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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

by Linda Mazur

Working in a neutral palette is far from boring these days.

With all the wonderful textures and patterns we have to play with, staying neutral can, in fact, be a very wise design choice that allows you to create a timeless living space while still injecting great interest and personality.

When working in neutrals, texture is an important element to consider; it is a wonderful addition to any space, and a great little design secret. Texture has the ability to add both powerful and subtle dimension to any space. Today we have so much more to choose from, especially in the world of fabrics. Think lush velvets, rich silks, and beautifully coarsely woven linens in shades of soft cream with a light wash of pale gold for added dimension. Pair this with an abundance of wonderful patterns, whether geometric or floral, vintage or modern. One great fabric supplier I like to consistently work with is Alendel Fabrics. They offer a wide range of fantastic fabrics to select from when working in neutrals. But maintaining a neutral palette in design is not just about fabrics. To continue working with neutral, as well as texture and pattern, look to incorporate great naturals woods, marbles or perhaps some richly antiqued metals, all very “en pointe” for 2017 and a great way to add personality to your rooms.

Neutral palettes are applicable to so many different design styles, whether modern, classically traditional, cottage or rustic, just to name a few. Today, with the addition of great pattern play and a multitude of rich textures, our once “boring” neutral rooms take on a new look that is full of life.

Beige isn’t boring after all

As a designer I enjoy working with neutrals when designing for my clients. Creating spaces that are timeless offers my clients the flexibility to change up their look with ease.Think of a neutral palette as a stepping stone to an abundant amount of design possibilities. Whether designing a main living space, bathroom or kitchen, staying in a neutral palette opens up a world of options that are far from uninteresting. So look to layer up your patterns and blend in some great textures to watch your space come alive. Just remember, pattern play and texture affect all aspects of your living spaces, not just your furniture or drapery. Include your flooring and walls when thinking pattern and texture, whether it’s just a simple area rug or new herringbone patterned flooring for a bit of a vintage inspiration. To incorporate your walls into the mix the choices you have today are endless. From wallpaper and barn-board clad walls, to custom paint finishes mimicking aged metals, your walls are a feature that should not be forgotten.

A neutral palette can create a calm, warm and inviting space for you. It’s a classic and timeless approach to design that can be far more dramatic than dull. So, when planning your next project, consider the charm of a neutral palette. With the addition of some inspiring textures and patterns, it might be just what you’re looking for.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

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@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colour Your World

Design: Colour Your World

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Design: Colour Your World

by Linda Mazur

Spring is here bringing with it a plethora of colour to brighten our world outside.

But it also brings the desire to change and refresh our homes. Satisfy that desire for change by bringing an inspirational colour scheme to your own living space and create a fresh new look and feel in your home.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com

This year’s array of popular colours are not only inspiring but easy to work with. Soft olive greens, cheerful bright yellows, soft pink, burnt corals, dusky blues and of course a crisp white to name a few. Adding colour to our lives this can be easier than you think. Of course there is the usual beautiful bunch of fresh florals that will brighten up any dull space, but what about the colourful array of new fabrics that we are seeing this season. Lightweight airy linens in an abundance of colours are just the thing to replace those heavy drapes on your windows and offer a light fresh feel to any living space. Select a soft blue for a cool crisp feel in your room, or perhaps this seasons shades of corals and yellows are more to your liking. Either way you will start to see colour emerge and your room come to life. A great resource for fabrics with new colour collections this season is Alendel Fabrics.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

But don’t just stop at fabrics, there are many great ways to inject colour into our homes overall design. Victoria + Albert has introduced a popular range of external colour tones to help consumers coordinate their bathroom decor In addition to their original highgloss white ENGLISHCAST finish, the brand is now offering distinctive classic shades of grey and warm dark tones available in their entire line of freestanding tubs, basins and vanity furniture. Mid-tone neutrals like Stone or Light Grey strikes a happy balance between strong and soft that works in the bathroom. Make a strong statement with their bold new dark tones: Gloss Black and Anthracite, sure to enliven any space. Using a standout dark tone will make a neutral bathroom memorable — because “anything goes with black. ” So look to retire your tired “beige tones” for an inspirational sophisticated blend of colours, pattern and texture.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com

Here are some of my tips to inject some easy colour into your home

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend-warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint.
  2. Wallpaper is a fantastic way to inject life into your room. With an abundant selection of patterns and colours, you’re sure to make a great impact. Check out my favourite brand, Farrow & Ball.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale.
  4. Add a black element to your mix. It doesn’t always need to be a big item — a black lampshade or another accessory accent; by doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
CAPTION: Photos courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Flooring Inspiration: Design Underfoot

Design: Flooring Inspiration: Design Underfoot

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Design: Flooring Inspiration: Design Underfoot

by Linda Mazur

The season is once again upon us as many of us are feverishly exploring design magazines for inspiration and direction for our next renovation.

