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Sunny style bridging the gap from formal to casual

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Sunny style bridging the gap from formal to casual

Open-concept floor plans have been popular for the past decade. With the average modern home getting smaller in square footage, an open layout has become the trend of choice, highly sought-after by new homebuyers, and a top-requested upgrade among those with lofty renovation goals. Condo, single-detached, townhome – it’s safe to say that an open home is here to stay.

The owners of this older, single-detached home were of the renovation mind, with visions of a fresh, clean and contemporary esthetic.

The front door ushers residents and guests directly into the L-shaped abode’s living room, which opens to the kitchen. On the other side of the kitchen is the dining room, and a family room bringing up the rear. Notice the constant alternating between casual and formal living areas. Herein was our challenge: how do you achieve distinct living areas, while maintaining a harmonious look?


In more traditional floor plans, living and dining rooms typically have a “formal” tone, quietly tucked out of sight, away from the casual (and oftentimes messier!) living areas such as a kitchen.

In this design, we employed a variety of textures to “pare down” the formality of the living and dining rooms, which both opened onto the ultimate in informality: the kitchen. On the flip side, the kitchen took on a sleeker and simpler style, to bring some “calm” to an otherwise hectic space. It quickly became clear that, what this home really needed, was balance. Texture and mixed materials dulled the edge between formal and casual. The home was flooded with natural light streaming in through large windows. We amped up that natural attribute through the use of airy off-whites and a sunshine-yellow colour palette.

The living room is awash in a gentle white-grey and golden ochre, which carries through the adjoining kitchen and into the dining area and family room tucked at the back of the home.


As designers, we are often asked about our sources of inspiration. Time and again, we turn to fabrics as our colour muse. And while flipping through a book of fabric samples with the homeowners, so too came my inspiration for this home. The upholstered ottoman, yellow-patterned pillows and drapery brought pops of colour to the space and kick-started the dominant colour theme for the entire project.

Past the living room, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is large, bright and functional – the stuff dream kitchens are made of. The central island is as wide as the space allows, outfitted with a bar fridge facing the home’s adjacent lounging area.

White is the classic colour of choice for the kitchen’s big-ticket items: quartz countertops, Bianco Carrera marble backsplash and cabinetry (read: the expensive items). The stainless-steel appliances are sleek and chic. While this kitchen is largely neutral, yellow continues to be a subtle star. The yellow clear-acrylic chair tucked in at the custom desk nook, a yellow rug and gold accessories bring warmth to this otherwise cool colour palette.

The adjacent dining room features all the traditional “formal” elements: a table, chairs, drapery, a rug underfoot and a pendant light overhead. Our signature yellow hue appears in the drapery overlooking a rustic harvest table, which provides the function without the formality. The high-backed dining chairs upholstered in a cosy and durable fabric are a perfect pairing – elegant yet durable and easy to clean.


The family room was the last piece of the puzzle, tucked at the back of the home but also open and visible to other areas of the home. This room needed to be comfortable, functional, and echo the home’s prevailing theme without being repetitive.

“This room needed to be comfortable, functional, and echo the home’s prevailing theme without being repetitive.”

The family room got its “wow” factor in the artwork: the customized, super-imposed photographic images printed on a plexi canvas, made by a Montreal artist, Annabelle Malialin. The homeowners are very well travelled, having spent the better part of their pre-children years en voyage. Their London, England roots inspired this one-of-a-kind artwork. Since the art was made for the homeowners, we used this as another opportunity to incorporate our signature yellow into the home in an unexpected way.

The result is a thoughtfully curated home that is well balanced, achieving the easy flow that the homeowners wanted. Sometimes what we perceive as challenges can become the home’s greatest assets, giving it a character as unique as the homeowners themselves.

Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber, owner of Royal Interior Design Ltd. is a one-stop shop Reno & Decor Centre where clients can choose all their home renovation and decoration finishes under one roof, backed by a phenomenal team of skilled contractors, kitchen & bath cabinetry, furniture, upholstery & drapery workrooms and in-house craftsmanship artisans for all their custom millwork. royalinteriordesign.ca

Photography By Dylan Thompson


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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is a strong and intense colour; Sloan has toned it down to inky midnight purple

Known as the worldwide authority on colour, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year for 2018.

“The name Ultra Violet gives the impression of a very strong and intense colour. I’ve mixed a slightly toned down version of it using my paint, Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Napoleonic Blue,” says paint guru and world-renowned colour expert Annie Sloan. “I think this colour looks absolutely beautiful, especially when it’s finished with Dark or Black Chalk Paint Wax, which will give it an inky midnight purple colour.

“I always think about colours as combinations, so one of the first things I asked myself about this colour is ‘what colours will work with it?’ My answer is to go for natural tones, as the purple is so rich, deep and intense. Earthy greens will look lovely. From my palette I’d team Ultra Violet with Chateau Grey, Old Ochre and Versailles.”

More purple hues in the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan palette (shown below from left to right) — range from Emile, a warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones; Henrietta, a beautifully rich and complex pink with a hint of lilac; and Old Violet, which is nearer to the blues than Emile. The pigments in Chalk Paint are very pure, and as there is no black included in the mix, it’s easy to obtain the shade you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the perfect purple hued fabric for your soft furnishings then Annie has got just the thing. Her Emile & Graphite (photo below) from her Coloured Linen Collection looks fresh and modern and the tumbled cotton and linen mix is suitable for all types of upholstery.

The Chalk Paint Decorative Paint range comprises 36 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade. Chalk Paint offers the simple way to transform furniture, walls and floors and absolutely anyone can achieve great results — from the novice to the experienced upcycler. The Chalk Paint formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly.

Chalk Paint comes in quart cans (946ml) priced at approximately $45 and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $14.99 (regional price variations and shipping charges apply). It can be purchased from over 60 Annie Sloan stockists and online. For a full list of locations, please visit anniesloan.com.


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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Supported by Para Paints and General Paint with dealers across Canada

The Canadian Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group — including Para Paint and General Paint — has named Serenity as their palette of the year.

The palette allows homeowners to explore the rejuvenating feel of Scandinavian design in their home with the soft delicate tones of Glamour (405A), balanced by the darker stone Malachite (405E). The statement is completed with the freshness of White Design (WH01) and embraces wood stains such as pickled oak, or dark walnut.

This quiet palette of modern neutrals awakens the feeling of calm, cool, sophisticated serenity with the meditative sounds of water trickling through a stream over rocks and the natural woods to ground the nature-based designs and colours. You may not be able to get away to the spa to recharge in luxury, but now you can create this harmonizing palette in your own space.

The Serenity Palette was designed with Scandinavian sensibility and sustainability in mind. Our homes are our sanctuary, our place of serenity. Tap into your inner peace in your living or work space with the simplicity of colour.

Glamour is a delicate, minimalistic tone with lavender notes, Malachite is a slate stone colour with nature balanced textures and White Design is a fresh white that is perfect for trim. The Color Journeys palette also includes trending wood stains that help to create a grounding effect in your space. Pickled Oak reveals cool tones and textures and a sense of minimalism and Dark Walnut adds a sense of luxury and warmth.

“The palette takes cues from our natural surroundings. Rich, royal Malachite can fade into the soft lilac-grey of Glamour or morph into Quartzite. Indulge yourself in nature and let the 2018 palette of the year set the tone of your home or work space- this palette is that flexible,” said Jennie Roarty, associate brand manager General Paints.

The 2018 Serenity palette was unanimously selected by Color Journey’s designers, specializing in design and fashion. These experts study consumer insights and global design trends to select a colour palette that is reflective of ongoing trends and consumer demands. This palette helps to create a space used to unwind; layering balanced tones of neutrals as a foundation with whites and soft pastels will help to design a meditative minimalistic room with a unique statement by adding customized wood stains and cozy deeper jewel tones which intrinsically add luxury and opulence.

