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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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

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

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

Paint your walls white

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

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

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

Don’t fight with your furniture

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

Keep your overall colour palette neutral, nix all those acccessories

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

Keep calm and carry on

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

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

Pump up your colour with soft finishes and furnishings

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

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

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

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


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That’s Entertainment! Comedy club-themed bedroom makeover

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That’s Entertainment! Comedy club-themed bedroom makeover

Photography By Larry Arnal

I’ve never considered the mandatory criteria for a well-designed home to include the trendiest sofa, perfectly tailored drapery treatments, or the most seasonally stylish accent pillows. It’s also never meant over-indulging the budget on ultra-luxe items to the point where the homeowners are afraid to peel the plastic wrap off the new lampshades, or actually put their feet up on the new footstool for fear of ruining the perfectly curated space. For me, if a home doesn’t feel good, function well, and act as an extension of the dweller’s personality, it doesn’t matter how great it looks!

Tried-and-True Design Formula

My formula for creating a well-designed home has always been quite simple:

Equal parts functionality, personalized creativity, and affordable quality.

Over the years I’ve worked with countless clients to achieve this balance, and create unique spaces that can truly be lived in and loved. BUT, nothing could have prepared me for the challenges I faced with my most recent client. He was demanding… he had little care or consideration for function… and he had a completely unrealistic budget and timeline. “He” was my eight-year-old son, Everett!

Growing Up Is Fun

Everett had requested a room redo for quite some time, and wanted to transform his “hand-me- down” nursery into a “cool-dude” space that reflected what he wants to be when he grows up… a stand-up comedian!

He specifically asked for a “Comedy Club” room, complete with a brick wall, stand mic and stool, and a desk to “sit and write his jokes.” Esthetics were much more important to him than function, and of all the items on his demanding wish list, he noted that an actual bed was a low priority!

Not Just For Laughs

Although I typically loathe designing overly “themed” rooms, I agreed to take on the challenge of creating a space that blended his humorous personality with functional design solutions (including a bed), all on a limited DIY budget.

I started by sourcing a faux-brick vinyl wallpaper that I installed myself using a DIY-friendly DIF wallpaper application kit, and for under $150, I was able to create an affordable feature wall that set the tone for the comedy club design.

When Inspiration Strikes

I then removed the original panelled closet doors and replaced them with a set of flat bi-folds that I scored at the Habitat Restore for $25, and with a quick coat of RustOleum’s spray Chalkboard paint, they were transformed into a giant creative canvas for doodles and one-liners. A perfect pairing of fun and function!

HE SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR A “COMEDY CLUB” ROOM COMPLETE WITH A BRICK WALL, STAND MIC AND STOOL, AND A DESK TO “SIT AND WRITE HIS JOKES.”

Space & Budget Friendly

Everett specifically asked for a “big kid” desk, but I didn’t want to overcrowd the room with another freestanding piece of furniture, so I created a simple DIY waterfall desk using stock lumber, with a coat of Varathane stain that fit right over his new dresser. It was a stylish and affordable way to unify two pieces of furniture in one and saved on space.

Over his desk, I crafted a “Think Bubble” message board by using a jigsaw to cut the shape out of a $4 wood handy panel. I then basecoated the board with Chalked Paint in “linen white,” outlined the shape with a black Testors paint pen, and then topcoated the surface with RustOleum’s Clear Dry Erase paint to create a cute and quirky spot for Everett to jot down his creative little quips.

Function First

The final DIY dash of function that I added to the space was a set of super affordable shelves using galvanized pipes and fittings, and pine boards cut to size at my local hardware store. After washing the pipes with a degreasing cleaner, I primed all metal surfaces with RustOleum’s “Cold Galvanized Compound” meant for galvanized metal, and then top-coated them with Universal Metallic spray paint in “flat soft iron.” The pine was stained with a rich “Kona” colour to match the desk, and the shelves became the perfect place to display fun, comedy themed accessories, including a collection of inexpensive frames from Ikea, painted with colourful Painter’s Touch spray paint. This project ended up being so simple and cost-effective that I whipped up a petite bench for under the window to match.

