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Big Style, Small Spaces

Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

When I was tasked with designing the Kingsway Village Square suites, a stunning new eight-storey luxury rental building in Etobicoke by Dunpar Homes, I knew I wanted to optimize the square footage as much as I could.

Although the specific suites I was asked to design are some of the smaller ones in the building, that doesn’t mean I had to scrimp on style or functionality. In fact, with the right eye and employing smart strategies, I was able to transform each unit into something spectacular and spacious.

Whether you’re downsizing from a home into a suite, or you’re looking for inventive ways to transform an existing room or small space, these tips are some of my best-laid plans.

Paint your walls white

The effect of colour in a home can be huge, and it plays a big part in how you dress a small space. Just like fashion, it’s a rather simple rule of thumb: Lighter colours will make you or the room look more prominent, whereas darker colours will make you or the room appear smaller.

With the Kingsway Village Square units, I kept the main living areas a beautiful neutral white – my constant, go-to colour – to give the feeling of freshness, airiness, and space. If I were to paint those walls dark, say a navy blue or anything more saturated, you’d feel a bit crowded in, and that’s not going to help make the space feel roomy. Plus, that leaves very little room to switch things up in my decor: A white palette on the walls gives me the freedom and flexibility to change my furnishings around if I so desire. The same can’t be said if I have to work with a different colour.

If you are a fan of colour, don’t feel like you have to reject it entirely, either. Use it elsewhere in your home, such as a powder room or a bedroom. Both could work really well, especially as a feature wall, or use it in your artwork or soft finishes, such as pillows, throws, and blankets.

Don’t fight with your furniture

When I walk into a room, I want my eye to wander around the entire space and not get stuck on the particular furniture I have in the area. So I used legs on the furniture. Elte Markets, a more affordable sister brand of Elte, has some fantastic pieces this season, most of which I used to furnish the model suites at Kingsway Village Square. I wanted people to walk into the suite where your eye is tricked into seeing through and under everything, because every piece is propped by some legs. No furniture is flush and heavy on the floor, each is “lifted” to create good flow and harmony in each room. There’s no heavy, massive couch that dominates the living room and goes down to the floor with a skirt. No, thank you! Each of my bedside tables in the bedroom have legs, the chairs have legs, everything has legs. It’s a small trick, but one that I promise will yield the most significant impact. Your room will instantly feel larger because of it.

Keep your overall colour palette neutral, nix all those acccessories

Whether in the kitchen, dining room or bedroom, I always steer clear of too much clutter as well as too bold colour choices, unless I’m playing around with the soft furnishings. Again, the lighter you go, and the less stuff you have, the more open your room will feel. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do think there is something to be said for having a few, choice accessories in a room as opposed to bombarding it with every one of your favourite knick-knacks. My general rule of thumb is always, for every one thing you put out, put something away.

Keep calm and carry on

I wanted to keep the kitchen as neutral as possible so it could blend seamlessly into the overall design and feel of the space, so I removed all the hardware and handles from all the cabinets. I wanted lovely, clean lines and with handles. You don’t get that, all you get is busyness. To me, it doesn’t give the impression of an inviting space. Now, I’m no modernist, but there’s something about this look that inspires the exact feeling I want: Calmness.

The same sentiment applies for the bedroom: I opted for mesh roller blinds (you could go either white or black) because the fabrication is very effervescent. They frame and balance the room well, so it isn’t too busy, and your eye isn’t drawn to fussy curtains. The black-bronze curtain rods and silver grommets help to keep the look elegant, while also not weighing down the space.

