Jennifer and Trevor Mader live in an old New Toronto home with their son Leo. Jennifer is the Digital Marketing Manager at House & Home and Trevor co-owner of HPG Sales, a successful family run HVAC business. Both love to spend afternoons cooking and baking while watching Leo run around. After years of major renovations to their old home, the complete kitchen makeover was by far the most inspiring and was what made their home feel complete. Now they spend the majority of their time there enjoying the space with friends and family.
Umbra Co-Founder & Vice President of design, Paul manages the Umbra design team and translates developing design trends into practical and useful products. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Paul graduated from George Brown College in 1974 with a degree in Graphic Design. Paul is a design pioneer in the housewares industry.
Heather and Howard lived in the suburbs with their two children for over twenty five years. When their kids went off to university, this design savvy couple decided life needed some changes and moved to the city. With their passion for creativity and joy in hosting fabulous dinner parties, the now empty nesters began creating their dream space along with a few other exciting projects showcasing their flair for design.
Daphne Williams, a family physician in Toronto and busy mom of three teenagers looked to AyA kitchens for her Kitchen renovation. The house, in a great uptown neighbourhood, went through a major transformation, including a two storey addition onto the back of the house as well as a new third floor. The family moved out of their home to undergo the renovation which took several months to complete as it was completely gutted and redesigned. AyA also provided clever cabinet solutions for the family’s three bathrooms.
With 10 years experience as a producer/director for House and Home media, Isabella frequently sees many beautiful kitchens, it was time to bring her work home. With an old 10 year kitchen plan and not sure where to begin Isabella called on her friend Cameron Macneil, House and Home magazine senior design editor. With Isabella's vision and Cameron's input, the final transformation was a beautiful contemporary French Bistro style kitchen. When not at work Isabella enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Vincent McIndoe, renown international commercial and fine artist. Over his long career, he has won numerous honours; among them a Gold Award in International Packaging and a Gold Award for Beer Posters of the Year in North America. From branding and store design to animation Vincent is accomplished in several media, he is best known for graphics and oil paintings styles. He has created extraordinary illustrations and paintings for pominent clients all over the world.
Author and President of the Ivy Foundation; a non profit charitable foundation focusing on environment and a 20 plus year career in Canada's environmental sector, Bruce actively pursues new ways to improve the environment and public awareness. In his most recent book: Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Bruce collaborates with Dr. Rick Smith on a 4 day experiment where they carefully examine seven common everyday household items and their toxic effects on our health.
When a chef sets out to create the ideal kitchen, functionality invariably tops the list of must-haves. Initial layouts confirmed that the kitchen space was too restrictive for an island. "We opted for a bar, and by raising the bar to a height of 42 inches, we established a subtle defining point between the kitchen and dinning room, "states Five Doors North owner and executive chef Vito Rizzuto.