Holiday table decor

Holiday decor by lisa canning

By Lisa Canning

I am a big believer that decorating for the holidays should be fun and simple. This table took me 20 minutes to set up and was made up of items I had mainly in storage. For a modern take on table decor here are my favourite tips.

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Pantone colour of the year: Marsala


marsalaPantone (the colour experts)  released their 2015 colour of the year: Marsala. "Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth," says Leatrice Eiseman Excutive Director, Pantone Color Institute. We think the rich, warm hue would be a great accent colour for home and would pair well with grey, navy and cream. Will you be decorating with Marsala this year?





Renovating superstar Bryan Baeumler moves to the country!


By Sara Duck

We catch up with multi-talented, HGTV star renovator Bryan Baeumler who recently moved his family to the country to renovate their forever home. He chats about taking on his biggest project yet!

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10 awesome hostess gifts!


Champagne Truffles. $13-$20. Visit

By Sara Duck

Show your thankfulness to the host by presenting a gift they will swoon over!

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Designer Jo Alcorn’s bedroom essentials


As a designer my bedroom is a place I go to relax, unwind and get away from the hustle of my daily designs. In addition to a serene space where I can relax there are also a few other tricks I use to help me unwind after a long day when I need to catch some much-needed shut-eye.Use these simple tips to create your perfect bedroom and ensure you get an amazing night’s sleep!

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Now is a great time to plan for that renovation!

Now is the time to plan for that renovationBy Bryan Tuckey

Maybe you’re looking to update your kitchen, modernize your bathroom, spruce up your living room, create an office nook or finish your basement. These kinds of projects take time to plan for, and I suggest that you seek out a qualified expert to make your renovation dreams come true.

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Designer gingerbread houses for charity

designer gingerbread houses for charity

Some of Canada's most beloved designers such as Brian Gluckstein, Samantha Pynn, Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe  have teamed up with well-known pastry chefs from around Toronto to create one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses that will be auctioned in support of the Children's Aid Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will go towards providing urgently needed transitional housing support for vulnerable young people leaving the care of the child welfare system at age 18. This year's gingerbread houses will be unveiled on the first day of the auction, which takes place from Dec. 2 to 9, 2014. Preview the design teams at

Are you ready to shop your neighbourhood?

Shop the neighbourhood

By Sara Duck

While many people are thinking about hopping over the border to capitalize on the Black Friday deals found in the US, keep in mind you will also have to contend with long lines, paying duty (if you stay less than 24hrs) and frenzied shoppers (we have all heard the horror stories!). Everyone loves a great deal but at what cost? Yellow Pages Group has the solution, shop local! On November 29th a great shopping event is taking place in your very community, it's called Shop The Neighbourhood – encouraging you to shop local, get special deals and help contribute to the continued growth of your own neighbourhood. To find out what will be happening in your neck of the woods click on over to where you will find exclusive deals and instructions on how to download the app, which makes shopping locally a breeze. Don't forget to Tweet or Instagram your amazing shopping finds by using the hashtag #shopthehood. Happy (local) shopping everyone!




How to decorate with layers

how to decorate with layersBy Yanic Simard/ Photo courtesy of CB2

When the cool weather comes around, the wardrobe advice is always the same: dress in layers! Well, this practical idea isn’t just smart for outdoors – it works for your home, too. When you want to heat up the look and feel of your interior environment, follow my guide to layering for warm winter perfection at home.

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CIL Paint Offers Tips to Deck Your Walls for the Holidays

CIL Paint Offers Tips to Deck Your Walls for the HolidaysWill your house be a haven for entertaining this year? Why not spruce up your space before guests arrive with a fresh coat of paint? According to  a country-wide survey of Canadian painting habits conducted by leading brand CIL paint, living rooms and kitchens - the most popular rooms for welcoming guests - are among the top of the list when it comes to most frequently painted rooms. “Based on the survey results, it seems Canadians want to put their best foot forward when entertaining in their home, and that includes decking their walls with paint,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings US and Canada.

