We catch up with Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan to ask them a few important questions about design.
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.
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.
Whether 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 (napoleonfireplaces.com) 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.
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 benjaminmoore.com
Plaid is a huge trend this season, for your wardrobe and home! Here are our top picks for incorporating this pattern into your space.
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.
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 samsung.ca
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.
Need 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 http://www.cil.ca/Decor-Expert-on-the-Road and don't forget to bring photos, ideas and questions. Jo can't wait to help you with your next room makeover!
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 deliciousfoodshow.com
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!
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.
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 doityourself.com.
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.
October 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 canadiantire.ca
Flax-Design is a boutique interior design firm based in Toronto with residential projects that are both timeless and cutting edge. Below are owner, Lauren Flax's Top five fall decor must-have's.
Add a dash of drama to your table with the Madrid Five-Piece Cutlery Set in Matte Black. $75.
Looking 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.
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.
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.
Canadian Tire and Jane Lockhart offer tips and tricks for home organization.
By Megan Baker
Here are some simple suggestions to help you welcome the wonderful ambiance of autumn into your home!
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 elte.com
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 dysoncanada.ca
With that beautiful signature mane, keen design eye and mad DIY skills, talented designer and Kitchen Crashers star Alison Victoria isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
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.
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.
by Bob de Wit
Going green can be a baffling experience with all the new terminology that gets tossed around. But what does it really mean?
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”.
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.
Thinking 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.
Think 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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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 (clarekumar.com) to help with this makeover. Together we created a space that was both stylish and functional.
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.
“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.”
Suddenly re-thinking those colourful home accents now that fall is on its way? MOE'S Home Collection stylists have assembled their top transitional tips to ease your home from summer cool to cozied up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Filled with inspiration and great products at great prices, the new 2015 Ikea catalogue is not to be missed! One of my favourite new pieces of furniture is the Stockholm sofa on page 112, love the cognac colour and simple design lines. Check out the catalogue online here:
Many 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.
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.
We get the two preternaturally perky adversaries talking!
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.