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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

With home renovations on a steady and constant increase, the question always surfaces about how best to spend your renovation dollars. While it’s true that kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as “curb appeal” will yield a good return on your investments; you should not discount the importance of natural light in your home. Maximizing light not only enhances the esthetics of a space, it increases the home’s resale value and quite simply – it also makes us feel better to see the great morning sunshine. We love the look and feel of an entire wall of windows that lets in beautiful rays of light and a fresh breeze, however, windows are not the only means of natural light for our homes. This is one of the reasons you should consider adding a skylight to your home renovation.

We all have those areas of our home, the space over our staircase, or a bathroom perhaps, where light struggles to reach. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about turning your attic into a third floor living space. Whatever your particular situation is, consider adding a skylight or sun tunnel to these darker areas of your home, and let the sunshine in.

In tight quarters, the added benefit of a skylight over a sun tunnel is that it allows you to introduce not only more natural light into a room, but it also helps ventilate the space so you can “breathe” better. Windows are without a doubt, designed to let in the natural light and circulate air throughout a room; however, hot air rises, and so will any toxins or pollutants in your home. Incorporating skylights will improve the air quality of your home – and the vast amount of added natural light is a wonderful feature.

To maximize the benefits of skylights, you need to consider a few important details; the first is the placement in your home. A skylight is not a window, though some often think the two are interchangeable. Windows are designed to limit the glare of high-angled sun in the summer and to catch the low-angled rays of sun in the winter. Skylights tend to do the opposite, so it is rather important to consider the placement of the skylights on your roof, as well as the orientation of the sun around your house. Though we desire maximum natural light, you may also want to consider the option of Velux blinds to preserve your furniture and flooring. Also, consider the selection of appropriate skylights for your space so that you can ensure this design feature is maximizing its full potential on the interior of your home; be it the size, style or operation method, (yes, skylights open) understanding the options will help ensure wise design choices.

Whatever you decide, skylights add an architectural element to a room while bringing the outdoors in and adding a burst of natural light.

For more information, go to velux.ca

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La Mansion Prince Painted Purple Is For Sale!

La mansion Prince painted purple is for sale!

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La mansion Prince painted purple is for sale!

It may have been the most infamous house-painting job in Los Angeles history in 2005 when mega-rocker-star Prince painted NBA-star Carlos Boozer’s Beverly Hills home in purple stripes. New to the market, the home just as elegant as when Prince and Elizabeth Taylor lived there decades before, is now for sale priced at $29.995 million.

When Alaskan-native Boozer signed with the Utah Jazz in 2004 for big money, he wanted a home in the sun and bought a stunning Southern California tennis estate, decorating it with the best expensive furnishings. Almost as good as his new home, his music idol, Prince, offered him $95,000 per month for a one-year lease and soon moved in. A couple of months later when Boozer was back in LA, he discovered that Prince had changed almost everything about his house. His beautiful furnishings were gone and replaced by black-and-purple everything. The weight room was now a disco dance floor with a DJ booth and his bedrooms converted to a hair salon and massage parlor. Boozer called “foul” and threatened to sue but Prince soon returned everything back to the way it was when he first rented the home. The two became best friends up until Prince’s death in 2016.

Today, the mansion is on an estate comprising the main house of approximately 15,101 square feet and an English Tudor home of 3,300 square feet, along with two extra parcels of land making up the total compound of 2.15 acres. The palatial main house has 10 bedrooms, 13 baths, a ballroom, wine room, large terraces for entertaining with views of city and ocean, a rooftop tennis court, and a pool with stone grotto reminiscent of the Playboy Mansion. Built in 1953 at the cusp between Old Hollywood and the new, it is a home that was designed for entertaining and saw many a grand party over the years, including a few Prince concerts for his friends.

Now seeking its next new owner, one of L.A.’s most significant homes and former residence of Prince and Elizabeth Taylor, is for sale at $29.995 million, or for lease of the main mansion at $80,000 per month. Brokered by the Oppenheim Group in West Hollywood, its leader Jason Oppenheim and bevy of starlet real estate agents are seen on the Netflix series Selling Sunset.

Photo credit: The Oppenheim Group


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Top honours at 2020 BILD Renovation and Custom Home Awards

Top honours at 2020 BILD Renovation and Custom Home Awards

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Top honours at 2020 BILD Renovation and Custom Home Awards

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) handed out their annual Renovation and Custom Home Awards to the GTA’s top renovators and custom home builders by video conference on April 8th.

