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Product Showcase: Bathrooms

Product Showcase: Bathrooms

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Product Showcase: Bathrooms

Express your style

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic and glass. X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. The company offers you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let the knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.


Timeless & elegant

Special thought went into the details of this bathroom renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. The classic marble used for the floors and walls adds texture, and the Caesarstone blizzard white used for the countertop on this custom floating vanity adds not only elegance but function for the space.


Brilliantly modern

Riobel, distinctive member of The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet Boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Offered in four finishes: Stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.


Pretty practical

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.


Personalized faucet

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offers a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucet by choosing the spout, handle and finish.



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Aoyuan: M2M's T1 Tower Suites

M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

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M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

Get a glimpse into a vibrant lifestyle currently being offered by Aoyuan International at Yonge and Finch. Now open, is the three-bedroom model suite at M2M. This insider’s perspective offers a first-hand appreciation for this 8.6-acre masterplanned community, situated close to the Yonge/Finch subway station.

All roads lead to M2M

M2M recently received the 2019 People’s Choice Award from BILD – GTA. With 1,680 new residences, it has been earmarked as an exceptional new development. On-site amenities include a community centre, a day care and a new public park, as well as 180,000 square feet of retail and office space. Just steps from the main subway artery and transit hub, other travel options whisk you away to the downtown core or suburban destinations. In additon, direct access to Highway 401 is situated just south of M2M.

Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.
Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.

A model suite

Within the M2M Presentation Centre, a fully furnished three-bedroom suite is now open for viewing. Featuring a 1,101-square-foot corner unit, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 220-square-foot balcony, this model showcases an incredible living space.

At M2M there’s no need to compromise on space, style or comfort. If downsizing, this is the ideal first step. Exceptional quality is evident with clean lines, walnut flooring and gold accent detailing. An overall asthetic appeal is reflected in all the fine finishes.

Double-height yoga studio.
Double-height yoga studio.

Attention to detail

As you enter the model suite, you’ll notice that the inviting foyer includes much-needed storage space. In the heart of the home, the kitchen features Caesarstone on the countertops and on the island, with sleek waterfall edges on both ends. A space-saving convenience includes additional counter space that pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed. The counter is complemented by a beautifully tiled, white marble backsplash in a Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen also includes integrated appliances, a Kohler sink, shaker-style woodgrain cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting – all of these upgrades are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites.

The open-concept dining area is connected to the kitchen and to the living room, and features sculptural lighting to offset your furniture. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of this suite to promote privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry, a storage closet and natural light is optimized throughout.

Aoyuan offers a wide variety of layout options for those who appreciate expansive spaces, with the option to remove bedrooms, and open up floorplans, where possible. Other floorplans include one- and two-bedroom layouts with dens, as well as double-master suites. The flexible designs can accommodate a variety of family requirements or multi-generational living.

The extended community

Beyond the doors of each suite, an active lifestyle awaits. Residents can choose to relax, socialize or take advantage of various fitness opportunities, including a double-height yoga studio, a sauna and change rooms. Also within the development are beautifully landscaped areas with exclusive outdoor spaces that are accessible to residents on the third and ninth floors. In addition, there’s an infinity pool, a barbecue area and an outdoor dining room – plus plenty of space to unwind.

For those who love to entertain, there is a party room, a theatre room and lounge areas that are perfect for get-togethers with friends and family. From initimate dinner parties to celebratory events with an extensive guest list, the on-site dining room offers a full chef’s kitchen.

M2M places residents in the centre of this amenity-rich area of North York, close to transit, schools, parks and other community destinations. The M2M sales team is made up of knowledgeable professionals, who understand the local market, and are on hand to assist with this all-important decision.


The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge Street.




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M2M Condos

Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

While far from its first real estate development on a global scale, M2M is Aoyuan International‘s initial project in Toronto, as well as its most ambitious to date. Planning for the multi-faceted community project first started in 2017, when Aoyuan International acquired the Newtonbrook Plaza and began to lay out plans for its largest residential complex in Canada.

When completed, the 8.6-acre master-planned community at Yonge and Finch in North York will be a fully integrated neighbourhood designed for living, working, and playing. Featuring five towers and two podiums, M2M’s all-encompassing community will be home to a total of 1,650 residential units, as well as hundreds of thousands of square feet of office and retail space, a community centre, children’s daycare, and even its own greenspace for a future park.

