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Braeside Reveal: Cartesian X Deslaurier

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After eight months of pouring hard work and love into this project alongside our partner of over 8 years, Michael Splinter, owner of Cartesian Homes, this beautiful home built on spec in Alta Vista hit the market and sold fast.

“This was a very rewarding project to see come together. Worth all of the months spent away from home” says Mike. 

This contemporary gem was a collaboration between Mike and Joey Cooke, AKBD certified designer from Deslaurier Custom Cabinets.

In this chic and sophisticated home, you’ll find white walls with black accents, touches of natural walnut, metal and Carrera marble throughout.

Let’s start in the mudroom.

entrance way

First impressions are important, and this bold entrance makes us want to kick off our shoes (and place them neatly in the soft-close drawers) and stay a while. This mudroom features our most popular door style, Brookfield, in the colour Ebony. The bold colour choice adds the right amount of drama to balance the light flooring and white walls. 

“One of the unique features about this room is the opening to the pantry (pictured below), where stunning open shelving, subway tile, and a built in beverage fridge is waiting to greet us” says Mike.


As we round the corner from the Butler’s pantry we step into the show-stopping kitchen. This trendy kitchen was all about creating a space that felt upscale and impressive but still totally relaxed. The contrast of the dark Ebony coloured island in an otherwise completely light kitchen adds a boldness and richness that we just can’t get enough of.

contemporary kitchen

Joey focused on simple, classic finishes with some statement pieces throughout to make this kitchen feel effortless yet exciting. Gold subway tile accents and a custom Walnut range hood break up the monotony of our Wellington White coloured cabinets, while adding a level of warmth and a simple luxurious touch.

white kitchen with walnut accents

The contrast in this kitchen lends itself to the modern design trends that we are seeing this year.

“The white with warm wood is a very popular look – Mike and I both loved the combination of the Wellington White and the Walnut range hood as a focal point. Adding in the dark Ebony island adds some depth and contrast to the space, making it both fun and timeless”, says designer Joey.

When asked about the strategy behind the layout of the kitchen, Joey says that her and Mike wanted to create visual separation to the area that is similar to a Butler’s pantry area. The tall pantry cabinet pictured below acts as a wall divider to the adjacent area with floating shelves.

Other custom design details:

“The tall oven cabinet was designed so the top door height matches the pantry on that wall.The visual of the line of Walnut uppers was determined by the required clearance height for the cook top. The height of this is more for the final look rather than a functional reason as the cabinets are higher than standard uppers”.

Next on our tour we have the luxurious Ensuite.

luxurious bathroom walnut vanity with marble countertops

This beautiful wall-to-wall custom vanity designed by Joey features Deslaurier’s Walnut grain doors in the same Brookfield style that is used throughout the rest of the house. Sturdy, sleek hardware by Berenson adds some modern bling to balance out the natural and earthy feel of the vanity, while Bianco Carrera countertops and marble backlash in the shower top it all off for a lavish finish. We love the consistent use of white and black throughout the house for that modern and timeless feel, while warm walnut accents throughout give the home life.

A premier home builder and leader in energy efficiency in the Ottawa area for over 3 years,  Cartesian Homes is a valued partner of Deslaurier. We like to work with home builders who match our dedication to quality, professionalism, and customization – and this newly built home is no exception.


How Much Should a Kitchen Really Cost

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The longer, warmer days are a promising sign that Spring is on the way. As the snow melts and sunlight spills into our kitchen windows, we often feel the urge to freshen things up.

Enter remodeling season. Maybe you plan on listing your home in the summer and are looking to increase its value with a new kitchen. Or maybe you plan on staying in your home and you’ve decided it’s time to break up with your 1980’s oak cabinets and beige counter tops.

Whatever your reasoning, investing in your kitchen has many benefits:

  • It enhances functionality in your home.
  • It might even encourage you to save money by cooking at home instead of dining out.
  • It can lessen energy costs.
  • It can enhance the comfort and safety for your family.
  • It can significantly increase the overall value of your home.

Expectation vs Reality

While it’s safe to say that no renovation will add as much equity to your home or will be enjoyed as much as a kitchen renovation, it’s also one of the most costly renovations. Most people plan and prepare for the costs associated with the bigger ticket items that fill our Pinterest boards – cabinets, countertops, appliances – but there are other important financial considerations that might come as a surprise to you.

Deslaurier Designer Barb Purdy notes that “many people underestimate the cost of contracting, which can cost an equal amount to the kitchen itself”. Barb also explains that a lot of cost fluctuation is determined by the selection of finishes and accessories people choose – “you can easily add $10,000 onto your bill depending on which details are important to you”.

If you’ve watched TV renovation shows, you might be expecting a glamorous and seamless process where a fully stacked team of contractors and interior designers make your kitchen dreams come true overnight. Although appealing, the budgets and timelines we see on our favorite HGVT shows are often unrealistic. In reality, Nearly one third of homeowners have significant trouble staying on budget when getting work done on their homes—and they tend to allocate most of that budget to the kitchen.

So, where is your money going and how much should you budget for your kitchen renovation?

The 5 to 15 Percent Rule

According to Deslaurier Sales Manager Sam Marrello, your kitchen should equate to 10 – 15 percent of your home’s overall value. HomeAdvisor.com shares a similar opinion, stating that you should follow the 5 to 15 percent rule, which means your kitchen remodel should cost no less than 5 percent of your home’s value, and no more than 15.

Here’s what that looks like. If you own a $500,000 home, for example, the lowest number you likely want to spend on your kitchen remodel will be $25,000 to $50,000 (5 to 10 percent). But you probably wouldn’t want to exceed a budget of $75,000 (15 percent). Spending less than 5 percent might not be enough to see your home’s value increase, while investing more than 15 percent could put you at risk of losing money if you decide to sell your home. It’s also a good idea to add 15 to 20 percent to your budget as a safety net to handle surprises or unexpected costs that come up. You never know what could be lurking behind those old walls.

Pick Your Must Have Items Ahead of Time 

You don’t have to splurge on everything. Determining how you and your family will use your kitchen is an important discussion to have ahead of time. You might want a show stopping kitchen island with a built-in beverage center because that’s where your family gathers for nightly dinners and parties. If you’ve already decided that this is a must have for your kitchen, you’ll be more willing to re-evaluate other items in the event that you’re coming in over budget. Maybe you don’t need that high-end stove, or maybe ceramic flooring isn’t such a bad idea after all.

Obviously, there are exceptions to this kitchen cost rule, but when you’re trying to estimate a budget for your kitchen renovation, the 5 to 15 percent rule is a good guideline. Once you’ve decided on an amount that you’re comfortable spending, it’s on to the fun part of the remodel: choosing counter tops, shiny new hardware, and toying with the idea of multi-colored cabinets. Let the Pinterest boards roll.

For kitchen inspiration projects in the Ottawa area, check out our Houzz account.


Author: Kayla Huchenski, Marketing Manager, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets


Designer Debut: Kristen Weese

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Meet Deslaurier’s newest secret weapon, Kristen Weese 

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been in the industry for 4 years now.

I went into interior decorating right out of high school in 2013, graduating from that program in 2015. While in school I worked part time at urban barn selling furniture and helping clients with their interior design needs, and also worked with John from HDD Ottawa and Susan at SO interiors.

It wasn’t until I graduated that I decided I wanted to specialize in kitchen design.

The kitchen is the heart of the home & I love helping my clients create a space that mirrors their lifestyle and personality. Whether it is hosting cocktail parties or rounding up children for nightly family dinners, I want them to make the most of their kitchen. 

Once I decided kitchen design was my passion, I studied kitchen and bath design from 2015 – 2016. Deslaurier welcomed me as a co-op student from kitchen and bath in 2016 and hired me on full time right out of school.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say my personal style is more eclectic then anything & I prefer to use raw materials in my space.

I tend to get drawn to certain pieces and find a way to make them work within my space.

I love integrating old/vintage pieces into my newer designs. I love high contrast design & the use of black metals in light airy spaces to give it depth and that “wow” factor.

Why did you get into kitchen design?

I’ve always had a passion for design from a young age…I was constantly annoying my mother with wanting to rearrange/repaint my room as my personal style was evolving with age.

I have always been drawn to natural stone. I got into kitchen design when I realized I needed to do more than interior décor. I loved all the calculations and detail it takes to plan out a kitchen design that is both beautiful and functional.

How do you find inspiration when you help a customer design a space?

Finding inspiration is at a fingers touch these days. From searching the web for inspiration or asking fellow colleagues/friends, but I find most inspiration is found from just collaborating with clients and discovering their needs.

There is no better inspiration than simply learning about who my clients are and how they plan to use their kitchen. 

What is the thing you most enjoy about your job?

Seeing a satisfied customer at the end of the design processes when all of their needs and wants become reality is a feeling you cant beat. But turning a house into a home for all to enjoy is by far my favorite part.

You can completely transform someone’s life by giving them a space that functions and benefits them in every aspect.

I enjoy turning dull outdated spaces into beautiful functioning living spaces.

When you are not designing kitchens – what do you do in your spare time? What are your favorite things to do for fun?

When I’m not designing kitchens I love to spend time with my beloved Great Dane Winnie & Lady friends whether it be a night out on the town for dinner & drinks or staying in for a wine & charcuterie night.

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5 Must Have Kitchen Storage Accessories

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5 Must Have Kitchen Storage Accessories for 2020


After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we’re all left feeling a little disorganized. While our kitchen was the center stage during our holiday parties and gatherings, it’s left looking a little too lived in.  

The good news is, a new year brings a fresh start, and for many, a new and improved kitchen. Whether you’re planning a kitchen reno or simply want to make the heart of your home more functional for the year ahead, storage accessories should be a top consideration for your 2020 kitchen goals.

Storage is more than just organizing the clutter in your kitchen. It’s about affordable, modern solutions that can reduce health risks, improve food prep and make cooking and cleaning more efficient.

Organization is Always Trendy

Fads and trends will come and go as we step into this next decade, but useful and organized spaces will remain timeless. Our cabinets and pantries are designed to be anything but standard, which is why we offer customized storage accessories to help make everyday life easier and make the most out of every square foot in your kitchen.

