Learn how to get this modern rustic look at home.
Find design inspiration from this modern rustic laundry room.
Designer Orsi Panos creates a playful laundry room that combines both rustic and modern elements.
Tasteful texture: “A laundry room doesn’t have to be serious; I wanted to have fun with texture and make it a playful space,” says designer Orsi Panos of her choice to include walnut-look veneer upper cabinets, heavily veined quartz countertops and slate-look porcelain floor tiles in her clients’ Whitby, Ont., home. She tempered the look with high-gloss grey base cabinets and sleek hardware, which provide a modern edge.
New neutral: Using the clients’ existing navy washer and dryer as the jumping-off point, Orsi painted one wall as well as the laundry room’s exterior door in a corresponding blue hue. “At the end of the day, navy is a neutral to me,” she says. “The colour is subtle enough to work with different materials, and it also complements grey nicely.”
Hanging around: After draping damp clothes on cupboard knobs for a few too many years, the homeowners were desperate for an upgrade. Orsi installed a wall-mounted drying rack, which she says was a worth-while trade-off for less cabinetry space.
Fully functional: The designer was careful to maximize every square inch of space, adding a custom countertop above the washer and dryer for ample folding room, budget-friendly upper and lower cabinets for housing bulky items and pretty baskets and canisters for catch-all purposes.
5 ways to get the look in your own home
1 Brushed nickel laser cut drum light fixture, The Home Depot, $100.
2 Seagrass Savannah laundry basket, Pottery Barn, $99 US.
3 Glass cracker canister, Canadian Tire, from $5.
4 Slate floor tiles in Brazilian black (12" x 24"), Creekside Tile, $7 per sq. ft.
5 Rich navy 50bb 08/171 paint, CIL Paint, prices vary.
We've put together our list of tasty treats to serve at your next holiday party.
Serve up one of these delicious recipes at your upcoming holiday party. There's something for everyone, no matter your guest list. Make ahead of time or the day of, your guests are sure to love them.
Guests will love these mini grilled cheese sandwiches with fig and onion jam. Get the recipe here.
Your guests will love this delectable spread. Find the recipe here.
Enjoy this refreshing twist on a classic bruschetta. Find the recipe here.
These asiago puffs are simple to make and taste delicious. Find the recipe here.
Grape leaves not only add a lovely flavour to brie, but also makes for a gorgeous presentation. Find the recipe here.
Purchase pre-made pizza dough to make this appetizer even easier! Find the recipe here.
Give your garlic bread an update with this festive snowflake design. Find the recipe here.
Wow your party guests with these tasty grilled polenta cakes. Find the recipe here.
This three-cheese spread is easy to make and tastes delicious. Find the recipe here.
This no-fuss meal makes the perfect appetizer for any party. Find the recipe here.
Add this tasty chevre to your festive cheese plater. Find the recipe here.
Learn to make these tasty arancini with mozzarella. Find the recipe here.
Simple ingredients gives this cheese dish its delicious flavour. Find the recipe here.
Impress your guests with homemade port dumplings. Find the recipe here.
Any cheese lover will enjoy this tasty combination. Find the recipe here.
Try this simple to make bean dip with roasted red peppers. Find the recipe here.
Cheese lovers won't be able to resist this delicious spinach dip! Find the recipe here.
Skip the potato chips and serve guests these tasty nachos and salsa cups. Get the recipe here.
Baked rather than fried, these crab cakes are small enough to eat in a single bite. Find the recipe here.
This baked, lightened-up take on traditional falafel will leave you feeling light and energized, and not at all weighed down. Find the recipe here.
Serve on a platter with toothpicks to allow guests to make their own skewers. Find the recipe here.
These Danish open-faced sandwiches if made smaller can become lovely canapes for any party. Find the recipe here.
These sweet and smoky almonds are simple to make and taste great. Find the recipe here.
Serve these delicious grilled flatbreads with onions, sausage and cheese or add your own unique toppings. Find the recipe here.
It's not a party without a delicious dip, especially when it's our garlic feta dip! Find the recipe here.
A freshly renovated kitchen takes on a minimalist look
The fetching minimalist look of this newly renovated kitchen was achieved with careful consideration of every square inch of space.
An out-of-style, spatially awkward kitchen.
Devise a layout to achieve optimum flow.
The homeowners splurged on tailor-made cabinetry to get all the storage they needed but saved money by choosing cost-effective appliances. The custom range hood – a specialty vent insert surrounded by black-painted MDF – cost 20 percent less than a store-bought version. An inlay of black and white marble basket weave floor tiles elegantly marks the entrance to the backyard.
The cabinet doors open up to reveal ceiling-high storage space. “We went with a fairly streamlined profile to keep the look minimalistic,” says designer Stacey Cohen. “Painting the cabinets white would have been too stark, so we coated them in a soft grey to tie in with the transitional bones of the home.”
The Caesarstone sink front provides a high-end feel.
Adding a burst of colour with fruit keeps the minimalist vibe of the kitchen while providing a quick break from the grey cabinets and white countertops.
The white-painted brick veneer wall and faux croc banquette add subtle texture to the space. To further keep the look simple, Stacey (pictured) not only used Caesarstone on the countertops and backsplash but also had it cut into a tabletop for the banquette.
What might have been dead space was turned into a functional corner with the addition of a built-in microwave.
"My clients really enjoy the space now," says Stacey. "It goes to show how much our environment truly affects us."
Learn to make your own carnitas tacos at home.
Change a standard taco night into a new, hearty meal with these pork tacos and fresh apple salsa.
1 To make the carnitas, in a large mixing bowl, combine the ancho and chipotle chili powders, cumin, salt and pepper. Toss the pork into the bowl and generously coat with the dry rub.
2 In a large heavy pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add as many cubes of pork as will fit in a single layer and sear, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer the browned meat to a bowl and repeat with the remaining pork.
3 When all the pork is browned, return it to the pot along with the onion, garlic, orange juice and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the pork is falling-apart tender and cooked through, about 1 1/2 hours.
4 Using tongs or a large fork, shred the pork. Raise the heat and cook, uncovered, until the liquid reduces and the meat begins to brown and crisp at the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.
5 Meanwhile, make the salsa. In a mixing bowl, toss together the apple, green onions, cilantro, jalapeño, salt and lime juice; set aside.
6 To serve, top each warm tortilla with pulled pork, apple salsa, cabbage and queso fresco. Garnish with the additional cilantro and lime wedges on the side.
Prep & cook time: 2 hours
Serves: 6 to 8
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Excerpted from Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink. Copyright Kimberley Hasselbrink © 2014. Excerpted by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved.