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    23/09/2022  • 

    Top Interior Designers in Ottawa

    Estimated Read Time: 4 Minutes   If you’re planning a new build or a home renovation, you’ll want to surround yourself with the right experts.    One [...]

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    16/08/2022  • 

    Best Kitchen Showrooms in Ottawa

    Embarking on a kitchen design or renovation for the first time can be extremely intimidating.    With so many aspects involved, like cabinets, [...]

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    26/07/2022  • 

    A Review of Granite Kitchen Sinks

    Estimated Read Time: 7 Minutes Buying the perfect sink for your kitchen is an important factor in any design or renovation project.    You’ll need to [...]

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    24/06/2022  • 

    Deslaurier Top Cabinet Door Styles

    Are you trying to pinpoint the aesthetic of your next kitchen cabinets? With so much emphasis on the look of your cabinets, selecting the right door [...]

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    21/06/2022  • 

    Deslaurier's Top Cabinet Stains

    Are you trying to pinpoint the aesthetic of your next kitchen cabinets? With so much emphasis on the appearance of your kitchen, selecting the [...]

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    15/06/2022  • 

    Deslaurier's Top Cabinet Paints

    Are you trying to pinpoint the aesthetic of your next kitchen cabinets? With so much emphasis on the look of your cabinets, selecting the perfect [...]

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    25/02/2022  • 

    Janka Hardness Scale

    If you’ve been researching different wood species, maybe for your new kitchen cabinets, you’ve probably come across something referred to as the [...]

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    15/02/2022  • 

    Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

    Buying the perfect sink for your kitchen is an important factor in any design or renovation project.    You’ll need to consider how much daily use it [...]

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    14/01/2022  • 

    Melamine vs. Natural Wood Cabinets

    Not sure if you should go with natural wood cabinets or a man-made alternative like melamine?    You’ve come to the right place!    At Deslaurier [...]

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    4/01/2022  • 

    A Review of Farmhouse Sinks

    You’d be surprised by how vital the right sink can be to the overall functionality of a kitchen. The perfect kitchen sink needs the right combination [...]

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    31/12/2021  • 

    Laminate vs. Stone Countertops

    Selecting the right countertop for your kitchen is vital for both functionality and design. Some homeowners think only about the look of the surface, [...]

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    24/12/2021  • 

    A Review of Laminate Countertops

    Your countertop is your kitchen workspace, and as such, it is important to research the best fit for both your kitchen’s design and your lifestyle.  [...]

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    14/12/2021  • 

    MDF Kitchen Cabinets: A Review

    Picking cabinetry is no small task.   With so many door styles, colours, finishes, and materials to choose from, the process can be overwhelming. The [...]

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    19/11/2021  • 

    Best Places For Millwork in Ottawa

    If you’re looking to build a new home, or planning on renovating your current one, you’ve probably heard the vague term “Millwork” before.    Maybe [...]

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    29/10/2021  • 

    Design Ideas For Small Kitchens

    For decades, the kitchen has been referred to as the “heart of the home.” The ideal kitchen encompasses equal parts functionality, beauty, and [...]

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    15/10/2021  • 

    How to Choose a Kitchen Sink 

    The kitchen is the core of every home, and the sink is an essential part of it. Your ideal sink will complement your design plan, while also [...]

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    A clean and contemporary kitchen design by Deslaurier.

    24/09/2021  • 

    Where to Buy Lighting in Ottawa

      Lighting plays a make-or-break role in a kitchen design.    If you’re starting a reno project in Ottawa, you’ll want to carefully plan your [...]

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    A kitchen design by Deslaurier

    21/09/2021  • 

    Birch vs. Maple Kitchen Cabinets

    Not sure if you should go with birch or maple for your kitchen cabinets?   Both are popular solid wood choices, so how do you decide which is better? [...]

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    A Deslaurier kitchen design.

    3/09/2021  • 

    Do I Need a Kitchen Backsplash?

    Are you debating whether or not to install a kitchen backsplash in your new kitchen?   In this article, Deslaurier Design Consultant Ashley Fong [...]