The Aoyuan International team is thrilled to have received the BILD People’s Choice Award at the 39th annual BILD Awards on May 3, where the award was presented by the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

The BILD Awards are an annual event held to highlight new real estate projects that standout taking place in the greater Toronto area and to celebrate “excellence in the GTA’s land development and new home industry,” With awards that recognize distinction in everything from marketing and sales to project design, BILD aims to recognize the myriad hard-working people behind the hundreds of new communities that appear on the market every year.

Aoyuan International shares the People’s Choice Award with key strategic partners who are equally responsible for M2M’s success, including Wallman Architects, U/31, Ferris + Associates Inc., Baker Real Estate Inc. and KG&A.

In a lengthy selection process, most winners of the BILD Awards are chosen by a jury of industry experts. However, for the People’s Choice Award, the power of selection is put into the hands of the general public, which makes the award one of the most coveted in the BILD Awards. This prize is considered massively important within the industry, as it represents the voice of the GTA people who will ultimately occupy the award-winning dwellings.

Initially shortlisted alongside seven other finalists, Aoyuan International’s master-planned community ended up snagging the award. The project was also nominated for the Best Suite Design award, thanks to M2M’s expansive square footage, smart home features, and thoughtful details, such as laminate wood flooring, Kohler fixtures, integrated appliances, and under-cabinet lighting.

Aoyuan International believes in and is committed to “building a healthy lifestyle” for its residents, and is thrilled that the M2M site has received its official approval from the city. With the BILD People’s Choice win drawing even more attention to the project, all eyes will definitely be on this exciting new community as the Newtonbrook Plaza is transformed over the coming years. The TTC Yonge subway expansion, which will soon bring downtown public transit access to M2M’s door, will make the master-planned community an even more attractive place to call home for daily commuters between the 416 and 905 area codes.

With such a positive start in the Toronto market, there’s no telling what successes await Aoyuan International and M2M, but the outlook so far is incredibly optimistic, and the team is excited to build out its master-planned community with its many amenities — from a yoga studio, infinity pool, and co-working space to a marketplace and park for families in the neighbourhood. It’s this very blend of modern development, design, marketing, and communications that Aoyuan International believes led to M2M’s victory at this year’s BILD award.

Aoyuan International encourages a healthy urban lifestyle. To learn more about the project, visit the M2M Presentation Centre and model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St.. The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends. For further information or an appointment, call 416.901.2720 or visit the website.


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M2M Condos

M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

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M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

M2M by Aoyuan International, is an 8.6-acre master-planned community near Yonge and Finch subway designed to encourage a healthy urban lifestyle. When M2M is complete, it will be a fully-integrated live-work-play neighbourhood with 1,650 new residences, a community centre, a daycare, 180,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space, and a new public park. Aoyuan’s master plan and intelligently designed interior suite layouts provide a variety of living options for families in different stages of life.

Aoyuan has built a fully furnished three-bedroom model inside the M2M Presentation Centre. Showcasing a 1,101 sq. ft. corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows with a 220 sq. ft. outdoor space, the model illustrates how M2M condo living doesn’t compromise on comfort and privacy typically found in single-family homes.

Model suite visitors will appreciate the walnut wood flooring, clean lines and gold accent detailing – finishes that reference the overall aesthetic of the development. Arriving at the suite, a spacious foyer sets a welcoming, family friendly tone. There is room for extra storage and benches to keep the assortment of hats, gloves, backpacks and after-school sports equipment under control, plus gallery walls for family photos.

The heart of the home, the kitchen features a thick Caesarstone countertop and island with waterfall edge on both ends, complemented by a beautiful white marble tile backsplash in Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen includes integrated appliances, Kohler sink fixtures, and under-cabinet lighting, features that are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites as per plans. Additional counter space pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed – a smart, space-saving convenience.

The open-concept dining area features sculptural lighting set above a sleek wood table connecting the kitchen to the main living room. Bedrooms, thoughtfully located on opposite ends of this suite, maximize privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry with a 27-inch efficient washer and dryer and storage closet, and optimizes access to natural light throughout.

A first for the condominium market in Toronto, Aoyuan is including electrochromic glass which comes standard with interior bedroom-suites, to provide a choice between clear glass and frosted privacy glass controlled by a wall switch. Marketed as M2M Switchable Smart Glass, visitors can experience this innovative feature at the touch of a switch.

Visit the Presentation Centre and Model Suite, located at 5851 Yonge St..The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. For further information or an appointment call (416.901.2720) or visit the website.


