As a lot of us are spending more time at home in closer quarters with our families, we are all trying to keep ourselves busy. We thought we would share a few recipes for our clients to enjoy while staying at home.
Some of us are cleaning out their kitchen, bathroom (I know I have cleaned my pantry.. twice), others are working on some personal projects and catching up and things that have taken the back burner.
Perhaps stemming from my Italian heritage, cooking has been a big part of keeping myself busy. Other than painting and working on a few side design projects, I have cooked enough food to feed an army. Also stemming from my italian heritage is my lack of measured ingredients. That being said, I have combined a couple of recipes into one simple yet tasty dish.
1 Salmon Filet
1/2 pack of Brussel sprouts, whole
1/2 onion, chopped
2 Chives, chopped
1 teaspoon of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons of Maple syrup
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
Dash of Hot sauce
Salt and Pepper as desired
– In a small container, place salmon fillet topped with the brussel sprouts. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients and stir well. – Pour mix into container with salmon filet and brussel sprouts. Refrigerate and let marinate for approximately an hour. – Preheat oven at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). – Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet and put all ingredients together. Cover with aluminum. – Cook covered salmon and brussel sprouts for 10 minutes. – Uncover, cook for another 10 minutes, or until salmon flakes off with a fork. Enjoy!
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Recipe by: Alex Know more about designer Alex from Design Nuenza. Nuenza is a custom designed specialist. Discover beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, and unique storage areas customized in trendy, ergonomic lifestyle. Contact Cuisines Nuenza today.
On October 03, 2019, Cuisines Nuenza attended the 26th Canadian Property Awards that was held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The event was hosted by The International Property Awards and their Associate Sponsor, Salice—the leading provider of high-quality opening systems and furniture accessories.
We are pleased to announce that Cuisines Nuenza graciously received the Canadian Property Award 2019-2020 for Modern Luxury Kitchen Design. On behalf of the company, Cuisines Nuenza’s founder, Nancy Boudreau, and main designer of the project, Dora Akrout, accepted the award. Congratulations to our creative and hard-working team!
Each year, 80 prestigious industry experts judge The Canadian Property Awards and review candidates for:
Commitment to sustainability
The judging panel was presided by several members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament: Lord Caithness, Lord Best, The Earl of Liverpool, and Lord Thurso.
Since 1993, the International Property Awards have expanded their residential categories and regional ceremonies. Today, The Canadian Property Awards has over 45 different residential and commercial categories.
Left to right: Nancy Boudreau and Dora Akrout
Cuisines Nuenza also participated in the IPAX USA & Americas Global exhibition and networking event that simultaneously took place at The Fairmont Royal York. We engaged with like-minded people and enjoyed the various seminars that provided insight into design, real estate, and sustainability. Our lists of speakers included:
Tony Brenders, CEO of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)
Michael LaFido, Founder of Marketing Luxury Group
Michael Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada
Cuisines Nuenza is Montreal’s trendy and ergonomic remodeller of kitchens, bathrooms, and unique spaces, such as hallways and laundry rooms. We work with your budget, ideas, measurements, and space to make your dream home a reality.
While designing or revamping a kitchen, most people are often more than willing to embrace bright colours. In fact, a majority of modern kitchens have a white theme—which is okay—because white adds a classic theme to any kitchen style. Nonetheless, as everyone in the magical world of Montreal kitchen designs embraces bright colours, we recommend giving black a second chance.
Due to the myriad of stereotypical assumptions made about it, black is not the first colour that comes to mind when designing or revamping a home’s kitchen. However, black exudes elegance, professionalism, and class, which is why modern cafés and high-end restaurants have recently adopted black in their kitchens and uniforms. If you’re still not sold on the idea of adding black to your Montreal kitchen, here are a few reasons why it’s a must-have colour:
Black Creates a Fantastic Colour Scheme
Black is a neutral colour, so it naturally contrasts with other colours to create a stunning palette. It also absorbs light instead of reflecting it; this makes it the ideal colour to use if you want to draw your guests’ attention to details.
For instance, if you want to bring out or show off your lighting choices, use black accents on the fixtures and lighter accents on the other areas. The brighter colours will naturally recede, letting the black stand out, thus creating a beautiful contrast.
