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Home Finds - Apr/May2021

Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

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Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

A kitchen reno is no small task. But like a lot of things in life that are hard, the reward is worth it! The details are what can really elevate the design. So, take your time and choose elements that will help make your kitchen your favourite room in the house.


The Whitelight collection is the latest array of quartz countertops from Caesarstone. The collection is all about light, neutral colours that enhance the movement and drama of natural stone.

5171 ARBETTO. caesarstone.ca

Cook with care

Caraway’s ceramic cookware not only looks cool, it’s also nontoxic, eco-friendly and naturally non-stick. This well-designed set will be your go-to for all your cooking needs.

CERAMIC COOKWARE SET in navy by Caraway. $575. indigo.ca

Organic dinnerware

We love this handcrafted, organic stoneware dinner collection from Oui. Modern, durable and stylish – it’s perfect for everyday use.

$12-$60. indigo.ca

Colourful small appliances

While stainless steel kitchen accents continue to dominate, colourful small appliances are quietly making a comeback. We adore this retro-inspired light green collection by Haden – guaranteed to add a unique look.

Silt green Dorchester TOASTER, DRIP COFFEE MAKER AND KETTLE by Haden. $150-$180. crateandbarrel.ca

Bold backsplash

Create a statement wall in your kitchen by backsplash.

Tofino TERRAZZO cement tile. Spoons SQUARE cement tile. Peak line HEXAGON choosing bold tiles for your cement tile. From $9. geontile.com

Indigo cutlery

Trade your traditional silver cutlery set for one with a punch of colour. Our top pick? This cool indigo shade guaranteed to kick up your tablescape.

Glamour 5-piece STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE SET. $92. wayfair.ca

A winning faucet

Select a faucet that not only matches your kitchen’s aesthetic, but also has the functionality you need. Whether your preference is bronze, silver or gold, the faucet is one of the most used items in the kitchen, so, choose wisely!

BRONZE: Arbour oil rubbed bronze one-handle high arc MOTIONSENSE PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $618. moen.ca

SILVER: Purist SINGLEHOLE KITCHEN SINK FAUCET with pullout spout and ProMotion by Kohler. $633. wayfair.ca

GOLD: Satin gold PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $239. bathdepot.ca

Style file

Cabinets and hardware to inspire a kitchen update.

TRADITIONAL: FLORENCE DOOR in white matte thermofoil by Eurostyle. $62. homedepot.ca Weston collection brushed gold contemporary CABINET KNOB by Richelieu. $5. homedepot.ca

ECLECTIC: BODARP DOOR in grey green. $50. ikea.ca. GREEN AGATE KNOB. $30. cb2.ca

MID-CENTURY MODERN: HASSLARP DOOR. $88. ikea.ca. Demi half-moon brass and black marble knob. $14. cb2.ca

Table talk

Do you have an eat-in kitchen? A sustainably sourced wooden table adds a beautiful natural element to the space with lower impact to the environment.

1. Whitestone OVAL LARGE DINING TABLE. $3,429. westofmain.com

2. Mid-century EXPANDABLE DINING TABLE in walnut. $1,049-$1,349. westelm.ca

3. Griffin reclaimed WOOD DINING TABLE. $2,940. potterybarn.ca

Kitchen clean-up

Libman, maker of thoughtfully designed and environmentally conscious cleaning tools, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Marking the milestone, fourth-generation CEO, Andrew Libman, shares his three favourite finds for embracing the mess and keeping kitchens clean:

1. KITCHEN BRUSH: Scrubbing everything from pots and pans to root vegetables, it’s the most versatile kitchen tool, hands down.

2. PRECISION ANGLE BROOM & DUSTPAN: With bristles made from recycled water bottles, flagged tips ensure the tiniest of food waste is picked up the first time.

3. FREEDOM SPRAY MOP: This handy mop with its reusable microfibre pad is ideal for sudden spills requiring swift action. Plus, the refillable tank empowers you to use your preferred cleaning solution. libman.com

Warm modern

This gorgeous kitchen combines so many modern design elements that will be popular in 2021. From streamlined design to mixed metals, interesting stone and tile work, warm wood details and a touch of black – it’s a perfect mod mix.


Interior design: MICHAEL GODMER

Designer tiles: Custom-made stone mosaic designed by CIOT STUDIO artisans.

Counter, backsplash and island in Maxfine porcelain. ciot.com

The organized pantry

We all aspire to have the kind of organized pantry that would make Jamie Oliver proud. These items will help get you started on the right track.

