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Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

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Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

This year’s Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show, held at the International Centre from May 24th to the 26th, highlighted some of the hottest trends in the retail industry in 2019.

The ’70s vibes are back in full force, and this funky design era is evident in the pattern, shape, and colour palette of many of the furniture pieces from this year’s showcase. We saw the introduction of curves in furniture last year, and this trend has continued into 2019, making for some gorgeous and interesting statement pieces.

The mixture of bold, rich colour and interesting texture is back this season – with grey and white seemingly becoming a thing of the past. We saw vibrant hues in furniture and accessories, with a more playful feel when it comes to colour, creating pieces and spaces that have a personality while packing a punch of their own.

A common theme amongst much of the furniture and decor for this season will be that of comfort and “sophisticated relaxation.” With Bohemian design and Farmhouse-Chic very on-trend, there is a sense of ‘pared-down luxury’ in everything from light fixtures to furniture and accessories. Comfort no longer equates to a lack of style, instead it consists of unique, effortless pieces where the blending of rustic, traditional, vintage, modern and chic bohemian-styles creates an elevated yet comfortable design esthetic.

Lastly, outdoor living is a focus in the furniture industry again this year, as homeowners are looking beyond the four walls of their home when it comes to design and decor. We saw many inspiring outdoor furniture pieces that are sure to add not only comfort, but also personality to the outdoor spaces this season. Strong punches of colour and pattern, woven furniture, and large-scale, comfortable pieces were all standouts in the outdoor living category.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for an upcoming renovation, or just want a fresh, new look for your home, this year’s Trend Showcase was the perfect glimpse into what’s on point in retail for 2019-2020.


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L.A. Canal Home with Beatle Pedigree

L.A. Canal home with Beatle pedigree

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L.A. Canal home with Beatle pedigree

California hot spot, Venice Beach, has drawn celebrities, surfers, bohemians and sun worshippers since the beginning of the 20th century. Although it started out as a sedate, seaside-resort town, today it’s a whirlwind of activity, attracting those who enjoy having access to the 24/7 party atmosphere readily available right around the corner. A recent addition to the Venice Beach real estate market is the sophisticated, legendary mansion of Dhani Harrison, the son of Beatles guitarist, George Harrison., priced at $3.99 million.

Fitness aficionados

There’s never a dull moment in Venice Beach. Its wide beach attracts surfing enthusiasts, and its storied two-and-a-half-mile promenade (aptly called the Ocean Front Walk) attracts tourists from all over the world, drawn by its vendors, art, and quirky performers.

While today it’s mostly known for its surfing culture, Muscle Beach Venice was largely responsible for the booming interest in weight training, which began in the 1950s, and the Vic Tanny gym chain was also founded in Venice.

Likewise, beach sports gained huge popularity on Venice Beach from handball courts, volleyball, paddle tennis, a bike trail and a skate-dancing pavillion. After a day spent at the beach, there is a lively Venice nightlife offering an array of upscale restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops for every taste, interest and pocketbook.

Venetian inspiration

Originally called the Venice of America, due to the drainage canals dug in the 1920s by the town’s original developer, tobacco-baron Abbott Kinney, a wide-range of plush residences line the canals today, as was Kinney’s original goal. Many are used as year-round homes and others are used primarily as vacation getaways.

Celebrity home featured in Architectural Digest

Musician Dhani Harrison has recently decided to sell his glamorous canal home, which enjoys sunrise views from the rear balcony, and sunset views from the west, 360-degree views from the rooftop terrace and water views from the canal-side terrace and decks. Measuring in at 2,826 sq. ft., the two-bedroom, three-bath home has an open-floor plan with soaring 15-ft. ceilings. Second-level glass walls and open first-floor ceilings bathe the interior with sunlight, as does the large skylight above the wide spiral staircase. Updated in a crisp contemporary style, the home offers multiple choices for entertaining on all three levels and was recently appeared in Architectural Digest.

Like father, like son

Dhani, the only child of George and Olivia Harrison, has been writing and singing professionally since 2001. He has completed a number of albums, and since 2013 has been composing film scores with his writing partner Paul Hicks. They have written the scores for Netflix’s Dogs and HBO’s four-part documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed. He has recently decided to sell his Venice home, priced at $3.99 million with co-listing agents, Nicholas Sandler and Bennett Hirsch of The Agency, Beverly Hills.

Photo Credit: The Agency


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DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

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DDA Canada 2019 Decorating & Design Competition Gala

Decorators, designers and suppliers from across Canada gathered in Toronto on May 3rd for DDA Canada’s 2019 Awards Gala. The high-energy gala at the Grande Luxe Event Boutique included a giveaway of $6,800 in cash prizes and was hosted by celebrity designer, Glen Peloso.