If you’re not bold enough to go with black on everything, combine light and dark elements to create a picture of contrasting vibes in your Montreal kitchen design.
Black is Easy to Pair with Metallic Colours
Black is closely associated with the industrial style, which encompasses a blend of wood with worn metals.
Metallic colours, such as gold, copper, steel, or chrome, adds character and brings in much-needed light to a dark-coloured kitchen. Metallic colours also create a pleasant and inviting ambiance. Such colours are associated with luxury, and when paired up with black in the right manner, they create an atmosphere of glamour in your kitchen.
When gold is against a matte black backdrop, it exudes warmth and comfort, adding an air of sophistication to your kitchen. Therefore, you can try using the two colours by having black as the primary colour combined with gold accents on various surfaces, such as door handles and small appliances.
Imagine black on your cabinets, your countertops, and the walls. The way to incorporate warmth into your design is to make the following aspects gold in colour:
Utensils and pots (if displayed in the kitchen)
The gold will act as a focal point because it contrasts with the large black areas. If gold isn’t your colour, replace it with other metallic colours, such as stainless steel or brass; they’ll work equally well.
Black Creates a Relaxing Atmosphere
When it comes to relaxing colours, most people think of white, green, and blue, but never black. However, when done well, it can work wonders in your kitchen because it pairs seamlessly with other colours. Black makes for the ideal shade to base your kitchen on and bring out some of its best features.
Some homeowners find any shade of white to be too bright, so black acts as a subdued choice, alongside grey.
When paired with brighter colours, black creates a seductive and sophisticated allure that we all yearn for in a Montreal kitchen design. Additionally, black appears glossy when used on the right surfaces, such as marble, and it creates a cool uniform appeal that inspires warmth and comfort, bringing about a relaxing atmosphere.
In feng shui, black contains the energy of protection and power. It is also the colour of yin, which is associated with the North, water, and femininity. Black is believed to be a necessary grounding element in décor. Because of its stable quality, feng shui recommends not putting it above eye level in a home. If black is used in the northern area of your space, it is believed to attract career opportunities. Lastly, a modest amount of black on a door or its frame will incite courage and connection.
Black Comes in a Variety of Shades
Due to the function they serve, all kitchens are usually made up of cold, hard surfaces. Creatively combining black with other colours will not only soften the hard surfaces, but it will also produce a chic and futuristic design.
If you visit your local paint store, you’ll be confronted with many swatches of black. Black can change in brightness. Maybe you want a pitch black or a black that has more grey in it to pull in the rest of the room? Black can also be combined with colours, giving it a tinge of green, blue, or brown, for example. Take a good look at the other elements you want in your kitchen and think about what kind of atmosphere you want. Keeping these aspects in mind will simplify your decision on which type of black would be most suitable.
With a black-themed kitchen, lighting is everything. Therefore, maximize on both natural and artificial light to bring out the beauty in the dark. Other than the above, there are so many different reasons why you should embrace this colour for your kitchen. For instance, it’s now among top kitchen trends, and if you like being among trendsetters, the time to paint your kitchen black is now.
At Cuisines Nuenza, we know that the kitchen is a reflection of the homeowner’s personality, and colour is a big influencer on our mood. If black makes you think of death or influences you to feel depressed, you don’t have to use it in your kitchen renovation. You have all the colours of the rainbow—as well as thousands of shades and hues—to work with! We can assist you in finding the right colours and designs that welcome you into your kitchen every day.
If you think you still have some homework to do on black kitchens, contact Cuisines Nuenza today, or view our portfolio for more chic ideas.
While it’s recommended that you have houseplants in almost every room, the bathroom should be one of the first places to consider. Not only are plants beautiful and uplifting to look at, but they also serve the practical purpose of keeping the indoor environment healthy and clean. Whether your bathroom is windowless, in need of colour, or if you have a black thumb, you can still make your sanctuary attractive and healthy if you choose the right plants. Here are the five plants you should consider incorporating into your bathroom décor:
1. Spider Plant
This iconic shooting plant is a natural for your bathroom’s environment, and having it on the countertop will definitely improve your energy. This super easy-going plant enjoys high moisture and does fine with minimal light. Spider plants thrive in bright light, particularly in direct sunlight. However, they can grow adequately in semi-shade and partial direct sunlight. It would also make an excellent floor plant if your bathroom has a low window, or display it on the counter, and it will catch the sunlight during the day.
