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Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

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Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

We’ve all been witness to the ongoing condo boom in Toronto, and now this popular housing class is moving into the suburbs. Every time you turn around, it seems, another large, new condo building appears. However, not all of us are owners of these modern builds, with their soaring ceilings and large windows. Many condo-dwellers reside in buildings that are 20 to 30 years old. They don’t have 10-ft. ceilings, or open concept floorplans with integrated kitchens. Instead, many of these older spaces lack some of the architectural features of today’s builds and, in fact, often pose design challenges for us.

One such condo came our way last year. Our client had resided in her large, uptown Toronto unit for more than 20 years. She loved her home, but knew it was time for an update. The condo itself was spacious, more than 2,000 sq. ft., with a large wrap-around terrace. But there were significant challenges that arose when it came to a design. Though the footprint was large, it was oddly shaped, creating issues for space planning. It had a beautiful amount of natural light in some areas, and others – such as the entrance – felt dark and cavernous. The greater challenge, though, was the multitude of dated glass block walls, which could not be removed.

We addressed the issues one by one, and when it came time to the issue of the glass walls, we embraced this initially overwhelming feature, and garnered inspiration from the pattern and texture of the glass block. By introducing more pattern and texture to the space, the glass block began to feel more at home and a little more current.

We also had to work with the lighting within the space. Relocating or adding lighting in a condo can often be an impossible task, but there are ways to address this, as well, when you get creative and work with a good electrician.

We went one step further to help our client embrace her new space, and refurbished many of her personal belongings. From artwork to furniture to small mementos collected over the years that meant so much to her, all the items that were transitioning to the “new” condo received a face-lift of their own. Artwork was reframed to reflect a more contemporary look; furniture was upholstered; and family heirlooms received a place of honour. Where possible, we upcycled, as opposed to buying new. This enabled us to create a completely new and upscale environment that still felt like home.

In the end, this condo received a new lease on life. It transitioned from being an outdated space to a large, bright, airy and welcoming home for our client. It not only reflects our client’s personality and living style, but it has now become a condo with its own great features that can compete in the world of the new condo builds.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Toronto Fall Home Show 2019 ReCap

“Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show ReCap

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“Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show ReCap

On October 4 to 6, at the Toronto Fall Home Show, RENO & DECOR magazine hosted Design Intervention. Design and decor experts provided free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Attendees brought in photos, samples, and floorplans to ensure they optimized their appointments.

The booth was designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd. The inspiration was a multi-functional industrial loft, open-concept layout.

We are so happy and thankful to have participated in the 2019 Fall Home Show with RENO & DECOR magazine. It was great to meet and help customers with their renovation and design dilemmas. Our Industrial and rustic fall colour inspired booth design pleased our crowd and we are grateful to all of the sponsors who helped bring our vision to reality!



RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following experts:

Catherine-Lucie Horber
Daneyka Lazier
Elaine Bergen
Elizabeth Munro
Elsie Cheng
Fredi Fazli
Glen Peloso
Janice Fedak
Kristiina Roosimaa
Linda Mazur
Maria Perketa
Michael Upshall
Rebecca Hay
Rosalia Fazzari
Terry Edward Briceland
Tracy O’Brien
Yvonne Whelan



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


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2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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RENO & DECOR Magazine presents “Design Intervention” at the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

The Fall Home show takes place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place from October 4 to 6, 2019. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 1319 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

The Design Intervention booth will be designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd.. The inspiration for the booth design at the show will be an industrial loft, which makes the best use of space utilization in a condo-style open-concept layout offering multi functional needs.

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

RENO & DECOR Experts

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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


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Think pink

Pink is the hot new trend in decor

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Pink is the hot new trend in decor

Every room tells a story, and for the moment the story is pink! We’re not talking about exaggerated pinks such as bubblegum pink or hot pink. Instead, the pinks we are inspired by range from rich earthy, dusty tones to salmon and soft corals, or lovely greyish blush tones to deep, rich cerise. These are pinks that are universal in design and decorating, without being overly feminine. A beautiful earthy pink pared with deep greens and the newly popular ochre creates a warm, inviting and comfortable colour palette for almost any room in your home.

Shades of pink were ever-so popular in the 1980s, and we are seeing a rejuvenation of that pink and grey as a classic colour palette. The soft grey of that period has matured into a rich charcoal that is perfectly complemented by the everlasting blush pink. For those who like to push the design envelope, this combo can be further transformed with a deep rich smoky navy, a touch of mustard and a beautiful earthy pink. The versatility of this colour is endless.

