25 04, 2019

Design Advice for 2019

2019-04-25T16:10:42-04:00

Spring is here and you may find yourself looking around thinking it’s time for some home improvements! Whether you’re considering making some upgrades with the intent to sell or you just want to make some changes for your own enjoyment, we’ve got the answers for you!

We’ve been working with Harrison Fae to stage all of our listings for the past 5 years and decided to ask them for their design advice for 2019 – here’s what they had to say:

WALLS

Q. We all know that fresh paint goes a long way! What’s your favourite and most versatile paint colour right now?

HF “A nice crisp white is our favourite right now. Benjamin Moore CC-30 Oxford White is our favorite. We love to keep the pallet white and then accent with colourful pillows, drapery and art. If stark white is too crisp for you, OC-26 Silver Satin is also a great colour.”

Benjamin Moore CC-30 Paint ColourBenjamin Moore OC-26 Paint Colour

Q. Let’s say someone wanted to do something a bit more bold for an accent wall? What paint colour would you recommend?

HF “I like keeping accent walls neutral, still meaning a grey or taupe. You won’t get sick of it and you can still accent with great art. HC-166 Kendall Charcoal is my favorite. It is bold and dramatic.”

Benjamin Moore HC-166 Paint Colour

Q. What about wallpaper? Are you a fan? Are there certain rooms where it works better than others?

HF “YES! I would wallpaper every wall if I could. I love to do wallpaper in powder rooms because you can be more bold. I also love to do accent walls in wallpaper like behind a bed or a wall in a dining room. If a client is bold enough to do an entire bedroom or an entire dining room it always makes me happy.”

Wallpaper

FLOORS

Q. Everyone loves hardwood! What colour are you currently recommending that’s in style now and will continue to be a fan favourite for the future?

Light hardwood floors

HF “Light hardwood is coming onto the scene and we love it. It is not only light but it is matte as well. This means that it doesn’t show scratches and it hides dust and dirt as well so it’s a double win to me.”

Q. What about in a bathroom? What’s your favourite flooring option?

HF “I will always love natural stone. I don’t think you can get more beautiful than that. It is definitely a more porous option though, so if you want something durable that is low maintenance then a porcelain tile is the way to go. It is very durable and won’t get marked over time.”

Designer Tip: Be sure to get a through body porcelain which means the colour goes all the way through and is not a top glazing. This helps if you ever chip or crack your tile as it will be less visible.

KITCHENS

Q. We love a countertop that pops! What’s the best option in your opinion?

HF “Everyone is going for a Quartz countertop now which is man made and very durable. There is a new product on the market which is thin porcelain slabs. They look just like marble but they are indestructible which everyone likes. They are thin too so they are easy for the fabricators to work with. Laminam is my favourite due to how real it looks.”

Q. We see a lot of different styles and colours for kitchen cabinets these days. What’s your favourite style and colour? How do you feel about different coloured cabinets for lowers and uppers?

HF “Just like our wall colour, I like CC-30 Oxford White. I think having a light kitchen is very timeless and will always be in style. Two toned cabinets are nice but be sure you are keeping it neutral and not going with a trend to avoid being disappointed in a few years. A kitchen is a big item so keeping it neutral will ensure you love it for years to come.”

White kitchen with marble slab backsplash

Q. We’ve seen a huge improvement in kitchens simply by upgrading the backsplash. Do you have a preference for kitchen backsplashes that make a statement?

HF “We do a lot of slab backsplashes where you take the countertop right up the backsplash. This looks high end and clean. My other favorite is using a slightly patterned tile. It gives some depth and is less expensive than slab.”

Textured backsplash

WASHROOMS

Q. From flooring to vanities, to showers and tubs, there are so many ways to make a washroom feel like a relaxing space. Where do you see the most impactful changes if someone wants to renovate or update their washroom?

Glass shower enclosure

HF “Updating the tile, shower and paint are always a great update. If you don’t have a huge budget, try maintaining your existing vanity and maybe paint it white. If you re-do the tiles it will make a big impact, as well as adding glass to a shower or a tub-shower combo. Painting the bathroom a light colour will give you a nice spa like vibe.”

DÉCOR

Q. Where are your go-to places for all the pieces that make a house a home? We’re talking light fixtures, window coverings, pillows, coffee table books and more!

HF “Our go-to store in Toronto is Elte. They have everything one could want to create their dream home. For drapery we go to My Shades. They can do anything from roller blinds to custom fabric drapery to all pillows, bench seats, upholstered items etc.”

