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Dolce & Gabbana slow JUICER by Smeg.

$1,900. thebay.com

The Bambino Plus ESPRESSO MACHINE in damson blue.

$550. breville.ca

A3500 ascent series BLENDER in candy apple red.

$800. vitamix.ca

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

$180. amazon.ca

Professional plus FOOD PROCESSOR in silver by Ninja.

$150. canadiantire.ca


$80. bodum.com

Drip 14-cup programable COFFEE MAKER by CRUXGG.

$145. williams-sonoma.ca

The custom loaf BREAD MAKER.

$400. breville.ca

Artisan series 5 qt. tilt STAND MIXER in honey.

$700. kitchenaid.ca

Gourmet 4SLICE TOASTER by Wolf.

$540. williams-sonoma.ca


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Kitchen design that is ageless, easy and beautiful

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Kitchen design that is ageless, easy and beautiful

Our kitchens have evolved as the heart of the home and are often a renovation priority. Whether you love to cook and entertain, or more often use the space as a hub for the family, kitchen design has changed in ways that are both useful and exciting. We all come in different shapes and sizes, range in age from infants to seniors and have ever-changing abilities and skills. While the focus will always be on design and functionality, you should also consider the longevity of your design for safety and comfort. The successful design of a universally accessible kitchen starts with identifying potential users and anticipating their needs. The objective of  design is to make life easier and beautiful.


Cabinets and counters

To achieve a kitchen, which is both comfortable and safe for all family members, your first consideration is to allow strollers, wheelchairs or walkers to move easily in and out of the prep areas. This is achieved by allotting 42- to 48-in. clearance between the cabinets on a minimum of two sides. Consider creating a lowered workspace by adding a 28-in. table height extension to an island or peninsula, when you have differently abled helpers (young or older) in the kitchen.


Designing for minimal effort is an important principle of universal kitchen design. On trend but also in line with accessible design, is the installation of pullout pantries rather than upper cabinetry. Pantries provide additional storage space and much greater usability and accessibility. Adding LED lighting will provide greater illumination and help you see what is hiding on the back shelf. However, if horizontal uppers are part of your current kitchen design, add a motorized servo driver to assist in opening the cabinetry, as well as closing them with one push of a button.


Fixtures & appliances

An efficient kitchen that maximizes independence and convenience is the cornerstone of good design. Traditionally, kitchen designers have focused on a compact work triangle formed by the sink, stove and refrigerator; but we must expand the triangle to include all work areas: a separate cooktop and wall oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher. To design a kitchen with a work triangle that meets your needs, imagine the items and appliances you reach for when prepping your meal or cleaning up. The thoughtful placement of your fixtures and appliances make them both accessible and safe by avoiding trip hazards.

If you’re looking to maximize your kitchen footprint while lowering your environmental one, a double-drawer dishwasher is the answer. While traditional dishwasher doors open out, often a challenge for both space and accessibility, a dishwasher drawer solves both issues. Additionally, using just one drawer saves water and time, but also eliminates a tripping hazard when loading and unloading.


Your sink is one of the most used elements in the kitchen. Here, we suggest a mix of technology and design for ease of use. Consider installing a sink with a depth of only nine in., this helps mitigate back pain by eliminating the need to hunch over your sink. Top off the re-design with a voice-controlled faucet, which can dispense measured amounts of water, or a touch-controlled faucet, which makes it easy to use for hands of any size and ability.


Sound & vision

A universal approach to lighting design addresses the needs of people as they age. Look for a mix of ambient, task and accent lighting that works in harmony with the users of the space. For example, installing a motion detector to activate the lights, which slowly brighten so as not to overwhelm, is helpful for a kitchen visit in the middle of the night.

Where possible, take advantage of opportunities to maximize natural lighting. In any kitchen design or renovation, homeowners should also consider their finishes for both design and functionality. We don’t often think about it until it’s bothersome, but highly reflective surfaces can be problematic for those who are challenged by their vision. Instead, choose matte finishes. Similarly, opting to include elements which absorb sounds, such as wood, will minimize noise that can radiate through the adjoining rooms, or eliminate an echo in the kitchen itself.


Smart technology

With the pervasiveness of smartphones, smart appliances are increasingly commonplace in kitchens; being able to control your appliance via an app on your phone – anything from your oven to your tea kettle – is not only novel but convenient. Being able to turn on the lights in your kitchen with one tap, versus walking through the room, can mean a world of difference to someone less body-able.

Your kitchen is such a key feature to the home, and a room that should be welcoming to family and guests of any age or ability. Consider the tips above with a trusted design partner and make the most of your kitchen for many years to come.*

Over the course of Yasmine Goodwin’s 16-year career, she developed My Design Studio, the top independent decor finishing centre servicing the residential construction industry in Southern Ontario. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designer, Yasmine comes full circle on her passion for beautiful and sustainable design with My LiveABLE Design & Renovations.

For more information, visit my-designstudio.com.

Yasmine Goodwin


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Kitchen Appliances aren't what they used to be!

Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

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Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

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KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

Home cooks will be inspired

The latest kitchen appliances from KitchenAid have been designed with features and performance to ignite and reimagine your culinary experience.


Designed with the cook in mind, the KitchenAid counter-depth French door refrigerator has storage flexibility, premium finishes and stylish wood paneling with the added convenience of the FreshVue door-within-door.

Home chefs love the proximity lighting and door-within-door feature because they can quickly see and access their favourite fresh ingredients.

This refrigerator will be available in the summer in stainless steel, black stainless steel and PrintShield stainless steel exterior, which resists smudges to keep your working kitchen looking beautiful.

MRRP: $5,999 (KRFC804GSS), $6,099 (KRFC804GPS), $6,199 (KRFC804GBS)

Induction Range

The KitchenAid four-element induction convection front control range with baking drawer offers precision and control with quick, efficient response similar to gas burners. By using electromagnetic energy to generate instant heat directly to your cookware, you can rapidly boil water, giving the passionate home cooks more precise results.

The Even-Heat True Convection ensures consistent heat throughout the oven so it stays at the perfect temperature to achieve flawless cooking results every time, while the built-in steam rack offers the ability to provide additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results.

This versatile range also provides a baking drawer, so you can bake at a different temperature while you’re cooking in the main compartment.

MSRP: $4,199 (KSIB900ESS)


The KitchenAid fully integrated dishwasher with pocket handle is designed to blend seamlessly into any kitchen. It’s among the quietest on the market (39dba) and features a front status display to show where you are in the cycle.

The fan-enabled ProDry system delivers the best drying performance without rinse aid while the third level rack adds space for cleaning long, flat cooking tools.

The Bottle Wash Option provides spray nozzles in the upper rack that can be placed deep inside tall or odd-shaped items like bottles, glasses and vases to thoroughly clean them. It’s available in black stainless and PrintShield stainless steel finish to resist smudges.

MSRP: $1,499 (KDPE334GPS), $1,699 (KDPE334GBS)



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