Don’t worry if you see your spider plant’s leaves start turning brown. While it’s not harmful, you can remedy this by flushing out the excess salt buildup by watering your plant several times in a row. The buildup is caused by the fluoride in water. Make sure your plant is in a pot that allows drainage and that it’s been potted with soil that drains well. To avoid the buildup altogether, try distilled water or rainwater.
The spider plant is susceptible to root rot, so don’t let it get soggy. The best course of action is to let it dry out in between watering sessions. The spider plant also scores highly in countering air pollution within the bathroom atmosphere. It’s one of five plants that can remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, such as acetone and formaldehyde.
2. Aloe Vera
Cuisines Nuenza recommends this as one of the best plants to have at home. Whether you have artificial sunlight or bright natural light, your aloe vera plant will feel at home in no time. Consider placing it on the counter, on a stool near a window, or on the windowsill. You may need to check on the plant every so often to ensure it doesn’t receive direct sunlight, as it will turn yellow; western and southern-facing windows are preferred. Depending on where you’re located, you can leave your plant outside during the day between the months of May and September.
Aloe vera plants need deep watering, but only on occasion. To prevent its roots from rotting, verify that the soil is dry one to two inches deep before watering. Aloe vera plants commonly have pups or offsets that need to be removed to their own pot for growth, so you will really get your money’s worth.
If you plan to use the plant’s gel for healing purposes, remove the mature leaves from the plant. Slice them lengthwise and squeeze the leaves to apply the gel to cuts or burns.
3. Lucky Bamboo
Complete your stylish spa sanctuary with lucky bamboo. This indestructible houseplant is a winner since it’s always happy at any level of natural light and will be fine in a vase of water. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight because it can’t handle the heat. This plant is prone to algae, so change the water and clean the vase every two or three months. If you want to add some décor to your plant, it won’t mind sharing its vase with pebbles or glass chips.
Lucky bamboo shares a commonality with spider plants: they are both sensitive about salt in their water. If you want your lucky bamboo to stay alive and unharmed, use distilled water. Remember that yellow leaf tips are a sign of salt buildup and age; brown tips can be a sign of dry air in its environment.
The attractive curly-cue stalks can reach a substantial height, so if you cut down a can, it won’t grow any taller. On the other hand, if you trim the foliage, it will grow back. As a top bathroom renovation company in Montreal, we recommend this plant for a dramatic touch in the corner; lucky bamboo will lean towards the light.
Orchids, without a doubt, add colour and elegance to any countertop. This plant is also fairly easy to keep alive and requires minimal maintenance. They may be a bit finicky, but your bathroom’s steamy atmosphere will offer them the ideal home. These plants also do well in both artificial light and indirect sunlight. Since they enjoy higher humidity levels, having them beside your tub will eliminate dampness.
Why do orchids love the humidity? They’re tropical flowers and grow in bark instead of soil. Keeping soil damp results in rot and algae, whereas bark needs to be damp. Keep your eyes out for these common bathroom orchid varieties:
5. “Eternity” Plant
Native to Africa, the Zamioculcas zamifolia—or ZZ plant—got its nickname because it will survive in the hands of the worst plant caregiver. It requires very little water and low to medium light, but it gives the impression of a fully independent being in a well-lit bathroom. Just keep it away from direct sunlight and complete shade.
It’s important to be wary of this plant; if you can into contact with the leaves’ juice, it can cause skin irritation. Keep pets and children away from the plant, as well. Whenever you’re doing work with it, be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly once you’ve completed your work.
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Plants are the perfect addition to any room. With the proper amount of care, sunlight, and water, your plants will flourish and turn your living space into a beautiful oasis.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, plants enhance each room of your home into a welcoming environment—especially a newly designed Montreal kitchen. Plants are known for improving people’s moods, so by having them in your sleek and modern or traditional and rustic kitchen, herbs will spice up your lifestyle one way or another. Both beautiful and functional, the greenery will brighten and freshen up your kitchen space while also providing you with a homegrown supply of the best herbs for your recipes.
