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Friday
Jan292016

A kitchen and bathroom renovation 

Buenos Aires based architect Maria Eugenia Carranza of Estudio Carranza emailed us about a couple of her latest projects. This kitchen and bathroom renovation was my favourite. Any kitchen with a black floor and white subway tile with dark grout is going to win me over. Throw in a bathroom with beautiful, bold floral wallpaper and I am left shouting YES! YES! YES! followed by a fist pump.

Friday
Jan292016

A new project by Amanda Hamilton

It has been quite some time since I featured Calgary interior design Amanda Hamilton's work. Here's a little update with the bonus of being total eye candy. This Scarboro residence is all class with a limited colour palette of white, grey and blue. Sophisticated and casually elegant with such attention to detail. GORG!

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Friday
Jan292016

Pool with terrace and fire

So deceptively simple. A pool, a terrace with fireplace, a minimal fence, a bath and a view over Auckland Harbour. Small but beautifully formed. By Fearon Hay Architects.

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Friday
Jan292016

Bathing in the dark

Dark bathing beauties from the Danish masters of minimalism Norm.Architects. The en-suite bathroom in this old townhouse in Copenhagen features concrete, dark porcelain tiles and customised bronzed fixtures while family bathroom continues the dark, cave-like luxury.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Splurge

Yesterday was a veeeeeery long day. I'm actually writing this last night after many hours of work and then many hours of dealing with a delivery of immense proportions. Having decent appliances is very important to me. On day 2 in our current house we bought a new washing machine because I was horrified at the age and condition of the machine that came with the place. The fridge and stove are another bone of contention. The stove is a cheap electric annoyance that takes forever to get the burners going (typical). The fridge was about as cheap as they come these days and one of the plastic shelves cracked after a couple of months in. I will even share a before photo taken not long after we moved in.

The other day I decided I had enough and the husband and I went to our favourite appliance store and picked out a new fridge, similar to the one I had bought when I renovated my last kitchen. 7 years later Fisher & Paykel appears to continue to be one of the few brands that sells streamlined, minimalist fridges that doesn't cost a second mortgage. We went with a French door style (still not sure I'm into this but we'll see) with water/ice dispenser and freezer drawer on the bottom.

I swear I wanted to burst into tears of delight when we pushed the fridge back and it fit PERFECTLY into the ridiculous alcove that a former owner built on the back porch. (That's how small my kitchen is - it doesn't even fit a fridge so it was relegated to the porch). We had a little hiccup when we plugged it in after 2 hours and tried sliding it back into place but couldn't because the outlet was on the right side and the plug stuck out too much. Luckily I have a very handy husband who took off to the hardware store and came back with an inset outlet that worked like a charm. OMG I am dying over a freaking fridge! I LOOOVE IT!!! I cannot recommend Fish & Paykel fridges enough. Not only are they sweet looking on the outside, they are all counter-deep and have thin glass shelves. THIN! GLASS! SHELVES! 

Sorry the photos are crap but it was late and all I could manage. In a couple of weeks our tile guy is FINALLY showing up to install the flooring in here and in the foyer and vestibule, and my little backsplash and fireplace tile. So once that's done and we hopefully get gas hookup for the Jenn-Air range we found on Kijiji for $300 I will be able to take proper photos of the kitchen. As you can see, I went dark blue. More details on that to come. Now I need to get some sleep.