Features in the kitchen

Garbage and Recycling, #sink configurations, cutlery and utensil customization, state of the art appliance packages with smart technology all play an integral part in modern #kitchens.

Whether your kitchen is 5 / 15 / or 25 […]

Who’s the Quarterback here?

There’s much debate with the order in which a renovation ‘starts’.

With so many selections of finishes on the market these days (never mind sourcing on the Internet) its no wonder clients’ sense of overwhelm is […]

To Panel or not to Panel? That is the question….

Talking trends….what’s in, what’s out, what’s on its way in and what’s on its way out….?

So many things to consider, its enough to make your head spin! People come to us for  advice there’s no doubt. A […]

Misani Wins!

The effort from the #design team to building and installing an entirely new booth, double the size as in the past paid off!

Dave Jenkins of #Jenkins Show Productions presents the Best Booth Award to Teresa […]

Taking flight?

The Canadian Exhibition is in full swing, we are mindful of having to pack away our white summer jeans and believe it or not we are talking about the Christmas holiday installation schedule!

If you are […]

Do you always get what you pay for?

The adage you get what you pay for is a mantra many subscribe to.  In general terms, we believe #Misani custom cabinetry will outperform and outlast and here are the reasons why —

Domestic plywood  from Canadian suppliers for […]

Fire or not to Fire?

When it comes to deciding what type of fireplace you want, there are more choices than ever on the market!

Whether you are building a new custom home or renovating your space — a fireplace seems […]

Houzz for your Home

#houzz is a website that has become a mainstay for our clients who are contemplating any kind of #homerenovation.

It seems only a few short years ago that visitors to our Showroom brought in their binders […]

Casual Living

Does it get any better when the investment into your home achieves not only an updated look but meets all of your functional needs with #custom cabinetry!

Re-purposing an ‘old’ cramped laundry room with a newly […]

Renovations and Weddings

‘Tis the time of year when our Brides and Grooms publicly display their love for one another.

A classic timeless look and feel applies to both #weddings and #renovations.

Known as The Farm #pearleweddings — this restored barn […]

Find out about the new liminal kitchen

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day is liminal. An adjective used to describe an intermediate state, phase or condition.

Otherwise known as transitional — a term designers have been using for years now.   If you ask a roomful of […]

Natural Wood kitchens — what to expect?

These homeowners have a very refined and eclectic taste — in their home it really works. Sometimes eclectic can be perceived to be a jumble of styles together.

The slab cabinet door style with unique handle […]

What does the ceiling have to do with the cabinets? A LOT!

Turns out we’re seeing interest for introducing architectural details on the ceiling that combine and coordinate with new custom cabinetry.

Although more challenging in 8 ft ceiling homes, not impossible. Certainly popular in homes with 9 & 10 […]

The End is Near…

The Frank Sinatra song “My Way” is a true classic — and although its not the final curtain, the end of the school year is near!

For many of our clients families its a busy time […]

Custom Kitchens Hydroponically

As we design and plan custom kitchens for our clients we regularly come across new ideas, advancements and technologies for the kitchen space.

Believe it or not there is a small appliance (same size as a […]

Snow White doesn’t have to feel like Mr. Clean

This lovely subdivision home is nestled in a nice local neighbourhood where homes are about 15 to 20 years old.  The stained Golden Oak builder kitchen no longer fits with the home improvements that were taken on […]

Glen Abbey Oakville, a hotbed of activity!

Sometimes we overlook what opportunities may be right in our backyard — literally!

In a competitive marketplace, having a good product is not good enough! This featured home in Glen Abbey is what we’re talking about. Families […]

To Pine or not to Pine

There are some really useful Do It Yourself kits on the market.  This cascading planter of solid red cedar wood required no tools to assemble whatsoever. Easy peasy!

In the custom kitchen world options are many….can’t […]

Cooktop technology

The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing kitchen spaces. The advent of Smart technology for the kitchen combined with advances for software in cabinet manufacturing sets us apart from our competition.

EuroCucina featured state […]

EuroCucina 2016 Milano, Italy Tips & Trends

With their best foot forward over 160 exhibitors participated in all that is the latest and greatest in the Design World for kitchens. For one week hundreds of thousands of people flooded several sites throughout the […]

Oakville Spring Home Show is around the corner (literally)

With snow on the ground … we are happy to announce Misani’s participation at the Spring Lifestyle Home Show this weekend April 9 & 10. Hosted at the Glen Abbey Recreation Centre on Third Line, minutes […]

What puts more Spring in your step?

We get a lot of questions regarding counter tops. Yes, its a big decision — there’s no doubt about it!