Blush is today’s new neutral, especially when it comes to wall colours. Multi hues of pink can create a bold monochromatic statement in your room. Pinks can also be forceful, almost bordering on overpowering while at the same time simplistic and calming.

If you are feeling that pink is a trend you are itching to explore but just can’t bring yourself to go all the way, try easing into today’s trend with some light accessories, or toss cushions. Or perhaps if you’re ready for tad more, try creating a feature wall with a great wallpaper pattern. There are so many possibilities that allow you to inject a bit of this fun trend into your home… so many beautiful fabric and wall covering patterns, so many wonderful shades of this great colour to service every mood, every style, every room.

If you’re looking to incorporate multiple patterns and textures into your space, there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve that “designer look” in your own home. To blend fabric patterns together successfully, you need to remember to vary the scale of the patterns from small to large and maintain the same depth or magnitude of colour to avoid an imbalance in the space. Starting with the blending together of a minimum of three fabric patterns should give you a solid base to expand on. Your first pattern should be your most impactful one, so selecting a pattern that is larger-scaled might be wise. The second pattern should be completely different, about half the scale of the first one and should incorporate some similar colours or tones. The third pattern can be smaller scale and similar in pattern to either of the first two, with at least two to three of the colours found in the other patterns. So, for example, if you have selected a large-scale floral as your first pattern, the second could be a bold stripe or perhaps a geometric fretwork pattern, and then blend in another small-scale floral for the third or an alternative geometric. You can still add another pattern or two, or three, if you wish – maybe a small check, dot or something in a solid small-scale texture. If you’re more adventurous, consider throwing an animal print into the mix for a bit of fun. There are a lot of fabulous pink animal prints available today that can spice up a room – and remember to maintain balance throughout your space.

Pink is in so be bold and explorative in your decorating. Enjoy this trend. You may be surprised where it will take you!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Bathroom Bliss

How to build some bathroom bliss – no matter how big the space

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How to build some bathroom bliss – no matter how big the space

Over the years, we have seen the bathroom morph from a simply utilitarian space to a highly stylized, and yet functional room that not only evokes personal taste but customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat or simply a classic look that is big on efficiency and storage, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.

It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is large or small, if you prefer a relaxed boho design, a charming rustic look or something more refined, if you desire a Zen-like oasis or a fun space for the kids, when looking to renovate a bathroom your design should bring together all that is the best of what you envision, while delivering for you the absolute maximum of storage, usage and aesthetic.

Trends continue to remain tailored and refined. The world of tile continues to offer an abundant amount of options from the classics, to bold textures and colours, to Terrazzo, which has re-emerged in the world of design. All things vintage are ever-so popular in design. Whether it’s the relaxed boho vibe you are striving to create in your bathroom, or you simply desire an upcycled vanity, there’s no denying that vintage design remains strong. Bathroom fixtures are showing many wonderful warm metals, as well as matte black, all great alternatives to the typical chrome finish. The multitude of body sprays that once cluttered our shower walls are on the decline, and instead we are seeing the use of multiple shower heads, both ceiling and wall mount. Texture is also big in our bathrooms and, as always, maximum storage is high on the list.

If you’re planning to give your bathroom a whole new look, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Set a realistic budget

As a designer, I often find many believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary, once you start looking at all the options available to you today, whether in tile, fixtures or storage, you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost. Do some investigating to see what the best options are for you, and look to working with a designer to maximize your bathroom design options.

Use tile to add personality

When shopping for tile, don’t be swayed into believing that because your room is small you must stay with a small-scaled tile. In fact, a simple large-scaled tile can create the illusion of a much larger space. Also, tile is a great way to add personality and charm to your design, so mix it up a bit and consider adding some pattern to your space.

Keep storage in mind

Think through your storage space wisely. There are many ready-made vanities on the market today. However, a custom-made vanity will be able to truly accommodate and maximize your storage needs. We have designed many clever storage solutions for our clients, from hidden hampers to hidden steps for children to brush their teeth.

In the end, be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating a wonderfully luxurious and inviting room that reflects your individuality, while offering optimal convenience and relaxation for years to come.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colour

Colour your world

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Colour your world

Full of design “inspo” colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, it can create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. However you use colour in your space, you definitely know it can set the direction and complement the style of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of “white” walls with the flexibility of injecting colour with your furnishings and accessories, or whether you are drawn to using colour on your walls, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the love for colour in your life. Rich jewel tones, deep earthy plums, corals, and soft pinks as the “new” answer to neutrals, or bright cheery greens and yellows and blues of all shades — there’s a broad spectrum of possibilities available, and inspirations galore.

