Take a tour of this classic farmhouse laundry room.
Draw decor ideas from this stylish country-inspired laundry room.
“I wanted a place where I would enjoy doing laundry, but at the same time, it had to be functional,” says Fort Langley, B.C.-based designer Kelley McNamara. To create order, she settled on lower cabinets with deep drawers instead of shelves to maximize space and provide easy access to oft-used items like detergents and stain removers.
To lend her laundry room country character without breaking the bank, the designer opted for inexpensive white and grey porcelain floor tiles set in a checkered pattern. This helped justify her decision to splurge on handmade glazed terracotta backsplash tiles, which add interesting texture to the space – especially when the light shines in through the nearby window.
A patterned linen Roman shade injects subtle personality into the room. Other thoughtful accents, such as elegant corbels, sturdy baskets and glass apothecary jars, elevate the classic farmhouse look further.
When you have two children who play sports, unwashed items tend to pile up quickly. The solution? A rolling laundry sorter. “We each have our own bag, and the kids know to throw their clothes in once they’re done playing,” says Kelley. “It works perfectly!”
5 ways to get the look in your own laundry room
1 Brass 4-inch semi-flush Eastmoreland light fixture in Polished Nickel, Rejuvenation, $255 US.
2 Honey-Can-Do quad laundry sorter, Walmart, $140.
3 Behr Seagull Gray N360-1 paint, The Home Depot, prices vary.
4 Nexus self-adhesive vinyl floor tile in White (12" x 12"), O.co, $23 per pack of 20.
5 Classic extra-large glass canister, Pottery Barn, $44 US.
Designers and decorators share they favourite kitchen trends for 2017.
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Photography: Michael Nangreaves
1 "Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!" - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Stacey Cohen
3 "One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let's face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
: Donna Griffith
4 "In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Monic Richard
5 "After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Donna Griffith
6 "Say hello to dark metals in the kitchen. Polished chrome and nickel accents are giving way to black faucets, burnished steel pendants and matte black cabinetry handles. The dark finishes can work in sleek modern kitchens or the most cottagey of cooking spaces. With white kitchens continuing to dominate, a dash of black can provide high contrast and instantly update tired cabinetry." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
7 "Terra Cotta is back! But it's not the tangy orange clay you're used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current." - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
The essential guide to decorating with white
From the perfect white paint to our favourite decor accessories to the most stunning interiors, there is no end to the the crisp beauty and warm simplicity that white can bring to your home. It's not just a blank slate. Despite the notion that white is plain and boring, it's a versatile canvas that you can layer and build upon to add depth and visual interest to any space. So whether you're seeking some sparkling kitchen design inspiration or tips on how to decorate with white, we've rounded up everything you need to know - from homes down to your tablescape.
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Who needs a cottage when you have this gorgeous outdoor oasis.
A stylist creates a beachy getaway for her family of four in their southern Ontario backyard.
Five years ago, when deciding whether to buy a cottage or get a pool, Eddie Cimbron-Corner didn’t ponder for long: With close to 30 acres of land on Ontario’s picturesque Niagara Escarpment, she reasoned, “We’re already in cottage country.” Besides, the idea of uprooting and commuting every weekend didn’t appeal to Eddie and her clan, which includes husband Dave Corner, daughters Lauren and Victoria (12 and 8) and spunky pooch Clyde. The stylist envisioned an outdoor oasis complete with a saltwater pool, several sitting areas and a spacious kitted-out cabana. Her past life as a retail designer dictated the look. “I gravitate to the simple, graphic lines of industrial design,” says Eddie. To that end, the modern L-shaped pool and super-sleek metal and concrete cabana are complemented by linear landscaping.
When it came time to decorate the cabana’s interior, however, wanderlust pulled Eddie in a wholly different direction. Dreaming of the time she spent on the coasts of California and Portugal (her parents’ homeland), she introduced a scheme of watery blues and sun-bleached neutrals punctuated with beachy accessories. Dave gave his creative wife free rein over the design, but he did claim one corner of the cabana to realize a vision of his own: having a wood-burning pizza oven. “That’s his baby,” says Eddie of the structure Dave built with his father, “but we all love it.” When the family isn’t crafting personalized pies at the free-standing island, fixing a bevvie at the mini-bar or playing board games on the large sectional indoors, they’re outside, splashing in the water, huddling around the firepit or sunbathing on the loungers. With such a welcoming multi-faceted retreat at their disposal, this brood has no regrets about forgoing a cottage. And the best part? They’re always steps away from the convenience of home sweet home.
Homeowner Eddie Cimbron-Corner got her version of a cottage (sans the commute) by incorporating a pool, a cabana and three outdoor sitting areas in her Caledon, Ont., backyard. The sleek architecture and linear landscaping affirm the stylist’s love of industrial design.
The cabana’s coast-inspired blue and white interior transports this family and their guests to a sunnier locale. “When we’re here, we actually feel like we’re away,” says Eddie.
“The kids want to be in the pool day and night, and we’re here watching,” explains Eddie, referring to this chic outdoor sitting area. But she’s not complaining, and who would be, when the adjacent self-serve mini-bar is open 24-7? The wooden screen in the background is a DIY project by the stylist.
“We don’t have an ocean nearby,” quips beach-lover Eddie, “so I had to recreate one for myself!” the 640-square-foot saltwater pool is lined with marbelite, a spray-on concrete composite so smooth to the touch she likens it to dolphin skin.
Eddie – pictured with hubby Dave, daughters Victoria (left) and Lauren and pooch Clyde – chose durable finishes for the cabana because “things get banged up with kids, a dog and guests coming and going.” The large resin wicker sectional has fared well, despite the fact that it’s spray painted. “It looked white online, but it arrived in a peachy beige,” says Eddie. “I was aghast! But the components all fit perfectly, so I made it work.”
The Cimbron-corner crew takes pizza making very seriously. Dave – who built the oven, sourcing the Mugnaini insert directly from Italy – is the head chef, but Eddie makes killer tomato sauce and toppings, while the girls are expert dough rollers. All the prep work is done at the free-standing island, which the homeowners fitted with a Carrara marble top – a baker’s dream.