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The Kohler, Wisconsin experience

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The Kohler, Wisconsin experience

Kohler, Wisc., a charming, historic village with about 2,000 permanent residents is the epitome of a company town. Originally called Riverside for its site along the Sheboygan River, it was officially rechristened the Village of Kohler in 1912.

Kohler the company was founded in 1873 by Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler. The firm started off making cast-iron farm implements, fences, benches, and even crosses for cemeteries.

Kohler segued into plumbing in 1883 when the founder enameled the inside of a horse trough, added four cast iron legs, and sold it to a farmer as a bathtub. (As company lore has it, he traded the tub for one cow and 14 chickens.)

As the company has grown, so has the founding family’s role in and connection to its adopted home state. Two Kohler descendants, Walter J. Kohler, Sr., and Walter J. Kohler, Jr., served as the 26th and 33rd governors of Wisconsin. Today, the fourth-generation, family owned company is headed by John Michael’s great-grandson, David Kohler, who serves as president and CEO. David’s sister, Laura Kohler, is the company’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Stewardship, and Sustainability.

While central figures in the community, employees are fond of sharing stories about lining up at the local coffee shop with Kohler family members, and employees are so passionate about the company that many retirees lead guided factory tours during the week.

Over the years, the company’s product line expanded exponentially, including a wide array of toilets, faucets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, interior décor items, and beyond. In addition to a line of generators and small engines, the Kohler foundry produces parts for other large manufacturers including Ford and Caterpillar.

In 2017, then CEO Herb Kohler even launched Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates. Visitors can buy these artisanal chocolates from a charming shop in the village. Those looking for something with a little more kick can also pick up a bottle of Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy.

One must-see stop on a visit to the town of Kohler is the Kohler Design Center. This 36,000-sq.ft. facility features thousands of displays of Kohler kitchen and bathroom products, including working showers and water-filled soaker tubs. The upper level features a series of inspirational “Designer Vignettes,” with rooms designed and decorated by well-known designers. Styles range from the Copper Cottage kitchen design by Kim Lewis, to Barococo Futurism a bathroom designed by Jonathan Adler that’s equal parts 18th-century late Baroque styling and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The basement level of the Design Center houses the Kohler Museum, allowing visitors to walk through the company’s earliest days making cast-iron products to the many innovations that Kohler has introduced in its history. Kohler celebrated its 145th anniversary in 2018.

Like most large North American industrial companies, Kohler did its part for the war effort during World War II, producing everything from shell casings to generators. Later, the company produced precision valves used in the Apollo space program. Some of that space age technology seems to have made its way into the current product lineup, including the futuristic Numi 2.0 toilet, with heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and self-sterilization.

Sports fans will want to make a pit stop for a selfie in a replica of Manchester United’s locker room. Kohler is an official sponsor of the globally renowned soccer club. When visiting town, where better to stay than the company’s own American Club hotel? The American Club was built in 1918 as living quarters for immigrant labourers brought over from Europe. But don’t mistake it for some squatters’ quarters. From day one the facility housed a pub, bowling alley, and a barbershop for workers. Since 1981 it’s operated as a boutique hotel, the only five diamond-certified hotel in the U.S. Midwest.

Some of the many dining options around town range from casual comfort food next to a massive fieldstone fireplace in the Blackwolf Run Restaurant, overlooking the 18th hole greens of the site’s two golf courses, to the four-star Immigrant Restaurant in the American Club where jackets are required “for gentlemen.”

With not one but two PGA-certified golf courses, Kohler is a holiday destination even for those with no interest in the latest designer fixtures. Blackwolf Run features two 18-hole courses and was named “Best New Public Course” in the country by Golf Digest when it opened in 1988. Nearby Whistling Straits also has two 18-hole courses, laid out on a 560-acre site along the Lake Michigan shore. Having already hosted the 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, in 2020, The Straits course will host the Ryder Cup. Fore!


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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

Aoyuan‘s transformation of Yonge and Finch into a complete live-work-play community is currently underway. The demolition of the former Newtonbrook shopping plaza began in December 2018. The 8.6-acre arterial site will become home to M2M, a fully integrated community that will add five residential towers, 180,000 sq. ft. of new office and retail space, a daycare centre, community centre and new public park to the neighbourhood.

