St. Albert Kitchen Renovation

This year, I finished a renovation for a client’s kitchen in St. Albert. At the initial consultation, my clients made it very clear that they were not happy with the oak that was present throughout their home. We decided to remedy that by painting the oak trim throughout the home, replacing the oak kitchen cabinets, and removing the oak sunshine ceiling.

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We started with some product & finish selections. The clients wanted something more modern and updated than their traditional oak. We decided to go with a high contrast kitchen and mixed media tile. The cabinets would be dark, almost black, with a plain shaker front. The counter top would be white quartz. The backsplash tile would be brushed metal and glass. After choosing the exact finishes, we chose the lighting – LED panel lights. We also picked new paint colours, trim colours, and furniture fabrics.

IMG_4209Once we finalized the finishes, we began the construction stage.  We had quite a few trades on this job, including our tile setter, painter, ceiling scraper, and electrician. The construction went smoothly, even with the additional work and changes that came up.

The finished product turned out stunning! It was a dramatic change from the oak. The clients were very happy with the final product. It met all of their needs and had a high end feel without the high end price tag. The kitchen was not only made for my clients, but for their children as well. It is very easy to clean, functional, and modern.

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Let us know what you think of this kitchen renovation in the comments below!



An Eventful Day Full of Awards & Cake!

This has been an exciting time for us at Jostar!  Last Tuesday, most of the team attended the Consumer Choice Awards luncheon to celebrate our company winning for the tenth consecutive year!  It is an honour to be chosen by our consumers among the top interior design companies in the Edmonton area.  We had the pleasure of speaking on stage at the luncheon to the other companies that were also accepting the award for 2016.  We focused on one of our greatest assets: being a team!  We love working together and bouncing ideas back and forth to give the client the best option for what they want and need.

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From left to right in the photo: Our newest designer: Megan, Taylor, Joanna, Laura, and our practicum student: Jeanine

Later that day, we had the opportunity to attend the C&S Tile 45th year anniversary!  This was such a fun event and we had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the company, Claudio.  It was inspiring to see a person who has such a passion for the work they have done their entire life, and the passion is reflected in the amazing tile they supply us!  We all felt like we could listen to Claudio talk for hours, as we enjoyed cake with him to celebrate his birthday.  Claudio was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1957 (Margranite-Ceramstone. About Us.).  Italy has been, and always will be, the heart of the company for C&S.

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Picture of Claudio and his daughter


While we were there, we were able to see samples of the amazing products they carry.  Some of the samples included Margranite, the concrete series of tile, and their new glass blocks.


Beautiful space done with the concrete tile series


Overall, it was another great week for us!  We are always learning lots and meeting new, amazing people.


C&S Tile had a really great quote that stuck with everybody at Jostar:

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.”



Small Bathroom Renovation – Vegas Style!

I just finished a renovation for a small bathroom here in the city. What started out as a busy space, turned into my client’s dream bathroom!

This is the bathroom before the renovation:

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After considering the condition of the fixtures in the bathroom, we decided that everything had to go. The textured wall finish, flooring, toilet, shower/tub, vanity, storage, sink, towel bars, even the fan and register had to go. This kind of job is always exciting. The possibilities are almost endless!

I came up with a few solutions for her and this was the winner:

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My client’s favourite bathroom she had ever seen was at the Venetian in Las Vegas. So, I used that as my inspiration for the project.

The construction, like all projects, took a little longer than expected, but the result was worth the wait!

Here are some pictures from the construction stage:

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Keeping that feeling of the Venetian hotel, without breaking the budget, was going to be tricky. I chose to present the design with a gold theme. We found a new toilet, sink, faucet, shower head, shower trim, and towel warming rack. I found some fabulous tile for the backsplash from one of our suppliers and matched it with the floor/wall tile that we used throughout the bathroom. By adding white cabinets, we brightened up the space. The white quartz counter top was a beautiful addition to the design. The walk-in shower was a big hit! My client fell in love with it! We used 12″x24″ tile on the floor, bench, and walls of the shower, a trough drain, glass pivot door, 2-in-1 shower head, and a custom base with a built-in bench! The result was fabulous! For a finishing touch, we adding in-floor heating to her bathroom.

Here are the photos of the finished renovation:

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The project and client were both fabulous right from the beginning! There may be a kitchen kitchen in the future for this home, and I look forward to it! Both the client and myself were very pleased with the outcome of this bathroom renovation!

Tell us what you think of this renovation in the comments section below!