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80s style home gets a gorgeous update

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80s style home gets a gorgeous update

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When clients from Toronto approached me with the idea of transforming a dated 1980s style home into an urban and rustic abode, I knew I had my work cut out for me, but I was up for the challenge. I wanted to keep the charm and feel of a Niagara-on-the- Lake home, but infuse both clients’ personalities and style into the space. We discussed their interests, reasons for relocating out of Toronto, and how they saw themselves living in the space – all of which provided valuable insight. The result? A perfect mix of old and new and a home that is truly one of a kind.

Dining room The home was very compartmentalized and in need of a reworking, not only with finishes but with the existing layout, as well. The bones had character. I opened it up and allowed more light to reflect through the space, which really brought the home to life.

Flooring The engineered hickory floors brought the rustic feel I was after.

Living room By removing walls between the dining and living room and creating a full-height fireplace clad in concrete panels, the initial feel of the space became much grander, and complemented the vaulted ceiling.

Entrance My favourite design element was replacing the existing wall between the entrance and the office with a glass wall, to add depth and light into the overall space.

Kitchen The finer details of walnut beams, white shaker cabinetry and marble backsplash in the kitchen kept the sophistication of NOTL.

Bathroom The clients were thrilled that I was able to reuse their existing custom pendant light. I found the perfect spot in their ensuite above the beautiful soaker tub.

Finishing touches The infusion of art pieces, new and vintage-inspired furniture and interesting lighting created a unique home, perfect for living and entertaining.

Exterior The exterior of the house was transformed with a covered porch and an updated design to the front bay window. The white columns, trim details and stone skirting adds to the NOTL look.

Tracy Clipsham is Principal Interior Designer and Founder of Liv 4 Design Inc. Her passion for design, strong work ethic and ability to develop excellent client relationships are the foundations of her success. liv4design.com


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Open shelving and why it’s worth taking a closer look

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Open shelving and why it’s worth taking a closer look

We have been seeing the trend of open shelving in kitchens for a few years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. We love the open shelf look in kitchens and try to incorporate often in our designs. It’s not a look that necessarily works for everyone, or for every space, but when possible, it’s a nice way to inject a little modern vibe to your space.

There are many benefits to introducing open shelving in your new kitchen plans. Eliminating stretches of closed-door cabinetry can visually create a more spacious and brighter look in your kitchen. Removing cabinetry, especially those around windows, can often allow for greater natural light to fill the room and produce a lovely look and feel. This all helps to create a warm and welcoming feel in your kitchen.

The one resistance I always encounter to open shelving has to do with clutter and the dust. However, once you commit to open shelving in the kitchen, you will likely quickly commit to decluttering and keeping them looking pretty. Closed door cabinetry hides your mess, so basically you end up not really noticing how disorganized and cluttered your kitchen really is. Clients often initially object to open shelves in the kitchen, then end up loving the simplicity, organization and functionality of their new approach. There’s simply no longer a hidden junk zone.

When planning your kitchen design, one thing to keep in mind also is that open shelving is a great budget friendly option to full cabinetry. It’s also useful if you just want to give your kitchen a quick facelift. Removing a few cabinets, introducing some open shelving and applying a quick coat of paint can be an economical way to add new life to your space, if a full renovation isn’t in the budget or part of the plan for a while.

If you’re a collector or have special mementos, the open shelving option is for you. Why keep your grandmother’s pretty serving pieces hidden in a cabinet, when you can see and enjoy them daily? Create stylish little vignettes on your shelves by incorporating heirloom or collector pieces with plants, artwork, glassware and your everyday pieces to personalize your space giving it a look all your own. You can also change these vignettes according to the seasons… A vintage Christmas cookie jar on display with some fresh greenery and various other festive pieces is the perfect way to add some holiday cheer to your kitchen.

Open shelving is also a great way to address functionality or any issues with odd corners and unusable space in your kitchen, instead of instead of trying to fit an awkwardly shaped, and likely under-used, cabinet. It also allows you to efficiently use a lot of wasted space that may not be conducive to cabinetry, especially when considering small space kitchen design. Open shelves can be installed just about anywhere to afford you additional storage space, for example, over windows and doorways.

