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Architectural Salvage Stars in Ancaster Renovation

August 07, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

Blue Bird's nest seamlessly marries seasoned styles with new.

 
OUR HOMES Hamilton Summer 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Hamilton and Area, p.28. Find local businesses in our Hamilton directory

Jade Nella’s home is full of warmth and charm. It’s a feeling that reflects her genuine personality. Jade is engaging and full of stories, much like her Ancaster home that is thoughtfully decorated and designed with practical pieces – all chosen for comfort and understated elegance.
 
The 1950s ranch-style bungalow on a wooded lot was a jewel of a find six years ago. Jade's knack for design has now become her profession and she works as a designer with Alto Mar Construction Group of Stoney Creek and also in her own business – Blue Bird Decorating.
 
Jade and her husband Stefano, of restaurant supply company Nella Cutlery, and their two children opted to update the home in stages to allow time to strategize for the all-important kitchen rebuild. First priority was to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting with solid oak from Cam Hayes Hardwood Floors
 
What has emerged is a state-of-the-art, sleek, white kitchen with appliances from Peter Martin Appliances and fixtures from Barton Bath + Floor.
Cookware, cutlery and a slicer are from Nella Cutlery. Subtle pops of colour accent the space, but it’s the large, inviting island that is most eye-catching, expertly installed by Wingers Cabinets, who also did the custom cabinetry.
 
The kitchen also showcases another one of her keen interests: architectural salvage. She likes breathing new life into old things. Nosing around antique markets and salvage stores are a favourite pastime and after a two-year search, she located a couple of arched, antique windows at the Christie Antique & Vintage Show. Stripped and repurposed, they are a stunning focal point and conversation piece, providing a novel sight-line to the adjacent, classic living room.
 
A few steps away is another salvage treasure. Former horse stable doors from the late 1800s act as a divider between the family room and Jade’s office.
 
Upstairs (Berman Stairs), the children's bedrooms reflect their individual tastes.

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