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The Eton townhouse, another Tamarack Model Home designed by Modecor and Sonya Kinkade Design flaunts the most conservative interior design of the seven model homes. Basing the overall look on an updated Craftsman Style, allowed us to incorporate rich wood, traditional dark colours and mostly linear furnishings. The Eton, like the other model homes, The Dover, The Oxford, The Madison, The Hudson and The Chelsea, has a combination of standard and upgraded finishes. The darker walnut cabinetry, walnut floors and black quartz balance well with the lighter floor tiles, cream quartz and faux brick fireplace surround. The introduction of traditional fabrics, patterns and textures compliment the overall classic style of this town house.

The Floorplan

Very little was altered in the Eton floor plan. However, we did endeavour to add fabulous details to the kitchen cabinetry, such as a built-in wine rack, mullioned glass fronts and custom range hood. The original raised island counter was eliminated in favour of a flat counter.

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The Finishes

Rich walnut in mission and shaker cabinet doors set the tone for the remaining finishes in this traditional model home.

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Fabric, Furniture and Accessories

To compliment the overall Craftsman theme of this model, we chose fabrics in rich reds and greens in updated traditional patterns. Although the kitchen dictates a mostly linear design, we introduced circular elements with the lighting in warm metal finishes and round tables with simple design and in some cases, bold red lacquer.

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The Entrance


The Kitchen, Dining and Living Space






 The Master Bedroom



 The Master Bathroom



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All Photography: Charlene Burnside Photography 

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DXV from American Standard and BlogTourNYC

You are undoubtedly familiar with the iconic brand American Standard. Throughout the decades, we have seen this symbol, or one very similar, on our sinks, toilets and faucets.



But would you have guessed that this brand is celebrating 15 Decades of fixture and faucet heritage in a celebration called DXV ….


DXV, another sponsor of Modenus #BlogTour NYC has curated fixture and faucet collections into four broad movements …. CLASSIC  1880- 1920, GOLDEN ERA 1920-1950, MODERN 1950-1910 and CONTEMPORARY 1990 -present. Each of these movements have been comprised to reflect the decorative look of the past combined with the functionality and aesthetic qualities of the present. Within each movement, there are one or two collections showcasing fixtures and faucets which reflect the historic qualities of the time period. However, the products can easily transition from each collection or movement to create an original and aesthetically gratifying kitchen or bathroom as dictated by the requirements of the the designer or client.

Untitled.jpg  CLASSIC.jpgThe  CLASSIC MOVEMENT  includes The Ashbee,  The Landfair, The St. George, The Orchard and The Victorian collections. These bathroom and kitchen fixtures and faucets are reminiscent of yesteryear. The form is more intricate with curved lines and detail.

Untitled 2.jpg 2.jpgThe DXV GOLDEN ERA MOVEMENT typifies less ornamentation and detail apparent in the first decades of the 20th century. It is a simpler time and as illustrated above, The Fitzgerald, The Keefe, The Pop, The Randall and The Wyatt collections have sleeker lines and are slightly more linear.

Untitled.jpg MODERN .jpgThe Rem, The Roycroft and The Fresno collections of the  The MODERN MOVEMENT , highlight the forward thinking and fewer constraints going into the second half of the 20th century. There is a contrast of fluid lines and geometry and an expression of moving forward.

Untitled.jpg 4.jpgWith The CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT, shared influences from around the world are seen in The Lyndon, The Percy, The Seagram and The Isle collections. Contemporary is au courant, it is not static it is limitless and continuing to evolve.

To further celebrate DXV… 15 Decades, Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus collaborated with 6 well known designers to design six spaces, either bathrooms or kitchens with the 4 DXV Movements and collections. The results were astounding. #BlogTourNYC was invited to attend the DXV Showroom in NYC and view first hand not only some of the DXV product line, but to also view the videos of the DXV Design Panel  and their completed 5 bathrooms and one kitchen.


Below are the result of the designers’ visions incorporating the DXV kitchen sinks, toilets, tubs, bathroom sinks, faucets and co-ordinating accessories.

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As you can readily see, the DXV Design Panel designers have incorporated and interchanged the fixtures and faucets from the various collections. I encourage you to view all of the projects by watching the videos and scrolling through all of the accompanying photos. They are beautiful examples of  luxury bathrooms and a kitchen. Each project video and photo gallery is full of detailed inspiration, concepts, drawings and finally photos of the completed rooms. Congratulations must be extended to Veronika Miller… DXV ‘Curator in Chief’, the DXV Design Panel and American Standard for their 15 Decades of influential fixture and faucet design.

I would also like to express my gratitude to DXV for their BlogTourNYC sponsorship and the fabulous private lunch they hosted at Eataly, prior to our visit at the DXV showroom.



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The Ruskin Series by Rutt Cabinetry and BlogtourNYC

When I mentioned via social media that Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry was one of the sponsors of #BlogTourNYC, I got a fabulous response from one of my designer TW friends …’ you will LOVE Rutt Cabinetry’. And indeed I did. Rutt has been in business for more than 60 years, producing luxury custom cabinetry which has promoted them as the ‘master’ of traditional custom cabinetry.  As it happens the new Ruskin series was being featured at the AD Home Design Show and Modenus #BlogTourNYC was invited to attend a media tour presented by Scott A. Stultz, the renown luxury kitchen designer who designed the Ruskin series.


Scott Stultz, Ruskin series designer for Rutt Cabinetry discussing his design process

Deeper relevance than just style was the impetus for the Ruskin series. Novelty for novelty sake does not have longevity Scott explained to all of us.

“The tension and balance between our primal and intellectual needs is a key issue in how we conceive our interior spaces and the design of the objects with which we populate them.” Scott Stultz

Interesting concept  and analogy that was discussed even further. In our homes, we all seek comfort and safety which are primal needs and order and beauty which are intellectual needs. The Ruskin series marries both of the needs, creating a “family of distinct and diverse pieces that can be combined in endless variations.” as Scott further explained.  Music to any designer’s ear.  The photos from the booth illustrate the kind of detail conceived and executed by Scott….where the past meets contemporary, where proportions are robust, while vertical lines are graceful. Complementary details are combined to create the primal function while intellectual elements conceive the form.


The design is in the detail …the detail is in the design.  We are introduced to cornice treatments…crown molding, cove top cornice and the flat cornice.


Brackets are designed, scaled and proportioned  to replicate the crown molding .


The faceted corner posts, cove drawer front, bracket profiles and LED lighting … hallmarks of Ruskin

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Horizontal members that are wider than vertical members of the mullions and contrasting interior colour, set Ruskin apart.


Miele, another #BlogTourNYC sponsor also had a presence at the Rutt Cabinetry booth. The Miele wall oven and coffee system are integrated beautifully into the Ruskin appliance armoire.


Interior details… like jewlery boxes, further enhance the primal/intellectual design of the Ruskin series.

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photo credit Rutt Cabinetry

Although this post is photo centric, they cannot adequately express the the attention to detail, form and function of the Ruskin series. If you are contemplating luxury, custom kitchen cabinetry, Ruskin of Rutt Cabinetry should be on your sourcing list. For more information on the Ruskin series and Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry, please check out their website at

It was a pleasure to meet Scott Stultz and to be introduced to the Ruskin Series at Rutt Cabinetry. I would like to thank Rutt Cabinetry for inviting #BlogTourNYC into their booth and for their generous sponsorship.

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