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Bathroom makeover, coutry style

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Bathroom makeover, coutry style

Photography By Kerri Torrey, Larry Arnal

When it comes to design, country can mean different things to different kinds of people. From barnhouse details to all things wicker and antique, country style is as vast as the landscapes it is inspired by.

Here we have two designers, Megan Crosbie and Evelyn Eshun, who have taken two very different approaches to a country esthetic to make their spaces more contemporary and unique. Whether you lean toward a slicker version of country, or you’re looking to freshen up a more traditional room, these bathroom updates are sure to give you plenty of inspired ideas.

“Contemporary country” is how designer Megan Crosbie describes this bathroom, which features a combination of updated traditional elements, natural details and modern whimsy.

When the owners of a farmhouse in Erin, Ontario, decided to renovate their master bathroom, they called on Crosbie, who had already designed other areas of the rural home and was familiar with their modern style and their wish to maintain some of the original feel of the traditional home.

“The key to contemporary country is keeping things simple,” says Crosbie. “Clean lines and not too many things competing, then adding little details that reference back to country.”

Traditional elements

One of the traditional features used throughout the farmhouse is beadboard wainscotting. Crosbie carried this into the bathroom redesign by incorporating beadboard into the fronts of the cabinets, by Fox Custom Woodworks. White subway tiles from Saltillo were also used to mimic wainscotting on the bathroom walls, giving the room a traditional feel with a modern twist.

One of the “must-haves” for the client was a clawfoot tub, says Crosbie, who sourced the Victoria + Albert tub from Taps Bath, and paired it with a faucet from Rubinet. “The tub is really traditional, the clawfoot is one of those things that just feels really authentic in a country bathroom,” she says.

Modern finishes

Contemporary simplicity was introduced through a black-and white colour scheme and this gives the space a clean, bright feel. Black, textured metal on mirrors (Restoration Hardware), sconces (Schoolhouse Electric), faucets and towel bars add an industrial feel to the space that’s also very of the moment.

The heated slate floors, in a large-scale chevron pattern, also from Saltillo, provide a modern foundation to the room. Tiles on a shower shelf, also in a chevron pattern, tie into the floors for a cohesive, elegant look.

“I like the play between traditional elements and modern ones. It perfectly suits the home, the homeowners and the space,” says Crosbie.

Natural details

With lush nature surrounding the farmhouse, Crosbie decided to bring some of the outside in by incorporating the colour green along with the black and white.

“I think green has really turned into a neutral — much to my delight — and in what can be a cold, more sterile space, it gave us the opportunity to warm things up,” says Crosbie. “It also helped to avoid falling into the more contemporary and very popular black-and-white bathroom trend.”

To balance the seriousness of the space, Crosbie chose a whimsical roman blind from Christopher Farr Cloth, sold at Kravet, featuring vines, much like the ones growing outside the farmhouse and barn.

“It really completed the space for me,” says Crosbie, “as it worked so beautifully with the vanity, and offered that softness we were lacking with all the hard elements in the space. It acts like a piece of art in itself, without being too formal or stuffy.” A match made in contemporary country heaven.

“Rustic refined” is the look designer Evelyn Eshun came up with when she was brought in to design a main floor bathroom in a brick bungalow near Port Perry, Ontario. While the homeowners love the clean and simple lines of contemporary design, they also wanted welcoming country undertones to suit the rural location.

“The goal was to create a space that felt textural and warm while embracing the simplicity of a minimal design esthetic,” says Eshun. “The clients wanted to embrace the fact that they live next to a forest, yet they wanted to be current in their expression of their lifestyle.”

Touchy-feely

In the bathroom, a vanity by custom builders Tacoma Woodworks sets the tone for the city-meets-country space. The vanity, which is highly durable, mimics the look and feel of real wood, yet features clean, flat, contemporary lines. For storage, an asymmetrical tower cupboard was added to the design.

The textured feel to the room continues via a solid granite sink from Art Bathe and black hardware from Berenson on the cabinets, which complement the dark grey Caesarstone countertop.

“THE GOAL WAS TO CREATE A SPACE THAT FELT TEXTURAL AND WARM WHILE EMBRACING THE SIMPLICITY OF A MINIMAL DESIGN ESTHETIC,” SAYS ESHUN.

On the back wall, striped wallpaper, from Crown Wallpaper, is also textured, and, like the vanity, is also very durable — it’s made from vinyl that won’t be damaged by water.