“M2M will become a new destination for Yonge and Finch – a vibrant residential community, with rich retail and office and interconnected greenspaces to support a healthy urban lifestyle,” says Vince Santino, senior vice-president, development (Eastern Canada), Aoyuan Property Holdings (Canada) Ltd.

Following the sold-out success of M2M’s north tower, Aoyuan is bringing the south tower to the market this spring. Located on the southern edge of the new community, steps from Yonge and Finch subway and GO Stations, T1 at M2M will have 36 floors, two penthouse levels.

Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.
Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.

The M2M Community is designed with Aoyuan’s healthy lifestyle intelligence baked into the master plan. Purchasers will benefit from a variety of fitness and wellness amenities as well as thoughtfully-designed greenspaces. Third floor condo amenities include a theatre, children’s play area and a double height yoga and fitness studio facing an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure and a co-working lounge with large format printer and scanner.

“Aoyuan’s approach to creating healthy communities was central to the design, strongly influencing our use of natural materials and form and ensuring maximum access to natural light throughout the building,” says Kelly Cray, principal of U31 Design.

Inside the suites, kitchens are designed for high utility and include fully integrated appliances with upgraded Kohler plumbing fixtures as the standard offering. Carefully thought-out layouts maximize efficiency, with storage needs provided by walk-in closets in select units. Multiple finish options suit diverse personalities and tastes.

Showcasing distinctive architecture by Toronto’s Wallman Architects, a series of geometric glass forms frame the site with playful textures to differentiate different faces of the building. “We are very excited about the way the building is addressing the new park to the east,” said Rudy Wallman. “Functionality and views from the suites were another key focus of the design. Balconies face the park while light-filled living spaces take advantage of views of an internal courtyard.”

Suites in T1 at M2M range from 427 to 1,400 sq. ft. Visit the newly completed presentation centre including model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St. The presentation centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. To register call or visit the website.




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Product Showcase – Kitchens

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Product Showcase – Kitchens

Depart from the ordinary

Delta’s Pivotal Collection brings global appeal and a striking statement to your kitchen with sleek, contemporary geometry. Shown here, the Pivotal Collection in Black Stainless finish combines confident, angular lines and exclusive smart technologies to embody modern style.


Concrete Gray – New silgranit colour by Blanco

The perfect shade of gray with a balanced colour profile, this engineered colour combines the highly sought-after raw look of natural concrete with the functionality, feel and performance of Blanco’s patented SILGRANIT material. Subtle, dark speckles depict elements found in real concrete.


Get creative with your backsplash

Trapezium by Arvex is a glass mosaic collection available in multiple colours that is sure to astound. It impressively blends frosted and matte glass tessera with clear ones, showcasing a sparkling metallic background. A great choice if you’re looking to add brightness and flair to your kitchen backsplash.


Beautiful, durable quartz & granite

Quartz countertops offer great beauty, value, durability and maintenance-free simplicity. Beyond Marble & Granite fabricates and installs quartz and granite countertops for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and can customize fireplace surrounds. BMG also offers a wide range of products such as custom cabinetry, porcelain tile, mosaics, faucets, sinks and more. Visit the showroom in Vaughan for personalized attention and competitive prices.


Timeless simplicity & functionality

Timeless simplicity with distinctive design and functionality is what Kakoz Kitchens & Custom cabinetry is known for. Serving the Greater Toronto and surrounding area, this family-owned business has extensive experience in kitchen designs and custom woodwork for all commercial and residential projects. No limitation to design aspects and challenges, material selection ranges from modern, traditional, transitional and contemporary.


Timesless & memorable marble

Every year, premium quartz manufacturer Caesarstone unveils innovative new colours. First to be released this spring is Empire White 5151, a unique marble quartz that is Caesarstone’s latest interpretation of authentic Calacatta marble. It presents the sophisticated beauty of natural stone alongside the durability and easy maintenance that are synonymous with Caesarstone. Like all Caesarstone, it comes with a lifetime warranty.


Accent colours

Black with gold has been increasing in trend lately, and Amati Canada is a good place to find a lot of brands launching collections that bring out the best using these finishes. The trick is the subtleness of the two combined and not to visually overwhelm. Check out their collections, or visit the Amati showroom or website.


Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.


Quartz & stone in all shapes and sizes

The Remnant Warehouse has more than 2,000 pieces of popular quartz brands such as Caesarstone and Silestone, as well as natural stone in all shapes and sizes. Find excellent pricing on materials for small projects. You can view all of these pieces, plus register for designer and contractor pricing at qrw.ca.


