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Embrace hosting intimate groups

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Embrace hosting intimate groups

While large parties may be on hold for now, don’t let that stop you from creating an inviting space for guests. It’s time to embrace hosting intimate groups in your social bubble. Here’s all the inspiration you need.

A great entertaining idea is to set up different food and drink stations around your home to encourage mingling and avoid overcrowding one space. We love how this super-sized, mixed greenery sets the tone for this buffet-style tablescape.

Around the table

One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful tablescape is to choose a theme. This year, look within and let your personal style guide your tabletop choices.

DINNER SET in two-tone cream by Safdie & Co.

$47.97

walmart.ca

STRIMMIG PLATE in stoneware pink.

$4.49

ikea.ca

Leila SALAD PLATE.

$68

potterybarn.ca

Crisp matte white SQUARE DINNERWARE.

$4.95 to $41.80

cb2.ca

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Pop & Fizz

Whether you prefer coupes, flutes or stemless, coloured champagne glasses are a fresh, modern update.

1 | ORDERS UP ROSY GLOW champagne glasses by Kate Spade New York. $125. thebay.com

2 | SWIRL EDGE CHAMPAGNE FLUTE in blue by Mikasa. $88.99 (set of four). bedbathandbeyond.ca

3 | STEMLESS CHAMPAGNE FLUTES in moss green by Oui. $39.50 (set of four). indigo.ca

4 | TWILL CHAMPAGNE FLUTES in pink by Godinger. $53.99 (set of four). bedbathandbeyond.ca

5 | COUPE IN AMBER by Oui. $44.50 (set of four). indigo.ca

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Champagne for every budget

Enjoying some bubbly doesn’t have to break the bank, consider these options for every budget.

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Apps & dessert

If you are planning to keep entertaining more low-key this season, these two books will provide endless food for thought (pun intended!)

1 | BOOK: DESSERT PERSON: RECIPES AND GUIDANCE FOR BAKING WITH CONFIDENCE by Claire Saffitz. $36.12. indigo.ca

2 | 6-piece herbiflora CHEESE MARKERS SET by Anthropologie Home. thebay.com

3 | WALDEN PRINTED NAPKIN. $74.95 (set of four). williams-sonoma.ca

4| WALNUT APPETIZER FORKS, set of four. $29.95. crateandbarrel.ca

5 | GLASS DESSERT PLATE with raised design. $9.90. zarahome.ca

6 | BOOK: THAT CHEESE PLATE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Marissa Mullen. $37. indigo.ca

7 | Byhring mixed wood APPETIZER PLATES, set of four. $36.95. crateandbarrel.com

8 | Glass acacia WOOD SERVING BOARD WITH DOME by Libbey Glass. $127.99. bedbathandbeyond.ca

9 | Quincy composite agate ROUND CHEESE BOARD by Anthropologie Home. $88. thebay.com

10 | Agate CHEESE KNIVES SET. $85. decorredefined.com

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Creme de la creme

Cream, almond butter, beige – whatever creamy hue suits you, there are a variety of lifestyle options to incorporate into your home.

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Fired up!

These days, candleholders not only provide a cosy atmosphere, they also act as unique objet d’art, as well.

1 | CERAMIC CANDLESTICK. $19.99. hm.com

2 | Avant BRASS CANDLEHOLDER in small. $27.99. eltemkt.com

3 | Romy METAL CANDLE HOLDER. $12. structube.com

4 | USHAPE CERAMIC TAPER CANDLE HOLDER in white speckle by Paddywax. $19.50. indigo.ca

5 | 2 Pack TAPER CANDLE HOLDER in gold metal by DSDECOR. $21.96. amazon.ca

6 | WEBBED CANDLEHOLDER in black. $145. elte.com

7 | Bloom botanica TWOPIECE CANDLEHOLDER SET by Georg Jensen. $179. thebay.com


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Top 10 Bar Carts

Roll with it

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Roll with it

Keep the party going in any room with one of these stylish bar carts on wheels.

