Lynda Reeves and Suzanne Dimma discuss their preferences and pet peeves in kitchen design. See why Lynda's kitchens always have a separate cooking station with stove, spices and utensils on-hand, and why Suzanne gravitates toward dark grout, gold hardware, open shelving and exposed hinges. Plus, learn why they both avoid bulky islands that are flush with the floor. Budget-savvy style editor Michael Penney shows us his character-filled den packed with colour, pattern, and affordable finds. See how he combined a statement sofa and Craigslist credenza, each only $100, with hand-me-down armchairs, a recovered chaise from his old apartment, and cheap Ikea drapes to create a warm and relaxing TV room on a budget. Finally, Cameron MacNeil offers design advice to a B.C. reader with a small, classic 1940s kitchen. Get his suggestions for cabinet colour, pulls, backsplash tiles, industrial lighting, over-range microwave, drapery fabric and flooring.
Drapes, throw, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829- 4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755, 1-866-866-IKEA or visit Ikea.ca; striped rug, Dash & Albert, call 1-800-658-5035 or visit Dashandalbert.com for retailers across Canada; drape rods, The Home Depot, call 1-800- 628-0525 or visit Homedepot.ca for locations across Canada; wall colour, Teresa's Green (236), Farrow & Ball, call 1-877-363-1040 or visit Farrow-ball.com; blue batik pillows, Pottery Barn, Vancouver (604) 678-9897, Calgary (403) 259- 2100, Toronto (416) 785-1233, (416) 962-2276, (416) 621-7779 or visit Potterybarn.ca; blue bowl, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit Elte.com.