Timeless & elegant

Let Tapestry Decor bring your ideas to life. Special thought went into the details of this kitchen renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. Rich textures, stone work, gorgeous floors, and now to accessorize for the final touches. Tapestry adds not only elegance but also function to any space.


Distinctly beautiful. Naturally Canadian

HanStone Quartz is Ontario’s only quartz brand. Proudly manufactured in London Ontario, HanStone’s state of the art facility produces material for all of North America. HanStone offers superior quality, exceptional design and more than 40 inspiring colours and patterns. The local choice for designers and homeowners alike.


Natural timeless beauty

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.


Revolutionary voice assist faucet

The Sensate Touchless Faucet with Kohler Konnect is your voice-controlled kitchen assistant. Use simple commands to turn water on and off and dispense measured amounts of water. It can also monitor water usage and alert you if unusual usage is detected via the Kohler Konnect app. Visit the website for more information.


Silestone eternal noir

Part of Silestone’s Eternal Collection, this new shade is an adaptation of the natural Sahara Noir Marble. Set upon a black backdrop, Eternal Noir is characterized by its luxurious white and gold-toned veining. The veining and highlights run completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an authentic natural appearance.


Ideal for any coffee lover

The new Jura S8 from Faema Canada is the ideal companion for any coffee lover. Simply select your favourite beverage from the full colour touch screen and within seconds enjoy your favourite specialty coffee. The one touch options include: Flat White, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso, Americano and more.


Thin Tile

Ranging in thickness from 3.5- to 20-mm with panel sizes between 80- by 100-cm to 160- by 320-cm, this new large-format porcelain opens the door to never before available applications for tile, merging between traditional tile design and stone slabs. ThinTile specializes in the design, supply, delivery, and installation for large thingauged porcelain tile.


Beautiful designer hardware

Prima Home Hardware has elegant kitchen cabinet hardware to suit any style or design. Ranging from ring pulls, handles and knobs, all are fashioned from quality materials so that they don’t have to be replaced. Exceptional quality and a subtle artistic touch go into the design of all of their cabinet hardware.


Make a bold statement in matte black or white

The sleek low-profile design of BLANCO’s POSH faucet is now available in two new finishes: full Anthracite and full White. Anthracite is the perfect matte black finish with luxurious, earthy properties. White creates an exquisite monochromatic look in light kitchens.



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HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

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Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

by Silvana Longo

Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home. These are the concepts that continue to build upon the bathroom trends dominating interiors. The opportunity to primp and destress in a calming haven you can call your own. Whether you’re glam or minimalist, find your bathroom bliss with these latest fixtures, finishes and accessories that raise the bar.

A skillful combination of colours and textures merge within this charming, yet modern Scavolini design, giving the bathroom unprecedented character. The cabinetry features a streamlined silhouette, thanks to doors with a recessed profile, perfect for storage. The wallmounted base unit and dedicated line of accessories, which includes matching taps, shelves and towel rails, complete this bathroom collection, and are available in a choice of white, brass or aluminium finish. For more information on the Tratto collection from Scavolini, go to scavolinitoronto.com.



Combine the vintage charm of a classic open-framework console with the benefit of modern fixtures. The integrated sink top is made from SculpureStone material, which is non-porous, stain-, mould- and mildew-resistant , making cleaning and maintenance easy. The Boutique collection tops with Palmer legs come in two styles: Traditional with a round or oval sink; cove-edge treatment and tapered-foot console legs; or modern with a rectangular sink and studio console legs. The tops are available in a matte or gloss finish.

Boutique collection with Palmer legs, $3,145 – $9,255; mtibaths.com available at Tiles Plus Bath & Tile Centre in Mississauga.

— Sil’s Pick–


The Avento freestanding vanity celebrates chic elegance and minimalist design. Perfect in bathroom spaces both large and small, it is available in multiple configurations for single or double basins. Even the interior of the vanity can be customized with dividers, LED lighting and integrated outlets as desired. There are limitless design options with six distinctive metal finishes, and more than 50 options for panel finishes that include traditional and exotic woods, unique textured surfaces, and high-gloss acrylics. Avento vanity, from Furniture Guild starts at $5,000; gingers.com.

Sil Says … The best way to save surface space is to choose a sleek washstand with a towel bar. The traditional style juxtaposed with the modern matte-black finish creates the perfect tension and balance.