“Connections with this colour palette evoke feelings of nature, they are the foundation of new neutrals that flow infinitely through designs with great rhythm and purpose,” said Garry Belfall, brand manager Para Paints. “Our goal was to choose colours for our palette that are both calming and liveable to give your home a sense of inspirational design.”

The New Colour System

Color Journeys allows you to search for unexpected colour combinations that will inspire your design palette. It has curated an expansive colour system of the most refined hues to complete every planned project and each imaginative endeavour.

Color Journeys has catalogued its palettes into five collections — Color Chronicles, Color Directions, Color Solutions, Contractor Solutions and Six to Mix — created to honour a different purpose, time period or style. Color Journeys is the true north for how-to visionaries, the road map for each of your independent design expeditions. It steers you to the right colour for any project and any design endeavour.

This new colour system is the route for trend-setting explorers, the springboard for all your creative ideas. It invigorates your search for the most current, finely tuned palettes. Color Journeys is the destination for further inspiration, it is a carefully selected collection of new concepts for your distinct style. For more information visit the website below.

Confidently enter into the new dimension of design’s new colours, finishes, textures and materials for design exploration. To explore the new Serenity Palette, or any of the 2018 Color Journeys trend colours on your walls, try the new online colour visualizer before visiting a paint store or lifting a brush. The visualizer offers advanced technology to apply any colour to an uploaded photo of your room.



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Active Home : One-Colour Decorating

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Active Home : One-Colour Decorating

For some people, choosing a colour palette when designing a new room can cause them to break out in hives. For others, it’s the best part of decorating. Your colour choices are something that you’re going to have to live with for awhile, so you want them to be pleasing on all levels.

If you find yourself in the stressful category, I have a simple solution – choose just one colour. It’s one of the easiest ways to design a room, and get a polished, designer look without having to colour coordinate.

Although I call it one-colour decorating, there is a second element – white. With only one colour in a room, the absence of colour actually acts as a colour to the eye. So if you choose shades of green, you’re going to pair it with white, or blue with white, or even black with white – you get the picture.

“The coloured items need to be the same depth of intensity in order to achieve a graphic look.” – Cobi Ladner

To orchestrate this concept, there are a few tricks. The coloured items need to be the same depth of intensity in order to achieve a graphic look. They can be different shades, but they need to be of equal strength. Using different tones of one colour in a room is another great look, but it creates a softer, tonal ambiance than what I’m describing.

One of the most versatile things about one-colour decorating, is that it allows you the opportunity to add an accent colour for special occasions or changing seasons with the addition of fresh flowers, fruit or textiles. For example, you could add a lime green throw, along with a bowl of green apples to a blue and white room for summer. And then come fall, you could swap it out for an orange throw and a pot of orange mums.

This look is conducive to any space, but it works well in bath and powder rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, halls, porches and sunrooms. I find that many clients prefer a softer look, with more textiles and tonal values, when it comes to their bedrooms and living rooms. However, that’s not to say that you can’t use this graphic influence in any room – there are no rights and wrongs when it comes to decorating.

Unless you choose a very pale colour, the look that is achieved from one-colour decorating is lively, polished, sharp and fun. When you layer colours, the objective is to create a more restful, serene environment. Designers use this technique to add punch to a room, and you’ll notice that they’ll often showcase this idea when working with hard surfaces that are found in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.

Add a one-two punch to a ho-hum room in your house by using white as the backdrop, and then adding your favourite colour.


Cobi Ladner is the Editorial Director of RENO & DECOR magazine, and the owner of Cobistyle.


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Design Experts : Traditional With A Twist

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Design Experts : Traditional With A Twist

 Photography By Larry Arnal

Contrary to popular belief, a traditional-style home can work well with a bright summer palette. Often we think of traditional spaces as being heavy with dark woods, deep colour, custom millwork and historical patterns on finishes like wallpaper and upholstery. Naturally this kind of design direction works very well in a traditional home but the usual dark or subdued colour palette was not something our client wanted in her traditional-style home. As a little girl, she used to cycle by the house and fantasized that some day this would be her home. As fate would have it, it finally was! The only downside was that she wanted her version of this home to be bright and fresh while still honouring the architecture of her childhood dream home.