Putnam MID-CENTURY BAR CART in gold by Linon.

$199.97

walmart.ca

Arcade x CDI furniture CAMDEN BAR CART by Arren Williams.

$1,199

thebay.com

ASTORIA BAR CART by 17 Stories.

$330.99

wayfair.ca

PRONG GLASS BAR

$799

cb2.ca

Contemporary two-tier BLACK AND CLEAR GLASS BAR CART by WHI.

$236

lowes.ca

Farrah MARBLE BAR CART

$649

crateandbarrel.ca

GEMMA BAR CART

$299

westelm.ca

MID-CENTURY BAR CART in walnut.

$449

westelm.ca

JOCKER BAR CART by Plata Import.

$592.50

thebay.com

BAR CART in black oak.

$499

eq3.com


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Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

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Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

Thinking about a bathroom renovation but feeling uninspired? You’ve come to the right place! R+D has sourced the latest trends to get you motivated to start planning.

Classic twist – The traditional black and white colour combination is making a big return to bathrooms this year. Paired with mixed metals and a bold floor, this classic combo gets modernized for a fresh, new feel.

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1. Three-light LED VANITY LIGHT in black matte finish and flat opal glass. $149. lowes.ca

2. Severine 12-light sputnik modern linear CHANDELIER by Wrought Studio. $389.99. wayfair.ca

3. SPATIAL THREELIGHT BATH LIGHT by Progress Lighting. $264. homedepot.ca

4. Sloane SIXLIGHT SEMIFLUSH LIGHT in black by Golden Lighting. $659. lowes.ca

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1. WALL MIRROR WITH LEDGE in walnut. $279. kroft.co

2. PERCH ROUND MIRROR with shelf. $399. cb2.ca

3. JACOB MIRROR SERIES with shelf by H-Hudson Home. $129.97. walmart.ca

4. COIN MIRROR. $59.99. eq3.com

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1. SQUARE SINK with washstand console table in Carrara marble with metal legs in satin brass by Kingston Brass. $1,534. homedepot.ca

2. CARERRA OVAL VESSEL SINK in white marble by Novatto. $824. rona.ca

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1. Century Star white NATURAL STONE MOSAIC FLOOR AND WALL TILE by Jeffrey Court. $15.99 each. homedepot.ca

2. Grigio parquet POLISHED MARBLE MOSAICS by Enigma. $19.98 each. homedepot.ca

3. Bohemia Miranda NATURAL FINISH TILE. $9.95/sq. ft. ciot.com

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1. SYNERGY ART PRINT by Annie Axtell. $220. simons.ca

2. VANA FRAMED WALL ART. $79. structube.com

3. HEAD OF FLOWERS art print by DiviArtsStudio. $65.95 for 18-by-24-in. etsy.ca

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1. O SINGLE HOLE FAUCET in rose gold by THG Paris. $3,495. gingers.com

2. Bathroom ceiling RAINFALL SHOWER FAUCET SYSTEM mixer set in brushed rose gold. $473.98. amazon.ca

3. Wall mount TOILET PAPER HOLDER in satin rose gold. $199.99. wayfair.ca

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1. X Base khaki BATH MAT. $39.95. cb2.ca

2. Calm SOAKING SALTS by Herbivore. $22.50. socialitebeauty.ca

3. HANGER RACK in metal and wood. $5.99. hm.com

4. SMARRA BOX with lid in natural. $19.99. ikea.ca

5. Porcelain HEART DISH. $6.96-$7.96. eltemkt.com

6. Karla copper BATH TOWEL. $34.95. cb2.ca

7. Washed LINEN BATHROBE in powder beige from H&M. $59.99. hm.com

8. PEDESTAL PLANT POT in dark beige. $19.99. hm.com


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Ahead of the curve - Arches

9 arch trend ideas

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9 arch trend ideas

Have you noticed that arches are having a major moment in design? The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of an arch (or arc) is the rainbow, that perfect burst of colour in unison after a rainfall; it’s a natural wonder that always inspires. Architecture often mimics the natural world, and it’s no different with the arch, as it appeared in design as early as the second millennium BC. And the Romans famously used 200 arches in the construction of the Colosseum. Arches tend to lift the eye upward, symbolizing support, lightness and openness. These days, you can find the classic design element not just in doorways but on everything from cushions to earrings.