The Metallo washstands are timeless design classics, with right-angle tee joints that reference traditional bathroom pipework, looking equally at home in a more traditional bathroom or industrial-inspired scheme. Each washstand features a practical towel bar and a shelf for storage, finished in a tubular brass.

The Metallo is available in two sizes, shown here is the Metallo 114, which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin. Metallo 114, $2,730; vandabaths.com

The Candella washstands are typified by the design of the legs, which feature elegantly shaped details. A towel bar and a storage shelf in tempered glass are practical yet well designed, lending a sense of hotel style to the bathroom.

The Candella is available in two sizes, shown here is the Candella 100 topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin. Candella 100, $2,878; vandabaths.com


Mouth-blown glass spheres soften the light and are attached to a thickly circular backplate finished in aged brass. Paired together, these two elements lighten not just the room but the mood. Baird Triple Wall Light, aged brass, $575; gingers.com
Bring the five-star hotel experience home, creating a spa-like setting in your bathroom. The Hotelier collection is made of durable solid brass.

Hotelier Sconce, $270; Dupont Plumbing Supplies



A contemporary version of the claw-foot tub with chunky metal feet and coordinating armrests in eight different finishes, this elongated oval silhouette is large enough for two bathers. Indulge in the latest chromatherapy system featuring LED lights embedded within the structure of the bath. The coloured lights glow through the tub’s acrylic shell to provide therapeutic benefits and a beautiful visual effect.

Scala Claw-foot Tub from BainUltra starts at $6,350; available in Toronto at Bath Emporium


Crafted to the highest standards and reaching 36½” spout height from the floor, the East Square tub filler comes with an integrated hand shower. The spout was designed with a precise and sophisticated squared angle, making it ideal for any modern bath. The tub filler comes in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin-nickel finishes.

East Square tub filler, from Newport Brass starts at $1,759; Dupont Plumbing Supplies


The Real Rain overhead panel is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape individual drops that replicate rainfall. When the reservoir fills, water spills into the remainder of the showerhead, covering over 775 nozzles, and raindrops begin to fall softly and slowly, then grow in strength and speed until the shower feels, sounds, and looks like a warm, summer rain. Push a button and the Deluge feature releases a reservoir of water in one powerful instant to simulate an energetic burst of heavy rain.

Real Rain Overhead Panel, $3,264; kohler.com


Move over institutional-looking fixture, the new grab bar moves forward in style. Softened, square-angled corners pervade the collection, while rounded, sleek edges stay true to an advanced style preferred by modern bathrooms. Circular escutcheons cleverly conceal the mounting hardware.

Available in seven length options, the grab bars are offered in 27 finishes and a variety of styles. Kubic Grab Bar from Newport Brass, black, $404; PMF Plumbing


The jewelry of the bathroom, warm metals and matte-black finishes are trending

The Vaia Collection features soft radii, fine silhouette and flowing transitions. Meticulously defined joints and uniquely silky textures highlight the meticulous dedication to craftsmanship and detail. Dornbracht Vaia X Faucet, dark bronze matte, $3,219; gingers.com
Add variety by pairing clean-lined, angled handles with a curved spout, features that are contrasting yet complementary.

Pavani starts at $813; Dupont Plumbing Supplies


Combining geometric elements in the most precise way, the angle of the curved spout is matched precisely by the angle of its handles. The gentle curve of the faucet and its coordinating curved handles supply plenty of contemporary cool without overwhelming the space. Solid brass construction and available in eight finishes.

Domino faucet from Franz Viegener starts at $1,095; gingers.com


We are seeing lots of patterns and movement in tile trends this year

The Autore collection features a classic surface inspired by the refined spirit of Venetian terrazzo. Shown here in Rimini, each of the five shades subtly glisten and evoke the polished marble aggregate characteristic of terrazzo.

Starts at $7.99 per square foot; ceragres.ca

Color Line by Fap Ceramiche is a new contemporary collection that adds vibrancy to your bathroom. Available in multiple colours and patterns, it also features a new Color Now floor tile, for perfectly blended layouts.

Color Line starts at $6.25/sq. ft.; ciot.com

Two tile patterns—Both from the Waterjet Mosaics collection.


1. Bloom Carrara & Statuario, $57 per sq. ft.
2. Grace Cersei/China White & Diamond Blue, $106.21 per sq. ft.; sstileandstone.ca



Tailored lines meet easy functionality in this compact cart that rolls from room to room as a bar cart, kitchen prep station or in this case, the perfect bathroom caddy. A clean, Parson’s-style stainless-steel frame supports two box-like shelves of solid American walnut stained natural brown.

