CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – We Begin!

Yesterday marked Day 1 of Our Big House Renovation. BUT, I could not blog or take pictures because our littlest monkey had some sort of stomach bug… 😦 So here is a quick little vine vid showing our Demo and some Before Shots!


CCSRtip Tuesday: Pantone’s Monaco Blue


Looking at the Pantone’s fashion colour report for Spring 2013 – they showed many beautiful colours – Pantone 19-3964 Monaco Blue – such a gorgeous and versatile colour – really caught my eye. (As well as the Poppy Red – Pantone 17-1664!!!) It can either be really punchy or played down and become a lovely accent among neutrals. Can’t wait to see if any of you decide to use this beautiful BLUE in your homes!

PLEASE NOTE BLOG CORRECTION: Pantone HAS NOT launched it’s 2013 Colour of the Year. Sorry for the confusion!



















CCSRiconic: Kelly Wearstler



I have been a fan of Kelly Wearstler’s for a while now. She is widely known for her inspiring hotel interiors, abstract art, blog and fashion line – among other things! Her fourth book, Rhapsody is being released by Rizzoli on October 23rd – and today I read an interview she did for the Los Angeles Times | Homes section. The journalist describes Kelly as a women who is “fluent in many forms of visual communication”, (totally agree by the way) – I think that as a designer or someone who is interested in using their God given talents to reflect beauty in our world – that is a wonderful compliment and aspiration – the whole idea of being able to tell a story with your art. Kelly Wearstler is a very interesting woman, and when reading this interview further, I found myself taken with her one of her answers, so much so, that I thought I would share it on the blog!

Where do you go for inspiration?

Inspiration is everywhere; you just have to look around you. I find it taking my little boys to LACMA and MOCA, going shopping for vintage clothes and furniture in Los Angeles and just spending time at the beach in Malibu, which clears my head. I always tell everyone you have to educate your eyes. The more you see, the more you know what is special. So I look for the anomalies, the unusual things that I have not seen a million times before. I like things that have a voice, that say something. That lights my fire and keeps me going. You have to look for something unique. If you don’t take risks, you can’t evolve, whether it’s what you eat or how you dress or how you decorate your home.

The interview was great – click here to read the full article by David A. Keeps. See below for Kelly’s other titles and look for her new book on!




CCSRevents: IDSwest & Blend 2012

IDSwest 2012 was great this year – so much talent in Vancouver. From Bocci, INFINITY Drain, Urban BarnAYA & Kelly Deck, Brent Comber, BlancoCanada, and Living Space – to name a few. So many highlights – so much inspiration – such a great time.

Blend 2012 is an event that is put on by an amazing group of local bloggers – Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West – and this year it was at the lovely St. Regis Hotel and sponsored by Ikea Canada. It was such a pleasure getting to know them, and the other great people that belong to this awesome group. We were also graced with the presence of none other than Tommy Smythe (Sarah’s House), Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen (from House&Home). What a great night – so thankful to be a part of it.

All images care of Instagram – follow along – “ccsrdesign”.

CCSRtip Tuesday: Countertops

Granite in CCSR Powder Bath Below

Plastic Laminate in CCSR Powder Bath BelowGranite in CCSR Kitchen BelowButcher Block in Kitchen Below

When it comes to countertops for your bathrooms, kitchens, or utility rooms – the choices are endless. In this post I thought I would break down the choices out there and give you some examples of what they look like – and then photos of places we have used these surfaces in our projects. Right now, we are quite partial to using Quartz in our projects – but any stone product seems to really increase value when remodelling a home.


Best For: Busy kitchens and baths. It is stain and heat resistant and low maintenance. It doesn’t need sealing and is available in vibrant colours and styles that mimic natural stone.

But: edges and corners can chip. Rounded edges help. Stone finishes can appear more uniform then natural.

Price: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best For: a natural stone look. It can withstand heavy use and resists stains when it’s properly sealed. It also resists heat and scratches.