Created by BILD in 1999, the Renovation and Custom Home awards recognize professional renovators and custom home builders for their innovation, quality of work, customer service and industry leadership.

BILD received a record 117 submissions for 25 categories that included Best Overall Space, Best Overall Renovation, Best Overall Custom Home, Custom Home Builder of the Year and the coveted Renovator of the Year award. All submissions were evaluated by 28 industry professionals who served as volunteer judges.

This year, the Renovator of the Year award went to Eurodale Design + Build for their commitment to customer service and their contribution to the overall image of the renovation industry. Eurodale Design + Build also won Best Innovative Renovation.

“Eurodale customers were impressed with the renovator’s quality workmanship and professionalism,” says Dave Wilkes, president and CEO of BILD. “True to the RenoMark brand, Eurodale clients were provided with a warranty for the work done and clients felt that the renovator went out of their way to deliver an outstanding project with excellent service and followup.”

The award for Custom Home Builder of the Year went to Luxor Home Corporation. Luxor Homes’ clients felt that the builder went above and beyond to provide great quality of work and outstanding customer service. Luxor Home Corporation also won Best Custom Home Kitchen.

Profile Custom Homes won the Best Overall Custom Home award for their project in Mississauga. The design and flow of the home blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living areas. The modern design is softened by the use of wood and the integration of views of nature from every room of the home. They also won Best Custom Home over $2 million, Best Custom Home Washroom, and Best Renovation (No addition) over $500,000.

Best Overall Renovation went to Carmelin Design + Build. Carmelin Design also won Best Condominium Renovation under $200,000, and Best Renovation (No addition) under $250,000.

Both of these award-winning projects utilize high-contrast colour features in the kitchen, while softening the floor through the continuous use of hardwood floors throughout the home. The integration of large windows, which are expertly orientated in the design, maximizes the infiltration of sunlight throughout the home.

Lifestyles by Barons Inc. won Best Overall Space Renovation. This beautifully constructed whole home renovation is a testament to Lifestyles by Barons’ attention to detail and listening to the desires of their client. The integration of the soft-coloured stone and tile throughout the home provides an ambience of strength, while relaxing and easing the homeowner’s state of mind. Lifestyles by Barons Inc. also won Best Basement Renovation over $125,000, and Best Washroom Renovation.

“This year’s winners exemplify the quality, innovation, creativity and integrity that homeowners can expect when working with professional RenoMark renovators and custom builders,” says Wilkes.

All award winners are members of the national RenoMark program, which connects homeowners with professional renovators who have agreed to abide by a renovation-specific code of conduct. Contact information for all RenoMark renovators is accessible on renomark.ca. A complete list of winners can be found in the latest blog on the RenoMark website as well.

BILD would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists.

A complete list of winners can be found in the blog section of renomark.ca.


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All decked out

Five outdoor living trends that will take your backyard experience to the next level

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Five outdoor living trends that will take your backyard experience to the next level

Photos: Deckorators

As the summer season begins, you might be contemplating ways to reclaim your outdoor space. Whether you’re considering a simple deck upgrade or a complete redesign, online galleries, social media and magazines are a great way to get inspiration. Take note of these top five trends and learn more about new and exciting products and how they can work for you.

Varied-plank decking

A distinctive and thoughtfully designed deck is a sound investment. From a style perspective, varied-plank decking extends the look of wood flooring using various widths of deck boards to create a contemporary vibe, giving the illusion of transitioning interior elements to your outdoor space. By using multi-width planks, you can create unique patterns and designs for a truly custom look. Whether you’re using a smaller 3.5″ wide board or a larger 7.25″ wide board from the Deckorators Voyage Decking line, alternating widths will give a beautiful, timeless appeal to flooring.

Complementary colours

Canadian homeowners continue to play with complementary colour combinations. Emerging this year is the double-picture frame board technique, where the outside board colour complements the second inside picture-frame board colour. Finding a timeless colour pairing takes time and there’s no need to rush the decision. To determine a pleasing colour scheme, pick a primary colour and then match it with an opposite shade on the colour wheel. Playing with bold and unique colour combinations and integrating design elements, such as adding a “racer stripe” in a complementing yet contrasting colour, will result in a look that you’ll appreciate for the long haul.

