A few weeks ago, I took a trip up to Improve in Vaughan (www.improvecanada.com) to check out their 320,000 square feet of design retailers. Here are a few of the highlights that have been added to my resource library since my visit.
Custom millworkers, Oak & Tenon,create beautiful custom furniture and cabinetry like this weighty harvest-style trestle table. There’s such laid back appeal to a kitchen with a long table at its heart. oakandtenon.com
I was thrilled to see that Poggenpohl kitchens are available through GT Kitchens & Bath, gtkitchen.ca. Poggenpohl is THE oldest kitchen manufacturer in the world, renowned for their cutting edge designs, quality hardware and stellar details. I’m a longtime fan.
Here’s another example of innovative kitchen design from Poggenpohl: the kitchen masquerading as a console. This is such a clever design for chic, small-space living.
I stopped into Zenporium, zenporium.com, and met the owner, Serene Gebara, who is so lovely. She walked me through her line of salvaged, reclaimed and sustainable wood furniture pieces and told me about the custom work they do for clients. There were so many cool things.
I met her unbelievably cute chihuahua, Benji, who kept hopping up on to the selection of wood side tables for a photo op. Everything in the store has an organic appeal but the petrified table tops (right) are especially stunning.
Another must-see is Art Boulle, known for their unique custom doors and metal work. Their doors are like works art that defy gravity. Because of the quality hardware they use, size is not an issue. This door is massive but it is light as a feather to open. Very impressive. Art Boulle.com
Italian Art Interior was another kitchen company of note. They offer a wide range of kitchen styles as well as wine cellar designs. The Natura kitchen, on display in their showroom at Improve, offers modern warmth with organic appeal. The book display worked into the island design is brilliant — so much room to inject personality. italianartinterior.com