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Design: Colour

Colour your world

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Colour your world

Full of design “inspo” colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, it can create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. However you use colour in your space, you definitely know it can set the direction and complement the style of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of “white” walls with the flexibility of injecting colour with your furnishings and accessories, or whether you are drawn to using colour on your walls, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the love for colour in your life. Rich jewel tones, deep earthy plums, corals, and soft pinks as the “new” answer to neutrals, or bright cheery greens and yellows and blues of all shades — there’s a broad spectrum of possibilities available, and inspirations galore.

Richly patterned fabrics and area rugs, coloured saturated tiles and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear as colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork or even the lushness of this year’s hot trend of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world! Colour can find it’s way into every room in your home, especially the kitchen, where white cabinetry has moved aside for everything from shades of soft and pretty blue greys to deep blues and greens. However, let’s not forget about our appliances, both large and small, which have taken on a life of their own when it comes to colour.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated blend of colour, pattern and texture. Then sit back, relax and enjoy all the beauty you have created.

Here are a few tips to get your colour inspiration started:

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and when you’ve tired of the colour it’s easy enough to change.
  2. Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room. With the abundant selection of patterns and colours available, you’re sure to make a great impact.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as an accent wall.
  4. Add a touch of black to your mix; it doesn’t need to be a large item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Bringing the outdoors inside!

Bringing the outdoors inside!

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Bringing the outdoors inside!

We’ve been seeing a notable movement towards decorating with house plants. With the seasons always feeling so short-lived, decorating with plants is a great way to bring the outdoors inside and enjoy the lushness of greenery all year long. In the world of decorating, plants have a way of making a space feel bright and alive. They add a burst of great colour to a room while creating a relaxed and welcoming ambience.

Plants are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance and revitalize your space. They add colour and texture, and with a bit of creativity in your selections can really boost the character of your home. A large fiddle-leaf fig tree cannot only simply fill a corner of your home, but the scale of this plant with its beautiful dark green, waxy foliage and structured sculptural shapes is a great asset to any design aesthetic. You can find this striking plant equally comfortable in a relaxed “boho” design, as it is in a well-curated modern home.

Plants are a wonderful decor accessory adding life and beauty to your home. However, beyond just the aesthetic value, they also have actual health benefits as they reduce the toxins and improve air quality. They also provide a variety of aromatherapy perks and have been known to lower stress levels, make you feel energized or even simply add a lovely natural fragrance to your home.

Cut flowers are a stunning addition to any room, but can often be costly to maintain on a regular basis. A collection of plants displayed on a vintage silver tray can be a great alternative for a centrepiece, while adding a new layer to your decor. Or perhaps a great little grouping of hanging plants in the corner of your bathroom, with the added accessory of a trendy macrame hanger – a small nod to the 1970s – that would be a perfect complement to your home.

Whatever inspires you, there’s definitely a plant or two that will be perfect for your home decor needs. And should you be thinking that you don’t have a green thumb and will likely end up torching a beautiful live plant, there are fantastic alternatives in the world of faux plants that you can indulge in and still stay on trend with adding the lush look of greenery to your space.

4 tips to bring the outdoors in!:

  • Work with an assortment of plants that vary in heights, scale, colour and texture.
  • Planters and baskets are a great way to further enhance the decor element of your plant selections, but don’t just limit yourself to these items. Air plants and succulents can look fantastic displayed in many different container options.
  • Make sure you don’t keep all your plants on the ground or on table tops. Think about different ways to elevate them off the ground, such as a stack of books.
  • Make sure you are aware of the needs of your plants prior to purchasing them to ensure you benefit from the maximum enjoyment and decor aesthetic.

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

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Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

This year’s Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show, held at the International Centre from May 24th to the 26th, highlighted some of the hottest trends in the retail industry in 2019.

The ’70s vibes are back in full force, and this funky design era is evident in the pattern, shape, and colour palette of many of the furniture pieces from this year’s showcase. We saw the introduction of curves in furniture last year, and this trend has continued into 2019, making for some gorgeous and interesting statement pieces.