Play in the shade

Backyard sun protection is an often overlooked but vital feature. Depending on your needs and the shape of your space, two options for backyard covers are the tried-and-true patio set umbrella, and the latest trend in sun protection, the sun sail. Both protect from the elements, but the sun sail extends further, designed to cover a wider area, helping to shield against UV-rays or a sudden downpour. Unlike an umbrella, the sun sail is a dramatic statement piece in any backyard. Plus, you can make it your own with bold colours, and by choosing a dynamic, geometric shape that protects but doesn’t hinder airflow. What will work best for you will be determined by the size and shape of your space and the kind of protection you need.

Functional lighting

Outdoor safety never goes out of style. Properly designed outdoor lighting extends daylight hours, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space well into the evening. The right outdoor lighting will enhance the ambience of your space as well as increase safety of the area by illuminating deck space and improving the visibility of steps for your family and guests. One popular and subtle option for this desired look is the LUNA Step Light offered by Deckorators by Hinkley Lighting, as it fits seamlessly into deck stairs without stealing the spotlight, making sure you don’t miss a step.

Easy railings

Railings are not only functional, their design can truly elevate and complement an esthetically pleasing deck and landscape scheme. As one of the most visible deck elements, railing trends in 2020 are focused on mixing wood and metal elements for a natural and industrial look, such as a brown deck with bronze or silver railing. When deciding on which railing best suits your needs, don’t forget the view. Cable or glass railings are ideal to ensure visibility of beautifully landscaped backyards, decks or docks. The ALX Contemporary Cable Railing by Deckorators combines these trends, available in a scratch- and corrosion-resistant bronze with cable spacers that don’t hinder views.

Look for trends that reflect your esthetic and meet all your functional needs, then share your ideas with a local contractor who is well-versed in the latest products and styles for a second opinion. To find a reputable deck builder in your area, visit Deckorators.ca/Contractor.

Jase DeBoer blogs about deck ideas on the Deckorators On Deck Blog.

As senior category marketing manager for Deckorators, DeBoer has extensive knowledge of how deck design elements can work together to create a personalized outdoor oasis brimming with style.


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Shelter from the swelter, it all started with a covered entry

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Shelter from the swelter, it all started with a covered entry

• Photograhy by Gillian Jackson

In ancient times, the Greeks adorned entrances to buildings with formal roof structures supported by tall columns. Called a portico, it was seen as a sign of authority and wealth. It also raised the home’s stature and offered much needed shelter from the heat.

This covered porch features a seating area complete with fireplace and television, and an outdoor dining area. Skylights, recessed lighting, and beautiful lighting fixtures complete the look.

Since then, the portico has shed its elitist signifier and has become a staple for homes the world over. A porch, loggia, veranda, or balcony offers us protection from the elements but more than that, it’s a place to catch a breeze and chill out.

Who can resist the charm of a wraparound porch?

We still romanticize the wraparound porch where you might find a southern gentleman sipping sweet tea and gossiping with a neighbour. But, with the rise in popularity of outdoor living, we’re seeing more covered structures that offer a variety of open-air options for relaxation and entertainment.

Moving the inside – out

We want our outdoor structures (or rooms), to be multi-functional. Not only are we moving our dining rooms from the inside – out, we’re also setting up living rooms, kitchens and bars so we can enjoy as much time outside as possible. By creating these outdoor rooms, we’re not just increasing the function of the home and how we use it, we are doing it in style. Our backyards and porches are an extension of our style from within the home.

A covered cabana is a great refreshment station, change room and servery, all in one. The covered fireplace is a great wood-burning option for cooking pizzas and large barbecues.

Increase your property’s value

But it’s not just an excuse to spend money. These structures also add value, especially as we see property values rise. We want to squeeze the most use out of our property, so permanent structures like cabanas, tiki bars, sheds and pergolas are not only a great way to enjoy the yard, they’re a good investment, too.

Newly built homes are incorporating outdoor seating areas with heaters built into the ceiling for added comfort and warmth.

Hello loggia!

Functional and desirable, the loggia or porch is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Some newly built homes are featuring covered porches at the back of the home. Many clients are asking for high-quality installations such as built-in heaters radiating down from the ceiling. These three season “rooms” may also feature large stone fireplaces, TVs, wet bars, and dining and lounge areas — multiple uses in one space.