As challenging as my client and criteria may have been for this project, it was so rewarding to be able to create a space that not only put the FUN into functional, but also perfectly exemplified my formula for a well-designed room that my son can enjoy and be proud of.

A self-proclaimed DIY ninja, Leigh-Ann believes that great design has little to do with how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. As an expert on CityTV’s Cityline, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF.” For more information, visit huelala.com @leighannallaire

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Shopping the planet, ancient routes bring fresh design

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Shopping the planet, ancient routes bring fresh design

As far back as 200 BC, the fabled Silk Road carried coveted silks, richly-patterned carpets, worked metal, fine porcelains and ceramics from deep within China, all the way to the Roman Empire. Think of it as an ancient form of Wayfair, with longer delivery times.

Two millennia later, independent design boutiques connected to a worldwide marketplace make sourcing unique treasures for the home easier, and a lot faster.

A World Of Character

“Being independent gives us the freedom to find all kinds of elements that add layers of personality to a space and give people a feeling that there is a design story,” says Pamela Arora, owner of Turquoise Palace, which sells global design to both designers and residential clients.

Many products come from India, where Arora and co-owner, Tanya Sharma, have family connections.

Traditional weaving techniques meet modern sensibility at Thirty-Six Knots.

Responsible Luxury

With independence also comes the ability to choose one’s own suppliers, and to insist they share a commitment to good labour conditions and sustainable materials. “We work with co-ops that employ stay-at-home moms, we work with local artisans and entrepreneurs,” says Sharma. “But we have a list of criteria for people we work with that we don’t deviate from.”

“Tanya and I decided a long time ago that we only wanted to be involved in responsible luxury,” adds Arora.

Finally, independence gives them the freedom to flex their creative muscles through design: they’re currently working on a collection of pillows based on the wedding veils of their mothers. Turquoise Palace products are available in select stores across the country.

Artisanal Artistry

Hopson Grace, a pretty little store in midtown Toronto that ships across the country, also offers decor gems from all over, such as sculptural, deliberately irregular pieces from Italian ceramic artist Rina Menardi — handcrafted in her studio outside Venice.

Treasures from the modern-day trade route: Rina Menardi ceramics

Casa Cubista, owned by British-born designer Arren Williams and his husband David Pimentel (who grew up in an Azorean-Canadian family of craftspeople,) has expanded quickly, and has now added to its ceramic and textile line, a collection of handmade rugs available through Renwil. Casa Cubista products are available in Toronto at Saudade Toronto, located in Little Portugal, and at decor boutiques around the world.

Several Casa Cubista rugs are made with fabric reclaimed from the fashion industry.

Contemporary, versatile designs like these are helping handcrafted goods shed an often undeserved reputation for lacking in sophistication. Modern design and old-world craft come together masterfully, for example, in the carpets sold at Thirty-Six Knots, located in mid-town Toronto, (they also sell decor and furniture). Made from wool and silk in India, the designs mix traditional techniques with inventive, fresh patterns.

A marked improvement on the Silk Road delivery times, a custom design for a hand-tufted carpet can typically take 90 days, while a hand-knotted design could require up to a year.

“The reason hand-knotted takes so long is we typically use what is called 14- by 14- knots per square inch,” he explains. With some carpets, that can mean one and a half million hand-tied knots.

Tasselled jacquard pillows from Turquoise Palace blend old techniques with fresh trends

Global Decor Favoured

Mass market chains are increasingly making global connections: West Elm collaborates with local artisans in spots like New Delhi and the Philippines, while Ikea’s Överallt collection paired designers from five African countries with an in-house designer to create furniture, tableware, textiles, and totes. Hurry – it’s only in stores until the end of September.

Ikea’s colourful Överallt line.

Why is global decor resonating so well with homeowners?

“We’re gravitating to the past for stability and a sense of history,” suggests Sharma. “At the same time, we’re moving away from sparse interiors, and toward colour. Decor from around the world, artisanal crafts, they deliver that.”

