Tag Archives: newsletter

IDS_NovODNews_fi

Toronto IDS 19

Latest News


Toronto IDS 19

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. Over four action-packed days, the show captures the latest innovations for an engaged audience of consumers and professionals. With its ambitious programming, IDS Toronto is a driving force of the city’s flourishing design scene.

The fair promotes rising design talents and attracts keynote speakers of international acclaim, making it the must-see event of the year for established and emerging design. New this year IDS Contract — a hyper curated B2B trade-only exposition focused on the most innovative products and services that will focus on all verticals of design, including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government.

IDS19 Guests of Honour

IDS is thrilled to welcome Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the founding partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, as the Guests of Honour for IDS19. As an interdisciplinary practice based in Shanghai, they have won numerous international awards such as the Overall Winner of The PLAN Award (2018), EDIDA Designers of the Year (2017), ICONIC Awards’ Interior Designers of the Year (2017), Maison & Objet Asia Designers of The Year (2015) and Wallpaper* Designers of The Year (2014). In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Before starting their own practice in 2004, they both worked for several architecture firms in the US. Neri&Hu strongly believe in research as a design tool, their work draws from the dynamic interaction between experience, detail, material, form and light.

Lyndon and Rossana continue to teach and lecture around the world. They created Design Republic, an award-winning retail concept store in Shanghai that offers a unique collection of products created by the world’s best design talents and were appointed Creative Directors of Stellar Works in 2015.

Register today and join IDS, as they welcome their Guests of Honour, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, for Professional Trade Day presented by Miele on Friday, January 18.

Click here to Register Today!

Homes Publishing Group is proud to be a Media Sponsor of IDS19, and has been with the show since it began 21 years ago. Please visit our booth and pick up copies of our 2019 edition of the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook and RENO & DECOR magazine.

For more information visit toronto.interiordesignshow.com

SHARE  

Featured Products


Natural-Light_NovODNews_fi

Design Option: Add in some Natural light with Skylights

Latest News


Design Option: Add in some Natural light with Skylights

When looking to design or decorate a home we can often get caught up in the details of the colours, furnishings and finishes we’d like to use. These are all important to the overall aesthetics of our space. However, equally or even more importantly is lighting. Lighting is a requirement to ensure that your space not only looks good but also functions well. Most of us are familiar with the basics types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. However, one that is often forgotten when designing is the option of adding in natural light.

We all enjoy the benefits of natural light in our lives and our homes. Natural light not only enhances the aesthetics of your space, but seeing the great morning sunshine is a wonderful way to begin the day. Many homes suffer from those dark and shady areas such as a staircase or a bathroom, where natural light struggles to reach. If this is the predicament you find yourself in, then consider adding a skylight to your design and let the light shine in!

The addition of skylights, or sun tunnels if you are lacking the space, can be a wonderful asset to your project. It not only increases the volume of natural light, but also aids in the “health” of your home. Windows are designed to let light in and to circulate air throughout a room. However, hot air rises, and therefore so will any toxins and pollutants. To counter this, many of the skylights on the market today are being designed to open, allowing your home to properly ventilate. Boasting this feature, along with greater energy efficiency, temperature regulation and protection from the sun’s rays, the skylights of today can be a fantastic complement to the design, architecture and function of your home.

When designing for my clients, I enjoy the challenge of maximizing light, especially natural light. As we often have limitations to window sizes and locations, skylights become a great option, creating a more open feel to the space – a great feature for “space-challenged” urban dwellers!

However, before you start ripping up your roof and ceilings to install skylights in your home, there are a few important points you should be aware of in order to maximize the benefits of this great feature.

