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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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Better living expert, smart choices

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Better living expert, smart choices

When it comes to houses, lots of people think bigger is better. The median above-grade living area of recently built single-detached houses in Ontario was, for example, 2,380 square feet. According to Statistics Canada, that’s 30 per cent larger than a similar house that was constructed in the 1990s, and almost double the size of one built before the 1960s.

At the same time, condos are shrinking: the median unit built in 2017 was about 30 per cent smaller than the 1980s. Given that condo construction outpaces single residential homes in multiple markets, more and more homeowners will need to learn to live with less space.

Fortunately, relatively simple solutions are available for every room.

Hard-working surfaces

Effective small-footprint design can start with choosing furniture, appliances, and accessories that serve more than one purpose, especially important for those who work from home. One idea: keep beauty and office supplies to a minimum in a simple vanity with drawers and a fold-out mirror from HomeSense, and it could function as both a dressing table and work space. With the right lighting, it could also be easily slid into any unused condo corner.

Seamless seating

Sofa beds add flexibility to a small living or office space. Sleepenvie, the Canadian bed-in-a-box company that makes a clever hybrid foam/spring model, has launched a sofa that arrives in a box at the front door five to 10 days after ordering. There are six styles – from a simple loveseat to sofa with chaise that can be oriented to suit the client. You can see them in real life at Leon’s stores. Assembly is minimal, but a white-glove service can do that for you, if you like.

Office supplies that read as decorative items are useful in small spaces that double as home offices. For those, check out designer Joe Mimran’s exclusive line for Staples Canada. The handsome Gry Mattr collection includes notebooks, organizers, pencil holders, mugs and oil diffusers in grey, black, and tan neutrals, as well as a jazzy Terrazzo finish and scented candles in cement holders.

In the kitchen, a KitchenAid stand mixer in a standout colour with a patterned or embossed ceramic bowl is both pretty and practical.

Multi-function cooking options

Some housing observers now suggest that as food preparation kits and other delivery services continue to grow – especially in urban centres – conventional stoves will be replaced by space-saving wall units, coupled with two burner range tops or induction pads that can be stored in a drawer when not in use. Bosch’s 24-inch wall oven, which has special cycles for faster cooking, combines convection and microwave functions, and plugs in with a 120V three-prong plug, is a well-designed alternative.

Barely there barista

There are other, less drastic, ways to squeeze more space out of the kitchen. I’ve been testing Philips LatteGo coffee maker, which makes terrific regular coffee, espresso, Americano, cappuccino, and macchiato, and dispenses hot water. It has an onboard grinder and milk frother tucked neatly beside the adjustable coffee spout, so using it allowed me to put away a frother and a grinder, clearing up valuable working area and reducing visual noise. That’s a win-win in any small space.


sleepenvie.ca, homesense.ca, staples.ca, philips.ca, kitchenaid.ca, leons.ca, bosch.ca

Vicky Sanderson


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Recall roundup, Under pressure, plus things are heating up

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Recall roundup, Under pressure, plus things are heating up

Randomly Radiant

Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir Electric Radiant Heat Cooktops
Models affected: Various models of 24″, 30″, and 36″ units. Visit HealthyCanadians.ca for a complete list.
Potential problem: In the recall notice’s verbiage, “The electric radiant heat cooktops may become energized without consumer interaction.” In other words, they can start on their own. There have been several incidents reported of damage to cabinets and other nearby objects.
Sold: Nearly 3,000 of the affected units were sold in Canada between March 2017 and August 2019.
Contact: Whirlpool, 888-900-7897; Repair.Whirlpool.com

Amateur Hour

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops
Model affected: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops with 2.2-2.5 GHz processors, 256 GB-1 TB solid state storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, and one HDMI port. If you have a model like this, check the serial number online at support.apple. com/15-inch-macbook-pro-batteryrecall to verify if it’s affected.
Potential problem: The batteries in the recalled laptops can overheat. There have been five reports of minor burns, and one of smoke inhalation.
Sold: Approximately 26,000 affected laptops were sold in Canada from September 2015 to February 2017.
Contact: Apple Canada Inc., 800-275-2273; apple.com/ca/support

Spring Loaded

Sunsetter Motorized Awnings
Models affected: All soft vinyl awning covers used with SunSetter Motorized, Motorized XL, and Oasis Freestanding Motorized Retractable Awnings supplied with bungee tie-downs.
Potential problem: If the motor is activated while the tie-downs are still in place, once the bungees are removed the unit can open with violent force. In the U.S. there have been six injuries and one fatality related to this problem.
Sold: Some 7,500 affected units were sold in Canada between January 2007 and December 2016.
Contact: Multiple Awnings for a repair kit, 866-441-4182; csd@multipleawnings.com

What a Knob

Mastercraft 5-Gallon Air Compressor
Models affected: 058-9315 and 199-5703 with date codes ending in 2014. The date code is located on the unit nameplate on the tank.
Potential problem: The regulator knob may break off under pressure. There have been at least 13 reports of incidents in Canada with one injury.
Sold: Roughly 14,000 units were sold from January 2014 to June 2015.
Contact: Canadian Tire, 800-387-8803

