St. Lucia Agusta Roadside

Eco-Conscious Luxury Living In St. Lucia. Freeman Estate doesn’t just dream big, they build big dreams. I have had they amazing opportunity to help design from the ground up a gated community development consisting of luxury villas, townhouses and condo units, coming soon to the beautiful island of St. Lucia.  Below is the sister design of Agusta Cliffside. Agusta Roadside is a organic modern design that offers beautiful clear views of the surrounding landscape via glass curtain wall design, outdoor shower, pool with waterfall, patio kitchen connection to interior kitchen and of course clean modern design.

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St. Lucia Condo Living

Eco-Conscious Luxury Living In St. Lucia. Freeman Estate doesn’t just dream big, they build big dreams. I have had they amazing opportunity to help design from the ground up a gated community development consisting of luxury villas, townhouses and condo units, coming soon to the beautiful island of St. Lucia.  Below is the first of two designs for a unique condo living lifestyle. Integrated balcony pools, luxury modern design and  elevator access right to your condo. Can it get any better than this?

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Ryan & Krista’s Retro Inspired Kitchen

Partnered up with James from Rent-A-Gent to design this beautiful unique 50’s inspired kitchen.  We decided to knock down a wall in the 1950’s bungalow to open the kitchen right up to the front room. Adding in a reclaimed finished beam to support the load will add a unique detail and the perfect complement to this kitchen. With navy blue bases and off white uppers this kitchen has retro inspired elements that are updated with modern touches. Matte gold finished hardware pulls, shaker door with 1/4″ round detail uppers and tongue and grove shaker style bases all are pulled together with Calcutta Gold Quartz counter and simple white subway tile back splash accompanied with dark grout.  Check back in for the finished project!

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St. Lucia Townhouses

Eco-Conscious Luxury Living In St. Lucia. Freeman Estate doesn’t just dream big, they build big dreams. I have had they amazing opportunity to help design from the ground up a gated community development consisting of luxury villas and condo units, coming soon to the beautiful island of St. Lucia.  Below is the first design for the Townhouses. More homes to come.

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Custom Sewn Bench Seat & Pillows

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AS MUCH AS I LOVE TO DESIGN ON A COMPUTER, I ALSO HAVE A HUGE LOVE FOR WORKING WITH MY HANDS. I HAVE OPENED MY OWN LINE OF HOME DÉCOR ITEMS, YOU CAN FIND THEM ON MY RETAIL SITE. IN SAYING THAT I ALSO PROVIDE CUSTOM SEWING AND SOME KNIT PROJECT. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE AND ONE OF A KIND, YOU FOUND THE RIGHT GIRL. CONTACT ME TODAY!

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Burlington Bathroom On A Budget

 

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Due to an unfortunate leak, both the kids bathroom and master bath had to be renovated in the most cost saving yet, up to date way. This budget friendly bathroom renovation was completed for the lovely price of about $3200. I was able to update the bathroom with fresh clean finishes and the homeowners were able to do all the work themselves. Check out the video below for a full walk through of the space.

Materials and Finishes used:
Floor: Daltile Ceramic Mosaic Tile (Home Depot) Fusion Pro Tobacco Brown Grout (Home Depot) Daltile Bullnose Glazed Wall Tile Trim (Home Depot)
Wall: HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Showcase Eggshell Finish Ocean Side (Lowes)
Shower: Kohler Tub Shower Door (Home Depot)
Lighting: Vitemolla (Ikea)
Vanity: Vinpow Bath Centre
Faucet: Jacuzzi (Lowes)
Toilet: Water Ridge (Costco)
Accessories: Towel Rack/Face Towel Rack (Ikea) Chrome Toilet Paper Holder (Walmart)

Jenny & Derek’s Transitional Kitchen

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The layout of your kitchen is very important, having a good flow and use of space is a must. In the design concept of this kitchen, all these aspects were taken into consideration to produce the best working layout for this space. Adding in an under-mount double sink beside the dishwasher will allow for quick clean up and a sleek, clean look. Microwaves can always be a pain so by adding in an OTR, you are not only saving space on your counter but also combining two appliances into one thus saving space. Storage always seems to be lacking in most kitchens so adding in a 26” depth pantry beside the built in fridge allows for the extra storage a kitchen needs. The depth of the pantry is perfect for all pots and pans along with any boxed and canned foods.
Since the kitchen is in a smaller scale space, the perfect colour can make or break the space. I believe staining the base cabinets and painting the uppers in a white will brighten up the space, but also flow with the rest of the design of the home. Adding brushed nickel hardware to the cabinets will create a connection back to the stainless steel appliances. Flooring and back-splash are always efficient ways of bringing in some colour to the space. For the kitchen keeping a simple floor in a neutral colour for the tiles will lighten up the space, whereas adding in color for the back-splash would work best. Adding in under-cabinet lighting and pot lights over the sink will showcase the new kitchen perfectly, thus finishing the space.

Toronto Eaton Center The Bay- LG

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Finding a way to make a brand stand out can be challenging, but once complete, can be outstanding. This simple straight line design showcased not only LG’s pristine branding, but also its ability to make a simple object like an appliance look rich and elegant. By adding in LED lights and high gloss finishes, this display cradles LG’s appliances perfectly.

