Salt and Pepper Steak Rub <br /> Photography by Ryan Brook Credits: Salt and Pepper Steak Rub <br /> Photography by Ryan Brook
Photography by Brandon Barré Credits: Photography by Brandon Barré
Pre-reno, Simard installed glamorous custom drapery in the kitchen to match the adjoining living room's window treatment. He pulled the panels' silver-grey, taupe and bright blue hues to build the kitchen palette, establishing a seamless flow between spaces. Interior design, tidg.ca. Silk-blend drapery fabric, robertallendesign.com.
In addition to warming up the room's silver-grey and blue tones, the au courant brass accents are also delightfully unexpected. "You have to have fun," says Simard. "It's a bit of a buzz when I try new design schemes and explore the unknown. It's a design adrenaline rush!" Quinoa faucet (in custom brass finish), aquabrass.com. Electro-plating (cabinet pulls), doorstore.ca.
Simard's cabinetry was in great shape, but the drab colour was a jarring contrast to the rest of the home's palette. A fresh coat of paint in a deep, moody blue instantly upped the drama and made everyday cabinetry extraordinary. Gentleman's Grey 2062-20 paint (on cabinets), benjaminmoore.ca. Spray painting, torontopaintstore.com.
The countertop and backsplash were cut from a single slab of marble, so the grey veins align and transition from horizontal to vertical. Statuarietto vintage marble, marbletrend.com.
Simard replaced a cluttered bar cart with two chic antique chairs and a modern Saarinen-style tulip table. The result: functional eat-in kitchen with European bistro flair. Table, eliteliving.ca. Antique chairs, wine rack, Decorum Decorative Finds, 416-966-6829.
Oversize appliances would overwhelm this narrow room. Simard sourced a 24-inch stainless-steel range and a counter-depth fridge to keep the appliances in scale with the room's proportions, ensuring that they didn't consume precious counter space. Blomberg refrigerator and range, canadianappliance.ca. Smoked-grey mirror backsplash, mirrorinteriors.com. Check out our tips on how to renovate your kitchen on a budget.
|This story was originally titled "Cordon Blue" in the May 2014 issue.|
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Susan Sarandon for L'Oréal Paris
It was announced recently that the newest ambassador added to L'Oréal Paris' long list of of stars—including Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts—is Susan Sarandon.
The Oscar-winning actor and activist is a perfect example of what it means to age gracefully. At 69, she proves that age is just a number. "Susan is a cinematic icon. She is strong, charismatic, and talented and has a compelling sense of self. Her outspoken activism, captivating film work, and authentic charm continue to inspire women to be fearless and believe in their convictions. She is a real woman of worth inside and out. We are honored to have Susan as a new Lorealista," said Cyril Chapuy, L'Oréal Paris Brand Global President.
In a press release sent out in January, it included this quote from Sarandon about the partnership: "When L'Oréal Paris and Cyril first approached me, I was so flattered. The brand has always been a leader in helping in the empowerment and development of women. The very first time I heard 'Because I'm Worth It', it definitely was a shift in the framing of why you should look good. It had to do with women becoming the master of their own lives and decisions. It’s an extremely powerful statement that has transcended time. Beauty comes from the inside; it’s a state of mind. I'm proud to be a part of their message and to represent the L'Oréal Paris women," says Sarandon.
Later this year she’ll appear in advertisements in both print and commercials as the face of the brand’s Age Perfect franchise, for both skincare and hair colour.
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