Pearson Utility Cart, $799; crateandbarrel.ca


A sophisticated solution to bathroom clutter, this medium canister is designed with a recessed lid that allows it to be stacked with coordinating Cedras canisters. Made of stoneware, the canister is coated in matte-black glaze with an artisan-like splatter effect.

Cedras Stackable Canisters, small $19.95, medium $34.95, large $41.95; crateandbarrel.ca


A clean design with a thick wavy structure that embraces your body and adds luxury to your bathroom. Soft and fluffy in coordinated colours so you can choose your favourite.

FLODALEN bath towel, teal, $12.99; ikea.ca


Modern elegance meets functional simplicity with the MEM Robe Hook.

Dornbracht mem Robe hook, $149; gingers.com

KVASP hook brass colour, $2.99 3 in pack; ikea.ca



Spacious storage in several beautiful finishes. The soft-closing doors allow you to start the day with a pleasant sense of calm. Built to last through years of spills and steamy showers.

W40xD32xH192cm GODMORGON high cabinet, $299, kasjon light gray; ikea.ca


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Small space kitchen and bath trends

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Small space kitchen and bath trends

Condo dwellers can rejoice that most noteworthy trends seen at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando, Fla. — multi-tasking sink systems, narrow-width and smart-enabled appliances, new and interesting finishes, colourful accessories, and attractive storage units — are all available in small space options.

The Chef Center from Swiss kitchen manufacturer Franke, for example, is a sink system that includes removable glass cutting boards, roll-up mats, compost bins, colanders and a sink grid that quickly and effectively doubles working area.

Liebherr’s 24-inch stainless tower is designed for condominiums, small urban dwellings and galley kitchens. Standout features include LED lighting and a ventilation system the company says extends the shelf life of food as much as three times longer than conventional refrigerators. A small space bonus — it’s also extremely quiet. Bosch’s 24-inch wall oven is one of the many smart appliances now on the market: it’s WiFi connected through an app that allows the user to remotely control the unit and has 11 standard settings to reduce guess work.

Storage for wine, kitchen gear, and accessories continue to draw attention. Designed and manufactured in Canada, Liquid Systems’ wine storage units fit in just about any unused corner of a small kitchen and are available in 12 colours of aluminum held by stainless steel hardware.

Quebec-based Miralis just launched a contemporary glass cabinetry line called Curio that offers highly configurable display space for both curated collections and everyday kitchenware. With cleverly concealed hinges and integrated LED lighting, it’s a sleek and sensible use of space.

Good design is being increasingly applied to historically overlooked accessories. Kohler, for example, will release a line of trash cans with a space-saving slim profile, and which come in matte stainless steel and matte black stainless steel, making them a nice punctuation point to appliances.

Coloured kitchenware is another emerging trend. An easy way to introduce it will be Le Creuset’s individual stoneware cocottes in a floral shape, along with coffee cups and appetizer pates in soft, ombre pastels (coming in April).

DXV’s Modulus collection does for the small-space bath what Franke does for the kitchen counter. The collection of bath fixtures, faucets, furniture (in gorgeous natural oak veneers) and accessories can be endlessly customized to optimize space, with co-ordinating accessory trays that can be stowed in a matching wall-mounted vanity. For a quick bathroom fix, there are any number of easy-to-install, affordable shower heads designed to create a spa-like experience. Delta’s In2ition two-in-one showerhead, for example, delivers great overhead spray and a hand unit, useful for bathing pets and kids and for washing out the shower.

Gold finishes are increasingly being seen in both kitchens and bath. Moen, example, introduced a new brushed gold finish, available in contemporary and traditional designs. Concerned that gold won’t mix with chrome or other finishes? Don’t worry – mixing metals is now not only acceptable, it’s considered downright chic, especially when paired with black or navy!

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Home Finds: Back to the Future

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

by Silvana Longo

Today’s kitchen combines future-forward convenience, stylish customization and a nod to the classic touches that warm up and make this hard-working space, the most inviting in the home.

Kitchen Dress-Up

The culinary accessories are vast and bring enhanced function to this central hub of the home…
it is also an opportunity to add much-needed personality to a kitchen


Designed by Brett Beldock, this traditional dining chair gets a modern upgrade with high-gloss, black-painted rattan and brass detailing.