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SMEG’s new line of retro-style appliances

SMEGSMEG - best known for their colourful, vintage inspired large appliances like their  iconic refrigerator, has collaborated with renowned Italian designers Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of Deep Design, to create a beautiful new assortment of small appliances. The small appliance new product line features colorful Toasters, Stand Mixers, Blenders, and Kettles, that offers homeowners an easy way to infuse Italian style into their homes. For more information visit

Carson Arthur’s tips for choosing the perfect Christmas tree


Every year my family gets into a holiday debate: Whether to purchase a real tree or one of the faux variety. There are benefits and costs to both options, but the scientific community has gotten behind the theory that until the fake trees no longer use PVC and leads, which are very hard to recycle, the real tree is the way to go. This suits me just fine, because when it comes to holiday traditions, the smell of real pine in the home is at the top of my list.

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Toms for Target!

TOMS-for-Target-homeBy Sara Duck

Toms and Target have teamed up for a special collection of home goods and clothing for men, women and children available Nov. 16, 2014. For every item bought, they will donate shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. It’s time to get your shop on! For more information visit

39th Annual William Ashley Warehouse Sale

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 1.54.17 PMBy Sara Duck

If you live in Toronto or plan on visiting the city anytime soon, you won't want to miss the 39th Annual William Ashley (the store has long been known for its amazing selection of tableware, stemware, vases, kitchen gadgets and more) Warehouse sale. The new location boasts 30,000 sq.ft. of space and 22 departments filled with everything from tableware, kitchenware, home decor, lighting, furniture, holiday gifts, toys, bed and bath accessories, corporate gifts and so much more at incredible savings of up to 90 per cent off retail prices. Who doesn't love a good sale?! 111 Creditview Rd., Vaughn, Ontario. Visit

Starbucks’ seasonal must-haves!

Chestnut Praline Latte, Starbucks first new holiday handcrafted beverage in five years.

Chestnut Praline Latte, Starbucks first new holiday handcrafted beverage in five years.

By Sara Duck

There are a lot of hot new things brewing at Starbucks these days and we aren't just talking about their new Chestnut Praline Latte! Ahead of the holiday season, the beloved brand has introduced a bevy (pardon all my drink-puns!) of new swag that is sure to be a major hit, here is what you can look forward to.

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Northern Exposure


Hudson’s Bay Caribou Throw. $150.

By Sara Duck

Embrace the winter months with these Canadiana inspired finds for your home.

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Get your bake on with Trudeau!

Baking groupe-2 (Beauty shot)By Sara Duck

Are you gearing up for baking season? We adore the new Structure line of bakeware from Trudeau (a fourth-generation family business), which features an exclusive reinforced steel rim for secure handling paired with non-stick and flexible properties that make silicone so appealing and easy to bake with. Not only is the set super practical and extensive, we think the colour combinations are ab fab! Prices start at $6. Visit


The new Vitamix S30 personal blender

s30_meal_tomato_sauce_vinaigrette_mojitoBy Sara Duck

Vitamix, leaders in professional-grade blenders for home and commercial use, have just released their latest wonder machine the S30 personal blender. The compact and convenient design creates smaller batches and individual servings and comes with two handy BPA-free containers – including a to-go version! Equipped with a powerful 790-watt motor, it will puree even the toughest of ingredients. This definitely is a kitchen essential and worth the investment! $469. Visit


Current obsession: Hand-crafted cutting boards

knottys_cutboards_oct52014-8488By Sara Duck

We all know that cutting boards are essential to kitchen prep. But an emerging trend is taking these cutting boards from the kitchen to the table by using them as a beautiful neutral backdrop to display creative apps, such as the ever popular charcuterie board – a party favourite. We adore these customized cutting boards from Knotty’s Woodwork, which are locally sourced and hand-crafted in Canada.

