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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Those Summer Nights

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Those Summer Nights

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Those Summer Nights

by Silvana Longo

The only drawback of summer is shorter days after the summer solstice. Fortunately the beautiful array of lighting choices help keep the good times going way into the wee hours.

Normandy Lantern, from $281US

Restoration Hardware

RH.com

Wood Rope Lantern Brass, small $69, tall $181

WestElm.ca

Moroccan Lantern $39.99

HomeSense.ca

Canvas Black Rope Solar-Powered Lantern $39.99

CanadianTire.ca

Mid-Century Wood Lantern, small $39, large $111

WestElm.ca

Asura Metal Lantern with LED Flameless Candle, two sizes available, $79.95 & $119.95

Pier1.ca

Angled Mercury Glass Lantern, small $28US, medium $58US, large $98US

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Lighting up our summer!

Lighting up our summer!

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Lighting up our summer!

by Linda Mazur

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons.

The warm weather has finally arrived and many of us will be working on outdoor living spaces for our clients. Creating a beautiful, well-curated backyard oasis, with lush gardens can be an exciting project. However, an outdoor space cannot be truly complete without proper lighting. It not only adds value to the home, it can bring great enjoyment and value to life.

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons such as safety and ease of mobility. Whether it’s an entryway, pathway lighting, recessed deck lighting, a security light or beautiful sconces outside doorways, we require basic lighting to assist us in the dark. However, good outdoor lighting also carries an aesthetic value.

When planned properly, exterior entryway lights can highlight architecture features, whether at the front or rear of the home. As we know, there are multitudes of styles and lighting options available from modern to traditional to period pieces — wall sconces to pendant lighting. Decide what may be the most complementary to enhance the exterior of your home. Recessed soffit lights may be another option to consider and are a great way to “wall-wash” the house, casting a warm glow and highlighting the architectural details.

Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture
Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture

Deck lighting and pathway lighting not only improves the aesthetics of your outdoor space, it obviously also enables us to move freely and safely in the dark. When creating pathway lighting remember to keep your lights well balanced and staggered to avoid the “landing strip” effect that we so often see. When lighting a staircase, I’m often asked by clients how many lights are enough? For a relatively narrow staircase, a single step light centred in each riser may be sufficient, for wider steps you may feel that you require a series of lights along each riser, or perhaps they can be positioned in the stringers.

Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca
Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca

Accent lighting is also important when planning an outdoor project. Consider adding lighting to garden beds, up lighting trees, architectural features like pergolas, arbours or gazebos, or perhaps a wall or water feature. And, let’s not forget that fire is a great feature for the outdoors. Whether it’s an actual formal fireplace or simply one of the various other options such as columns, bowls, pits, lanterns or tables, the addition of fire to your space is a wonderful feature to cozy up and enjoy the summer evening outdoors.

Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca
Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca

When planning and designing your outdoor living spaces, keep in mind that the drive to Smart Home automation is not lost outdoors. Consider Control4 for your lighting, sound, water features, security and more, to enhance your space with ease, as well as maintain usage control.

Our time outdoors in the summer is so short-lived; however, with the addition of proper lighting you can extend and enhance your stay to really soak in the relaxation and pleasures that the summer months have to offer.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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HOME FINDS: Frolic Al Fresco

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Frolic Al Fresco

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Frolic Al Fresco

by Silvana Longo

After what seemed like an interminable winter, finally we can lose the layers and revel in the sweet summer open air. Whether you do that lakeside, or in the comfort of your own backyard, make the most of the fair season with our favourite product picks that will make the outdoor living even sweeter.

This season, move your living room outdoors to make impromptu entertaining easy with playful, painterly printed outdoor pillows that can easily function as extra seating, inviting lanterns, vintage-inspired barware and outdoor furniture that is as sleek and comfortable as your indoor furniture.

Corded Weave Outdoor Collection:

LOUNGE CHAIR $1,188,
2-PC CHAISE SECTIONAL $3,359,
SMALL LOUNGE CHAIR from the Huron collection $768,
Metal Square LANTERNS $34 to $209,
Outdoor Concrete Pedestal COFFEE TABLE $699,
Outdoor Graphic Triangles PILLOW $53
Pick + Pick INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG $40-$979

westelm.ca

Slender fish peer down this white ceramic bowl as ocean-inspired stripes. Made in Portugal, this glazed terracotta handpainted bowl coordinates with the matching Harborside platter.

Harborside OVAL PLATTER, $44.95;
Harborside BOWL, $13.95;

crateandbarrel.ca

Valencia GLASS

SET of 4, pink $32US

anthropologie.com

Rose Gold Enamel SERVERS, $14.99

homesense.ca

Add some flare to your outdoor look or for a convenient serving solution for summer entertaining.

