<![CDATA[My Site - Blog]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:26:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design]]>Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:55:29 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-design2Tara Ellis and Andrew Bell lived with the cramped and outdated kitchen in their semi-detached Victorian in Toronto for 12 years before deciding it was time to make some changes. Not only was the space aesthetically unpleasant, but it was also a pain in their backs literally. The existing countertop was installed below standard height. Im six feet tall, and my husband is about as tall, says Tara.

Since a few other rooms in the house werent terribly livable either, they called on designer Philippe Beauparlant to oversee a massive renovation. As for the kitchen, says Tara, we wanted a better layout with lots of storage, and Ive always loved a banquette.

The planning process

One of the challenges I noticed right away, says Philippe, was the kitchens poor connection to the backyard. Specifically, the back door in the adjacent mud room opened onto a tall outdoor staircase. His solution was to move the inside stairs that led down to the basement to the back of the house, incorporating a lower landing area thats level with the yard. This clever approach allowed for floor-to-ceiling storage on the landing. And with the back wall now completely clad in glass, natural light floods the kitchen.

The design decisions

While the couple loves a modern industrial feel, they also wanted to preserve the homes character. Thats why Philippe chose a clean cabinet door profile and installed crown moulding that matches an existing one in the house. He also played up the heritage aspect by picking a traditional grey-green shade for the cabinetry. A splash of colour comes from mustard yellow pendant lights and tomato red handles on the Wolf range, which Tara tied together with two stools her mother calls mustard and ketchup.

The result

Everyone gravitates to the kitchen now because its so bright and airy in the day and cozy at night, says Tara.

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Kitchen problem: Before

A dark, cluttered, uninviting kitchen.



Kitchen layout: Solution

Count on designer Philippe Beauparlant to solve the space crunch in this small kitchen.



Kitchen renovation: After

Theres a good mix of open and closed shelving, says designer Philippe Beauparlant of the renovated kitchen. Walnut-veneered uppers open horizontally and provide access to all the items the homeowners use regularly but want out of sight. Only the most used dishes were designated for open shelvingso they dont gather dust.



Dining booth



The dining table was custom made from vintage table legs and a reclaimed-wood top stained to just the right grey-brown. The banquettes vinyl fabric looks like leather but is easier to maintain.



Organized entryway

The floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the landing houses coats and boots as well as sports equipment and seasonal items like patio cushions.



Hidden storage

The cabinet on the left side of the range houses a pullout bin for recycling. The garbage and compost containers are located under the sink.



Decorative organization

Tins and vases help declutter counters and spice up the area.



Vintage accessories

Crisp white jars and dishes keep the kitchen clean and simple.



Unique backsplash

Grey grout deliberately draws attention to the unique pattern of the white subway-tiled backsplash.



Read more in Kitchen & Bath and Kitchen



http://www.styleathome.com/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-design/a/61024

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<![CDATA[Coastal Living Idea House Bedrooms]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:18:13 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/coastal-living-idea-house-bedrooms2<![CDATA[Bedroom Essentials]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:46:22 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/bedroom-essentials2A Place To Sit



Whether its a giant chaise longue or a mismatched side chair, youll want something to sit on. Its nice to have a place to perch while tying your shoes so you don't mess up the bed you just made. This is a great opportunity to rehab a flea market chair or use a couple of yards of beloved fabric.



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<![CDATA[Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:24:33 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-design1Tara Ellis and Andrew Bell lived with the cramped and outdated kitchen in their semi-detached Victorian in Toronto for 12 years before deciding it was time to make some changes. Not only was the space aesthetically unpleasant, but it was also a pain in their backs literally. The existing countertop was installed below standard height. Im six feet tall, and my husband is about as tall, says Tara.



Since a few other rooms in the house werent terribly livable either, they called on designer Philippe Beauparlant to oversee a massive renovation. As for the kitchen, says Tara, we wanted a better layout with lots of storage, and Ive always loved a banquette.

