What’s Trending in Kitchens

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ONE collection & Accessory Kits
US$425-$1,025, BLANCO
www.blancoamerica.com

With three different sink sizes and an assortment of custom-designed accessories, the new ONE collection is crafted of the highest quality stainless steel with generous 9″ deep bowls in a satin polished finish. ONE lets you customize your sink for your individual lifestyle with custom-fit accessories, designed for the way you live.

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Poggenpohl Drawer Inserts
Made to order, Poggenpohl
www.poggenpohl.com

The base panel system offers total flexibility. On a non-slip linoleum base, spacer bars allow the space to be divided according to the customer’s requirements. Remodel my kitchen Austin offers a wide range of variations and fittings allow the customer to divide kitchen drawers for the best overview and storage space.

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Mercer Quilted & Europa Collection
US$5.50-$29/each, Top Knobs
www.topknobs.com

The Mercer Collection Quilted Series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest. The Quilted Series uses geometric shaping to create focal interest while maintaining a clean, modern line.

Fun and Functional Living Space

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Lakeside views are uninterrupted with large windowpanes that touch the ceiling.

TIP: If you are building from scratch and want floor to ceiling windows make sure to accommodate draperies and shades within the ceiling like interior designer Kimberley Seldon does here.

To read more about, visit Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Read the entire article ‘Take 3 – Coffee Table Time’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

Bridging Space

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Designer Jo Alcorn shares a few tips about selecting furniture.

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By thinking out side of the box you can maximize your floor plan. Choose furniture pieces that help bridge two rooms together by creating the illusion of one big space.

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Since people tend to entertain more casually these days, opt for comfortable dining chairs and pieces that you really enjoy. In this space, I used the BoConcept day bed as a dining bench, which bridges the dining room to the living room. What appears to be a small space actually has the potential of seating 12 people comfortably.

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Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, have comfortable seating options for your guest while you are preparing the meal. Always create a conversational area that links all your rooms together.

To read more from Jo, visit Whitewash & Co.

A Heartfelt Space

  • What’s the benefit of designing your own living room? “Complete creative license,” says interior designer Jennifer Brouwer.
  • Jennifer shopped at Arteriors for the tall table lamps with dramatic black shades. The side tables and buffet from Geovin are lacquered red while the curtains and ottoman are custom pieces by Jennifer Brouwer Design.
  • Jennifer says the secret to mixing and matching different patterns is to select six to ten different fabrics, toss them on the sofa, stand back and see which ones work in the space and which ones clash.

“I am a firm believer in the psychology of great design.” ~Jennifer

Jennifer’s challenge was to create a 240 square foot office / showroom / living room to be shared by children and a busy working mom and her staff.

Located in Markham, Ontario, Jennifer Brouwer Designs is a showroom office where clients are invited to visualize the endless possibilities of a design project. Though Jennifer selected a palette her three children love, the Burberry inspired focal wall and fire engine red accessories are all her.

Through a full scale renovation, Jennifer wanted to show staff and clients that starting with great bones and good furniture gives you the freedom to transform spaces with paint and accessories. Jennifer says, “Once Valentine’s Day passes, I can swap the large heart painting by Una Johnstone with something more fitting for spring.”

Jennifer hired Barbara Rocha from Paint a Lifestyle to create the large scale Burberry inspired striped wall using Black Iron (2120-20), Exotic Red (2086-10) and Litchfield Gray (HC-78) from Benjamin Moore. The pattern is applied on one wall while the others (including the ceiling) are painted black; allowing decorative elements to pop. When using bold patterns and colours, says the designer, less is more. “What you omit from a room is as important as the things you include.”

Photography by Donna Griffith