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Blog – January 2018

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Wendy has been in the design business for over 20 years.  She is also a graduate of the Interior Design program at Algonquin College.  She has experience in many aspects of design including flooring and commercial millwork, and brings a wealth of knowledge to her custom home and renovation clients.


Don't Let Winter Give You The 'Blues'


The hottest trend in kitchen design for 2018 is BLUE.   We are seeing a huge increase in clients wanting to incorporate blue into their kitchen and not just as tea towel accents.

The swing to put blues back into the colour palette has been coming for a while.  For the past few years, neutrals have dominated the colours of our homes.  Since 2010 we have seen an increase in grey as the neutral colour, where the decade before, the neutral colour was brown.  Both colours worked well with whites and off-white, but still lacked the punch of colour that has been surfacing in recent months.

If blue is one of your favourite colours and you have been waiting for it to make its comeback, now is the time.  Midnight blue and navy are on the rise as the newest neutrals.  We are seeing other variations such as powder blues, French blue, even teals and other blue-green hues.

As kitchen designers we often advise people that when you’re purchasing a new kitchen, it's a 20+ year commitment.  Picking the right blue can be difficult, as there are thousands of colours to chose from.   My advice is to use it wisely.  Make sure the blue you select is one you can live with for years and will not date itself too quickly.  Indigo, navy and grey-based dark blues are best if you want to err on the side of caution.  They act as a neutral as well as give your kitchen or bathroom a pop of colour.

An island in navy with the remainder of the kitchen in light grey or a white tone will give you the accent of colour you want, without the commitment of all your cabinetry in the current trending colour.  Doing only your wall cabinets in the trend colour while the remainder are a neutral co-ordinating colour can also be a nice look, especially if you have neutral walls and floors.  Decorative accents in metal or wood will contrast the opaque colours of the blue and incorporate another texture and dimension into the overall design.

While soft colours will be calming, darker bolder colours will make a statement.  A mix of colour, texture and materials is always a good idea.  It gives the eye some variety.  Blues, whites, greys, stained wood and metals all mixed together can create a warm, welcoming space.

Pair your blue with another popular trend in cabinets – brass hardware.  The combination of the blue with the burnt orange of the brass will look fantastic and your new kitchen will be the talk of the neighbourhood.


Blog – December 2017

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Jody has been with Deslaurier for 14 years. She is a model example of hard work and dedication within the organization. She has worked in several different departments from Reception, to Service, to Distribution, to Design. Jody is currently a Design Consultant out of our Renfrew based showroom and looks forward to helping you with your next project.


Timing Is Everything


Whether renovating your kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, or laundry room, it can be an exciting, busy time and potentially a stressful time if not planned out properly.

While planning your renovation, you are meeting with your contractor, your designer, making appliance selections (if needed), making cabinet and countertop selections, choosing paint colors, looking at flooring options and the list goes on…  All this while trying to juggle work schedules, sport schedules, everyday life and family routines. It can become overwhelming if you haven’t given yourself the proper time needed to complete these tasks.

Once you have finalized your renovation on paper and made all your selections, you are ready to go ahead with your renovation… When do you start?  It can be very tempting to schedule your renovation as soon as possible but there are some things you must consider and inquire about, such as:

  • Your contractor’s availability to start work on your project
  • Cabinet and Countertop manufacturer lead times
  • Appliance lead times

Keeping in mind a renovation takes time, it is equally important to consider your own schedule.  Do you have a family vacation coming up? You would likely want to be present during your renovation, or maybe you are open to having a project manager oversee the project on your behalf.  Are you hosting any special events? You don’t want to be without use of your space during that time (tearing apart a room in your house a week before Christmas is not highly recommended).  Or it could come down to the simple fact that you need to plan out alternatives to your everyday routine.  Are you open to barbequing in the middle of winter or ready for many nights of take out?  Do you have a second bathroom to use if the renovation takes yours out of commission for a while?  How many trips to the laundromat do you want to make in one week?

