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Backyard life, outdoor spaces have the comfort of indoor living

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Backyard life, outdoor spaces have the comfort of indoor living

Outdoor spaces have the comfort of indoor living, with the added allure of being outside

Backyard life isn’t what it used to be. Once upon a time, a couple of aluminum folding chairs and a hibachi was an enviable suburban oasis. But that’s all changed now thanks to the innovations in solar fabrics, outdoor materials, digital printing and computer driven design. The hibachi has been replaced with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, and the folding chairs have been replaced with substantial furniture pieces that echo the look and feel of your living room.

Pool Party

In the past, the backyard typically consisted of a garden where more vegetables grew than flowers. Whatever “yard’ remained was the grass where the kids and dog could play while mom watched from the kitchen sink window. There was a picnic table in the event the family wanted to eat outside in the warmer months. Then suddenly, the affordability of a pool in the backyard leapt from the most affluent to the middle classes. This prompted the need for landscaping, first to secure the pool, but then because friends and family congregated there. The fence around the pool evolved into the addition of large decks, paving stones, barbecues, sun bathing areas and the like.

Outdoor Lifestyle With Indoor Benefits

Suddenly, people were spending more time in their yards with friends and family, which prompted the need for a bigger barbecue, bigger outdoor table, and more room to lounge. As a result, the quality and comfort of the furniture needed to improve. We transitioned from furniture that was temporary, foldable and easily stored, to more solid pieces where the base structure stayed outside all year, while cushions got stored away. In those days, it was essential to store cushions; in fact if they were left in the rain, it could take days for them to dry out again.

With cushions spending more time outside, a UV-resistant fabric called Sunbrella became an essential element when choosing your outdoor cushions; that didn’t, however, help with foam issue. It took some time to create “flow-through foam,” which allows cushions to get wet in the rain, but still be useable in a short timeframe. The combination of fabric and foam ensures homeowners feel comfortable leaving furniture exposed to the elements with very little concern. It only needs to be stored away for the winter.

Full Kitchen

People are now creating outdoor living spaces that mirror their indoor living, starting with the kitchen. The outdoor kitchen is very similar to the indoor one, with granite countertops, outdoor refrigeration, drawers for specific barbecue tools, and a sink and faucet. The hibachi has been replaced by sophisticated gas appliances. The indoor kitchen may still supply the chef with herbs and spices, as well as an endless array of outdoor-friendly tableware, but the two spaces are essentially the same.

Sail On

Now that we are using outdoors as we do the indoors, the desire for more comfortable, solid furniture has grown. We spend hours sitting outdoors, which can be uncomfortable on furniture built for short-term use. The ideal solution is solid yet comfortable outdoor furniture that could stay in place all-year long. For offseason, element-resistant pieces, the industry looked to the marine world for inspiration, which has been faced with a similar challenge for hundreds of years. This industry uses wood that is covered in many coats of Varathane, aluminum frames, marine-grade vinyl and Sunbrella fabrics. The storage issue remained, however. Perhaps, it can be solved in the same way it is on boats? When you buy outdoor furniture, you can also purchase marine-grade covers as well. The covers fit like a glove and protect the furniture completely throughout the winter months.

In essence, we are creating backyard spaces with furniture that looks and functions like our indoor furniture. In fact, many people decide not to buy the outdoor covers and move the furniture to the basement to replicate the same room there. No one would ever suspect the furniture was designed for outdoor use.

The addition of outdoor lighting, area rugs and accessories, means that people like me, not only do “IN-terior design but now also “OUT-erior design. The rules are exactly the same, except we never need to select a ceiling colour.

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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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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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

National Home Show 2019 ReCap

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National Home Show 2019 ReCap

Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber created a luxurious his-and-her master bathroom and sleek customized closet (mainly for her!) for our RENO & DECOR booth at the National Home Show in March. For 10 days, designers offered free 15-minute design consultations to home show participants.

Catherine-Lucie is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

 

Thank you Catherine-Lucie for the sophisticated booth design as well as a big thank you to all the wonderful design experts who dedicated their time and talent to the Design Intervention booth.

On March 8th BILD held its annual Renovation and Custom Home awards luncheon at the Enercare Centre. The event kicks off the National Home Show on opening day where the GTA’s top renovators and custom home builders are recognized by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Mayor John Tory was one of the guest speakers at the event, and RENO & DECOR sponsors the awards luncheon every year and our team happily presented the awards to the winners in each category.