Extra Sanitized

Delta UV Generator
Model affected: EA-4H-10 manufactured between March 17, 2010 and April 1, 2019.
Potential problem: This supplementary pool sanitization system can overheat and cause a fire.
Sold: Approximately 290 units of the affected product were sold in Canada from March 2010 to April 2019.
Contact: Endless Pools, 800-910-2714; poolhelp@endlesspools.com

When Caps Attack

Master Spas Hot Tub and Swim Spa Diverter Valve Caps
Models affected: Master Spas’ Twilight, H2X Swim Spa, and MP Signature Deep Swim Spas hot tub and swim spa models.
Potential problem: The diverter valve caps can become loose and pop off. There have been more than 100 reports of the diverter valve caps popping off in Canada and the United States, including four reports of consumers being struck by the cap.
Sold: More than 1,000 affected units were sold between December 2017 and May 2019.
Contact: Custom Molded Products, 800-733-9060; C-M-P.com

Stripped Clean

Olympic Premium Stain Stripper
Model affected: Olympic Premium Stain Stripper packaged in a 3.78L container with model number 52102.
Potential problem: The container may rupture or crack, allowing the corrosive contents to leak out.
Sold: More than 30,000 containers were sold from January 2016 to May 2019.
Contact: PPG Architectural Coating Canada, 866-660-2220

Solar Flares

Fusion 3-in-1 Solar Powered Tiki Torch
Model affected: SKU 2494; UPC 672376249439
Potential problem: The batteries can overheat, causing the plastic housing to melt. There have been 19 such cases reported in Canada.
Sold: Nearly 9,000 units were sold from January 1 to July 17, 2019.
Contact: Fusion Products, 877-615-1378; marketing@fusionproducts.com


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Top holiday gifts from Jo Alcorn

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Top holiday gifts from Jo Alcorn

Gifts that are truly unique and special

Each year I try to go above and beyond what I did the previous year to surprise and please my loved ones. See a few of my top picks below.

I typically go all white with my holiday decor but a great option is black and gold, a trend I’ve been seeing a lot this year. I love the idea of giving someone a tree ornament with a special note attached, or filling a stocking with some of their favourite goodies and hanging their gift right on their mantel using this great marble stocking holder from Lowe’s. These items are part of the Lowe’s Opuluxe holiday trend, which also includes some fantastic black and gold ornaments and lanterns.

In keeping with the trend of gold this year, I found the most gorgeous teacup and saucer and gold-hued coasters from HomeSense. These would pair nicely with a selection of your recipient’s favourite tea.

The Canadian Red Cross has great options to give the gift of two blankets to keep refugees and migrants warm. A warm blanket can help carry them through the cold snap of winter, give their children something to sit and play on and help them get a proper night’s rest. This gift is certainly warms my heart and at $15 if’s affordable yet so significant. See all of their gift options at www.redcross.ca/perfectgifts

I love bubbly water (okay, bubbly anything for that matter). Last year I tried to go a little bit greener and bought a SodaStream Fizzi sparkling water maker. This machine is like magic. It doesn’t require a plugin and all you do it pop your bottle of tap water in the SodaStream and turns ordinary tap water into sparkling water with the touch of a button. It’s the perfect gift for all those fizzy lovers out there like me (and it also keeps cans and bottle out of landfills). The special holiday pricing is $99.99 and available in red for a limited time only.

Having two fur friends myself, I could never forget about pups on Christmas morning. This year I am happy to launch our donut dog bed, which both my pooches have already fallen in love with. This year they will each be getting their very own, super comfy new bed from my Jo Alcorn collection.

Sometimes something cozy is in order for the holiday season. Bouclair has great accessories, candles and throws to choose from for that last minute gift idea.

Mighty power. Mini footprint — the KitchenAid Artisan Mini stand mixer makes up to five dozen cookies in a single batch. This bold countertop staple is smaller than the brand’s classic stand mixer but fits all standard attachments, making this the perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

Set the mood for winter cuddle ups with the cutest plug-in electric fireplace imaginable from Dimplex. It’s not only charming, it can also heat a room up to 400 square feet. This little gem provides cozy ambiance and charm. It’s also small enough that you can take it with you outside on cool summer nights.

Who doesn’t love the look and feel of fresh new bedding? Give your loved one a crisp new duvet and sleeping pillow from my new line this year. My new bedding is hypoallergenic, has dust mite control, is fully washable, is animal cruelty free and feels just like down.

Finally, who can resist the gift of these adorable and comfy socks for the holidays? I know I’d personally love to receive a pair (hint, hint). I can’t even imagine anyone on my list who wouldn’t love these paired with a nice bottle of wine or a gourmet bag of coffee. I found these little sweeties at the online shop of the RJ DAX Collection.

Alcorn Home


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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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