Monday, May 14, 2018

Kitchen Transformation

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I thought it was the perfect occasion to focus on one of the most important rooms in the house where busy moms (and dads) cook delicious meals.

My clients purchased this 8-year-old house in Port Dalhousie with the intention of immediately renovating the kitchen.  There was nothing wrong with the existing kitchen except that it didn't have the style or functionality that my clients desired.  Luckily, they were able to sell the ENTIRE kitchen - cabinetry, countertops, microwave and plumbing fixtures on kijiji so there was nothing added to landfill in this project except the backsplash!

Before photos




My clients' wish list included:  additional storage with cabinetry to the ceiling, a larger island that would fit 3 stools, a more contemporary style and most importantly to these pasta lovers - a pot filler.


In order to accommodate a larger island and more storage, the partition wall that separated kitchen from the dining room was removed and the pantry extended 12".   The island could now be 7' long, allowing for 3 stools as well as deep drawers and a microwave. The island was rotated around so that anyone sitting there would face the window rather than the refrigerator wall.

After Photos

White and grey colour scheme is created with taupe-grey hardwood flooring, white cabinetry, grey island, polished marble-like quartz countertop and grey stools.  My clients love the light, airy feeling with glass cabinets, lantern pendant lights, open range hood and LED pot lights


 The enlarged island is able to contain the wine cooler, built-in microwave and pot drawers. 



In order to bring the "Wow" into this kitchen, we found a fantastic grey-white patterned backsplash tile.  




 Smart storage solutions ensure that function also has a role in this beautiful kitchen.  Easy access to spices and cooking oils makes it fun to cook!


All photography by Brian Yungblut Photography

My clients are thrilled with their new kitchen.  What do you think?  I'd love to hear what you have to say so please post your  comments below.  

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If you have a room that you'd like to transform and you require assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me for a design consultation.  You can email me or go to my website.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Office Sanctuary

When my client asked me to design her home office, she had very specific requirements:  it needed to remind her of Palm Springs with light flooring, incorporate her favourite complementary colours - blue and orange - and include white walls on which to display her photography.

Since the office is located in the basement, I recommended vinyl plank flooring that replicated bleached wood.  A floating desk - supported behind the drywall with heavy-duty supports - and floating shelves, painted the same colour as the walls, was installed.  As well, storage was placed under the desk. 



On the other side of the room, we created a sitting area with sofa, ottoman, custom cabinet and TV.  Here is where the blue and orange colour scheme really came to life!  The woven rug was designed to mimic the fabric in the toss cushion.  My client loves Lego so the shelving unit at the far end holds my client's finished Lego models.  The rotating group of photographs will eventually hang on the white walls.  In the meantime, the highlight is the artwork she found in Montreal showing a collage of melted Lego pieces.  It looks amazing!


My design philosophy is not to create cookie-cutter rooms but to design spaces that reflect my clients' personal tastes and preferences.  This home office is exactly what my client envisioned for herself.


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

BEFORE AND AFTER - Powder Bathroom

Hope everyone is enjoying the respite from the frigid cold and snow that we've been experiencing in January.  Today, I'd like to show how to add "Wow!" to a powder bathroom.

When my Glenridge client moved into her home, the powder bathroom looked like this:


While it was tastefully decorated, it didn't reflect her style.  We were transforming her entire house from dark and traditional to contemporary with various hues of of grey.  She wanted to make sure that this room also reflected the new style.  As well, she had a mirror from her previous home that she wanted incorporated into the design. 

First, I selected a dramatic dark grey wallpaper that had flecks of silver in the pattern.  Chrome faucets, crystal knobs and crystal and chrome sconces added to the bling.  We were originally going to replace the ornate vanity but I suggested that money could be saved by finishing the vanity with a high-gloss charcoal paint.  Polished light grey quartz countertop and crystal knobs completed the vanity.  Here's the end result:



Can you believe it's the same room?  The same vanity?  In this case, all the elements combine to reflect glamour and glitz.  Sometimes, all I've had to recommend is a beautiful wallpaper to add "Wow!" to a powder bathroom. 