Yes, open shelves are a trendy look in the kitchen, but its a look that affords many benefits. Take the opportunity to bring out those pretty dishes from behind closed doors to give your kitchen a personal touch!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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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A well-designed plan avoids clutter

A well-designed plan avoids clutter

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A well-designed plan avoids clutter

Small space living can be wonderful, but it does require some creative thinking. While you may feel that you have compromised on your square footage, this doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style, comfort or the functionality of your home.

Our clients reached out to us shortly after moving into their new condo in the heart of the city. Falling in love with the unit’s massive amount of natural light and a fantastic location was easy, but making this small space feel inviting and functional proved to be a bit of a challenge.

There are many tricks of the trade that can be implemented when designing for small space living. We started with a calm colour on all the walls, Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin, which is very light and airy, nowhere near as stark as a white can be. Keeping the rooms consistent and even toned can trick the eye into believing they are actually more spacious, while adding punches of colour and texture keeps it from appearing flat and ordinary. We accented the small, open concept living room with a simple, well-scaled, sofa and introduced these small, but beautiful caned chairs for extra seating and great texture. A glass waterfall coffee table was the perfect piece to complement this space. I love using glass in small spaces, especially when you are afforded so much natural light. It’s a great way to keep the light moving throughout and emphasize the spaciousness of your room.

In the adjacent dining room, we repurposed the client’s existing dining table, adding some freshness to it with new upholstered dining chairs. We designed a custom built-in bar which not only provided much needed extra storage, but also camouflaged an unsightly wall of oddly positioned bulkheads and alcoves that at first glance made the space appear much smaller than it really was.

We continued the soft shades of blues and greys into the kitchen, highlighting the simple white cabinetry with a beautiful eye-catching, yet calm, marble backsplash and then punching it up with black pendant lights.

Another little space-saving trick for small spaces is to use pocket doors instead of swing doors. In this condo, we opted to further enhancing the space by adding a barn door. Not only did it afford us much needed space for storage in the master bedroom, it also created a great focal point in a rather long, narrow and uninspiring hallway.

Small space living can be fabulous, stylish and inviting. However, the key is to have a well-designed plan, well curated pieces that complement the space and functional storage to avoid clutter. With this in mind, you are on your way to creating the “small space” home of your dreams.

Some tips to get you started:

  • Edit and de-clutter, one of the first things that makes a space appear small is clutter. Make sure you have functional storage and a proper space for everything.
  • Multi-functional furniture is a great asset in a small space, a coffee table that converts to a desk, or shelving with a hidden desk for example; select wisely and make every piece count.
  • Think vertically to maximize storage and not lose valuable square footage on the floor.
  • Don’t clutter the floor space with a mish-mash of small furniture pieces, selecting a few well-scaled pieces or even an oversized piece can actually make the room feel larger.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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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A colourful Canadian balcony

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A colourful Canadian balcony

Photography By Valeria Wilcox

Private outdoor space is a dream come true for any urban city dweller. No matter how restricted your outdoor area is, there are plenty of design opportunities to personalize and enhance this space. We took a peek at a downtown Toronto balcony styled by LUX Design to get some small-space patio inspiration. This colourful balcony truly maximizes square footage while boasting big personality.

Your style doesn’t have to stop at the patio door. Whatever your design esthetic is, let your balcony be an extension of your home. This area is a great opportunity to show off your personality. Here, the homeowners’ style plays throughout the space – from the modern furniture to the joyful patterns and bright accessories.

“The use of vivid colours not only makes this balcony inviting and attractive, but helps brighten the most dreaery of days.”

Sunny skies ahead

The use of vivid colours not only makes this balcony inviting and attractive, but helps brighten the most dreary of days. Saturated hues of blue and yellow in the throw cushions and area rug emulate a sunny sky, popping perfectly against the white wall backdrop of this patio space.

The green advantage

Along with a selection of bright outdoor accessories, LUX surrounds this balcony with ample greenery. This addition of plants allows the space to feel like an oasis away from the bustle of the city. Layering lush foliage also helps to soften views of concrete buildings while supporting a sense of tranquility, allowing its users to feel relaxed.

Retreat & recharge

A balcony should be a place you crave spending time in. On this one, we provided ample opportunities for the homeowners to put their feet up; from the small sofa that doubles as a daybed to the two end tables. The patterned rug underfoot helps create a cosy and comfortable environment, while various pillows work to add another layer of relaxation.