Pump up your colour with soft finishes and furnishings

For bigger pieces, whether it is a couch, bed frame or dining table, I work with lighter fabrics and lighter shades. However, one area I do play with colour is in my soft finishes and furnishings, such as artwork, duvet covers, pillows, throw blankets, accessories, and even big coffee table books. This is where you can have some fun, and it also doesn’t cost a lot. If the mood strikes where I want to switch up my space, I can do it with my soft furnishings quite easily. Williams Sonoma, IKEA, and Pottery Barn all have beautiful selections.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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GTA Home + Reno Show 2019

RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

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RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

From Feb. 15 to 18, 2019 at the International Centre, RENO & DECOR Magazine presents: Design Intervention. Bring your photos, floorplans and samples down to booth #263 and book your free 15 minute consultation with one of our design professionals. The consultations run every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This year’s feature is being designed by Daneyka Lazier of DL Arch + Design.

Toronto-based designer Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle and specializes in improving the functionality of small spaces.

Lazier was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, located in Central America, and now lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto. Since a very early age her passion has been focused on visual arts, architecture and interior design. The challenge of solving design and planning problems with creative approaches that have attractive aesthetic has continually pushed her to be an expert in her field.

Lazier has a wide range of previous experience, including working as a furniture designer, an interior decorator and a commercial designer for a major Canadian bank. She also holds an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology from George Brown College and attended the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) for Interior Design. Lazier currently sits on the board of directors of the Toronto chapter of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada and is a part-time professor at the Interior Design Technology program at George Brown College.

For more information, visit DL Arch + Design.


Thanks to our booth sponsors:


Design Intervention Appearance Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – noon – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Stop by our booth #263 and fill out your ballot for a chance to win a FREE custom vanity countertop, sink and faucet!

Vanity Countertop & Sink generously supplied by:

A custom-made vanity countertop up to 6 linear feet (72″), with a 3/4″ thick eased profile Edge(as seen in photo), or an 1 1/4″ thick edge profile.

A Latitude CAD Technician will make a digital template of the winner’s cabinet- within the GTAand Latitude will fabricate the vanity countertop (of their choice) ready for pick up within 10 business days.

Purchaser can select from any colour in our vast inventory of Caesarstone, Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and other Engineered Quartz.

Purchasers will have a choice of either a Rectangular or an Oval shaped, white ceramic undermount sink. the sink will be mounted to the countertop by Latitude.

Latitude will prepare the countertop with faucet holes for the winner’s faucet. (Faucet is not included with the custom vanity and sink.)

Retail value of the vanity countertop, sink, digital template:
$ 925 – $1200 + H.S.T

Faucet generously supplied by:

Riobel is proud to present its newest powder room collection: Ciclo, a perfect balance between technical and design aspects in faucetry.

The faucets in this new collection are offered in four finishes: chrome, brushed chrome, brushed gold and black, with three different types of handles: plain, fluted and knurled.

Retail value of faucet: $820*

* Price subject to change depending on the finishes, sizes and models.

 

 

Contest open to residents of Ontario only. Winner will be drawn at random by February 20, 2019. Winner will be notified by email. By entering this contest you agree to receive emails from HOMES Publishing Group.


Pleased to announce that R&D design contributor REBECCA HAY will be on stage at the GTA Home + Reno Show.

COOKING UP SOME STYLE IN 2019

After working as a designer behind the scenes on several HGTV shows, designer Rebecca Hay will reveal how to survive and create your functional kitchen. If you’re considering an upcoming kitchen or home renovation in 2019, come see Rebecca and find out three key strategies on how to navigate and have a successful renovation that does not compromise on style or functionality.

She will be on the main stage;

Friday, February 15 at 4 p.m., and
Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m.

 


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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

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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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Home Finds: Ready, Set, Summer ...

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Ready, Set, Summer …

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Ready, Set, Summer …

The winter gets washed away (and its harsh memory) once we clean up the yard and prep the patio for the sun-filled months ahead. This year, add some Canadiana to your outdoor space as we celebrate our country’s milestone birthday

by Silvana Longo

When it comes to relaxing outdoors in affordable, modern style, the laid-back Morocco collection knows the ropes. Colourfast and UV-resistant ropes are hand-wrapped around an aluminum frame to define the linear look, while the thick, fade- and mildew-resistant Sunbrella cushion adds a plush layer. The synthetic resin rope supports and conforms to your every move then springs back to its streamlined shape.