1. Canyon King ARCHED CANOPY BED with upholstered headboard. $3,199. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Annie charcoal STORAGE CABINET. $2,699. crateandbarrel.ca

3. ART WORK. $99.99. homesense.ca

4. ARCH GREY PILLOW with down alternative insert. $74.95. cb2.ca

5. Delicate chain goldtone LINEAR EARRINGS by AllSaints. $65. thebay.com

6. HUGH MIRROR with marble shelf. $429. cb2.ca

7. TABLETOP MOBILE with stand by Bloomingville. $99.50. indigo.ca

8. JACKIE ROCKER in tan enviroleather with rose gold copper frame. $1,495. montedesign.ca

9. Ella FLOOR LAMP. $149. structube.com


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Rattan and cane

Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

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Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

Not just reserved for outdoor furniture anymore, rattan and cane are having a big moment inside the home too. How fitting after spending so much time indoors this spring in our collective effort to flatten the curve. With the summer season upon us, why not blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living even more? The truth is, this “au naturel” trend had already taken shape pre-pandemic. Generally, we are gravitating towards natural materials that bring in the soul and elements from nature into our abodes. Cane and rattan are natural materials, which both derive from the rattan palm, a vine from Southeast Asia. When the rattan palm is processed, it splits into two parts: cane is the thin core reed, used in webbed patterns seen in furniture applications, such as the back of a chair; the larger rattan reed material is used to weave wicker furniture and basketry.

The rising use of cane and rattan in decor is also due to the ever-growing popularity of grand-millennial style adopted by some millennials, AKA the new traditionalists. Think chintz upholstery, tassels, needlepoint and in this case, furniture made from materials once reserved for your grandmother’s screened porch.

Trending or not, cane and rattan pieces make a statement without adding visual weight in a space. You can bring in the vintage weaves with a light fixture, storage unit, chair or decor item. The major appeal for us is the cool coastal beach vibe rattan and cane evoke, and who doesn’t want to add some sweet summertime favourites inside our homes all year long?

1 Geo PENDANT, $59.99; homesense.ca

2 Kash Woven PENDANT, $611; ethanallen.ca

3 Desert Sun MIRROR – Natural Cane, $299; westelm.ca

4 Nadia Cane CHAIR, $549; cb2.ca

5 Anthropologie Home Oval Rattan TRAY, $138; thebay.com

6 AERIN Cane BACKGAMMON SET, $3,472; elte.com

7 Boho Natural DAYBED with Pearl White Mattress Cover, $1,899; cb2.ca

8 West Natural Cane BAR CABINET from Leanne Ford collection, $3,099, crateandbarrel.ca

9 Spade Outdoor CHAIR, $199; MUST at Home Société

10 AERIN Ada Raffia COASTERS, set of 6, $132; elte.com

11 Poly Rattan BASKET from Glucksteinhome, $39.99; thebay.com

12 Natural Cane BASKET, starts at $116; eltemkt.com

13 Blake Carbon 2-Door CABINET, $2,099; crateandbarrel.ca


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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

by Silvana Longo

Originating in Italy’s Veneto area over 500 years ago, terrazzo is a composite material of marble chippings set into cement and polished to a super smooth finish. Created as a way to reuse the scrapped rock, this sustainable, speckled mosaic was traditionally used as flooring in Venetian palaces.

It had a moment in the sun in the ’70s but this year, building on the popularity of marble over the last few years, terrazzo offers a more colourful, more playful alternative. And its popularity in the 21st century soars beyond the floor and walls with many decor items popping up inspired by the abstract pattern. It brings texture and interest to fabrics and wallpapers, and these terrazzo-inspired items add a chic Italian vibe to your decor.