CANVAS Galvanized PARTY TUB, $19.99

canadiantire.ca

Add a little art to your outdoor space with the Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table. Its ceramic tiles are carefully inlaid by hand onto an FSC-certified hardwood base for a unique look both indoors and out.

Mosaic Tiled TABLE, $657

westelm.ca

Mesa Melamine PLATE, blue & pink $12US each

anthropologie.com

Serve up drinks in rustic style with this Portside Bar Cart. Made for al fresco entertaining, it’s equipped with a bottle opener and a hidden stainless steel bucket to keep drinks cool.

Portside BAR CART in Weathered Café, $979

westelm.ca

Integrating a bowl into a larger serving bowl, the Paros chip and dip is handpainted with a Mediterranean-influenced tile motif, then parts of the decoration are wiped away to give the piece a distressed look. Each chip and dip will exhibit its own unique artisanal character.

Paros Chip and Dip SERVER. $44.95

crateandbarrel.ca

Brass Glass CADDY Holder $39 & Patterned Glassware $12

westelm.ca

Designed by Louis Ho, Havana mixes contrasting materials for a modern, minimalist take on outdoor furniture. Distinguished by clean lines and graceful curves, the collection is crafted with vertical, all-weather wicker cording that creates a dramatic interplay of light and shadow. The airy frame is grounded by a base of enduring teak.

Havana Swivel LOUNGER CHAIR, from $881US;

Restoration Hardware, rh.com

Vintage CROQUET SET, $183US;

Restoration Hardware, rh.com

Wooden LAWN BOWLING SET, $29.99

homesense.ca

Outdoor Zoe Bios Outdoor Road PILLOW $53

westelm.ca

Prescott Toss CUSHION, Aruba 20×20, $49

urbanbarn.com

CUSHION with Pom Pom Trim, $24.99

homesense.ca

All decked out! The Miami Rug is inspired by the indoor/outdoor lifestyle of Southern Florida. Add square footage to your living space by bringing home comforts outside. With a large-scale stripe pattern in indigo hues, this durable polypropylene rug will take your patio to the next level.

Miami OUTDOOR RUG, stripe indigo, $49.99

urbanbarn.com

Bring the warmth of Acapulco style to your home. Synthetic cord handwoven over a steel powder-coated frame makes the Frenso Collection safe for outdoors and stylish enough to bring indoors. Sit back and relax. Pair this chair with the Fresno side table, and a margarita.

Fresno CHAIR Granite, $249

urbanbarn.com

Hang around and indulge in unparalled relaxation in this classic, oatmealcoloured hammock outfitted with its own navy blue pillow. Handwoven of DuraCord, the most fade-resistant rope on the market, the roomy hammock can be suspended between two trees, between a tree and a post, or on the secure hammock stand of tubular steel with a durable taupe powder-coat finish.

DuraCord Oatmeal HAMMOCK with Pillow and Stand, $524.25

crateandbarrel.ca

Those Summer Nights

The only drawback of summer is shorter days after the summer solstice… fortunately the beautiful array of lighting choices help keep the good times going way into the wee hours

CANVAS Penny STRING OF LIGHTS, $24.99

canadiantire.ca

Paradise Plug-In Gazebo LED Metal PENDANT LIGHT, $89.99

lowes.ca

CANVAS Oslo Outdoor Solar CHANDELIER, $89.99

canadiantire.ca

Fusion Solar-Powered Brown Rattan Gazebo PENDANT LIGHT, $99.99

lowes.ca

— Sil’s Pick–

Silvana Longo, Editor
Silvana Longo, Editor

Angled Mercury Glass Lantern, small $28US, medium $58US, large $98US

anthropologie.com

Mid-Century Wood LANTERN, small $39, large $111

westelm.ca

CANVAS Black Rope Solar-Powered LANTERN, $39.99

canadiantire.ca

Normandy LANTERN, from $281US

Restoration Hardware, rh.com

— Em’s Pick —

Emilie Simpson, Art Director
Emilie Simpson, Art Director

Saturno Lantern, small $88US, medium $118US

anthropologie.com

Moroccan LANTERN, $39.99

homesense.ca

Wood Rope LANTERN Brass, small $69, tall $181

westelm.ca

Asura Metal LANTERN with LED Flameless Candle, two sizes available, $79.95 & $119.95

pier1.ca


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Trend Watch: Red Hot

Trend Watch: Red Hot

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Trend Watch: Red Hot

by Silvana Longo

From the head-to-toe red that stomped down the catwalk in the Fall/Winter ’18 collections to revered paint company Benjamin Moore recently naming Caliente, a warm and charismatic red, as the 2018 colour of the year, there is no denying that this statement-making, beyond-bold hue is on fire. “Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like red-carpet treatment,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence.