A bright colour palette refreshes and modernizes a traditional-style home


It is important to honour all of the architectural details of the house that give it that historical quality but we lightened up those features by painting them in a warm-white colour. Those heavy wood frames in windows and door trim were once very popular. With the window trim and mullions painted out, your eye doesn’t stop at those details, instead the gaze moves past them to the outdoors. We maintained all of the fireplace mantle details and painted them out to reveal shadow and light versus colour.

Walls painted in Gray Mist CC80 by Benjamin Moore instantly lighten the look of the space.

In the dining room we added the hard valences above each window and mimicked those windows with a full-length mirror in a traditional gold-carved frame, which reflects the antiquity of the home but also serves to reflect the light, bright colour of the adjacent rooms.

“It is important to HONOUR ALL OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS of the house that give it that historical quality . . . “


Next we selected furniture with traditional lines but again in a monochromatic off-white colour. What became prominent were the lines of the furniture versus the fabric. There was no mistaking the hump back of the sofa, the details of the corner chairs and the graceful lines of the armchairs that face the fireplace. The light colour also enhanced all of the accessories in contrast. Fabrics were selected based on texture not pattern, and range from silks, wools, velvet and cotton. The ottomans and wooden table are the two furniture elements that have colour. The coffee table’s leg detail and claw feet beautifully tie together the details on the legs and arms of the other furniture pieces in the room. Ultimately, the room still feels light and airy.


Nothing brings a smile to a person’s face the way florals do. Perhaps that is why they have been popular in home decor for so long as they are a perfect way to bring subtle elements of colour to a space. The throw cushions tie together the floral stripes on the window coverings using a much larger scaled pattern. The floral details on these fabrics are very much in keeping with the fabrics that were popular in the 19th and early 20th century, and could have been used as upholstery in a perfectly traditional version of this room. The topiaries on the mantle help to bring “the outdoors, in.” The shape works both in a more contemporary room and in a traditional one. Even the vase and flowers were carefully selected to play with the fabric colour, and while container options were vast, the cut crystal was a perfect choice.


It is important to find ways of incorporating antiques into a space like this to maintain its authentic look. The secret is not to make those antique elements easy to identify. Some of the accessories were sourced at antique dealers as was the chandelier in the centre of the room, and the art was already in our client’s collection. Weaving together the elements of “new” and “old” means we can guarantee comfort and maximum functionality from the most-used pieces in the space. If you’re doing this in your own home be sure that you understand what would be appropriate to the architecture of the house. This requires a bit of research and a more difficult hunt for the appropriate piece. Finding the right piece can require visiting hundreds of antique vendors versus one furniture store. Using Rococo furniture, for example, would not be appropriate for this style home but it could be a style loved by the homeowner.

The final result was a great success and perfectly satisfied our client’s desire for a light summerfresh palette in her dream home. We only hope that there is another little girl riding by now, dreaming of owning the same home one day in its new version.

SOURCES LIVING ROOM Bernhardt side chairs EXISTING SIDE CHAIRS: reupholstered in a Robert Allen cream fabric SOFA: reupholstered in Joanne Fabrics BOTANICAL TOSS CUSHIONS: Silva cubes SIDE PANELS: Robert Allen Fabric ROMAN FABRIC: Unique RUG: Kashanian DINING ROOM DRAPES: Unique TRIM: Robert Allen WALLPAPER: JF Fabrics

Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are co-founders and principals of Peloso Alexander Interiors. They bring 35 years of combined experience to creating environments that merge the client’s lifestyle, personality, and architecture. pelosoalexander.com, twitter @glenpeloso & @glenandjamie, Facebook.com/glenpeloso


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