  1. Plan well and be aware of the finished outcome. Skylights are not vertical windows; the two are not interchangeable. However, they are designed to complement each other. A window is designed to catch the sun’s rays and when open circulate air in a room. By adding an operable skylight, you are able to bring sunlight into the core of your home while also properly venting out your home, thereby creating a healthier environment.
  2. Think about how the sun moves throughout the day. Skylights positioned on a north-sloping roof will pretty much diffuse light for you all day, whereas one situated on a southern sloping roof will be exposed to more direct sunlight. To diffuse the light you might want to consider a skylight with a built-in operable blind.
  3. Select appropriately for your space to maximize the design aesthetics. Just as a large skylight in a very small bathroom may appear overwhelming, a single small skylight on a vast sloping ceiling in a family room or kitchen may not be as impressive as you might hope. Skylights come in varying sizes. Therefore, if you have a large ceiling you may want to consider adding more than one skylight or create a cluster of different sizes for visual appeal. However, for tighter more confined spaces, the sun tunnel option may be the way to go. You also need to consider your lighting plan in accordance with the skylight.

Whatever your decision, I think we can all agree that skylights, as well as sun tunnels, can be a wonderful feature in your home. They add a strong architectural design element to your space while creating interest and airiness to your ceiling. So invest a little more thought into the volume of natural light you’d like to see in your home and consider the addition of a skylight in your next renovation project.

Whatever your decision, I think we can all agree that skylights, as well as sun tunnels, can be a wonderful feature in your home. They add a strong architectural design element to your space while creating interest and airiness to your ceiling. So invest a little more thought into the volume of natural light you’d like to see in your home and consider the addition of a skylight in your next renovation project. LindaMazurDesign.com

SHARE  

Featured Products


Geranium contributes to Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank

Geranium contributes to Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank

Latest News


Geranium contributes to Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank

Geranium continues to support the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank with a donation of over $5,000.

Geranium generously donated $5,050 to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank. This year, contributions from SCS Consulting Group Ltd., Griffith Property Services Ltd., PACE Credit Union, Peak Flow Water Consulting Services Ltd., and Eye-View Drain Services were incorporated in the donation. Representatives from Geranium and PACE Credit Union were on-hand to present Anand Daté, chair of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank, with the donation.

Geranium contributes to Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank
Geranium contributes to Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank

Geranium’s long-standing commitment to the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville began in 2008 with the award-winning, master-planned The Neighbourhoods of Cardinal Point community. This development spans 100 acres north of Main Street between Highway 48 and Ninth Line.

“Giving back to communities in which we build is very important to us and remains one of our core principals,” said Boaz Feiner, president of Geranium. In 2016, Geranium was a supporting sponsor of the Main Street Habitat for Humanity home build project and employees helped to build a house for a working, low-income Whitchurch-Stouffville family.

Holding the cheque, Boaz Feiner, left, and Anand Daté with Geranium and PACE representatives.
Holding the cheque, Boaz Feiner, left, and Anand Daté with Geranium and PACE representatives.

In addition to the financial contribution, throughout the month of September Geranium collected food donations from residents of The Neighbourhoods of Cardinal Point, which were delivered to the food bank. Food Bank volunteers will distribute the non-perishable food items and use funds to purchase fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy year-round.

Since 1977, Geranium has created unparalleled master-planned communities and built more than 8,000 homes throughout Ontario.

geranium.com


SHARE  

Featured Products


Georgian International

Georgian International: Creating Remarkable Communities

Latest News


Georgian International: Creating Remarkable Communities

Creating remarkable communities is a hallmark of the Barrie-based builder.

Bringing a unique approach to real estate is a hallmark of Georgian International’s mission. Award-winning Braestone in Horseshoe Valley, and Windfall and Mountain House in the Town of Blue Mountains are among Ontario’s most exceptional and desirable projects.

Braestone

When you drive down the quiet stretch of road to Braestone‘s main entrance, underneath the leafy canopies of century-old trees, the horse paddocks sharply delineate where the outside world ends and the storied world of Braestone begins. Residents enjoy a secluded, simpler yet refined country lifestyle, with the convenience of being in close proximity to countless forms of recreation and the neighbouring cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Braestone in Horseshoe Valley
Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

At Braestone, families experience authentic “Remarkables,” a term coined for the many timeless amenities that have grown organically from the community’s stunning landscape. A full 60 per cent of the land is set aside as a nature preserve with forests, trails, ponds and more.