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Monday, January 1, 2018

New Beginnings




Welcome to 2018!  I haven't blogged since 2013, around the time that I moved from Toronto to the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country.  The past 4 years have been incredibly busy as I had to reestablish my business with new clients, new suppliers and new trades.  I've met so many incredibly helpful and talented people and have worked on great projects.

For 2018, I've made the commitment to engage my followers on three social media platforms:  this blog, Facebook and Instagram.   And I want the content to be interesting so your feedback will be essential.  I'm going to focus on "Before After" stories of some of the projects I've done.  As well, I'm going to provide a step-by-step look at the renovation of my own laundry/mud room.  I'll cover all the trials and tribulations that one experiences during any renovation as well as give tips on how to make the process as stress free as possible.


To start the year off, we're launching a brand new website!  Click here to check it out.  Let me know what you think.


Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Tobi

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kitchen Shelving Solution



Whether you celebrate Easter or Passover this week, you're likely to spend some time preparing food for family and friends.  Do you feel frustrated in your kitchen with hard-to-access items in your pantry? 


Recently, one of my clients who has just moved into her new home told me that she's so happy with the layout and style of the kitchen.  But she's immediately irritated whenever she opens a cupboard door.  The shelves don't move and many of her containers and packages are difficult to access. 


I suggested that she check out Gliding Shelf Solutions to see if they could convert her existing cabinets with custom pull-out shelves.   Imagine  opening up your cupboards and seeing this:


Please forward this blog post to your family, friends and colleagues.  Have a wonderful holiday!!

Please visit my website Tobi Brockway Interiors Inc. to see my portfolio and for more information on how we can help you with your own residential interior design project.



Monday, March 4, 2013

Indoor vegetable garden for your kitchen


Last year, while watching Dragons' Den on TV, I saw an incredibly innovative solution to year-round fresh herbs and veggies in your home:  the Urban Cultivator.  Interested in learning more about this novel appliance, I contacted their head office in Vancouver.  The size of a wine fridge, it can be built into the cabinetry of a new kitchen renovation like a dishwasher, or it can be a stand-alone appliance on wheels.

I think this is perfect for vegetarians and those people concerned about eating fresh, healthy home-grown greens year-round in Canada.  The distributor for the Urban Cultivator is Appliance Love,  located in downtown Toronto and Mississauga.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.  Do you think this is something that will one day be as essential to the modern kitchen as the refrigerator and stove?


Please visit my website Tobi Brockway Interiors Inc. to see my portfolio and for more information on how we can help you with your own residential interior design project.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Interior Design Show Highlights

IDS13 was one of the best yet in terms of creative ideas and innovative products.  As you walked into the Convention Centre, there were enormous balloon structures floating above the escalators.


I found out afterwards that this installation comprised of 1,600 twisted balloons was created by 25-year-old Willy Chyr, a Toronto born artist now based in Chicago.

For those coffee aficionados who are renovating their kitchens in the near future, here's something to consider.

 Miele has a cappuccino/espresso maker designed for built-in cabinetry, just like a wall oven or microwave.



I've selected Satin Finish Soho hardwood flooring for a few of my client projects.  At their booth, the flooring on the floor was especially interesting.
Imagine my  surprise when I found out that flooring was actually laminate.  That's right, laminate.  Something to consider when hardwood flooring isn't practical or doesn't fit in the budget.  From Satin Finish's High Performance Collection, it's colour Nordic Ice.

The Interior Design Show never fails in delivering fabulous backsplash tile.  This year the one that caught my eye was a combination of iridescent, pearly tiles.
Tones of grey, soft brown and cream - absolutely gorgeous.

The last item that caught my eye was a new line from Buhler Furniture.  Manufactured in Winnipeg, this company specializes in wood media cabinets,  many with fireplaces.  This is their first foray into contemporary design and I especially like the flexibility of design and colour.
Available in 6 different designs and 4 different wood finishes that can be mixed and matched, I'm so happy to have a Canadian-made contemporary cabinet to recommend to my clients.

Which ones are your favourites?  Please let me know what you think and as always, please forward this blog post to your friends and colleagues.

Please visit my website Tobi Brockway Interiors Inc. to see my portfolio and for more information on how we can help you with your own residential interior design project.