Cynthia Taylor-Luce

(905) 336-7366
www.ctaylor-luce.com

Services Provided
Now offering an up-front value-based flat-fee option + designer discount on products. Know what it's going to cost before anything is done. Your budget determines the level of design and products provided. No more on-going design invoices!

Areas Served
Based in Burlington, I service an area from Hamilton to Milton to Oakville and Mississauga. Other areas are possible under certain circumstances, including online services (remote decorating). If in doubt, please ask!

Business Description
Quality, integrity and trust are my core values and I go out of my way to make the process easy for my clients.

As a graduate of Sheridan College's interior decorating program and a former Director of CDECA, I offer services from colour consultations and design diagnoses through to complete renovations and furnishings including lighting, art, and window treatments.

Certification and Awards
Served on the Board of Directors of CDECA (Canadian Decorators' Association) 2006 to 2008
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Burlington, ON CA 
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2134 Winding Way,
Burlington, Ontario,
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Sue Byars
Cynthia ~ I want to thank you so very much for taking the time to look at my dilemma and make the suggestions you did. I went to SW and I really like the BILTMORE BUFF think I might go with that one. I also took your suggestion of adding a couple of new light fixtures in oiled bronze and there are going to look marvelous! I will attach a picture when the project is complete. Just a note, this will be the last time I let my husband have any choice in the decorating (LOL) as I wanted to go with a much lighter and more exotic such as Bianco Antico). I went a bit in between what he wanted (Uba Tuba etc...) Anyway, thank you again for your help
April 3, 2014 at 10:15am     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Aw Sue, how wonderful of you to respond so positively. I really felt for you and tried to do my best "remotely" for you. What a relief that you sound like you're on the right track! I'm glad you've had a positive experience "asking Houzz" :)

Cynthia
April 3, 2014 at 10:19am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I also can't see why you'd change the floors--they look beautiful in the pictures. I would definitely have the cabinets painted. They'll be gorgeous with all that detailing. The colour of stain is really "off" and is quite jarring as it stands now.
April 2, 2014 at 6:07pm        Thanked by Amy Tabor
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Amy Tabor
I found this photo and think it would work well with the countertops. Staining the cabinets
April 5, 2014 at 11:24am   
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makaloco
I was thinking more along the lines of the cabinet color in trinab35's third photo, which blends nicely with her wood floor (also the tiles). The dark cabinet color you found looks like it would work with your counter, but would you really want to go that dark? And then what would you do with the floor? Note that that kitchen is very spacious and has lots of white and off-white to offset the dark wood.
April 5, 2014 at 7:53pm     
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lissacrossen
We had some water damage to the sink wall of our kitchen which we remodeled 10 years ago. Since the cabinets have to be removed and replaced, the tile on the backsplash and the granite on the counters will be damaged during the demo. Granite cannot be matched, so I have to pick out something new.
April 2, 2014 at 5:39pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Many of the quartz manufacturers have come out with quartz patterns that look like marble so you could have the look you want along with superb wearability. Check out Caesarstone and others.
April 2, 2014 at 6:02pm   
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67domer
My twin sister and I grew up in the same house, same rules, and I'm over and she's under. First thing I do when I go to stay with her is change the paper in my guest bath.
April 2, 2014 at 5:49pm   
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royus
i like the hidden roll ideas just load & dont worry about orientation................under, pulls better...............................
April 3, 2014 at 2:03pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
The other advantage of quartz is what you see in the sample is what you get. With granite you have to visit the warehouse and view the slabs. There will be a lot of variation even within a single slab. This can be desirable if you want to make a big statement with your countertop, but if you are looking for a calmer, quieter effect, the uniformity of quartz will be more suitable. Quartz is much harder than granite and it doesn't require sealing (it doesn't absorb anything), so there are a lot of pluses for using quartz.
April 2, 2014 at 5:49pm     
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pattikee
The Cambria quartz color in the picture above is Dover. I really love natural products and their imperfections as well. We have a handmade black walnut oiled island top, a marble backsplash and wood floors. The quartz counters provided the neutral we needed to let the wood and marble shine :)
April 2, 2014 at 7:10pm   
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pattikee
And our table top is bluestone and we have a reclaimed pine hutch.
April 4, 2014 at 7:13pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I recommend you keep looking for the colour you want. You could even contact a company that makes their own tiles and they can do a custom colour for you. I would only recommend painting tiles if you move into a house and can't change them right away. This is only a temporary fix.
April 2, 2014 at 5:44pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Jordan, there's a million choices that go with white cabinets! Do a search of the photos on Houzz by specifying "white kitchen with tile backsplash". You'll see thousands of options! Then decide what you like and what will work with the rest of your house too.
April 2, 2014 at 5:42pm     
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Patricia Colwell
I would wait until cabinets and counter are in and then make a decision, the look off these things will help drive that decision. This should not affect the rest of the construction, backsplash can be added at any time. Pick your counter now and wait for the backsplash.
April 3, 2014 at 8:52am     
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jordan000
Oh ok wow thank you I didn't think of it like that your right good advice thanks I'll do that
April 3, 2014 at 12:02pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
It sounds like it must be tile, so why not look at the new tile "planks" that look like wood? You could have a nice warm brown floor that will anchor your space beautifully. Go for a brown that's got a slightly grey hint (no trace of orange). There are some beautiful options out there.
April 2, 2014 at 5:40pm        Thanked by marybazz
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