1 FLONG RUG, $14.99; ikea.ca

2 Terrazzo MACBOOK CASE, $67.15; etsy.com

3 Indigo Set of 4 Terrazzo COASTERS, $24.50; indigo.ca

4 FINE ART PRINT Bleu Serene, $26.99; etsy.com

5 Velvet PILLOW, Mademoiselle Nathalie, $110.03; etsy.com

6 HANGIVEN MUG, $5.99, patterned; ikea.ca

7 Terrazzo Bath Collection, CANISTER, $38US, LOTION DISPENSER, $38US, SOAP DISH, $28US, TUMBLER, $28US; anthropologie.com

8 Terrazzo White Rectangular SERVING PLATTER, $79.95; cb2.com

9 Terrazzo-print SHOWER CURTAIN, $20; simons.ca

10 Speckled CERAMIC BOWL, $12.99; homesense.ca


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HOME FINDS: Shades of Summer

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Shades of Summer

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Shades of Summer

by Silvana Longo

Nothing sparks design inspiration as much as the sights and colours we soak in during our international travels. They awaken our senses and breathe new life into our design taste buds. It is no wonder we want to somehow recreate the stimulating visuals we experienced abroad into our interiors upon our return.

This season, fill your home with fresh air, clean neutrals, touches of abstract watercolour, and pops of rich mustard and pistachio hues. The soft mixtures of white walls, warm woods, and abstract glazes make your home feel calm and light, combined with terracotta accents, which ground the space.

Sea Glass VASES + HURRICANES $14-$84,
Geo Fabric Shade PENDANT $180,
Wren BISTRO COLLECTION $699,
Greer DINING CHAIR $349

westelm.ca

TERRACOTTA is making a major comeback.

Like an old friend you haven’t seen in decades (since the ’90s to be exact)

Much of our modern-day stresses are due to digital overload; more than ever, the remedy is to embrace Mother Nature’s colours and raw materials in our homes. Nothing does that better than Terracotta—a rich, warm and ancient material—the colour is also enjoying a resurgence as we get back to basics. The warm, earthy, organic tone we are seeing this time is lighter than before—less brick, more pink—a fusion of previous it-colours, blush pink and copper. The dusky pink echoes architecture from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Mexico.

L – R: Kierland TOSS, Tour de force. 20″ x 20″, 100 per cent cotton, $46; urbanbarn.com, Trevino Terracotta Orange CUSHION, $89.95; Ullie Orange PILLOW, $109.95

crateandbarrel.ca

Loefler Randall Crushed Velvet SANDAL, $450

holtrenfrew.com

Rustic Large PLATTER, Casa Cubista, $80

saudadetoronto.com

— Em’s Pick —

Nile glass PLANTER, $219

cb2.com

Tres Tintas WALLPAPER from Patricia Urquiola, Dots PU 2905-2, $170 per roll

newwall.com

Cecil Rust THROW, $69.95

crateandbarrel.ca

SILIKOMART Silicone BRIOCHE MOULD, $33.99

thebay.com

Terracotta Microfibre Parson CHAIR, $195

ebay.ca

Scandinavian Pink CHALK PAINTTM starts at $45 per quart

anniesloan.com

Tencel pink grapefruit BEDDING, $39 – $174

westelm.ca

Not that 70’s YELLOW

The nature and global-inspired theme continues with our second colour pick in the spotlight. In fashion, varying shades of yellow pervaded the Spring/Summer ’18 collections… in interiors though, it isn’t that intimidatingly bright yellow, instead it is an earthy, golden ochre, some call mustard, a shade which works well with the warmer colour palette that we are gravitating to this year. In an earth-toned space, mustard yellow adds the final touch to lighten the mood. Although it pairs well with just about any colour scheme, mixing ochre with navy will create a rich and sophisticated look.