As small-space dwellers we have resolved that our renovation options sometimes differ a little because we live in a condo. however not wanting to compromise, we still aim to create a magazine- worthy look in our home. When designing a space many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours, why not look down and get inspired by your flooring! It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could in fact be the root of the design for your room, but with today’s flooring options it’s definitely a possibility.

Whether you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walk-up, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions can sometimes be sparse. Recently though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.

Laminates have been around for quite awhile and are a hard surface flooring manufactured using material like medium or high density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options providing a great look and comfort too. One of my go-to suppliers of high-end luxury vinyl, Evoke, provides many fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is a newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. The floor boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate, but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring that can be installed anywhere.

So, the question remains, how can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork, beautiful plaster moulding ceiling detail and a charming old chandelier. Play off this vintage look by adding a simple tailored sofa, Scandinavian inspired chairs, perhaps a rustic coffee table and some great pops of colour with accessories, topping it off with beautiful soft billowy linen sheer drapes; creating for yourself an elevated yet relaxed living space all inspired by our distressed looking flooring.

Evoke - EvokeFlooring.com
Evoke – EvokeFlooring.com

But let’s not stop there, this same flooring has many lives and looks to offer us. This same flooring can inspire a typical urban kitchen to have a more relaxed, country-chic feel. When blended with warm mixed metals, a mix of soft grey and wood toned cabinetry and a vintage looking quartz countertop you are on the way to creating for yourself a great kitchen space to enjoy with family and friends.

Inspiration can be found in many different ways. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. Instead of starting your next renovation with a paint colour, fabric or cabinetry, try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot…you may be surprised with what you find!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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National Home Show 2017 - ReCap

National Home Show 2017 – ReCap

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National Home Show 2017 – ReCap

The Reno and Decor booth for the National Home show was a wonderful opportunity to have visitors to the show experience two very different colour pallets and to visually get the answers to questions they often struggle with at home.  Each side was like two separate pages of the magazine but each designed and styled beautifully.

The ideas of good design are consistent regardless of whether a homeowner wishes to like in that colour palette.  Being able to work with a variety of attendees of the “Design Intervention” workshops in an environment that often exemplified the answers to challenges was amazingly helpful. 

The caliber of questions and the preparation that went into the questions, made it very clear that many many people  can use the assistance of a design professional, regardless of the size of the project.  It was a wonderful collection of extremely talented design professionals we are proud to call colleagues and friends.  This was a success for the magazine, for the consumers and for the design professionals who worked on the space and with those consumers. 


 


Design Intervention: We would like to thank the following experts who were on hand for free 15-minute consultations advising on design, decor and reno concerns:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

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Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

by Linda Mazur

Many of us reside in what is considered a “small space.” Whether we are urbanites, condo dwellers or empty-nesters who have down-sized, we find that our square footage is at a premium.

However, just because we live in a slightly smaller footprint than perhaps our suburbanite counterparts doesn’t mean we must forgo a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes.

Bathrooms have been elevated from simply utilitarian rooms to highly stylized spaces that not only evoke personal taste but customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat or simply a classic look that is big on functionality, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.

When working with a smaller footprint, design is as much about creative thinking as making good use of your space, which is enhanced by utilizing correctly sized products. With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many retailers have introduced designs that cater to this population. Take, for example, Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.

Photo: Victoria+Albert tub courtesy of VandaBaths.com
Photo: Victoria+Albert tub courtesy of VandaBaths.com

Add to your bathroom design with a custom-made vanity that offers maximum storage while fitting your space correctly, and enhance it with any number of beautiful, durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops from Quartex Surfaces. To complete your elevated bathroom design, look to one of my go-to bathroom boutiques, Watermark, for a great selection of faucets and fixtures in many of the wonderful warm metal finishes we have been seeing to complete the look of your beautiful new space.

Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design. Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set a realistic budget. As a designer I often find some believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary, once you start looking at all the options available to you today, whether in tile, fixtures or storage, you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost. Do some investigating to see what the best options are for you, and look to working with a designer to maximize your bathroom design options.
  • When shopping for tile don’t be swayed into believing that because your room is small you must stay with a small-scaled tile. In fact, a simple large–scaled tile can produce a much simpler look in your bathroom. Also, tiles is a great way to add personality and charm to your design, so mix it up a bit and consider adding some pattern to your space.
  • Valuable dollars are often lost on incorrect purchases or poor scheduling; be wise when renovating and look for assistance from professionals to not only be efficient with your designs but your dollars.
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2017

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 10 – 19, 2017

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 10 – 19, 2017

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 10-19, 2017 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR at booth 4118 to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


Returning to design the space will be the ultra-talented duo of Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander.

