Last week I had the opportunity to check out the HomeSense fall/winter 2014 preview and I must say, you will love what's coming to stores soon. I especially loved the trend of decorating with pink for the cooler months. Normally associated with the spring and summer seasons, pink is surprisingly versatile and looks très chic when paired with gold, grey and natural wood elements. Swoon! For more information visit homesense.ca
The summer season is in full swing and that means a constant stream of visitors is not far behind. But what guest wants to sleep in the old kids’ room or home gym? Interior designer Heather Draper shares her top tips for creating the perfect space for guests with pieces from The Heather Company collection
It's no coincidence that waterfront property commands the highest prices in real estate. But even if you can't afford your own beachfront estate, you can still add the special, relaxing ambiance that water creates to your home. No matter what kind of yard you have, there's a water feature that can make it more beautiful and tranquil.
Canadian designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson has teamed up with Hallmark for an exclusive collection of greeting cards, stationary and gift wrap featuring her signature design aesthetic. The collection ranges in price from $1.99 - $29.99 and is now available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores across Canada. "In a world of email and text messages, sending a hand written note is a thoughtful way to connect with someone - it's also a reflection of personal style and expression," says Richardson. "I'm excited to partner with Hallmark to bring my signature approach to print, pattern and design to a collection of paper products that can be embraced by everyone." For more information visit hallmark.ca
By Sara Duck
We can't get enough of the new customizable Teavana Shaken Iced Teas and Iced Tea Lemonades from Starbucks, a perfect way to cool off this summer! And we think it's a great drink to serve guests during your summer barbecue's. Unleash your inner barista with these simple steps for serving up a perfect cold brew.
Steep 2 tsp. of your favourite tea for two-three minutes
Toss into a shaker with a scoop of ice and shake about ten times
Did you know? Shaking your drink brings out and disperses the flavours evenly
For more information visit starbucks.ca
Call it a meditation room, or a reading nook, or a sacred space, but regardless of how flaky a name you give it, having a calm sanctuary in your home can have a tremendously healthy effect on your life. With more demands on our time and attention than ever before, your mind and body need a break every once in a while, so here are a few tips on creating a place in your home free of demands on your brain and your body. Whether you use this space to do yoga, read quietly, to meditate, to catnap, to pray, journal or something else that makes you feel calm and centred, it's up to you, just make the modifications to suit the space to your needs.
Today’s wide array of cork flooring finishes give cork a chameleon-like versatility, making it adaptable to the aesthetics of any style; from rustic retreat to an urban loft. Its versatility and sustainability have earned cork preferential treatment among consumers focused on an eco-chic style and present design-conscious families with fashion-forward decor alternatives that are both comfortable and stylish.
A great serving tray is the all-important accessory for outdoor entertaining. Match your tray to your outdoor decor for added sophistication.
Kohler allows homeowners to completely customize their vanity space with their new Tailored Vanity Collection. You have a choice of five distinctive vanity designs, each of which can be tailored to suit your style -Hardware, finishes and even custom drawer configurations can all be chosen by you. The flexibility of this collection allows you to add a personal touch to such an essential space. Visit kohler.ca
A recent walk along the urban oasis of Vancouver’s Creekside Village seawall to Granville Island had my design senses inspired. The collection of newly designed street level restaurants, cafes, markets and boutique hotels are all designed with the intention of luxury living, hospitality and recreation. The seafaring atmosphere had a laid back vibe that had me feeling like I had been transported to my own vacation retreat.
Smeg, the Italian appliance brand known for its iconic 50s style refrigeration, has expanded their line with two vibrant new colours, yellow and white. We absolutely adore the yellow vintage style fridge and think it would look just dandy in a kitchen mixed with modern elements. For more information visit smeg.com
Lowe’s Canada is sharing a few ideas on how consumers can showcase their Canadian pride with red and white decor pieces that can be used all year round.
Beauti-Tone Paint gives a step-by-step guide to achieving this fun, cottage-inspired rowboat headboard!
Take a look at some of the range of prefab homes out there, from cozy cottages to immaculate chalets and you, too, will find yourself exclaiming, "That's prefab?" Prefabricated home packages have been ordered and built for over a century. Originating as early as 1908, plans for prefabricated homes could be ordered through the Sears & Roebuck Co, better know in modern times as the Sears Catalogue. Why this building process fell off standard build practices for the early part of the 21st century is a mystery, but lately, with more focus on modern, greener and more alternative ways of building unique homes, there has been a resurgence of the Prefab Home Process.
