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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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— 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

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Stow in Style

Organize, stow and conceal with this handwoven, graphic printed basket made in Senegal.

Oversized Graphic Woven BASKET, $224

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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:

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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: Bathroom Breakthrough

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Bathroom Breakthrough

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Bathroom Breakthrough

by Silvana Longo

From a sea of white fixtures and neutral backdrops emerges a new kind of bathroom—swapping safe with bold—we embrace colour, pretty patterns and sensual texture. Whether your bathroom is large or small, a symphony of design elements can breathe life into this hard-working room. It’s time to amp up the drama and add some oomph with these latest trends.

The iconic Marlborough tub from Victoria + Albert Baths is based on a traditional French bateau-style tub. Its double-ended design makes it the perfect statement- soaking tub for one or two people. Choose from three popular tones of grey, matte and gloss black or a soft-matte white.

Marlborough BATHTUB, light grey paint finish, $6,200;
Florin 26 TUB FILLER in polished chrome, $3,800;
Florin 20 SHOWER in polished chrome, $5,300;

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FROM FLOORING TO COUNTERTOPS AND BACKSPLASH — there are so many options available, so it is important to do your homework. Besides, during your morning rush rituals, don’t you want to ensure all bathroom surfaces are up to the task?

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE

The durability and low maintenance of GEOLUXE makes it the perfect choice for a bathroom countertop as it is resistant to chemicals, scratches, heat and frost, and is also very hygienic. This new material is incredibly versatile and can be easily integrated into any bathroom space for a superbly stylish look.

Complete slab: $2,350, cut to size: Geoluxe, $89.95 sq.ft.

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TWO TIMES A LADY

The Double Ladybower Vanity was chosen by Architectural Digest for its AD Great Design 2017 Award. Martin Brudnizki conceived the vanity with simplicity in mind. Elegant, light and modern, it uses white marble and brassware in a pared-down design. Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations, including good storage space and details, such as the bent recess in the towel rail, which ensures that the towel stays in place.

Go to drummonds-uk.com for more information.

STYLISH SPACE SAVER

If you want to add some spa luxury to a slightly smaller master, this curvaceous tub comes in at 58 inches from tip to tip. The feel of this tub is like silk: smooth and sensuous. Because the silk-like, solid-surface material is easy to work with and mold, the Hastings Chelsea bathtub has curves in all the right places. It is 19 ¾ inches high on small end and curves up to 25 inches at the other end. Contemporary with a softer edge, the Chelsea is a sweet tub, perfect for rooms that want a lighter feel without compromising design. Durable, resistant to stains and easy to clean.

Chelsea Bathtub, $5,495 in matte white finish. $5,995 in glossy white

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*Shipped worldwide from New York City.


FREE-FLOWING FAUCETS

From modern to traditional, here are the latest faucets for a bathroom refresh.

HAMNSKÄR FAUCET

$129

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Elements FAUCET

3-hole deck mounted, $1,424

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Infini FAUCET from THG Paris. Lavatory set in gold

$4,626

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SLEEK SHAPE

The compact Cabrits 55 is an elegant, low-profile vessel basin perfectly suited for contemporary bathrooms. Its organic shape means it can be paired with any of Victoria + Albert’s range of modern freestanding tubs. Made from ENGLISHCAST, a unique and durable composite of Volcanic Limestone and resin. Choose from three popular tones of grey, matte- and gloss-black or a soft-matte white.

Cabrits 55 basin: $729
Tubo 19 faucet: $1,185

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HAUTE HARDWARE

The Waldorf is a traditional collection featuring hexagons and octagons creating a detailed look. A robe hook with hexagonal back plate, available in two finishes.

Crosswater Waldorf Robe Hook
$95 – $125

 

The M Pro is a modern collection featuring cylindrical shapes and curved lines, creating a simple clean feel. The M Pro Towel holder is a single arm-mounted towel ring, available in three finishes.

Crosswater M Pro 7″ Towel Holder
$125 – $155

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MIRROR, MIRROR

The Stack LED mirror features a unique lift-up door design for maximum storage. The touchactivated mirror has two electrical outlets and two USB ports inside the cabinet, as well as an open shelf on the right side for additional storage. With a full mirror on the interior and exterior, the mirror’s light illuminates through the frosted glass, and when closed, the lights stay in place. Available in two sizes and a stone-grey finish.

Stack LED Mirror, $1,995.

Ronbow available at Taps & Stone Kitchen & Bath

SMART SHOWER

Deck-mounted Roman diverter valve and hand shower assembly. Available in six finishes.

Franz Viegener PLUS Deck Tub Hand Shower, $1,075

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Intuitive in function and design, the GROHE Rainshower SmartControl is a fully personalized showering experience. The SmartControl delivers water at the desired temperature within a fraction of a second and stays consistent for the duration of your shower, preventing both water waste and scalding. CoolTouch technology ensures additional safety by preventing exposed metal surfaces from becoming hotter than the water temperature. This all-in-one solution combines impressive technology with organic design for a stylish and innovative statement.

Rainshower SmartControl, contact grohe.ca for pricing.


FUNKY LIGHTING

— SIL’s PICK —

“Bold & Big are making a splash in the bathroom. From floors to backsplash, say goodbye to neutral & minimalist and hello to colour, mosaics and texture…”

Silvana Longo
Editor

The combination of aged brass, marble and a sphere emanating light—what’s not to love? The hand-blown glass diffuser is clear on the outside and etched white on the inside, creating depth and polish… I would definitely add these sconces to a new bathroom. Boone Wall Sconce, $376, Hudson Valley Lighting is available in Toronto at Royal Lighting & Universal Lamp.

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A playful mixture of materials and finishes, intersecting lines and contrasting shapes, characteristic of 1980s postmodern design. Three overlapping shapes define the sconce: a textured Venetian glass square, an oversized, bold leaf finished isosceles triangle reminiscent of a Spinnaker sail and a stainless steel circle. $585. Royal Lighting, Universal Lamp.

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DARLING DETAILS

This all-white ceramic stool has an interesting cut-out detail that adds texture to the bathroom.

White stoneware cutout stool, 13″x18″, $200
Round blue-and-white porcelain dish. 5″ $4

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MILES OF TILES

— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

Geometric tiles are still going strong, especially oversized ones. The latest eye-catching collection, Progetto 4D with its deep blue hue, has been all the rage with mid-century fans. These tiles are ideal as an accent wall accompanied by the plain version of the same tile or—for the more daring— on all the walls of the bathroom.

Progetto 4D is available in two colours (shown here in Deep Blue, and White), with four different 3D- motifs, in a matte 16″x32″ format.

Contact ceragres.ca for pricing.

1 The Gone collection, 8″x8″ format

2 The Orchestra collection, 8″x8″ format

3 Hops wall tile Nero in a 3″x6″ format.

Contact ceragres.ca for pricing.



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