“My client wanted the space to be comfortable and low maintenance but to also have personality and character,” says Eshun.

Golden glow

To elevate the rustic feel of the space, Eshun added touches of brass throughout the room. A mirror with an antique brass trim from Renwil was chosen, along with other coordinated accessories — including a brushed brass soap dispenser, tissue box and small decorative dish — giving the room an elegant feel. For the floors, 24″x 24″ limestone tiles from Tycos Tile were chosen for easy maintenance and a coordinating gold tone.

“I like the juxtaposition of different materials — the rough wood-looking vanity with the sophisticated warm, brushed metal — it makes the space so much more interesting,” says Eshun.

All in the details

Another goal for the space was to include as little white as possible, and that extended into the inside of the drawers, which are covered with gunmetal grey drawer liners from Bloom.

Attention to detail also applied to the lighting: two pendant lights from Union Lighting were hung on either side of the feature wall mirror for a symmetrical look. “It’s sophisticated but also provides a balanced light,” Eshun explains.

With its metallic accessories and rustic, wood-themed cabinetry, the room has a unique style and polish to it that’s not out of place in the country.

Indeed both bathrooms, thanks to their integrated design and thoughtful touches, showcase contemporary stylings and traditional design for truly inviting, statement-making spaces inspired by the homes’ natural surroundings. Country chic indeed.

Catalina Margulis can’t wait to renovate her master bathroom into the ensuite of her dreams. Until then, she satisfies her cravings for marble floors, spa-like showers and photoshoot-worthy tubs with decor articles showcasing the hottest looks and trends. As a magazine editor and writer for The Globe and Mail, Flare and Elle Canada, among others, she has covered everything from fashion, beauty and travel to health, food, decor, business and parenting. When she’s not working on her latest assignment, she’s chasing after her four young children and writing her first novel.

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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

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Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber created a luxurious his-and-her master bathroom and sleek customized closet (mainly for her!) for our RENO & DECOR booth at the National Home Show in March. For 10 days, designers offered free 15-minute design consultations to home show participants.

Catherine-Lucie is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

 

Thank you Catherine-Lucie for the sophisticated booth design as well as a big thank you to all the wonderful design experts who dedicated their time and talent to the Design Intervention booth.

On March 8th BILD held its annual Renovation and Custom Home awards luncheon at the Enercare Centre. The event kicks off the National Home Show on opening day where the GTA’s top renovators and custom home builders are recognized by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Mayor John Tory was one of the guest speakers at the event, and RENO & DECOR sponsors the awards luncheon every year and our team happily presented the awards to the winners in each category.

A big thanks to all the Sponsors of Design Intervention:


Thank you to all the Designers who participated:


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

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RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:
What’s Your Design Dilemma

Enercare Centre from March 8 to 17, 2019

Thinking of tackling that big renovation project this spring? Looking at sprucing up the décor in your home? Before you do anything, come visit the design experts at Design Intervention. Bring your photos, samples and floor plans to booth 4118 and book your free 15 minute consultation!

This year’s feature is being designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber.

Catherine is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

Our Sponsors:


Designers taking part in Design Intervention:

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 3p.m. – 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Be sure to catch Catherine-Lucie Horber and her business partner Mirna Mensour of Posh Revived on stage on March 12 & 15 at 1 p.m.


Show Special!

Vanities from Posh Revived, Hardware from Handle this and a FREE design consult from Catherine-Lucie Horber! Click here for more details.


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 – ReCap

RENO & DECOR Magazine presented “Design Intervention”

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I thoroughly enjoyed designing RENO & DECOR’s – Design Intervention booth this year for the National Home Show.

Inspired by lakeside living, the booth was a unique “cottagey” space with shiplap walls, comfortable and classy furnishings and great colourful decor items like handcrafted cottage themed pillows. The summer’s night sky mural and charming check bedroom walls added unique touches typical of a lux Muskoka retreat.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came in to enjoy our little cottage and talk design!


Winners of the Contests:

  • The Velux skylight and installation – Maria T of Mississauga
  • A 2 hour in-home design consultation with Rebecca Hay – Bethany L of Toronto
  • A gift card and bench from UpCountry – Sandra S of Toronto



Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 9 – 18, 2018 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

Celebrated as one of Canada’s rising industry leaders, Toronto designer Rebecca Hay has a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious private residences to large scale commercial projects both in Toronto and nation wide.

