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Get cooking, The recipe for a fabulous and functional kitchen

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Get cooking, The recipe for a fabulous and functional kitchen

Photography by Stephani Buchman

When it comes to dream home designs, a fabulous kitchen always tops my clients’ must-have list. The kitchen is, by far, the hardest-working room in the home. It’s used multiple times a day, for a variety of tasks from cooking and dining, to homework and entertaining. Needless to say, it has to be functional. Kitchens also yield the best return on your investment in terms of resale value.

For these homeowners, the kitchen design project began with a simple request: function. This family with two busy boys and a hectic lifestyle were in need of some order in the form of flow and storage and we added some style for good measure.

Kitchen challenges

Right off the bat, there were some obstacles to address. The kitchen was dark, dated and very orange. The cooking area was closed off, which made it impossible to watch the boys while tending to kitchen chores – and let’s face it, parents with young kids spend a disproportionately large amount of time in the kitchen. We removed the wall to the living room to open sight lines and improve flow.

This kitchen was burdened by a big bulkhead between the cooking and eating area, which housed a beam from a previous renovation. We were also faced with a large, irregular height island, very limited wall storage, virtually no upper cabinets, two odd little windows, and an awkwardly positioned refrigerator that obviously ignored the “golden triangle” theory.

Despite its flaws, this kitchen had some good bones that laid the groundwork for a stunning, fully functional hub of the home.

“A custom built-in banquette becomes the perfect setting for meals, homework and crafts.”

Footprint improvements

We began the transformation by re-jigging the kitchen’s footprint. Admittedly, this isn’t always what a client wants to hear, as re-routing electrical and plumbing come at a somewhat hefty cost. But ultimately, most people will also agree that the functional lift you’ll see from a more efficient kitchen footprint is worth the expense. By changing the floor plan, we improved flow, closed off the two windows, and added a cooktop with an efficient range-hood insert.

The placement of the fridge was also problematic, so we recommended relocating it to an area that offered more open access. The homeowners were surprised and delighted with the suggestion, and ultimately this small move was a game-changer for how they now use the kitchen.

Embrace custom features

“Custom” is another word that puts the scare in budget-minded clients, but custom cabinets can be found in a range of materials, colours, finishes and price points, and they’re generally a worthwhile investment in the name of function. Custom kitchen cabinets in this space allowed us to amp up the storage capacity, which in turn opened up the rest of the space and made it that much more functional.

A custom built-in banquette becomes the perfect setting for meals, homework and crafts. We selected a durable vinyl for the seat with a small-print fabric for the back, which makes it feel cosier all around. Toss cushions add comfort and colour. Storage underneath is a perfect hideaway.

Fixtures and finishes

Beyond function, esthetics always play a vital role in good design. The kitchen cabinets offer a dark, almost-black look, which contrasts beautifully with the unlacquered brass pulls. The brass kitchen faucet by Rubinet adds sparkle with the added local bonus as they are made here in Canada.

We added some character and warmth with the walnut bar cabinet, which also serves to conceal a support post for the beam above. This provided a clever solution to hide this unsightly structural element.

Brass architectural mesh on the cabinet doors allow ventilation for the coffee machine situated inside, as well as quartz counter inside to protect the cabinet from coffee spills.

Unique brass brackets for the counter overhang add character, while the cognac leather stools are a rich complement to the dark-coloured island.

Easy, breezy style

A farmhouse sink and square subway tile keep the space feeling relaxed and much to the homeowners’ delight, make it easy to keep clean. After all, isn’t low-to-no-maintenance the ultimate in “function?”

The homeowners love their new kitchen and marvel at how much simpler their day-to-day life is post-renovation. A little function goes a long way.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto-based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes. Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade, Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca is an active YouTuber, you can also follow her daily design adventures on Instagram. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, Muskoka and throughout Canada. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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A big thanks to all the sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Toronto Fall Home Show 2019 ReCap

“Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show ReCap

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“Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show ReCap

On October 4 to 6, at the Toronto Fall Home Show, RENO & DECOR magazine hosted Design Intervention. Design and decor experts provided free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Attendees brought in photos, samples, and floorplans to ensure they optimized their appointments.

The booth was designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd. The inspiration was a multi-functional industrial loft, open-concept layout.

We are so happy and thankful to have participated in the 2019 Fall Home Show with RENO & DECOR magazine. It was great to meet and help customers with their renovation and design dilemmas. Our Industrial and rustic fall colour inspired booth design pleased our crowd and we are grateful to all of the sponsors who helped bring our vision to reality!



RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following experts:

Catherine-Lucie Horber
Daneyka Lazier
Elaine Bergen
Elizabeth Munro
Elsie Cheng
Fredi Fazli
Glen Peloso
Janice Fedak
Kristiina Roosimaa
Linda Mazur
Maria Perketa
Michael Upshall
Rebecca Hay
Rosalia Fazzari
Terry Edward Briceland
Tracy O’Brien
Yvonne Whelan



RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

The Fall Home show takes place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place from October 4 to 6, 2019. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 1319 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

The Design Intervention booth will be designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd.. The inspiration for the booth design at the show will be an industrial loft, which makes the best use of space utilization in a condo-style open-concept layout offering multi functional needs.

Royal Interior Design Ltd. is a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

RENO & DECOR Experts

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Redesign your bathroom with safety in mind

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Redesign your bathroom with safety in mind

No matter your age, safety in the bathroom is paramount. Many of our clients are redesigning their homes, not only for themselves, but also for their young grandchildren. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to add additional safety features that are not only functional, but are great looking.

Slip-resistant flooring

Slips and falls are the most common accidents in the home. Tub surfaces can be especially slippery, so consider adding slip-resistant strips.

When installing tiles, the grout lines actually reduce the slippage rate. If replacing your bathroom floor, or tiling a shower, consider anti-slip mosaic tiles with grout lines that are no more than two inches apart. If you prefer the look of large-format tiles, look for textured porcelain with a honed finish.

Stylish support

Regardless of your age or physical ability, grab bars are not only functional, but they can be decorative. Having a grab bar by the toilet and in the shower provides extra security. They can also double as towel bars. Sleek options are now available from a wide range of companies in various colours and finishes that match faucets and shower fixtures. Textured finishes prevent your hand from slipping when holding on.

When extra support is required, install hand grips and grab bars.

Consider adding grab bars in the bathtub and shower areas. Also, lower the height of valve controls and handheld shower heads. When selecting a tub, choose one that’s low profile, so that it’s easy to get in and out of.

Curb-less showers

This has become a popular trend. Not only do curb-less showers look sleek, but they also help to reduce the risk of tripping when entering and exiting. If you’re not a bather, consider removing the tub altogether and replacing it with a large shower that includes handheld sprays and a bench seat. If you’re going this route, make sure that your contractor knows how to grade the floor and where to place the drain.

Commode considerations

If you have arthritic knees or other limitations, standing up from a low toilet can be excruciating. A standard bowl height is 15 inches off the ground. Today’s ‘comfort height’ toilets feature bowls that are 17 to 19 inches high. The higher bowl is not only good for knees and backs, but also for taller people and those with mobility issues.

Further tushy comfort can be found on ‘intelligent toilets’. These smart privies come with seat warmers, and also have built-in cleansing sprays and warm air dryers to assist with personal hygiene. Some brands offer a night light feature, as well.

Seat-ability

Falling is often a concern when in the shower. And, for some, standing can be very tiresome. A shower seat is a great addition, along with an accessible hand-held shower. If you’re tight for space, fold-down shower seats can be stored when not in use. When sitting, it’s easier to shave and bathe, and it’s far more relaxing.

Single handle, or touch-activated, faucets are ideal for those who have difficulty turning knobs. The same concept holds true for doors – lever handles are much easier to operate.

When outfitting your bathroom, there’s no need to compromise on beauty – or safety.

Rebecca Hay is well-recognized for her professional design work, and has appeared on HGTV. rebeccahaydesigns.com

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Toronto Fall Home Show

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

As fall brings changes to the weather, it also inspires us to make improvements in our homes. Whether you’re looking to do a big kitchen renovation, a small bathroom revamp or convert your laneway into a livable space, the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will help make this a reality.

With more than three decades of experience helping homeowners, condo dwellers and renters restructure, reorganize and restyle their spaces, this year’s show is set to once again bring the best experts to the GTA.

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show is a source for consumers to connect with the right people and find the right solutions for their living space (even ones to help you get rid of ghosts).

Here’s a peek at what will be featured:

Tiny Village

With rising real estate prices, there’s a tiny movement happening in Toronto. Small space living is becoming more of a reality for most people, with an increase in small condos, container homes and even laneway/infill housing. There are 47,000 lots on laneways that exist today, which can provide homeowners ample opportunities to supplement their income. Still, small space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The Tiny Village brings together the best of small space design, with units from True North Tiny Home and Eva Lanes.

Bad reno or paranormal activity?

