday needs.


FARM SINK AND BLACK FAUCET: Kohler WALLPAPER: Farrow and Ball LIGHT FIXTURE: Hubbardton Forge, CABINETRY HARDWARE: Lee Valley Hardware & Anthropologie COAT HOOKS: Lee Valley Hardware, MILLWORK: Dvira Interiors PAINT COLOUR: Heron White, Benjamin Moore BENCH CUSHION FABRIC: Paul Smith Stripes by Maharam ART: Rachel Ovadia FLOORS: Olympia Tile COUNTERTOP: ‘Statuarietto’ natural stone, Crystal Tile

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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