With a focus on exceptional quality, Rebecca Hay Designs offers a full range of interior design services, specializing in luxury residential. Rebecca’s designs infuse old with new, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary. An extensive network of resources and partnerships allow Rebecca and her team to deliver outstanding, hands-on service, and beautifully creative solutions that bring their clients’ visions to life. In addition to her residential design work, Rebecca and her team create award-winning sales pavilions for some of the top home builders in the GTA.

Rebecca Hay Designs – National Home Show/RENO & DECOR Booth inspired by classic and casual lakeside living.

Rebecca Hay Designs is pleased to announce we will be providing the design creation for the upcoming Design Intervention booth #4118 at the National Home Show.

Muskoka inspired and naturally nautical, I based the RENO & DECOR booth’s decor scheme on this classic summer home aesthetic. We have incoproated walls in painted white shiplap to add textural interest while creating a relaxed cottage living atmosphere. The crisp white walls will be balanced by the soft and varied wood tones of the furniture which was all selected from our furniture sponsor this year UpCountry and added in some fun custom hand printed pillows by Cottage Cloth which emphasize the nautical theme and easy going vibe.

We created these outdoor living spaces by adding a rich night sky mural provided by Ruth Baker Design and paired it with outdoor furnishings to simulate lakeside summer living. A custom “boathouse” bar was designed to create an outdoor entertaining zone, built by Pure Kitchens and paired with sleek black stone counters from Select Granite and a luxe faucet from Watermarks. In addition to comfortable indoor/outdoor living and entertaining, we wanted to include a bedroom vignette. With a buffalo check pattern created by Peacock Living, the walls are graphic, bold and fun.

The booth showcases a glimpse into lakeside living at it’s best.

Come visit me and the team while at the National Home Show this March and get design inspired!


On Monday, March 13 @ 2pm and Friday, March 16 @ 2pm – be sure to catch Rebecca on stage along with Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur as part of RENO & DECOR’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Realities Of A Reno”

Regardless of the size of your project or the footprint of your space, creating  a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes can be accomplished with a well laid out plan.  Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  We can garner inspiration by all that we see, but realism is always necessary when renovating, not only about the space you’re working with but also your budget.  A good design can deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting home that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering an upcoming renovation, join GTA designers Linda Mazur, Rebecca Hay, Kate Davidson at the National Home Show stage, where this panel of designers will be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming home renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.  They will take you through the key aspects of renovating, share their top renovation strategies as well as fave kitchen, bath and home products to consider including in your homes in 2018.  Get inspired and reno ready in 2018!


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here.

Friday, March 9 = 11 pm – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 9 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 9 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 9 = 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 12 pm – 2 pm

Friday, March 16 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 6 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, March 11 – 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, March 12 = 12:30 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 12:30 pm – 4:40 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 2 pm


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

See you at the show!


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Toronto Fall Home Show 2017

Toronto Fall Home Show – September 15-17, 2017

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Toronto Fall Home Show – September 15-17, 2017

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention” BOOTH # 1319

From September 15 – 17, 2017 at the Toronto Fall Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR at booth # 1319 to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


BOOTH DESIGNER

A word from Terry Edward Briceland:

“Our obsession is to straddle the fence between mainstream and obscure, blur the lines of masculine and feminine and fuse the dignified with the ridiculous. If it doesn’t evoke emotion or debate, we haven’t done our job or achieved our goal.”

Does he look familiar to you?  He should.  With over 15 years of experience, you have either seen him out and about in Toronto or on your TV screen on shows like ‘Take This House & Sell It!’, ‘Rooms That Rock’, ‘Design Interns’, ‘Disaster D.I.Y.’, ‘Movie Style’, ‘Cityline’, ‘The Marilyn Denis Show’, ‘Divine Design’ and ‘Candice Tells All’.  Some of his designs have also been in Home Décor magazines like ‘RENO & DECOR’, ‘Canadian Home Trends’, ‘House and Home’ and ‘Style At Home.’  And who could forget the 3-page interview in ‘Sew News Magazine’ where he revealed that he sews in his underwear while listening to loud music.


DESIGNER PANEL

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 2 pm

Blissful Bathroom Design – Presented by RENO & DECOR Magazine

Featuring Interior Designers:

Creating a luxury bathroom can be an exciting with the many different options out there today, creating an oasis that is both comfortable and functional can be a daunting task.

Join Toronto Designers Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur at the upcoming Toronto Fall Home show to learn how you can create your own stylish and blissful bathroom.