The mixture of bold, rich colour and interesting texture is back this season – with grey and white seemingly becoming a thing of the past. We saw vibrant hues in furniture and accessories, with a more playful feel when it comes to colour, creating pieces and spaces that have a personality while packing a punch of their own.

A common theme amongst much of the furniture and decor for this season will be that of comfort and “sophisticated relaxation.” With Bohemian design and Farmhouse-Chic very on-trend, there is a sense of ‘pared-down luxury’ in everything from light fixtures to furniture and accessories. Comfort no longer equates to a lack of style, instead it consists of unique, effortless pieces where the blending of rustic, traditional, vintage, modern and chic bohemian-styles creates an elevated yet comfortable design esthetic.

Lastly, outdoor living is a focus in the furniture industry again this year, as homeowners are looking beyond the four walls of their home when it comes to design and decor. We saw many inspiring outdoor furniture pieces that are sure to add not only comfort, but also personality to the outdoor spaces this season. Strong punches of colour and pattern, woven furniture, and large-scale, comfortable pieces were all standouts in the outdoor living category.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for an upcoming renovation, or just want a fresh, new look for your home, this year’s Trend Showcase was the perfect glimpse into what’s on point in retail for 2019-2020.


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What's underfoot? Some inspired flooring

Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

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Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

With the renovation season in full gear, many of you are feverishly exploring decorating magazines for inspiration and direction for your home. As small-space condo dwellers, you many have resolved that many of the renovation options available often can be a bit limited because you do live in a condo, but that’s not necessarily the case. When designing a space, many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours; why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could, in fact, be the root of the design for your room but, with today’s flooring options, it’s definitely a possibility.

Vinyl and laminates

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walkup, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions have in the past been a tad sparse. Recently, though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.

Laminate flooring has been around for quite a while now. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using material such as medium or high-density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options, providing not only a great look but comfort as well. Luxury vinyl is available in an abundance of fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is still a relative newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, this is not to say that you should shy away from porcelain or ceramic tiles for your condo. Tile designs have come a long way and the colours, patterns and textures available offer much to the imagination!

Use your vision

So, the question remains: How can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork and a charming vintage chandelier. Play off this look by adding a great curvy 70s inspired sofa, inject a great pop of colour with your paint and accessories, and then top it off with bold patterned billowy drapes. You have now created for yourself an elevated, yet relaxed, living space all inspired by your flooring selection.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. If you’re looking to start your next renovation project, instead of looking to paint colour, fabric or cabinetry to inspire you, why not try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot? You may be surprised by where it takes you.

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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DESIGN: Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

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Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

Planning a kitchen renovation is always exciting, and often overwhelming. The enthusiasm of pouring over the multitude of Pinterest inspirations often morphs into the stress of decision making of cabinet styles, colours, layouts and product selections.

Today, we have hundreds of options available to us when it comes to all of the finishing touches. Our sinks and faucets are no longer simply utilitarian, countertops come in an array of colours, textures, patterns and product compositions – whether natural or man-made, and appliances have taken an almost artful approach to complement our kitchens. Even accessories such as lighting, stools and hardware have upped their ante to become statement makers in today’s kitchen.

Classic white kitchens will always remain, but right now it’s all about colour! Whether it’s a deep rich green or charcoal grey for our cabinetry, or perhaps richly antiqued brass lighting, the new popularity of injecting colour into our kitchens is creating a character and style all its own. Warm metals can be found everywhere, from custom range hoods making dramatic statements to our kitchen faucets, now being designed as “showpieces.” Faucets have matured beyond simple chrome or satin nickel to a modern vibe of matte black, the warmth of aged golds and the new revival of blackened pewters. One of the hottest new trends in faucets is the two-tone blending of black and metals – and companies such as Blanco have a great selection. Also, and a favourite of mine, are their Silgranit composite sinks that come in a variety of colours and styles. Not only durable, heat and stain resistant, these sinks are also a step up in style, finish and colour from their stainless counterparts.

