It’s always fascinating how social changes can affect the way we want to live and use the space in our homes. One of the most noticeable changes in recent decades has been the shift from separate kitchens to a preference for open-plan layouts. While cooking used to be confined to a space that was isolated from social activities, time in the kitchen is now seen as one of the social highlights of home life. With new preferences that blur the line between cooking and living spaces, the kitchen island has developed into a much desired and loved part of every spacious or open-plan kitchen.
There are a lot of benefits to renting. A first and last month’s rent deposit is significantly less than any conventional down payment. Repairs, renovations and anything over general upkeep aren’t on you to finance and make time for. You can make plans to move at the end of the lease without worrying about losing money if the apartment doesn’t become occupied right away. It’s a great situation for a lot of people, even in the interior design community. Renting does come with several restrictions, of course, including minimal ability to change wall colors, much less to redesign the most expensive rooms in the place. But for Autumn Hachey, wishful thinking turned into a collaboration between her and her landlord to remodel the kitchen of her Toronto apartment.
deVOL’s stunning new ground floor showroom at St. John’s Square opened up to customers this February. Walking into this unique showroom feels more like walking into someone’s kitchen and home, which is exactly what was intended. The space is authentic and comfortable, like it’s always been an integral part of the house. Customers are greeted by a beautiful mix of rich colors and textures; original wood floors, emerald green tiles, dusty pink walls and a large kitchen island usher visitors into deVOL’s world right at the door. It’s clear that the team at deVOL has great respect for history, functionality and beautiful aesthetics, and incorporates this into their kitchen designs in unconventional ways.