Monday, September 26, 2011


Although it seems like fall came sooner than we had hoped, now it has officially begun!  With the changing colour of leaves, wetter weather, and that need for an extra layer of clothing or scarf, we are now required to heat our homes once again.

Whether you heat your home with a boiler, furnace, heated floors, or with solar power, a fireplace will always have that feeling of warmth simply by looking at one.

Monday, September 19, 2011

JMD & 2011 Care Awards

Friday night was a day all of us at the JMD office were looking forward to for weeks!  As we counted down the days, the day finally arrived and we were all very excited to dress up and represent Jenny Martin Design once and for all again at the 2011 Care Awards ceremony.

This year, the Awards was held again at The Empress Hotel in the ever so spectacular Ball Room.  With a room filled with incredibly talented businesses, we were honoured to be amongst them all!

What a night!  Jenny Martin Design was honoured with 5 out of the 7 categories nominated!

Here they are!

#1) Best Kitchen 225 - 250 sq.ft. - Arioso

#2) Best Kitchen over 450 sq.ft. - Broadview

#3) Best Bathroom over 175 sq.ft. - Arioso

#4) Best Interior - Residential 1500 - 2500 sq.ft. - Arioso

#5) Best Interior - Residential over 6,000 sq.ft. - Broadview

What an incredible night we had!  Congratulations to many other wonderful projects that were awarded, including the Windward Oaks by M. Knight Construction Ltd, Garagemahal by B Cubed Construction Ltd and Ines Hanl at The Sky is the Limit.  We recommend that you check them out, they are amazing!

We are still awaiting pictures from the event so stay tuned!...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Barn Doors

Barn doors have come a long way.  What once were used more commonly for the exterior doors of a shed, stable, barn or warehouse, barn doors have become an architectural and functional trend within an interior space.

In today's design, the barn door concept has evolved to include a wide range of styles and materials plus a variety of different hardware. Whether you aim to achieve a traditional farmhouse look or a super modern sleek look, you can achieve any style to suit your space.

The barn door, or shall we now refer to it as the sliding door allows an efficient use of space because it requires no swing.  We see more sliding doors for small spaces particularly in new condominiums where functional space-saving is critical in the design.

The best thing about sliding doors is that they can be utilized in any space.  We particularly enjoy them for small bathrooms, tight closets, and messy offices.  They can also be used as a feature in a room or be cleverly disguised in the backdrop.

If you are planning on incorporating a sliding door in your space, make sure you have clearance above the door opening for your hardware.  Also be aware that adequate space beside the opening is required to allow the door to be open fully.  This doesn't mean that you can't put anything on that part of the wall!  You can still place furniture a few inches off from the wall as well as hang artwork.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Look For Us In Western Living Magazine

We are excited to announce that we have been featured in the September Design Of The Year issue of Western Living!  You'll find us under Ones To Watch.  For a quick link, you can click here

And to give you a refresher, you can check out the photos from Queenswood:  Exterior, Living Room & Dining & Kitchen.

While you pick up the September Issue of Western Living Magazine, don't forget to also pick up their sister publication Western Living CONDO.  With so many of us dealing with condo living, this magazine is your "guide to small space living".

From all of us here at the office, we would like to say a big "Thank You!" to Western Living!