The planning process

One of the challenges I noticed right away, says Philippe, was the kitchens poor connection to the backyard. Specifically, the back door in the adjacent mud room opened onto a tall outdoor staircase. His solution was to move the inside stairs that led down to the basement to the back of the house, incorporating a lower landing area thats level with the yard. This clever approach allowed for floor-to-ceiling storage on the landing. And with the back wall now completely clad in glass, natural light floods the kitchen.

The design decisions

While the couple loves a modern industrial feel, they also wanted to preserve the homes character. Thats why Philippe chose a clean cabinet door profile and installed crown moulding that matches an existing one in the house. He also played up the heritage aspect by picking a traditional grey-green shade for the cabinetry. A splash of colour comes from mustard yellow pendant lights and tomato red handles on the Wolf range, which Tara tied together with two stools her mother calls mustard and ketchup.

The result

Everyone gravitates to the kitchen now because its so bright and airy in the day and cozy at night, says Tara.

Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright designSlideshowView

Slideshow close Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Kitchen problem: Before

A dark, cluttered, uninviting kitchen.



Kitchen layout: Solution

Count on designer Philippe Beauparlant to solve the space crunch in this small kitchen.



Kitchen renovation: After

Theres a good mix of open and closed shelving, says designer Philippe Beauparlant of the renovated kitchen. Walnut-veneered uppers open horizontally and provide access to all the items the homeowners use regularly but want out of sight. Only the most used dishes were designated for open shelvingso they dont gather dust.



Dining booth

The dining table was custom made from vintage table legs and a reclaimed-wood top stained to just the right grey-brown. The banquettes vinyl fabric looks like leather but is easier to maintain.



Organized entryway

The floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the landing houses coats and boots as well as sports equipment and seasonal items like patio cushions.



Hidden storage

The cabinet on the left side of the range houses a pullout bin for recycling. The garbage and compost containers are located under the sink.



Decorative organization

Tins and vases help declutter counters and spice up the area.



Vintage accessories

Crisp white jars and dishes keep the kitchen clean and simple.



Unique backsplash

Grey grout deliberately draws attention to the unique pattern of the white subway-tiled backsplash.



Read more in Kitchen & Bath and Kitchen



http://www.styleathome.com/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-design/a/61024

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<![CDATA[Bathroom design: Fresh loft bath]]>Sat, 19 Sep 2015 03:53:48 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/bathroom-design-fresh-loft-bath

With a penchant for all things rustic and loft-like, photographer Jean Longpre designed his Quebec home to reflect the French countryside. We look to his master bath and bedroom for a dose of inspiration.

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Textured white walls

To add country flair to a typical industrial-style loft, line a wall with pine planks and paint them white.



Natural lighting

Lofts are often flooded with natural light. Soak it all up by installing glass walls, doors or railings.



Shining faucets

Faucets can add a crisp colour to white, clean bathrooms.



Coloured accents

An open-concept space awash in white runs the risk of looking cold and clinical. For a simple solution, inject the room with sculptural accents and unexpected hits of colour.



Get the look: Vintage industrial (clockwise)

1 Hannah sconce in White Porcelain with Streamline Clamshell Opal shade, Rejuvenation, $165 US.

2 Bancroft pedestal sink in White with 8" centres and 24" deck, Kohler, $562.



3 Trolley Stop hook in Linen, Anthropologie, $12 US.



4 Cotton Japanese Herringbone Stripe Cotton towels in Ivory & Navy, Restoration Hardware, $35 US each.

5 Hexagonal tiles in Matte White, 1", Ciot, $9 per sq. ft.

6 Lefroy Brooks basin mixer La Chapelle faucet in Chromium Plate with pop-up waste, Gingers, $3,395.



Read more in Kitchen & Bath and Bathroom



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<![CDATA[Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:31:23 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-designTara Ellis and Andrew Bell lived with the cramped and outdated kitchen in their semi-detached Victorian in Toronto for 12 years before deciding it was time to make some changes. Not only was the space aesthetically unpleasant, but it was also a pain in their backs literally. The existing countertop was installed below standard height. Im six feet tall, and my husband is about as tall, says Tara.

Since a few other rooms in the house werent terribly livable either, they called on designer Philippe Beauparlant to oversee a massive renovation. As for the kitchen, says Tara, we wanted a better layout with lots of storage, and Ive always loved a banquette.

