NKBA Ottawa Visits SIDIM

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SIDIM (Salon International du Design D’Interieur de Montreal)

It’s far too often we hear people here in Ottawa say in order to find unique kitchen & bath design ideas they need to go to Toronto or Montreal.  Really, it’s right here in their own backyard!  Ottawa is full of talented, edgy, risk-taking designers who are up-to-date on what these major metropolitan mecca’s of design are doing.

Ottawa designers have a leg up because they know what the people of Ottawa are willing to do in terms of taking risks and trying something a bit different with their style.  They are “design translators” so to speak, taking the ideas and ‘translating’ them into what is acceptable here.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association ventured to SIDIM to seek out the best, and the most fitting, for the Ottawa design community.

Enjoy the pictures from the event!

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After the design show, the bus made a stop at the Richelieu Showroom for lunch and a tour of their fantastic  facility.

Did you know? Richelieu is Purolator’s biggest Canadian client.
It takes a lot of help to ship their goods all over the country!

Check out these Swarovski crystal door handles that I saw!  Nothing wrong with adding a little bling to your cabinets!

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By Suzy Kendrick

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New Suppliers at Custom Home Interiors

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We carry a wide range of furniture and accessory suppliers. Our newest editions include SunPan Imports, Coast 2 Coast Furnishings, Mercana, and Andrew Richard Designs.
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SunPan Imports carries beautiful modern furniture and accents for every space in your home. They have over 50 new introductions this season with the largest growth in dining tables and dining chairs. To view their entire line-up of fabulous furniture, visit their website: www.sunpanimports.com.

The Madero Square dining table is an example of the interesting pieces that have been created for SunPan. The base of the table is inspired by a group of tree trunks sprouting from the ground. It gives this beautiful table an organic feel while still keeping it modern with its clean lines. This beauty of a table can seat up to 8 adults comfortably. It is part of an entire collection that also includes a rectangle dining table, a bar table, a sideboard, an end table, coffee table, console table and even desks!
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Madero Square Dining Table
47”L x 47”W  x 30”H

Another one of our favourites here at CHI is the Hanover Chair.  Also from SunPan Imports, its graceful arms and legs give this armchair an elegant but contemporary look. Many fabrics are available for this extremely comfortable chair – it is shown in the standard fabric – beige cotton linen. This collection also boasts a coordinating sofa, loveseat and ottoman.
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35.5” W x 38” D x 36” H
Arm Height: 24”; Seat Height: 19.75”

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On the other end of the spectrum, if you are looking for something with more transitional furniture, be sure to check out Coast to Coast furnishings. Coast to Coast has beautiful bedroom furniture sets, coffee tables, sofas and dining sets at a great price point. Check out their website at www.coast2coastfurnishings.com.

One of my favourite pieces from Coast to Coast is Bedroom Set 2500. This beautiful bedroom set has a coordinating bed, night table, chest, mirror and dresser all built and styled for a growing princess.
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Model # 2500
Items Shown:

  • double headboard and footboard
  • night table
  • dresser
  • mirror
  • chest

If you are looking for a bedroom set with a more grown-up flair to it, look no further than the Kingston Collection. Its dark espresso finish with brushed silver pulls offers the best in transitional design.
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Kingston Collection – Items Shown:

  • Queen Headboard and Foot board
  • Side table
  • Dresser
  • Mirror
  • Chest

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Mercana Art Decor has been designing and producing framed artwork, mirrors and picture frames for over 20 years. They have a wide variety of styles from contemporary and abstract, to floral, to landscape, to urban lifestyle and more! Mercana has recently introduced ceramic vases and other coordinating accessories into their product offerings.

I love this piece of artwork from Mercana – Shades of Pale. I love that it has a variety of blues to coordinate with almost any hue you currently have in your space. I love that it has texture to it as well – it gives the painting an entirely different feel than it would if it was two-dimensional.
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Artist: Hibberd
Size: 38” x 38”
Frame: D087 Rev

Looking for a large vase that will add an unexpected pop of colour into your space? Look no further – Mercana has exactly what you are looking for! This Paragon Tall ceramic Vase can house some tall artificial botanicals or stand alone as a statement piece in your space.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic30334 – Paragon (tall) Ceramic Vase
Size: 12” x 12” x 20”

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Andrew Richard Designs (ARD) offers a wide variety of beautiful, luxurious yet functional outdoor furniture. It is perfect for a commercial application or for your very own backyard oasis. Some mentionable clients include Myan Resorts, Sandals Resorts and the Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas. Andrew Richard Designs also carries the joint collection with HGTV’s Sarah Richardson. The best thing: ARD uses Sunbrella Fabrics for their furniture so it is sure to be long lasting and stand up to the elements as well as everyday wear and tear. For more information and products visit their website at www.andrewricharddesigns.com