They will be sharing their favourite products, projects and discuss the latest in bathroom design trends and tips today, to help you create the most luxurious bathroom space you’ve been dreaming of.


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here and the show’s website: fallhomeshow.com

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 10:30 am – 1 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, September 17 = 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Saturday, September 16 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Friday, September 15 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 11 am – 1 pm

Friday, September 15 = 3 pm – 6 pm

 

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 1 pm

 

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 1 pm
Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

 


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

Thanks and see you at the show!



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National Home Show 2017 - ReCap

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National Home Show 2017 – ReCap

The Reno and Decor booth for the National Home show was a wonderful opportunity to have visitors to the show experience two very different colour pallets and to visually get the answers to questions they often struggle with at home.  Each side was like two separate pages of the magazine but each designed and styled beautifully.

The ideas of good design are consistent regardless of whether a homeowner wishes to like in that colour palette.  Being able to work with a variety of attendees of the “Design Intervention” workshops in an environment that often exemplified the answers to challenges was amazingly helpful. 

The caliber of questions and the preparation that went into the questions, made it very clear that many many people  can use the assistance of a design professional, regardless of the size of the project.  It was a wonderful collection of extremely talented design professionals we are proud to call colleagues and friends.  This was a success for the magazine, for the consumers and for the design professionals who worked on the space and with those consumers. 


 


Design Intervention: We would like to thank the following experts who were on hand for free 15-minute consultations advising on design, decor and reno concerns:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2017

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 10 – 19, 2017

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 10 – 19, 2017

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 10-19, 2017 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR at booth 4118 to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


Returning to design the space will be the ultra-talented duo of Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander.

A word from Glen & Jamie:

“We hope that you join us a the Reno and Decor space to not only to get some expert advice about your home renovation but also to be inspired by the rooms that we are creating to enhance the space. The furniture and accessories take your space to “magazine picture” perfect.

Come and see some of the latest trends in home decor, ways to layout a room and understand how to layer with luxury. When you really fall in love with something, it is available at our retail store on King East in Toronto’s Design district.  Looking forward to meeting you!”


On Monday March 13, be sure to catch Glen & Jamie on stage along with Evelyn Eshun and Michelle Mawby as part of Reno & Decor’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Kitchens and Baths: Why the Most Expensive Home Renovations? & How to Keep Costs Under Control!”


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here and the show’s website: nationalhomeshow.com

Monday, March 13 = 11 am – 4 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 11 am – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 16 = 11 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 5 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Monday, March 13 = 11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 11 am – 3 pm

Thursday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 17 = 11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 4:15 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm
Thursday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 3 pm
Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 10 = 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, March 11 = 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm
Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, March 11 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

Thanks and see you at the show!


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Home Finds: Contrast Kitchen

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Contrast Kitchen

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Contrast Kitchen

by Silvana Longo

Today’s kitchen is a blend of modern and rustic—where an efficient workspace and a laidback, relaxed environment co-exist in perfect harmony.

A much welcome break from the all-white kitchen we have been seeing for the past few years, this mix of finishes, texture and colour add much needed warmth and interest to this space. “The juxtaposition of exotic Macassar Ebony Wood on the bar with classic Calcutta marble in a honed finish, and two-toned cabinetry give this kitchen an eclectic and contemporary expression while remaining utterly traditional,” says designer Evelyn Eshun of her latest kitchen design project. The balance of light and dark, warm and cool, stone and wood, is a perfect example of contrast done right.

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From a full renovation to a moderate update, these latest items will add that cosy farmhouse flair to a modern kitchen…

GO BIG!

An oversized iron wall clock that adds a bit of graphic drama to the kitchen.

Yellow Iron Wall Clock 26″D, $150
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BIG-BATCH BAKER

Add a stand mixer to your kitchen in this cheery retro hue. Ten-speed control provides settings from very slow to high. Stainless-steel bowl with ergonomic handle locks into the base; easy-install two-piece pouring shield facilitates addition of ingredients.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, Aqua, $499.95
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THAT’S ITALIAN !

Dual colour ranges, textured matte finishes, mixed metal accents and thoughtful retro details characterize the exterior of the Deco line range from iconic Italian brand Tecnogas Superiore. Designed and engineered for the North American consumer at mid-range pricing, the DECO line arrived in Canada just this past January. This six burner configuration and extra large gas oven is available in 36″ and 48″ gas ranges and hoods. There are four colour choices available: black, brown, red and cream.