A word from Glen & Jamie:

“We hope that you join us a the Reno and Decor space to not only to get some expert advice about your home renovation but also to be inspired by the rooms that we are creating to enhance the space. The furniture and accessories take your space to “magazine picture” perfect.

Come and see some of the latest trends in home decor, ways to layout a room and understand how to layer with luxury. When you really fall in love with something, it is available at our retail store on King East in Toronto’s Design district.  Looking forward to meeting you!”


On Monday March 13, be sure to catch Glen & Jamie on stage along with Evelyn Eshun and Michelle Mawby as part of Reno & Decor’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Kitchens and Baths: Why the Most Expensive Home Renovations? & How to Keep Costs Under Control!”


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here and the show’s website: nationalhomeshow.com

Monday, March 13 = 11 am – 4 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 11 am – 5:30pm

Thursday, March 16 = 11 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 5 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Monday, March 13 = 11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 11 am – 3 pm

Thursday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 17 = 11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 4:15 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm
Thursday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 3 pm
Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 10 = 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, March 11 = 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, March 13 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Wednesday, March 15 = 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 14 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, March 11 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm
Sunday, March 19 = 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, March 11 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

Thanks and see you at the show!


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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017

GTA Home & Reno Show 2017 – ReCap

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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017 – ReCap

This past GTA Home and Reno Show was a great launch to this year’s renovation season.  We were the proud designer of Reno & Decor’s Design Intervention booth that not only hosted many talented designer friends but also many of you seeking design advice for your projects.  We took our cue from small space design for this year’s booth featuring many of the current inspirational trends and colours.

We enjoyed working with the Reno & Decor staff who have made this a fun and rewarding experience.  I’d also like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors for their dedication and participation:  Casa Life, Quartex Surfaces, Alendel Fabrics, Cardoza Custom Woodworking, Renwil, Eventful PR, Specialty House Manufacturing, Ruth Baker Design, Artistic Stone Design, Benjamin Moore and Bousada Flooring.  

Here’s hoping the home show was inspirational and happy renovating! 

RENO & DECOR booth designer was Linda Mazur. Linda is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience, this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.


Photography by Larry Arnal and Josh Rosset

 


Design Intervention: We would like to thank the following experts who were on hand for free 15-minute consultations advising on design, decor and reno concerns:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Design: Kitchens

Design: Kitchens

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Design: Kitchens

by Linda Mazur

For 2017 and Beyond

Kitchens are one of the most utilized rooms in our homes, so why shouldn’t we make it not only functional, but stylish and comfortable as well?

This year we are seeing kitchens full of texture and pattern that are designed with a less formal approach intended to accentuate an open-concept feel and integrate seamlessly with adjacent living spaces.

While white continues to dominate in kitchen cabinetry, we are seeing shades of warm greys and taupes gain popularity. Black is also becoming more prevalent and is a great way to add a little contrast when trying to give new life to an old kitchen. Whether in hardware, faucets or counters black can always be a welcome addition to a kitchen. Look to Blanco for a wonderful selection of coloured sinks and faucets in their Silgranit finish, a great way to inject colour, texture and interest into your kitchen space.

Warm wood tones are “en pointe” in our kitchens. Mixing accents of wood, paint and metallic finishes is a great way to remain on trend in 2017. Add texture to your kitchen with a mixture of wood accented cabinetry for your lowers and a white lacquered finish on the uppers, with warm aged metal hardware, creating a wonderful stylish look with great longevity.

Kitchen trends are also seeing less upper cabinetry and more open shelving, creating a great relaxed approach to your kitchen design. Play up the trend of texture in your kitchen by adding open shelving in a reclaimed wood, or aged metal finish.

Just like other rooms in our homes, pattern is popular in kitchens in 2017 as well. Even if you prefer the calmness of an all white backsplash, have some fun and add some interest with a patterned or textured tile; or set your tile in a herringbone pattern. The ideas are only limited by your creativity.

While we’re discussing pattern and texture we shouldn’t neglect your floors. Whether you’re entertaining tile or wood, add some interest to your kitchen flooring. A hexagonal mosaic tile can be a fun addition to your space or perhaps a wonderfully aged wide plank engineered wood is more what you had in mind; whatever your choice may be, flooring is an important aspect of your kitchen design.

Warm metals are being seen everywhere in design and our kitchens are no exception. From hardware, to lighting, cabinetry and range hoods to accessories, warm metallic finishes are a welcome addition to your kitchen; and don’t be afraid to mix your metals to created a stylish relaxed edge to your space.