OUTDOORS

Q. With warm weather just around the corner, lots of people are starting to think about ways to bring the indoors outdoors. Do you have any suggestions for making an outdoor space the place to be this summer?

HF “Outdoor spaces are my favourite. Gone are the days of wicker furniture that was “outdoor only” a lot of outdoor furniture looks like living room furniture now and really makes the outdoor patio feel like part of the house. Cozy, inviting and relaxing. Again, keep the pallet neutral and bring in fun colours with area carpets, pillows and inexpensive side chairs. Also, bring lighting in. Stringing lights over the whole lounge area or dining area can create a nice atmosphere for entertaining.”

Cozy outdoor furniture on a balcony

Thank you so much to Alicia Sass, Founder of Harrison Fae Design for your design tips of the year!

If you’d like to learn more about Harrison Fae or book a consultation with them to ensure that your design plan is executed perfectly, you can view their website and get their contact info HERE.

If you’re considering selling your home, we wanted to give you a friendly reminder that we work exclusively with Harrison Fae to stage all of our listings and we offer industry leading complimentary staging to all of our clients.

Want to check out our before and after staging gallery? Click HERE.

Curious to know how much your home is worth or want to learn more about our listing process? Give us a call at 416.465.7850 or send us an email at info@thurstonolsen.com

All photos from HarrisonFae.ca
Design Advice for 20192019-04-25T16:10:42-04:00
24 04, 2019

SOLD! 65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 – Liberty Village

2019-04-24T11:35:13-04:00

65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 sold in ONE DAY! Congratulations to our very happy seller and the new owners, this Liberty Village suite checks all the boxes.

65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010, Liberty Village, Toronto - Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team

65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 is a beautiful 2 bedroom condo featuring an open concept floor plan with spacious living and dining rooms as well as a beautiful kitchen with modern cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a breakfast bar.

The main living space is filled with natural light from the floor to ceiling windows and there is a walkout to the west facing balcony which overlooks the courtyard and features impressive lake views to the south!

The master bedroom is generous in size with large windows, a double closet and a gorgeous 4 piece master ensuite! The second bedroom features a glass panelled door to allow for natural light as well as a good-sized closet. There is also a second 3 piece washroom and a laundry closet for added convenience. Suite 1010 truly has it all including parking and a locker!

Situated in the heart of Liberty Village, there are so many great shops, restaurants, patios and bars all within walking distance. This location allows for a quick drive to the financial district, the waterfront or to the Gardiner Expressway if you’re headed out of town for the weekend.

The King West Condos at 65 East Liberty Street are renowned for spectacular amenities including a fitness club and wellness centre, the magnificent rooftop Lakeview Club, two bowling alleys and incredible entertaining facilities!

www.65EastLiberty.com

more photos: 65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010

SOLD! 65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 – Liberty Village2019-04-24T11:35:13-04:00
22 04, 2019

JUST LISTED! 65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 – Liberty Village

2019-04-22T15:09:03-04:00

Welcome to 65 East Liberty Street, Suite 1010 at the King West Condos in Liberty Village!

This beautiful 2 bedroom condo features an open concept floor plan with spacious living and dining rooms as well as a beautiful kitchen with modern cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a breakfast bar.

The main living space is filled with natural light from the floor to ceiling windows and there is a walkout to the west facing balcony which overlooks the courtyard and features impressive lake views to the south!

The master bedroom is generous in size with large windows, a double closet and a gorgeous 4 piece master ensuite! The second bedroom features a glass panelled door to allow for natural light as well as a good-sized closet. There is also a second 3 piece washroom and a laundry closet for added convenience. Suite 1010 truly has it all including parking and a locker!

Situated in the heart of Liberty Village, there are so many great shops, restaurants, patios and bars all within walking distance. This location allows for a quick drive to the financial district, the waterfront or to the Gardiner Expressway if you’re headed out of town for the weekend.

The King West Condos are renowned for spectacular amenities including a fitness club and wellness centre, the magnificent rooftop Lakeview Club, two bowling alleys and incredible entertaining facilities!

Move in and enjoy this wonderful space!

Further photos & info: www.65EastLiberty.com

List price: $609,000

MLS #: C4423065

JUST LISTED! 65 East Liberty Street Suite 1010 – Liberty Village2019-04-22T15:09:03-04:00
11 04, 2019

SOLD! 272 Scarboro Crescent – Cliffside

2019-04-11T15:38:41-04:00

272 Scarboro Crescent has sold! After 4 busy open houses, numerous showings and multiple offers, we have two happy sellers. Congratulations on the sale of your beautifully renovated home!

