Kitchen Hardware

Lois Butler - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sometimes it just takes a few small things to make a real impact.  Consider this kitchen makeover that was featured on Censational Girl.

This style of bracket creates truly functional shelves in this galley kitchen.  Here they are topped with a stone shelf making a durable and easy to clean surface above the stove area.  The same effect could be achieved with many other materials such as reclaimed or distressed wood, just make sure that the surface suits your application.  What a great look that can be added to many kitchens.  

Here's a great image from Canada's own House and Home featuring the same style of bracket used with a wooden shelf over the white subway tiled backsplash.  The upper cupboards have been completely removed.  In their place, the open kitchen shelves visually expand space and provide handy storage for everyday items.  

It creates a functional and informal look that would suit many homes and cottages.

And now for the lux treatment...stainless steel.

The stainless steel surface, sleek microwave oven, and unique corner design means that this area of the kitchen will be aesthetically pleasing and functional for years to come.

Nature's Inspiration

Lois Butler - Thursday, September 05, 2013

Have you ever visited Kamouraska, Quebec?  I love it there.  Not only is it beautiful, but I feel quite calm and peaceful whenever I visit.  Part of this I put down to that the area reminds me of my native Newfoundland. 

 On Monday nature gave us a very grey palette as it was a stormy, rainy day and this too added to my nostalgia.  I was struck by how dramatic the rocks on the shoreline looked at low tide because anything that had colour certainly popped against all that grey sky and water.

I quite often look to nature when considering a new colour palette for my home as nature gives me combinations that no designer would ever select.  Would you ever have considered putting a rusty brown sofa in a dark grey room and make your accents lime green and yellow?  This is what the seashore was like at low tide and became the inspiration for my blog.

My brother-in-law, Barry Mills, just sent me some pictures of fall foliage and the seashore on a sunny day in Newfoundland. This makes you aware of the importance of lighting as well.  Look around you when you are outside and let nature help you create a colour palette for yourself.  

Maybe this colour way is more to your taste.  The grasses echo the colour of dried driftwood.

Again, nature knows how to add a pop of pizazz to those comfortable neutrals.

Whatever way you decide to go, take your cue from what is all around you at this time of year. We'd like you to enjoy the best the fall season has to offer, so explore our improved  website areas to help create your own style. Check out the most recent entries in our Photo Inspiration and New Arrivals menus.  These areas are being updated all the time. 

Fall arrives!