For countertops quartz still remains a strong leader as consumers become increasingly aware of its benefits. The low maintenance and durability of quartz is a perfect asset to a high usage area such as your kitchen. Look to one of my go-to suppliers, Quartex, for a beautiful selection of quartz countertops to complete your kitchen design.

The kitchens trends of 2017 are designed to create warm, inviting spaces that are an extension of your adjacent rooms. While functionality will always be at the forefront of good kitchen design the trends of 2017 can help to create a great look for your kitchen for years to come!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Small Space Bathroom Luxury

Small Space Bathroom Luxury

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Small Space Bathroom Luxury

by Linda Mazur

Many of us live in what is commonly considered “small spaces”, whether we are urbanites, condo dwellers or empty-nesters who have down-sized, we find that our square footage is now at a premium.  However, just because we live in a slightly smaller footprint than perhaps our suburbanite counterparts does not mean we must forgo a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes.

Small space design is about creative thinking as well as making good use of your space; which is enhanced by utilizing correctly sized products.  With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many retailers have introduced designs that cater to the small space dwellers.  Take for example Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.  Add to your bathroom design with a custom-made vanity that offers maximum storage while fitting your space correctly and enhance it with any number of beautiful, durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops from Quartex Surfaces.   To complete your elevated bathroom design, look to one of my go-to bathroom boutiques in the city Watermark, for a great selection of faucets and fixtures that will complement your space beautifully.

Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget.  A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering creating a luxury bathroom for yourself this year, join me at the GTA Home and Reno Show, International Centre, where I’ll be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming bathroom renovation without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.

Splish Splash — Create A Luxurious Bath ! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017 @  5 pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1 pm

Presented by RENO & DECOR and Quartex Surfaces


Also, be sure to visit Linda at the Design Intervention booth #263 during the following times:

Friday, February 17, 2017 = 11 am – 2 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 = 2 pm – 5 pm


Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com, @LindaMazurGroup


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Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

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Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

by Linda Mazur

With the new year comes new trends, great new colours, patterns and finishes to create beautiful personalized looks for your home.

Whether it’s paint or wallpaper, the trends of 2017 will let you unleash your creativity, transforming your walls into inspirational focal points in your room.

Venetian Silk paint by Dulux
Venetian Silk paint by Dulux

Though the Pantone Colour Institute has selected Greenery (15-0343) as it’s colour of the year, we are finding that many major paint companies have in fact gone the way of purple as their colour of the year. Benjamin Moore is calling Shadow (2117-30) their go-to-colour for 2017. CIL has unveiled Antique Violet (50BB 46/091) a subtle, serene violet for their lead colour of 2017 and PPG Paints has toted a soft, muted purple with grey-blue undertones called Violet Verbene (PPG 1169-5). All these varying shades o f violets add a warmth and richness to your living spaces while still maintaining a soft, relaxed look. 2017 will also see earthy greys, sand, terra cotta, mustard and grey-greens emerging in popularity. These colours are reflective of our desires to “unplug” and create simplicity and calmness in our hectic ever-changing lives. Accent these warm earthy tones with bolder hues like teal, deep coral and onyx, which will balance these soft shades beautifully; and for the final touches trendy warm copper, bronze and terracotta will complete your look.

PPG Paints
PPG Paints

For some fun on your walls this year, look to Dulux Venetian Silk or Liquid Metal paints to add a spark of life to your plain walls. Venetian Silk paint is a product that delivers a luxurious elegance to your room. It’s part of Dulux Effect Finishes, which also includes the Liquid Metal paint. These new paint products allow you to create unique finishes customized to your own specifications and artistic imagination.

But it’s not just about paint in 2017. Wallpaper continues its resurgence as we see many new and wonderful patterns appear. Whether you love vintage, colour, floral or a geometric fretwork inspired look wallpaper could be your answer to injecting some life into your living space. The wallcoverings of today have been designed to accent and highlight your walls while emphasizing our continued love of texture, pattern play and colour. They are not the wallpapers many of you may remember from decades ago so be expressive and creative in your selections. Whether it’s a soft subtle look that simply compliments your room’s décor or a bold vibrant pattern that punctuates your space look to wall paper as a part of your décor projects this year. One of my continued go-to wall paper collections is Meredith Heron Wallcoverings for J.F. Fabrics. From mid-century modern influences to fretwork, chinoiserie or floral, the collection continues to inspire design in 2017.

Our walls are no longer just about a simple paint colour. They are in fact an integral part of the design of your living spaces and will continue to be so this year. Texture, colour and pattern play are important elements of design, so be inspired by these great paint finishes and wonderful wallcoverings and bring life to your walls in 2017.

Liquid Metal
Liquid Metal
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com @LindaMazurGroup


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