If planned properly, your renovation doesn’t need to be a stressful time but rather an exciting time, full of anticipation of seeing and enjoying the transformation of your space.

Now you can sit back and enjoy the beauty and functionality of your dream becoming a reality.  All your hard work has paid off.


Blog – November 2017

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Darien is a graduate from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. After earning two diplomas, her enthusiastic passion for the industry communicates through her work. Darien has found her calling in the Kitchen and Bath Design field. Communicating both in French and English, she will provide Deslaurier clients with excellent design service.


The Kitchen Is The Heart Of Your Home


For many reasons, we always end up spending most of our time in the kitchen. Not only does food stimulate our body and soul, but more and more people find passion in cooking and preparing food that will bring great health benefits long-term for you and your family.  There are lots of ways to decompress after a long day, it seems most of us head straight to the kitchen. With this being said; finding exactly what you need, in a warm and welcoming space that was designed specifically for you, is what you deserve.

Now that we are all living in the 20th century, kitchen dynamics have shifted. We all know that the kitchen is a room for everyone. With all the different layouts and open concept designs, everyone can be in the kitchen doing something different at once. Everyday tasks, homework, browsing the computer; are making their way into the kitchen. With the right guidance, your kitchen can be designed to welcome and encourage family and friends to get together in one common space.

Your kitchen should make a statement. As most of you may already know, when considering your next move, the kitchen holds the most re-sale value of the home. It is the most useful place to invest in upgrades. This space should be able to turn a “not so good day” into a fantastic day. Stimulating design should make your entire experience in the kitchen smooth and effortless. Working with experienced and passionate designers can turn your dream kitchen into reality.

Now that our wonderful technology keeps improving, I want to share the importance of organization in your kitchen. We all live stressful lives, coming home after a long day should be a place to un-wind and relax. With new inner cabinet accessories, you can have a dedicated space for all of your kitchen necessities. Cooking enthusiasts, have multiple different spices, utensils, oils and many more. To ease searching through a drawer, you can have a dedicated cabinet built to hold all of your spices and oils. Inner drawer dividers can separate your utensils in all of their various sizes. Recycling systems can pull-out of a base cabinet, and corner solutions can improve always having to get down on hand and knees searching for what you need.

Your kitchen and bathroom, are the only two rooms in a home that serve a dedicated purpose and cannot be used for something else. Whether it’s a small, or large kitchen; you can always improve its function by minimizing wasted space.

At one point in time, kitchens were quiet rooms, now they are full of high energy and beautiful aroma.

“Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important…fun, food and life.”    
-Chef Daniel Boulud


Blog – October 2017

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Joey is an 18 year veteran of the industry and has been with Deslaurier since 2003. Joey holds a degree from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Diploma of Interior Design from Algonquin College in Ottawa. She is an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) with NKBA accreditation and is currently doing courses towards successful completion of her CKBD.


Framed vs. Frameless Cabinetry


In order to help us with our design we ask clients to send or bring photos of kitchens they like. Websites like ‘Houzz’ show photos from all over North America. Often clients will reference an American photo. The majority of American cabinet companies manufacture ‘framed’ cabinetry while the majority of Canadian kitchens are ‘Frameless’.

In framed cabinetry there is a face frame which consists of rails (horizontal members) and stiles (vertical members). This attaches to the front of the box and, generally, is seen around the door and drawer front. The hardware (hinge) is attached directly to this frame. Framed cabinetry can be full overlay, partial overlay or inset. The names refer to the amount of the frame that the door actually covers. In inset design the doors are actually flush with the frame. This references a more traditional look and is reminiscent of cabinetry that was built in place rather than manufactured in a shop as we do today.