Q&A with iconic British designer Kelly Hoppen

04_NH_KELLY_HOPPEN_0005By Sara Duck/ Photos by Mel Yates

With 38 years of experience under her belt, a cache of celebrity clientele, eight highly successful interior design books, and her own furniture line, iconic British designer Kelly Hoppen is a tour de force! HD&R catches up with this designing wonder woman and learns, among other things, the importance of the colour taupe.

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Target at World MasterCard Fashion Week


By Sara Duck

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Target Canada's fashion show, as part of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto – and it was quite the show! Since the beloved brand made its way north of the border, shoppers can’t seem to get enough of its cheap and chic fashion and homewares – we are big fans of the brand at HD&R. Last nights presentation featured European inspired looks for fall and holiday complete with an accordion player to kick off the show. Other trends for the winter season included key silhouettes such as anoraks, bombers and quilted jackets and accessories including knit beanies, hooded infinity scarves and fur trim. The seasonal looks were featured amongst a backdrop of home decor offerings, highlighting Target’s exclusive Threshold home collection. As a grand finale, gold glitter floated from the ceiling as Bullseye, Target’s iconic mascot, led the 42-model ensemble down the runway.

Prep your fireplace now, for the cold months ahead

GD36MNWhether you have a wood burning or gas fireplace it is important to properly prepare them for the fall and winter seasons to ensure both their functionality and your safety. Napolean Fireplaces ( have provided some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the season.  Most of these simple inspections and cleaning can be done by the average homeowner, however, if you have any doubt at all, contact your local fireplace installer or chimney sweep.

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Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Colour of the year is….


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Guilford Green! “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Colour of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with colour schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.” We think the light and airy hue will work well in traditional and modern spaces and will pair with a host of complementary shades such as white, grey, navy and light purple. Visit




Mad for plaid

w_fall_hon_fw14_016-lrBy Sara Duck

Plaid is a huge trend this season, for your wardrobe and home! Here are our top picks for incorporating this pattern into your space.

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The Outdoor Room

Carson_2By Carson Arthur

The backyard is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining, and has replaced the ‘party room’ in the basement as the location to hold dinner parties, brunches or just drinks with friends. For the last 10 years, the term ‘outdoor room’ has been used by realtors and homeowners to refer to any type of seating outside. You can’t assume that if you have a deck or a patio, you have an outdoor room. Another consideration is the ability to use an outdoor room for more than just spring and summer.Here are key items that you need to create the perfect outdoor room.

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Samsung Motion Sync Vacuum


By Sara Duck

The Samsung Motion Sync Vacuum will quickly become your go-to cleaning tool. The motion sync design offers  smooth mobility, along with long-lasting suction power, a detachable handheld vacuum (it’s a two-in-one) perfect for hard-to-reach places and has an easy washable filter. Dust literally has nowhere to hide! $549. Visit

Save Your Sanity – Hire An Energy Advisor

HKP-DDB-BCHydro-PowerSmart-7568-worker_checklist_homeownerby Kari Kylo

Kitchen backsplash tiles – check. Stone countertops – check. Fresh paint colours for the kids’ bedrooms – check. I was thrilled with the progress I had made on my home renovation list. The enjoyable part of picking out colours and finalizing designs had ignited my creative spirit, and at last I was going to have the visually spectacular home that I had always dreamed of.

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Jo Alcorn at The Home Depot Mississauga West store

Jo_2Need help choosing a paint colour for your walls? Confused about the best colour for your home? If you live in the GTA, we have just the solution to your painting problems! On Thursday, October 9, celebrity designer Jo Alcorn will be at The Home Depot Mississauga West store to answer all your questions! For more information visit and don't forget to bring photos, ideas and questions. Jo can't wait to help you with your next room makeover!