1. Yamazaki tosca slim white STORAGE BASKET. $49. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Modular GLASS CANISTERS by Marie Kondo. $16-$25. containerstore.com

3. WIre STORAGE BASKET. $25. homesense.ca

4. Progressive prokeeper CEREAL CONTAINER. $30. crateandbarrel.ca


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Out with the old

Out with the old

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Out with the old

A kitchen renovation is like being on a seemingly never-ending rollercoaster ride. The highs (approving the final designs) to the lows (two weeks without progress) are not for the faint of heart. Even celebrities aren’t immune to the drawn-out process of renovations. Harry Styles recently told Vogue his London home took 18 months to complete, a project that initially began as two weeks’ worth of work he had planned to do himself. I feel you, Harry, I feel you.

If you’ve been following my column in Reno + Decor, then you may remember the kitchen had always been the “big” project we wanted to tackle first. It was usable, but it felt dated, worn, and didn’t utilize the space to its full potential (having come from an 800-sq.-ft. condo, we knew a better layout was possible).

Enter my soon-to-be sister-in-law Jessica Fehr, a designer with Madison Taylor Design. She was thrilled at the idea of helping us with our designs, and once we sent over our kitchen measurements, she eagerly started designing. This was my first experience with an interior designer – from now on, I plan to use one for any major renovation to come. Why? Fehr was able to help synthesize everything I told her we wanted and needed, and come back with designs that made sense. That’s the other thing, there are endless combinations of finishes you can choose from, and they know what works and what doesn’t. A clashing kitchen is an expensive mistake I didn’t want to risk making, and as a pro, Jessica was able to help guide us through.

Ordering our custom cabinets was a top priority – even in June they were booking out to the fall. We decided to splurge on custom cabinets by Absolute Cabinets, as we plan to stay in this house for a while. And with almost 10-ft. ceilings and uneven floors, you get more precision and what you want, versus going out-of-the-box.

Finding a contractor was the next major task on my list, since the alternative would be hiring and coordinating all of the trades ourselves – a job neither of us had the time or patience to do.

A colleague of Fehr’s recommended Corner Contracting. After meeting the owner Dylan, we decided he was the right fit based on his friendly demeanour, previous experience with old homes and transparent contract.

Before we began tearing down walls, we replaced two windows to change to a drywall return style (no casings). Truthfully, we need to replace every window in the house, but not replacing these kitchen windows at this stage will create an expensive future issue, since our new backsplash surrounds them.

At the end of September, a complete gut was finished, right down to the studs. To save money, we did this ourselves. Instead of smashing the cabinets a la HGTV home reno shows, we carefully removed everything and donated the kitchen (including appliances) to Habitat for Humanity. The cabinet removal led us to discover significant evidence of mice (ew!), an issue we were able to resolve by ensuring there were no gaps in the subfloor and sealing any possible openings in the foundation.

Another money-saving job we did ourselves was adding Rockwool Safe ‘n’ Sound soundproofing insulation to the ceiling, as our daughter’s bedroom is directly above the kitchen.

Once that was complete, Dylan contracted a plumber and electrician to get everything right behind the walls… which is when our first big issue was revealed. Our plumber, Paul Corcoran, PWC Plumbing owner, discovered all of the plumbing in our home had Kitec pipes. This is a product that was considered top-of-the-line in the early 2000s but essentially is faulty. A burst in the pipes isn’t a matter of if, but when.

We replaced everything in the kitchen, including the lines to the laundry room, as that wall was going to be covered by our new cabinetry. Dylan also suggested we consider using Flo by Moen, a smart water security system that gave him personal peace of mind in his home. Not only does it track your water usage, but it can detect leaks, read temperature and humidity, and lets you shut off your water with the click of a button on your phone (meaning, you could be on vacation and shut off your water from the beach). In the end, we added the shutoff system, two additional sensors and a leak sensing cable, and we’re planning to add two more sensors – one in the attic and another by our water heater – for further protection.

Our electrician, Adam Boyce, owner of Electric All, helped us make sense of our lighting configuration. This meant changing our outlets from double-gang to single, adding additional pot lights, moving the island pendants, adding outlets to the island and putting up a second fixture to frame the back door.

Next up was to replace all of the subfloors and drywall the ceiling and walls, so our hardwood floors and cabinets could be installed. We didn’t plan on replacing our subfloors, but it was sloping down towards the back of the house, and too uneven for laying the hardwood (another ding to the budget).