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Grey skies shouldn’t restrict your patio time – add bright colours here and there to liven everything up and make it feel like summer again

Incorporating tall planters and types of greenery – like ornamental grass – not only adds flair to your outdoor space, but provides privacy from neighbours

“While this balcony might appear small, it certainly doesn’t lack in functionality. It is a space to kick back and relax while offering a spot to sit down and eat breakfast or have a glass of wine after work.”

Small space essentials

While this balcony might appear small, it certainly doesn’t lack in functionality. It is a space to kick back and relax while offering a spot to sit down and eat breakfast or have a glass of wine after work. To achieve this practical and eye-catching space, LUX utilizes flexible outdoor furniture that can be easily moved around or moved out of the way. Opting for folding or stackable chairs, like the white metal ones shown is a great use of space. The choice of two mobile end tables instead of a single coffee table also allows for a more adaptable environment that can readily go from dining to seating. The furniture and accessories we selected are also versatile in that they work outdoors as well as inside during winter months.

Opportunities for storage are also a must-have for any outdoor patio. Try a water-resistant bamboo basket to hold your comfy blankets. Here, a shallow white console is added to hold dishes and decorative items. Its small footprint makes it the perfect addition to this vibrant balcony.

Designer TIPS Choose versatile accessories that can work both outside and indoors, as well as flexible furniture that can be easily moved around


SOFA/OTTOMAN: Cabana Coast RUG: Wayfair CHAIRS: Nuevo Living BISTRO TABLE: Mod Loft ACCESSORIES: Ikea, West Elm

Paige Johnston is a Canadian designer and strategist based in New York City. She collaborates and works often with Isabelle Boba, Interior Designer and Founder of LUX Design, the design studio that executed this colourful Canadian balcony. paigeajohnston.com & luxdesign.ca


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Easy ways to decorate your student dorm room

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Easy ways to decorate your student dorm room


In normal, pre-COVID-19 times, university students spend a lot of time in their dorm rooms, so sooner or later, even the most comfortable environment bores and starts to annoy. A person’s mood much depends on the place where he or she lives, so if you’ve noticed some changes in your mindset and behavior, consider making amendments in your interior. Before you begin, you should ask the corresponding authority permission to change the room because the rules of some colleges and universities prohibit it.

Finding inspiration is also a challenging task, so explore the following student room ideas, select the most appealing ones and make your room look more beautiful.

1. Change the wall color

You may paint the whole room or choose one wall to change its design. If you’re good at painting, you may create a picture on your wall. It may become the perfect background for photoshoots, so be sure that all your neighbors will like it. It’s the easiest way to refresh your room, but it takes time. That’s why we advise you to type in the search query “Help me with my science homework” and find the expert who’ll help you to deal with assignments.

2. Hang up a light string

Stop thinking that this decor is relevant only during Christmas. You may order an RGB diode strip that can change the colors and create a neon light to make your room look more futuristic and modern. Or give preference to calm and light colors that won’t distract the attention.

3. Buy a poster

The image doesn’t matter. It can be your favourite motivational quote, the portrait of a favourite actor, or the poster of the movie. Your task is to fill in some free space on the wall, and the picture is the best way to do it.

4. Place a full-length mirror

It’s not only the cool room decor for college students but also a useful thing. When you’re selecting the outfit for the day, you need to see yourself in full growth to understand whether the clothes match or not. Free some place for it in any part of the room and enjoy this decor.

5. Use an organizer

If you have a lot of stuff and don’t have a place to store it, it’s better to buy an organizer. This item lets you place cosmetics, textbooks, office supplies, jewelry and other little goodies. They are quite cheap and look stylish, so organizers can easily decorate your dorm room.

6.Create a photo wall

You surely have a lot of photos of your family and friends that remind you about the great times. Capture the moment and print them out, who knows what will happen to your phone. Place the photos under your bed in any order to keep these moments in memory.

7. Write a schedule board

If you’re not used to having a planner and mobile apps are also inconvenient, creating a schedule and hanging it over the desk is a great way to keep track of things. Students have lots of duties and work to do, so forgetting about important events is natural. Likewise, many of them forget about their assignments and miss the deadline. If you face such a situation, the best solution is to ask Google, “I need to pay someone to do my homework online,” and use the proposed options.