For the first year ever, the Toronto Fall Home Show is bringing its very own paranormal activity expert, so you can figure out if the creaks in your floorboards are just your pipes… or if they’re ghosts! Chat with paranormal investigator Glenn Laycock for tips on what to do if you have an unwanted guest from beyond in your home, or take a Ghost Walk through the haunted Horse Palace.

Designer Pumpkin Patch

Ditch your plastic Halloween decor for chic and stylish pumpkins to give curb appeal a whole new meaning, with tips from the exquisite Designer Pumpkin Patch. Let designer Nicholas Rosaci inspire your own posh pumpkin design, make one yourself or purchase a pre-styled option, with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation.

Kitchen stage

The kitchen is the focal point of a home, and the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will be no different. Sit back and enjoy some of the city’s top chefs cooking up a storm on the kitchen stage and pick up tips from several expert speakers, including Ramsin Khachi, Marie Kondo Way expert Effy Nicopoulos, Rebecca Hay, Emmanuel Belliveau and Chef Christopher Woods.

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre

If you’re getting ready for a DIY project and want to learn a few skills or just don’t know where to start, stop by the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre. Here, you’ll get hands-on advice and practical tips from fan favourites such as Canada’s Handyman Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and, new at this year’s show, Mark Rason.

Project Jump Starter

Presented by RenoMark, this show feature will give you a one-on-one professional consultation, guiding you on where to start with your renovation and give you all the tools you need for success. Check out more than 100 award-winning, quality projects to get inspired for your next renovation.

The Toronto Fall Home Show runs from Oct. 4 to 6 at The Enercare Centre. For more information visit the website.


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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

Photography by Jason Hartog

Summer days are the things that dreams are made of. Long and lazy weekends curled up with a book by a window, or soaking up the sun’s rays on a lounger outdoors. It’s certainly my favourite time of year. It’s when the weekend warriors brave the traffic and head out of the city for fresh air and cool lakes. Whether you have a summer retreat of your own, or simply want to create the cottage vibe in your own home, here are my favourite ways to bring easy, breezy cottage style to your decor.

Freshen it up with a coat of white paint

For walls, light and bright is always right. My go-to wall colour is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. It’s bright and fresh but still feels warm.

White paint works on any wall and acts as a great blank canvas for pops of colour. Summer is all about colour, so you can go bold in your colour choices everywhere else and they will POP against the white backdrop.

“BLUE IS HANDS-DOWN THE FRESHEST WAY TO CREATE A CRISP COTTAGE ESTHETIC.”

Incorporate natural wood tones

I always say that a touch of wood is a must in any decor, but this is especially true of a cottage. I love to add the warmth of wood with hardwood flooring or a vintage wood table. The wood accents also help to balance all those white walls by adding character and warmth.

When in doubt, use blue

Blue is my hue. Summer homes need a little pop of colour but if you’re too shy to pick one, or worried your choice won’t work, you can never fail with blue. In my mind, blue is hands-down the freshest way to create a crisp cottage esthetic. I love nautical navy but aqua and robin’s egg blues work, too. Layer in this colour with art, pillows and even lighting.

Add vintage finds

Vintage furniture and decor add a casual and comfortable vibe. This is the perfect time of year to go to antique markets or simply wander consignment stores for the perfect vintage piece of furniture. Not only does it add loads of personality and tell a story, but it’s easy on the environment too. Sustainability is important to consider and finding unique and fine objects at a local antique fair will be a great conversation starter for those summer soirees.

Use natural textiles

Nothing says easy, breezy cottage style more than white and neutral fabrics blowing in the wind. Textiles such as cotton, wool and jute add a relaxed feel. It’s okay if they wrinkle or aren’t perfect. That’s the idea!

If you are like me, you truly appreciate getting out of the big city from time to time to enjoy a slower pace of life, but it’s not always possible. So why not create that casual weekend vibe all summer long right in your own home? Just remember to slow down the pace and maximize the fun factor.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto-based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes. Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade, Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca is an active YouTuber, you can also follow her daily design adventures on Instagram. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, Muskoka and throughout Canada. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

National Home Show 2019 ReCap

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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber created a luxurious his-and-her master bathroom and sleek customized closet (mainly for her!) for our RENO & DECOR booth at the National Home Show in March. For 10 days, designers offered free 15-minute design consultations to home show participants.

Catherine-Lucie is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

 

Thank you Catherine-Lucie for the sophisticated booth design as well as a big thank you to all the wonderful design experts who dedicated their time and talent to the Design Intervention booth.