Quartz products have been popular for at least 5 years now. Consumers get confused with ‘brands’ of quartz […]

No longer just a box with a door!

What’s a furniture base you say? Kitchen cabinetry is no longer a box with a door. Especially in our custom world — adding crown moulding, unique door styles, custom finishes, integrated and concealed light valances, […]

Green Egg or Gas?

The dust is settling after the home renovation is complete.

Yes, there’s a few more pictures to hang and organizing to be done….but who cares.  Enjoying your new kitchen and bathroom, realizing the design of your […]

Options for Sleek Modern Design

The beauty of custom cabinetry is all in the details. With the right equipment anything is possible. Misani Custom Design has earned its reputation on the quality of materials we use, our design expertise and […]


A three day dogsledding experience in Algonquin Park provides fodder to share in how life experience contributes insight and knowledge to our work lives.

Being a bit of a thrill seeking adventurist, wishing to push limits […]

Mirror – Mirror on the Wall

In conversations with clients recently there has been a recurring theme….the use of mirror.

Not certain why this tends to happen, maybe the scuttlebutt discussions of designers and decorators infiltrates what’s going on in homes and other spaces […]

DIY takes a little longer…

The wall panel decals finally arrived.  Much more tricky to apply on the walls in this meditation space than anticipated.

Patience and time required as these hobbies can take the back seat to other priorities.

Proper preparation of […]

Make Blindness History

Sometimes issues hit you and make you think — you may be thinking what does blindness have to do with kitchens?

CFRB – Talk Radio 1010 has been advertising for a Canadian company called #esighteyewear which […]

Builder blah transformation to Shabby Chic

Nothing like making a statement!

A golden oak stained vanity and toilet are all there is to this Powder Room.

Relocating the plumbing to opposing wall for a stand alone sink creates more space and adds drama […]

Why talk about DIY?

As  custom cabinet makers we appreciate ‘levels’ of workmanship

Its why we take such pride in the work we do — essentially its a combination of

— our front line designers to envision our clients wants and […]

What’s a Built-In?

We have posted beautiful images in the past of cabinetry that goes ‘wall to wall’ and appears to be part of the original construction of the home.

In this case — the trim kit for this Electrolux […]

Sometimes ya just gotta have a little fun on a Wintry day!

Interior Design Show — January 21-24, 2016, Toronto

Not a designer

Need inspiration

Feeling overwhelmed contemplating updating your home

Then set aside some time this weekend to visit the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building.

Featured speakers — interactive displays — industry […]

Best of Houzz 2016!

We’ve done it again — without our loyal following, it would not be possible.

Thank you from the entire Misani team who work hard each and every day to exceed our client expectations.

Eurocucina in Milan, Italy […]

New appliances … gotta love em!

New cabinets, counters, floors and appliances. With a new design comes a learning curve with how best to use the space. Experimentation is key — unfortunately, our clients won’t reap the benefit of a banana […]

Settling in after a kitchen renovation

The dust continues to settle (duct cleaning & several furnace filter changes) later. Enjoying family and friends throughout the holidays with many memories of the renovation to savour for years to come. Lots of hands […]


Thank you for following along — trust you’ve enjoyed the holiday season with friends and family.

The Misani team sends best wishes for all — some have tough times, some are sailing along.

Bottom line, stay positive […]

Pick your moments — counter tops

Soon there will be function in the kitchen, since Christmas is only 3 days away its probably prudent to have a Plan B in your pocket for Christmas dinner. Regardless, if you’ve survived months of […]

Gotta love Shrek!

There’s more to home renovations then meets the eye! The months of planning….anticipating the final result is so exciting.  The investment in your home will have many positive effects.

The finishing touches, in this case, the wall […]

Scribe versus template

Now the cabinet boxes are installed (sans doors) so they don’t get damaged during countertop installation. You are ready to call in your counter fabricator if you are using granite or quartz or any natural […]

The December scribe

Managing client expectations is paramount to achieving customer satisfaction.

Weather can play a factor in how easy or challenging the construction process unfolds. The installation of custom cabinetry requires methods that not all companies use. The […]

Buying European Brands

Just when you think you have a crisis on your hands.  Stressful text messages, phone calls and waiting on hold for what seems like forever… all because of a plug that’s unfamiliar.

First,  nothing can be […]

Decoratives – What are they and why do they matter?

Here’s an image of one of things that sets apart a custom kitchen installation versus a “box with a door” style of kitchen.

You may be very surprised, in a good way! That the cost differential isn’t […]

Create ambiance with Dimmer switches

It either works or it doesn’t when it comes to electrical connections.  The tendency to want the job completed can overshadow the finishing touches.

We all want the ‘pretty stuff’ to look its best.  Whether its […]

Where does your Grey Cup start?