8. Lay a cosy carpet

Those people who adore sitting on the floor will appreciate this idea. Buy a nice shaggy carpet to make your floor warmer. Having this thing will let you organize the workspace right on the floor. Gather your friends and play games while sitting on the floor, if your bed is too small to accommodate all people.


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Decor: Changing times

Changing times, changing homes

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Changing times, changing homes

Over the last several years, design has had an ever-increasing movement towards environmentally friendly materials, sustainability, and energy efficiency. We’ve all been doing our part to aid the environment, knowing full well changes were needed on many levels. Our homes are our private spaces, reflections of ourselves, our family, our lifestyles; but recently they have become our sole spaces for living.

The current global health crisis has thrown us all into a different way of living. Very quickly our sanctuaries have also become our offices, classrooms and gyms, while still being our space for family living. Video work calls rapidly became our new norm, and while our companies had to adapt technologically for the “work-from-home” environment, we came to realize quickly that many others had an intimate vantage point of our private lives. Kids playing, dogs barking, our partners also on video calls and life happening became our backdrop. It has connected us on a far more personal level than before, which has been great, but it has also given us a window into how our homes actually function.

When looking to renovate, functionality and aesthetics are undoubtedly of great importance; however, functionality never really took into consideration the change in lifestyle we have been experiencing over the last several months. We all desire open concept living. It allows us to connect with our family at the end of the day, but does this work the same for us when our homes are being used as they have been recently? Have we compromised functioning privacy for the desire to have openness and connectivity without restrictions?

It seems that part of the new norm that will be coming upon us in design will be the need to have homes with the capability to function as more than just our living, entertaining and storage spaces. While this may be the future of our design and renovation planning, currently we are emerging from months of home seclusion that has left us wanting to add new life to our living spaces. We need to give our surroundings a facelift, a new aesthetic that will inspire us to move ahead in this new way of living and shake off the last few months of isolation.

Bursts of colour, pretty and bold wallpaper and fabric patterns, cheerful new accessories or a relaxing outdoor space – we are all desiring something new, inspiring and fresh for our homes. Whether you’ve been spending some of your time at home planning a major renovation to your kitchen or bathroom, or are only looking for a few new small touches such as a fresh paint colour or pretty new hardware on your kitchen cabinetry, one thing is for certain. A greater movement towards interior decorating and design will be strong as we see our homes in a new light and have the desire to make them more inviting, inspirational and functional for all aspects of our living needs.

With the changes we have all experienced over the last few months, it remains to be seen how many of them will permanently become our “new norm.” Early signs are showing that many of us will, in some way, be working from home, studying or entertaining more at home, whatever the case may be. We may find that we are generally just spending more time in our own surroundings, which is bound to have an impact on how we design and decorate our abodes.

No matter how large or small our home’s footprint, we may look to carve out small areas that afford us a bit of privacy for work, or just for some quiet time alone. We will want to motivate ourselves by bringing some of the outdoors in, by maximizing our natural light and by keeping our surroundings simple in this ever-complex world. Whatever direction your home will go in the future, rest assured that as we start emerging from our seclusion, those of you who are ready to renovate or redecorate will be thinking a bit differently about the expectations and goals you may have for your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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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3 tips to make your home chic, functional and family-friendly

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3 tips to make your home chic, functional and family-friendly

Every young family dreams of having it all – a chic home that does double duty as a kid-friendly environment. But for most bustling households, a sophisticated design aesthetic can often be overlooked in favour of elements that can survive the wear and tear of a family. It may be a daunting task to try and combine the best of both worlds – fashion and function – but it is possible to create a family-friendly living space that is sophisticated and still accommodates a range of ages, activities and interests.

How can a growing family create a sophisticated and stylish home environment that is sippy-cup friendly? Scavolini Toronto’s design team takes us through a recent redesign that is chic, liveable, and highly functional, and shares their top designer tips for replicating the look at home.

1 Consider a multi-functional open floorplan

Apart from making a home look more spacious, the benefits of an open floorplan are endless. To accommodate a bustling family’s lifestyle, an open concept kitchen and living area can serve as a multipurpose space. It’s great for weeknight cooking and dining, playing and after school homework, and can also easily transition into hosting and entertaining mode on weekends.