HISTORY LESSON: A natural material, Ochre is a natural clay and was the most commonly used pigment for painting walls in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Korson Locklear Modern Lounge CHAIR, $899.99

thebay.com

Ceramic Ribbed VASES, $84

westelm.ca

Quatrefil or Petals DOORKNOBS, $650US per doorknob

hautedeco.com

Dalyn Modern Geometric RUG, $1,038

ebay.ca

Staub Round COCOTTE, $379.99

thebay.com

Organic Percale SHEET SET, $149

cb2.com

Round Knitted POUF, $58

ebay.ca

Celine Nano Belt BAG, $2,400

holtrenfrew.com

Tod’s, City Gommino LOAFERS

nordstrom.ca

Halton TOSS, $49; Erie TOSS, $49

urbanbarn.com

Rosanna Ceravolo MEDIA CONSOLE, $1,819

westelm.ca

Cut the Mustard SW 6384 PAINT, starts at $31.49 per gallon

sherwin-williams.ca

We end this trio of trend colours with what is proverbially known as the cherry on top…My Preferred Pastel

PISTACHIO

Known as the “green gold” that grows at the feet of Etna, its shell contains the delicate flavour and aroma of Sicily, the island of sea and sun. Besides the fact that it is my absolute favourite gelato flavour (and pretty much anything made with pistachios), the pretty pastels of sorbet are a big trend in interiors this year. This particular hue brings freshness and energy to a room as well as inspring optimism and a festive mood. Much like that feeling you get when you indulge in your favourite ice cream.

— Sil’s Pick–

Crinkle Mint BOWL, $9.95

cb2.com

Onyx Marble COASTERS, set of 4, Chartreuse, $54

westelm.ca

Modern Ceramic Table LAMP, $876

ebay.ca

Stripe-Patterned PLATE from Casa Cubista, $23

saudadetoronto.com

Darby PILLOW COVER, $69.95

crateandbarrel.ca

Jeanette THROW sprout, $59

urbanbarn.com

Analog La Crosse Wall CLOCK, $68

ebay.ca

Piper PLANTER, terracotta with green glaze, $64.95

cb2.com

Missoni WALLPAPER—Fireworks 10057 Missoni, $170 per roll

newwall.com

KITCHENAID Artisan Stand MIXER, $549.99

thebay.com

Urban Nature AF-440 PAINT, starts at $47.99

benjaminmoore.com


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Trend Watch: Wabi Meets Sabi

Trend Watch: Wabi Meets Sabi

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Trend Watch: Wabi Meets Sabi

by Silvana Longo

The quest to perfection is taking a much-needed break in the design world. The big trend for 2018 is simplicity and embracing the not-so-perfect, which means a more lax approach to decorating. With its roots in Japan, Wabi-Sabi is “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” By welcoming Wabi-Sabi into your life and home, you give yourself license to ease up on the those perfectionistic tendencies.

Celebrate organic materials like aged wood, linen or stone, which wear well over time; relaxed bed linens that are soft and somewhat wrinkled; handmade pottery that reveals its poetry in the flaws. Focus on the essentials and embrace the soulfulness of cherished items that reveal the passage of time.

CAPTION: Annie Sloan Ceramic Plate Photography by Abigail & Ryan Bell

1 Pure Striped Linen APRON, $55; wearecaribou.etsy.com

2 Lavato Percale (or Ribbed Matelassé texture reversing to Cotton Percale) in Midnight. Queen DUVET COVER, $249, PILLOW CASES start at $65 a pair; aulitfinelinens.com

3 Forest Floor CAKE STAND, $58US; anthropologie.com

4 Charrd Black Wood SERVING BOARD, $39.95; cb2.com

5 Whistler NESTING SET, $182; golemdesigns.etsy.com

6 Linen Print Ceramic PLATTER, made with Annie Sloan Old Violet Chalk Paint mixed with Clear Chalk Paint Wax. Starts at $14.95 to $17.75; anniesloan.com

