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!

We liked pineapples before pineapples were cool

Mid century modern seems to be the hottest interior design trend around right now and adding the popular pineapple welcoming motif helps your home to feel even more bright and inviting. Pineapples have always been a symbol of hospitality and luxury. Hundreds of years ago pineapples were the dessert of the wealthy and the perfect gift to your guests inspired by its historical rarity. Having pineapple decor in your house today will present a quirky colourful impression that will resemble you as the happiest of hostesses.

Check out our favourite pineapple decor inspiration photos to spark you to create your own luxurious and cheerful pineapple statement in every room in your home.

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This rosy and ritzy accessory is also prevalent at Toronto’s newest hot spot, The Addison’s Residence on Wellington. The vibe and decor is more than brilliant as it is set up like a Beverly Hills mansion, cool and content with a vintage chic vibe. Whether you’re with 2 or 200 people, The Addison’s will make you feel right at home, at the most lavish of house parties.

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The second hidden gem we discovered this week is the most charming tropical tiki restaurant and bar called Miss Thing’s. The food is as colourful as the decor, giving you a vibe from the tropics of Hawaii.  But of course, our favourite item on the menu is the pineapple fried rice.

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If you are looking to dazzle up your home, we have great pineapple decor available for sale on the Jacflash website. Here’s a peek at the new arrivals to the home accessories store. ..

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Happy Friday- until next trend!