SOURCES hopsongrace.com, westelm.ca, ikea.ca, thirtysixknots.com, turquoisepalace.com, renwil.com

Vicky Sanderson

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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

INSPIRED COLLABORATION

The SYMFONISK collection by Ikea just came on the market on Aug. 1. SYMFONISK is a collaboration between Ikea and Sonos, inspired by Ikea’s knowledge in home furnishings and Sono’s in-depth knowledge of audio. This has created new ways of blending sound into the home. The product line includes a shelf speaker (shown here) and a table lamp.

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MID-CENTURY-INSPIRED

At Shelter Furniture they never put out a design just to appeal to a wider audience. They recognize their client’s individuality and are sensitive to the space the buyer envisions for their home. The Jackson chair is an example of a classic design created by Shelter and inspired by mid-century design that is ideal for any decor.

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FUNCTIONAL, CONTEMPORARY & AFFORDABLE

The Chesterfield Shop, in business since 1948, has five convenient locations in North York, Scarborough, Newmarket, Mississauga and midtown Toronto. With a huge selection of contemporary leather and fabric seating, The Chesterfield Shop specializes in sofa beds, which are ideal for smaller spaces in need of functionality. Available in multiple sizes, shapes and designs, with a great choice of mattress options and upgraded mechanisms, The Chesterfield Shop’s sofa beds are always comfortable for both sitting and sleeping.

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HUNDREDS OF TOP-GRAIN LEATHER OPTIONS

The Gallin Stationary Chair has hundreds of top-grain leather options. It comes with Spring Down-Cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom… It’s worth the drive to Acton.

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Product Showcase: Indoor/Outdoor

Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

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Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

Hundreds of top grain leather options

The Gallin stationary chair has hundreds of top grain leather options. It comes with spring down-cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom. It’s worth the drive to Acton.

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Beautiful solution

Aura deck and balcony tiles are a high-quality and beautiful solution to update concrete patios, balconies, porches, and any other surface that is in need of a little TLC. They are inspired by true wood products, and their natural colour variance, wood grain texture and streaking give them a realistic wood feel.

HOME DEPOT

Make the most of summer

Make the most out of summer weather and your outdoor space with this attractive seating group from DOT Furniture. The aluminum frame showcases a contemporary “string” arm detail and coordinating olefin cushions. Add this set to your backyard patio for the perfect place to enjoy after-work drinks with friends, family board game nights, or al fresco snacks.

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Sleek glass heater

With a sleek, Schott Nextrema black glass finish, the DIR Series indoor/outdoor infrared heaters look beautiful and produce low visible light as they heat. Built using extruded aluminum and made for all climates and conditions, DIR heaters are designed to enhance comfort and extend outdoor living throughout the year.

DIMPLEX

Lifestyle objects that create a stir

Looking for a table with a lot of personality? The ADAN Collection from Vondom in Spain provides a shape faceted like a diamond yet responsibly made from recycled resin. This multifunctional architecture piece can be used as a seat or side table. ARD Outdoor offers lifestyle objects that create a stir, fitting in with any style and made from materials that allow for both outdoor and indoor use.

ARD OUTDOOR

Adding a creative twist

The new FÖRNYAD collection from IKEA is all about introducing fun into our homes. Last year, IKEA joined forced with Sarah Andelman (Creative Director of Collette*) and Darcel Disappoints designer Craig Redman to create an exciting line which embraces a creative twist into our workspaces and home. The collection highlights simple shapes which includes an egg, one eye, and a monocle which is repeated throughout the entire product line. IKEA also features the iconic KLIPPAN sofa, the side table or LED work lamp which includes wireless charging.

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Best sleep possible

The Polysleep mattress, Canada’s best mattress- in-a-box, offers consumers the ultimate quality mattress at the most affordable price in its category. Pushing its limits to offer customers the best sleep possible thanks to its unique support frame, liquid repellent cover and antimicrobial hybrid foam, Polysleep is revolutionizing our perception of mattresses all over North America.