A big thanks to all the Sponsors of Design Intervention:


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High-Tech kitchen the latest advances in appliances

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High-Tech kitchen the latest advances in appliances

If you haven’t gone shopping for a new appliance in a while, hang onto your hats. They still heat and cool like they have always done, but technology, integration and customization means every home can have a custom kitchen that’s perfect for its chef du cuisine, who may also be known as mom or dad!

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EVOLUTION OF STANDARD APPLIANCES

Homes now have more built-in appliances than ever before. The kitchen in the ‘40s and ‘50s had a fridge and stove; the ‘70s added the dishwasher, and the ‘80s gave us the microwave. Nowadays, in most well-designed homes, you can expect a wine fridge, a steam oven, and a built-in coffee maker, as well as ice makers, fridge and microwave drawers, induction cooking and speed ovens. Typically people shop for appliances every 10 to 12 years. You will realize that what you know about appliances is equivalent to what a flip phone user knew about a smart phone.

HEAT TECHNOLOGY

Let’s start with technology. Induction cooking, which has been around commercially for 30 years, has entered the residential market. The technology is complex, but quite simply the heat generated in the pot (not the cook surface) uses magnet fields. Water boils in short order and induction has the subtly of gas in that it is hot (or not) with the flick of a switch, and can achieve a very low simmer. It is perfect for small spaces because the cook surface does not get hot, so it is free for serving or other tasks as quickly as the pot is gone.

KITCHEN HELPERS

On the topic of heat, most people are familiar with convection heating, which means fans blow the heat throughout the entire oven for a more even, faster cook time. Add connected technology and you’ve got the culinary centre popular on the Jenn-Air ovens. For people like me with limited cooking skills, simply select how you would like to cook the meal: rare to well done, the cookware, place a probe in the food and leave to join the party. The oven then will send you text messages when it’s time to come back to baste or alter the protein. When that perfect fillet becomes leftovers, the countertop microwave, which crowded your countertop or hung over your range, has now moved to a tucked in, out-of-view drawer. Or for a moist warmup, you can reheat in the steam oven. It’s perfect for vegetables, fish and reheating as well as being a very healthy and delicious way to make a meal.

GROCERY LIST GENERATOR

The innovations are endless…there are some fridges currently that scan the bar codes of food you consume, generate grocery lists and recipes based on what you‘ve got in the fridge. The astonishing innovation in appliances has only just begun.

NEXT-LEVEL CUSTOMIZATION

The next important shift in appliances is individualization. Now you can customize the kitchen with only the appliances you use. For example, if I don’t have a freezer as part of my fridge, I could opt to have two columns of refrigeration and an icemaker. The freezer isn’t part of a fridge any longer. With columns, you can have two 18-inch fridges and one freezer; whatever suits your family and lifestyle. It is also true of heating. You can select a two-burner induction cook top, next to a griddle, next to a wok-shaped cooktop. Why have four of the same burner if you don’t use them? Buy what you will use, and create the cook stations that are right for the home chef.

The visual preference in open-concept spaces is to hide the appliances behind cabinet and pantry doors, so everything is completely flush. The range is the only element exposed, and with the combination of metals and colours available in ranges, as well as the cooking combination you prefer, it has both visual and functional appeal.

The appliances are the heart of the kitchen and are where every good kitchen design begins. It’s worth spending time exploring what is possible. Get the right appliances with the right technology to suit the way you cook and live, and in the esthetic you prefer. Gone are the days when the big decision was black or white – or golden harvest and avocado! Thank goodness!

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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NKBA 2019 Design Awards

NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

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NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

This year’s gala event celebrates Ontario’s best and adds a new creative category to the mix

Designing an award-winning kitchen or bathroom is much more challenging than making the space look pretty. It’s about creating an attractive and stylish room while continuing to balance the practical demands of everyday life.

Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter hosts a gala evening to celebrate the entries and reveal the winners of its annual design competition, and the calibre of this year’s winning projects proved to be exceptional!

There was excitement in the air as kitchen and bath designers, along with industry suppliers and leaders, gathered at the much-anticipated annual event, which took place February 9th at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge.

Entries to the competition are judged by a panel of certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD) and industry experts. Qualifying projects are then scored on various criteria, including: NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. With 11 categories, six specialty awards including People’s Choice, plus the revered Pinnacle

Award, a total of 36 awards were presented for design excellence and creativity. A new category of Concept Kitchen was added this year where entrants could push the boundaries and create a space for an imaginary family without a budget to limit them.

This year’s Pinnacle Award Winner was Rose Barroso of Barroso Homes. This prestigious award represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the firstplace 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. This year’s winner was Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer). The NKBA Ontario Chapter and HOMES Publishing are thrilled to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs.