Sitting around an outdoor fireplace is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day, wind down your dinner party or to tell sleepy little ones bedtime stories before bed. The are also a great way to extend the summer season well into the fall, as a cozy fire attracts all who come near it for its warmth and gentle glow. Since fire regulations in many places in Canada preclude the use of actual wood-burning fireplaces, the (more convenient) gas fireplace is the way to go here.
By Sara Duck
Aloha! Embrace the summer months with these tropical-inspired decor items.
Cottage Colours: It’s hard to imagine a cottage-inspired colour scheme without the calming essence of a clean, fresh white.
>> For an earthy, zen atmosphere, pair white with off-white neutrals (greys, beiges, or both) and let texture and materials become the focus – it recalls the simple beauty of sandy shores and pebbled paths without feeling too stark.
>> For a livelier nautical vibe, blue can’t be beat as a cottage-inspired favourite. In general, a cottage interior tends to choose a limited palette and stick to it, so pick one hue to repeat in smaller or larger doses from room to room (and if you want a little extra punch in a key area, try small hits of red for spice).
We spend all winter waiting for it and when summer finally gets here, many of us spend our time either suffering or hiding indoors. Here are my favourite ways to avoid the worst parts of summer this year!
White is such a hot shade for both fashion and decor this summer and I couldn't be more thrilled. I love the simplicity of white, the crisp elegance and almost dreamy effect it can have when used in decor. In honour of the first day of summer, happening this Saturday, June 21 – I've compiled some inspiring white themed decor and fashion images, white on!
By Navin Ramani
Looking for simple, elegant and Canadian made furniture? The new Eve sofa collection from EQ3 can be your answer.
By Jo Alcorn
Is your outdoor space a bit of a killjoy? For those of you seeking inspiration to spruce up your small patio or balcony space, I have some fabulous design tips from my own outdoor living area to help get you started.
Sarah Richardson has made her mark in the design world – to say the least! With a resume of hit shows, including Sarah 101, Sarah’s House, and Real Potential, this design darling has shown us that even the most unsalvageable looking spaces can be transformed into something beautiful. Sarah took some time away from her busy schedule to solve some interior design dilemmas and provide us with her oh-so-coveted advice.
Renos are as exciting as they are stressful, and staying organized before, during and after the reno was the best thing I did to keep the stress level down. If you’re planning a reno, here are my top tips to help you get through it as easily as possible.
Walking into the Straight Line Designs studio you can’t help but notice the positive energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved in the process of making this remarkable furniture. And no wonder, Straight Lines products are anything but straight, and they redefine the line between art and furniture. Every piece is completely functional and expresses an exuberant sense of humour — much like Judson Beaumont himself, the man behind all this controlled madness.
How are today's city homes like people who do yoga? Well for one thing they're healthy; with LEED building standards, fresh coastal air and non-toxic and low VOC finishes, we have some of the cleanest living spaces around. But another thing they have in common is flexibility! With space at a premium when you live in the city, being flexible is the key to comfort. With that in mind, we've discovered a couple of companies who can make your 350 square foot condo in the sky feel positively roomy, and your 600 square foot home seem like twice the size, with these clever built-ins.
By: Sara Duck
Arm your house this summer with a fan that will keep you cool and your space looking cool! The new Dyson AM06 Desk Fan (30cm) with its bladeless, innovative design has been awarded the Quiet Mark from the Noise Abatement Society, so you can sleep comfortably and in peace during those sweltering summer nights. Plus, it’s safe with no fast-spinning blades and easy to clean with no grilles.
For more information visit dysoncanada.ca
Being a dad is an easy job when he's got a great kid like you, right? June 15 is Father's Day, and that means picking out the perfect present for pops! The team at HD&R would like to give you some of our top picks of the best gifts for Dad.
Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson has launched a lovely little line of garden furnishings, planters and accessories. The collection features an airy bench and table, blue and yellow planters (in different shapes and sizes), hand painted ceramic garden stools as well as scented candles and shaped cushions.
How do you create a home that draws you in, right from when you step up to the front door? You want people to be welcomed into the space, and for you and your guests to feel a natural pull inwards — a flow from room to room. There should be a connection from the outside to the public spaces of your home, where you would entertain guests, to the private spaces where you can put your feet up and relax.
by Jennifer Rudolph
Natural materials are wonderful to work with in a project. Earthy, organic, with saturated colors, everything you find during in a walk in nature can be expressed in your living space. When we get the opportunity to bring that into our homes, we can feel we’re just a little bit more connected to nature, and in turn, ourselves.
If your social calendar is filling up and leaving you with little to no time to escape to your rustic seaside getaway, let’s bring the elegance of cabin chic to you! With a few tweaks, you can have your home looking like it belongs on the beaches of Tofino, British Columbia.