Rattan & Brass DINING CHAIR, $399


— Sil’s Pick —

Handmade stoneware dinnerware with organic edges and a modern matte-black glaze sets the table for everyday and special occasions alike.

Crisp Matte Black DINNERWARE, $5.95 – $19.95


The SUSSEX single light pendant features a black finish with a metal shade. This fixture comes with an integrated LED that saves energy and lasts a long time. It is perfect for the dining room and a kitchen island. For more impact, a set of two or three, depending on the size, adds more light and symmetry.

Canarm Sussex LED Black PENDANT, $103.95


— Em’s Pick —

This tilt-head stand mixer has a five-quart stainlesssteel bowl with handle, and has 10 different speeds to mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand MIXER, $599.99



These compact stoneware flower cocottes are specially designed for individual preparation and presentation, with a beautiful floral shape just right for springtime.

Set of 3 Mini Flower COCOTTES, $79



This unique cabinet door doubles as a blackboard surface making it perfect to organize everything from family schedules to weekly dinners, or express yourself by adding an inspirational quote.

Uddevalla DOOR, $40



Leafy watercolour herbs grace the creamy interior of this gorgeous ceramic serving bowl, plus the dark exterior provides contrast.

Herb PLATES, Set of 4, $44.95



Want to add a little Middle Eastern influence to your kitchen lighting?
These perforated metal shades in a rich, vintage brass finish will add a global touch and
texture to your decorative lighting options.

LIGHT PENDANTS from the cobistyle Starstruck Collection.

For more information, go to artcraft.com

This pendant adds a bold and edgy look to a kitchen. – Silvana Longo

Featuring a single light pendant, this eclectic lighting piece is made from solid steel, brass, smoked bronze or matte black, with signature knurled-satin metal and matte-rubber detailing. Buster + Punch also offers a range of light bulbs with original styling, including the LED BUSTER Bulb.

Buster + Punch Heavy Metal PENDANT ships worldwide



The textures and tones of this kitchen, paired with the enduring Farmstead sink, bring a sense of charm and warmth to the space. When contemporary design meets refreshing farmhouse style, it provides a tranquil atmosphere while adding character to the kitchen.

Farmstead SINK and Tournant FAUCET.

For pricing, contact kohler.ca.


A new brushed-satin finish with rose-gold undertones brings warmth to any kitchen. Purposeful zones help organize the items you use most. The unique pantry-inspired layout and shelving system stores 30 per cent more than other refrigerators in its class. Wi-Fi-enabled with smart features and a mobile app. Comes out in early summer.

Whirlpool® Smart Counter Depth French Door-within-Door REFRIGERATOR in new Fingerprint-Resistant Sunset Bronze, $4,999



Tayga Pulldown Faucet, black, $239


Taft faucet from Newport Brass.

Available at Dupont Plumbing Supplies

NYVATTNET kitchen faucet in polished brass colour, $149



The Senio City collection is a chevron wall ceramic that can be installed for kitchen backsplashes or dining room accent walls. A big trend right now is a ‘fade-out’ effect where tiles fade from one colour to another or in the case of the Senio City, fading from a high polished to silky-matte finish. The chevron pattern is a reinvented classic that looks great in both traditional to contemporary spaces.

Senio City 3×10 chevron, 5 colours, matte or polished

for pricing contact ceragres.ca


The Crafted tile collection combines the beauty of handcrafted clay, the charm of timeless bricks, and the boldness of turning subway tiles on their sides. The collection is comprised of a number of non-traditional tiles, like the black and white collection, which ranges from hand-drawn horizontal lines to more intricate horizontal and vertical lines.

For pricing and shipping information, hastingstilebath.com.

1 Black and White Collection | 2 Snow and Sage Subway tiles | 3 Handmade Decor Vintage


The 300-collection is a glazed porcelain tile suitable for residential and commercial installations. Its superior technical qualities include a slip-resistant factor all while assuring easy maintenance — perfect for a kitchen.

For more information or pricing, ceragres.ca.


Available in gold, silver and black, these handles add the perfect touch in completing your kitchen project.

ENERYDA, $7.99 two in a package


The Aether collection explores the inner section carvings reminiscent of the Cubist composition. Haute Deco architectural hardware is located in London, U.K. and they ship worldwide.

For pricing & shipping, hautedeco.com.

The Conga collection combines Tiki-style with mid-century minimalism. Available in five finishes.

From $6.60 to $17.40; available at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware


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