Where does your Grey Cup start?  In the kitchen, of course! Whether you’re into football or not. The 103rd Canadian Grey Cup final is reason to celebrate, to gather, have some fun and entertain!

Call it […]

Great ideas cost moolah!

Simple, clean lines — industrial, shabby chic, transitional looks appear simple.

Access to this bedroom used to be an angled door , this new opening was designed to be centred on the bed with a view to […]

The custom difference

The design was finalized months ago, site preparations commenced and finally the job hits the production floor. Specifying, cutting, finishing and pre-assembly of any custom unit takes time.

Custom doesn’t necessarily have to mean ‘expensive’. At […]

Make hay while the sun shines

So…communication is key — we all agree?

Modifications to interior walls require thought, planning and precise execution. When you think you’ve expressed what you want — stop!  Before drywall, new flooring, baseboard and trim is installed […]

Just a thought

…because sometimes words just don’t do it.

A thought to all who have connections to Paris and even to those that don’t — thinking of you

Always trust Mother Nature

Re-purposing a sentimental dining room suite is one way to save on the budget.  Custom cabinetry and other millwork features are introducing Walnut into the space.

How much walnut is too much? As designers, we have to […]

On Parade

As Remembrance day approaches we notice  the poppies clipped to coats and sweaters. It triggers the nostalgia and hopefully  gratitude for all the men and women who have fought for our peace.

Attending a service yesterday on […]

Timing — Chemistry

As the one year anniversary arrives of the loss of a dear loved one, there is a heaviness of sadness surrounding.

Although there is no choice but to forge forward in a positive fashion with the […]

Does this look like a Built-In to you?

Although there will always be the need for custom built in cabinetry — there is a shift toward more modern design. Integrating a fireplace with television viewing above is all about angles and measurement.

Linear fireplaces […]

Let the Bling Begin….

Time and time again we reassure clients that our custom cabinetry shows best under well-planned lighting conditions.  Lighting technology has changed immensely in recent years.  LED has been around awhile for certain, its now dimmable […]

Broadloom is all about the underpad

One of the best pieces of advice given when contemplating broadloom (carpet) is to invest in the foundation.  The best underpad available.

Technology has changed our world — even in the carpet world — no longer […]

The colour of Love

With Thanksgiving celebrations behind us — if you were renovating , maybe dinner looked a little different this year. Possibly take-out or store bought fixins?

Regardless, your circumstance —  the opportunity to enjoy your loved ones […]

What’s your favourite time of year?

At Misani — its Thanksgiving!

From our dedicated team of professionals who work hard each and every day to exceed our customer’s expectations — we wish all our clients and followers the best for an enjoyable holiday […]

When to clean…?

Week #6 — and so it goes….

Timing / coordination is key to any home renovation. Knowing that, the nature of construction is not a specific science. Hiring professionals helps for certain, not all trades can […]

Gotta go back and finish what we started…

Unbelievable women gathered to participate in the Women Build with Habitat for Humanity. Unfortunately we got rained out as safety is the #1 concern.
Great news though, we are going back to help with the inside […]

Women’s Build — Halton — Tuesday September 29th!

The support has been so gracious as Misani takes on a new challenge of participating in the Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build tomorrow.

The safety videos have been reviewed, shoe size submitted (for steel toed boots) […]

Source….and check your order!

Renovations are stressful — no doubt about it!

Sourcing all the materials can feel like a full time job. What kind of faucet do I want? What size sink? Accessories are another level of decision […]

Diamonds are a girls best friend….

No turning back — glass staircase here I come…very expensive blade required to cut new solid Walnut stair nosing. Who knew how the little things ‘add up’ in the budget. The glass is the least […]

Oakville Home Show a big hit for kitchen shoppers

Although the weather didn’t cooperate for gardeners wishing to put their plants to bed — the weather funneled huge crowds to the Glen Abbey Recreation Centre for the Jenkins produced Fall home show this past […]

Come Visit Misani’s Booth at the Oakville Home Show this Weekend!

See, touch, feel all the elements of what goes in to a kitchen renovation.

Cabinets, countertops, hardware — its all here.

Come visit Misani’s Booth #6 at the Glen Abbey Recreation Centre on Third Line in Oakville. […]

Let there be light!

What a thrill to come home to light! Substantiated progress that required two full days of crawling in the attic surrounded by insulation and rising temperatures made for unfavourable conditions for the electrician.

Many often […]

The Day has finally arrived…

As we gear up for our Fall Home Show season, home renovations  continue to be going gangbusters.

