KitchenVictorian Kitchen, Toronto
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Invest in decor that will last. Want to avoid running out at the last minute for flowers to decorate the tables? Try using either real or fake boxwood topiaries instead. They look chic and festive, but they're not holiday-specific, so you can leave them out for months. Other long-lasting decor ideas: bowls of nuts in the shell; plain beeswax candles on a silver tray; pots of forced bulbs (they look fresh and beautiful even before they bloom).
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The family is very busy and the kitchen is the hub of the household. "We wanted the kitchen to be functional with as much storage as possible without feeling overwhelming," Meisels says. "We were looking for light and airy, and running the cabinets right up to the ceiling utilized every square inch of storage while also creating the illusion of height. The glass cabinets are primarily for decorative display and break up the heaviness of all of the cabinetry. The reflection of glass adds a bit of sparkle as well."As for the backsplash: Why herringbone? "Everyone loves the herringbone!" Meisels says. "There seemed to be so much going on in this kitchen with the huge marble island and marble Sarinnen table (in the breakfast nook), so I was reluctant to use stone for the backsplash as well. A kitchen like this demanded a luxurious finish, so I used a simple tile but installed it in a sophisticated and interesting pattern."