Shown here in classic brown and gold, Superiore 36″ starts at $8,699
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DABBLE WITH DISTRESSED

Paying tribute to classic Shaker style, the clean, simple lines and weathered grey-ash frame serves both as a dining table and a work surface. It also includes two slim drawers in the apron and two wheels for easy mobility. Ready to expand for extra guests, the dining table has drop leaves at either end that prop up with hidden arm supports.

Brookline Grey Dining Table, $1,699
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RUSTIC & REFINED

Distinctive distressing gives floors that much desired rustic look. Topped off with a brushed, low-gloss finish, this warm & contemporary look is just at home in a farmhouse as it is in a trendy loft.

Brushed Oak Cherbourg, $8.95 per square foot
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FREESTANDING BANQUETTE

Seat more people with a cosy banquette. This one is the perfect height for dining and would fit three people in a pinch.

Marigold Dining Banquette, $2,600 in fabric shown (Maxwell Fabrics, pattern Valerianne, colour 102 Chestnut);
cobistyle through Silva Custom Upholstery
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VINTAGE VIBE:
Those cold, hard, shiny surfaces in the kitchen thankfully are easily softened with retro touches that add charm and personality.

GLOW OF NOSTALGIA

Textured metallic bowl pours sunny light over a dining table or any home setting with design-statement drama. Crafted of aluminum, the single-bulb pendant light has an antique pewter exterior with hammered surface details. Inside, the lamp glows with an antique gold finish; at its best with a vintage filament light bulb.

Rodan Pendant Light, $449
crateandbarrel.ca

ROLL WITH RETRO: the earliest-known baking tool

Bistro Collection Rolling Pin, $25

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The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Rolling Pin With Wood Handle – $21.98

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FABULOUS FLORALS

Add casual elegance and quirky charm to your dinner table. This lovely set features a colourful floral design with turquoise accents for a quaint yet sophisticated take on classic china. The 12-piece dinnerware set is dishwasher- and microwave-safe and comes complete with four dinner plates, four salad plates and four bowls so you can serve multiple courses without scrambling for extra dishes.

The Pioneer Woman Vintage Bloom 12-piece Dinnerware Set, $79.94
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ARTISANAL TOUCHES

The artisanal appeal of these canisters two-toned, dipped glazing adds fresh colour to the kitchen. Earthenware. Made in Portugal.

Aqua Dip Canisters, $27.95 -$35.95
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GRAND TEAPOT

The tall design of the Grand Teapot is suitable for serving either tea or coffee. It has a large, easy grip handle which remains cold to the touch, making lifting and pouring effortless. It includes a steam hole, locking lid and an anti-drip spout to avoid spillages. Its convenient 1.3L capacity is the perfect size for 4 cups of tea.

Grand Teapot, $60
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FRENCH GLAZE

Handcrafted by a famed French ceramics factory founded in 1857, this casual, elegant dinnerware collection is all about the glaze. Finished with an amber-reactive glaze, the clean, modern shapes rendered in stoneware display unique patterning and tonal effects. Fired at very high temperatures, the dinnerware has exceptional strength and durability.

Jars Tourron Amber 16-pc Dinnerware Set, $589.95
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— SIL’s PICK —

Silvana Longo
Editor

 

GO GRAPHIC

A fun update to classic Delftware designs, this playful navy and white pattern is stamped and painted by hand.

Scalloped Print Dinnerware, set of 4, $20
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— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

EVERY GREAT KITCHEN IS RECIPE-RICH…
Here is our trinity of cookbooks by renowned chefs from around the globe

Life in Balance
by Donna Hay
Australia’s most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating. With all the contradictory messages of what to eat more of, less of and what to give up altogether, it can all get a little confusing and overwhelming. It’s a relief to turn to a voice of reason, Australia’s best-selling and most trusted cook, Donna Hay, for a realistic, sustainable and more balanced approach to fresher, healthier eating.Life in Balance, $34.99
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Real Food, Real Good
by Michael Smith
Real food is easy to make, delicious and good for you. Michael Smith, a passionate advocate for healthy homemade meals enjoyed around the kitchen table, knows what it takes to keep cooking simple and chock-full of natural, wholesome ingredients. In Real Food, Real Good, Michael shares more than 100 brand-new recipes with ingredients that are great choices for a healthy lifestyle.Real Food, Real Good, $32
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Super Food Family Classics
by Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics continues with the popular philosophy behind Jamie’s Everyday Super Food, bringing exciting healthy eating to the heart of the home. Freshen up your family favourites and expand your recipe repertoire with new nutritious, tasty meals—make your weekly menu something to shout about.Super Food Family Classics, $37.99
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The Skinny on Countertops

The Skinny on Countertops

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The Skinny on Countertops

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then perhaps the counter is the heart of the kitchen

Whether you choose from classic and natural materials such as marble, granite and limestone, or from a wide array of man-made materials and composites, it is the one element which can determine the style, level of luxury and functionality in a kitchen.

