Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Top 10 Brag-Worthy Bathrooms

We've compiled a list of our top 10 favourite beautiful bathrooms from over the years (**in no particular order… we love them ALL!)
We'll tell you why we love them… but tell us - which one is your favourite?

10. Spa Blue Bathroom - Dark Maple Vanities with light blue walls.. this bathroom is so crisp and clean. It is reminiscent of a spa, and is so inviting.. with the gorgeous soaker tub. We like the addition of lamp sconces on the custom mirror frames. It adds class and sophistication. The angled makeup desk is also a convenient use of corner space, and is oh so pretty.

9. Modern Maple Bathroom - Dark Maple Vanities, with slab doors.. This bathroom has more of a modern flare. We love the custom legs added to make this piece more furniture-looking. The towel open shelves add a nice display and the make-up desk is perfect! Angled upper shelving makes this bathroom functional and stylish, with two vessel sinks and a large tiled shower. Beautiful!

8. Magnificent Marble Bathroom - White MDF Cabinetry, and marble countertops.. Stunning and serene. This is airy, open, light, and fresh. Marble floors and countertops keep it classic and so gorgeous.. with custom linen towers and a bench seat. The fabric softens the room and adds a dash of colour. So simple, yet outstandingly beautiful. All in the details.

7. 2014 Homeshow Display - We had so much fun designing this and were so pleased with how it turned out. We played with different materials to create such a neat look - soft grey and white MDF cabinetry, Wormy Maple vanity with a millstone glaze, bold wall colour, and reclaimed wood flooring. We love the details of this bathroom… the scoop on the mirror frames which is echoed on the ceiling panel where the beautiful chandelier is mounted, clean lines of the vanity with cut-out handles, functional and classy linen towers, a custom leaner mirror, and a custom bench. One of our favourites for sure.

6. Most Outstanding Bathroom of 2013 - .. and we know why! What a great mix of materials… from the European Melamine and the soft grey painted MDF vanities, frosted glass, gorgeous dark tiled shower.. everything just works so well together. Lovely space.

5. Neutral Soft Bathroom - a stunning white on white bathroom.. light and fresh. We love the soaker tub with chandelier, the gorgeous walk in shower, and the dresser-like vanity with tons of drawers! Such a calm and relaxing space.. perfect for winding down.

4. Gorgeous Grey Bathroom - so soft and pretty! We love the tone on tone palette in this bathroom, crystal knobs on the vanity, freestanding tub, and stunning walk in shower. The wall sconces add such beautiful ambient lighting and such an adorable little make-up area add that glamourous feel. Beautiful indeed!

3. Classic Black & White Bathroom - gorgeous white cabinetry and black quartz countertops, and tub surround! The paneling detail in the bathroom is so sophisticated and adds so much character. Black marble floors are so unique and so classy. Open shelving allows for display and a pretty chandelier adds the perfect feminine touch. A bathroom fit for Audrey Hepburn! 


2. Cool Chrome & White Bathroom - we looove the chrome feet on this cute vanity, with glass & chrome handles, pretty chrome mirror and beautiful marble floors and shower.

1. Movie-Star Worthy Bathroom - White MDF vanity and warm tones… this bathroom is movie-star quality. Perfect shades of greys, browns and whites add warmth to the space, with a make-up, or should we say "salon" area fit for a celebrity! Classy, functional, pretty, and outstanding all in one room. Love it!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Kitchen Floor Decor

There's so much that goes into the designing of a kitchen, that sometimes we forget to look down.
Whether we are debating tile vs hardwood, or ripping out old flooring vs keeping existing flooring… it can be tough to decide which way to go.

Just like kitchen design, flooring design is always changing and improving. Have a look at these products that may make your decision-making a tad easier.

1. Hardwood in the Kitchen:
LOVE hardwood in the kitchen. Yes, if you drop a dish, it may dent the floor. Yes, if your dishwasher backs up, it may cause water damage.  But in today's housing layouts we are almost always faced with open concepts. There's nothing worse then chopping up a gorgeous layout with an ugly tile to wood transition. It makes the room feel smaller, and draws attention downward. Also, there any many hardwoods nowadays that come "pre worn"… in other words, a little bit scratched, knicked, dented, scraped in order to camouflage the inevitable wear and tear of life.

2. Love the look of Hardwood.. but not bold enough to take the risk?
Try Ceramic Tile planks in wood imitation:
One of the hottest looks in the tile world as of late is imitating the wood look. There are thousands of products available that will give you the look of hardwood, without the risks of hardwood. Keep in mind, these are still tiles, so you will still have grout lines. But, they carry the benefit of being waterproof, so not just great in kitchens, but also mudrooms, bathrooms… and gorgeous in showers!

Ceragres Tile - www.ceragres.ca

3. Patterned Tiles:
This is a bit more of a commitment.. but a great way to introduce pattern into a normally un-patterned room. It can add character, charm and will look like art!

The ever-popular chevron pattern.. gorgeous and can be done in so many different materials.



Or… if you are feeling really bold….


4. Vinyl Planks or Tiles:
Vinyl has a bad reputation.. we all instantly remember our parent's houses with awful vinyl flooring peeling in the corners. This product really has evolved and has come a long way. Vinyl also offers the look of a tile (you can even grout them), or a hardwood plank and comes in many different colours and styles. Not to mention.. scratch-resistent, water-resistant, pet/kid resistant! Have a look at the vinyl of today:



Lots to choose from in every budget, style, look, etc. What is your favourite type of flooring in the kitchen?