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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

I was consulted to help figure out how to best spend a client’s modest budget, wisely, on a kitchen reno, while accomplishing a new look. She wanted to replace her cupboards for more efficient storage. After an honest appraisal and a critical eye, I could see that it wasn’t, entirely, necessary. We didn’t even need to paint them. What was needed was far less expensive and easier to do. We needed to lighten the space up and be creative with functionality. The overall footprint of the kitchen was good, so just a few adjustments to the cupboards were necessary. By adding gliding shelf solutions within the cabinets, we were able to solve the efficiency issue and added extra storage on a budget. Not having to do a full demolition of the existing kitchen put money back into the budget for what needed doing, and splurging on the key elements.

Changing out the countertops was mandatory. We needed to lighten up the space to make it feel more open, and to balance off the darkness of the cabinet colour. We chose Caesarstone‘s Empira White marble quartz, because of its classical white base with deep grey (almost black) veins to accent and tie in with the cabinet colour. This countertop modernized the kitchen, plus it’s durable and easy to clean.

This kitchen also needed a new backsplash. We chose a simple, white bevelled edged subway tile for its elegance and simplicity. Because it’s timeless and classic, it won’t go out of style. By using larger tiles, we maintained clean lines, but the tapered edge offered deluxe detailing.

The custom range hood became the focal point of this space. We removed the small (useless) cabinet above the metal range hood. By making it white, it pulled the colour scheme together. And, in keeping with the white of the backsplash and countertops, it added to the openness of the space as soon as the valance was removed.

A Whirlpool, black stainless-steel kitchen suite provided continuity in this kitchen. I love to match cabinet colours and appliances whenever I can. By making your appliances blend into the colours of the kitchen gives the illusion of a larger space, because your eye doesn’t bounce to the contrast of the cabinets and appliances. Plus, the appliances are fingerprint resistant, which helps keep things looking sleek and fresh with minimal upkeep.

A counter-depth refrigerator made the space more open and accessible. On top of that, the French door option allowed for more clearance when the door was open, which made it easier to have two people in the kitchen at once.

While the kitchen used to have a microwave stand to the right of the range, replacing it with a custom wine rack to the cupboards, was more visually appealing. The microwave was tucked out of sight and utilized a wasted corner.

Having new appliances instantly updated the kitchen. The bells and whistles on these appliances are amazing, and so functional The refrigerator is one of my favourites. Its pantry-inspired layout, with an infinity slide shelf, which allows for extra room for tall items. The range has a touchscreen. It learns, adapts and suggests customized presets based on your family’s routine – perfect for my client and her family of four. Finally, the dishwasher has a third level rack space, so that they can make extra room for those hard-to-fit items and large kitchen utensils.

Wanting to maintain the visual continuity, I selected an under-mount sink. Coupled with a black faucet, the visual ascetics are modern and clean, and is in keeping with the colour scheme.

I removed the closed cabinets to modernize the look. By tiling that whole wall, and adding the natural wood tone of the shelving, it created an up-to-date, open look. We wanted to replace the tan floor tiles, but the cost, timing and mess didn’t warrant it. Instead, I used the shelves, chairs and accessories to tie in the colour, making the floor seem more purposeful. The addition of natural wood helped to ground the space and add an organic feel to the design.

While we were able to use the cupboards, the hardware had to go. The new brass handles were the perfect accents, along with a matching pendant light over the sink. I would have liked to include pendant lighting all around the kitchen, but the light locations didn’t align with the table.

An ultra-useful stand mixer in blue was perfect for this busy family, and I added accent pieces, including the dishware and a vase in a coordinating blue. Floor runners keep feet warm on cool days, add softness to a space, and can tie in colours. It’s important to buy ones that are machine washable.

This basic kitchen has been transformed into one that suits the family’s modern lifestyle. It’s great that we didn’t have to scrap the old cupboards, and could give them a new lease on life. Don’t be too quick to replace items. Sometimes a strategic update is the better way – and it can save a bundle.

Refrigerator
36-inch Wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator – 24 cu. ft.

