BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen gets a new look

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This kitchen has undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. The renovation consisted of a new layout of the space; as well as new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, backsplash, lighting, sink and faucet, etc. I like how the new look came together, adding white cabinetry and butcher block counters creates a great vibe. The touch of black on the hardware and faucet …

Before & After: Kitchen Side Door

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In my kitchen there is a side entry with a charming old door. I wanted to make this a functional area – an extension of the kitchen with the BBQ and a small porch off of this side of the house. I wanted to keep the original door (I even have the old skeleton key for it), but pretty well …

Waterworks kitchen & bath

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When I was recently in NYC I spent some time at the Waterworks showroom. Their products are beautiful and have a classic, timeless look. They do an unlaquered brass finish that starts off as quite a regular looking brass but quickly ages into a gorgeous patina. Here is an unlacquered brass faucet “new” and “after” one had been in the …

Kitchen appliances: black range

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I’ve noticed a few kitchens with really beautiful, oversized black ranges and range hoods. They create a definitely focal point in a kitchen especially when they’re in a kitchen with white cabinets or counters. I find they look striking and create a distinct style and the black range hood is a statement. Here are a few of my favourite looks. …

Design inspiration: kitchen cabinets

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When I was planning my kitchen renovation, it took me a long time to decide on the kitchen cabinets.  I have lower cabinets everywhere, and open shelves at the end of the kitchen but not many upper cabinets. I went back and forth on white lower cabinets versus a medium grey colour on the lowers only – I really couldn’t …

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Affordable & stylish counter

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A few years ago I was looking for an inexpensive counter top option for a rental property.  I wanted it to look great, but the cost was my number one concern.  I found this Formica counter, called Travertine Silver, and I was really impressed with how it turned out.  It was fairly durable and was a material I wouldn’t need …

today we’re on thekitchn.com

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Excited to see my Chester cottage kitchen reno featured on thekitchn.com (of Apartment Therapy) today. This was an easy, inexpensive kitchen update that really just involved taking down a wall and a lot of white paint.  Other than the wall coming down (with proper support beams added to the ceiling).  I was able to do the rest of  the work …

Small kitchen inspiration

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I’ve had a few very, very small kitchens in my time.  Mostly when living in apartments or condos in urban centres, where you often don’t have a lot of space.  But a small space can still mean big style – even in a kitchen.  Over the years I’ve carried a few images of small kitchens around for inspiration.  I think …

progress of a kitchen renovation

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I’ve taken on quite a few renovation project over the last several years.  This kitchen renovation was one of my favourites.  I love looking back at these pictures – here’s a kitchen renovation in progress over a few years. In my first place in Chester NS, I bought a sweet, charming cottage, it needed a ton of work but I …