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Help plants thrive

Delta Faucet Canada has some great ideas on how to care for your plant babies using the Touch technology, TempSense Indicator and H2Okinetic hand shower that provide great mess-free and stress-free solutions to help your plants thrive.

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

by Silvana Longo

Originating in Italy’s Veneto area over 500 years ago, terrazzo is a composite material of marble chippings set into cement and polished to a super smooth finish. Created as a way to reuse the scrapped rock, this sustainable, speckled mosaic was traditionally used as flooring in Venetian palaces.

It had a moment in the sun in the ’70s but this year, building on the popularity of marble over the last few years, terrazzo offers a more colourful, more playful alternative. And its popularity in the 21st century soars beyond the floor and walls with many decor items popping up inspired by the abstract pattern. It brings texture and interest to fabrics and wallpapers, and these terrazzo-inspired items add a chic Italian vibe to your decor.

1 FLONG RUG, $14.99; ikea.ca

2 Terrazzo MACBOOK CASE, $67.15; etsy.com

3 Indigo Set of 4 Terrazzo COASTERS, $24.50; indigo.ca

4 FINE ART PRINT Bleu Serene, $26.99; etsy.com

5 Velvet PILLOW, Mademoiselle Nathalie, $110.03; etsy.com

6 HANGIVEN MUG, $5.99, patterned; ikea.ca

7 Terrazzo Bath Collection, CANISTER, $38US, LOTION DISPENSER, $38US, SOAP DISH, $28US, TUMBLER, $28US; anthropologie.com

8 Terrazzo White Rectangular SERVING PLATTER, $79.95; cb2.com

9 Terrazzo-print SHOWER CURTAIN, $20; simons.ca

10 Speckled CERAMIC BOWL, $12.99; homesense.ca


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HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

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Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

by Silvana Longo

Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home. These are the concepts that continue to build upon the bathroom trends dominating interiors. The opportunity to primp and destress in a calming haven you can call your own. Whether you’re glam or minimalist, find your bathroom bliss with these latest fixtures, finishes and accessories that raise the bar.

A skillful combination of colours and textures merge within this charming, yet modern Scavolini design, giving the bathroom unprecedented character. The cabinetry features a streamlined silhouette, thanks to doors with a recessed profile, perfect for storage. The wallmounted base unit and dedicated line of accessories, which includes matching taps, shelves and towel rails, complete this bathroom collection, and are available in a choice of white, brass or aluminium finish. For more information on the Tratto collection from Scavolini, go to scavolinitoronto.com.

VANITIES & WASHSTANDS

OLD WORLD MEETS NEW

Combine the vintage charm of a classic open-framework console with the benefit of modern fixtures. The integrated sink top is made from SculpureStone material, which is non-porous, stain-, mould- and mildew-resistant , making cleaning and maintenance easy. The Boutique collection tops with Palmer legs come in two styles: Traditional with a round or oval sink; cove-edge treatment and tapered-foot console legs; or modern with a rectangular sink and studio console legs. The tops are available in a matte or gloss finish.

Boutique collection with Palmer legs, $3,145 – $9,255; mtibaths.com available at Tiles Plus Bath & Tile Centre in Mississauga.

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MODERN MARVEL

The Avento freestanding vanity celebrates chic elegance and minimalist design. Perfect in bathroom spaces both large and small, it is available in multiple configurations for single or double basins. Even the interior of the vanity can be customized with dividers, LED lighting and integrated outlets as desired. There are limitless design options with six distinctive metal finishes, and more than 50 options for panel finishes that include traditional and exotic woods, unique textured surfaces, and high-gloss acrylics. Avento vanity, from Furniture Guild starts at $5,000; gingers.com.

Sil Says … The best way to save surface space is to choose a sleek washstand with a towel bar. The traditional style juxtaposed with the modern matte-black finish creates the perfect tension and balance.

The Metallo washstands are timeless design classics, with right-angle tee joints that reference traditional bathroom pipework, looking equally at home in a more traditional bathroom or industrial-inspired scheme. Each washstand features a practical towel bar and a shelf for storage, finished in a tubular brass.