Pinnacle Award

Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

Compact Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

Small Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions, Designström

SECOND PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

THIRD PLACE Benjamin John Ouellette, Bjoid

HONOURABLE MENTION Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

Medium Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

SECOND PLACE Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok (Co-designer), Designtheory Inc.

THIRD PLACE Joleen M Constantis, Volumes of Space, Inc. & Hira Homes (Co-designer)

HONOURABLE MENTION Linnea Lions, Designström

Large Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith (Co-designer), Grafus Design Build

SECOND PLACE Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

THIRD PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

HONOURABLE MENTION Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer),

Concept Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

SECOND PLACE Cassandra Nordell, William Standen Co.

Powder Room

FIRST PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Small Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Brittany Oakley, Toronto Custom Concepts Inc.

SECOND PLACE Mark Ashton, Ashton Renovations

Medium Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

SECOND PLACE Celeste Pilon, Total Living Concepts

Large Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

THIRD PLACE Natalie Venalainen & Keith O’Brien (Co-designer), Men at Work Design Build Ltd.

HONOURABLE MENTION Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

Other Room / Outdoor Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard, Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

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FIRST PLACE Yasmine Goodwin, My Design Studio

SECOND PLACE Erica Sibley & Beverley Binns (Co-designer), Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

Best Traditional Kitchen

Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith, Grafus Design Build

Best Before & After Kitchen

Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

Best Before & After Bathroom

Alannah Bent, William Standen Co.

Best Budget Kitchen

Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Best New Designer

Alex Deelen, Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

People’s Choice HPG

Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer)

The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

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National Home Show 2019 preview

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:
What’s Your Design Dilemma

Enercare Centre from March 8 to 17, 2019

Thinking of tackling that big renovation project this spring? Looking at sprucing up the décor in your home? Before you do anything, come visit the design experts at Design Intervention. Bring your photos, samples and floor plans to booth 4118 and book your free 15 minute consultation!

This year’s feature is being designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber.

Catherine is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

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Designers taking part in Design Intervention:

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 3p.m. – 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Be sure to catch Catherine-Lucie Horber and her business partner Mirna Mensour of Posh Revived on stage on March 12 & 15 at 1 p.m.


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Vanities from Posh Revived, Hardware from Handle this and a FREE design consult from Catherine-Lucie Horber! Click here for more details.


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How to make room for guests

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How to make room for guests

It’s easy to see the need for a room for guests, but how does that serve us the rest of the year? This is the case of the guest room versus the built-in.

SEPARATE GUEST ROOM OPTION

What constitutes a suitable amount of space? Well, if you’re satisfied with your office, media or crafts area, and there are enough bedrooms for the people that live there, then you’ve got space. You can still use the guest room closets for off-season clothes and storage, as guests won’t be staying that long, and having it already set up saves you time when guests are expected. You can be sure the mattress is comfortable, the sheets are clean and pressed, the coverlet or duvet are in great condition and comfortable. You have to remember your guests left the comforts of home, to spend time with you. That experience should be pleasant.

If you want to be an extraordinary host, pamper your guests with extra creature comforts: a jug of water, a proper glass, blackout window coverings for optimal sleep, both a feather and non-feather pillow (allergies), and don’t forget to include a robe and slippers, especially if the bathroom is shared.

It’s also wise to make sure there is a clock (set to the right time) and alarm, a power bar and plug converter, for all those devices that everyone travels with. If you set the guest room up like this, the only difficulty you’ll have, is getting guests to go home again!

THE WALL BED OPTION

Most people don’t have enough space to devote a whole room to guests that visit a half dozen times a year. The option is that the guest sleeps on a sofa bed or inflatable bed. They have no privacy and you can’t use the great room, for example, until “sleepy head” is up for the day. A Wall Bed, often known as a Murphy bed, (a brand name of a wall bed) is a great solution. You get to have a fully functional room as an office or media centre, while still being sure your guests are comfortable. With many of the wall beds with a built-in desk top, you don’t even need to remove what’s on the desk as it cantilevers
under the bed.

Once the bed is opened, you know that the mattress is going to be comfortable because it’s an actual mattress. When the Murphy bed is out of the wall, you can set it up then. You will have to spend a little more time arranging the pillows and duvet cover, and you may need to do a little ironing of the sheets and pillow cases if you want the bed to look perfect. You can still have some of those creature comforts, but most of them you will have to remember to re-install in the room. When you consider that the room can be well used 355 times a year and only 10 days of the year are allotted for guests, it’s a pretty great solution. I love this option for any small space and/or a bachelor apartment. The wall bed uses very little floor space while providing more than one function.

In the case of separate guest room vs. the wall bed, I would declare a tie. The space you have, should determine what is best for you.