Range
5.8 cu. ft. Smart Front Control Gas Range with EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates

Dishwasher
Stainless Steel Tub Dishwasher with Third Level Rack

HGTV Jo Alcorn is an interior and product designer for Alcorn Home, she has a full home furnishing and pet line collection displayed and sold across Canada and the U.S. She is known for her clean line savvy design concepts.


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Lighten Your Laundry Load

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Lighten Your Laundry Load

As a productivity coach, my mission is to help people have more fun while getting things done, and laundry is no exception. In my holistic model for sustainable performance, Productivity CPR™, the R stands for Ritual. Why ritual? Because I think the word ritual can give a sense of honour to what can often be perceived as mundane.

Laundry never stops, so if we’re going to have to take care of it, I like to encourage ways to make it a lot less onerous. Read on to find ways you might even find yourself enjoying it!

Shift your mindset

Whether it be processing receipts or doing laundry, a task that one finds tedious can be elevated with careful thought. Think of your clothing as a tool to help you do what you want to do and to help you make the impression you want to make in the world. Doing laundry then becomes taking care of the clothes that take care of you. This shift in perspective can elevate laundry from a mundane task to an act of love and honour.

Fit laundry in virtually anywhere

If space is tight, in a spot only 24” wide, you can install the ventless, Smart All-In-One Washer and Dryer from Whirlpool, which as it sounds includes both the washer and the dryer in one machine! Not only does it save space, you don’t have to worry about switching clothes from the washer to the dryer. It also saves you time with its high-capacity dispenser, which holds up to 20 loads worth of laundry detergent. With the new Whirlpool app you can turn it on from anywhere. This allows you to start a load while waiting for your daughter to hit the ice at hockey practice and track progress while away.

Simplifying the process

Whenever you go into the laundry room typically your hands are full. What better way to make the laundry process even more seamless than to have a touchless light switch? Just walk into the room and the light switches on for you. It’s simple things like this that can help ease the chore of this everyday task. The Home Depot Canada has several options to choose from.

Keep collection easy

Make sure you have an easy way to gather laundry anywhere it collects. Bedrooms or a shared bathroom are ideal spots and there are a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any space. A corner unit is fun in a kid’s room if you want to make tossing laundry in the hamper a fun way to get kids involved in the process. Hampers now come in a wide range of finishes as well so you can find something to blend in with your decor. The handles on the hamper shown here make it easier to carry. I love the wide variety of options at Neatfreak.

Hang darks and delicates to dry

A foldable, yet very sturdy rack in narrower than usual dimensions means you can tuck drying laundry into a smaller space, and possible even out of sight. This rack from Canadian Tire is strong enough to hold not only clothes on the bars themselves as you would expect, but clothes on hangers along the edges as well increasing drying capacity.

Give yourself a treat

If you’re like me, in the winter months, your skin is dry. Add water, laundry and cleaning to the list and you have a recipe for dry, cracked skin. Why not have a luxurious salve on hand to use while doing the laundry, especially after any hand-washing, to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth? Made in Canada, from 80 per cent organic ingredients, toxin-free DermaCare Skin Salve from eScential Wellness will make you feel like you’re loving yourself a little bit and there’s nothing like given yourself a little love after some hard work.

Productivity Catalyst Clare Kumar inspires and guides busy people to live more organized, productive, healthy and fulfilling lives. As a Certified Executive Coach, productivity expert, experienced professional organizer, and mom of teens, she is excited to help others achieve sustainable performance and reach their potential.

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Home Finds: Back to the Future

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

by Silvana Longo

Today’s kitchen combines future-forward convenience, stylish customization and a nod to the classic touches that warm up and make this hard-working space, the most inviting in the home.

Kitchen Dress-Up

The culinary accessories are vast and bring enhanced function to this central hub of the home…
it is also an opportunity to add much-needed personality to a kitchen

MATTE + BLACK = CHIC

Designed by Brett Beldock, this traditional dining chair gets a modern upgrade with high-gloss, black-painted rattan and brass detailing.

Rattan & Brass DINING CHAIR, $399

cb2.com

— Sil’s Pick —

Handmade stoneware dinnerware with organic edges and a modern matte-black glaze sets the table for everyday and special occasions alike.