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    A Deslaurier kitchen design.

    31/08/2021  • 

    How to Decorate a Kitchen Island

    Do you want your kitchen island to be a focal point in your newly renovated kitchen?   Keep reading!   This article will show you how you can [...]

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    A Deslaurier kitchen design.

    27/08/2021  • 

    Easy-to-Clean Kitchen Designs

    Tired of housework? Minimize your kitchen-centred chores by designing an easy-to-clean kitchen.   Design Consultant Myra Flipsen gives us the inside [...]

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    A fresh kitchen design from the Deslaurier design team.

    13/08/2021  • 

    How to Choose Cabinet Hardware

    Accessorizing a kitchen with hardware may seem like a small task compared to choosing a countertop finish, designing an island, or picking a colour [...]

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    A custom kitchen design by Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

    30/07/2021  • 

    How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

    Cabinets bear the brunt of kitchen mayhem. They’re the silent victims of cooking grease, food splatters, steam, and sticky fingers. All too soon, [...]

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    A custom closet by Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

    9/07/2021  • 

    How Much Does a Custom Closet Cost?

    Running out of space to hang your clothes? Struggling to close that jam-packed wardrobe door? Tired of the pile of shoes that covers the floor?    It [...]

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    A modern kitchen design by Deslaurier

    18/06/2021  • 

    What is Modern Kitchen Design?

    The kitchen is one of the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, rooms in the home.   Modern kitchen design acts as a calm backdrop to busy kitchen [...]

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    11/06/2021  • 

    What is Farmhouse Kitchen Design?

    As the true heart of the home, a farmhouse kitchen is instantly soul-satisfying.   From the barnyard to the table, farmhouse kitchen design puts an [...]

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    A Deslaurier kitchen design.

    4/06/2021  • 

    Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

    Stone countertops are one of the most attractive pieces of any kitchen design. You can go bold with elaborate veining patterns. You can match or [...]

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    A fresh kitchen design from the Deslaurier design team.

    1/06/2021  • 

    How to Design a Kitchen Island

    The kitchen island is the hub of your kitchen activities. It’s where you chop, it’s where you chat, and it’s where you toss the mail when you come [...]

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    A kitchen island by Deslaurier Custom Cabinets.

    21/05/2021  • 

    5 Best-Selling Countertops

    Are you on the hunt for the picture-perfect countertop to complement your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity?   Look no further.   In this article, [...]

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    A Deslaurier kitchen design

    4/05/2021  • 

    How to Start a Kitchen Renovation

    “The kitchen is the heart of the home”. This phrase rings true for many homeowners and families. We spend much of our time in the kitchen as we [...]

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    23/04/2021  • 

    Stained vs. Painted Cabinets

    You know your kitchen is due for a cabinet overhaul, but you’re stuck on deciding between a stained or a painted finish.   Sound like you? Not for [...]

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    2/04/2021  • 

    How to Measure Your Kitchen

    So, you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. You’ve set aside a budget. You’ve settled on a kitchen design company. You’ve booked an appointment.     [...]

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    3/02/2020  • 

    Designer Debut: Kristen Weese

    Meet Deslaurier’s newest secret weapon, Kristen Weese How long have you been in the industry? I have been in the industry for 4 years now. I went [...]

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    24/07/2019  • 

    DCC Designer of the Month – JULY

    “Successfully creating an inspiring and functional kitchen is to create a space you never want to leave.”  -Andrea De Caria   Andrea De Caria How [...]

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    24/06/2019  • 

    DCC Designer of the Month – JUNE

    “I’m happiest when I succeed at completing an interior as my clients envisioned without knowing it.”  -Darien Wilson   Darien Wilson How long have [...]

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    1/04/2019  • 

    New Sales Manager: Sam Marrello

    Deslaurier Custom Cabinets announces new Sales Manager: OTTAWA – We are pleased to announce that effective April 1st, Sam Marrello will lead the [...]

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    2/04/2018  • 

    Surviving a Kitchen Renovation

    Surviving A Kitchen Renovation My wife and I recently lived through a kitchen renovation and we are not renovation rookies by any means.  Over the [...]