7 Wabi-Sabi PRINT, $8; ouluprints.etsy.com

8 Ring Petrified Wood SERVING BOARD, $69.95; cb2.com

9 Etched Wood BOWL, $78 to $88US; anthropologie.com

10 Stonewashed Linen NAPKIN, $18; etsy.com


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Home Finds: Make Room for Style

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Make Room for Style

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Make Room for Style

by Silvana Longo

The style tips of small-space decorating aren’t all about practicing restraint. The trick is to know when to go big and inject major style in tight quarters …

photography courtesy of HomeSense
photography courtesy of HomeSense

“Small-space living calls for multi-functional furniture,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense Design Expert. “A chic sofa-bed is a smart solution when it comes to overnight guests. A desk and occasional chair in the living room do double duty as extra seating and surface area for entertaining.”

Mid-Century Style SOFA BED, $399.99
Lacquered Tripod COFFEE TABLES, $79.99 and $129.99
Modern DINING CHAIR, $99.99

homesense.com

All Tucked In

When you live in a small space, you need to be clever. That’s probably why you’re looking at this bed frame with 4 spacious drawers. The BRIMNES series has several heroes that help you save space.

BRIMNES HEADBOARD in Black, $479

ikea.ca

Mastering Multi-Functional

This modern coffee table is pure functionality wrapped in great design. Hide your remotes, your magazines, your chargers and cables in the heart of the Chiva coffee table, with its integrated storage. Or raise the slim tabletop to create the perfect height for afternoon tea.

Chiva COFFEE TABLE, available in white lacquer, oak, walnut and espresso finishes, starts at $1,589, two sizes available

boconcept.com

It’s Lit

— Sil’s Pick —

Swing-arm lighting is a must-have in a small space.

Taking cues from the industrial age of the turn-of-century, this light fixture boasts simple details and ample looks to boot. With its useful extendable arm and elegant pared-down shade, this task lamp is perfectly suited for a bedroom or living room setting.

GARDEN CITY from Hudson Valley Lighting; for pricing contact Royal Lighting

Sleek and minimalist on the outside, Fairport conceals a few splendid surprises, like a full-range dimmer switch, plus a gentle swing-arm makes it an ideal bedside reading lamp.

FAIRPORT from Hudson Valley Lighting; for pricing contact Universal Lamp

Add visual interest with a cool geometric wall sconce. Clear, frosted glass in a hexagon shape with brass finished hardware.

Hex Geometric WALL SCONCE, $199

cb2.com


A little LUXURY goes a long way

Victoria + Albert adds a compact bathtub, which features a simple, sleek design, perfect for modern and contemporary bathrooms. The tub is deep and double-ended and comfortably holds one or two people. It measures 21-5/8″ in length, making it a perfect option for both urban condos or family bathrooms.

Vetralla BATHTUB, for pricing and Toronto locations

vandabaths.com

Curves Ahead

Soften those hard edges by adding seating with contemporary curves mixed with tufting, giving this mid-century-inspired sofa a casual, yet sophisticated look. Composed of solid hardwood, synthetic webbing, and high resiliency foam for form and function that lasts.

Marnie SOFA, $1,395

eltemkt.com

Window Dressing

Alendel DRAPES, Echo collection shown in Feather, for pricing contact Alendel Fabrics.

Small Space Tip: Hang them high and keep them light to maximize the light

Artistic Reflections

With pared-down, linear forms and signaturecrossed corners, this brass-clad mirror evokes the esthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement, circa 1900. The frame is tightly wrapped in brass with handwork that creates a striated effect and gives each piece distinct textural and tonal richness.

Ribbed Cross-Corner MIRROR, from $596

rh.com

All About the Base

A ground-floor opportunity to making a big impact in a small space—choose a large-sized area rug in a vibrant colour or a bold pattern (or both!) to make the room feel larger and to add some cosy comfort underfoot.