The Metallo is available in two sizes, shown here is the Metallo 114, which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin. Metallo 114, $2,730; vandabaths.com

The Candella washstands are typified by the design of the legs, which feature elegantly shaped details. A towel bar and a storage shelf in tempered glass are practical yet well designed, lending a sense of hotel style to the bathroom.

The Candella is available in two sizes, shown here is the Candella 100 topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin. Candella 100, $2,878; vandabaths.com

LIGHTING

Mouth-blown glass spheres soften the light and are attached to a thickly circular backplate finished in aged brass. Paired together, these two elements lighten not just the room but the mood. Baird Triple Wall Light, aged brass, $575; gingers.com
Bring the five-star hotel experience home, creating a spa-like setting in your bathroom. The Hotelier collection is made of durable solid brass.

Hotelier Sconce, $270; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

BATHING BEAUTIES

LIGHT THERAPY

A contemporary version of the claw-foot tub with chunky metal feet and coordinating armrests in eight different finishes, this elongated oval silhouette is large enough for two bathers. Indulge in the latest chromatherapy system featuring LED lights embedded within the structure of the bath. The coloured lights glow through the tub’s acrylic shell to provide therapeutic benefits and a beautiful visual effect.

Scala Claw-foot Tub from BainUltra starts at $6,350; available in Toronto at Bath Emporium

YOUR TUB’S BEST FRIEND

Crafted to the highest standards and reaching 36½” spout height from the floor, the East Square tub filler comes with an integrated hand shower. The spout was designed with a precise and sophisticated squared angle, making it ideal for any modern bath. The tub filler comes in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin-nickel finishes.

East Square tub filler, from Newport Brass starts at $1,759; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

SUMPTUOUS SUMMER SHOWER

The Real Rain overhead panel is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape individual drops that replicate rainfall. When the reservoir fills, water spills into the remainder of the showerhead, covering over 775 nozzles, and raindrops begin to fall softly and slowly, then grow in strength and speed until the shower feels, sounds, and looks like a warm, summer rain. Push a button and the Deluge feature releases a reservoir of water in one powerful instant to simulate an energetic burst of heavy rain.

Real Rain Overhead Panel, $3,264; kohler.com

SAFETY FIRST

Move over institutional-looking fixture, the new grab bar moves forward in style. Softened, square-angled corners pervade the collection, while rounded, sleek edges stay true to an advanced style preferred by modern bathrooms. Circular escutcheons cleverly conceal the mounting hardware.

Available in seven length options, the grab bars are offered in 27 finishes and a variety of styles. Kubic Grab Bar from Newport Brass, black, $404; PMF Plumbing

FAUCETS

The jewelry of the bathroom, warm metals and matte-black finishes are trending

The Vaia Collection features soft radii, fine silhouette and flowing transitions. Meticulously defined joints and uniquely silky textures highlight the meticulous dedication to craftsmanship and detail. Dornbracht Vaia X Faucet, dark bronze matte, $3,219; gingers.com
Add variety by pairing clean-lined, angled handles with a curved spout, features that are contrasting yet complementary.

Pavani starts at $813; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES

Combining geometric elements in the most precise way, the angle of the curved spout is matched precisely by the angle of its handles. The gentle curve of the faucet and its coordinating curved handles supply plenty of contemporary cool without overwhelming the space. Solid brass construction and available in eight finishes.

Domino faucet from Franz Viegener starts at $1,095; gingers.com

TILE TRENDS

We are seeing lots of patterns and movement in tile trends this year

The Autore collection features a classic surface inspired by the refined spirit of Venetian terrazzo. Shown here in Rimini, each of the five shades subtly glisten and evoke the polished marble aggregate characteristic of terrazzo.

Starts at $7.99 per square foot; ceragres.ca

Color Line by Fap Ceramiche is a new contemporary collection that adds vibrancy to your bathroom. Available in multiple colours and patterns, it also features a new Color Now floor tile, for perfectly blended layouts.

Color Line starts at $6.25/sq. ft.; ciot.com

Two tile patterns—Both from the Waterjet Mosaics collection.

