Designers Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander talk kitchen design

When popular designers and media personalities Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander co-founded their Toronto-based design firm, Peloso Alexander Interiors, they combined nearly 40 years of commercial, residential and hospitality design experience. Their unique individual tastes combined with their passion for interior design has allowed them to create beautiful spaces for their clients. We recently sat down with Glen and Jamie to discuss one of their latest projects, a sleek and modern kitchen redesign.


1: Can you tell us a bit about your vision for this kitchen?

This kitchen was conceived as a food lovers space in an entertainment focused home. The island includes appliances and countertops featuring an inset cutting board over the induction cooktop. Really, everyone can enjoy a meal at this counter. It could also be set up as a great buffet spread for larger groups. Entertaining and taking good care of guests is paramount with a built-in coffee maker, steam oven and a gas cook top with an oven underneath. The beautiful line of the countertop is uninterrupted in the view from the adjoining rooms.

2: What colour did you decide to use for the cascading island countertop?

We used Silestone’s White Arabesque for the island countertop because of its antimicrobial properties. The surface provides the perfect contrast to the cabinets, while still playing with the colour because of the black graining.

3: What is your favourite feature of this room?

We love the cascaded countertop with the inset walnut cutting board as part of the island. We were also very happy with the backsplash because it speaks to the traditional subway tile we are all familiar with. The oversized and bevel detail of the tile provides a simple interest while working beautifully with the countertop colour and style.

4: Finally, what is your top advice to your clients to create a ‘happier home’?

The secret to a happy home is really a happy plan. Understand what your needs are and let a professional guide you through the process. Make sure you use products that don’t require a great deal of maintenance while providing you with as much beauty and function as possible. Designing a space that suits you, your lifestyle and your home will support you, versus needing to adapt to the limitations of your home.


for download click image

Toronto designer Vanessa Francis shares her latest design – her own kitchen

Toronto designer Vanessa Francis is known for her keen eye for design and ability to mix and match textures, colours and finishes to create stunning spaces for her clients. She recently worked on an important project: a redesign of her own kitchen. As we all know, the kitchen is one of the most used areas of the home, so choosing the right design from colour palette to countertop is essential. We sat down with Vanessa to talk about her design inspiration, her lovely new Silestone countertops and asked the Décor Happy design blogger a key question – when it comes to design, what makes a ‘Happy Home’? Read more

Silestone helps transform kitchen on Love it or List it Vancouver

HGTV Canada’s hit television show Love it or List it Vancouver recently used Silestone in one of their latest episodes. The show features homeowners struggling with the decision of moving or redesigning their existing home with the help of a realtor and a designer.






































Read more

Silestone Trendspotters attend unveiling of Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Colour of the Year

Benjamin Moore recently announced their 2017 colour of the Year and to say it is the antithesis of their 2016 pick, Simply White, would be an understatement.

Photo Credit: John Bessler/ Benjamin Moore

The colour chosen this year is Shadow, a deep saturated amethyst purple described by critics as bold, allusive and enigmatic. The vision behind the featured colour and its 22-shade corresponding palette was inspired by historical works of art from around the world. Read more

Cityline design expert Karen Sealy shares her basement renovation

Canadian design expert Karen Sealy recently appeared on Cityline in a segment highlighting her latest project, a beautiful refinished basement. The open concept basement features a floor to ceiling fireplace cladded with Dekton Strato. Silestone’s Lagoon in Suede finish was used for both the kitchen countertops and eating bar.

Catch the full segment on and discover the unique ways you can use Dekton and Silestone to transform your basement into a space you’ll never want to leave.

Click here to watch the full segment!

for download click image

Dekton and Silestone included in bathroom innovation roundup on The Marilyn Denis Show

Canadian celebrity designer Glen Peloso of Peloso Alexander Interiors recently appeared in a segment on The Marilyn Denis Show discussing new and exciting bathroom innovations. Glen showcased Dekton’s Entzo for the bathroom flooring, highlighting its extreme durability and large format capabilities. He featured Ocean Jasper, one of Silestone’s newest colour additions as the shower inlay. During the segment, he explains how using a quartz surface in the shower can be easier to clean, and help rid mold and water absorption issues.

Watch the segment here:

for download click image

Pure Colour, Pure Design: Silestone launches Iconic White

Silestone recently launched one of the purest, lightest and brightest shades currently available on the market for quartz surfaces. The new colour offering, Iconic White takes quartz surfacing to the next level with its unparalleled refined and luminous finish.

Developing a colour with such an extraordinary degree of brilliancy required significant innovation from the Cosentino Research and Development team to not only ensure its aesthetic, but the durability that makes it a category leader. As with all Silestone natural quartz products, Iconic White is non-porous, highly scratch, stain and heat-resistant, and never needs to be sealed.

Cosentino recognizes that white will always be on trend in design and architecture. Therefore, the company has developed a variety of white options to help Canadian designers and architects achieve a clean and contemporary aesthetic.


To see all of the latest white Silestone options available in Canada, please visit:

To obtain the full press release, click here:New Silestone Iconic White_Press Release




Around the world with Cosentino

It’s been an exciting time for Cosentino in Canada as we continue to grow our presence. From showcasing a spectacular display at the Interior Design Show created by internationally acclaimed Toronto design firm Cecconi Simone to demonstrating Dekton’s durability through live caricature artist installations at the Azure AZ Awards, Cosentino has been working hard to meet and engage with Canadian design and architecture community.

But it’s not just Canada enjoying all of the excitement! Cosentino is a global brand with distribution centres in more than 80 countries worldwide. We’ve gathered recent international highlights to share with you.

for download click image

Celebrity tennis star Rafael Nadal stops by Manhattan showroom

In August, one of the biggest names in tennis visited the Manhattan City showroom, located in New York. Spain native Rafael Nadal visited the centre during his time in New York for the US Open. He toured the space and met with customers, architects, designers and partners from the New York area. During his visit, Nadal commented on the importance of Read more

Cosentino Design Challenge open to Canadian architecture and design students

Cosentino wants Canadian architecture and design students to get creative! The 2016/2017 school year is well underway and Cosentino is excited to announce the 11th edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge. The international competition is now open to Canadian students enrolled in architecture and design programs, giving them the opportunity to submit their creative concepts in the hopes of landing a prestigious first place spot. The challenge offers students a chance to participate in a professional competition – a critical element of the industry.

The Cosentino Design Challenge consists of two unique categories: Architecture and Design. Read more

Designers excited for Silestone’s new colour offerings

Two new colours were recently added to Silestone’s Natural Quartz Custom Series, bringing the brand’s colour offerings to over 60 options available across Canada. Inspired by beautiful natural marble, White Arabesque and Snowy Ibiza feature delicate gray veining set amongst subtle elegant white backgrounds.

Toronto Interior designer and blogger for the popular design blog, Read more