DDA National Chair, Andria Cowan Molyneaux and designer, Glen Peloso entertain the audience.
DDA National Chair, Andria Cowan Molyneaux and designer, Glen Peloso entertain the audience.

The highlight of the gala was the unveiling of the 2019 Decorating & Design Competition winners. Contestants in 14 categories included both DDA Canada’s accredited and student members. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of industry peers from across the country who evaluate the projects based on complexity, concept, materials and functionality, among other criteria.

Attendees were captivated as videos of each winning project described the planning and thought behind the design. The videos were punctuated by applause as the designers accepted their awards. In all, 38 awards, including six student awards, were presented:

Pinnacle Award – People’s Choice for the best interior decorating project
Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors

Pinnacle Award winner Kathryn Porath (left) accepts the People's Choice award from Tanya Watters of the category's sponsor, Canadian Appliance Source.
Pinnacle Award winner Kathryn Porath (left) accepts the People’s Choice award from Tanya Watters of the category’s sponsor, Canadian Appliance Source.

Student, General, sponsored by Budget Blinds & Tailored Living
Gold – Suzanne Chenard
Silver – Vivian Mai Thao
Bronze – Bhoomi Patel

Student, Universal Kitchen or Bath, sponsored by Living in Place Network
Gold – Vivian Mai Thao
Silver – Suzanne Chenard
Bronze – Pukar Risal

Bathroom under $30K, sponsored by Ceragres
Gold – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors
Silver – Kim Purvis, Aurora Décor
Bronze – Adolphina Karachok & Leanne Tammaro, DesignTheory

Bathroom over $30K, sponsored by BainUltra
Gold – Lisa Frahm, Frahm Interiors
Silver – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design

Kitchen under $50K, sponsored by Distinctive
Gold – Adolphina Karachok & Leanne Tammaro, DesignTheory
Silver – Rotem Golan, Ace of Space Interiors
Bronze – Robin Boles, Robin Interiors

Kitchen over $50K, sponsored by Caplan’s Appliances
Gold – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design
Silver – Nancy Lem, Nancy Lem Design
Bronze – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.

Universal Kitchen or Bath, sponsored by Living in Place Network
Gold – Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors
Silver – Andria Cowan & Katie Golec, ACM Designs

Commercial, sponsored by ProSource Toronto
Gold – Sascha Lafleur, West of Main
Silver – Lana McIver, Interior Design Group
Bronze – Heddy Bing, Urban Spaces Design

Challenging Budget under $10K, sponsored by Glen Dimplex
Gold – Elena Gouchtchina, Maison Interiors
Silver – Rida Fatima Wasim, Rida Interiors
Bronze – Katie Golec, ACM Designs

Interior Decorating, no construction, $10 – $45K, sponsored by Sherwin Williams
Gold – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Silver – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Bronze – Patti Wilson, Patti Wilson Design Inc.

Interior Decorating under $45K, sponsored by Caesarstone
Gold – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.
Silver – Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors
Bronze – Lindsay Wolfe-Assaf, The Home Stylist

Interior Decorating $45 – $100K, sponsored by Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors
Gold – Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.
Silver – Marisa Lupo & Luisa Maringola, Lumar Interiors
Bronze – Margaret Struthers, Margaret Struthers Interiors

Interior Decorating over $100K, sponsored by Cosentino
Gold – Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design
Silver – Sascha Lafleur, West of Main
Bronze – Patti Wilson, Patti Wilson Design Inc.

“This national competition is a wonderful showcase of the world-class work being done by our members,” said Mary Dancey, co-chair of awards for DDA Canada. “Each year we receive more and more entries. The competition this year was fierce — the winners should be very proud of their achievement!”

The annual competition sponsored by several DDA Canada affiliate partners including the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook will begin accepting entries again in fall 2019.


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Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

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Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

High Park may be popular draw in Toronto in spring with the bloom of the cherry blossoms, but just up the street on High Park Ave., 260 High Park Church Lofts & Residences is gaining due attention for a significant condo conversion.

Developer Medallion Capital Group recently released the Church Loft suites as part of this project, which involves the re-envisioning of the Alhambra Church at the southwest corner of Anette St. and High Park Ave. in Toronto’s west end. The design retains and repurposes the elements that are of historical value in the heritage building, while introducing a new addition massed sensitively around the main sanctuary.

Just 15 prized Sanctuary Church Lofts are available in the historic church structure, with another 55 units in a brand new, adjoining four-storey residence.