Hot ticket: The Delicious Food Show

mb-at-eataly-1024x712By Sara Duck

Calling all foodies from across Canada! The Delicious Food Show is on from Oct. 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. If you are in the city over the weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample yummy foods and get up close and personal  with a slew of famous chefs, including Mario Batali, Chuck Huges, Roger Mooking, Mark McEwan and more! For more information visit

Q&A with LA designer Betsy Burnham

1 bronson living roomBy Sara Duck / Photos by Patrick Cline

Betsy Burnham is the principal designer of Burnham Design, a boutique interior design company in Los Angeles. She’s known for her mix of  bold decor choices, fashiony interiors and flawlessly balanced palettes. We take a look inside one of her most colourful projects!

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Inspiration: Throw a harvest themed party

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On the last weekend in September, I hosted a 40th anniversary party for my parents in their backyard (I kicked them out of their own house for the day!). After the bipolar weather we've had, I really hesitated to plan a soirée outside but I had a vision for the party and it involved a backyard setting. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and the party went off without a hitch! Here are a few simple ideas I used to plan the fall fête.

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Designated study area for kids!

Susie's Blog 054By Stephanie MacDonald

Anyone who has school-aged kids knows how haphazard homework time can be. Kids trying to study (or attempting to look like they are studying while they are actually texting) on the sofa, in the kitchen, or on their beds. Experts say it's a great idea to have a designated study area for each kid, but really, who has room for that? Well, just about any space can fit these little vintage school desks. Anyone over the age of 25 probably remembers learning their times tables and conjugating French verbs while sitting in one of these, and they can easily fit in your child's bedroom.

They are not comfy enough to fall asleep in, they have built in storage, they are retro-charming – what's not to love? Those who appreciate a patina can pick these up straight off of Ebay or Craigslist and leave them as is, but the internet abounds with quick and easy solutions to update these classic pieces of classroom furniture to match your decor.

Let your (or your children's) imagination go, all while giving them a personal space to get down to learning. For some cool school desk update ideas visit Pinterest or

It’s always summer indoors when you have an indoor water feature

71M4C7rBGVL._SL1500_by Stephanie MacDonald

Water features aren't just for your dentist's office or your yoga studio anymore. With winter coming along soon, and a few (maybe many, depending where you live) months will be spent inside enjoying the warmth of central heating, but missing out on the sounds and smells of nature. But you don't have to. There are many ways to get the benefits of moving water inside your home. the benefits include stress relief, as decor, to create a soothing environment, or even for natural humidification. Indoor waterfalls are a simple and stunning way to enhance the beauty of your home and welcome guests with elegance.

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Think pink in October!

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 9.12.35 AMOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Apollo Precision Tools has teamed up with Rethink Breast Cancer to bring you a practical yet stylish 39-piece tool set. The nifty kit is perfect for home improvements and DIY projects, so pick up yours today and help fund breast cancer education, support and research programs. Precision Tools Pink Tool Kit by Apollo. $30. Visit

New product line: refined rustic furniture from Paul Kristjian

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 10.12.12 AMLooking to add a touch on natural elegance to your home? Paul Kristjan is a bespoke furniture line, featuring rustic sophistication with industrial, and modern influences. With an appreciation for style and function and a love for sustainability, each unique piece tells a story with a mix of materials from local reclaimed wood to salvaged metals. Created in British Columbia by artisans and skilled tradesmen, these one-of-a-kind pieces are of the finest quality and handcrafted with great care.

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Five tips for working with colour

DSC_8285By Lisa Canning/ Photo by Larry Arnal

I would argue that colour, among all the components that go into a room’s design, is the most influential factor in the overall success of a room. Your choice of colour can make a space feel soft and serene, bold and invigorating, or playful and whimsical – so it’s essential to ensure the correct colours are utilized to achieve the mood, or overall feel you want to accomplish. Here are my top five tips for adding colour to a room to achieve a look you’ll love.

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Tips to create a relaxing bedroom


By Jo Alcorn/ photo by Jason Hartog

You spend a third of your day in your bedroom, so it should be a relaxing place to unwind and get that important beauty sleep your body needs. Recently, I gave my bedroom a major makeover. Here are my top tips to create a beautiful and comfortable bedroom retreat on any budget.