 

1. Bloom Carrara & Statuario, $57 per sq. ft.
2. Grace Cersei/China White & Diamond Blue, $106.21 per sq. ft.; sstileandstone.ca

BATH ACCESSORIES

TOILETRIES ON WHEELS

Tailored lines meet easy functionality in this compact cart that rolls from room to room as a bar cart, kitchen prep station or in this case, the perfect bathroom caddy. A clean, Parson’s-style stainless-steel frame supports two box-like shelves of solid American walnut stained natural brown.

Pearson Utility Cart, $799; crateandbarrel.ca

STACK & STORE

A sophisticated solution to bathroom clutter, this medium canister is designed with a recessed lid that allows it to be stacked with coordinating Cedras canisters. Made of stoneware, the canister is coated in matte-black glaze with an artisan-like splatter effect.

Cedras Stackable Canisters, small $19.95, medium $34.95, large $41.95; crateandbarrel.ca

COLOUR POP

A clean design with a thick wavy structure that embraces your body and adds luxury to your bathroom. Soft and fluffy in coordinated colours so you can choose your favourite.

FLODALEN bath towel, teal, $12.99; ikea.ca

HIGH OR LOW

Modern elegance meets functional simplicity with the MEM Robe Hook.

Dornbracht mem Robe hook, $149; gingers.com

KVASP hook brass colour, $2.99 3 in pack; ikea.ca

STORAGE

ALWAYS IN STYLE

Spacious storage in several beautiful finishes. The soft-closing doors allow you to start the day with a pleasant sense of calm. Built to last through years of spills and steamy showers.

W40xD32xH192cm GODMORGON high cabinet, $299, kasjon light gray; ikea.ca


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Earth Month ideas for living a more sustainable life

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Earth Month ideas for living a more sustainable life

This Earth Month, Ikea offers possibilities to live a more sustainable life at home and a contest where you could win a $2,000 gift card.

This Earth Month, Ikea offers possibilities to live a more sustainable life at home. Each of our small actions add up if we all do our part. Ikea believes sustainable living shouldn’t be a luxury for a few but available to as many people as possible.

With that in mind, Ikea has compiled 10 ways to live a more sustainable life at home from energy and water savings, waste reduction and ways to cut your carbon footprint.

And for consumers who want to learn a bit more about their impact and also have the opportunity to win some Ikea prizes, it is launching the Ikea Sustainable Living Challenge app from April 22 to 30, 2018. Record sustainable actions on your mobile device, and you could win one of 40 prizes, including a $2,000 Ikea gift card!

GO ALL-IN

Energy savings, better light quality, lower environmental impact and a 20-year lifespan are all reasons to go all in with LED lighting. LED bulbs use 85 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

JUST HANG OUT

Save energy by skipping the dry-cycle. By replacing your drying loads with a drying rack, you can save approximately $160 (Canadian average) — and a whole lot of wool sweaters — each year.

TRY VEGGIE

The carbon footprint of Ikea’s veggie balls is 30 times lower compared to meat. Made only from vegetables, these treats are packed full of nutrition and rich flavour.

MULTI-TASK

Save on energy while you cook. Energy-saving appliances like induction cooktops, dishwashers and fridges that can help make a positive difference to the environment and help lower your energy bill. Simple changes such as using a steamer insert when you cook will help to lower your energy bill. Plus you can cook multiple items at once, which saves on your time too.

GO WITH THE LOW-FLOW

Water is a precious resource that we all share and we all play a part in conserving it. Ikea offers kitchen faucets that reduce consumption by up to 30 per cent, and bathroom faucets that reduce consumption by up to 50 per cent. Ikea has also improved the water efficiency of many of its dishwashers — they use 3.5 gallons of water and still get your dishes sparkly clean. All of Ikea’s low-flow faucets use 40 per cent less water than a standard faucet, saving the average Canadian family almost $80/year.

 

CUT THE WASTE

With Ikea 365+ you can cut your food waste in half, saving up to $800 a year. A removable grid in the bottom allows liquid and condensation to accumulate beneath the food, keeping it fresh longer. Plus you’ll waste less with a transparent lid that helps you see what’s inside the food container. Good for either the fridge or freezer.