Morocco Lounge Chair with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,199;
Hexa Side Table, $379;
Hexa Coffee Table, $749;
Crest Side Table Stool, $399;
Morocco Sectional Corner with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,299;
Morocco Sectional Armless Chair with Sunbrella Cushion, $999;
Salome 8’x10′ Indoor-Outdoor Rug, Charcoal, $1,899crateandbarrel.ca

LOUNGE LOVERS
With rest & relaxation under sunny skies a top priority, make room for some stylishly snug seating.

SUBSTANTIAL SEATING

The XL Breeze chair has natural teak accents and an elegant powdercoated frame design, with added security from solid aluminum back slats and a thick, reinforced structure upholstered in Sunbrella.

Breeze XL Chair, $2,725

elte.com

— SIL’s PICK —

“This eye-catching chair was love at first sight for me. The exquisite colour palette of gold, teal and white just sing summer to me…not to mention the cool form is a weaving masterpiece.”

Silvana Longo
Editor

Made of all-weather cord, handwoven around a lightweight aluminum frame, this chair brings the right combination of comfort and elegance to porches and decks.

Huron Large Lounge Chair + Cushion, $1,211.73

westelm.com

IN AND OUT

This handwoven chair in flexible recycled plastic with sturdy steel frame offers ergonomic comfort in a retro-modern esthetic form. Its weave perfectly cradles the body offering ultimate comfort. Durable for both outdoor as well as indoor use, it has protective stoppers on the feet to protect wooden flooring and rust-proofed steel for protection against the elements.

Acapulco Chair, $799

thebay.com

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

This whimsical outdoor chair features a breezy, crazy-weave canopy, holders for your drink and a dream-catcher motif woven into the back. Made with all-weather wicker that’s been laced by hand over a sturdy, rust-resistant wrought iron frame.

Dream Catcher Swingasan, $449.95

pier1.com

— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

LOUNGE IN LUXURY

Handcrafted with the highest quality teak in the world, this classic chaise in a bold wide-slat design can be left unfinished to weather to a beautiful silvery grey, or maintained with Golden Care Teak Protector.

Regatta Chaise Lounge with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,644

crateandbarrel.ca


Let’s Get the PARTY STARTED…
A summer outdoor tablescape is where you can let your creativity soar…from bright colours, burgeoning blossoms to pretty prints, nature’s backdrop is the perfect setting to eat, drink and be merry.

WAVES of COLOUR

Ready to take a break from everyday white and boring solids? Showcase your rockin’ style with this porcelain dinnerware in rich shades of teal, taupe and glimmering gold. A beautiful way to set a table that displays nature’s gifts.

Katalla Bay Ceramic Salad Plate, $10.95

pier1.com

COLOURFUL STRIPES

It’s a fiesta waiting to happen. Crafted of machine-washable cotton, even napkins add an instant burst of summer spirit to the table.

Summer Citrus Striped Napkin, $5.95

pier1.com

SUMMER SPIRITS

This party essential is made of natural teak wood and makes a smart and sophisticated choice for your outdoor living.

Zuo Modern Regatta Trolley, $679.99

thebay.com

SUCCULENT MEALS

Embellished with a lush, lifelike succulent sprig, the raffia napkin ring sets the table with garden-party ambience.

Succulent Napkin Ring, $4.95

crateandbarrel.ca

FESTIVE & FUN

Bits of molten glass speckle blue-toned confetti on a tall but chunky highball glass that feels great in the hand. Handcrafted of recycled glass, the glass will vary slightly in size and capacity.

Rue Blue Double Old-Fashioned Glass, $6.95
Rue Blue Highball Glass, $7.95

crateandbarrel.ca

SIL SAYS …
There is definitely a tile trend happening this summer in outdoor living. These tile-inspired accents whisk me away to the Mediterranean where the sun shines its brightest and I am in my happy place.

