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Spotlight: Office built-in cabinetry

When function meets beauty with the use of built-in cabinetry

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When function meets beauty with the use of built-in cabinetry

Photos: Royal Interior Design

Office spaces can often be required to fulfill many functions, especially when they are located at the front of people’s homes, or as an open concept in a condo space. The primary goal of the office is to obviously be a place to conduct work of some sort. Practically speaking, it needs to be somewhat private with doors, and needs an area to read, work, be on a computer, as well as provide storage solutions.

But what about the rest of the often high demands? To be suitable for multiple family members to use, to have ample storage for paperwork, books and all kinds of things we accumulate over the years, or family members and more than one person working together at once? From homework to home office or casual bill payments, offices serve many roles, and our job is to ensure we check every single requirement and more by adding some much needed pizzaz, interest, warmth and depth, and make it inviting and luxurious enough to be often be seen as soon as you walk in the door.

For these clients, our perfect solution started with our state-of-the-art custom built-in cabinetry. We love designing statement pieces that are aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but also offer loads of function. In this case, we went full-blown wall to wall, floor to ceiling with a bold black colour to create an impressive focal point. We added lovely accent trim details in the closed doors to make it interesting, as the doors needed to be solid to hide a lot of clutter.

We broke it up with different sections, some open shelving in the middle to keep it a little light and airy, and a few glass doors to add variety to the unit and to be kept for pretty accents. All the functionality lies below with ample filing cabinets and drawers. This unit provides impact to the room, depth, and lots of storage.

To continue with our functional yet beautiful elements, we have accent chairs that are perfect for the kids to do some reading and homework. They are deep and comfortable, neutral and accented with cowhide pillows.

We framed all the windows with satin textured earth tone panels as high as the ceilings to accentuate the height of the room and also soften the multi windows and add some elegance. A nice neutral soft rug and a soft muted, but textured, world map wallpaper really adds to the den vibe.

The design palette of the space is all earth tones, soft colours contrasted by deep colours and interesting textures and patterns. And let’s not forget the show-stopping unique dark copper light fixture that adorns the entire space. Combining luxurious and elegant items with functional and practical necessities, all wrapped in a cohesive and peaceful decor, make it perfectly suited to entice and welcome a good day’s or evening’s work!

Catherine Horber is the 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.

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HOMES Publishing Group - 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament

HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

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HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

HOMES Publishing Group’s 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament in support of Raising the Roof, at Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Etobicoke on Sept. 20, raised $15,000 – pushing the 16-year total to $305,000.

Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.
Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.

“We are so proud and grateful for the support of our clients, suppliers and friends over the years, for such a worthy cause as youth homelessness,” says Michael Rosset, founder of HPG and a long-serving board member of Raising the Roof.

Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.
Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.

Raising the Roof provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.

Bob Finnegan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.
Bob Finnigan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.

“The homebuilding industry shows its collective heart through such events, and we are humbled by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved, every year,” adds Rosset. “To raise more than $300,000 for such an important cause over the years shows the depth of resolve of this industry to find a solution before the challenges become systemic and multi-generational.”

HOMES Publishing Group staff volunteers get ready for the day.
HOMES Publishing Group staff ready for the day.

Photos: Brian Geller, photoartists.ca


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Spotlight: Kalu Interiors

Kalu Interiors – Cornered and loving it

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Kalu Interiors – Cornered and loving it

Like true love, when it comes to real estate and you find “the one,” you’ve got to jump on it. This was my experience when my two-bedroom unit in Yaletown’s trendy Donovan Building hit the market. The 10-year-old, 19th floor sub-penthouse packed plenty of promise, with its coveted corner placement, stunning views, and 1,150 sq. ft. of living space to work with. Here’s how I made every inch my own.

Contrary to my typical professional experience of designing on deadline, one of the benefits of being both designer and client in this case, was not having to adhere to a strict timeline. Another big advantage was the opportunity to live in and experience the space, which allowed me to assess its functionality first-hand. With time on my side and a clear view of what worked in the space — and perhaps more importantly, what didn’t — I had a great launching point for my pending project.

Now, before we get into the design side of things, let’s revert to myself in client form. I love dinner parties. Entertaining is important in our household, so this was a key consideration, from concept to completion.

Function

As it was, our new home’s layout wasn’t conducive to how we live. The kitchen was tiny, with an adjacent bedroom that didn’t offer proper privacy. This would require moving walls, but the result was well worth the effort. The new kitchen is twice as large and stocked with all the trimmings, including a butler’s pantry, corner cabinets, a 36-in. fridge, full-sized wall oven, microwave, wine fridge and coffee maker. Essentially, everything you need to throw a good dinner party. Designer advice: Function first!