In order to ensure this kitchen was highly functional, two separate seating areas were designed to offer flexible dining areas for various occasions. A large island takes centre stage here, creating a place to entertain, relax and gather as a family – or for parents to sip wine while dinner simmers nearby when guests visit. A beautiful stone bench was also added to offer more casual seating, while a formal glass table is nestled along the kitchen wall to host both sit down family-style dinners, or dinner parties.

The integrated living room helps extend this transitional space, creating a nearby lounge area for TV watching or a play area for the kids, and then can transform into a cocktail or hosting space after bedtime. By bringing in design elements of the kitchen, like keeping the look of the cabinets consistent, extra storage is added so the living area can be multi-functional, while hiding clutter in a flash. Flexible, hardworking cabinetry is a great way add style and conceal mess.

Thanks to an open concept living and kitchen area, a family really can do it all in a space that is sophisticated enough to host social gatherings, yet functional enough to withstand playtime.

2 Choose a colour palette and decor that can transition and grow with you

Keeping your colour palette, furniture and decor minimal help to maintain a great looking space that is organized and clutter-free – and ensure that it can transition well as a family grows and needs change.

Deciding on your colour palette should be one of your first considerations when renovating or redecorating. From old world charm to a more modern look, a neutral colour scheme is timeless and can survive constantly evolving trends. It is also easy to retouch in the event of an occasional crayon or marker drawing incident.

Our top tip? Start with a neutral base and add in smaller colour pops through accents or accessories – like the bright yellow chairs in this dining area. These accents can be easily swapped in or out as your style needs grow and change, or as your children age. Plus, neutral walls and floors can be paired with beautiful artwork, helping to highlight favourites in your collection, or even your child’s own work.

To add in an element of old world charm, this kitchen’s backsplash and an entire wall was clad in brick, which was whitewashed to keep it feeling fresh and modern so that decor accents could take centre stage. Stainless steel accessories, including faucets and appliances, add cool factor while rich wood flooring and shelves add warmth and personality.

With accents of personal style and pops of colour, a home design can have a neutral, kid-friendly colour palette, yet still incorporate some edgy finishes. Crisp white walls reflect natural light and help make a space appear larger, while biophilic elements can provide a lively – and wellness improving – mood boost. Add in treasured accessories, like kids’ artwork or collectibles, to create stylish eye-catching accents.

3 Create smart storage solutions

Storage can make or break a family home. Not only can strategic storage solutions create a really specific and custom space, it can also ensure that clutter is non-existent. There’s no catch or loophole – it is possible to have kids and a clutter free house without going full Marie Kondo!

Struggling with where to start? Begin by taking an inventory of everything you own, especially toys, and ask yourself not only what types of things you need to store, but also how you want to live with them. What toys do you really need out in the open for easy access every day? What toys can be stored away for later use, and how much space do you need to do so?

In this particular space, a large grey and white island becomes a focal point in the kitchen, but also does double duty as a genius storage solution that clears clutter thanks to concealed shelving. The kitchen appliances are all built in, which makes for a far less bulky appearance as well. Table wears are stored in sleek drawers rather than hidden away in enclosed cabinets, and toys can be whisked away in a flash thanks to the cabinetry in the living area.

We’re big believers that having little ones doesn’t mean you have to give up your individual style – or get rid of fancy decor items (unless they have sharp corners – then you may need to compromise). Rather, it just means you may have to make some keen design decisions to create a space that’s both chic and family friendly.

By Roxane Lolos, Senior Designer at Scavolini Toronto


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Refresh and reset, a masterfully designed master makeover

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Refresh and reset, a masterfully designed master makeover

It wasn’t the easy access that enticed my clients to buy their home on a busy west end street, it was what was behind the house that sealed the deal. They instantly fell in love with the beauty of the seemingly endless backyard. The deep, west-facing lot was filled with mature greenery and connected to a well-established golf course. With no fence between them, and the course, they could enjoy the park-like setting beyond their own property.

Good intentions

The house was in good form and required only minor updates. However, the second-storey master bedroom was disappointing. It should have commanded the best views of the garden and the yard below, but the layout and window placement didn’t take advantage of it. The south wall featured a large window, but it limited the options for furniture placement.

The client decided to add a Juliette balcony with French doors that opened to the view, as well as a fireplace on the windowless interior wall to create a cosy seating area. We also beefed up the trim and added detail to the ceiling to emphasize the room’s height. Lastly, it was decided that the the south window was hand-cuffing us to one layout, so it was replaced with a transom window. This option allowed us to position the bed under it, while still benefiting from the southern sunlight.

