Small Entry Way Makeover

Meet our entry way before…. It wasn’t too shabby, but I’ve been swooning over some great mudroom inspiration and my heart was yearning for an entry way with more storage and luxe design. We can’t get enough of board and batten, especially when it comes to mudrooms. Now, I have all of 20 square feet of entry way space, so lets be real, there was no mudroom makeover here. However, I found a way to incorporate board and batten into my very small entry way, added additional storage and decor, and made great use of a very small space.

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BEFORE – Entry way

Here is our new Design With Rev Entryway….

We installed a beautiful tall board and batten design that allowed us to incorporate a little crown moulding ledge. The panelling was built a few feet on both sides of the front door. We also added a sleek shoe storage cabinet that doubles as a console table for storage and a crisp white mirror.

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My absolute favourite part are the mock mudroom hooks! Although this gem is behind the front door, we make great use of the hooks for storage of our coats as the coat/shoe closet is located on the next level.

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I hope this entry way has inspired you! For more interior design inspiration, follow me on Instagram @designwithrev!

 

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Total Bathroom Reno – Roseneath Project

Doron and I took on a new challenge for friends of ours who were looking to completely redo their 100 year old bathroom, aesthetically and structurally.

We didn’t capture too many before pictures, but this photo is after phase one demolition. We removed peachy coloured wall tiles throughout the bathroom, removed toilet & pedestal sink, and even the window casing as it really dated this bathroom. The owners wanted everything new and updated.

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The owners chose a white subway tile to make their little washroom nook current and it made the bathroom appear larger and brighter. They also chose a mosaic mini hexagon tile for the floor. The look of the bathroom resulted in a Parisian chic atmosphere.

Here are the after shots:

Subway Tile in tub area and walls, shower head, and curtain rod installed

Window reconstructed with tile flush to window

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Vanity and toilet installed

Mosaic Floors installed

Storage space built behind tub area

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Finishing touches (paint, decor)

Client must add bathroom mirror of choice, and bathroom reno is complete!!

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Rev’s Chicken & Matzah Ball Soup

Just in time for passover, I’m sharing my beloved chicken soup recipe that has my husband begging. This time I added matzah balls for good Jewish measure, otherwise I use mini croutons, a household chicken soup staple. Lets begin, shall we?

Ingredients:

  1. 2 packages of chicken bones or chicken necks (many grocery stores carry  kosher chicken carcasses for cheap i.e. sobeys)
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 3 carrots shopped
  4. 4 celery stalks chopped
  5. 1 large zucchini – spiralized (zucchini noodles) or chopped
  6. 3-4 Heaping tbs of Osem’s Chicken soup stock powder (or whatever you have)
  7. 2 bay leafs
  8. pepper to taste

Matzah Balls: 1 pkg of matzo-meal or 1 cup crushed matzah, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil OR follow recipe & instructions on the box.

First take a very large pot and fill with water about 1/2 or 3/5  of the way, depending on how much soup you want (if you have less than 2 litres of water in your pot, your pot is not big enough) and heat on high. Add the onion and chicken bones. As the water heats up, add the carrots, celery, and bay leaves. Leave to boil and turn down heat to low-medium.

Once the soup has been simmering for a while (about 20-30 mins), you will notice foam floating at the top of the pot from the chicken fat. Make sure you scoop out as much as you can from the top, and give the soup a good stir. Stir in 3 heaping tablespoons of chicken soup powder (Hold the 4th), and add pepper.

Add the spiralized zucchini. If you prefer to use the zucchini noodles as a replacement to traditional noodles to make it a noodle soup, don’t add the zucchini noodles while the soup is cooking. Leave them raw in a tupperware and them to your individual bowl. For this recipe, I added them in to cook half way through. Let the soup simmer for another 30 mins.

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Spiralized zucchini thrown in chicken broth

Take this time to make the matzah balls and begin boiling a smaller pot of water.  We usually buy ready matzo-meal with a recipe on the box. But if you must make from scratch…  Mix 2 large eggs and 1/4 cup of oil . Mix in about 1 cup of crushed matzah (bread crumb like consistency) and 1/4 tsp of salt. Let stand for about 15 mins, then with wet hands, take the batter and make little balls (size of a walnut) and drop into the boiling pot of water. Let it boil on low for 20 mins, then scoop out the balls and place into a tupperware.

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Boiled matzah balls ready to be taken out

Now taste the soup, depending on how much water you used, we want to make sure its not too salty. If you feel it could use more salt or you like a saltier chicken soup, add one more tablespoon of chicken soup powder or as much as your heart desires.

Soup is ready to be served!

Place a few ladles full of soup into a bowl, make sure you add all the veggie and chicken bone goodness in there. Add 2 matzah balls or a bunch of zucchini noodles. Now feed the soul…

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Matzah Ball soup

 

 

Top 6 Tile Trends of 2016

Now that the weather is getting warmer,  people tend to think about renovating their outdated bathroom or updating their entry way tiling. Before you contemplate what to buy, if you’re interested in keeping up with what’s current in your home, consider these 6 top tile trends that are really popping in 2016.

1. Geometric Tiles.

In line with the popular Scandinavian style, geometric tile shapes are commonly sought after. Whether you choose the popular hexagon tile or other linear shapes, your tiles will be on point this year.

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2. The NEW Subway Tile.

Out with the old and in with the new subway tile. Instead of the traditional subway tile look, try square tiles with a darker grout.

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3. Metallic Tiles.

Go Glam with metallic or even stainless steel tile or tile accents.

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4. 3D Tiles.

3D geometric and other textured tiles, whatever your heart desires.

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5. Custom Tile Patch Work

High fashion and luxury tile work is always the way to go when it fits the space. Here you will see a mix of tile patch work, patterns mixing in together, and other custom designs.

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6. Retro & Patterned Tile.

Notice how the vintage retro look is making a comeback? Tiles in this category are for the bold homeowner, but totally swoon worthy, especially in the black and white variety.

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