GROW MORE

The clever, functional and decorative SOCKER provides a good environment for seeds to sprout and plants to grow, for a greener home.

STAY CHARGED

Rechargeable batteries can save a lot of energy for all your battery-operated devices. You’ll rarely have to buy new batteries, which is a much kinder alternative for the environment.

SORT THE WASTE

Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do at home. We can save money and re-purpose old things to become new things. Every municipality has its own sorting system, and that’s why Ikea has modular solutions to fit every household’s needs.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

How much water, energy and waste can you save? Small daily decisions impact our planet — and your wallet!

Download the Ikea Sustainable Living Challenge app and join the challenge from April 22-30, 2018. Record sustainable actions on your mobile device, and you could win one of 40 prizes, including a $2,000 Ikea gift card. (Not eligible in the province of Québec).


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Home Finds: Back to the Future

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Back to the Future

by Silvana Longo

Today’s kitchen combines future-forward convenience, stylish customization and a nod to the classic touches that warm up and make this hard-working space, the most inviting in the home.

Kitchen Dress-Up

The culinary accessories are vast and bring enhanced function to this central hub of the home…
it is also an opportunity to add much-needed personality to a kitchen

MATTE + BLACK = CHIC

Designed by Brett Beldock, this traditional dining chair gets a modern upgrade with high-gloss, black-painted rattan and brass detailing.

Rattan & Brass DINING CHAIR, $399

cb2.com

— Sil’s Pick —

Handmade stoneware dinnerware with organic edges and a modern matte-black glaze sets the table for everyday and special occasions alike.

Crisp Matte Black DINNERWARE, $5.95 – $19.95

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The SUSSEX single light pendant features a black finish with a metal shade. This fixture comes with an integrated LED that saves energy and lasts a long time. It is perfect for the dining room and a kitchen island. For more impact, a set of two or three, depending on the size, adds more light and symmetry.

Canarm Sussex LED Black PENDANT, $103.95

homedepot.ca

— Em’s Pick —

This tilt-head stand mixer has a five-quart stainlesssteel bowl with handle, and has 10 different speeds to mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand MIXER, $599.99

kitchenaid.ca

FLOWER POWER

These compact stoneware flower cocottes are specially designed for individual preparation and presentation, with a beautiful floral shape just right for springtime.

Set of 3 Mini Flower COCOTTES, $79

lecreuset.com

CHALK IT UP

This unique cabinet door doubles as a blackboard surface making it perfect to organize everything from family schedules to weekly dinners, or express yourself by adding an inspirational quote.

Uddevalla DOOR, $40

ikea.ca

DINE IN NATURE

Leafy watercolour herbs grace the creamy interior of this gorgeous ceramic serving bowl, plus the dark exterior provides contrast.

Herb PLATES, Set of 4, $44.95

crateandbarrel.ca

PENCHANT FOR PENDANTS

Want to add a little Middle Eastern influence to your kitchen lighting?
These perforated metal shades in a rich, vintage brass finish will add a global touch and
texture to your decorative lighting options.

LIGHT PENDANTS from the cobistyle Starstruck Collection.

For more information, go to artcraft.com

This pendant adds a bold and edgy look to a kitchen. – Silvana Longo

Featuring a single light pendant, this eclectic lighting piece is made from solid steel, brass, smoked bronze or matte black, with signature knurled-satin metal and matte-rubber detailing. Buster + Punch also offers a range of light bulbs with original styling, including the LED BUSTER Bulb.

Buster + Punch Heavy Metal PENDANT ships worldwide

busterandpunch.us

FABULOUSLY FARMHOUSE

The textures and tones of this kitchen, paired with the enduring Farmstead sink, bring a sense of charm and warmth to the space. When contemporary design meets refreshing farmhouse style, it provides a tranquil atmosphere while adding character to the kitchen.

Farmstead SINK and Tournant FAUCET.

For pricing, contact kohler.ca.