Black remains a powerful force in kitchen design, and it is moving past the accessories to become a strong colour for cabinetry as well as appliances. Black has the ability to add an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditionally classic feel to any room – and the kitchen is no exception. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it with your faucet, sink or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

Regardless of your personal style, one thing is for certain – our finishing touches have become strong influencers in the kitchen. Find your own inspiration and comfort when it comes to colour, metals and textures, and look to inject some life into your kitchen space. These accessories have progressed from being just functional. With the choices available to us today, they have been designed to be statement-makers that not only elevate our kitchens but create stunning focal points in what was once simply a practical room. Kitchens remain the heart of any home, but that does not mean they need to be boring!

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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DESIGN: The Kitchens of 2019

The Kitchens of 2019: From vintage vibes to modern drama

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The Kitchens of 2019: From vintage vibes to modern drama

Each year sees the introduction of new colours, finishes and trends. Some are easy to blend into our existing decor and others far more costly or complex. Kitchens are one of my favourite rooms to design, and this year we are seeing kitchens continue on their pared-back journey, giving us a well-loved, well-used aesthetic that is not only comfortable but invites you to stay, relax and entertain.

Wood plays a large part in the kitchens of 2019. Natural wood and white kitchen combinations are making a large impact in kitchen design. The two-tone kitchen looks warm up the plain white-on-white kitchens of late and, paired with open shelving and well-curated accessories, your kitchen will be sure to be a statement maker. As much as white maintains its coarse this year, black is boldly settling in as a stable force in kitchen design. Whether it’s black faucets, hardware, accessories or cabinetry, we just can’t get enough of it. Matte black cabinetry is a current favourite of mine; to say that it is striking seems to be an understatement. As in fashion, black goes with everything! Whether your style is classic, modern, industrial or rustic, adding black to your kitchen will definitely create drama.

Texture is a big influencer in kitchens this year as well. Our fondness for barnboard continues to be apparent as its worn look creates a calm yet welcoming environment that is both versatile and timeless. Iron, steel and other raw metals are also making appearances this year. Their raw finish adds a beautiful patina and accents the pared-down look we are seeing in kitchens. Also popular are countertops which have taken on an industrial vibe resembling concrete, iron and amazing textural finishes as seen here with this countertop by Dekton from Cosentino.

While on the topic of metals, mixing metals is a hot topic not just in kitchens but in design for 2019. When it comes to hardware, lighting or accessories, pewter, copper, black and gunmetal are the new favourites and mix well with the continuing popularity of aged brass. The blending of different metals and finishes adds to the trend towards a vintage vibe in our kitchens. Mixed wood tones, rattans, vintage inspired lighting, hand-made tiles and worn-look accessories all create a beautiful retro inspired aesthetic that exudes comfort.

When it comes to our millwork, 2019 sees us continuing with the movement towards creatively concealed storage, seamlessly integrated vents that artfully charm our kitchens; and lots and lots of open shelving. Removing the upper cabinetry and installing opening shelving lets us display well-appointed collections of worn pottery, aged silver pieces or an array of vintage stemware. This creates a relaxed, edgy yet sophisticated look to our spaces.

Colour has and will be a big show-stopper when it comes to cabinetry. While white is always classic, and matte black cabinetry is the hot new kitchen craze, we also have amazing earthy greens and blues making their appearance, and rich deep greys continue to be a favourite. Accent these fabulous colours with geometric tiles – everything from hexagons to triangles, or a simple square tile in a beautiful hand-made finish.

Whatever inspires you this year in the world of kitchen design you are sure to find that the choices are abundant, the combinations are endless and they all encourage us to create livable spaces that are still luxurious but with a personality that exudes an inviting, “laid-back” charm!

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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DESIGN: The Basics of Lighting

The basics of lighting

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The basics of lighting

The excitement of starting a design project in your home can often find you getting caught up in the details of colours, furnishings and finishes. These are all obviously of great importance to the overall aesthetics of our space, however, equally or quite often even more importantly is lighting. Light is a vital element of any good design. Good lighting will enhance any space. However, great lighting can elevate it.