From Left to Right: Cibreo Light Blue/Silver AREA RUG: Starts at $1,165; eltemkt. com, Silk Orchid P55 Yellow AREA RUG: starts at $8,585, elte.com, Han Solo Grey/Grey AREA RUG, $9,995, elte.com.

Bar is Open

This cool storage cabinet can double as a bar with this beautiful tile-top surface. Shelves inside can be moved depending on where you need them to be.

Porto MINIBAR & STORAGE CABINET: $1,699

cb2.com

— Em’s Pick —

Emilie Simpson
Emilie Simpson

Tactile Texture

Pure Australian merino wool lends chunky texture and indulgent softness to this exquisitely woven pillow cover. Artisans hand-weave thick yarns into an array of subtle patterns, highlighting the character-rich variations that make each pillow cover unique. Rustic yet contemporary, the collection is a distinctive alchemy of modern form and enduring comfort.

Textured Merino Wool PILLOW COVER, grey, from $149

rh.com

Stow in Style

Organize, stow and conceal with this handwoven, graphic printed basket made in Senegal.

Oversized Graphic Woven BASKET, $224

westelm.com

Off The Wall

When it comes to wallcoverings in a small space, we talked to the experts, and the resounding consensus is to GO BIG.

Local wallpaper connoisseur, Maria Raco, founder of luxury designer wallpaper showroom in Toronto, NewWall House says: It seems to be a common belief that large patterns in tiny spaces tend to overwhelm a room and make it appear even smaller, when in fact, applying a wallcovering with a big, bold pattern actually energizes a tiny space.

The latest collections from NewWall House

We crossed the pond and spoke with U.K. Murals Wallpaper head of design, Catherine Jacob, and she recommends these eye-catching murals for small spaces:

muralswallpaper.co.uk

BLUE AND WHITE GRUNGE WATERCOLOUR The punches of blue and white tones in the mural, mixed with the different textures, give any wall more impact, regardless of scale. The design also acts as an optical illusion, in that it hides the corners of the room, and conceals where the wall starts and end.
JACOBSEN The large geometric shapes of the Jacobsen design work well in smaller rooms. Due to the oversize patterns, in particular the halved-circle shapes, the design outscales the wall, making it feel loftier. The mural is best styled with minimalist furniture, which allows the pattern to take centre stage.
Raco provides some helpful hints on How to pull off these large-scale patterms in a tiny abode:

  • Apply the pattern on all four walls as opposed to just a feature wall. This consistency will give the illusion of the space expanding in size.
  • If you prefer the room to have a more calming effect, choose soft colours instead.
  • Opt for texture if committing to a (big) pattern is too challenging.

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Trend Watch: Simply Stripes

Trend Watch: Simply Stripes

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Trend Watch: Simply Stripes

by Silvana Longo

The simplicity of stripes; most likely, they are our introduction to graphics and remain a timeless pattern, as they never really go out of style. This season though, we are seeing a particular spike in these sophisticated bands in fashion and on the home front—from the smallest kitchen items and accessories to bigger design elements covering walls and floors— stripes make an instant statement in a space. Whether they are vertical, horizontal, circular, thick or thin lines, subdued pairings with white or vibrant multi-coloured ones, stripes are a forever, go-to graphic that can either add an air of tailored elegance or give a room a much-needed relaxed, playful vibe.

1 Ralph Lauren Cote D’Azur Striped 4-Piece DINNERWARE, $100; thebay.com

2 Taylor Bone Inlay SIDE TABLE, $749; cb2.com

3 Blue & White Stripe PITCHER, €35; casacubista.com

4 Striped Canvas STORAGE BIN, $24.99; homesense.com

5 Kate Spade All in Good Taste 4-Piece Rainy Striped UTENSIL CROCK SET, $49.99; thebay.com

6 OLIVE OIL DISPENSER, $36; PoterieBonMatin.etsy.com

7 Sur La Mer Red CUSHION, $175; aulitfinelinens.com

8 Striped Tamsin DINING CHAIR, $108US; anthropologie.com



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