There are literally dozens of Remarkables to experience every season. From watching the stars shine atop the future observatory hill called Starfall, to the neighbouring Braestone Farm’s skating pond and maple sugar shack, residents at Braestone can experience this glorious style of living every single day.

Braestone in Horseshoe Valley
Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

The homes at Braestone are inspired by the architecture of the Oro-Medonte region. Their unique architecture combines a simple yet strikingly modern interpretation of country style influenced by the farmhouses, barns and sheds of the Oro-Medonte region with refined contemporary finishing details. Remarkable standard features include covered porches with gas lanterns, hardwood floors in living areas, granite countertops in kitchens including islands, frameless glass showers and smooth finished ceilings. Bungalow and two-storey floorplans have been developed to complement Braestone’s minimum 100-foot up to 300-foot deep lots. Construction is well underway at Braestone, with families already moved in and experiencing the remarkable lifestyle available at the country estate.

Windfall

Set at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment, Windfall at Blue Mountain is an inspired enclave of detached and semi-detached mountain homes next to Blue Mountain Village. This 148-acre master-planned community will more authentically represent the concept of resort living than any other in or around Collingwood or Blue Mountain.

Windfall at Blue Mountain
Windfall at Blue Mountain

The distinctive architecture of the homes at Windfall represents an artful, modern and eco-considerate interpretation of Georgian Bay cabins, cottages and mountain chalets in timeless bungalow, bungalow-with-loft, two-storey detached and semi-detached designs.

A true escape from the ordinary, Windfall at Blue Mountain is a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance. Fully one-third of the land is a nature preserve with wetland preservation areas and other natural features. An extensive trail system will lead through the forest, linking Windfall to its enviable next-door neighbours – Blue Mountain Resort and Village to the west, and the award-winning Scandinave Spa to the east. Blue Mountain’s expansion of the Orchard brings the ski slopes literally to Windfall’s doorstep.

In the heart of the community will be The Shed, a barn-inspired gathering place that will form the hub for residents to network, socialize and relax. Cold-and-hot-water outdoor pools are planned to further promote relaxed living. This remarkable community has been popular since launch day and has received numerous prestigious awards. Families have moved in and are enjoying their new home in the fabulous setting: Phase 3 construction has commenced.

Mountain House at Windfall

A new chapter is unfolding at Mountain House at Windfall, an exclusive collection of 230 modern suites inspired by mountain chalets located near the foothills of Blue Mountain and right next door to Scandinave Spa.

Mountain House at Windfall at Blue Mountain
Mountain House at Windfall at Blue Mountain

This exclusive mountain community of just 12 buildings is set on 10 magnificent acres in the centre of nature’s four-season playground. Just minutes away are Blue Mountain Village, Georgian Bay, the historic Town of Collingwood and some of Ontario’s most compelling natural attractions.

Wellness isn’t a buzzword here — it’s a way of life. The Mountain House enclave of residences is designed to surround an exclusive amenity area that extends towards the outdoors with impressive views over the naturalized areas, with the gorgeous Blue Mountains as the backdrop. The amenities at Mountain House provide a private club-like four-season playground for residents with many activities available right on site to keep you busy on those days when you might not want to venture far from home.

Mountain House at Windfall at Blue Mountain
Mountain House at Windfall at Blue Mountain

Mountain House has a connecting trail system at its doorstep, bike repair stations, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and so much more, all awaiting residents amidst the chalet-inspired amenity building.

The undisputed jewel of Mountain House is its very own pool and spa-inspired space, aptly named Zephyr Springs. Comprised of a sauna, relaxation and fitness room, hot and cold pools, with large landscaped lounge area, residents can enjoy the numerous benefits of a Nordic bath circuit and hydrotherapy every day.

Construction is well underway with Georgian International working to release its second of three phases later this year due to strong demand.


SHARE  

Featured Products


Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan classic California home for sale

Latest News


Jamie Dornan classic California home for sale

The star of Fifty Shades of Grey puts his classic mid-century modern California home on the market for over $3 million.

