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New design show: Farmhouse Facelift

New design show: Farmhouse Facelift

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New design show: Farmhouse Facelift

Photos: Robin Stubbert and Blynda DaCosta

Siblings Billy and Carolyn are a professional renovation team that reclaims and restores farmhouses. Watch their new show, Farmhouse Facelift, on HGTV Canada beginning March 3 at 10 p.m. Reno+Decor recently caught up with the renovating duo to discuss five ways to capture the farmhouse look at home.

Antiques

Create a unique focal point or add a hint of timeless beauty by incorporating antique, vintage or upcycled pieces that speak to you. Family heirlooms are another great way to incorporate this heritage feel. Anything from an antique commercial sign used as wall art or a vintage mid-century radio placed in the living room can add that unique touch to your space.

Open shelving

A popular farmhouse characteristic and an easy way to infuse loads of personality into your home, open shelving can make your space feel bigger and airier, and allows you to get creative by displaying a mix of dishes and curated pieces and our favourite – vintage artwork.

Reclaimed wood

There are endless possibilities when it comes to incorporating the warm, rustic texture of reclaimed wood. From barn doors to wood flooring and ceiling beams, each piece tells a story and connects us to the past. Not only does reclaimed wood add character, it can also provide functionality. For example, a barn door is a great way to add separation in a small space without sacrificing floor space for a swinging, hinged door.

Door hardware

Instantly add farmhouse charm and nostalgia by trading in the standard tubular locksets for a timeless vintage replica, such as a skeleton key lockset fitted for a modern-day handle. There’s something almost romantic about a skeleton key lock that evokes memories of simpler times.

White walls

One of the simplest ways to add that country chic feel is by painting the walls white. It’s the perfect bright, clean foundation to begin layering in organic textiles like jute, wool and linen for a more relaxed, laid-back vibe. Incorporate vintage quilts and fabrics for an instant “collected over time” look.

Tune in to Farmhouse Facelift Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, beginning March 3, 2021.

Follow the duo on social media:

IG: @carolynwilbrink / @billypearsonbuilds

Twitter: @sibswhodesign

Facebook: @SibsWhoDesign

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Open shelving and why it’s worth taking a closer look

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Open shelving and why it’s worth taking a closer look

We have been seeing the trend of open shelving in kitchens for a few years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. We love the open shelf look in kitchens and try to incorporate often in our designs. It’s not a look that necessarily works for everyone, or for every space, but when possible, it’s a nice way to inject a little modern vibe to your space.

There are many benefits to introducing open shelving in your new kitchen plans. Eliminating stretches of closed-door cabinetry can visually create a more spacious and brighter look in your kitchen. Removing cabinetry, especially those around windows, can often allow for greater natural light to fill the room and produce a lovely look and feel. This all helps to create a warm and welcoming feel in your kitchen.

The one resistance I always encounter to open shelving has to do with clutter and the dust. However, once you commit to open shelving in the kitchen, you will likely quickly commit to decluttering and keeping them looking pretty. Closed door cabinetry hides your mess, so basically you end up not really noticing how disorganized and cluttered your kitchen really is. Clients often initially object to open shelves in the kitchen, then end up loving the simplicity, organization and functionality of their new approach. There’s simply no longer a hidden junk zone.

When planning your kitchen design, one thing to keep in mind also is that open shelving is a great budget friendly option to full cabinetry. It’s also useful if you just want to give your kitchen a quick facelift. Removing a few cabinets, introducing some open shelving and applying a quick coat of paint can be an economical way to add new life to your space, if a full renovation isn’t in the budget or part of the plan for a while.

If you’re a collector or have special mementos, the open shelving option is for you. Why keep your grandmother’s pretty serving pieces hidden in a cabinet, when you can see and enjoy them daily? Create stylish little vignettes on your shelves by incorporating heirloom or collector pieces with plants, artwork, glassware and your everyday pieces to personalize your space giving it a look all your own. You can also change these vignettes according to the seasons… A vintage Christmas cookie jar on display with some fresh greenery and various other festive pieces is the perfect way to add some holiday cheer to your kitchen.

Open shelving is also a great way to address functionality or any issues with odd corners and unusable space in your kitchen, instead of instead of trying to fit an awkwardly shaped, and likely under-used, cabinet. It also allows you to efficiently use a lot of wasted space that may not be conducive to cabinetry, especially when considering small space kitchen design. Open shelves can be installed just about anywhere to afford you additional storage space, for example, over windows and doorways.

Yes, open shelves are a trendy look in the kitchen, but its a look that affords many benefits. Take the opportunity to bring out those pretty dishes from behind closed doors to give your kitchen a personal touch!

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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