Richly patterned fabrics and area rugs, coloured saturated tiles and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear as colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork or even the lushness of this year’s hot trend of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world! Colour can find it’s way into every room in your home, especially the kitchen, where white cabinetry has moved aside for everything from shades of soft and pretty blue greys to deep blues and greens. However, let’s not forget about our appliances, both large and small, which have taken on a life of their own when it comes to colour.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated blend of colour, pattern and texture. Then sit back, relax and enjoy all the beauty you have created.

Here are a few tips to get your colour inspiration started:

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and when you’ve tired of the colour it’s easy enough to change.
  2. Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room. With the abundant selection of patterns and colours available, you’re sure to make a great impact.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as an accent wall.
  4. Add a touch of black to your mix; it doesn’t need to be a large item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Bringing the outdoors inside!

Bringing the outdoors inside!

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Bringing the outdoors inside!

We’ve been seeing a notable movement towards decorating with house plants. With the seasons always feeling so short-lived, decorating with plants is a great way to bring the outdoors inside and enjoy the lushness of greenery all year long. In the world of decorating, plants have a way of making a space feel bright and alive. They add a burst of great colour to a room while creating a relaxed and welcoming ambience.

Plants are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance and revitalize your space. They add colour and texture, and with a bit of creativity in your selections can really boost the character of your home. A large fiddle-leaf fig tree cannot only simply fill a corner of your home, but the scale of this plant with its beautiful dark green, waxy foliage and structured sculptural shapes is a great asset to any design aesthetic. You can find this striking plant equally comfortable in a relaxed “boho” design, as it is in a well-curated modern home.

Plants are a wonderful decor accessory adding life and beauty to your home. However, beyond just the aesthetic value, they also have actual health benefits as they reduce the toxins and improve air quality. They also provide a variety of aromatherapy perks and have been known to lower stress levels, make you feel energized or even simply add a lovely natural fragrance to your home.

Cut flowers are a stunning addition to any room, but can often be costly to maintain on a regular basis. A collection of plants displayed on a vintage silver tray can be a great alternative for a centrepiece, while adding a new layer to your decor. Or perhaps a great little grouping of hanging plants in the corner of your bathroom, with the added accessory of a trendy macrame hanger – a small nod to the 1970s – that would be a perfect complement to your home.

Whatever inspires you, there’s definitely a plant or two that will be perfect for your home decor needs. And should you be thinking that you don’t have a green thumb and will likely end up torching a beautiful live plant, there are fantastic alternatives in the world of faux plants that you can indulge in and still stay on trend with adding the lush look of greenery to your space.

4 tips to bring the outdoors in!:

  • Work with an assortment of plants that vary in heights, scale, colour and texture.
  • Planters and baskets are a great way to further enhance the decor element of your plant selections, but don’t just limit yourself to these items. Air plants and succulents can look fantastic displayed in many different container options.
  • Make sure you don’t keep all your plants on the ground or on table tops. Think about different ways to elevate them off the ground, such as a stack of books.
  • Make sure you are aware of the needs of your plants prior to purchasing them to ensure you benefit from the maximum enjoyment and decor aesthetic.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Trend Showcase at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

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Furniture trends spotted at the Canadian Furniture Show 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What's underfoot? Some inspired flooring

Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

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Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

With the renovation season in full gear, many of you are feverishly exploring decorating magazines for inspiration and direction for your home. As small-space condo dwellers, you many have resolved that many of the renovation options available often can be a bit limited because you do live in a condo, but that’s not necessarily the case. When designing a space, many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours; why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could, in fact, be the root of the design for your room but, with today’s flooring options, it’s definitely a possibility.

Vinyl and laminates

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walkup, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions have in the past been a tad sparse. Recently, though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.

Laminate flooring has been around for quite a while now. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using material such as medium or high-density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options, providing not only a great look but comfort as well. Luxury vinyl is available in an abundance of fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is still a relative newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, this is not to say that you should shy away from porcelain or ceramic tiles for your condo. Tile designs have come a long way and the colours, patterns and textures available offer much to the imagination!

Use your vision

So, the question remains: How can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork and a charming vintage chandelier. Play off this look by adding a great curvy 70s inspired sofa, inject a great pop of colour with your paint and accessories, and then top it off with bold patterned billowy drapes. You have now created for yourself an elevated, yet relaxed, living space all inspired by your flooring selection.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. If you’re looking to start your next renovation project, instead of looking to paint colour, fabric or cabinetry to inspire you, why not try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot? You may be surprised by where it takes you.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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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:


Thank you to all the Designers who participated:


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