Crisp Matte Black DINNERWARE, $5.95 – $19.95

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The SUSSEX single light pendant features a black finish with a metal shade. This fixture comes with an integrated LED that saves energy and lasts a long time. It is perfect for the dining room and a kitchen island. For more impact, a set of two or three, depending on the size, adds more light and symmetry.

Canarm Sussex LED Black PENDANT, $103.95

homedepot.ca

— Em’s Pick —

This tilt-head stand mixer has a five-quart stainlesssteel bowl with handle, and has 10 different speeds to mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand MIXER, $599.99

kitchenaid.ca

FLOWER POWER

These compact stoneware flower cocottes are specially designed for individual preparation and presentation, with a beautiful floral shape just right for springtime.

Set of 3 Mini Flower COCOTTES, $79

lecreuset.com

CHALK IT UP

This unique cabinet door doubles as a blackboard surface making it perfect to organize everything from family schedules to weekly dinners, or express yourself by adding an inspirational quote.

Uddevalla DOOR, $40

ikea.ca

DINE IN NATURE

Leafy watercolour herbs grace the creamy interior of this gorgeous ceramic serving bowl, plus the dark exterior provides contrast.

Herb PLATES, Set of 4, $44.95

crateandbarrel.ca

PENCHANT FOR PENDANTS

Want to add a little Middle Eastern influence to your kitchen lighting?
These perforated metal shades in a rich, vintage brass finish will add a global touch and
texture to your decorative lighting options.

LIGHT PENDANTS from the cobistyle Starstruck Collection.

For more information, go to artcraft.com

This pendant adds a bold and edgy look to a kitchen. – Silvana Longo

Featuring a single light pendant, this eclectic lighting piece is made from solid steel, brass, smoked bronze or matte black, with signature knurled-satin metal and matte-rubber detailing. Buster + Punch also offers a range of light bulbs with original styling, including the LED BUSTER Bulb.

Buster + Punch Heavy Metal PENDANT ships worldwide

busterandpunch.us

FABULOUSLY FARMHOUSE

The textures and tones of this kitchen, paired with the enduring Farmstead sink, bring a sense of charm and warmth to the space. When contemporary design meets refreshing farmhouse style, it provides a tranquil atmosphere while adding character to the kitchen.

Farmstead SINK and Tournant FAUCET.

For pricing, contact kohler.ca.

GOLDEN TOUCH

A new brushed-satin finish with rose-gold undertones brings warmth to any kitchen. Purposeful zones help organize the items you use most. The unique pantry-inspired layout and shelving system stores 30 per cent more than other refrigerators in its class. Wi-Fi-enabled with smart features and a mobile app. Comes out in early summer.

Whirlpool® Smart Counter Depth French Door-within-Door REFRIGERATOR in new Fingerprint-Resistant Sunset Bronze, $4,999

whirlpool.ca

FAUCET FINISHES

Tayga Pulldown Faucet, black, $239

homedepot.ca

Taft faucet from Newport Brass.

Available at Dupont Plumbing Supplies

NYVATTNET kitchen faucet in polished brass colour, $149

ikea.ca

WALL CERAMICS WITH A TWIST

The Senio City collection is a chevron wall ceramic that can be installed for kitchen backsplashes or dining room accent walls. A big trend right now is a ‘fade-out’ effect where tiles fade from one colour to another or in the case of the Senio City, fading from a high polished to silky-matte finish. The chevron pattern is a reinvented classic that looks great in both traditional to contemporary spaces.

Senio City 3×10 chevron, 5 colours, matte or polished

for pricing contact ceragres.ca

TAILORMADE TILES

The Crafted tile collection combines the beauty of handcrafted clay, the charm of timeless bricks, and the boldness of turning subway tiles on their sides. The collection is comprised of a number of non-traditional tiles, like the black and white collection, which ranges from hand-drawn horizontal lines to more intricate horizontal and vertical lines.

For pricing and shipping information, hastingstilebath.com.

