Spaces by Jacflash’s Custom Picket Stairs

This week, Spaces by Jacflash’s custom slatted stair guard was finally installed! It is one of the final installations of our Ossington house project. The house originally had a load bearing wall closing off the first to second floor stairs, which made the stairway feel very narrow, and dining room dark and separated from the living room and entrance. By taking this wall down, we have created an open concept/modern plan without taking away from the character of the older home. Taking out the load bearing wall involved a structural engineer and approval from the city, but the outcome was worth the extra steps.

This original drawing shows what parts of the original brick wall we planned on exposing, as well as how the stair guard would be designed. Having each picket on the first level attach to each tread allowed the stairs to be almost 5″ wider than the original. The pickets are 1″ thick x 3″ wide, which allow some separation when you are walking adjacent to the stairs, but sitting in the dining room, you are still able to see the exposed brick and anyone using the stairs. It also allows for any natural light from the dining room through the stairs during the day, and the hallway light from upstairs to illuminate the main level at night.

On the second level, having the pickets start from the new nosing to the ceiling, makes the first floor pickets look almost as if they run through the second level floor to the third level. We took this into account when we designed the ‘recessed ceiling’ in the dining room to disguise a bulk head for the new master bathroom, and installed it adjacent to the pickets.

We chose a white oak material for the pickets and nosing to match the new hardwood floors, treads, risers, and handrails. Next week we plan on sealing the stairs and guards to match the floors, which involves a white wash and matte clear coat. The white oak warm tones make this house feel more welcoming against the almost entirely monochromatic palettes of the living room, master bedroom and en suite bathroom.

The overall concept for this redesign was juxtaposing traditional bones with modern finishes, lines, symmetry and technology. These stairs work so well as a conversation against the Victorian inspired mouldings and original brick. On the second level we love how symmetrical the hall is. We chose black hardware for the handrail to tie into the black door knobs to the bedrooms.

This design was one of the leading factors to the concept of the entire renovation. Fluidity between spaces connecting all white walls, with warm white oak floors, and black metal accents is simple, yet captivating. It is an amazing feeling to see it all come into place and look better than we imagined!

Invisible Outlets

Steering away from the traditional bulky and visually obstructive outlets, invisible outlets are a design solution that refrain from the aesthetic and flow of your space being compromised.

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The aesthetic is flush and rimless, seamlessly blending with the interior.

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They can be faux finished, painted, wallpapered or laminated.

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We are currently installing invisible outlets in a client’s bathroom, it runs flush with the wall. By covering it with the same white marble as the wall, we are able to achieve this seamless, “invisible” look.

There are many different options regarding ways to finish the outlet such as painting, or adding wallpaper, that are surprisingly affordable as well!

Broken Can Be Beautiful: Spaces by Jacflash Experiments With Kintsugi

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Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered goldsilver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

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The Japanese believe when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful. It’s time we rethink our philosophy on aging.

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We adore the idea of filling in the cracks on concrete floor.

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and cracked tile.

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Stronger and more beautiful, like this piece of Kintsugi pottery

 

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and this kintsugi coffee table.

We are not only in love with look of kintsugi, but also what it represents, that imperfection is a form of freedom and it’s metaphor for life where “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places”. -Ernest Hemmingway

Spaces by Jacflash Is Bringing The Indoors Out This Summer With Urban Barn!

Spaces by Jacflash is bringing the indoors out this Summer. We’ve teamed up with Urban Barn to transform a backyard space into an extension of our home.

For this project, we are using Urban Barn’s indoor furniture, to bring the comfort of the indoors out.

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We have incorporated rugs, throws and pillows and focused on cool, soothing colours.

The Chateau Dining Table’s shabby chic style compliments the Aimee dining arm chair’s classic silhouette.

We layered Urban Barn’s Heirloom Rug with their Vares Rug. The muted colour palettes and the aged look of both rugs create a warm and comforting vibe in the outdoor space.

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Bringing a mirror outdoors increases light and space to every backyard setting. The intricate detailing on Urban Barn’s Presley Floor Mirror adds a glamorous touch. Urban Barn offers endless vases and planters, layering different textures, sizes and colours, adds incredible character to the space.

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We chose Urban Barn’s Element Chandelier in dark grey to add a dramatic element to the seating area.

To transform our table setting we decided to do a floral table runner. We used a lot of larger greenery, layering it on the base of the table and filling it all in with Eucalyptus. We then filled in any gaps in the table and added Baby’s Breath to add a lighter colour and texture. To top off the table setting I chose flowers with a lot of whites, creams and grey tones such as dusty rose.

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Because the theme of our backyard is bringing the indoors out, I decided to fill the entire space with plants, flowers and as much greenery as possible so that you are still reminded that it is outdoors.

For each table setting I started off with Urban Barn’s Sandy Beach Placemat, which I love because it gives the whole space a beachy, casual and laid back vibe. I used the Moon Struck Dishware Set, the Hammered Five Piece Cutlery Set, I love the hammered texture because it adds a modern edge to the rest of the table. I also chose the Diamant Glassware and I love how dramatic it makes the rest of the table.

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To finish of the table I purchased a grey linen fabric at the fabric store, cut it to the size that I wanted, wet it a little bit and threw it in the dryer to give it a more natural, wrinkled look.

The backyard design that Spaces by Jacflash assembled with Urban Barn creates a fun and elegant atmosphere to this outdoor space.

Check out our new Youtube Chanel, showcasing more of our backyard design!

Photos by Evens Belleus, video by Ekaterina Shumakova.

#Paid Office by Spaces by Jacflash

Spaces by Jacflash has made over the #Paid office. The main wall of the space was painted half black so as to mimic the feel of a half wall moulding, the lounge area was created into a cozy conference area or the perfect waiting or work space. It includes a wall mounted fireplace, bean bag chairs and endless natural elements. A hammock sits nearby a “get money” neon sign and a meeting and eating nook is perfect for lunch breaks.
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For more info on refreshing or creating your space with the Spaces by Jacflash team contact jaclyn@jacflash.net!
 Photos by Evans Belleus