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Home Finds - Is 2021 your year to get organized?

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Our Editor picks her favourite home finds this season.

Is 2021 your year to get organized? It can be overwhelming to think about whole home organization. So, take it one room at a time. Since many of us are working from home these days, why not start with your office space? Create an environment that is streamlined and inspiring to work in every day.

Gold wall STORAGE UNIT $39. | Blue WALL CLOCK $29. Grey wash WOOD DESK with built-in outlets. $299. | GOLD FRAMED LETTERBOARD $24. | Grey tufted OTTOMAN $99. | RATTAN STORAGE BASKET $29.99. Velvet office chair. $99. | Grey DESK LAMP. $39. | FRAMED ART PRINT $149. homesense.ca

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WFH

Even if you don’t have a dedicated room to work in, you can still have a functioning space that gets the job done.

1. Pratt READING/DESK LAMP in brass by Globe Electric. $129. bedbathandbeyond.ca | 2. Cubist multi-shelf WALL DISPLAY by Umbra. $119. amazon.ca | 3. Fantol DESK in oak. $1,099. article.com | 4. Nordmarke WIRELESS CHARGER. $19. ikea.ca | 5. WEEKLY PLANNER cali coast. $16. indigo.ca | 6. Meow & you MUG. $14. indigo.ca | 7. Soundlink around-ear WIRELESS HEADPHONES II in white by Bose. $269. bose.ca | 8. Felson TASK CHAIR by Langley Street in flat white. $314. wayfair.ca | 9. ACRYLIC CASE with three large rows. $39. muji.ca

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Book worm

Need a little inspiration to meet the organization goals you set for 2021? Here are five books to spark the expert organizer in you!

1. BEAUTIFULLY ORGANIZED: A Guide To Function And Style In Your Home by Nikki Boyd. $23. amazon.ca | 2. THE DECLUTTER CHALLENGE: A Guided Journal For Getting Your Home Organized In 30 Quick Steps by Cassandra Aarssen. $20. amazon.ca | 3. THE HOME EDIT LIFE: The No-Guilt Guide To Owning What You Want And Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. $38. indigo.ca | 4. JOY AT WORK: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein. $30. indigo.ca | 5. ORGANIZING: The Manual For Bringing Order To Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart. $35. amazon.ca

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Bird watching

Bird motifs are trending this season

1. Flight block print BIRD PILLOW with down-alternative insert. $65. cb2.ca | 2. Miles MARBLE BOWL. $52. cb2.ca | 3. Metal BIRD PLANTER. $44. crateandbarrel.ca | 4. Pjatteryd GOLDEN BIRD PICTURE. $19. ikea.ca | 5. Red BIRD SCULPTURES with metal feet. $29 for set of two. structube.com | 6. Ibis TABLE LAMP. $945. elte.com

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Nifty storage

Keep your clothes and bed linens secretly stored in the drawers of this bed. Danielle queen channel headboard with upholstered storage base in Van Gogh fog. $3,098. crateandbarrel.ca

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Fresh air

Breathe clean air indoors with one of these air purifiers. When buying an air purifier, look for one that contains a HEPA filter – these filters are effective at removing ultra-fine particles such as dust and dander.

1. PURE HUMIDITY + COOL PURIFIER. $999. dysoncanada.ca | 2. AIR – AIR PURIFIER. $1,199. molekule.com | 3. INTENSE PURE AIR AUTO PURIFIER with HEPA filtration by Rowenta. $459. bedbathandbeyond.ca

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Listen up!

Do you want to do your part for the environment while listening to your favourite music? Sounds good, right? The Nest Audio is covered in sustainable fabric and is made from 70 per cent recycled plastic.

NEST AUDIO. $130. store.google.ca

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Create a gallery wall

Have you ever wanted to create a gallery wall but don’t know where to start? It can take a lot of time to choose the right images and organize the layout just right. Desenio has a great line of gallery wall posters in a variety of colours, decor styles and finishes to suit your distinct style. Just select the gallery wall that you love, and voila the images are already organized for you according to size and style. desenio.com

Living Room: Monochromatic dreams gallery wall
Living Room: Monochromatic dreams gallery wall

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Stylish storage solutions

Keep a multitude of items (kid’s toys, shoes, magazines, mail, skincare) organized with these options.