If you’re ready to tackle your kitchen’s organization needs in 2020, then these 5 must have kitchen storage accessories are for you.

Roll-out cabinet shelves

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First on the list to achieving kitchen organization greatness is the roll-out cabinet shelves. Bending down or kneeling on the hard floor to reach into the back of a lower cabinet only to pull out the wrong item is anything but functional. These roll-out cabinet shelves are the perfect solution to displaying your cabinet contents with ease. No more digging in a dark and compacted cabinet space for the baking powder. Everything you need at your fingertips, with one roll.

Tray Dividers

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Tray dividers are both aesthetically pleasing and extremely functional, ensuring your cabinet design makes an efficient use of space and is protected from the scratches or dents that come with a chaotic mess of utensils. Making sure everything has a place in your cabinets is an important and thoughtful element in kitchen design.  Aside from utensil trays, you can also opt to insert a spice tray divider, which will conveniently display your spices when the drawer is pulled out.

Magic Corner Cabinet

corner cabinet storage accessory

Third on our list of must have kitchen storage accessories is the Magic Corner unit. This unit is made up of 4 trays which pull out of the corner cabinet and let you have extendable storage. They are useful for larger items like pots and pans and have limited moving parts which prevents them from breaking. Although slightly more expensive than the lazy Susan, they are a better use of limited space as they provide more mobility and functionality, bringing all of the contents of the cabinet out of the darkness so you can see exactly what you have – or didn’t even know you had.

Orgaline Plate Holders

plate holder cabinet accessory

This must have kitchen storage accessory is a fan favorite among our clients who value accessibility in the kitchen. The Orgaline plate holder is an ergonomic alternative for storing dishes in lower cabinets, adding comfort and efficiency to your working space. Dishes are securely contained providing protection and can be easily and safely transported from cabinet to table as the holders lift right out of the drawer. Be sure to check with your designer or supplier to ensure your plate holders will fit the dimensions of your cabinets.

Wire Spice Pull Outs

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The Wire Spice Pull Out is an efficient use of space for a narrow cabinet that you might want to add. The front of the cabinet can be custom made to match the rest of your kitchen cabinets, and the inside will have chrome plated rails to add a modern polish. This pull-out features full extension sides to provide complete stability and prevent spices from moving when pulling the system out of the cabinet.

These must have kitchen storage accessories will help you create a space that is just as efficient as it is beautiful. We are proud to offer a range of custom storage and organizational solutions designed to simplify your kitchen work space. 

We know deciding which solutions are right for you can seem overwhelming. Our design team will guide you through all options, ensuring a high-functioning, clutter-free kitchen that allows you to focus on enjoying the moment.

Connect with a one of our design experts for a free consultation to discuss your kitchen needs.


Jason Chartrand Appointed President of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

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OTTAWA – On behalf of James Maxwell, Cyril Leeder and the rest of the ownership group of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, we are pleased to announce that Jason Chartrand has been appointed President of the company.

Jason was most recently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries from 2013 to 2019. In that role, Jason was responsible for all Finance, Administration and Operations of the organization. In addition to his role at La-Z-Boy from 2014 to today, he was the CFO of Corporate Furniture Group, an office furniture solutions business.

Sam Marrello will continue to lead the Deslaurier Sales and Design team and Harold Hazen will continue to lead the Distribution Sales team. Sam and Harold are best in our industry and are prepared to meet the needs of homebuilders, remodelers and kitchen design centres in Ontario and Quebec.

Jim Deslaurier, our Founder, will continue in his current role. Jim will play a key role in customer retention, product development and will be an advisor to the leadership team.

See how Deslaurier can help you with your Kitchen design needs by visiting our website at www.desalurier.ca or call our showroom at 613-596-5155 for an in person appointment. 


DCC Designer of the Month – JULY

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“Successfully creating an inspiring and functional kitchen is to create a space you never want to leave.”  -Andrea De Caria


Andrea De Caria


How long have you been at Deslaurier?
“I actually worked at Deslaurier in my twenties in a design support role then left to start a family. After re-entering the work force, I worked for a developer for many years. I have now been back at Deslaurier for almost 2 years.”

How would you describe your personal style?
“I can appreciate all styles, but I love an eclectic mix of old and new which gives depth and personality to a space.”

Why did you get into kitchen design?
“My background is in interior design and after many years of building custom homes & working for a developer on various residential and commercial projects I was looking for a change. I liked the idea of a working on intricate specialized spaces and the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”

How do you find inspiration when you help a customer design a space?
“I try to learn as much as I can about my clients. It helps that I’m a people person and I love asking questions. From here, I generally have a good idea which direction we will go.
Clients do often have an idea of how they envision the finished product but it’s my job to work through all the many details and bring it to life.”

What is the thing you most enjoy about your job?
“Meeting great people and the variety that it brings.”

In your spare time, what do you do for fun?
“I’m fascinated by health, wellness & nutrition and love sharing my knowledge and trying out new recipes.”

Fun fact about you:
“Apparently, I laugh like the count on Sesame Street.”