Once the floors and walls were up, we finally felt like we had made some progress. From there, we had a few weeks of smooth sailing, while cabinets and countertops were installed. The next best day was when our appliances were taken out of their boxes, and our sink was hooked up (no more lugging dishes up and down from the basement), and we could officially stop using our temporary kitchen that was set up in our living room.

The bulk of the work happened within about two months, then the rest, petered away, one task at a time. For example, we had to wait a few weeks for our contractor to find more of our backsplash, as it’s now a discontinued style. Add in a COVID-19 scare (thankfully, no one tested positive), a labourer who quit, a broken truck and a missing ledge – all things out of our control that dragged out the process.

In total, the process has been almost nine months, from when we started reviewing designs and looking for a contractor, to today, when we can fully live in and enjoy our kitchen. No one said renovating was easy, but having a space you love is worth the wait.

Trades: Madison Taylor Design. madisontaylordesign.com | CORNER CONTRACTING. cornercontracting.ca | ABSOLUTE CABINETS. absolutecabinets.ca | PWC PLUMBING. pwcplumbing.ca | ELECTRIC ALL. info@electricallco.com | MARIO’S WINDOWS & DOORS. marioswindowsdoors.com | Countertops in Arctic White (perimeter) and Colton (island) by CAMBRIA. cambriausa.com. Installation by ELEGANT SOLUTIONS. elegant-solutions.ca | DECOR & HARDWARE: Old Fashion Mosaico BACKSPLASH by Ston. stonitalia.it | PAINT in White Dove (island, upper cabinets and walls); Simply White (trim and baseboards) by Benjamin Moore. benjaminmoore.ca | CABINET HARDWARE in the Ellis Collection Davenport in matte black by Top Knobs. topknobsdecor.com | High arc pulldown KITCHEN FAUCET and Flo Smart water security system by Moen. moen.ca | Quatrus double bowl undermount SINK by Blanco. blanco.com | Classic light filtering ROMAN SHADES window treatments in White Linen by Select Blinds. selectblindscanada.ca | Madeleine leather seat collection COUNTER STOOLS in black oak drifted by Restoration Hardware. rh.com | RANGE AND DISHWASHER by Samsung. samsung.com | 800-Series FRIDGE by Bosch. Bosch-home.ca | MICROWAVE by Frigidaire. frigidaire.ca | RANGE HOOD by Kobe. koberangehoods.com | APPLIANCES from Canadian Appliance Source. canadianappliance.ca | Linear PENDANT by Wrought Studio. wayfair.ca | Arti SCONCES and Skye Globe PENDANTS by Hinkley. wayfair.ca | Tompkins Industrial DINING TABLE 74 in., in black. westelm.ca | Restored vintage mid-century modern DINING CHAIRS by Poul M Volther from Kijiji. kijiji.ca | ART by Holly Addi. hollyaddi.com

A writer and editor for more than a decade, Stephanie Gray has covered everything from luxury travel to modern parenting challenges.

Her work has been featured in publications including Glamour, Elle Canada and Best Health.

She recently bought a century-old home north of Toronto, in need of updates, which she’s taking on with her husband (and toddler in tow).


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Seasonal Sanctuary, Water therapy for the winter-weary

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Seasonal Sanctuary, Water therapy for the winter-weary

Short of decamping to a Caribbean island, there’s nothing you can do to stave off the arrival of bone-chilling winter weather. It is possible, though, to create a bathroom design in which you can warm up and wash away the winter blahs.

Luxury Escape

A long, hot soak in one of the new, generously sized, freestanding tubs is a good place to start. What could be more luxurious than the graceful lines of Native Trails’ Santorini model, which can be executed in antique and polished copper or brushed nickel? Save up – the cost is about $10,000US.

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Bespoke Fixtures

Dramatically deep tubs benefit from the jewelry-like and sculptural fixtures now available. Moen, for example, has handsome new tub-filler faucets that come in popular chrome and brushed-nickel finishes. Some models will be available in new brushed-gold and matte-black finishes, while others come in warm polished-nickel and oilrubbed bronze looks.

Moen tub filler

Each line has matching faucets, shower trim, and accessories. The company suggests its proprietary bracket system avoids the wobble that comes with some floor-mounted tub-fillers; especially important given that some folk will use them to steady themselves getting in and out of the tub.

Next-Level Tiles Take You Away

The right tile can transform the most pedestrian bathroom into an elegant escape. Lunada Bay Tile, which makes handcrafted glass, ceramic, and concrete tile that reflect Southern California coastal living, has just launched Tomei Modules — largeformat glass tiles that echo the crisp and pleasing geometric of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Mies van der Rohe, and are available in 11 waterinspired colours.

