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Charming Cottage Design

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 15, 2015 10:24:19 AM

As shown by this Ottawa, Canada, kitchen, downsizing does not have to mean compromise. Completed by Nathan Kyle of locally based Astro Design Center, the design of this new-build home circled around the planning of  a dream kitchen and its proximity to the historic Rideau River.

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry

Rustic Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Astro Blogger on Mar 30, 2015 3:33:00 PM

THE BEFORE

Kitchen & Bath Designer, Nathan Kyle, was asked by these homeowners to transform their white kitchen into a space that felt more cozy and comfortable, as oppose to sterile clean.   As a certified Kitchen and Bath specialist with award-winning designs at GOHBA’s & NKBA’s, plus 5 years of design experience under his belt, Nathan was the perfect fit for the project.

See how it all came together, resulting in a major transformation!! We couldn't even believe it ourselves.

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Topics: kitchen renovations, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, Kitchen Makeover

10 Countertop Mashups for the Kitchen

Posted by Houzz Editorial on Feb 23, 2015 9:58:38 AM

"Mixing materials for kitchen counter tops has many benefits. For one, you can save money by using a less expensive material for your perimeter counter tops while splurging on something more luxurious for an island top. Plus, mixing materials is a great way to add visual interest to your kitchen and avoid the overabundance of one color or material. With that in mind, designers are pairing marble with walnut, granite with reclaimed wood, engineered quartz with maple butcher block and more to create diverse surfaces for working, eating and gathering."

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Topics: kitchen planning, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry

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

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

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

Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Dean Large, Astro Designer on Sep 29, 2014 2:17:00 PM

Kitchen Makeover: Reinventing The Space

 

Renovating a home when you have an active, busy and big family might seem completely daunting. However, the end result makes the months of agonizing decisions, construction mess and dinners consisting of takeout and sandwiches well worth it.
Working with Tiffanie and Kent was a huge pleasure, they not only were a great client open to all the potential their space had to offer, but they were a lot of fun.
This project shows that if the open mindset, creative use of a budget and enough patience are there, then the end result will completely outweigh the process of tackling a major renovation.
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Topics: kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Remodel Story

Posted by Astro Blogger on Aug 8, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Before & After: Kitchen Remodel

Homeowners, Hugo and Luc wanted to start their kitchen renovation as they felt needed a new look. Although, the kitchen cabinets were in good condition, the style and finishes were outdated.  It was time for a change.  Before we get started, let’s take a look at what their kitchen used to look like:

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry

Choosing The Right Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Heidi Hope, Astro Designer on Mar 31, 2014 5:03:00 PM

 

The Four Steps You Should Know When Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets

It’s not easy to know where to start when you decide to renovate your kitchen.  There are so many options available today that it can be daunting trying to narrow them all down, especially when it comes to kitchen cabinets.  How do you go about choosing the cabinets that are right for you?  Look no further.  Here are a few simple steps to consider before choosing your cabinetry.

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Topics: kitchen planning, kitchen design, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry

Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Nathan Kyle, Astro Designer on Mar 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The 5 Essential Ingredients For The Perfect Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen not only makes for efficient living but also adds value to the home. Let this checklist of kitchen remodel tips ensure you are ready to dive in to your next project!

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, kitchen renovations, kitchen design, kitchen remodel