Luckily, the building and manufacturing industries are seeing this surge of interest in outdoor furnishings, accessories, fixtures and technology and are bringing new ideas and styles to the market.

Cope with a cabana

Is it a bar? A change room? Pool storage? It can be all of that and more. You don’t have to have a pool to create a unique, covered space for liquid refreshments. Electricity and plumbing added (safely, by professionals) can make even a tight space a fun, entertaining oasis.

A repurposed garden shed with a garden theme is a perfect summer getaway, right in your own backyard.

Once the sun goes down

Adding a firepit, pizza oven, or outdoor fireplace is a great idea if your municipality allows it. By adding an open-air pergola overhead and some comfy seating, you’ll have a perfect outdoor room to enjoy the evening stars by firelight, or cook that perfect pizza.

Is it a shed or a she-shed?

Wired with electricity for lighting and power, this cosy space is a perfect three-season room.

You almost have to look twice these days to see if a garden shed is being used for garden tools. Today, it’s quite on trend to convert an existing shed into a little garden retreat. In line with the small home movement, clever placement of furniture, storage solutions, and running electricity and water elevate any small space into a fully functional mini-home.

Whether it’s used as a studio, workshop, retreat or just a shed, upgrading an existing structure or building something new from scratch that will keep you outside longer is a good investment, both financially and for your health. So get outside and don’t come in until the street lights come on.

Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and colour. janelockhart.com

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Into the light, optimize your outdoor lighting with these four tips

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Into the light, optimize your outdoor lighting with these four tips

Product images courtesy of Dolce Lighting

As homeowners, we take pride in our homes. So, why put all of your efforts to waste by leaving your home in the dark? Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight your home’s architecture, bring depth to the design, and enhance its safety and security. Remember, your home’s exterior makes its first impression. Ensure the outside world is seeing it in the right light, with an outdoor lighting plan.

Now, before you go and get intimidated, know that your outdoor lighting plan can be as simple as a few spotlights, or it can be as complex as a fully integrated and automated lighting system. Budget is as varied as the products on the market. Your only boundary is your (or your designer’s) imagination. Here are my four key tips to get you started.

1 – Choose the focus

Identify the exterior features that you’d like to draw attention to. These are the focal points. Perhaps it’s a water feature, a beautiful tree, or a striking architectural feature. Use lighting to make that special feature “pop.”

Soffit lighting is one of my favourites, and it can have quite a dramatic and beautiful effect. Stretch a row of soffit pot lights across your home’s front facade and along its roof line, placed every few feet apart. To be more cost-efficient, a few pot lights along the sides of the home may be all that’s required.

2 – A different light

Add drama to features or an area of the yard that might not stand out during the day. A simple stone wall can take on a whole new personality at night, when grazed with light and shadow. I love the look of up-lighting a lush tree, or illuminating feature plants in garden beds with a few strategically placed spotlights.

3 – Safety first

Use lighting to enhance your home’s overall function and safety. Feeling around in the dark is not ideal – especially when there are products now to reduce the risk of injury by illuminating stairways and the footpaths, the front entrance, the garage/driveway and deck areas.

Another safety benefit is your home’s security. Having well-lit front and rear entrances, garage, and windows can help deter unwelcome visitors.

TIP – Be sure to view your outdoor lighting from a few perspectives within the home. The last thing you want is a spotlight blinding you as you open the front door, or gaze out your kitchen window. Doing this will ensure there are no glaring errors, pun intended.

4 – Layered lighting

Similar to your indoor lighting plan, your exterior lights should be layered and include a combination of ambient, task and decorative lights. Where do you congregate, socialize and relax? Do you barbecue by evening, or tinker in the garage late into the night? What type of lighting would best accommodate your use of the outdoors?

A detailed lighting plan will bring function, balance and depth to your home, and help you rediscover one of its best features – the outdoors. Look to lighting stores and talk to experts to familiarize yourself with the right products you will need to gear up for a beautiful spring and summer season ahead. Put your outdoor lighting plan into action as it will be the easiest and most cost-effective upgrade with the biggest impact.