272 Scarboro Crescent - Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team Toronto

272 Scarboro Crescent is a beautifully redesigned home! With two levels of exquisitely renovated and extended living space, it is situated on a gorgeous 50 ft lot! A true gem where every detail was meticulously addressed.

Impressively landscaped, the front garden features 5 tonnes of Armour stone and creates a distinguished introduction to this property. The elegant front portico and nicely finished exterior welcome one to the open concept main level of the home that is enhanced by the warm hue of stunning wide plank fumed white oak floors.

Stylish with lovely natural light, the living room is a delightful space. It is slightly separated from the formal dining area, stunning gourmet kitchen and family room. The latter two spaces being part of the addition completed in 2014. The kitchen cabinetry, appliances, marble countertops, subway tile backsplash and fireplace surround are designer selected and above and beyond expectations. There are four skylights, a sun tunnel and double doors to the back deck and garden adding the beauty of natural light to these finishes and the main level overall.

On this level there are also two wonderful bedrooms and an incredible bathroom with heated floors that was renovated in 2018. It is breathtaking and features an elegant soaker tub and top of the line fixtures.

On the lower level there is a spacious media room, a games room, a gym, an office, a light filled bedroom, another washroom and a separate laundry room. The washroom features a stunning double glass shower, heated floors and similar top-drawer fixtures. Everything has been finished to perfection and what is below the surface is ever so impressive as relates to insulation and overall comfort.

The fully fenced in backyard features more fabulous landscaping and an impressive shed ideal for the gardener in the family or as a workshop! There is also a gas line for a barbeque on the back deck.

This neighbourhood is sought after for good reason. Chine Drive School is very highly regarded as an elementary school. It has excellent standards and is very personalized. The area boasts many walking trails and parks including the Scarborough Bluffs Tennis Club and Bluffers Park Marina – a full-service marina as well as the overall feeling of a close-knit community of supportive families and Cliffside Village retailers.

www.272ScarboroCres.com

more photos: 272 Scarboro Cres

SOLD! 272 Scarboro Crescent – Cliffside2019-04-11T15:38:41-04:00
1 04, 2019

Award Winning Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team

2019-04-01T12:46:24-04:00

The Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team has been presented with the RE/MAX Platinum Club award for the third year in a row. We’re thrilled to receive this award and want to say THANK YOU to all of our clients who continue to put their trust in us and pass along our name to their friends and family. Cheers!

Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team Platinum Club Award RE/MAX. Chris Olsen, Andrea Humeniuk, Ford Thurston pictured holding awards in front of a RE/MAX Hallmark step and repeat backdrop.

 

Award Winning Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team2019-04-01T12:46:24-04:00
12 03, 2019

JUST LISTED! 272 Scarboro Crescent – Cliffcrest

2019-04-04T12:10:03-04:00

Welcome to 272 Scarboro Crescent in Cliffcrest, Toronto

With two levels of exquisitely renovated and extended living space, 272 Scarboro Crescent is situated on a gorgeous 50 ft lot! A true gem where every detail was meticulously addressed.

Impressively landscaped, the front garden features 5 tonnes of Armour stone and creates a distinguished introduction to this property. The elegant front portico and nicely finished exterior welcome one to the open concept main level of the home that is enhanced by the warm hue of stunning wide plank fumed white oak floors.

Stylish with lovely natural light, the living room is a delightful space. It is slightly separated from the formal dining area, stunning gourmet kitchen and family room. The latter two spaces being part of the addition completed in 2014. The kitchen cabinetry, appliances, marble countertops, subway tile backsplash and fireplace surround are designer selected and above and beyond expectations. There are four skylights, a sun tunnel and double doors to the back deck and garden adding the beauty of natural light to these finishes and the main level overall.

On this level there are also two wonderful bedrooms and an incredible bathroom with heated floors that was renovated in 2018. It is breathtaking and features an elegant soaker tub and top of the line fixtures.

On the lower level there is a spacious media room, a games room, a gym, an office, a light filled bedroom, another washroom and a separate laundry room. The washroom features a stunning double glass shower, heated floors and similar top-drawer fixtures. Everything has been finished to perfection and what is below the surface is ever so impressive as relates to insulation and overall comfort.

The fully fenced in backyard features more fabulous landscaping and an impressive shed ideal for the gardener in the family or as a workshop! There is also a gas line for a barbeque on the back deck.