 In frameless cabinetry the door covers the full width and height of the box with a small buffer space for ease in opening and closing doors and drawers. The hardware is installed directly to the box. It is also called ‘European’ cabinetry and was introduced to the Canadian market sometime in the 1970’s. While the U.S. offers both these cabinetry construction styles, Canada and Europe, almost exclusively, offer frameless cabinetry. The benefits to frameless cabinetry are numerous. Frameless cabinetry offers full access to the interior of the cabinet. There is no space lost in the drawer systems that is taken up by the rails and stiles in framed construction. In fact our rollouts are ‘zero clearance’ now to offer even more accessible storage space. Also, with many manufacturers who offer framed construction there is a centre stile which hinders full access to the interior of the cabinet. Frameless cabinetry also offers ease of cleaning as there is no face frame to impede wiping down the interior.

When using frameless cabinetry to design and plan a kitchen, greater care must be taken to ensure clearances for hardware, appliances and internal accessories. While framed cabinetry has a built in ‘buffer’ strip, frameless does not, so any protruding hardware or appliance handle needs to be reviewed.

When we review pictures with clients we try to dissect what they like about the photo. More often than not they are looking at the cabinetry colour, door style or countertop colour. Sometimes they are looking at accessories they want built in to their cabinetry. Occasionally clients will ask for the framed cabinetry look they see illustrated in an American photo. It is fairly easy to replicate this look using frameless construction by adding flush columns and fillers between the cabinets to give an inset look. This look is illustrated in our showroom in our ‘Cape Cod Style’ display.

While there may be some benefits to the traditional look of framed construction, frameless construction offers vast flexibility to show all different styles of kitchen design from modern to contemporary, to transitional, to traditional.  The result is a clean design. And, by using frameless construction we can offer full access to the interior of the cabinet and provide accessories to take advantage of every available inch by not having to offset around rails and stiles.


Blog – September 2017

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Adele has worked in the design field for approximately 17 years after earning her Interior Design Diploma from Algonquin College. Although she has found her niche in kitchen and bath design, she has also worked on various projects involving retail and office design. Adele has been with Deslaurier Custom Cabinets for over 9 years and has had the pleasure of working with many great clients on some fantastic projects.


Extra Opportunities for Functional Storage


In this world filled with technology we can’t even walk out the door without a device or two. Wouldn’t it be great to have a designated space in your home that you could use as a landing, storage and charging station for all these things? It could be in a central location where everyone can grab their devices on the way out the door. You would only need a very small corner of the room or even a niche that is being underutilized. Custom cabinetry could be used to give you a spot to charge, store and organize all these gadgets. A small cabinet with a drawer at the top that could hold all the accessories and chargers and a door below with some internal rollouts for storage would work. Maybe a rollout for every member of the family. This could also be a cabinet that could have a lock installed on it so that the “tech time” can be monitored a little more closely. As for the top of the cabinet, you could use a very durable material (like quartz) or something like a wood veneer top to match the cabinet (less durable but more like a furniture top) depending on the esthetic you are working with. The great thing about using custom cabinetry for areas such as this is that you have a huge selection of door styles and finishes to choose from and you can customize the size which is something you just can’t do when looking through furniture stores.

Another place that gets neglected, but is a great place to consider custom cabinetry, would be in the mudroom or main entrance of your home. When you walk through the front door after a long day, what do you do with all the bags and supplies you have needed throughout the day? Chances are that they get put on the floor inside the door to stay there until the next day. They may get walked over, pushed to the side or even stepped on. Wouldn’t it be great to have a custom designed space where getting things off the floor was easy, where it could rest neatly in its place and ready to grab on the way out the door in the morning. A custom mudroom unit with hooks for coats and backpacks, drawers for hats and mitts, and shelves for books or computer bags all designed around a bench seat would be a perfect solution. You could also incorporate closed tall storage into this concept where you could store umbrellas and even the occasional hockey stick. A unit such as this can be designed with individual cubbies based on the number of people in the household or just a couple of hooks and drawers where things can be tidied away. The trick is to find the space where you will need it the most and take measurements of this space.