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LEAP

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, lifelong condition that affects individuals from all walks of life, their families, friends and caregivers. Autism is a spectrum disorder defined by certain behaviors which come in combinations and in degrees of intensity that vary in each child and adult affected. ASD can be characterized along a spectrum, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe and often including repetitive behavior and difficulties with social interaction, communication and learning.

Hi. I’m Melissa and I have a friend named Iain. Iain has autism. Iain will be graduating high school in June and will be joining the LEAP community at 21 Ossington Ave in Toronto.

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The mission of LEAP, Lifelong Experiences and Academic Program, is to not only bring a modern sustainable design concept to the users, but also to find the lost voice within and to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We will strive to raise public awareness of autism and the effects it takes not only on the individuals who have this disorder, but also the families and society around them. LEAP is committed to teaching skills that will provide a strong foundation for our individuals to become independent, productive and contributing members of the community. This will be achieved through the various programs offered through LEAP. These include life skill and educational programs as well as in house job opportunities that will help our users succeed. We believe that LEAP will have a positive impact on Toronto. With the support of the government and surrounding community, we are committed to raising the funds necessary to meet our goals and help find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

LEAP

Iain will commute to LEAP by TTC with a drop off located at the front door, or by his caregiver who will be able to park in the back private parking lot. Iain will make his way inside where he will see an open natural concept through materials and design features in the space.

LEAP RECEPTION

He will stop off at reception to tap in with his own personal LEAP membership. LEAP memberships are designed to keep track of who and how many people are in the building.  The reception desk along with the brick wall, will be built from reclaimed materials from the existing demolition of the building. This will be seen throughout the space mainly in the reclaimed flooring and wall features, as this building will promote sustainable design elements.

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LEAP understands that a balanced diet and exercise is important. We have incorporated a walking track within the building to promote fitness. This is one of Iain’s favourite activites. This track was designed to replicate the feeling and sound of walking through a forest.

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This not only brings calm sensory elements, but it also brings the exterior into the interior. With its base of artificial turf and its structure of reclaimed barn board, it allows artificial and natural light to shine through and create shadows along the path.

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Within the centre of the track, LEAP’s library offers four individual quiet rooms that Iain and the other partons are able to use. In here, Iain is able to use the smart board to play games or movies.

Computer

Iain can move from the track to the computer area where he can watch his favourite show, High 5, on the computers.The computer space is designed for individual or group computer use.

Computer Stations

Many people with autism enjoy the movement of rocking. These computer desks are designed to allow for this. The seats are able to swing back and forth, but are also able to be removed for a barrier free access for those in wheel chairs.

Group Space

Iain can then move to the community area. Here he will be able to interact with the other members of LEAP by playing games, or sitting down for a group movie that will be projected on the white wall.

Common Grounds

Here at LEAP, we believe in a sense of community. Common Grounds is the café located within LEAP that is open to the public. This space will be sectioned off with an interesting ceiling feature that designates the area through light dispensed on the ground from natural and artificial light. This shows the area boundaries without closing off the space. Common Grounds provides the members with hands-on experience of holding a job. With the community around LEAP and the members themselves purchasing goods, the café will allow LEAP to be self-sufficient.

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The main connection between the two floor plains is an acrylic slip resistant transparent staircase. This stair case will be lit up from underneath with plants growing below it. This will follow with the theme of natural nature elements and create an interesting focal point.

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Linking back to the first floor, Common Grounds, the produce for the café will be provided by the in house green house. This space will provide wall to wall and floor to ceiling glass walls that will house individual green boxes. Each user will have their own box that they will grow produce in. This space will allow Iain to learn how to garden and grow his own food for the café. This space will also allow Iain to learn how to cook and bake in the kitchens provided. These kitchens provide a clean work environment while also providing a kitchen that is designed for a member who is in a wheel chair. The ceiling heights of this space drop lower than the existing hallway spaces. This will allow for a smaller space to allow for the members to concentrate on the given task.

laundry

After cooking, baking and working in Common Grounds, Iain will then be able to clean his own uniform in the laundry room located beside the Life Skills Kitchens. The laundry room provides a barrier free design of washers and dryers along with folding areas.

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Iain will then continue his life skills teaching as he makes his way to 21 Ossington’s Apartments. Here he will find himself learning how to be self-efficient.  LEAP will provide teaching skills that will allow him to learn how to make his own bed, use the washroom facilities and also prepare a quick snack. These apartments provide barrier free design and easy access to all amenities.

Classroom

Iain can then make his way to one of the four classrooms provided. These classrooms will provide lower ceiling heights for better interaction and concentration with less acoustical noise. They will also be lit up from the building’s glass façade that will balance not only the lighting in the space, but also the colour reflection from the glass panels. Here, he will learn about everyday life skills. LEAP will teach the members how to count money to help with Common Grounds, along with everyday life experiences. They will also have the chance to interact with other members and learn important everyday skills needed for them to be successful.

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After a long day of work and learning, Iain will be able to relax in the sensory rooms. Here, he will be able to choose from the two black rooms or the two white rooms. This will allow Iain to be relaxed for his mission home.

Entrance

Finally, before leaving, Iain will walk by the skylight that connects the two floor plans together. Here, he will be able to see throughout his time at LEAP, the tree grow like he will within the community of LEAP and its exterior surroundings.

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