Northern Irish actor, Jamie Dornan, was best known for his lead role in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey and should be even better known around Tinsel Town for his flawless taste in picking good value in real estate.

Whether well guided or through good instincts, the house he chose in 2011 at the start of filming the television series Once Upon a Time and while filming Fifty Shades, is a classic California mid-century modern with extra design perks to make it ultra charming. Having now returned to his residence in Cotswolds, England, he has put his Hollywood house on the market for $3.195 million (U.S.).

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills among large shade trees at the end of Nichols Canyon Road, the 2,510-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath mid-century home was built in 1959 but underwent an extensive update prior to Dornan’s purchase.

Capitalizing on the pleasant year-round climate, the centre of the home has a large atrium flooding the interior rooms with sunlight and the sound of trickling water wafting from a small waterfall and Zen-like water pond with large stepping stones.

A peaceful retreat yet large and dramatic enough for entertaining, the home also opens to an outdoor terrace and deck with grass area, swimming pool, spa and firepit that is enclosed for privacy by a wall and towering foliage.

Rooms are large with ceiling-to-floor glass walls opening either to the atrium or outdoor entertainment area. There is a double-sided fireplace between the living room and dining room and one kitchen wall is against the glass wall of the atrium, making it feel as though one is cooking outside. The master suite has a walk-through closet and opens to the pool terrace.

Labeled “The Golden Torso” by The New York Times, Dornan became a wellknown male model appearing in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, Armani, Dior Homme and Calvin Klein, quickly parlaying his runway skills into television commercials. Vogue ranked Dornan one of the “25 Biggest Male Models of All Time.”

The path from modeling to acting was a natural for Dornan, who appeared in popular American, British and Northern Ireland television series and films. It wasn’t until his part as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that his box office popularity soared off the charts.

Jamie Dornan’s mid-century modern enclave in the Hollywood Hills is now offered for sale, priced at $3.195 million. The listing agent is Jeff Kohl of The Agency, Beverly Hills, California.

Source: toptenrealestatedeals.com


SHARE  

Featured Products


AL_Health_Oct_HPG_fi

Top 5 tips to survive flu season

Latest News


Top 5 tips to survive flu season

(NC) With winter right around the corner, many of us are already anticipating the dreaded cold and flu season. But this time of year doesn’t have to mean a household full of runny noses, sore throats, achy muscles and fevers. Abbey Sharp, a registered dietician, shares her top tips to combat and survive this year’s flu season.

Find ways to minimize stress: Chronic stress wears you down, both emotionally and physically, leaving your body more susceptible to infection and disease. Make an effort to find some activities that help you unwind. Listening to a meditation app, doing yoga, laughing with friends or even just taking a bath may help clear your mind and lower those harmful stress hormone levels.

Exercise daily: You don’t need to be an athlete to reap the benefits of daily exercise. Exercise may help slow down the release of stress hormones, which in turn helps boost immune function over time. In fact, research has found that moderate exercise even helps to prevent the onset of the common cold. Aim to spend at least 30 minutes each day doing something active.

Increase zinc levels: Zinc is a mineral that helps your body stay healthy, not only strengthening your immune system but also promoting normal growth and development at all ages. For a delicious way to get your zinc, try Tetley Super Herbal Tea-Immune, which has lemon, echinacea and zinc. This tasty tea is high in zinc, containing 20 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily intake of zinc per cup. Get enough sleep: When deprived of quality shut-eye, your body experiences an increase in stress hormones, which starts to wear down your ability to fight off disease and infection. Skip the caffeine after noon, shut off all electronics before bed, keep your room as dark as possible and create a relaxing pre-bed routine to help you get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Keep good hygiene habits: Unless you plan to barricade indoors yourself this winter, it’s impossible to steer completely clear of germs. Your best defence is to wash your hands thoroughly and often using soap and hot water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. And don’t forget to be courteous — practice the “sleeve sneeze” to avoid transferring pathogenic germs onto your hands.