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5 Quick Tips To Go From Small Space To Spacious

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Canadian Tire and Jane Lockhart offer tips and tricks for home organization.

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Elte’s new line of rugs have an innovative twist

Banana Silk Press v.2By Sara Duck

We love the new line of custom rugs from Elte, made from an innovative new fibre using the stalk of the banana plant. The result is a natural elegant sheen in each rug that plays off the many beautiful patterns available. Visit

Household must-have: Dyson Cinetic DC78 Turbinehead

Dyson-DC78THAN-1By Sara Duck

After six years of intensive research by a team of 29 Dyson engineers, the new Dyson Cinetic is born. This machine boasts unparalleled suction capabilities, no bags, a filter that does not need to be washed or replaced and a trigger-bin emptying system. We think it’s pure genius! Dyson Cinetic DC78 Turbinehead. $700. Visit

The studio lamp


Signal Floor Lamp. $350. Visit

By Elisa Krovblit

It's a floor lamp, but not "just" a floor lamp. With a chic tripod base, studio lamps are style makers. They're a little bit industrial, a little bit mid-century modern and a little bit loft. They're work-horse machinery with a fine finish – and they make a statement.

Tip: The quality of light you want will determine which style works for you. An articulated body aims light with precision, a shaded lamp diffuses it and direct beam puts you in the spotlight.

The importance of curb appeal

Carson_2By Carson Arthur

In a market where sellers are in competition to make the most out of their largest investment. Improving your home’s first impression is one of the best ways to set it apart from the rest of the pack and according to Century21 Canada (2013), can swing a home’s value by up to seven per cent.

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Make your Fantasy Kitchen a Reality

507489573by Jamie Banfield

Let’s face it, renovations don’t always come easy. It’s a daunting task for even the coolest of cucumbers — between sourcing the qualified pro’s to get the job done to keeping to a budget and timeline, it is not always seamless, but it should be. On that note, if there is one room in your house that can give you the most return for your investment, it’s the kitchen. It is for this reason that renovations to the epicenter of your home should be well planned and executed to avoid a “Kitchen Nightmare”.

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Renovation Key Driver in Economy

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By Bryan Tuckey

Canadians love their home-improvement projects. Canada has experienced an amazing 15 consecutive years of annual spending increases on home improvements, according to a recent housing report by Altus Group, a Toronto-based global real estate consultant.

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Advice from homeowners

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.13.21 PMThinking about renovating your home? Wondering what it takes to get the results you want, without stress and worry? Who better to ask than people who have already done it? Canadian Home Builders’ Association gathered advice  from homeowners who have completed major renovation projects, including bathroom and kitchen upgrades, additions and whole-house renovations.

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Get gardening in the fall!

T._Apricot_Bty_and_H._Blue_Jacket_verticalThink your gardening days are over? Think again! Fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs that yield spring flowering plants such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus and snowdrops. “Fall is one of a gardener’s favourite seasons because it is when you get to plan and create what your garden will look like for the next year,” said Denis Flanagan, Public Relations manager for Landscape Ontario. Here are  some top tips for preparing a garden bed with fall bulbs.


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Big impact in small spaces

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Bathrooms are the most expensive room per square foot to build or renovate in your home. It’s home to a variety of requirements including plumbing, electrical, venting and heating, not to mention a myriad of finishes all living in harmony in one small space.  Although most of these elements meet practical functional needs, don't overlook the opportunity to showcase materials that offer a little bit of indulgence and invoke a feeling of luxury.  After all it is the place where we rejuvenate and reset daily, so why not.

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Q&A with Home + Design Show Organizer Jill Kivett

HomePageSlideshow_DESIGN_012114by Stephanie MacDonald

Out west here, we're excited for the 31st annual Home + Design Shows happening at On September 18 in Calgary at the BMO Centre and at BC Place starting October 16th in Vancouver. Show organizer Jill Kivett is always illuminating on the subject of what we can look forward to, so we asked her a few questions about this year's shows.