These are just a couple of examples of concepts that clients don’t typically think of when they think custom cabinetry, but where custom is ideal for these situations. These are scenarios where the concepts are best utilized in high traffic or common areas but its likely that these are the areas tightest on space. If you can take some measurements of the spaces and make a list of your needs your next step would be to go and visit a designer that works with custom cabinetry. They will be able to review the countless possibilities with you based on the finishes and details that will best suit the aesthetic of your home.  As well, they can help you choose the proper materials for your space that, based on the area and function, can vary from something standard to something that will be more durable.

When thinking of alternative storage solutions remember that custom cabinetry can change the way your household functions on a day to day basis and can often be worked into spaces that you feel may not be large enough or be the proper shape for a piece of furniture.


Blog – August 2017

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Amanda has been with Deslaurier since 2006.   She began as a part-time receptionist and eventually transitioned, after a year, into the role of a Designer.  Amanda's focus has been retail renovations and new homes since her design inception in 2007.  She now works specifically with Inverness Homes, Glenview Homes, and many other Contractors, while still maintaining various retail work.


The 'Standard' Appliance


As a kitchen designer, one of the first questions we will ask is about the appliances a homeowner would like to incorporate into their new space.  Will you be reusing existing or purchasing new?  More often than not, we are told “oh, just standard appliances”

To which we will respond “there is no such thing as a standard appliance”.


Appliances clearly play a vital role in the kitchen; however the importance of them in the planning and design stage is often overlooked by the homeowner.  This should be one of the first items considered when starting to plan your kitchen. 


Do Your Homework

It is highly recommended to do some homework prior to meeting with your kitchen designer.  See what is on the market and determine what appliances work best for you and/or your family.  For example, would you benefit from a separate beverage or wine fridge?  Perhaps a built-in coffee maker? Or a steam oven?

It is not necessary to purchase the units at that time, but make a short list to discuss with your designer and come prepared with sizes.   Upon review of your space and requirements, we can make recommendations as to what will fit best.  Sometimes separating the cooktop and wall oven is not always a feasible option for a smaller space, or that fridge may be too large for the wall it is intended to go on.  These are the details your designer will work with you on.


Appliance Experts

As with any expert in a specific field, appliance reps are there to guide you in selecting the proper appliances for your needs and budget. 

More often than not, with many new appliances, there are different applications for installation.  You will often see these as you walk through their showrooms.  It is important to ask questions so that you fully understand the difference and how it impacts your space.

For example, let’s take a look at a fridge:

Standard depth – this means that the fridge is sticking out several inches beyond your countertop; the cabinetry and panels can be built out to cover the sides of the fridge, but the doors will protrude past.

Counter depth – the box of the fridge sits at counter depth, but the doors will protrude past the cabinet and panels; there is a common misconception that counter depth fridges will give you a flush look with the cabinetry – this is not the case

Built-in – the fridge sits flush with the adjacent deep cabinets or panels, still in appliance material (i.e. stainless steel)

Integrated – the appliance is ordered ‘panel ready’ to accommodate cabinet panels for a fully integrated look with the cabinetry.  This allows the appliance to seemingly disappear into the cabinetry.

This is just a quick glance at the many installation options that are available for just this one appliance.

Let your appliance rep know what kind of look you are trying to achieve so they can help you select the style of appliance you need, within your budget. 


Coming Prepared to Plan Your Kitchen

Step 1 –Have an idea of what appliances you would ideally like to incorporate into the space (size, configuration, installation).  This plays a vital role in designing your space.

Step 2 – Be flexible on the appliances as sometimes the space will dictate appliance sizes.  It’s a wish list that you have created but as good as your designer is sometimes the space won’t allow for all the wants while giving you a kitchen that functions and flows.

Step 3 – Have your appliance rep print off the installation instructions of each appliance to provide to your kitchen designer.   This will allow your designer to properly spec the cabinetry to accommodate the appliances purchased.


At the end of the day, appliances are a big part of the function of your kitchen space so a little research up front can make your kitchen planning go a lot smoother, giving you a better overall feel for the process.  There are a lot of decisions to be made, but your designer and appliance rep are both there to help you through it.