We all know that marble and granite are classic choices for a countertop, whether in a kitchen or a bathroom. They are both natural stones which must be quarried, leaving an environmental impact which must be considered when we make our choice. Though granite is virtually indestructible and heat proof, it can be very expensive and have a ‘heavy’ look in the space. With prices beginning at $50 per square foot and up, there are options for various budgets.

Marble provides a very desirable high end look and depending which strain of marble you choose, it has very good heat and waterproof properties, although it can scratch and stain unless it is professionally sealed. When choosing marble, you must be ready to accept that it will age over time and the ‘patina of your life’ will be reflected in the marble.

One of the most abundant minerals in the world, quartz is often considered the alternative to granite and marble. Available in numerous colours and now even in the look of marble and limestone, quartz’s non-porous quality makes it highly resistant to mold, bacterial contamination, stain, heat and all of life’s accidents making it a perfect choice for most residential or commercial applications. Because it is man-made, the availability of consistently sized and coloured slabs is a designer’s dream. Slabs of quartz are normally 55″ x 122″ and they are often available as jumbo sized slabs at 63″ x 132″, which is fantastic for design flexibility and often fewer cut lines. Priced from $80 per square foot, it is not inexpensive, but it is a perfect choice for those who want many customization options.

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of talc as well as magnesium, mica, quartz, chlorite and iron. It is very durable and has been used for centuries to create everything from fireplaces to sinks. It is coming into vogue these days because of its natural beauty and durability; hot pans, lemon juice and wine will not damage it. The colour ranges from light gray to black with random veining which gives it an ability to look great in rustic or traditional interiors as well as in modern and contemporary spaces. At about $80 to $100 per square foot installed, it is on the pricey side, but will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

The desire to be eco-friendly makes recycled glass a perfect option for a contemporary space. Available in multiple colours and textures, it is perfect for a bar or as a secondary counter surface because it is easy to clean and resists heat and stains. Cement is often used with glass to create a textural look with various colours. At about $120 per square foot, it is easily customized and comes in multiple colours.

Semi-precious stone including quartz, iron, agate, petrified wood and fossils are high end options which add a luxurious and unique visual expression. Although this is a very costly choice, it will no doubt be the star of any space where it is used.

Solid surface counters can emulate just about any material because they are completely man-made. The ability to mould sinks, drains and creative shapes makes this a designer’s dream while the ease of maintenance makes it a wonderful investment for long term use.

Metal counters such as copper and zinc are not common, but they make a powerful statement. At about $100 per square foot and up, it is a creative choice which will patina over time and be the conversation starter in your kitchen or bar area.

Sustainably harvested wood will bring any serious cook’s kitchen to the next level with its natural beauty and ability to work as a built-in cutting surface. Maintenance of regular sanding and oiling will bring out a beautiful patina and enhance the inherent properties. Even though it is porous, wood has an inherent ability to protect from bacteria build up as long as it is cleaned regularly with mild soap and water. Prices vary from $35 per square foot and up depending on the type of wood and how it is fabricated.

Let’s not discount laminate counters as they are still the best option for budget conscious projects. Improvements in quality, fabrication, colour and textural choices make this a surprisingly good option when installed with no backsplash, simple edges and accented with beautiful tiles. Be creative and expressive in the design of the countertop by combining metal finishes and interesting translucent combinations, high gloss and t extural surfaces. With starting prices at around $8 per square foot, it is an attractive choice when your budget is tight.

Don’t reach for the obvious, consider the counter as a design expression which can complete and enhance the look and style of the space. The list is endless with options, make sure to research and explore the options based on your functionality, style and budget. By combining materials, finishing edges creatively, and considering ‘alternative’ choices, you will make your project stand out.


Recognized for her classic taste and eclectic style, Interior Designer EVELYN ESHUN has been providing innovative, forward thinking and consistently artistic design solutions for her discerning clients for almost 2 decades. A design personality on various television shows, including Take this House and Sell it, Evelyn is a regular contributor to local and national design publications.

For more information, visit evelyneshun.com.


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