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Cecile Durand
Is there a rule of thumb for the height of pendants above a kitchen island?
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Steven Corley Randel, Architect
@Cecile Durand, between 30" and 42" depending on surrounding and whether they obstruct sight lines or not.
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It's from C2 Paint. I've had a quick look through old files and I can't find the colour noted anywhere but it was a pale green. C2 paints cannot be matched so you'd have to find a local dealer and check their swatches for something that will work with your space.
April 1, 2014 at 6:40am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
The most durable fabric is by Crypton http://www.cryptonathome.com/. For years it's been used for nursing homes and schools and other very demanding locations, but it's become much more residential looking recently. Check out the website for more information.
March 31, 2014 at 11:10am        Thanked by marjie730
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Not familiar with that, but what you should do is order a swatch (or two) and then "torture test" the swatches. Wet them, twist them, blot them with various staining items and see how you can clean them up. With Crypton, nothing will permeate the fabric. With most other fabrics, liquids will pass through into the foam and padding and are impossible to remove completely.
March 31, 2014 at 11:34am      Thanked by marjie730
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Marjie you are so sweet with the thank-you's :) Best of luck to you in finding the perfect fabric for your home.
March 31, 2014 at 12:32pm      Thanked by marjie730
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Thank you for getting back with me and taking the time to do so......m
March 31, 2014 at 12:35pm   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
To give you meaningful feedback I'd have to see the room plan provided by the architect. I feel that the architect probably designed the island on an angle for important aesthetic reasons. This should have been a topic of discussion for you with the architect when you were finalizing the plan. By shifting the island to be square with the cabinets you may be making a decision you'll later regret. Are you able to discuss this with the architect? That would be my recommendation.
March 31, 2014 at 11:15am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Not too trendy at all. In fact it adds a real custom look to the plan. I think it will be very nice for traffic circulation around the island as well. It's elements like this which will elevate your new house from what very unimaginative draftsmen put into most houses.
March 31, 2014 at 12:31pm   
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dnamama
Would love to be able to message you privately, tkgirgenti, to discuss the island dilemma more. But I'm not sure how to do that!
April 4, 2014 at 5:02am   
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tkgirgenti
dnamama, I'm not sure how to private message either; but my email is my username (above) at hotmail.com. Hopefully this doesn't get me a bunch of spam, but I feel for your situation. I have been planning my kitchen for a few months now and getting ready to start the project shortly as well.
April 4, 2014 at 12:21pm        Thanked by dnamama
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Kaleyejohnson, If you are looking for bang for your buck, I would highly recommend you get your driveway resurfaced before you tackle the painting. Power-wash your bricks which seem to be soiled from rainwater bouncing back from your garden and add some more plantings to the front of your house. When you do decide to paint, try to choose a colour tone that is the same as or slightly darker than the brick. Paint the wood and the garage door the same colour, and install a little larger light fixture by the garage door. A nice set of house numbers in black could be centred over the garage door. The front door should be a lighter brighter colour to draw attention to it.
March 31, 2014 at 11:55am     
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rinqreation
And more contrast, such as charcoal (or dark olive) window trim. But use two colors from the brick to paint the garage and it's door (a pale grey and a tan?). Or, if the budget allows, stained cedar (or composite) siding and some similar risers on the steps.
Carefully plan your landscapiing too, the windows are quite high, so the garden can use some visual elevation (or a foot high stone facings?)