The planning process

One of the challenges I noticed right away, says Philippe, was the kitchens poor connection to the backyard. Specifically, the back door in the adjacent mud room opened onto a tall outdoor staircase. His solution was to move the inside stairs that led down to the basement to the back of the house, incorporating a lower landing area thats level with the yard. This clever approach allowed for floor-to-ceiling storage on the landing. And with the back wall now completely clad in glass, natural light floods the kitchen.

The design decisions

While the couple loves a modern industrial feel, they also wanted to preserve the homes character. Thats why Philippe chose a clean cabinet door profile and installed crown moulding that matches an existing one in the house. He also played up the heritage aspect by picking a traditional grey-green shade for the cabinetry. A splash of colour comes from mustard yellow pendant lights and tomato red handles on the Wolf range, which Tara tied together with two stools her mother calls mustard and ketchup.



The result

Everyone gravitates to the kitchen now because its so bright and airy in the day and cozy at night, says Tara.

Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright designSlideshowView

Slideshow close Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Kitchen problem: Before

A dark, cluttered, uninviting kitchen.





Kitchen layout: Solution

Count on designer Philippe Beauparlant to solve the space crunch in this small kitchen.



Kitchen renovation: After

Theres a good mix of open and closed shelving, says designer Philippe Beauparlant of the renovated kitchen. Walnut-veneered uppers open horizontally and provide access to all the items the homeowners use regularly but want out of sight. Only the most used dishes were designated for open shelvingso they dont gather dust.



Dining booth

The dining table was custom made from vintage table legs and a reclaimed-wood top stained to just the right grey-brown. The banquettes vinyl fabric looks like leather but is easier to maintain.



Organized entryway

The floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the landing houses coats and boots as well as sports equipment and seasonal items like patio cushions.



Hidden storage

The cabinet on the left side of the range houses a pullout bin for recycling. The garbage and compost containers are located under the sink.



Decorative organization

Tins and vases help declutter counters and spice up the area.



Vintage accessories

Crisp white jars and dishes keep the kitchen clean and simple.



Unique backsplash

Grey grout deliberately draws attention to the unique pattern of the white subway-tiled backsplash.



Read more in Kitchen & Bath and Kitchen



http://www.styleathome.com/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen/kitchen-renovation-spacious-and-bright-design/a/61024

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<![CDATA[Kitchen design: Warm and rustic]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:23:02 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/kitchen-design-warm-and-rustic1 Style At Home magazine Your source for design and decorating ideas info@styleathome.com Search For Keywords Magazine Subscribe Store Newsletter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google + Instagram Tumblr Homes Exteriors Gardens Interiors Real Estate Renovating Small Spaces Decorating & Design Accessories Bedrooms Budget Colour Design Lesson Flooring Flower Arranging Green Living High/Low Inside Design Outdoor Living Style For Less Styling Secrets Window Treatments Kitchen & Bath Bathroom Buying Guides Fab Finds Kitchen Trends Organizing Monthly Checklists Organizing Ideas Storage Things To Do How-To Ask Us DIY Decor Home Improvement Hotel Style Painting Simple Projects Food & Entertaining Beautiful Bites Food Tips Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes Party Planner Recipes Tabletop Ideas Wine & Spirits Shopping Buying Guides Gifts Great Stuff SAH Collection Stores We Love Style Destination Technology VideosBlog



Kitchen & Bath - Kitchen

By Jennifer Hughes Photography Valerie Wilcox Kitchen design: Warm and rustic

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<![CDATA[Recipe: Golden beet pasta with goat cheese and pine nuts]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:05:28 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/recipe-golden-beet-pasta-with-goat-cheese-and-pine-nuts1

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Ingredients

1 lb short pasta, such as casarecce4 golden beets, roasted 1 tbsp unsalted butter1 clove garlic, minced1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes1 tsp lemon zest1 handful beet greens, sliced into ribbons4 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Directions

1 Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions.



2 Meanwhile, peel the roasted beets and cut them into bite-sized wedges.

3 Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and saut gently until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.