All lighitng products are available at Dolce Lighting

Andrea Colman is Principal of Fine Finishes Design Inc. With almost two decades of renovation and design experience, her full-service firm services clientele throughout the GTA. The growing boutique design firm is known for creating stylish, harmonious, livable environments finefinishes.ca

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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

The National Kitchen & Bath Awards gala event gives top honours to Ontario’s ever-growing talented interior design industry

By Allie Baxter, CKD, CLIPP

Last year proved to be a stellar year for kitchen and bath design. To honour the outstanding work we saw in 2019, the industry’s best gathered at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, Ontario on February 8th.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter gathers annually at their Awards Gala to celebrate the talented designers and their exceptional design projects from the previous year. The standout, winning designs must be both visually appealing, as well as fully functional and safe.

This year’s panel of judges, all certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD), past winners, and industry experts, would agree the entries both met and exceeded the criteria. Qualifying projects are scored based on the NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. Awards are presented for design excellence and creativity within nine design categories, eight specialty categories including People’s Choice, plus the prestigious Pinnacle Award, which went to Dvira Ovadia of Dvira Interiors. This tribute represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the first-place winners.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by Homes Publishing Group. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers as well as the general public, receiving over 3,000 voters. This year’s winner was Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors.

Both Homes Publishing and the NKBA Ontario Chapter are proud to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs with you.

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A country estate fit for James Bond

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A country estate fit for James Bond

This thrilling country estate, Black Hole Hollow Farm, isn’t quite as scary as the two James Bond thrillers, that novelist Ian Fleming wrote here.

A New York country estate, Black Hole Hollow Farm, where former British intelligence officer-turned-author, Ian Fleming, wrote parts of his James Bond thrillers, Diamonds Are Forever (1956) and Goldfinger (1959) is for sale. At the time that Fleming stayed there, it was the home of his dear friend, John Felix Charles Ivar Bryce, also a former British intelligence officer, whose wife was an Atlantic & Pacific heiress, Josephine Huntington Hartford. Fleming, joined by other illustrious guests, such as Princess Margaret and Jackie Kennedy, but he was a long-term houseguest on numerous occasions. The farm has recently listed for sale at $2.95 million.

Nestled within 440 lush acres of woods, pasture and flower gardens, the 1770’s-era house of 8,143 square feet includes eight bedrooms, seven baths, multiple fireplaces, formal and family rooms, as well as an office, and a large kitchen and dining room for large dinner parties.

The home is spacious enough to get lost in, but the farm’s crowning glory – and likely where Fleming spent much of his time – is the spectacular greenhouse that opens to a spacious, roofed garden room. With winding paths through the greenery and soothing sounds of the koi pond, it’s tranquil like a cultivated jungle.

Fleming often stayed in guest quarters known as the Yellow Room. He’d take long treks into the woods surrounding the estate. In an old guest register, Fleming once wrote, “Lived here like a king — an uninvited one — in fragrant and luxurious solitude.”

On the property, there is also the lodge and the cottage – each with three bedrooms. The Federal House includes two bedrooms, and the former milk house is now a one-bedroom home. Other amenities include a maple syrup-production facility, an outdoor swimming pool and three stocked ponds.

Few fictional characters have been as accessible to both men and women as Bond – James Bond. Men want to be him and women…? With 12 novels, 24 movies (soon to be 25) and two Academy-Award-Winning songs (Skyfall by Adele and Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith), the James Bond franchise has been one of the world’s most profitable, with more than $17 billion in sales. Fleming introduced Bond in 1953, and legend has it that it may have been while he was staying at Black Hole Hollow Farm.

The Bond films continue to be popular, even though Fleming passed away in 1964. Now, for the first time in five years, a new James Bond film, No Time To Die, will hit the theatres in April. The most recent Bond actor, Daniel Craig, will be playing the role for his last time.

Black Hole Hollow Farm, located near Cambridge, New York, is only 30 miles to Saratoga. Priced at $2.95 million, the listing agent is Story Jenks of LandVest – an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Woodstock, Vermont.

Photo Credit: LandVest | www.landvest.com

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Caesarstone Dark Collection

Embrace the beauty of the new Dark Collection from Caesarstone

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Embrace the beauty of the new Dark Collection from Caesarstone

5810 Black Tempal
5810 Black Tempal

In the kitchen, a countertop is the place where meals are lovingly prepared, where gatherings gather, and where finished dishes are featured for consumption. Not only is durability a concern, but the visual impact of such a large area sets the tone of the room – it’s the backdrop to all that is served.

