Richard Marazzi

Guest Blogger

Richard Marazzi

Richard Marazzi is a graphic designer and photographer. Visit Richard Marazzi Design to find out more about his work.

Real People Reno: A Toronto Home Studio, Part 3

Posted by Richard Marazzi Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:00 AM EST


On Monday, we introduced you to Richard Marazzi, a graphic designer and photographer who designed much of the furniture in his Toronto home. Starting with his bedroom makeover, and then showing off his living room, dining room and porch reno work, today we’re taking you inside his home and his head as Richard’s revamps his kitchen, bathroom and office space.


Part 3


The Kitchen: The Before



My aim for the room was to get as much storage as possible in a little space. The cabinets are from Ikea and have the look and colour of the Scavolini kitchens I always liked, at a discount rate. Dealing with Ikea wasn’t exactly rapid. It took me a few trips back and forth as you have to create the design based on your measurements on their software and computer at the store. Looking back, I would recommend hiring somebody for this project.


For the rest of the kitchen, I really wanted a Carrera marble countertop, but because of associated costs, I decided the backsplash would be an acceptable solution. I also really liked the idea of having a chalkboard wall to play with and sketch as an alternative to watching a pot boil. The gas stove is by Bertazzoni and had the industrial look I was going for without breaking the bank. The fact that it’s Italian-made didn’t discourage me either. The overhead shelving also helped add to the industrial look I was going for.


The approximate cost of the room: $6000.


The After

Kitchen After

Kitchen Detail


The Bathroom: The Before




I wanted to keep the space simple and have the vintage bathroom look, so I used subway tiles and black and white mosaic on the floor to achieve this. I was able to buy a lot of the fixtures either from Ebay, Craigslist and Ikea to save money.


The approximate cost of the room: $7500.


The After

Bathroom After 2

Bathroom After


The Office


This room was especially important for me as I knew I would be spending many hours there. The space wasn’t large but long, which gave me the idea for a large working counter to go around two of the walls. I am really happy with it as it gives me plenty of space to sketch, work and get organized. The “desk” is a solid wood kitchen counter top from Ikea that I had cut and installed to fit.


I found the stop sign on the side of the road and decided to keep it as it goes well with the red accents all around the office.


The approximate cost of the room: $6000.


The After

Office After


Don’t forget to check out Richard’s bedroom, living room, dining room, and porch makeovers, too!

Topics: Renovation, Design, Kitchen, Office, Bathroom


Advertisement is on Facebook

Like Us on Facebook



Popular Topics

View All Blog Topics

HGTV Newsletter

Sign Up Now!

Our best decorating and DIY ideas delivered to your inbox twice a month.

View newsletter page