This neighbourhood is sought after for good reason. Chine Drive School is very highly regarded as an elementary school. It has excellent standards and is very personalized. The area boasts many walking trails and parks including the Scarborough Bluffs Tennis Club and Bluffers Park Marina – a full-service marina as well as the overall feeling of a close-knit community of supportive families and Cliffside Village retailers.

Move in and enjoy this exceptional home!

Further photos & info: www.272ScarboroCres.com

list price: $1,225,000

MLS #: E4404136

JUST LISTED! 272 Scarboro Crescent – Cliffcrest2019-04-04T12:10:03-04:00
6 03, 2019

SOLD! 7 Juniper Avenue – The Beach

2019-03-07T11:19:50-04:00

7 Juniper Avenue in The Beach sold over asking in 5 short days! Congratulations to our wonderful sellers and the new owners who will surely love this classic home for years to come.

7 Juniper Avenue The Beach, Toronto. Dining table with wooden top and chrome legs, grey fabric chairs with wooden legs. White walls with a large canvas with birds on a wire. Thurston Olsen Team

This classic Beach home is absolutely stunning with a professionally landscaped front garden leading up to a lovely glass enclosed porch – ideal for enjoying a morning coffee and watching the awakening of Spring.

The spacious foyer features a grand staircase and French doors opening into the beautifully appointed living room. Substantial wood trims and impressive engineered hardwood floors flow throughout the entire main floor.  With abundant natural light, the south facing formal dining room is enhanced by traditional pocket doors. For easy entertaining in all seasons, it also includes a pass through to the recently renovated and very stylish eat-in kitchen and a walkout to the deck and lushly planted back garden.

The upper level of the home features 3 nicely appointed and spacious bedrooms all with large windows, closets and new broadloom. With a beautiful bay window and built-ins in the closet, the master is very comfortable. The washroom on this level has been recently updated featuring neutral décor, new flooring and a charming clawfoot tub. Perfect for a relaxing soak at the end of a busy day.

The lower level includes an impressive rec room with pot lights and trendy polished concrete floors.  Ideal space for movie time, child play or some quiet time with a good book. For added convenience, this level also features a 3-piece bathroom and separate laundry area.

The backyard is a delightful oasis right in the heart of the city. With it’s south facing perspective and no homes directly behind, there is ample sun for the enjoyment of the family gardener and plenty of privacy for gathering with family and friends. This home also includes 1 car parking!

Juniper Avenue is a quiet street tucked away in the Beach neighbourhood. It’s a very short distance to the recreational delights of the area including the boardwalk, beach, bicycle path, tennis courts, abundant parks and ravines! It’s also a short walk to the cafés, restaurants and shops on both Queen Street and Kingston Road.

Located in the catchment area for the highly regarded Malvern Collegiate, Williamson Road Junior Public School and Glen Ames Senior Public School, it offers many academic options. It’s also an easy commute to the downtown core by either public transit or vehicle.

www.7Juniper.ca

more photos: 7 Juniper Ave

SOLD! 7 Juniper Avenue – The Beach2019-03-07T11:19:50-04:00
28 02, 2019

JUST LISTED! 7 Juniper Avenue – The Beach

2019-02-28T17:28:05-04:00

Welcome to 7 Juniper Avenue in The Beach, Toronto

Click the arrow to scroll through photos of 7 Juniper Avenue

This classic Beach home is absolutely stunning with a professionally landscaped front garden leading up to a lovely glass enclosed porch – ideal for enjoying a morning coffee and watching the awakening of Spring.

The spacious foyer features a grand staircase and French doors opening into the beautifully appointed living room. Substantial wood trims and impressive engineered hardwood floors flow throughout the entire main floor.  With abundant natural light, the south facing formal dining room is enhanced by traditional pocket doors. For easy entertaining in all seasons, it also includes a pass through to the recently renovated and very stylish eat-in kitchen and a walkout to the deck and lushly planted back garden.

The upper level of the home features 3 nicely appointed and spacious bedrooms all with large windows, closets and new broadloom. With a beautiful bay window and built-ins in the closet, the master is very comfortable. The washroom on this level has been recently updated featuring neutral décor, new flooring and a charming clawfoot tub. Perfect for a relaxing soak at the end of a busy day.

The lower level includes an impressive rec room with pot lights and trendy polished concrete floors.  Ideal space for movie time, child play or some quiet time with a good book. For added convenience, this level also features a 3-piece bathroom and separate laundry area.

The backyard is a delightful oasis right in the heart of the city.

With it’s south facing perspective and no homes directly behind, there is ample sun for the enjoyment of the family gardener and plenty of privacy for gathering with family and friends. This home also includes 1 car parking!

