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Kitchen Cabinet Styles And Trends

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Jan 24, 2017 10:46:29 AM

When it comes to kitchen planning. cabinets play one of the most important roles in both your kitchen's appearance and functionality. With so many new kitchen cabinet options out there, we narrowed down our top 6 cabinet door styles, ranging from sleek high gloss to refined shaker and rough-chic. Explore the different options available in today's kitchen world from Downsview, Aster and our house brand to find the one that's right for your dream space. 

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, Trends, kitchen idaes

10 Latest Trends in Kitchen Design

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Aug 4, 2016 11:59:33 AM

As the kitchen continues to evolve from a room with a merely utilitarian purpose to becoming the heart and soul of the home, designers strive to re-imagine and improve upon this ever more important gathering space. The new dual function of the kitchen – preparing food as well as encouraging family interaction and entertaining guests – lends itself to several key design features that continue to enhance both aesthetics and functionality of the new social hub of the home.

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, Trends, kitchen idaes

10 Ways to Bring Nature Indoors With Design

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Jun 27, 2016 11:30:23 AM

As our lives continue to urbanize and pick up pace, our connection to nature – natural light, organic materials, greenery - has been greatly reduced. It is a well researched fact that adding elements of natural world to interiors can help to reduce stress, improve well being and enhance creativity, focus and clarity of thought. Our design team has often looked to the natural world for inspiration for the interiors that we create. With interior trends constantly changing and evolving, we continue to seek out highest quality natural materials and organic forms to create timeless and lasting spaces. Below is a list of our favorite ways of incorporating biophillic design elements into home interiors.

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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, lighting, kitchen idaes

Popping the hood: Range vents run the gamut from invisible to funky

Posted by Ottawa Citizen on Mar 28, 2016 4:48:46 PM

This article originally appeared in Ottawa Citizen & has been excerpted from Ottawa Citizen.

 

Some are fun, funky or futuristic; others are sleek, elaborate or invisible. Whatever the style, the options for range hood vents are so varied that the choice can be daunting.

“It is the most difficult decision out of all the appliances,” says Jay Armstrong, store manager at Corbeil Appliances at Pinecrest Shopping Centre. “They’re all cosmetically different. They all have different features. It’s a very personal choice.”

Inspired by some of the entries in last fall’s Housing Design Awards, we polled area builders, designers and kitchen specialists for their take on what’s often referred to as the focal point of the kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchen Style, home, Home Design

A 'Modern Vintage' Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Astro Designer on Mar 22, 2016 1:41:20 PM

Astro Designer, Dean Large shares his design process with this Before & After Rejuvenation of a Heritage Home in the Glebe.

The Restoration

Ottawa seems as though it is the city of beautiful old homes that nobody wants to care for. The city is going through a period where home owners are opting for the wrecking ball instead of spending the extra time restoring these once stunning homes. This past summer I met a fantastic family who was tired of their suburban home and opted to move into the oh-so coveted Glebe. They sought out a home in need of rejuvenation and took it upon themselves to bring it back to its former glory.

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, Kitchen Makeover

Ottawa designer Nathan Kyle is cookin’ up a storm

Posted by Ottawa Citizen on Sep 23, 2015 11:09:02 AM

This article originally appeared in Ottawa Style Magazine & has been excerpted from Ottawa Citizen.

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Topics: bathroom designs, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, Style, design

Modern Home in The Hills

Posted by Astro Blogger on Mar 11, 2015 1:22:00 PM

The Hilltop Retreat

Designer, Nathan Kyle is at it again!  This time around, there was something different about the home. The client, an artist who is full of creativity was seeking a modern space for their new home up in the Gatineau hills. It was all about the view. Once you arrive at this home, right away you are swept away by the unbelievable view of the Gatineau Hills, the Gatineau River and the skyline of downtown Ottawa in one shot.   Understanding that this home was all about the scenic view, the home was designed around just that.

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Topics: bathroom designs, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, kitchen cabinetry, Contemporary Style

Kitchen of the Week: Elegant Farmhouse

Posted by Guest Blogger on Feb 7, 2015 10:57:00 AM

"A downsizing retired couple realized their lifelong dream of living on the water with this home on the picturesque Rideau River near Ottawa, Ontario. And they wanted the decor in their new home to complement the views they loved so much outside. Because this home is smaller than their last one, they decided to forgo a dining room and put their antique dining room table in the kitchen. Working with interior designer Nathan Kyle, they created a kitchen that not only incorporates the dining room, but also suits the home’s farmhouse-inspired style.
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Topics: kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry, Kitchen Makeover

Great Space: Kitchen Party

Posted by Guest Blogger: Sarah Brown on Oct 23, 2014 11:04:00 AM

GREAT SPACE: 

Two rooms become one in a kitchen designed for collaborative cooking parties

This article originally appeared in CityHome 2014 & has been excerpted from Ottawa Magazine
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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry

Craftsman Meets Contemporary Style

Posted by Julia Enriquez on Sep 9, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Craftsman Meets Contemporary Style

If you’re like these homeowners and want to mix two different styles together, you’re in luck. With the help of a designer, achieving that harmonious blend between two styles is possible!  With this cottage kitchen & bath project, our designer used the Craftsman style architecture of the home and planned to blend it with the desired contemporary spaces. These two styles, while quite different in theory, compliment each other beautifully in décor and design.

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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, design, Home Design, Bathroom Remodel, Contemporary Style