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Yanic Simard’s five tips for South Beach style

yanic-1I recently had the pleasure of designing my own relaxing Miami retreat! You too can reap the rewards of this South Beach styling with my tips to get that perfect tone-on-tone interior, including ideas you can steal for a total overhaul or a quick refreshing update.

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Easy tips to create a dream closet

By Jo Alcorn/ Photos by Jason Hartog

Do you dream of having a closet from the magazines, but confused how to balance style and organization? My latest makeover project was to create the perfect walk-in closet. I brought in organizing guru Clare Kumar ( to help with this makeover. Together we created a space that was both stylish and functional.

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Make the most of your small outdoor space with these easy tips


Summer is meant to be spent outside; enjoying the sunshine, green landscapes, and firing up the grill. Luckily, you don’t need to have a huge backyard or be an expert gardener to reap the benefits of your outdoor space this summer. According to Mark Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert, even those with limited space can enjoy the outdoors by following a few simple tips.

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Jillian Harris chats about the spectacular 2014 PNE Prize Home

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“When you design a restaurant, you design with hunger in mind and create a darker space with accents of red and orange which elevate a room’s energy level. Never blue — that supresses hunger,” says Jillian Harris, designer of the PNE's 2014 Prize Home. “In residential homes, I gravitate towards the exact opposite – white, creams and neutral. I look for wow and vintage pieces that stimulate conversation.”

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Trend alert: Copper


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By Sara Duck

From pots and mugs to sequined pillow covers, copper coloured home accessories is a huge trend for fall. Of course the use of copper, particularly in the kitchen, has been adored for centuries for its super conducting properties. Today, copper isn't just for the kitchen (though we love an open shelf filled with copper pots), think about using copper coloured accents through out your home, for a pop of shine and hit of elegance.

Decorate your all-season cottage


By Jo Alcorn

Summer may be fleeting, but people are enjoying the lake year round thanks to all-season cottages. Designing for a year-round cottage can be a challenge, balancing the warm and cozy feeling of winter with the light, breezy feeling of summer.

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Embrace what’s left of summer by turning your yard into an outdoor haven


With summer in full swing, there is nothing that Canadians want more than to take advantage of the lazy hazy days outside before entering into the hectic back to work and school routine. By turning your yard into an outdoor oasis, you can still enjoy what’s left of the season. Mark Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert, offers his tips to create your own outside oasis.

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The Scent of Deluxe Comfort.. Jo Malone for the Home

Scent Surroundby Stephanie MacDonald

There are some things that are worth the money, and in my books a good smelling home is one thing that enhances the life of all its occupants. Ever since Holt Renfrew began carrying the Jo Malone line of scents for the home, I've been hooked. The Lime, Basil and Mandarin Room Spray is one scent I could never get sick of!

Other fantastic fragrances include the home diffusers that give off a light, enduring scent over a period of months and she also has a famous line of scented candles guaranteed to set the mood - whether that mood is romantic, cheerful or celebratory! Check out the whole collection at Holt Renfrew.

10 Steps to Growing Citrus Indoors

Citrus_lemonby Stephanie MacDonald

I'm a true fan of all things lime-y and citrus-y, and so when I was on a walk in Victoria one day with my sister and saw an atrium bursting with lemons on the tree, I was immediately intrigued. It turns out, growing citrus indoors and out in Canada isn't that hard. I found a place that sells them, and I bought a kaffir lime, a regular lime and a calamansi orange tree. I happily planted them in ordinary pots, chatted with them, appreciated the perfume and beauty of their blossoms at which point they all got some sort of horrid infestation and died.

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Luxe Weekend Getaway Contest!

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The Home + Style Tour and FOCALPOINT e-NEWS! is hosting an amazing free contest for a chance to WIN a luxury weekend getaway at The Fairmont Royal York valued at $1,100! No purchase necessary.