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kaleyejohnson
Thank you, thank you!!! We plan to resurface our driveway, but unfortunately the ppl before us pressure washed the house, leaving exposed, bare wood. So we really need to get that taken care of first. Our landscaping is in need of a serious overhaul. Hopefully we get that taken care of this summer. I love the olive idea.
March 31, 2014 at 12:36pm   
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Facings of America, Inc
If you are thinking of using a ceramic or porcelain each individual manufacture can provide a wet coefficient of friction rating. If you are using natural stone the finish applied to the stone will increase or decrease the coefficient of friction. In addition, the reason many people use this type of pattern on their shower floor is the pattern itself helps create friction. Also the size of the individual tiles and basket weave off-set helps increase friction due to the grout joints. Increasing the grout joint size can also improve traction. I always tell clients to get a few samples, get them wet and see how it feels. If it feels like you are on ice skates then select another material.
March 31, 2014 at 10:35am     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Thanks for all this great information. I've never specified a wood countertop (yet) but I find them very appealing. I would do this in my own house.
March 31, 2014 at 11:41am     
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Craft Art Elegant Surfaces
@Christalyn - SO Cool!! I need to get this for... literally everything my husband touches. Thanks so much for sharing that. I wish they had a food safe version. If so, I would put it on all my pots and pans, too.

-Sarah, Craft Art
April 2, 2014 at 10:06am   
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KADesign Inc.
Beautiful alternative to granite.
April 2, 2014 at 10:30am     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
It's a lovely colour but my only concern would be that it might not be the best with your flooring or cabinets. If it's much cleaner and whiter, it will make your permanent finishes look dull by comparison. This is something you should test in several areas of the house before deciding.
March 31, 2014 at 11:12am     
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Linda Principe Interiors LLC
Linen White will give your rooms a clean look. However, I think some rooms need color and warmth, like the dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom.
March 31, 2014 at 11:13am     
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decoratinglady5
Thank you!!Would Ivory White be a better choice?I have Silver Sage in the master bedroom and 2 small bedrooms.
March 31, 2014 at 11:15am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
The new chairs should have elements that are the same as well as quite different. The "same" could be the finish, and the "different" could be the shape of the backs, for instance a circular design that would contrast with the linear look of the chairs you've purchased. You could also upholster the seats in the same fabric as the first four.
March 31, 2014 at 11:03am        Thanked by Lianne Loveland Stewart
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soberg
Awesome find and price, congrats! They will look great with so many potential partners. I'd look for something that walks the line of related in shape, but also distinct and probably a different color and/or material.

Thinking: molded white plastic tulip chairs, or upright chrome-plated wire grid chairs with cushion), or steel chairs with padded back and seat.
March 31, 2014 at 11:10am        Thanked by Lianne Loveland Stewart
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Lianne Loveland Stewart
We LOVE the steel chairs but I wasn't sure if it would work! Thanks for suggesting that! :)
April 1, 2014 at 7:22am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I would suggest a tile surface for bathrooms and entry (and possibly kitchen) and hardwood for the rest. If the colour of the tile is of a similar value (weight) as the hardwood, you'll have more unity and flow.
March 31, 2014 at 11:00am     
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I like the chevron! It will add some 'zip' to your stairway, that's for sure :)
March 31, 2014 at 12:28pm     
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Barnhart Gallery
Hurrah to the chevron, which borders on tweed making it classic while still being on trend. It also plays nicely with the living room rug. Go wide as Cynthia suggests so that you don't turn an ankle passing one another on the stairs.
March 31, 2014 at 12:33pm     
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victorianbungalowranch
Everything I've ever read says that ivy is bad for brick and most siding. Ivy is a twiner and has little suckers that reach into little crevices and it retains moisture. It takes over in a hurry too. My Dad removed ivy from our house years ago, and it was a mess to scrape off all the little suckers--nearly impossible if you got wire cut (rough) brick. Using a trellis network and something less invasive is an option for the romantic ivy look and the thermal benefits, but with an air gap for ventilation and without risking crumbling your mortar.
March 27, 2014 at 1:34am   
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
http://www.ivyclad.com/2012/04/for-love-of-ivy.html Here's another opinion you might want to look at. I am vigilant with trimming the ivy around my windows and am busy with the scissors every couple of weeks in the summer, but it's truly a labour of love. I've never enjoyed the look of our house so much as I do now with the ivy.
March 27, 2014 at 12:14pm   
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