Caring for Your Herbs
When selecting herbs to grow in your home, make sure you plant ones that thrive in an indoor environment. Cilantro, smaller varieties of basil, chives, and mint are some of the herbs that are both pleasing to the eye and will survive indoors, while dill and fennel are best kept outside because they spread as they grow.
You will also want to take into consideration the care that each plant needs when planning your kitchen’s design. Plants that need a lot of sunlight, such as basil, will need to be put on display by a door or window. Similarly, plants that need to be watered more frequently should be placed within reach to facilitate care.
Herb Care Instructions:
Cilantro thrives in full sun. Let the earth become bone dry before you water it. Harvest it on a weekly basis by cutting it at the stem’s bottom; if this is done correctly, the stem with regrow.
Basil also loves full sun, but keep its earth moist. When you want to use its leaves in your recipes, delicately pull the leaf off where it meets the stem.
Chives prefer sun and partial shade with moist earth; it’s a more temperamental plant, so if you soak it, it won’t be happy. Chives require clean cuts, so use sharp scissors when harvesting, but leave a minimum of two inches for regrowth.
Mint is best kept in partial sun with moist earth. This plant grows at a fast pace, so you should harvest it on a regular basis by gently removing its full-grown leaves; this will promote regrowth.
Oregano is part of the mint family and needs a variety of moderate and strong sunlight. Water it when it’s dry, but don’t let it get parched. Once you’ve trimmed the stems with scissors, you are free to remove the leaves and add them to your next dish.
Parsley offers curly or flat leaves that flourish in strong light. Delicately remove the stems by pinching them at the base. For the best results, plant parsley in a deep pot with organic potting soil.
Rosemary should bask in the heat during the summer months, but put it in cooler surroundings between 4 to 18°C when winter comes. If the top 2 inches of the earth is dry, water it thoroughly and let the pot drain; it doesn’t like sitting in water.
Depending on how much natural light enters your kitchen, consider using grow lights to promote herb growth. Be mindful that your plants will need their own space, especially to prevent pests. However, if you’re not happy with your dark kitchen, we can change that!
Fresh Design Options
Herbs are versatile design elements and can be beautiful additions to any design scheme. Hanging planters are great for sprucing up window areas while providing adequate sunlight to herbs that need more sun. For a more unique look, you can try upside-down hanging planters. Counter space is an often coveted part of the kitchen—particularly with large families—which makes hanging planters the best choice for your Montreal kitchen design.
However, for people who have ample counter space, you can add a mason jar herb rack that sits by your side while you prepare your meals. What’s great about this herb holder is that you can easily move it into or out of the sun, depending on the herbs in the rack.
If you’re looking to expand your herb supply and use a large variety for cooking, a vertical herb garden is a great option because it can have its own place in the kitchen, similarly to a wine rack. Don’t like round or terracotta-coloured pots? Dark flower boxes give a sleeker, more polished look while also saving space; they will blend in with an industrial-styled décor with stainless steel appliances.
While using herbs as soon as they’re harvested ensures the most flavour, you can collect and wrap the herbs with string or twine and hang them in your kitchen; this serves a dual purpose. Hanging the herbs in this fashion will dry and preserve them while adding a rustic atmosphere to your kitchen. This hanging method has been used for centuries.
As you’ve probably already guessed, herbs can double as décor and ingredients to brighten up your kitchen and liven up your favourite dishes. Basil and oregano are classic additions to traditional Italian cuisine, such as lasagna and pesto sauce. Cilantro is a great summer herb for Latin dishes, including strawberry tomato salsa and fajita-styled shrimp and grits. Sprinkle chives on your cheesy appetizers, such as nachos, for a subtle onion and garlic taste. Parsley is a versatile herb that can be used year-round for soups, vegetables, salads, sauces, seafood, and poultry. Rosemary adds light flavouring to soups, potatoes, and meats, such as roast beef.
The kitchen brings people together, and it has the strongest impact on individuals when the layout provides ample room, natural light, and personalized details that make you feel at home.
Adding herbs to your kitchen décor will not only warm up your space and give it a fresh feel, but it will help you save money by providing sustainable ingredients for your cooking needs. Cuisine Nuenza is your guide to creating an ergonomic and stylish kitchen that makes you feel at home. Contact us today to find out how you can incorporate herbs and plants into your unique kitchen space!