Kohler Canada is taking flushing to a whole other level with the launch of their new Touchless Toilet. Users simply hold their hand over the tank sensor to activate the no-touch-flush. No handle to touch offers users a more hygienic way to flush, with fewer germs to spread. For more information visit kohler.ca
Do you fancy yourself an architectural aficionado? Do you love modern design? Or maybe, like me, you are curious to see inside some pretty cool houses in the city you love. Well, listen up – we've got the low-down on a fabulous tour geared towards showcasing modern homes in the GTA. On June 7, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Modern Home Tours will open the doors on five to eight architecturally progressive and contemporary homes that exemplify modern living – unlocking a world of design in and around the Toronto area.
Have you ever had a beloved picture come crashing to the floor mere moments after you just hung it up? If that scenario sounds familiar, don't fret, you aren't alone! Here are two new products that will make hanging up art a breeze.
When it comes to estate sales the old adage is true, one person's trash is another person's treasure! But in order to create a treasure trove of finds for potential buyers, you need to know how to throw a successful estate sale.
Shopping for patio furniture is fun for some, and stressful for others. Most people assume that shopping for patio furniture is just like shopping for new fixtures for the inside of your home. This is partially true, but there are some very important things to consider when dealing with the outdoors. Here are my three items that I take with me whenever I go patio shopping.
One of Canada’s most beloved design personalities and co-host of several award-winning HGTV series, Tommy Smythe, is not afraid to tell it how it is and viewers appreciate his frank, delightfully acerbic approach to interior design. Smthye recently shared his exceptional sense of style and passion for design when HD&R sat down with him.
Five tips from organizing guru Laura Wittmann of Clutter Rehab to get you inspired for cleaning and clearing out your space.
Okay, I'm being optimistic. It's not the usual seasonal highs, and the budding trees may be a bit behind, but the weather's nice and the long weekend is here so I'm hoping there are plenty of people willing to join in on the optimism.
Victoria Day long weekend celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819) and the start to summer. What better way to celebrate than a backyard tea party?
With summer just around the corner, we take a look at our favourite nautical inspired decor and dream about a vacay by the sea.
By Elisa Krovblit
There's no missing it – the wallpaper trend is in full bloom! Floral motifs have always been a standard, but contemporary designers and new printing techniques have taken flower prints to the next level. Whether it's a feature wall or full room coverage, have some fun finding the perfect florals for your home.
Tip: DIY-ers, don't just go by the square footage of your wall if you're ordering by the roll. You need a lot more wallpaper than you think in order to get your pattern lined up at the seems. There will be a lot of waste, but that perfect finish is worth it!
When Grimsby couple Patricia and Frank came to our firm, they asked us to design the front den of their home to become a multifunctional getaway where the family of five could relax and hang out, and also use as a makeshift office area when working from home. They wanted it to be calm and relaxing, yet still have a sophisticated edge to it. I knew right away that this space would host an eclectic mix of furnishings, including those inspired by the mid-century modern era.
HD&R CHATS WITH KIRSTEN KORHANI, chief designer and creative director at Korhani Home, who has been leading the way in merging style and fashion for home. Her innovative designs, affordable floor coverings and decorative accent pieces have driven the brand to create products that have become statement pieces in homes across the globe.
Do you dream of a custom bathroom oasis in your own home? Is your must-have a cosy heated floor, a steam shower, or perhaps a big soaker tub and a TV? With all the new products and technology available, your perfect bathroom has never been easier to achieve.
By Sara Duck
Add a splash of colour to your table this season with pretty bowls and plates that pop!
It's not that mom isn't important every day of the year, it's that she's so important that there needs to be one day a year that's completely hers! If you need a bit of inspiration picking the perfect present for mom, let us help. The HD&R team has picked out some particularly perfect presents, sure to make mom feel the love.
We've gone mad for Bouclair's new Atelier furniture line, featuring nine distinct themes such as Scandinavian (left), Industrial Chic, Vintage Mod and more. Putting together a cohesive look in your space, that reflects your style, has never been so easy and affordable.
By Sara Duck
Our beloved cheap and chic store Target has teamed up with three top bloggers to create individual party and entertaining capsule collections – set to launch through out the year. Each collection will have a theme relevant to the time of year and will reflect the personal style of the blogger. We adore the collection chosen by Joy Cho of OhJoy! (ohjoy.blogs.com) – the happy colours and cool accessories make us want to party! Prices start at $4. Visit target.ca Read more
Award winning designer Laura Stein offers tips and tricks to make a kitchen renovation fabulous and functional.
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!
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.
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.
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.
HD&R's organizing guru Hellen Buttigieg, shares simple tips to becoming more organized.