4 Add the beets and lemon zest and heat gently to warm through.

5 Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Stir in the beets, greens, cheese and pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Prep & cook time: 30

Serves: 4

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<![CDATA[How to: Select and use outdoor candles]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:32:54 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/how-to-select-and-use-outdoor-candles

Candlelight is the ideal complement to a relaxing night outside until you have a wax spill, that is. The good news is theres no reason to rush to clean it; wiping wet wax will only make it spread. Wait for it to fully dry (or speed up the process by holding a bagged ice cube against it). If the spilled-on surface is hard, such as metal or glass, scrape off the wax using the edge of a credit card. If its fabric, isolate it from the insert or any stuffing and use a dull butter knife to remove the wax. If any residue remains, place a few sheets of paper towel over it and heat with an iron set to low (the warmed wax will transfer onto the paper). Repeat, swapping in fresh paper towels as needed.

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The three most popular kinds of candle wax

1 Paraffin: Most common and inexpensive; a by-product of crude oil, so its non-renewable and may release toxins as it burns.

2 Soy: Natural and long-burning; typically less fragrant than alternatives.

3 Beeswax: The original candle wax, its all-natural and has a pleasing honey scent; pricey.

Waxing protective

When not in use, candles should be wrapped in tissue paper and stored in a dark, cool spot (for extra protection, place tapers in paper towel rolls). To revive dusty or nicked candles, don old pantyhose like a glove and buff the surface.



Kings of candles

Our top picks for outdoor-friendly candles.

1 Flameless

Classic battery-operated pillar that boasts a life-like flame flicker and wont melt in the sun. Plastic-injection-moulded flameless outdoor Pillar candle, 3" x 6", Pottery Barn, $30,



2 Fragrant

A small poured votive that emits a long-lasting floral scent to enhance the aroma of your own plantings. Candle in shimmer with glass holder, Unstopables, $7.

3 Anti-bug

A robust lidded poured option that will keep bugs at bay for up to 50 hours.

Illume chroma citronella outdoor candle in Fresh Rain with iron tin, Indigo, $25.

Test the water

Contain drips by using a tray or candle holder. To keep the holder clean, pour a little water in before inserting the candle; dripped wax will sit and harden on the waters surface.

Read more in Decorating & Design and Outdoor Living



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<![CDATA[Kitchen design: New modern country]]>Sun, 13 Sep 2015 02:41:47 GMThttp://ablazepan5488.weebly.com/blog/kitchen-design-new-modern-country

When Mary and Thomas Touhey traded city living for Vancouver Island oceanfront, they had the guidance of their designer daughter, Jessica Touhey. "The house was a time capsule from the 1980s," says Jessica. But its location and contemporary architecture sold them, and Jessica spearheaded the inevitable kitchen renovation. Here she tells us how she made it all happen.

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What were the main challenges with the original kitchen?



The kitchen was small, severly outdated and completely enclosed. We took out as many walls as possible to create an open-concept kitchen and dining and living space with views that could be enjoyed from anywhere.



What was your overall vision for the space?

We wanted a modern look with a focus on West Coast materials so the kitchen would blend into the natural surroundings.



Where did you save and where did you splurge?

The porcelain tile backpslash looks like marble but costs a fraction of the price of a stone slab. We also found interesting lighting from a local supplier that was reasonably priced. One splurge was the waterfall countertops, which basically doubled our material costs but were so worth it for the overall look.



Explain the design decisions behind the island.

To provide tons of space for eating and prep, we went with a substantial-sized kitchen island. We broke up the large expanse of white quartz with a fir accent strip, which delineates the two areas and adds warmth and interet.



What's the one investment piece you couldn't do without?

We invested in a pair of under-counter fridge drawers, rather than a full-sized model, in the main kitchen to maintain undisrupted views of the outdoors. We then placed a large fridge and freezer in a pantry area just outside the kitchen.



Cabinetry decisions

The only upper cabinetry incorporated into the design was two unobtrusive white cabinets flanking the window above the sink, with floating fir shelves below. The small cabinets are less visually distacting and are ideal for concealing basic every day items.



Read more in Kitchen & Bath and Kitchen



http://www.styleathome.com/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen/kitchen-design-new-modern-country/a/60954

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