HCMD Design in House & Home's Best Laundry Rooms Guide

House & Home Magazine has featured one of our favourite designs in it's Best Laundry Rooms: A Special Design Guide. This townhouse was originally featured on the magazine's March 2012 front cover. The laundry room, beautifully designed by Halina, is now the focus and we are thrilled House & Home magazine has chosen it as one of their favourites for 2013. H&H Laundry Guide Article



HCMD designs on Income Property, Season 7 - Episode 82

Income Property typically has us creating 2 units in a previously single family home.  We add an income suite, as the name suggests!  This episode was exciting from a design perspective, because it was an investment property and kept as a single family home.  What that meant was all above-grade, and more elevated finishes to attract a high-end renter.  Room to stretch our designer legs! The kitchen is the show-stopper, here.  Melissa worked with IKEA Abstrakt white cabinets, to create a custom kitchen on a budget.  The counters are a really beautiful crushed glass composite that's extremely durable and has tonnes of visual depth.  By using an inexpensive 2x8 white tile, in a random pattern below the wood shelf and vertical straight pattern above, it added a great contemporary look, with a bit of texture and interest.  The floating shelves are standard IKEA oak butcher block counters, cut to size and mounted on hidden, Lee Valley brackets.

Get a full list of materials, colours and trades used on this episode here >

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HCMD designs on Income Property, Season 7 - Episode 87

This Episode was a typical dark dated basement, with a tight budget.  This is a great example of turning the seemingly ugliest features into the biggest assets with a little cosmetic fix-up. We maintained the old parquet floor and I had it stained dark [1 part special walnut, 1 part ebony].  The old kitchen was salvaged and Melissa reworked the cabinets to fit her new design, and painted the entire thing out the same as the general wall colour a nice soft grey [ICI Frost Grey A1942 30GG 52/011]  The walls themselves were ugly brown paneling, but once painted took on a casual cape cod appeal.  The most dramatic transformation, is the fireplace.  Simply giving it a clean white coat of paint made it the room's focal point (in a good way!).

Check out the full resource guides for colours and specs here >



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HCMD designs on Income Property, Season 7 - Episode 85

The new Season of Income Property started airing a few weeks ago on HGTV, beginning with this, the season launch Episode.  Melissa was the designer on this one, and created a modern, efficient space in both layout and materials. Screen shot 2013-02-22 at 9.31.41 PM

Here is a partial resource guide on the pretty stuff, get the full list and trades used here >

Laminate Countertops: Belanger Laminates,  Luna with Marbella Edge Detail 3421-46 180FX Tiles: Downtown Tile Backsplash - 3x6 gloss white tile Shower walls - 2x8 gloss white tile Shower floor -  Marble basket weave Washroom floor and kitchen floor - Concrete grey 12 x 24

Lighting Throughout: DVI Lighting Kitchen – Bullet DVP 2787 Bedrooms 1 & 2 – Percussion DVP 4521 Bathroom – Helios DVP 10341 2nd Floor Hallway – Essex DVP 9030 3rd Floor Hallway -  DVP 9031

Paint: ICI Paints Entry Hall, Stairwell Walls, Living, Dining, Kitchen – Basic Beige 45YY 65/084 A1856 Washroom – Burmese Beige 40YY 51/084 A1867 Bedroom (2nd Floor) – Burmese Beige 40YY 51/084 A1867 Bedroom (3rd Floor) – Jade Frost 50GY 53/033 A1913

Sofa, Beds, Night Stands, Kitchen Cabinets, Bathroom Vanity & Sink: IKEA Canada

Furniture & Accessories: West Elm Turned Pedistal Bistro Table, 32" round x 30" H Martini Side Table, 15" round x 16.5" H (Antique Brass) Kew Dhurrie Poof Cover with insert - blue and white Slate Placemat Oasis Rug (5' x 8') Kite Kilim Rug (2.5' x 7' runner) White Tray with silver diamond pattern Frayed Edge Quilt - Queen Standard shams (frayed edge) Oliver Chair Leather Slipper Chair Beige with blue trim pillow (item 9436478) Fade pillow (item 9397787) Tall blue vase (item 9317512) Short blue vase (item 9895541) All Images [SKIT]



Hey! got their groove, and people noticed

Check out the fantastic review our friends at Hey! received from Now Toronto this week.  READ IT >   We got a mention (well, they referred to the space as "remarkable", so we'll take it!)  We love the space, and we're thrilled to read nothing but positive feedback on the comfy, home-spun vibe we created there.  Halina refers to the pillows as the farmer, and farmers wife mix....... nobody designs a cozy space like a pair of small town girls. The food is spectacular, we know since we eat there ALL the time.  Enjoy.


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Project Profile: Crawford Street, Toronto

We shared the MLS listing on this project a few months ago when it was listed for sale.  Selling for a record 1.6 million in the Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods area this home set a new bar for the neighbourhood. When we began working with Matuu Building Specialists on this project, it was fully gutted, with only the original brick exterior maintained.  The home was rebuilt, starting with a new basement walk-out, lowering and underpinning, with now full basement apartment, and wine cellar.  The front facade was redone, windows replaced, and the traditional front porch was removed and modernized with a full width Ipe stair and canopy.

The main floor rear elevation was removed, and a full width accordion door was installed allowing the family room to be 100% open to the backyard. The second floor was replanned and the stair placement reconfigured to optimise the space, allowing for 3 full bedrooms, a family washroom, laundry room, and open office which leads to a new juliet balcony.  On the third floor we popped-up the roof line and extended allowing the addition of a spa washroom, and walkout to new roof deck, as well as sizeable master suite.

Finishing features, rift-cut white oak floors, recessed baseboards, and open-tread floating stairs from main to second floor.


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Our Work: HGTV Income Property, Seasons 5 & 6

We’re half way through filming season 7 of HGTV’s hit series Income Property.  This season is full of surprises that we know you're going to love.  Bigger renovations, more money making advice from Scott, and reveals that will knock your socks off .  Here’s a look back at Seasons 5 & 6 episodes designed by Melissa. Get caught up by watching Seasons 5 and 6 online now > GO TO HGTV.CA

Season 5

Episode 55

Episode 57

Episode 59

Episode 61

Episode 63

Episode 65

Season 6

Episode 69

Episode 73

Episode 76

Episode 77

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