No such thing as a lull or slow time anymore for our Shop.  Entertaining a summer shut-down being out […]

The Calm Before the Storm

…just when you think you’re ready to start your reno, a neighbour decides to move and a storage pod is delivered next to your driveway, only to make your construction bin placement all the more challenging! […]

How ’bout them Jays!

Whether you like sports or not, lets face it — its FUN to talk about the Jays winning streak!

Whether we’re bored with our jobs or frustrated we don’t get enough vacation time or disheartened by  some current […]

What keeps you up at night?

It never ceases to amaze me what clients share keeps them up at night! Dreaming about options for garbage and recycling.  Gift wrapping and gardening centres within a Mudroom space. Doggie showers and so much […]

What Comes First…next….

You’ve pulled the trigger, the renovation is “on”. Your due diligence has paid off and you’ve hit the ground running with your ‘shopping list’ for your new kitchen.

Faucet, sink, lighting fixtures, countertops, hardware, flooring — […]

So many questions…so little time!

Whether you are sitting on a bus, train or stuck in traffic (don’t you love the HOV lanes ) seems there is never enough time to get through our daily ‘to do’ list.

As reviews, testimonials and cards […]

A Built-In doesn’t have to be ‘Built-In’!

A picture says a thousand words…

From Your friends…

Always nice when you receive messages like this from your clients — Wow!

As you know, when we started this project, our hope was to work with people we could always call friends.

Thanks for your incredible […]

Women Build – Misani Kitchens signs up!

How cool is this — to be associated with not only a great organization but also to be able to actively contribute to the work they do.  Misani will be there September 29, 2015! Ready […]

Karma and the Kitchen

A kitchen renovation doesn’t have to be as daunting as some make it out to be — HONEST!

Recently working with clients as they signed their Purchase Order — a look of excitement and panic crossed their […]

Kitchen Zones

Remember the Work Triangle? Kitchen designers have referred to this configuration for ages. If you’re ‘up’ on latest trends — we prefer to refer to good kitchen planning/design as Work Zones.

Think about it…if you connect […]

How to start a kitchen renovation

You know the poem —  

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person…..

Well, how often […]

Doing the right thing

As promised, this post will bring you up to speed with respect to what the Liberation of Holland has to do with designing and manufacturing custom cabinetry in Oakville!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in his speech […]

Second World War Anniversary commemorating the liberation of Holland

As a keen observer of current events, following the activities commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Holland this week has tugged at the heart strings.

Prime Minister Harper stated ” each headstone was a […]

It’s Kitchen Renovation Season

May 1st — otherwise known as May Day! Hope yours is a happy one!

Here’s a little history for you from Wikipedia —

In Toronto, On the morning of May 1, various Morris Dancing troops from Toronto […]

Is the “U” you?

Is your kitchen of the 25-30 year vintage? Is it shaped like a “U”? With those awkward upper and lower corner cabinets where the last time you saw what was stuffed in there was when […]

The Value of Referrals — Priceless!

As a local custom cabinet manufacturer in Oakville, ON , we have our work cut out for us!

We’ve earned our stripes in this community and they have embraced us.  With humility and gratitude we accept […]

It’s Spring! What does buying a new bike have to do with Custom Kitchens?

So last night I was the customer at a local bike shop — I had set my budget limit, done some research on the internet prior to scheduling an appointment and was ready to invest […]

Gotta love Houzz

As potential clients breeze through the door as Spring encroaches, they are armed with more information than ever!

A picture says a thousand words….the Houzz website is an awesome resource that clients have been using for […]

Happy Spring!

The sound of birds chirping, the sunshine streaming through your window (sometimes highlighting winter’s grime…) Regardless, you can feel it!  There’s a spring in your step, smile on your face, anticipating the transformation of your […]

Oakville’s Premier Custom Cabinet company updating Showroom

The new Oakville Showroom kitchen layout started with this reflected ceiling plan!  Our clients come to us for our expertise in construction and we deliver — switched from Hardwood to new tile for the floor, […]

Best of Houzz 2015 Award

Misani Custom Kitchens of Oakville Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada and Around the World

Oakville, Ontario, March 2, 2015 – Misani Custom […]

Designing – It’s What We Do…and so much more!

So, how do you distinguish yourself from your competition in the custom kitchen business in Oakville? Well, we know no one has time to read lengthy verbiage anymore so…we are experimenting.  First, we’re re-designing our Showroom […]

Catch the Enthusiasm

The feedback from launching our new website last week has been phenomenal. Very gratifying for the little company that grew — The challenge to continue to share our great work with the world will be […]

New year — New website for Misani!!

Misani has taken flight!  Our new website is launched for the World to see!
As a growing business its been a challenge to feature our beautiful work as we’ve been so busy ‘doing’ the work!  We […]

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