You and a friend could win an exceptional dining experience and weekend stay at Toronto’s landmark hotel for two luxurious nights. You’ll also enjoy the excitement of teppan cooking right at your table at the fabulous Benihana Japanese steakhouse. To enter, visit

Don't forget to join the Home + Style community and help support Canadian HIV/AIDS causes! You’ll receive free monthly podcasts from your favourite in-the-know celebrity experts in FOCALPOINT e-NEWS! plus advance notice of special events and free contests.

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It’s not too late to grow the greenest lawn on the street

lawnMany think if they seed their lawn in the spring, it will take care of itself over the hot summer months. Unfortunately, to have a healthy, green lawn all summer long, there is a certain amount of continuous maintenance that is required. Make your lawn the envy of everyone on the block by following these mid-summer fix-up tips from Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert, Mark Cullen.

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Look to nature for decor inspiration


By Vicky Sanderson

We know instinctively that looking up into vast blue sky brightens our mood, and that walking through a green and leafy forest can be deeply calming. Increasingly, though, there’s scientific evidence that being connected to the natural world is good for both our mental and physical health.

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Renovation nation?

Screen-Shot-2014-07-28-at-9.56.50-AMA new CIBC poll conducted by Nielsen finds that four in 10 Canadian homeowners are planning some type of renovation this year, with an average expected cost of almost $20,000 - up almost 30 per cent from a year ago.

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Punchy and Fun Colours for Summer

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Feeling left out of the latest home fashions? Fret not, there's still time to punch up your pad with pops of summery colour! MOE'S Home Collection offers its top picks for bold hues to give your interior that extra boost you so desire, from furniture to accessories and everything in between.

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Kitchen Prep

kitchenBy Mark Cooper

The fact is, you want to know what to expect from your renovation, and when. Since the kitchen is considered the heart of the home it’s important to get everything done efficiently and on budget so you can get back to everyday life, so here are some of the main things you should take into consideration when contemplating a kitchen overhaul.

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10 design rules for children’s bedrooms

Screen-Shot-2014-07-28-at-9.48.26-AMby Lynn Fenwick B.I.D.

With all the years we have been doing show homes, and all the various renovations we have shown on our website, we seem to get a lot of excitement from children’s bedrooms.  Is it because parents tend to neglect decorating children’s rooms after the nursery stage and then get the nudge from their children when they are old enough to make a suggestion?  Or,  it could just be that children’s rooms tend to be fun! At Fenwick and Company, we have developed a 10 point guideline for kid’s bedrooms that we want to share with you.

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Kitchen renovation tips

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Award winning designer Laura Stein offers tips and tricks to make a kitchen renovation fabulous and functional.

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Spring inspiration on a dull day

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Yes, I 'm fully aware that April showers, bring May flowers – but on yet another gloomy day, I thought I would chase the rain clouds away by choosing my favourite cheery, spring-inspired interiors. There is something about a new season that always inspires me to incorporate little updates in my home, I like to fully embrace the seasons, and that includes the space I live in. What spring updates will you be doing in your home? Do tell!

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Why hire a professional renovator?

By Bryan Tuckey

Taking on a home renovation project can be an enjoyable and financially rewarding experience – if it’s done properly, that is. But a renovation gone wrong can be stressful, both emotionally and financially. And while some home renovations are easier than others, more often than not, it’s best left to the professionals like a RenoMark renovator.

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Make a good first impression at home

When it comes to selling your home, International landscape designer Carson Arthur and celebrity designer Jo Alcorn want to get you top dollar for your listing, find out how.


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Tips for entertaining al fresco

Screen shot 2014-04-23 at 12.29.36 PMBy Sara Duck

Celebrate the long, warm, summer nights by entertaining outside. Interior stylist and TV personality Janette Ewen gives you advice on throwing the perfect outdoor party.

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