1 Black and White Collection | 2 Snow and Sage Subway tiles | 3 Handmade Decor Vintage

THE NEW WOOD LOOK

The 300-collection is a glazed porcelain tile suitable for residential and commercial installations. Its superior technical qualities include a slip-resistant factor all while assuring easy maintenance — perfect for a kitchen.

For more information or pricing, ceragres.ca.

SPICE UP YOUR KITCHEN with NEW HARDWARE

Available in gold, silver and black, these handles add the perfect touch in completing your kitchen project.

ENERYDA, $7.99 two in a package

ikea.ca

The Aether collection explores the inner section carvings reminiscent of the Cubist composition. Haute Deco architectural hardware is located in London, U.K. and they ship worldwide.

For pricing & shipping, hautedeco.com.

The Conga collection combines Tiki-style with mid-century minimalism. Available in five finishes.

From $6.60 to $17.40; available at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware


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Top trend picks for 2018

Top trend picks for 2018

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Top trend picks for 2018

Drama and colour will be the hot trend in home decorating

by Jo Alcorn

I love when the new trends for the upcoming year are revealed. It’s the perfect time to update your decor and freshen up your home. This year I am seeing (and loving) all things dramatic. Bronze decor, patterned wall treatments, beautifully bold pillows and all things brass. Here is a sneak peak at the trends I see emerging this year, many of which will be incorporated into my 2018 makeover projects.


This year, expect to see big and bold patterns and more items made in Canada. That’s certainly the case for my line of product, from matching dog beds and throw pillows, to the new wallpaper line, both are following these trends. Made-in-Canada and big bold patterns. Wallpaper $179, dog bed $129.99


The on-trend hosts will have brass silverware and plates. Brass is no longer just for your decor, you will now see it in table settings, flatware glasses and more. These beauties are from Wayfair.ca: cutlery $179.99


As the bronze trend continues, expect to see splashes of bronze throughout the home: on top of mantels, on media units, in wall decor and more. Looking for the perfect bronze decor? HomeSense has you covered from lamps and clocks to bookends and artwork.  Light $79.99; bowl $19.99; InstaFood sign $16.99


Look for a mix of materials in furniture pieces this year. This gorgeous multi-function piece is from Structube and it incorporates all the trends I am seeing this coming year – a mix of wood, glass and a metal frame along with drawers, making it the perfect blend of function meets style. Table $399


Step aside stainless steel because the new kid in town is Sunset Bronze. In 2018, it’s all about statement appliances. Functional and bold, the Sunset Bronze kitchen suite from Whirlpool brings warmth to any kitchen with its rich metallic finish. This statement suite of appliances is the very set I chose for my own kitchen reno (stay tuned for that reveal in early 2018). I wanted to go big or go bold in 2018, so this set met my criteria perfect. Pricing TBD


This year I am loving all things black in the bathroom. This trend is drastically different and really packs a punch when you enter the bathroom. The inky and edgy sophistication of matte black is the go-to finish for the design-savvy homeowner looking for a dose of drama in their space. From shower heads to faucets and towel bars and hooks, these black beauties from Delta Faucet are offered in a variety of show stopping collections including the Trinsic and Ara.

Delta Trinsic contemporary floor mount faucet $1,713.25

Delta Ara Monitor 17 Series H2Okinetic tub & shower trim $466.10


In addition to black and bronze, pink is red hot this year in wall colours, accessories and accent pieces. Want to add a bit of blush to your setting? Check out the super affordable ideas from Bouclair, from side tables and throws to artwork and accessories, they’ll have you tickled pink. Table 79.99; throw: 29.99


You all know I am obsessed with white. But this year it’s time for my love affair with white to take a backseat while I introduce bright, bold and powerful colours into my designs. It started slowly in 2017, but wait and see what I have in store for 2018. I am forecasting a mix of pinks and reds — used in the same space — for a few of my upcoming makeovers. Stay tuned for some dramatic and bold, on-trend makeovers. Here is one of the colours I think will be hot in 2018, Pleasant Pink by Benjamin Moore. From $49.99 gallon


Jo Alcorn is the founder and design specialist at Whitewash & Co..


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