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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Holiday Table Settings

No matter what’s on the menu, the holiday table deserves a special touch

If you had the choice to host a Christmas dinner or pass it off to a sibling, which would you choose? For many, just the thought of having to set the table can be a pressure, but it doesn’t have to be. The real point of the holiday is to spend time with family and friends. You can simply use what you already own and add things you find for a natural tablescape, or you can splurge on some new elements and create a holiday extravaganza.

NATURE-THEMED TABLE

Let’s start with a more natural, winter-themed table, full of family and heritage. There is no need to hide the table, just layer up. Start with metallic silver placemats. They are very on-trend, can be used any time, from Christmas day to just a regular Tuesday, and they won’t break the bank. Combine them with some lovely winter-themed paper napkins as we have done here. The paper can be recycled and you don’t want to have a mountain of extra laundry after the guests have gone home. For your dishes, use what you own and add to it.

We’ve used these simple handmade dishes from Dexterity Lab, for Grafus. We wanted simple shapes; trending blue tones with a winter white for these handmade dishes. They are strong and durable and perfect for everyday use. Food looks real and homemade on these dishes—perfect for a family meal. Now use the stemware you have. Hopefully simple, unembellished to keep the attention on the champagne and wines as the stars of the meal. If you have wine, water and champagne glasses, set them together, the table looks full and festive.

GO TO THE SOURCE

Make some statements with simple, inexpensive elements from Mother Nature. For example, combine some pinecones and natural greenery with “fauxtanicals” as we have done here. If you are going to spend money, at least these don’t go to the garbage a few days after the meal. These “ever-blooms,” as they are sometimes called, have improved dramatically and never stop giving beauty. Next, continue to layer the table with evergreen branches, twigs of birch pinecones and you are done. Now you can just enjoy the pleasure of your company.

GLAM & GLITZ

For some people, Christmas just can’t come soon enough. You know those friends that send notes in August to tell you how many days to Christmas? They just love it in all its glitz and glitter, joy and laughter. If you are a person like that, then why not indulge your passion? Start with a quality tablecloth and napkins to set the luxurious tone of your holiday table. I don’t recommend strong patterns, as the tablecloth should be the background to the meal. Lay a metallic-gold placemat on top of it as an added layer in holiday glam.

Now break out the fine-bone china. This is the time to use it and enjoy it. A bone china may not survive everyday use but most chefs will tell you, white china is the best choice. The colour contrast can’t be beat. Now set the table with some nice cutlery. Here is the chance to pull out the fine silver you inherited, or use something simple and clean-lined.

When it comes to stemware, I’m in love with these receded-glass goblets, with the gold rim. They give a certain shimmer to the liquids they hold. Reserve them for holidays and a new year’s party, to make it special.

With place settings complete, it’s time for fresh flowers, including evergreen stems or holly berry bows. The scent of fresh evergreens cannot be mistaken. Add Christmas balls, candles, ribbon and pinecones, which you can spray-paint to complement the colour of your table. Then shoot, Instagram, and invite your guests to the table. Christmas is served!

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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RENO & DECOR Presents “Design Intervention” at the new HomeFest 2018

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RENO & DECOR Presents “Design Intervention” at the new HomeFest 2018

HomeFest runs from Friday, November 2nd, 2018 to Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Reno & Decor is thrilled to be offering Design Intervention at the first ever HomeFest. Whether you are looking for holiday decorating ideas or thinking about doing an addition to your home, Design Intervention is your one-stop-shop for all of your design dilemmas. Our design and décor specialists will be on hand each day from 11am – 6pm to offer you a FREE 15 minute consultation to help get you started on your next project. So be sure to come prepared with your photos, floor plans and samples to ensure you get the most out of your time. Consultation appointments can be made in advance at the Design Intervention booth #350.

We look forward to seeing you at HomeFest! Click here to get free tickets to Homefest.

Participating Designers:

Thanks to our Sponsors:


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The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018

The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018 – ReCap

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The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018 – ReCap

RENO & DECOR Magazine presented:“Design Intervention”


Kristiina Roosimaa – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I am grateful for Reno&Decor, who gave me a great opportunity to design their 2018 Fall Home Show booth.

In my perspective the booth was an absolute pearl at the show this year with its Scandinavian aesthetics and feel. I had a wonderful chance to work with a Danish furniture company Bo Concept Toronto and their team who sponsored the interior setting with furniture and accessories.

To my pleasant surprise the walls for the created room settings all came pre-prepped with my specific instructions for painting which was sponsored by Benjamin Moore. In my opinion it is a great platform for the designers and sponsors who make this happen a great opportunity to be seen.

Thank You again for the opportunity.



Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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