Lunada Bay Tile

Splash-Proof Wallpaper

A practical alternative to tile is Tempaper, self-adhesive, removable, repositionable wallpaper. With a non-breathable substrate, it can be installed in bathrooms with indirect moisture: heat or steam will not affect its performance. The line includes exceptionally pretty floral prints, as well as clean-lined graphic patterns.


The New Bidet Options

There’s another area of the bathroom, much less talked about, that can enhance comfort and wellness. American Standard has come out with a toilet with an integrated bidet. This is a good idea for several reasons. An in-seat bidet is a great option for those with limited mobility. The Advanced Clean 100 SpaLet Toilet features include automatic seat lifting and closure, six heated seat settings, and a warm air-dryer.

There’s also a Bidet Seat, which has similar features and can be easily installed on most conventional elongated toilets.

Cost-Effective Upgrades

If these suggestions don’t fit your needs, reno plans, or budget, there are still affordable ways to add spa-like elements to your bath.

Santorini from Native Trails

Candlelight always pumps up the relaxation factor. Spare, elegant candleholders for the wall from the U.S.-based Fredericks and Mae add just the right touch of medieval chic, especially when paired with black candles. Made from powder-coated steel, they are available through Stratford, Ontario’s prettiest new decor store — Wills and Prior.

Bath Products That Outperform Winter

By incorporating shea butter and almond oil into Epsom salts, Dr. Teal’s has created a low-cost concoction that will ease sore muscles after a day of skiing or a heavy bout of snow shovelling, while simultaneously soothing and moisturizing dry winter skin. Transferring the salts into a pretty vessel adds a nice design detail to the bathroom. Treat yourself by finishing off with paraben- and phthalate-free body lotion from the same line.


moen.ca, willsandprior.com, lunadabaytile.com, americanstandard.ca, drteals.com , tempaperdesigns.com, nativetrailshome.com


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Editor's Choice: Granite Homes

Editor’s Choice: Granite Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Granite Homes

New release of the award-winning Gallery Towns in Guelph

Gallery Towns by Granite Homes are not only making waves for their unique contemporary exteriors, but also have homebuyers and investors buzzing about their prime location. Located in south Guelph, the Gallery Towns are close to the university and many desirable amenities.

The appeal of their remarkable design begins with the striking modern exteriors. Details such as Maibec siding, stucco, aluminum panel accents, along with flat roofs, black windows and glass garage doors, work together to provide a rare and attractive design.

Inside, there’s over 2,000 square feet of bright three-level living with optional floorplans including a guest suite and dual master bedroom. Prices start at $619,990.

These townhomes boast a well-designed open-concept floorplan with large windows, luxurious finishes and three exceptional outdoor living spaces — private yard, main floor deck and a balcony off the master bedroom.

Nine-foot ceilings grace the main floor, which includes a stylish kitchen that includes an expansive island, granite countertops, Moen pull-out faucets and custom cabinetry with soft-close doors and drawers.

A spacious ground floor family room provides a quiet retreat from the main level with access to the backyard. Scenic views can be enjoyed from the large deck off the great room, which features a six-foot-high privacy fence.

Upstairs a lavish master suite awaits, featuring a private balcony, a large walk-in closet and a spa-like ensuite boasting granite countertops and a walk-in tiled shower with frameless glass door. Two additional generous-sized bedrooms are located at the front of the house, along with a spacious main bathroom and conveniently located laundry room.

These homes also offer several luxury options to suit the unique needs of the buyer. From walkout lots to private elevators, homeowners can personalize their Gallery Town. The ground level, which features an extra-deep garage for added storage, can also be converted to a guest suite with a private three-piece bathroom. For a homeowner desiring two bedrooms instead of three, the option to convert the top level to a dual-master is available. Finally, an optional finished basement provides yet another entertaining space with endless possibilities.

A large forest borders the community, allowing convenient access to a vast trails network and within the community there is a private park. The community’s ideal midtown location puts residents in the hub of great shopping, restaurants, schools and professional services, and it’s just 10 minutes to Guelph’s downtown core. Local transit service runs right by the neighbourhood and, for those who commute, Highway 401 is just 10 minutes away and Highway 7 is a 15-minute drive.

Gallery Towns

Located at 60 Arkell Road, Guelph, the Model Home is open Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Thursday and Friday.



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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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