Retaining much of the original church facade, including large stained-glass windows and 10-ft. ceiling heights, Sanctuary Church Lofts range from 837 to 3,081 sq. ft. in one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den configurations, and priced from $1 million to slightly less than $4 million. Units in the new structure range from one-bedrooms to three-bedrooms plus den, and are priced from the mid $600’s.

Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital Group
Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital Group

“What’s important, and what really appealed to us, is proximity to transportation, Bloor West Village as well as the 400 acres of High Park, an iconic municipal park destination in Toronto,” says Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital. “All of these are part and parcel of the amenities that are built into this project.”

The design team for 260 High Park comprises Boston-based, internationally renowned Finegold Alexander Architects for the heritage conversion of the church; Toronto-based Turner Fleischer for the contemporary residences; Toronto-based ERA Architects for the heritage conservation plan; MEP Design for landscaping; and U31 for interiors.

As is typical with such heritage conversion projects, especially given what the High Park area and the former church means to local residents, consultation with stakeholders leading up to the project was paramount.

“What was most important to heritage, in particular, was the protection of existing elements from street level,” Giamou told Homes Publishing. Based on such feedback, Medallion Capital altered its original design which surrounded the church with glass and window curtain walls.

“We know High Park is born and bred of brick, and the community didn’t like that concept,” Giamou says. “The compromise was that we maintained the north facade of the schoolhouse and the first bay of the west elevation. In addition to that, we replaced the glass with brick pattern that matches the existing brick.”

Though the building contains 70 units in total, it was actually zoned for as many as 77. “We purposely went larger to make these end-user units,” says Giamou, as investors will likely not be part of the buyer profile.

Site preparation is underway, and construction is set to begin this summer.

260 High Park Church Lofts & Residences


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Building the great outdooors

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Building the great outdooors

Last time around I was griping about how long this past winter was and how slow it seemed for Spring to roll around. Now, a month later, not much has changed! It was only in the last couple of weeks that the last of the snow melted in the shaded parts of people’s backyards in Toronto, and north of the city there’s still ice on some of the lakes. That said, as I write this home and cottage owners across many parts of the country are dealing with severe flooding from a mix of heavy spring rains and plenty of melting snow.

With all that in mind, is it any wonder why Canadians try to spend as much time outside during the warmer months? That’s why the Renovation Contractor team is busy pulling together material for our annual Great Outdoors issue. That issue will include a feature on landscaping options by first-time contributor Alex Newman, an overview of some exterior finishing trends and products by long-time contributor Frank Condron, guest columnist Carson Arthur writes about urban heat islands, and a whole lot more.

Watch for the June/July issue to arrive in mailboxes – and launch online – early next month.

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Sandra Bullock's sweet Georgia home for sale

Sandra Bullock’s sweet Georgia home for sale for $6.5M

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Sandra Bullock’s sweet Georgia home for sale for $6.5M

Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is not only diversified when it comes to the roles she plays. Her highly successful film career has also given her the wealth to own almost any home she chooses, and she doesn’t choose like other celebrities who vie with each other to own the latest and greatest Hollywood pad.

In fact, Bullock has quietly been building a diversified real estate empire. She owns, rents out, sells and lives in homes and vacation homes from coast to coast. What many would say is one of the best is a secluded beach estate on Tybee Island, Georgia which she has owned for 18 years. A busy schedule has prevented Bullock and her two children from spending vacation time there, and she has decided to put it on the market, priced at US$6.5 million.

This property has an architecturally stunning main house and guest house on almost three acres made up of nine parcels, but also has private access to one of the prettiest white-sand beaches in the country. The estate has the capacity to sleep 12 in luxury and fun, with the large pool, games room, gym, a basketball court and private beach entrance.

Structures include the 3,360-sq.-ft. plantation-style main house with multiple screened verandas, double-height living room ceiling with beachy decor and a 2,848-sq.-ft. guest house with living room fireplace, a crow’s nest and an outdoor grill. Overall, there are seven bedrooms and six baths between the two buildings. The home is decorated with emphasis on white linen and wicker with a contemporary airy, beachy vibe and all furnishings, except for a few personal items, are included in the sale. Bullock has rented the estate as a vacation rental at US$1,400 a night with a minimum of a three-night stay.

Only 20 minutes to Savannah’s gourmet restaurants and unique shops, Bullock is selling her beach vacation compound on nearby Tybee Island, priced at $6.5 million. Co-listing agents are Ruthie Lynah Whitlow and Rachel Umreit of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s, West Charlton Street Office, Savannah.

Photos: Tybee Vacation Rentals

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