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    1/03/2018  • 

    Blog – March 2018

    Andrea has worked in the design field for approximately 17 years, after earning her Interior Design Diploma from Algonquin College. Andrea has built [...]

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    1/02/2018  • 

    Blog – February 2018

    Ray has been with Deslaurier Custom Cabinets since 1986, after receiving his diploma in Business Administration from Canadore College. He began [...]

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    4/01/2018  • 

    Blog – January 2018

    Wendy has been in the design business for over 20 years.  She is also a graduate of the Interior Design program at Algonquin College.  She has [...]

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    1/12/2017  • 

    Blog – December 2017

    Jody has been with Deslaurier for 14 years. She is a model example of hard work and dedication within the organization. She has worked in several [...]

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    1/11/2017  • 

    Blog – November 2017

    Darien is a graduate from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. After earning two diplomas, her enthusiastic passion for the industry [...]

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    2/10/2017  • 

    Blog – October 2017

    Joey is an 18 year veteran of the industry and has been with Deslaurier since 2003. Joey holds a degree from Queen’s University in Kingston and a [...]

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    1/09/2017  • 

    Blog – September 2017

    Adele has worked in the design field for approximately 17 years after earning her Interior Design Diploma from Algonquin College. Although she has [...]

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    8/08/2017  • 

    Blog – August 2017

    Amanda has been with Deslaurier since 2006.   She began as a part-time receptionist and eventually transitioned, after a year, into the role of a [...]

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    4/07/2017  • 

    Blog – July 2017

    With both a Computer Security background and experience in the construction industry, Brooks was a great fit with Deslaurier when he came on board in [...]

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    1/06/2017  • 

    Blog – June 2017

    Vanessa has been designing in the Kitchen & Bath industry for over 16 years and is a new addition to the Deslaurier team. “I find every space has its [...]

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    1/05/2017  • 

    Blog – May 2017

    Gina is a 20 year veteran of the industry and has been with Deslaurier since 2002.  Gina is an Interior Designer by trade and offers full service [...]

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    1/04/2017  • 

    Blog – April 2017

    Denis attended McMaster University where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1993. In 1999, Denis graduated from Queen’s University with [...]

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    1/03/2017  • 

    Blog – March 2017

    With both a Computer Security background and experience in the construction industry, Brooks was a great fit with Deslaurier when he came on board in [...]

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    2/01/2017  • 

    Blog – January 2017

    Chris is a former customer turned employee. He has been with Deslaurier for over 13 years. He is the current Purchasing Manager and is active in [...]

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    1/12/2016  • 

    Blog – December 2016

    Holly is one of Deslaurier's retail designers and has been with the company for almost two years. She has over 8 years of experience working for [...]

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    2/11/2016  • 

    Blog – November 2016

    Victoria has worked at Deslaurier for about two years and was recently promoted to a full-time Design Support role this past spring. She mainly works [...]

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    3/10/2016  • 

    Blog – October 2016

    Mary has been with Deslaurier for 16 years. She began after having completed the two year Furniture Technician program at Algonquin College. She has [...]

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    1/09/2016  • 

    Blog – September 2016

    Marc is approaching his ten year anniversary with Deslaurier Custom Cabinets and carries with him, a wealth of past and current experience in the [...]

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    2/08/2016  • 

    Blog – August 2016

    Jeff was hired by Deslaurier Custom Cabinets as a Design Support person in 2003 after graduating from the Civil Engineering program at Canadore [...]

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    4/07/2016  • 

    Blog – July 2016

    Deslaurier specializes in creating custom cabinetry in harmony with today’s varied lifestyles. It’s been our passion for more than 35 years. With a [...]

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    1/06/2016  • 

    Blog – June 2016

    Myra has sixteen years of experience in the Cabinetry Sales and Design industry, and currently manages four builder accounts for Deslaurier. She [...]

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    1/05/2016  • 

    Blog – May 2016

    Nathan has been with Deslaurier for nine years and has spent time in many different departments. Nathan spent three years in the Custom Fabrication [...]

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