For your lighting plan to be a success you need to consider a layered approach to your lighting. Layering your lighting is advantageous as it enables you the flexibility of creating different vibes and functions within a given space. There are four basic categories of lighting layers to be aware of: Ambient, Task, Accent and Decorative.

Ambient lighting illuminates a space and allows you an ease of mobility throughout a room. Task lighting, as seems obvious, affords you added lighting in a specific area devoted to a particular task or function. Accent lighting can be used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space. Finally there’s decorative lighting, the fourth layer of illumination, which simply is an accessory to your room, or the finishing touch.

Another source of light that should never be forgotten in design is natural light, what I like to consider to be a fifth layer of lighting. Natural light is the most inexpensive and environmentally friendly light available. Many new condo and home builds today are being constructed with wonderfully large window features that allow for maximum natural light, even in smaller spaces. Not only does this feature provide you with great source of natural light as well as a wonderful view, it also helps to create the illusion of a larger rather elevated space.

Here are a few design tips to get you started:

  • Work with a reputable lighting store when purchasing your lighting, and spend some time inquiring about the various types of lighting that are currently available. With the recent developments in LED lighting there is far more available than you may be aware of.
  • Incorporate a different style of light in to your space, something a bit modern in a more traditional environment or a beautiful crystal chandelier paired with a rustic farmhouse table.
  • The general rule for an eight-ft. ceiling height is that a chandelier should be hung approximately 29 to 33 inches above a dining table; for each added foot of ceiling height increase by three inches.
  • Recessed pot lights are a lovely addition in a room, however, be sure to add the proper amount; too many can be overwhelming and appear messy on your ceiling. If you reside in a condo, pot lights may be restricted. Consider the addition of track lighting in this case; there are many great track light systems on the market now that have a very high-end look to them and are far more user-friendly for a condo environment.
  • Use dimmer switches where possible. Not only can it reduce your electrical usage, but it also adds to the ambience of a room.
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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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DESIGN: Small Space Living

Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have

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Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have

Small space living is rapidly growing in popularity. Whether it’s the appeal of enjoying the many amenities and charm of urban dwelling in lieu of square footage, or perhaps you are a first-time buyer or a downsizer, whatever your own reasons, many of us happily live in much smaller homes where space is at a premium.

Having a well-appointed home is not about the size of our living spaces but in fact how well our spaces are designed and organized. Many condos and lofts are now being built between 350 to 450 square feet or even smaller. Creating a well-designed, beautiful home in such small surroundings can be have its limitations, but it may not be as challenging as you first believe. Living in these smaller footprints forces us to be organized, creative and efficient with both our space and our belongings.

When living in smaller spaces, it’s important to remember that though you do not necessarily have an abundance of floor space for either furniture or storage, you do however have wall space. Thinking vertically is one key trick to maximize the comforts of small space living. Whether you use the space over your doorways for bookshelves, or you find hidden space for shelving – there is space available for you and ways to access it.

Fortunately, manufacturers have realized that this is quickly becoming the new reality and are designing products that allow for easier access to the once restrictive areas of our homes to reach. We are now able to have our televisions mount and store on the ceiling or, from companies like Panasonic, we can have easy access to those high reaching cabinets with shelving units that fold down to a workable height; just to name a few.

Another key point to consider in small space living is to purchase multi-functional furniture items. A simple coffee table ottoman can also facilitate storage, and in some cases are constructed with a pop-up desk for those days you may be working from home. However, this concept of being multi-functional also applies to items outside of furniture. In your kitchen, for example, companies such as Blanco have taken your simple sink to a whole new level. Their Quatrus Gourmet Series workstation enables you to create added work space – and counterspace – at your sink … a great feature for small kitchens.

When all else fails, another possibility is to outsource your storage. Companies such as Second Closet are available to facilitate off-site storage of even the simplest of things as your change of season wardrobe, thereby eliminating any clutter or congestion in your home.

Small space living can be fabulous. This does not mean that you need to make any concessions on style or comfort, it simply means strategic thought should go into your design. When designing your space identify and implement hidden areas and remember to choose wisely when purchasing items for your home. Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have to ensure that your storage needs are met without compromising on the aesthetics of your home.

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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