DECORATIVE DINING

Add a little art to your outdoor space with a tiled tabletop in this fun, graphic pattern. The smooth ceramic top is easy to clean and brightens up an outdoor dining area; tiles are carefully inlaid by hand onto an FSC-certified hardwood base for a unique look.

Mosaic Tiled Dining Table, $1,616.18

westelm.com

Decorative DETAILS
Accents are not optional…but a necessity

PLANT LIFE

Socker Watering Can, light green. You can store water or a nutrient mixture in the can, so everything is ready when you water your plants.

SOCKER Watering Can, 5 Litre, $14.99

ikea.com

TROPICAL TREATS

Dessert tastes sweeter on these handpainted, watercolour, tropic-inspired dessert plates.

Aloha Dessert Plates, set of 4, $19.99

canadiantire.ca

When it comes to cushions, you have your pick of the crop to create a fun and vibrant outdoor space!

Garden Treasures Yellow Striped Outdoor Throw Pillow, $19.99

lowes.ca

Outdoor Floral Tile pillow, $71.18

westelm.com

SEA BREEZE

This pillar candle holder of clear glass with cockle shell finish is reminiscent of breezy afternoons at the beach.

Shell Candle Holder, 8″x8″ $100

cobistyle.com

KEEP THE BUGS AT BAY

Citronella Candles, $59.99 each

goneshopping.ca/brands/skeem-design/

SUMMER NIGHTS…
When the sun sets, add a few layers of ambiance lighting to complement a star-filled sky to light up the night.

1) Medium Wood Base Lantern, $79.95; pier1.com

2) Cut-Out Ceramic Lantern, $29.99; bouclair.com

3) Metal and Wood Lantern with Rope Handle, $34.99; bouclair.com

4) Limoux Lantern—Brass starts at $395US; rh.com

5) Teal Rattan Outdoor Decorative Lantern, $34.99, lowes.ca


Au Canada…

In spite of global unrest, it seems our country’s light shines bright as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Our internationally acknowledged tolerance and peace-loving country sets a high standard making it quite evident that the world needs more Canada!

This summer revel in our unique Canuck pride with our favourite (yes, proudly spelled with a “u”) sesquicentennial picks.

Canada Map Pillow Cover, 20″x20″, $39.50

indigo.ca

Expressions Canada 150 Eh Team Pillow Cover 18″x18″, $39.50

indigo.ca

PC Oblong Cushion (red), $17

superstore.ca

Camp Coffee Pot – Better in Canada, $34.50

indigo.ca

Iconic Ice Point Blanket, $170 – $550 depending on size

thebay.com

The Colour Of Canada

with an introduction by Roy Macgregor, $24

indigo.ca

Tera Gear 4-pc BBQ Utensil Set, $35

superstore.ca

Wooden “Canada” Tray, $29.99

homesense.ca

Ceramic “Eh” Spoonrest, $6.99

homesense.ca

Smythe by Auden Alpaca Eh Sweater, $395

holtrenfrew.com


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Trend Watch

Trend Watch: A Side Order of Side Tables

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Trend Watch: A Side Order of Side Tables

by Silvana Longo

A small (or big) space essential, the side table is a must-have in practically every room of the house. And besides the appeal of their diminutive size, they pack a punch of personality — sometimes the smallest pieces make the biggest statement.

Gold Side Table, $350

CobiStyle.com

Jersey Side Table, $349

BoConcept.com

Bird Basket Side Table, $129

cb2.com

Peggy Side Table, $79

EQ3.com

PS 2017 Side Table/Stool, $79

Ikea.com

Knot Side Table, $199

cb2.com

Zoro Side Table, Small $775, Large $1,175

Elte.com

Median End Table, $595

ElteMkt.com

Orly Accent Table, $278

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