FLU RECOVERY TIPS
Flu season is upon us, and if you’re one of the one billion influenza cases that happen each year, you’re looking at a rough road to recovery. While most cases last seven to 10 days, the flu can last up to two full weeks for some.

Cindy Beckedam, a registered dietician at Loblaws, and Hans Epp, a pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart, share their tips for recovering from the flu.

Drink plenty of fluids: Fluids fuel your immune system by helping move important proteins around your body. We’re also losing a lot of them in the form of mucous or sweat when we have the flu. “While there are no hard and fast rules, do your best to get plenty of fluids whether they come in the form of tea, soup or plain old water,” says Beckedam.

Cancel your caffeine and alcohol consumption: Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics that may work against your efforts to stay hydrated. “Skipping a glass of beer or wine with dinner may make the job of staying hydrated a bit easier,” advises Epp.

Consume foods with the right vitamins and minerals: It takes a lot of work for our bodies to fight the flu, so getting the vitamins and minerals we need is a big part of recovery. Vitamin C, zinc and vitamin A help contribute to a good immune system and overall health, so foods that contain them are a good place to start.

Stay well rested: The flu takes a lot out of us, so getting plenty of rest will help with recovery. “Tired and sore muscles are your body’s way of telling you it’s a good idea to stay at home,” explains Epp. “Staying home and resting have the added benefit of curbing the spread of illness.”

Avoid the flu altogether: The flu shot is still your best way to help avoid the illness, so stop in at your closest Shoppers Drug Mart and get vaccinated today.

http://www.newscanada.com/home

SHARE  

Featured Products


RD_Proch_Oct_HPG_fi

Front porch makeover

Latest News


Front porch makeover

By Jaclyn Harper

Well friends, fall is officially here. Have you started your fall decorating yet? Personally, I think the best way to kick off the season is with an updated front porch or entry. With that said, today I’m giving you five tips to instantly transform your front porch.

Paint
This may seem daunting to a lot of you, but you’d be amazed at how much paint can transform your space. Last year, we painted the brick of our home. The transformation is honestly incredible. Our home went from old and dated to new and modern. Of course, getting your brick stained can be much more expensive than simply painting your front door. In fact, we did paint our front door and our garage, too.

When we purchased our home they were white and they looked dirty. We thought that this coffee brown colour looked amazing against our new grey brick and would hide the dirt as well. So why not give your front door a refresh? It’s simple, it’s inexpensive and it’s fun. Plus, it’s so simple to change the colour if you want to in the future.

If you pop into Lowe’s they have the new HGTV Home By Sherwin Williams line, which makes shopping for your paint colour really easy. I’m thinking I’m going to repaint our door a light blue to give it a burst of colour.

Texture
For fall you definitely want to incorporate different textures on your front porch to bring it to life. I’m talking about corn stalks, hay bales, birch logs, textured pillows and throw blankets. All of these things help to create a cozy and inviting entry to your home. These items are also a great way to play with different heights and will help add some dimension to your space.

Corn stalks can be really dramatic, which I love. Using hay bales to add height can be helpful, too. They make for great fall side tables, stools or pedestals for your fall accessories.

Accessories
Speaking of accessories, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins. But don’t go crazy — when you choose a lot of smaller accessories your space can look very cluttered very quickly. And make sure you’re choosing some larger elements so that people can see your items from the street. Stand on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street to see how it’s all coming together.

These days a lot of people are actually purchasing their accessories online. So, if you’re shopping online already, go to airmilesshops.ca and get miles at the same time! They’ve added a bunch of new brands like Etsy, Wayfair and Ticketmaster, in addition to the 175 brands they already have. In fact, the pillows, the black lanterns and the magnolia wreath are all ordered from Wayfair. Everything else on my front porch was picked up at Lowe’s. We found a really fun blue and black doormat there this year

Colour
The easiest way to add some colour is with flowers. Mums are great for this time of year, but there really are so many options to choose from. I think it’s important to start by figuring out what your colour palette is going to be. You can look on Pinterest or head to Lowe’s Ideas and Tips section to get inspired. Once you’ve decided on your palette — stick with three colours — then it’s time to pick out your flowers. This year I’ve chosen to use navy, white and green. Of course, you can also add colour in your throw pillows, your throw blankets, your doormat and in your flower pots.

