One of Toronto's iconic businesses is starting its swan song - and oh, what a strange and surprise-filled song it's sure to be. The opening notes come in the form of a sale on Honest Ed's collection of hand-painted sale signs. Thousands of them. The bright little signs - the all-but-lost-art of show card writing - will be stamped authentic and signed. The sale starts today (March 10) at 11 am. Read more
Painting a house is a notoriously time-consuming and expensive endeavour, which is why updates tend not to happen often. But with some careful planning, it’s actually a project that can be completed in a Saturday. Many of these tips might seem like an extra hassle, but will actually make the paint job easier (and therefore faster) and without sacrificing an ounce of quality. And in the end save time on clean-up!
You will be the winner of the night by serving movie-themed cocktails, at your Oscar viewing party! Iceberg Vodka, a purely Canadian Vodka made with ancient water harvested from icebergs in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, offer the following recipes.
Dreaming of a new look for your home? A designer kitchen on a budget is within your reach. Think the big-box stores only offer a cookie-cutter look? Think again. With a little creativity there are some simple ways to get a luxe-look in your home, on a big-box budget. With these easy tips from Cutler Kitchen and Bath cutlerkitchenandbath.com – you can make your dream home a reality on a budget.
By Sara Duck
Listen up all you mama's and papa's to-be. Bouclair Home has just announced the arrival of a new baby collection.
For those of you living in Ontario, keep your eyes peeled for the latest issue of Home Decor & Renovations magazine. Our March issue is jam-packed with kitchen and bathroom ideas, along with inspiring spring trends and it's out this Saturday, February 22! For those non-Ontario residents, don't worry, you can always catch up on the latest issues online in our magazine gallery.
By Elisa Krovblit
Valentine's Day is the one day a year where big heart shaped boxes of chocolate are encouraged and no day is complete without some heart-shaped-thing-a-ma-bob presented as a declaration of your love. Skip the trip to the candy aisle and instead get creative with your I Love You.
By Sara Duck
A very cool exhibit guest curated by Grammy and Oscar nominated artist Pharrell Williams is running at the Toronto Design Exchange. This Is Not A Toy: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collectible Design is the world’s first exhibition featuring a collection of contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks created by artists including Takashi Murakami, KAWS, FriendsWithYou, Coarse, Huck Gee, and Frank Kozik. Feb. 7 - May. 19, 2014. Visit dx.org
West Elm has teamed up with super talented fashion designer Steven Allen - for a stripe infused collection of bedding, vases, rugs and side tables. We love it all and can’t wait to show our stripes! Visit westelm.com
Canada is known for being a nation of universal politeness, lovers of sport and according to a recent Canadian Tire survey a nation who loves to keep their spaces organized and stuff neatly stored away.
I spent last Friday at the Interior Design Show feeling inspired. Inspired to redecorate spaces in my home (don't tell my husband), inspired to think outside the box when it comes to design and inspired to support local talent. If you missed the show and are looking for your own hit of inspiration, check out a few of my favourite exhibits.
Don't miss the Interior Design Show, happening this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (north building). Every year this event brings its A-Game with inspiring exhibitors, seminars and big names from the design world. We caught up with the super talented Toronto-based interior stylist Lisa Canning who has created a space for the National Bank Design Stop exhibit.
What was your inspiration for your space with National Bank’s exhibit ?
The inspiration for the National Bank Design Stop was a modern garden. We wanted to create a streamlined, contemporary space with clean lines and manicured greenery elements. It's going to be a comfortable space for show visitors to pause and talk design.
What design tips can people take away from the space you created?
I've outlined my favourite design trends for 2014 at the National Bank Design Stop: gold & brass, saturated colour and luxury at home. Luxury at home is my favourite trend - it's an approach to fine details, personalized touches and luxe living on any budget.
What do you love about IDS?
I love the energy of great creative minds connecting. I like IDS to homecoming for the design community - I love connecting with old friends, learning about new products and strengthening relationships at the show. I also love the opportunity to collaborate with great brands that appreciate good design, the importance of design as an industry, and how it betters our lives. Where we live, and how we interact with our space, has such an influence on our quality of life. This year, I am so excited to partner with the National Bank to help people live the best quality of life possible by offering design consultations at the show. There is so much potential when a space is used well!