On March 8th BILD held its annual Renovation and Custom Home awards luncheon at the Enercare Centre. The event kicks off the National Home Show on opening day where the GTA’s top renovators and custom home builders are recognized by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Mayor John Tory was one of the guest speakers at the event, and RENO & DECOR sponsors the awards luncheon every year and our team happily presented the awards to the winners in each category.

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Rebecca Hay’s three tips for navigating a stressful renovation

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Rebecca Hay’s three tips for navigating a stressful renovation

Renovating doesn’t have to be a stressful and difficult task. Interior designer Rebecca Hay from Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. offers three tips to navigating and handling the stress of a renovation.

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How to create a luxurious bathroom

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How to create a luxurious bathroom

Photography By Stephani Buchman

Enlarging a small master bathroom can often be impractical. You don’t need to move walls or break the bank in order to create big luxury in a small master bathroom.

When you’re tight on space, but want to have it all, you’ve got to get creative. And that’s exactly what was done in this elegant, compact ensuite bathroom. When we were hired to transform this home, the biggest challenge was how to update their master ensuite while also making it more functional. There was an oversized and very dated jacuzzi tub that took up almost the entire room. A natural reaction would have been to remove the tub and add in a large two-person shower. However, we wanted to have our cake and eat it too, so instead, we added a show-stopping soaker tub combined with a shower.

SIZE DOESN’T SACRIFICE FORM OR FUNCTION

Many large, luxury bathrooms today have a separate shower and soaking tub. In a smaller bathroom, it can be a challenge to find a tub that fits. In this case, the master ensuite is used by multiple members and generations in the household. We found a perfect fit with Victoria and Albert’s Vertralla tub. With its updated yet classic looks, it provided the luxury of a deep soaker tub, but on a smaller scale. The bonus of this particular tub is that it’s made of volcanic limestone, which helps to retain heat much longer than other tubs. Great for long soaks!

MASTER BATH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Although it’s a master ensuite, we had to factor children into the design. It is a three-storey home with the kids’ bathroom on the third floor, and the homeowners wanted the option to bathe their children in their master ensuite. We added a waterfall stone ledge for toys and soaps, and a built-in linen tower to house towels and baskets of bath toys.

A BALANCED MIX OF LIGHTING OPTIONS

Another essential way to add glam to any bathroom is with great lighting.

Too often lighting a bathroom is low on the list of priorities relative to other rooms in the house. Proper lighting is essential to making the most of this space. Your bathroom should feel bright and clean, so good overhead and task lighting are key. But don’t overlook mood lighting. You want the ability to create atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa-like, especially for those late night soaks and long steamy showers. The chandelier hanging over the tub adds warmth and sparkle, while the decorative sconces illuminate your face sufficiently for putting makeup on without overdoing it.

Designer tip: Always add dimmers to switches

FINISHES & FIXTURES

Another key tip that most people overlook, and almost every designer uses, is to tile the walls of your bathroom. If you want a cleanable surface and high-end look, this is how to get it. I adore using a large marble, natural quartz tile, if the budget permits, otherwise a nice oversized subway tile will do the trick. In this bathroom, we selected wall tile for behind the tub—a super practical choice when little ones want to splash around!

And last but not least, you can increase a small bathroom feeling of extravagance by adding some flair to functional items like: faucets, mirrors and cabinet hardware. For a modest investment, you can turn everyday, often-overlooked elements into items that underscore the overall beauty of the room. Replacing a typical bathroom mirror with a uniquely shaped decorative one like we did here is another way to elevate a small bathroom to premium status. The modern brass cabinet knobs are the jewelry of the room as they add sparkle and interest.

Don’t be afraid to mix metals here too. We love the look of brass faucets and fixtures but we couldn’t quite fit it into our budget. Instead we opted to mix chrome and brass, bringing the gold sparkle into elements like the lighting and hardware.

Achieving ultimate comfort and luxury in your small-space bathroom is at your fingertips, by mixing a variety of high and low elements cohesively.

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TILE, Creekside tile; FAUCETS AND FIXTURES, Watermarks; CUSTOM MILLWORK, Pure Kitchens; BATHTUB, Victoria + Albert; CONSTRUCTION, byTrimatrix; DESIGN, by Rebecca Hay Designs Inc.

RENO & DECOR myhomepage.ca Designer Rebecca Hay, Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., is a Toronto-based boutique design firm offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties for over a decade. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic, livable spaces that reflect the homeowner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, the GTA and Canada. rebeccahaydesigns.com

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