The Osaka collection from ARD is a versatile collection that can be used as an outdoor living room set, or add the Dining Table (68 x 38 x 26) for your outdoor dining room too! The lower chairs and table make for a comfortable experience in your back yard without cluttering the landscape with big, bulky furniture.
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Osaka Collection

  • Dining chairs (28 x 24 x 27)
  • Bench (56 x 24 x 27)
  • Coffee Table (48 x 24 x 11)
  • Side table (24 x 20 x 12)

The Sarah Richardson Outdoor Collection in collaboration with ARD, boasts her signature clean lines, no fuss, functional furniture. She has a variety of styles to choose from – something for everyone!
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Sarah Richardson Outdoor

  • Tuxedo Sofas (82 x 36 x 36)
  • Tuxedo lounge chairs (36 x 36 x 26)
  • Conversation table (40 x 40 x 17)

By Mandalyn Goodall

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It’s Not Easy Being Green… or is it?

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It was Kermit the Frog who first said it.  “It’s not easy being green,” referring to the colour of his froggy skin.  But while Kermy’s heart felt ballad is loved by many, there’s definitely a part of his song that I’d have to disagree with; the part where he says,

“It’s not easy being green because it seems like you blend in with so many ordinary things.”

So my question is, what’s so wrong with that? … especially when it comes to “being green” in the environmentally friendly sense combined with the office furnishings industry.

What? Too violent of a turn from Sesame Street songs to office furniture?  Wait.  Just hear me out.

With the wide range of projects I get to work on at Custom Home Interiors, it’s no surprise that I’m constantly being updated on the latest trends in the design world.

On a recent site visit to a new office space we are renovating, one of my clients expressed the importance of having “green” office furniture and flooring – no VOCs!

VOC = Volatile Organic Compound

My good friend Wikipedia informed me that VOC’s are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, others have no odor and there are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives.  Many products we come into contact with on a daily basis contain VOC’s.

Stuff like:

  • Carpet
  • Composite wood products
  • Paints
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Vinyl floors
  • Varnishes

People spend 90% of their time indoors where they may be exposed to numerous chemical pollutants.
Greenguard Environmental Institute

Think about how much time you spend at work.   If you’re a business owner, do your employees get sick often?  Do you have proper air circulation in your office or does the space always have that ‘stale’ feeling?

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As I strive to find suitable solutions for my clients needs, I am happy to share some suggestions that can make “being green” easy.  (Sorry Kermit but it IS possible).

  1. Rip up that old dirty carpet!
    Instead, try some of CHI’s Bamboo flooring – a sustainable resource and it looks great too.
  2. Pay attention to the products that go in to making up your cubicles, desks and other office furniture.
    Be on the look out for those nasty VOC’s.  There ARE options like the DE line of products (we have at CHI) who meet the Green Guard Certification criteria as a manufacturer.
  3. Paint Green!
    I don’t just mean the colour.  Our C2 eco-friendly, LoVo line is available in 496 richly pigmented colours.

You see! Being “green” and being able to blend in with so many ordinary things is a GOOD thing.

If you’d like more information on making your space more friendly to the environment and yourself, shoot me an email. 🙂

Suzy Kendrick

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CHI’s Summer Entertaining Essentials

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This week’s blog focuses on summer gatherings.  As the weather warms up, we take the entertaining outside.  Here a few of our favorite things for partying on the patio!

• Find a comfy seat!  Fatboy’s “Buggle Up” outdoor bean bag chair is rain, stain and UV resistant and perfect for lounging in the backyard!  Available in a multitude of colours to suit everyone’s taste!

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• Think versatility! Outdoor Chinese stools (from Wisteria) on the patio are great for extra seating and table space.  When the weather turns cold, they work well as accent tables in a bedroom or living room.

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• Multi-purpose crate! This model (from Wisteria) features compartments that are great for glasses, cutlery, condiments and bottles. Garden chic and practical!

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• Tasty drinks!  Make sure you have all ingredients on hand to whip up a signature drink for your summer parties.  Check out this yummy recipe, a spin on the traditional pina colada, from the LCBO’s Food & Drink mag.  The “Banana Colada” is sure to get your taste buds watering!

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1 oz spiced rum
½ oz banana liqueur
1 banana, chopped
3 oz pineapple juice
¼ cup Piña Colada mix

1. To a blender, add 1 cup ice, 1 oz spiced rum, ½ oz banana liqueur, 1 banana, chopped, 3 oz pineapple juice and ¼ cup Piña Colada mix.
2. Blend thoroughly and pour into a tall glass.
3. Serve with a long straw.

•Easy appetizers!  Food that can be eaten with one hand; kabobs, shrimp skewers and bite size appetizers are great.  After all, you will have a “Banana Colada” in the other hand!

The key to a successful summer party is a laid back atmosphere, great music, tasty food and drinks and good friends!

What are you looking most forward to at your warm weather gatherings?
Tweet @CHIOttawa to share your favourite summer entertaining essential!

By Kiersten Lowden

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