Green is in

The chosen colour palette for the bedroom was inspired by the gardens below. My clients weren’t afraid of colour, so we went with various shades of green to create a calming, and restful, bedroom. Green is also associated with new growth and new beginnings. It’s a colour that’s full of life – just like them.

Tonal values

It might seem like a disparate selection of mixed greens, but each tone helps to consolidate the look when it’s repeated throughout. This brings harmony to the overall design. Don’t be hesitant to mix shades of the same colour, as it takes the pressure off of trying to match exact colours.

Contrasting textures

Mixing textures also helps to harmonize a well-designed room. I like to add at least four textures to any space. You might want a deep, plush carpet for a cosy feel. For a traditional look, crisp is the way to go with linens. Or, you may prefer the opposite. If you use natural linens for your bedding, add the crispness elsewhere, such as metal drawer pulls or mirrored bedside tables. Create an airy element by adding sheers that billow in the breeze. Black trim and dark wood tones help to ground a space.

We chose textures and patterns to add depth and animation to the green palette by using fabric, pillows, carpets, a bench seat, and the fireplace surround in stone and walnut. The mid-century modern, walnut-over-ply curves of the shell chairs add earthy sophistication to the seating area.


The extras

The design of the trim on the ceiling now emphasizes this often-neglected surface. Rather than the two original windows, the French doors provide fresh air and spectacular views. A new soft, ripple-fold window treatment was added to give the impression of an expansive glass wall. Now the master bedroom makes the most of its entitled position, and fully embraces the garden view. And, it feels as fresh as it looks.

Jane Lockhart, B.A.A.I.D., is a multi-award winning designer, author and television personality. Jane Lockhart Interior Design janelockhart.com


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A century of Art Deco

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A century of Art Deco

Photography By Valerie Wilcox

As we move into this new decade, we celebrate a century of Art Deco – the dazzling trend that sparked intrigue and imagination across the world. Through the use of metallic details, bold geometrics and a touch of flair, we will show you how to inject this century-strong motif in every and any room in your home.

Art Deco was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in 1920s Paris. This non-traditional design style featured gleaming finishes, striking patterns and a repetition of elements. We associate abstract motifs, representational forms and geometric ornamentation with this style, along with streamlined materials like concrete, glass, mirror and metal. The emotional response to Art Deco was immediate, evoking a sense of sophistication, luxury and modernity.

From the Chrysler Building in New York City to the Aldred Building in Montreal, some of North America’s most intriguing buildings reign from this period. Today, we’re excited to see a resurgence of this subtle drama within interior design.


Art Deco makes a statement without being overdecorated, and what better place to make a statement than your front entry? The foyer is the first and last space you see upon entering and leaving your home, and the perfect opportunity to create a lasting impression.

Go bold with a large angular console accented with metal legs, and add simple structural decor pieces on top. Further enhance this area with a glamorous oversized mirror. Mirrors are a great way to make any space appear larger, brighter and more grand – à la Roaring ’20s.

Living room

The living room is a great place to bring The Jazz Age into your home. Whether you go floor-to-ceiling Art Deco or choose to incorporate the style with smaller elements, like accessories, there are plenty of opportunities to elevate this space.

Shy away from romantic florals and pastel hues, opting instead for bold patterns and strong colours. Monochromatic schemes are typical of the Art Deco style, and rich hues like royal blue and charcoal grey pair perfectly with on-theme metals like chrome and bronze. Incorporate motifs in subtle or impactful ways, from striped throw pillows to dramatic diamond-shaped wallpaper. Embrace the iconic Art Deco fan shape in your accessories or try a ziggurat-patterned area carpet.

Find furnishings with defined lines, but let your seating feel comfortable and lush by using extravagant fabrics like velvet that will make your company ooh and aah.

Kitchen & dinning room

Continue to focus on streamlined shapes and sleek materials as you enter your kitchen and dining areas.

Create a striking kitchen design through the use of dark, rich woods and add polished stainless-steel hardware for a hint of glitz. If you’d like to incorporate colour, go for backsplash tile or kitchen appliances in saturated tones like mustard yellow, dark raspberry or teal.

