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A Space To Suit You

Recycling, reducing and reusing are all the rage in todays environment. I am all for reusing what is in an existing space when renovating, yet there are times when your personal space no longer suits your lifestyle, that’s when you just have to GUT it.

Kitchens from years ago were designed for simple living in separate closed rooms, with the essential appliances, a table and chairs to serve meals. Today people prefer open concept living where kitchens are the heart of the home. Tearing down walls allows designs to enhance the kitchen of old into a living space including dining, cooking and living space.

Theres always a starting point when planning a renovation. The first step starts with the vision of what your needs and wants are to enhance your room. Set a budget with a contingency fund. Create your design layout and choose your finishes. Most importantly hire professionals.

In these two scenarios walls were removed to give these rooms more breathing space.

Essential features included a kitchen island with seating, custom cabinets with plenty of space for storage, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors were installed and area rugs were added to warm the seating area to enjoy the company of friends and family. The finishing touches include elegant lighting and décor items to give your home a personal touch.

Having an all in one space to create precious moments for your lifestyle is priceless.

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Contributor: Mary Gasbarrino, Decorate In Style Inc.

 

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Home & Native Land

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Jet Setter

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Beneath The Surface

Where We Like To Sweat

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Dress like a Torontonian

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The Surface

The Best Highlighters

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Hot Topics

What We’re Listening To

Last week was a big week for music lovers –  Drake drops Views, Calvin Harris and Rihanna debut This is what you came for – listen to it, it’s amazing – and Beyonce drops Lemonade and has us all wondering, who’s Becky with the good hair?  Queen B has captivated the world with the release of Lemonade.  We have Lemonade on repeat.

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The Scene

Drake Brunch

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Jet Setter

Zanzibar

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