1. BAMBOO STORAGE BASKET. $34. homesense.ca | 2. Fjallbo SHELF UNIT in black. $69. ikea.ca | 3. Marie Kondo CERAMIC BULK CANISTERs in cloud white. $25-$34. containerstore.com | 4. Mod SMALL LOCKER. $749. cb2.ca | 5. Large WIRE BASKET in gold. $59. hm.com | 6. Hardage MAGAZINE RACK by Mercury Row. $393. wayfair.ca

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Japandi style

A marriage of simple Japanese aesthetic and modern Scandinavian design, the Japandi style brings together the best of these two design worlds. The look is minimal, functional and inviting. Think neutral colour schemes and non-fussy decor. This style started gaining popularity in 2020, and Pinterest (and its 400 million users) predicts this design trend will be big this year, as well. We couldn’t agree more! Here are some of our favourite items to achieve that Japandi look at home.

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Face time

Line-drawn portrait decor items are the perfect touch of whimsy for any space.

1. Line drawn PILLOW COVER face by Oui. $34. indigo.ca | 2. Faces multicolour ART PRINT. $15. indigo.ca | 3. PLANT POT with graphic design in beige. $19. hm.com | 4. Ceramic SCULPTURE. $34. hm.com


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Get organized

Marie Kondo’s five easy tips to help you organize your home

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Marie Kondo’s five easy tips to help you organize your home

Need to get organized at home? The Container store and organizational guru Marie Kondo want to help! Together they have created 100 sustainably sourced products to inspire a tidy and joyful home. “When I was looking to develop products, I wanted a sustainable line that would spark joy and deliver the versatility and expertise The Container Store is famous for,” says Kondo. “I am so proud of what we have created together and thrilled that we were able to infuse aspects of my Japanese heritage into the collaboration.”

Here are five items currently on our “wish list”…

Marie Kondo modular ceramic canisters in cloud white. $16 to $25.

Marie Kondo serene matte metal accessory hanger in cloud white. $5.

Marie Kondo diagonal in-drawer organizer. $63.

Marie Kondo shoji two-section bamboo hamper. $191.

Marie Kondo ori rattan desktop organizer. $44.

For more information, visit containerstore.com


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Team tiny - Upsize your life by downsizing your home

Team tiny – Upsize your life by downsizing your home

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Team tiny – Upsize your life by downsizing your home

Photography: Daniel Ott of True North Tiny Homes

The tiny home movement is making a big impact. Whether you’re a baby boomer whose kids have left the nest or a millennial interested in buying an affordable first home in your dream location, downsizing to a tiny home is more than living in a smaller space, it’s about simplifying your life and getting down to the things that matter most.

A surprisingly spacious and luxurious kitchen features quartz countertops, four-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and closed storage.
A surprisingly spacious and luxurious kitchen features quartz countertops, four-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and closed storage.

We’ve noticed these tiny, innovative home options have gained widespread appeal across Canada and even globally. Why? Because they give homeowners more control over what makes sense for their lifestyle and future. We’re all for anything that helps homeowners live their best life.

The Millennial has 280 sq. ft. of living space including the loft. It is a 24'-long, moveable trailer; the width is 8.5', and height is 13.5' from bottom wheel to the highest peak of the roof.
The Millennial has 280 sq. ft. of living space including the loft. It is a 24′-long, moveable trailer; the width is 8.5′, and height is 13.5′ from bottom wheel to the highest peak of the roof.

Here we share just a few of the ways you can upsize your life by downsizing your home:

The modern stairway sits above a combo washer/dryer unit that saves space and maximizes function adding extra storage space under the stairway.
The modern stairway sits above a combo washer/dryer unit that saves space and maximizes function adding extra storage space under the stairway.

Redefining the home

There’s a major movement toward redefining the home. Instead of viewing it as the biggest investment of your life, more people are making a move towards living the tiny life because it’s a more affordable path to homeownership. Whether mobile or static, it’s also a move that can give you more flexibility – and who doesn’t crave more of that? Live debt-free faster or just enjoy living in a custom-designed home that’s within your means. In addition to financial freedom, there’s also just freedom. Take your passions with you – literally. With mobile tiny homes, you can travel with your home sweet home in tow, reduce your carbon footprint or live off the grid. There’s nothing holding you back from your next adventure.

Bathroom includes a modern slender vanity, shiplap siding, a completely tiled full-size shower and composting toilet.
Bathroom includes a modern slender vanity, shiplap siding, a completely tiled full-size shower and composting toilet.

A minimalist approach

Life can be a lot – a lot of stress, a lot of pressure, a lot of everything. More and more people are choosing to simplify their lives, there’s a reason why Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of tidying up has taken off. The minimalist approach to tiny living can help you separate what you need, from what you want. Do we all really need to live in 2,000 square feet? For some, that simply sounds like a whole lot more square footage to clean up. It’s also a great way to assess what’s really important in your life. Living in a tiny home can encourage you to focus on the absolute necessities, and let go of the stresses that come with that a lot.

Unbeatable views

Get that million-dollar view without the million-dollar price tag. Living in a tiny home gives you increased mobility, so you can have it parked just about anywhere you’d like, with the view of your choosing. Suddenly, that lakeside oasis you’ve always dreamed of owning is now affordably within reach, or even that trendy downtown neighbourhood, thanks to the growing laneway living trend for tiny homes. If you only want to use it for getaways, tiny homes also make great low-investment Airbnbs, perfect for those who are always on the go.

The rooftop patio ensures that no matter where you park your tiny home, you have dedicated outdoor space to relax and check out the view.
The rooftop patio ensures that no matter where you park your tiny home, you have dedicated outdoor space to relax and check out the view.

Make connections

Living in small quarters has its pros and cons, but one big advantage is the amount of time you get to spend with your housemate(s). Whether it’s friends or family, when you have a smaller space, it’s difficult to avoid quality time together, so inevitably, it leads to closer connections. With more of our time being spent “plugged in,” this lifestyle allows for more face-to-face communication and more time outdoors to truly enjoy the value of experiences over material possessions.

While tiny homes may not be for everyone, there’s no doubt that they are a low-investment homeownership opportunity that provide more freedom and more time for the little things in life that greatly impact our well-being. We’re on team tiny because we believe in the Canadian dream of homeownership, living within your means, and most importantly, that everyone deserves a space to call home. Downsizing, whether it may be to a tiny home or a smaller space, is a great way to make this dream a reality.

Who says you can’t go small and go home?

For more information on tiny houses, check out True North Tiny Homes.

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Toronto Fall Home Show

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

As fall brings changes to the weather, it also inspires us to make improvements in our homes. Whether you’re looking to do a big kitchen renovation, a small bathroom revamp or convert your laneway into a livable space, the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will help make this a reality.

With more than three decades of experience helping homeowners, condo dwellers and renters restructure, reorganize and restyle their spaces, this year’s show is set to once again bring the best experts to the GTA.

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show is a source for consumers to connect with the right people and find the right solutions for their living space (even ones to help you get rid of ghosts).

Here’s a peek at what will be featured:

Tiny Village

With rising real estate prices, there’s a tiny movement happening in Toronto. Small space living is becoming more of a reality for most people, with an increase in small condos, container homes and even laneway/infill housing. There are 47,000 lots on laneways that exist today, which can provide homeowners ample opportunities to supplement their income. Still, small space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The Tiny Village brings together the best of small space design, with units from True North Tiny Home and Eva Lanes.

Bad reno or paranormal activity?

For the first year ever, the Toronto Fall Home Show is bringing its very own paranormal activity expert, so you can figure out if the creaks in your floorboards are just your pipes… or if they’re ghosts! Chat with paranormal investigator Glenn Laycock for tips on what to do if you have an unwanted guest from beyond in your home, or take a Ghost Walk through the haunted Horse Palace.

Designer Pumpkin Patch

Ditch your plastic Halloween decor for chic and stylish pumpkins to give curb appeal a whole new meaning, with tips from the exquisite Designer Pumpkin Patch. Let designer Nicholas Rosaci inspire your own posh pumpkin design, make one yourself or purchase a pre-styled option, with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation.

Kitchen stage

The kitchen is the focal point of a home, and the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will be no different. Sit back and enjoy some of the city’s top chefs cooking up a storm on the kitchen stage and pick up tips from several expert speakers, including Ramsin Khachi, Marie Kondo Way expert Effy Nicopoulos, Rebecca Hay, Emmanuel Belliveau and Chef Christopher Woods.

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre

If you’re getting ready for a DIY project and want to learn a few skills or just don’t know where to start, stop by the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre. Here, you’ll get hands-on advice and practical tips from fan favourites such as Canada’s Handyman Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and, new at this year’s show, Mark Rason.

Project Jump Starter

Presented by RenoMark, this show feature will give you a one-on-one professional consultation, guiding you on where to start with your renovation and give you all the tools you need for success. Check out more than 100 award-winning, quality projects to get inspired for your next renovation.

The Toronto Fall Home Show runs from Oct. 4 to 6 at The Enercare Centre. For more information visit the website.


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