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What to consider before a design consultation?

Posted by Caitlin Poirier on Apr 2, 2020 4:51:47 PM

Whether it be a new kitchen where your family will gather for special events, a spa-like ensuite where you can relax and rejuvenate, or your custom dream home, your project is likely something that you have been thinking about for some time now. 

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Topics: home, Home Design, design consultation, remote design consultation, astro blog

Kitchen of the Week:Large Island Anchors a Family Hub

Posted by Houzz on Jun 18, 2018 9:53:59 AM

Beautiful woods, metal finishes and antiqued surfaces create an elegant transitional style in this eat-in kitchen

As Featured on Houzz:

These Ottawa homeowners wanted to make their kitchen a hub for hanging out as a family and for entertaining, but their kitchen was closed off from the rest of the house and didn’t feel inviting. “And like most family households, they needed a place for everything,” says designer Nathan Kyle of Astro Design Center. This meant being strategic about every inch of storage. In the course of a complete remodel, he opened the kitchen to the family room and placed a long, hardworking island in the center. Now it’s a welcoming room where everyone loves to spend time.

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Topics: kitchen planning, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, kitchen cabinetry, Home Design, Kitchen Makeover, KITCHEN RENOVATION, lighting, kitchen idaes, kitchen designer, kitchen

Friday Favourites: Visual Comfort & Co Lighting

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Nov 11, 2016 11:13:09 AM

To get you inspired on this Friday, Astro’s Interior Designer, Marina Medina shares her top 7 light fixtures from Visual Comfort & Co.  They offer quality home lighting that are as beautiful as they are timeless. The best part is these lights are now on special during our Holiday Lighting event.  See the light?

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Topics: home, Home Design, lighting

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

Symmetrical Role Reversal

Posted by Ottawa at Home on Feb 22, 2016 11:12:33 AM

This article originally appeared in Ottawa at Home magazine & has been excerpted from Ottawa at Home. 

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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Home Design

Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Astro Blogger on Dec 9, 2014 4:38:00 PM


The holiday season is here! We’ve added more home accessories this year that will make for thoughtful and elegant gifts. We’ve got our favourite holiday recommendations below to browse through and gather more ideas for everyone on your list!

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Topics: Inspirations, Home Design

Kitchen Of The Week

Posted by Guest Blogger on Dec 2, 2014 1:56:42 PM

Kitchen of the Week: Hardworking Island in a Timeless Space

"The Kitchen in this 1940s Ottawa cottage was big enough for only one person to use and not suitable for the family now living there. “Before, this kitchen was about the size of a bathroom and was lackluster,” says interior designer Nathan Kyle of Astro Design Centre. Kyle began the design process by learning how the family likes to function in the kitchen when working together, then set up the layout accordingly. He took down a wall and incorporated into the kitchen a side entry hallway that had been a waste of space. He also added luxe elements that suit the family’s love of eclectic and contemporary style. Rich wood finishes and a lively backsplash provide a beautiful backdrop for a display of intricate pieces they brought to Canada from Iran and create a timeless look." - Becky Harris, Houzz

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Topics: Bathroom Renovations, kitchen tips, kitchen planning, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry, Home Design, Kitchen Makeover

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

Pattern Trends

Posted by Dean Large, Astro Designer on Jun 16, 2014 8:29:00 AM

The Fun In Picking Patterns For Your Home

So often when designing a space it is easiest to pick the safest options. Well I have some news for everyone, safe is BORING! We need to stop it! I don’t think anyone would or want to be described as a boring person. So then why are we designing our homes to be that way?

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Topics: Home Design, Tile Design, Patterns