But: it can chip and typically needs resealing to resist stains. Appearance can differ from samples, so it’s best to choose a slab at the stone yard.

Price: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best For: a contemporary look when made with large shards, or to resemble solid surfacing when finely ground. Resistant to heat, cuts and scratches.

But: chips and stains can be a problem.

Price: $60 to $120 per sq. ft.


Best For: a wide variety of colours and patterns at a budget-friendly price. It’s excellent at resisting stains and heat damage and is simple to install.

But: it’s easy scratched by knives and isn’t repairable. Most laminate have visible seams, though post-formed options are available.

Price: $10 to $40 per sq. ft.

TILE (ceramic or porcelain)

Best For: use near stoves because it’s heat resistant. Tiles comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns.

But: it chips. The grout between tiles stains, even when it’s sealed, and can mildew. Poor installation can increase those problems. Thinner grout lines and darker grout may help.

Price: $5 t0 $30 per sq. ft.


Best For: seamless installations. Many colours and styles are available, including those that mimic concrete, stone, and quartz. Solid surfacing is also stain resistant, and small nicks and scratches can be repaired.

But: it’s easily scratched. Stone finishes can look more uniform than natural.

Price: $35 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best For: adding the beauty of stone to a low-traffic kitchen. It withstands heat very well, and small scratches can be repaired. Slabs vary, so go to a stone yard.

But: it’s easily sliced, scratched, and nicked. Stain resistance is only mediocre, and the surface needs to be periodically rubbed with mineral oil.

Price: $50 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best For: customizing. It can be dyed or textured.

But: it can develop cracks. Its durability depends on the fabricator’s skill and the sealers used. Topical sealers, which resist stains but not heat, are best for bathrooms. Penetrating sealers resist heat but not stains and must be reapplied.

Price: $60 to $120 per sq. ft.


Best For: a modern-looking kitchen. It repels stains and heat and doesn’t rust or discolor. The countertop can be made with an integral sink for an even sleeker seamless look.

But: it show fingerprints and it dents and scratches easily. Matte or grain finishes hide damage better. It can look cold.

Price: $50 to $150 per sq. ft.


Best For: a country kitchen and for cutting produce. This natural material is also easy to install and repair.

But: it might need periodic sealing or even refinishing to remove surface cuts, dings and scratches. Its finish affects performance. Varnish improves stain resistance and penetrating oils decrease it.

Price: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best for: a natural stone look without heavy veining or graining in a low-traffic kitchen, guest bathroom, or powder room. It withstands heat very well.

But: it’s a very soft stone that is easily sliced, nicked, and scratched. It’s also porous, so it stains easily even when it’s properly sealed.

Price: $50 to $100 per sq. ft.


Best For: a classic stone look in low-traffic areas, such as baking zone or a quest bathroom. It’s available in a wide range of natural colours.

But: it’s more porous than granite, so it’s not as stain resistant. It also scratches easily, isn’t very heat resistant, and needs periodic sealing.


Best For: show rather than daily use. It’s available in several different styles, including a parquet pattern.

But: it’s easily stained, scorched, sliced and nicked. The manufacturer may warn against using around sink, as moisture can warp the material. Bamboo may darken over time.

Price: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.

On a test that takes resisting: Stains, Cutting, Heat, Abrasion and Impact (out of 100) – Quartz (84), Granite (81) and Recycled glass (69) rated the highest. Butcher block – oil finish (24), Marble (14) and Bamboo (10) rated the worst. Laminate countertops rated 68 – which is why this inexpensive alternative still remains relatively popular.

Note: Prices include installation. A typical kitchen needs 56 sq. ft.

Taken from Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide | Consumer Reports 2012

Granite in Kitchen Below

Granite in Kitchen BelowQuartz in Ensuite Bathroom BelowMarble in Ensuite Bathroom Below

If you need any help determining what kind of countertop to use for your upcoming project or if you need help with pricing – please contact us at info@ccsrdesign and we would be happy to point you in the direction that best suits your needs.