Who are you hoping to bump into this year at the show?
I would love to connect with Patrizia Moroso, the international guest of honour, creative director of Moroso, one beautiful line of furniture. I'd also love to connect with Dr. Markus Miele and Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, managing directors and co-proprietors of the Miele Group. I'd love to ask them their best strategies for delivering a consistent brand promise over so many years.
What is your advice for staying glam during this active weekend event?
This is a great question! While I am a lover of my heels, bring your flats for this event. There's so much to see and be inspired by that you want to make sure you can traverse the show in comfort. If heels are your vice (they certainly are mine!) ensure you break it up by stopping for a coffee, testing out comfortable furniture, and pausing for some design advice at the National Bank Design Stop with me! Lastly, check your coat and bring a stylish, yet roomy bag to carry all the goodies you are bound to scoop up.
There are few things more traditional than a hearth at the centre of a home. Although central heating has been commonplace for the better part of a century, the fireplace still holds a place of honour in our homes. Regardless of whether we live in a studio apartment on the 22nd floor of a high-rise or a sprawling suburban split-level, fireplaces are iconic features of domestic design. Read more
Thank you to everyone who entered our Korhani Home contest to win one of five limited edition rugs designed by the HD+R team. We had an amazing response! And now without further delay, here are the winners in each province.
Toronto, Ontario: Janna Fraser
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Leigh Nash
Calgary, Alberta: Scott Billingsley
Edmonton, Alberta: Linda Cosby
North Vancouver, British Columbia: Wayne London
We will be contacting the winners via email in the new year.
- the HD&R Team
By Elisa Krovblit
I've heard a rumour that somewhere out there is a wreath worth $4.9 Million. Of course I had to see it for myself. Read more
Last weekend, my husband and I threw a fifth anniversary party for our best friends. Of course, I agonized over the all the details. I wanted it to be special for the couple and our guests without it looking overdone. Here is how the party came together... Read more
Great gifts take a lot of thought. Gifts that support a great cause are simply inspired. When you get that perfect combination – a great gift for a great cause, well that's clearly one of this season's Must-Haves! The limited edition Pink Tartan mug from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Keurig brand is sure to be a popular gift that keeps on giving – with all proceeds all going to Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.
By Elisa Krovblit
Need some gift-giving inspiration for that special someone who has everything? Get them tools, bricks, nails, even the kitchen sink! It's perfect for him – or her. Grandma will love it, your boss will be thrilled. And someone you don't even know will be more grateful than you'll ever know, as Habitat for Humanity offers The GiftBuilder Catalogue to raise money in efforts to build 1,800 more homes from families across Canada
by Susan Legge
You've seen how easy renovating and flipping real estate properties is on TV, and you know you'd make the perfect landlord while making piles of money, right? Now give your head a shake and check out Julie Broad's new book or switch the channel.
By Sara Duck
Looking for a DIY project this weekend? Why not take those beautiful photos you have been meaning to show-off and create a personalized picture wall. Sound daunting? We've got all the tips and inspiration to get you motivated.
By Elisa Krovblit
I call this 'Snuggle Season'
It's not warm enough to leave the furnace off but it's not cold enough to turn it up. You want to leave it off more than on - it's hard to get comfortable without walking around your home adding and subtracting layers. So, until the mercury really plummets I rely on snuggling up under blankets and throws.
By Sara Duck
Julie Carlson, founding editor of ubber popular design blog Remodelista.com visited Toronto this week to support her new book Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. This must-have book for design lovers and remodelista's alike includes in-depth tours and lessons from 12 inspiring homes; a breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; do-it-yourself projects and more. HD&R caught up with the busy editor to chat about all things design and remodel related.
Decorating a small space needs a lot of thought, but the result is a fully-functional and practical, yet warm and livable home. Here are my five tips for living stylishly in a small space.
By Sara Duck
Even though the temperatures continue to keep us in a deep freeze, I was able to escape winter for a brief moment at The Home Depot spring/summer product preview – and it was a breath of fresh air! There are so many great trends happening in outdoor furniture at the moment but one stands out above the rest, and that's the relaxed Santa Fe look. Check out our short video with designer Virginie Martocq as she chats about this hot trend.