THE FINISHES

Selecting the finishes for our kitchen was of course my favourite part of our project. My goal was to create a space that was going to feel bright and fresh and stand out from the rest of the home. After gathering much inspiration and brainstorming ideas, I came up with a design that is not only classic and beautiful, but is also very functional to our needs.

I started my design with a palette in mind, all white, stainless steel, marble feels, while combining modern and traditional elements. For our cabinets we choose an all white shaker style. To save on costs of the cabinetry, we went with a MDF Thermofoil material which is an engineered wood product. It costs about half the price of real wood, and looks just good. As for the hardware, we went with a simple polished chrome knob on the doors, with matching pulls for the drawers. Our counters are Quartz and also happen to be my favorite part of our space. Called White Arabesque Quartz, it embodies an impactful grey veining, set against a vivid off-white backdrop, mimicking the lively look of natural marble. I truly believe that counter tops are the focal part of any kitchen, so this was one area I didn't want to cheap out on.

For lighting, we went with four inch LED pot lights through out the space, on a dimmer of course. Originally there was a small track light in the kitchen, but it didn't give off nearly enough light. As for the backsplash, I choose a 2.5 x 9.5 white gloss ceramic tile and had it installed stacked instead of your traditional subway tiling. The floor tile pattern matches, in a 11.6 x 23.5 modern black porcelain tile. 

Stay tuned for before and after photos of our kitchen renovation!! Shop our kitchen materials below. 

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Materials

Quartz - Granite Dynasty

Castle Bay Sink Evolution 50/50 - Castle Bay

 Shaker Style Thermofoil Cabinets - Kitchen Kraft

4 Inch LED Recessed/Surface White Disk Light HALO - Home Depot

Hardware - Kitchen Kraft

Back Splash Tile - Julian Tile

Floor Tile - Ceratec


FINDING YOUR KITCHEN STYLE

A lot of detail goes into designing a kitchen β€” the backsplash, countertops, cabinet fronts and of course, the right lighting. The best way to go about picking all of those details, is to first decide what type of kitchen you want. From there it is much easier to select finishes. There are many different types of kitchens, including but not limited to:

Contemporary 

Described as modern and minimalist, with neutral color palettes and asymmetry characteristics. 

Industrial

Brick walls, exposed steel surfaces, reclaimed wood.

Transitional

Simple characteristics, streamlined profile and neutral materials.

Eclectic  

Brass finishes, unusual pendant lighting and bold colors. 

Top kitchen design trends for 2017 show a move of cabinetry being painted various shades and bringing out a two tone mix. While I love the look and idea of it, I decided that I wanted an all white kitchen, reflecting a transitional style. To me a white kitchen is timeless, it makes a room look spacious, and carries good resale value. 

Below are some images of inspiration that I gathered for my kitchen before starting our project. I wanted to incorporate a little bit from each, as they're all such beautiful spaces in there own way.

Stay tuned for more of our kitchen renovation.

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RENOVATION TALK

The first room we took on in our home renovation was the kitchen. They say that the kitchen is one of them most expensive rooms in your home to renovate, and boy where they right. From demo, to electrical work, plumbing to ventilation, things begin to add up quickly.

The existing kitchen was as though it had never been updated since the home was built, with 4 layers of old linoleum flooring and uninsulated plaster walls, you can say it was long overdue for a facelift. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, and a space we spend most of our time in, I wanted to design a space that was going to be functional to our needs, and also ensure that it will never go out of "trend" for future resale. 

There are so many things so consider before beginning any kind of renovation. Here are a few tips I'd recommend before starting your next project:

  • Create a budget. This will help you and your suppliers keep you where you want to be. The last thing you want is to endure debt and not see a return in the end.
  • Create a list of "needs" and "wants". Unless this is your forever home, trust me when I say as much as I wanted a built in spice rack, the extra $500 for it, wasn't in my budget. 
  • Do your research. Contractors often win jobs based on their good reputations. Check out online reviews, and ask your friends and family, quality craftsmanship is so important. 
  • Shop around. Get numerous quotes, you will be surprised at how much companies vary in their price points. 
  • Create an idea folder. Gather images, products, materials and styles that appeal to you. I spent months gathering ideas through home magazines and Pinterest before I decided what I wanted my space to look like. 
  • Be prepared for anything that might come up. You never know what you're going to find behind those walls, along with those unexpected changes that need to be made.

x V 

My Top 5 Favorite Trends of 2017

I have always been toying around with the idea of taking Sheer Noir into another direction, while still focusing on style of course. So, I decided I wanted to put a plan into action and there was no better time than now. 

I recently just purchased my first home. Built in 1956, and having a few upgrades since, Adrian and I decided that before we moved in, we wanted to renovate and make the home truly ours. While most people start by knocking down walls, we wanted to keep it in its original floor plan. Why, because I love the true character of an older home and the era it was built. The bones of the house are in a good shape, and now its on us to keep it that way. 

Every year brings new design trends, which makes everyone excited about tackling a new project in their home. Weather it is painting, or remodelling, there are many brilliant ideas out there. While I start collecting ideas for my own home, here is a list of my favorite interior design trends of 2017.

1. Mid-Century Wood & Brass Accents.

Ah the beauty of mid century! One trend that I think and hope is here to stay. Reclaimed wood creates such a calming space, while the brass accents really set the tone of the room.

Image Via Pinterest

Image Via Pinterest

2. Green Hues.

Look out, green hues are showing up all over the style boards in 2017. Be it through furniture or paint, it is sure to bring a bold statement and add depth to any room in your home.

Image via Hygge & West

Image via Hygge & West

3. Tapestry Wallpaper.

Love it or hate it, wallpaper is back. When I think of it, it's like a new sense of style, giving the eye a different approach. It can really transform a space, and the best part about it is that it is easy to remove and replace.

Image via West Elm

Image via West Elm

4. Moroccan Rugs.

Growing up, I can still remember mom searching to buy her first moroccan rug. The look on her face when it arrived and she placed it in her living room, will be forever imprinted in my mind. It was beautiful and truly made the space feel warm and complete. This may be a trend right now, but to me, it is here to stay and I cannot wait to buy my very own. 

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

5. Transitional Floors.

As we all know, finishes and materials can make a vital impact on a space. Transitional flooring has emerged and is giving an eye popping and unusual touch to interior spaces. Be it a hexagonal tile, or a herringbone weave, I absolutly love the idea and change of the transition. 

x V