Lighting
It’s really easy to update the look of your home with some new lighting. Whether it’s a wall sconce, ceiling light, solar lighting along the walkway, or just adding some lanterns, it’s easy to update your home. If you look outside and notice that you’ve had the same wall sconce for about five years, it’s probably time for a change.

At Lowe’s there is such a variety of lights to choose from. That’s where we found ours and it was only $22 at the time. Total bargain right?

Well, I really hope you get to try out these tips for yourself. I’d love to share your front porch makeover on my Instagram page and all you have to do is use the hashtag #jhdfrontporch. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.

Jaclyn Harper is a TV host, interior stylist and busy mother. http://jaclynharperdesigns.com/

SHARE  

Featured Products


RD_Colour_Oct_HPG_fi

Bold and calm are hallmarks of 2019

Latest News


Bold and calm are hallmarks of 2019

Beauti-Tone and Benjamin Moore announced their choice for 2019 Colour of the Year recently.

Benjamin Moore named Metropolitan, a stylish grey with cool undertones, as its Colour of the Year.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens, the Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2019 palette features Putnam Ivory, Balboa Mist, Kendall Charcoal, Smoke, Black Pepper, Soft Fern, Cloud White, Beau Green, Metropolitan, Hale Navy, Head Over Heels, Kona, Decorator’s White, Pashmina and Hunter Green.

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quiet in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2019 palette can be achieved only with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura, Aura Bath & Spa, Regal Select, Ultra Spec, Benjamin Moore Natura ben, Advance, Arborcoat and Aura Grand Entrance.

All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours are available in pint samples at retailers, along with Colour Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are found exclusively at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across Canada and the U.S.

DRAMATIC LOOK
Beauti-Tone is taking a more dramatic look at 2019 with the release of its Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection. Made up of 24 hues, some traditional, some contemporary — and some that are downright edgy — this collection features many shades that are even deeper, richer and more intense than on previous Beauti-Tone trend colour cards.

“Much like the way we Canadians are embracing our individuality and flexing our muscles when it comes to our independence, this colour collection sets the tone for being different and setting yourself apart. Out of the ordinary is the new normal,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores.

Canadians are embracing luscious, saturated colours, experimenting more and finding joy and excitement when it all works well.

“Nothing helps the psyche more than to add a bit of edginess, and to love the result,” adds Bell.

While many of the colours can be used to paint an entire room, others, like Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, Tropic of Conversation are fun to play with, either as an accent wall, on furniture pieces and interior doors, or hidden spots like inside closets or drawers.

“This bold colour choice is an homage to our positively powerful state of mind,” says Bell.

Tropic of Conversation is full of warmth, joy and positive energy. This vibrant orange hue is easy to engage with.

“I just love this colour because it is saturated in positivity,” enthuses Bell. Not intended to stand alone, it is a very social colour, beautiful to pair with softer or muted tones for maximum impact.

This is the sixth colourful collaboration between Canadian style icon Simon Chang and the design experts at Beauti-Tone, one of Canada’s largest Canadian-owned paint manufacturers. “Finding influence from the runway and taking inspiration from decor trends such as natural wood, classic whites, luxe high sheen fabrics and metal finishes,” says Simon Chang, “we created a collection of fashion-forward hues that are approachable, full of character and meant to expand your comfort zone.”

Beauti-Tone’s Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca
https://www.homehardware.ca/

SHARE  

Featured Products


THE INDUSTRY LEADER: Province needs to revisit GTA West Corridor plan

Ontario needs to revisit the GTA West Corridor plan

Latest News


Ontario needs to revisit the GTA West Corridor plan

By Dave Wilkes

My workday has me driving across the GTA to attend meetings with stakeholders and I often find myself sitting in traffic on Highway 401 going nowhere fast. I see drivers commuting to work, trucks transporting goods across the region and many like me trying to get somewhere on time.

