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 …

Open shelving in the kitchen

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In my weekly newspaper column, ‘Ask Deb Nelson’, I get a lot of questions about kitchens.  I think people ask about kitchens because renovations tend to be expensive and time consuming, so many people look for simple ways to update the space.   The trend towards open shelving creates a casual, relaxed look in the kitchen, but it isn’t for …


BEFORE & AFTER: kitchen renovation

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My kitchen reno was recently featured on CBC TV, but here are a lot more photos to see the transformation. People have been asking about the quartzite stone on the counter, here is a link to a post I did about that material: BEFORE: DURING: AFTER:

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 …

Large windows in the kitchen

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I always like a bright kitchen with big windows. In these kitchens the window is right above the counter. It’s a great look if you have the space for it. You sacrifice upper cabinets, but I think the window and natural light is well worth it! Washing the dishes in these sinks would’t be so bad! Images: 1: Brooklyn Home …

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 …

kitchens with black windows

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I definitely love looking at inspiring kitchen design.  I’ve noticed a trend among the images I’m collecting right now.  Many have black windows and white counters.  These are a few of my favourites!