In your dining room, gear towards distinctive, rectilinear furniture and reflect the glamour of the ’20s through the use of mirror. You could hang a starburst mirror, add an antiqued mirror buffet or go floor-toceiling mirror on one full wall. Finally, go bold with your lighting and choose an opulent chandelier that will awe your dinner-party guests.


Moving into the bedroom, the Art Deco style can prevail without feeling too masculine. While distinguished woods and strong colours are on-theme, they can be balanced with soft, white linens and lamp shades.

The addition of throw pillows will augment the look and feel of your bed, whether you choose contrasting patterns or solid colours in luxe upholstery-like silk. To further create a lavish bedroom, layer a plush sheepskin rug over a high-pile area carpet.


The Art Deco style helps to bring decadent detail and order to small spaces like washrooms and powder rooms. Cover every wall of this space with a dramatic graphic wallpaper, hang a shapely mirror and add eye-catching light sconces.

Dare to bring the sophisticated allure of the 1920s to your home in 2020. Incorporating rich colours, reflective materials, intricate details and bold geometries will add tasteful panache to any space.

Paige Johnston is a Canadian designer and strategist based in New York City. She collaborates and works often with Isabelle Boba, Interior Designer and Founder of LUX Design. paigeajohnston.com & luxdesign.ca


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Small wonder

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Small wonder

Photography by Donna Griffith

Like the babies who sleep in them, all nurseries grow up eventually. Tamara Robbins Griffith knew it was time for her daughter, Amelia, 4, to have a big-girl room, but it wasn’t as easy as painting some walls and rearranging the furniture. “It’s the smallest room in our house at just 80 square feet,” says Tamara, home decor expert. “The makeover was like playing Tetris. I had to be thoughtful about how to get the most out of the room.” What topped Tamara and her husband, Edward’s, must-have list for Amelia’s room? A multi-functional space that incorporated storage, looked pretty (but not too precious) and included all the things their daughter loved most.

Figure out function

Tamara’s first move was to commission a ceiling-high closet that included dresser drawers and enough vertical space to hang Amelia’s dresses. With that part of the vision complete, she turned her sights to furniture. It was Edward’s idea to explore a loft bed to maximize the tight square footage. The couple fell hard for this sleek, contemporary version made from FSC-certified wood — but it meant managing their budget accordingly. “We splurged on the bed, but saved on all the decorating accessories so we balanced an investment with great deals,” she says. Selling the nursery suite and putting the proceeds toward the new furniture helped, too. Next, Tamara created a mini-desk using a side table, and sourced some toy-storage solutions. “I love soft baskets and hampers because they’re decorative in their own right, and make clean up so easy. Lucky for me, Amelia’s a good tidy-upper!”

Find a fun motif

As the youngest in the family, Amelia (who has a brother, Noah, 8) already lives with a ton of hand-me-downs, so Tamara decided to let her choose the wallpaper for the room’s feature wall. “I gave her six to pick from,” says Tamara. “Some were bold and some were soft, but she really liked these ikat-style polka dots.” The blush-pink tones served as a sweet backdrop for sunny pops of yellow, accents of red and black and a subtle insect motif — proving that little girls’ rooms don’t always have to be full of sugar and spice. “When we were working on the bedroom, it was the summer of bugs,” says Tamara with a laugh. “Dragonflies, snails, cicadas, ladybugs, you name it. We joke that she’s going to become an entomologist.” A bumblebee pillow, beetle artwork and ode to snails above the desk are a cheeky nod to the theme.

“We injected a bit of black into the room to keep it from feeling too childish”

Sprinkle in some magic

The nook under the loft bed is a natural spot for the family to indulge in one of its favourite pastimes: reading. A bookshelf that matches the bed offers both open and closed storage for books, artwork and collectibles. Layered rugs up the comfort factor: “If you’re hanging out on the floor, as kids do, it’s nice to snuggle up on a sheepskin,” says Tamara. The final touch was the addition of some twinkle lights. Tamara and Edward experimented with Christmas lights before settling on a strand of white dragonflies in keeping with the theme. “We really wanted her room to feel a bit magical,” says Tamara. “Amelia just loves it, and now it’s a cosy spot for all of us to curl up.”



Beth Hitchcock writes a weekly design column for the Globe & Mail and is the former Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine. She is developing several book projects, including a series with acclaimed designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson to be published by Simon & Schuster this spring.


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