Earlier this year, the Ontario government decided on the advice of an advisory panel’s recommendation not to go forward with the GTA West Corridor; instead, a narrower corridor that is approximately one-third of the size of the analysis area of the environmental assessment will be protected from development.

While there have been some improvements, there have been no significant new highway additions to the western part of the GTA since Highway 407 nearly 20 years ago. A recent Metrolinx study notes that traffic congestion will cost GTA residents and businesses $7 billion a year by 2031.

Something must be done to improve traffic congestion in our region. Transportation infrastructure is vital to each and every one of us as it links people to where we live, work, shop and play.

Where does the cancellation leave the residents of the GTA? The GTA Corridor West was not just a proposed highway. It was a means to unlock both commercial and residential land for development. Its central location, running from Highway 400 in Vaughan, across Caledon and Halton Hills and connecting to highways 401/407 in Milton, would have been a pressure relief for existing highways. The economic benefits of the corridor would have been enormous. In Peel Region alone $1.8 billion in goods is moved to and from the area every day. Furthermore, four in nine jobs in Peel depend on the movement of goods.

The corridor would connect urban growth centres, facilitate the growth of new employment and business areas and create greater economic competitiveness. Much of the recent development in the Town of Milton happened around Highways 401 and 407. The GTA West Corridor would have had the same economic growth potential, bringing new housing to the GTA that will see its population grow to 9.7 million by 2041.

BILD strongly supports a transportation network like the one the GTA West Corridor would enable. It plays a significant role in sustaining the type of development that is in line with the province’s intensification policies. It would allow us to plan and create complete communities within the area, which is needed to meet future population growth.

During the 2018 provincial election campaign, the new provincial government made a commitment to re-visit the environmental assessment for the GTA West Corridor. It is important for the residents of the GTA that the provincial government make good on this promise.

David Wilkes is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Associatio (BILD).

SHARE  

Featured Products


THE COUNCIL: Bill 148 and new homebuyers

THE COUNCIL: Bill 148 and new homebuyers

Latest News


THE COUNCIL: Bill 148 and new homebuyers

For hard-working people who have scraped together a downpayment for a new home over the course of many years, Bill 148 is a tough pill to swallow.

by Richard Lyall
RESCON

For hard-working people, including millennials, who have scraped together a downpayment over the course of many years – extending their planned purchasing date by years – Bill 148 is a tough pill to swallow.

Also known as The Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act, 2017, Bill 148 was an omnibus labour bill introduced and passed by the provincial Liberal government. It was proposed to solve labour market issues outlined by the changing workplace review in Ontario’s service and retail sectors and assist vulnerable workers in the province’s emerging “part-time gig economy.”

Despite indicating that construction would be excluded, there was a decision by the Liberals to include all sectors of the economy – including construction – into the bill.

Numerous associations wrote to the previous government and outlined obvious concerns, including introducing sick days and scheduling requirements. To be direct, the construction industry pays relatively higher wages than virtually all sectors, including manufacturing, with the understanding that outside of vacation pay, workers are paid when they work and not paid when they don’t.

This longstanding agreement – which is reflected in virtually all industry collective agreements and with non-union constructors – has been turned on its head and continues to destabilize the entire industry. Meanwhile, the 2019 round of bargaining is coming up fast: both sides of the table are preparing for another long round of bargaining in the spring when most construction collective agreements will expire.

However, Doug Ford’s newly elected government still has a chance to exclude the construction sector, restore the industry to pre-Bill 148 legislation and begin unwinding the uncertainty it has caused.

Now is the time to act. Let Ford know you want to undo the problems Bill 148 is causing, which will give new homebuyers confidence as they step onto the housing ladder next year. There is simply too much on the line for the GTA’s new housing sector and the Ontario economy it drives.

Richard Lyall is the president of RESCON.

media@rescon.com


SHARE  

Featured Products