Juniper Avenue is a quiet street tucked away in the Beach neighbourhood. It’s a very short distance to the recreational delights of the area including the boardwalk, beach, bicycle path, tennis courts, abundant parks and ravines! It’s also a short walk to the cafés, restaurants and shops on both Queen Street and Kingston Road.

Located in the catchment area for the highly regarded Malvern Collegiate, Williamson Road Junior Public School and Glen Ames Senior Public School, it offers many academic options. It’s also an easy commute to the downtown core by either public transit or vehicle.

Move in and enjoy this wonderful Beach home!

Further photos & info: www.7Juniper.ca

list price: $1,249,000

MLS #: E4369499

JUST LISTED! 7 Juniper Avenue – The Beach2019-02-28T17:28:05-04:00
21 02, 2019

3 Packing Mistakes to Avoid

2019-03-04T15:58:05-04:00

You’ve chosen your moving company and booked the movers, but there’s one thing that still needs to be done before the big day: packing up your belongings. Before you get too excited and begin stuffing your boxes with all your stuff, make sure that you’re setting yourself up for a smooth and efficient move. Mindless packing can end up taking a lot of otherwise unnecessary time and energy to fix—a combination that could cost you, as you’re most likely paying for the movers by the hour. “Sometimes people will complain and not tip the guys because it took so long,” says Cezar Iordan, owner of Moovers Chicago, “They don’t realize that it took so long because of the simple mistakes they made.”

Red brick wall with a stack of moving boxes on a hand cart being pulled.

So what are these mistakes? Here, Iordan reveals the three most-common packing blunders he sees, as well as the quick fixes to make your moving day as painless as possible.

Packing Books in Large Boxes

Why it’s a problem: We understand—you want to keep your beloved book collection in just one or two boxes. But Iordan says that this strategy slows the process down as huge, heavy boxes are incredibly difficult for movers to lift and carry—not even their trusty moving straps make it easier.

What’s more, Iordan says people often don’t tape these hefty boxes properly—they’ll usually put only one line of tape on the bottom of the box. “They have 100-pound boxes they want us to move and have them in perfect shape when they’re dropped off,” he says. “When you have a huge, large box full of books, the bottom of it will collapse and everything will fall out.”

The fix: Pack books in small boxes and reinforce with multiple strips of tape. While you may have more boxes, it’s easier for the movers, who can carry several smaller boxes with their moving straps.

Not Labeling Your Boxes Clearly or Correctly

Why it’s a problem: Reusing those old boxes from your last move? That’s fine, but make sure that any and all labels from previous moves be removed or covered—multiple labels make it difficult to know exactly in which room it should be placed. “Imagine you’re holding the box and asking a client where they want the box to go, but they don’t know what’s inside so they have to open it up and see what’s inside,” he says. “It will drag the duration of the move out.”

The fix: Cover or cross out all previous labels and put one very clear label on the side of the box, not the top. “Since we use dollies or straps, we carry four or five boxes at a time which makes it impossible to see the top of every box,” Iordan says.

Not Packing Your Fragile Items Properly

Why it’s a problem: “People will put all of their fragile items in a box without any kind of bubble wrap, paper, or peanuts, and expect the items to be in perfect condition after the move,” Ioran says. “That’s just impossible.” The good news? Many professional moving companies (like Moovers) will refuse to move the precious cargo until it’s properly wrapped (but this adds a lot of time onto the actual move).

The fix: Wrap your fragile items with care while packing. “Always, always, always wrap anything made of glass in bubble wrap to ensure that nothing gets damaged,” he says. You’ll thank yourself for putting in the extra time when moving day comes, and the movers will thank you, too.

 

source: apartment therapy

3 Packing Mistakes to Avoid2019-03-04T15:58:05-04:00
12 02, 2019

JUST SOLD! 51 Cranberry Lane – Aurora

2019-02-12T12:00:05-04:00

51 Cranberry Lane is located within the prestigious Highland Gate development in Aurora on a premium lot with 65′ frontage. Congratulations to our buyer clients on the purchase of their new home overlooking the park! The south facing backyard oasis offers ultimate privacy with a stunning Gunite pool by Todd Pools and hot tub with waterfall surrounded by a stone deck and patio. The basement retreat features custom oak wainscotting, a wet bar, fireplace (1 of 3!) and unique lighting. Overall, a beautiful home loaded with charm and character, they’re sure to love it for years.

51 Cranberry Lane, Aurora just sold by Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team Toronto

JUST SOLD! 51 Cranberry Lane – Aurora2019-02-12T12:00:05-04:00