Light

The condo boasted a good balance of wall space and windows, which facilitated ample natural light throughout. The finishes, on the other hand, were much too dark. We replaced the circa-1990s dark-stained floors and cabinets with white oak millwork, serving to lighten up the interiors. And since it’s an open floorplan, the impact benefits the entire space. Light in this space also comes via mirrors – a trick of the trade, when used correctly. By positioning mirrors opposite windows, you’ll double the view and bounce natural light throughout the room.

Style

Gold is the trending embellishment in this space. I love its warm glow and simple opulence — if there is such a thing. This modern metal became a running theme throughout this space, carrying from the kitchen and dining area, into the bedroom and retreating to the bath. But notice that this trendy addition comes in the form of “soft” accessories. Translation: Relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, when this trend eventually runs its course (which it will). Behind that, you’ll find a space that is neutral with solid staying power.

Yin and Yang: A cool white kitchen backsplash balances the lavish gold touches, and makes the black granite kitchen island pop.

Thank goodness this reno didn’t have a tight deadline or too many other restrictions – yet another benefit of being both the client and the designer!

Award-winning interior Designers PHYLLIS LUI and ALEEM KASSAM are the principal designer duo for Kalu Interiors. For more than a decade, this Vancouver based design firm has become known and for focus on creating thoughtfully curated interiors that enhance and inspire how you live. the firm provides bespoke design services for clientele throughout Canada.


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The National Home Show 2019

4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

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4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

Having a backyard or even a balcony (no matter how big or small) is a luxury these days for most people, especially the closer you live to the city. And, with square footage getting smaller and more expensive, maximizing the potential of every inch of your space, including your balcony, is crucial. It’s time to start thinking of your exterior as an extension of your home. You can create a slice of paradise even in the smallest of spaces with just the right touches, and National Home Show experts are here to prove it.

Here are four ways to make the most of your small outdoor space:

1. Look for space saving furniture

Just because your balcony may be compact, doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped, or that you have to sacrifice luxury for space. Look for furniture that is comfortable, without be bulky. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t fit a table and chairs. Folding furniture for a small space can be just as pretty as stationary counterparts these days, and retailers such as Andrew Richard Designs are offering double-duty options in sleek designs that don’t add bulk to your space. Think chairs with armrests that double as a side table and space dividers that are also storage bins.

Also, don’t forget to organize and optimize your available space and consider exterior walls and railings as part of your canvas – perhaps lights along your railings to illuminate your balcony and help keep the floor area free of clutter, freeing up more space for essential furniture.

2. Decor makes all the difference

Cold, bare concrete walls and floors wouldn’t make your condo feel homey, so why would they your balcony? Inexpensive wood deck tiles or simply stencil painting a pattern onto the concrete can add instant warmth to your balcony. Incorporate small outdoor area rugs or throw cushions instead of heavy furniture to add texture, comfort and personality, as well as make your area appear bigger. And don’t be afraid to add bright colours to your petite space. Your outdoor area should represent your style, just as much as your interior choices.

3. Take your garden to vertical heights

Starting from the ground up, AstroTurf is an easy way to replicate that suburban yard feel on your city balcony that won’t frustrate condo management. Don’t be afraid to get your green thumb on, even in a small way, by scattering tiny potted herbs around your outdoor space, but remember to hang them vertically to avoid taking up valued floor space. Placing plants at various heights will also help add major interest and height to your space, and don’t hesitate to be creative, says Peter Bonanno of Curb Appeal. Think about perching some planters on balcony railings or investing in a sleek and possible portable privacy screen for added seclusion. But, be sure to fill platers with outdoor, seasonal flowers that can withstand the elements and ever-changing weather conditions.

4. Lighten the mood

Whether it’s with lights or a little fire, light it up and set the mood in the process. Even if you can’t swing railing lights, outdoor lanterns and even simple mason jars filled with sand and a candle are perfect to light up a summer night on your balcony. If heat and ambiance is what you’re after, mini portable tabletop heaters come in a variety of finishes and colours. Not only will these help you extend your outdoor time on cooler, shorter days, but they’ll also keep away pesky mosquitos. Just be sure not to light things up too much, as you wouldn’t want to ruin the view of a perfect starlit night sky.

If you’re looking for even more inspiring home, condo and garden ideas, and want to see these tips come to life, visit the Outdoor Living Feature at the National Home Show presented by ReMax and co-located with Canada Blooms from March 8 to 17 at The Enercare Centre in the Exhibition Place in Toronto.

For further information on the National Home Show or Canada Blooms, at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, visit the website.

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