This weekend marks Canada’s 146th birthday and is officially the first long weekend of Summer!
There are plenty of activities to take part in on long weekends, and no matter what you and your family or friends are up to this weekend, we want you to have fun and be safe! Although the forecast in the GTA is calling for rain, we’ve got tons of ideas for fun in and outdoors!
If you are staying in the city this weekend, the city of Toronto has lots to offer, from firework celebrations to parades, an electronic music festival and even a Blue Jays game on Canada Day itself! > Click for more
On my recent quest to get healthier I have been looking for realistic ways to reduce the amount of wheat (gluten) in mine and my family’s diet. I received a Quinoa recipe book for Christmas and have been testing a few recipes from it over the last couple of months. I came across one that I think is worthy of sharing. If you are looking for a fresh, easy, healthy, summer salad, this is the recipe you need! Everyone in my family, including my very picky 7 year old and my “steak and potatoes” father-in-law gave this salad the thumbs up!
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Confession: I find myself humming, involuntarily, when I’m arranging flowers. Any flowers! Although I’m just an aspiring domestic diva, the homemaker in me likes to peek through once in a while. I guess it’s not such a bad thing to be in touch with my inner diva, and boy, does this diva enjoy flowers! Flowers make me happy!! Over the years, I’ve learned how to make them last longer than usual. For this skill, I thank my loving spouse who’s last spontaneous bouquet for me was bought, because he was sure I needed him to pick something up from the grocery store, but he couldn’t remember what it was. So to stay out of trouble, he bought flowers! It worked (did I mention, I like flowers?). I’ve decided to keep him.
Back to why we’re here. Amanda & I picked up a fabulous bouquet for our Open House last Saturday with such vibrant colours that it just helped to brighten up our event. We opted for 1 big, somewhat pricier bouquet with lots of character, versus 2 smaller, less expensive ones and it sure did pay off! We were able to make 2 beautiful arrangements so that we could spread the love around our spacious showroom. > Click for more
This past Saturday, AyA hosted its first retail Open House. The Mississauga showroom was abuzz with guests who were eager to learn more about all the different components that go into making their dream kitchens come to life.
Throughout our showroom here at Head Office, there were rotational education stations set up. The first station hosted by AyA was “Discover Your Style”. This station went through the different styles available and what style best suited the customers’ lifestyle and preferences. It basically simplified what could be for some a daunting process of narrowing down the choices for cabinetry. The group went through the 3 general styles of Urban, Transitional and Classic, and broke down what this meant in terms of door style, species of material, colour or stain and the various options for ornamentation and organization. > Click for more
It’s that time of year again! The sun is starting to shine, birds are chirping and of course, the rain is soon to come. Why not take advantage of one of those April Shower days and make the best of it? The kitchen is a great spot to hit first on the spring cleaning list. Time to clean out all the leftovers that may be hidden in the back of the pantries, or fridge. It is also a time to really investigate what you have for recipe creations-if weight loss and healthier eating is on your radar, now is the perfect time to get rid of the less healthy foods, clear those out and replace with fresh fruits and veggies for a complete fresh start. > Click for more
AyA’s Manhattan Crimson & Lumina Oyster
AyA Designer Amy Dillon and design savvy couple and familiar customers to AyA Heather and Howard Sherman show off their bold kitchen. Designed using a combination of AyA’s Manhattan and Lumina back painted glass in a dramatic palette of Crimson, Anthracite, Oyster and Pitch Black this space is truely the heart of the home.
An illusion of a larger space is created with a full length wall of white panels and open glass. Integrated appliances, including a stacked washer and dryer, blend seamlessly into the space without taking away from its exterior beauty. > Click for more
Design trends influence many facets of our life, whether it be in fashion, automobiles or architecture. Without exception, kitchens evolve with the ins and outs of what’s hot and what’s not; from cabinets, finishes, appliances and styles, they are all equally swayed by trends.
Here’s a sneak peak at what to expect for 2013 in the world of kitchens.
1. LESS IS MORE
When it comes to modern kitchens, expect to see a lot more of less. Clean simple lines, minimal hardware and glassy surfaces are all the rage for 2013. Heavily influenced by European trends, modern styled kitchens are especially popular in the condo market, where compact interiors call for clean minimal lines. Expect to see open shelving or clear wall space above countertops rather than the usual wall cabinets; also highly desirable, is the use of horizontal cabinetry featuring flip-up doors or notched wall cabinets that don’t require hardware to open. > Click for more
AyA has always been a green minded company and we are always looking for ways to be innovative with our green initiatives. One of the earliest and most interesting initiatives was teaming up with Gordie Warnoff from A Higher Plane. Since 2007 Gordie has taken AyA’s offcuts and created beautiful cutting boards, knife blocks, bowls and more.
We’ve always been amazed by Gordie’s freecycling talents and magnetic personality and it now seems the world is taking notice too. > Click for more
For this years’ Interior Design Show in Toronto, which ran from Jan.24 – 27, AyA partnered with award winning architect and designer Johnson Chou. The project was met with great interest and enthusiasm by media, trade and retail clients.
The editors from Designlines magazine were in attendance and showing their love for all-things-design with their love tags. Each like a thumbs up or stamp of approval, they let their favourite designs be known and awarded 100 of the best products spotted during the show and Toronto design week.
AyA’s booth; BASE, is a seamless blend of form and function which caught the attention of show goers by hiding and revealing cooking areas, sinks, tables and entertainment areas. > Click for more