As part of its Dark Collection, Caesarstone introduces deep, bold colours, as well as tantalizing textures to its newest line.

A counterintuitive approach

For a look that will stand the test of time, complement and offset a myriad of appliance and cabinet finishes, Caesarstone’s Dark Collection adds a touch of drama and contrasting shades, while inspiring a sense of warmth and comfort. A homeowner’s choices of decor, art, furniture and colour help identify a room’s personality, and Caesarstone’s Dark Collection is just one more way to help them create a look all their own.

Form and function

Deep veined variances and fluctuating tonal shades of mined products upgrade the look of any well-designed room. Darker colours can also be more forgiving, and possess an imperishable quality that elevates natural attributes.

Caesarstone countertops are made from composite quartz, which is a non-porous product. Because this material is low maintenance to stains, its appearance will never be altered or require extra maintenance. This outstanding feature, combined with the bold tones of the Dark Collection, have given new meaning to enduring beauty.

Deeper shades of dark

The Dark Collection consists of four extra-deep shades, enhanced by Caesarstone’s new Natural Finish, which adds extra depth to the textural darks. The look and feel of this collection is set by the beautiful grain that runs throughout, adding a tactile warmth and a pleasing emotive response. A satin sheen emphasizes the natural veining and textures, while intensifying the depth of colour. These saturated features take this collection to next level of desirability.

5101 - Empira Black
5101 – Empira Black

The deep black base of 5101 Empira Black is augmented by fine white veins to emulate authentic characteristics of real marble, and is available in a matte or a gloss finish.

3101 Platto Black
3101 Platto Black

3101 Platto Black intensifies any statement look. A fine granular appearance enhances the textured finish.

4735 Oxidian
4735 Oxidian

The oxidized russet effect of the tarnished 4735 Oxidian finish warms a dark grey base, with a slightly textured grain.

5810 Black Tempal
5810 Black Tempal

A light veil of white streaks emulates a galaxy of stars on the charcoal base of 5810 Black Tempal. This complex composition is reminiscent of an industrial travertine.

Caesarstone products combine the look and feel of natural surfaces with advanced technology, which ultimately intensifies the hardness and durability, and guarantees surfaces that are non-porous, scratch-resistent and low maintenance.

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Eternal Spring

Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

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Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

Just like we count on seeing the first tulips in our garden emerge as a sure sign of the arrival of spring, floral motifs seem to sprout every year around this time in fashion and decor as well. We covered the oversized, tropical-inspired blooms trend five years ago here on the trend page but there has been a shift in the type of floral print we are seeing. From large-scale, edgy-looking flowers to small, delicate ones that look like they took root in the ’80s – this is not your grandmother’s tribute to the dated floral theme though; mixed with modern and traditional pieces, the minute petals breathe new life into a space.

Maria Raco, founder of exclusive designer wallpaper showroom NewWall, talks about the current take on the sought-after springtime trend. “The oversized floral trend had its shining moment a few years ago but the current trend is definitely smaller, very real-looking and bursting with colour,” says Raco. She affirms the popular posies reflect our incessant need to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our interiors. “Flowers represent beauty and installing a floral wallpaper is the perfect way to achieving this in your home.”

Of course, seeing the delicate blossoms after a Canadian winter evoke feelings of hope and happiness as we anticipate imminent real-time outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty first-hand. The flowers may be smaller and echo another period in time but they keep us in an eternal spring frame of mind.

1 Anthropologie Home Floral Stoneware VASE, $68; thebay.com

2 Kate Space New York Protective Hard-shell Floral Galaxy S10 Plus CASE, $54.99; thebay.com

3 JÄTTELILJA DUVET COVER AND PILLOWCASES, white, floral-patterned, Full/Queen, $79.99; ikea.ca

4 Floral A-Line MAXI DRESS, $24.99; marshalls.com

5 KitchenAid 5-qt. Floral CERAMIC BOWL, $119.99; thebay.com

6 Vale Floral PLACEMAT, $16.95; crateandbarrel.ca

7 Villeroy & Boch Petite Fleur Floral Porcelain SALAD PLATE, $25.59; thebay.com

8 Rosetta Verdigris, $395 per roll; newwall.com

9 Majorelle Azure, $395 per roll; newwall.com

10 Large Floral 34″ SUITCASE from Herschel Supply Co, $259.99; thebay.com


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