GOLDEN TOUCH

A new brushed-satin finish with rose-gold undertones brings warmth to any kitchen. Purposeful zones help organize the items you use most. The unique pantry-inspired layout and shelving system stores 30 per cent more than other refrigerators in its class. Wi-Fi-enabled with smart features and a mobile app. Comes out in early summer.

Whirlpool® Smart Counter Depth French Door-within-Door REFRIGERATOR in new Fingerprint-Resistant Sunset Bronze, $4,999

whirlpool.ca

FAUCET FINISHES

Tayga Pulldown Faucet, black, $239

homedepot.ca

Taft faucet from Newport Brass.

Available at Dupont Plumbing Supplies

NYVATTNET kitchen faucet in polished brass colour, $149

ikea.ca

WALL CERAMICS WITH A TWIST

The Senio City collection is a chevron wall ceramic that can be installed for kitchen backsplashes or dining room accent walls. A big trend right now is a ‘fade-out’ effect where tiles fade from one colour to another or in the case of the Senio City, fading from a high polished to silky-matte finish. The chevron pattern is a reinvented classic that looks great in both traditional to contemporary spaces.

Senio City 3×10 chevron, 5 colours, matte or polished

for pricing contact ceragres.ca

TAILORMADE TILES

The Crafted tile collection combines the beauty of handcrafted clay, the charm of timeless bricks, and the boldness of turning subway tiles on their sides. The collection is comprised of a number of non-traditional tiles, like the black and white collection, which ranges from hand-drawn horizontal lines to more intricate horizontal and vertical lines.

For pricing and shipping information, hastingstilebath.com.

1 Black and White Collection | 2 Snow and Sage Subway tiles | 3 Handmade Decor Vintage

THE NEW WOOD LOOK

The 300-collection is a glazed porcelain tile suitable for residential and commercial installations. Its superior technical qualities include a slip-resistant factor all while assuring easy maintenance — perfect for a kitchen.

For more information or pricing, ceragres.ca.

SPICE UP YOUR KITCHEN with NEW HARDWARE

Available in gold, silver and black, these handles add the perfect touch in completing your kitchen project.

ENERYDA, $7.99 two in a package

ikea.ca

The Aether collection explores the inner section carvings reminiscent of the Cubist composition. Haute Deco architectural hardware is located in London, U.K. and they ship worldwide.

For pricing & shipping, hautedeco.com.

The Conga collection combines Tiki-style with mid-century minimalism. Available in five finishes.

From $6.60 to $17.40; available at Upper Canada Specialty Hardware


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Trend Watch: Purple's Promise

Trend Watch: Purple’s Promise

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Trend Watch: Purple’s Promise

by Silvana Longo

What the world needs now, according to Pantone, is Ultra Violet—a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. I have always perpetuated the power of purple, and this year, I am happy the colour institute concurs. “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” says executive director, Leatrice Eiseman.

Pantone’s pick of enigmatic purple, which has long been symbolic of counter-culture, à la Prince and the glam rock of David Bowie—also speaks to the pleasing calm of Provence and its purple flower fields. It’s an all-purpose purple!! This provocative yet calming hue has burst onto the colour scene from fashion, beauty, food and, of course, our beloved interiors.

In home decor, it can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness.

1. Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here by Angie Jones, limited edition; saatchiart.com

2. Fendi Wave SUNGLASSES, $595; holtrenfrew.com

3. DRAMSELVA SHOWER CURTAIN, dark lilac, $12.99; ikea.ca

4. Petunia CHAIR, by cobistyle, available through Silva Custom Furniture, contact silva4home.com

5. Rada STOOL by Aparattus Design, for information & pricing, aparattus.pt

6. Agate COASTERS, $125; jonathanadler.com

7. LARMIA Pointed suede cut-out HEELS, $280; tedbaker.com

8. DYSON SUPERSONIC, $499; holtrenfrew.com

9. NAIL LACQUER, Ultra Violet, $10 each; butterlondon.com

10. COLUMBI Pashion floral dinner Men’s JACKET, $999; tedbaker.com


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