Red is radical. Red is regal. Among the robust adjectives used to describe the fiery shade, O’Neill has also discovered examples of the comfort red brings to a space—the cocooning, the assuredness.

Mixing varying shades of the primary colour may work in fashion, but if you want to use it in big doses in interiors, such as walls, avoid the shocking and go for warm, soothing tones that create a stately, luxurious feel. Not ready to plunge in that deep? Add an energizing splash of ruby to your decor to liven up a neutral space.

1 Jimmy Choo LANCER 85, $925; holtrenfrew.com

2 TABLE LAMP, $79.99; bouclair.com

3 Red Sequin CAMISOLE, $24.99; marshalls.ca

4 BLANKET, acrylic, $39.99; hm.com

5 Caliente AF-290, starts at $49.99 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com

6 Red Etched DECANTER, $39.95; pier1.com

7 TEA TOWEL, cotton, $6.99; hm.com

8 Delia VASES, small $29.95, medium $39.95, large $44.95; crateandbarrel.ca

9 Structured Italian Leather BAG, $199.99; winners.ca



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HOME FINDS: True Blue

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HOME FINDS: True Blue

by Silvana Longo

Decor has some serious blues lately…from the depths of navy to soothing sky blue, and every shade in between, every hue evokes a different mood. Take a dip into this ocean of blue, and we dare you to pick just one…we couldn’t either!


As we head into fall, introduce new and unexpected colours into your space. Try this slightly smokey, warm palette that combines new colour combinations for the season, such as copper and blue.

Artist’s Palette TENCEL DUVET COVER & SHAMS from $40 to $209

Gramercy COVERLET & SHAMS from $55 to $279

Coziest THROW, $53

Enamel SIDE TABLE, $279

westelm.com


1) Peking COCKTAIL TABLE $1,750US; jonathanadler.com 2) Thistle Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 3) Stoneridge Melamine DINNER PLATES, set of 4, $41.56; williams-sonoma.ca 4) Mrs Godfrey SETTEE, $2,295US; jonathanadler.com 5) Jacquard Velvet Destressed PILLOW COVER, regal blue, $62.36; westelm.com 6) Silo OTTOMAN, ink, $185; eltemkt.com 7) Rustic Pure VASES, $62.36; westelm.com 8) Versailles Buffet LAMP with painted shade $450US; jonathanadler.com



BRIGHT ON

1) 5-Speed HAND MIXER, $36.96; williams-sonom.ca 2) Enameled COLANDER, $34.95; williams-sonoma.ca 3) T-LITE HOLDER blue glass 3″ x 3″ & 3″ x 2″, $3 each; cobistyle.com 4) Thea LOUNGE CHAIR, $1,045; eltemkt.com 5) Anna’s Palette 5-piece PLATE SETTING, $368US; anthropologie.com


 

6) 2nd Life Blue RUG, $3,795; elte.com 7) Mini Latte BOWL SET, $12US; anthropologie.com 8) Blue Flower Mosaic TRAY, $89.95; pier1.com 9) cobistyle Bangle Beaded Glass VASE, $55; thebay.com 10) Ocean LOUNGE CHAIR by Ethimo $587, VAT not included; bloomfurniturestudio.com



BEACHY CHIC

1) Raised Honeycomb Panel Glassware, PITCHER, $35.90; zarahome.com 2) Drops WALLPAPER, $134 per roll + VAT per square metre. To order and for shipping information, info@wallpepper.it 3) Aqua Abstract PAINTING, $60; MelissaMaryJenkins.etsy.com 4) Kate Spade New York Whistling TEA KETTLE, $70; thebay.com 5) Kate Spade NY Cross Pointe Sports CLOCK, $55; thebay.com



 

6) Sculptural Glass LIGHTING, starts $128.61; westelm.com 7) Shell CHAIR, Orlandini Design, price available upon request; theartshoppe.com 8) Cendree Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 9) Disegno Botanico WALLPAPER, Atelier Collection, $195 per roll (11 yards x 27.5″ w); newwall.com 10) Raised Stoneware BOWL, $25.90; zarahome.com



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Home Finds: Ready, Set, Summer ...

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Ready, Set, Summer …

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Ready, Set, Summer …

The winter gets washed away (and its harsh memory) once we clean up the yard and prep the patio for the sun-filled months ahead. This year, add some Canadiana to your outdoor space as we celebrate our country’s milestone birthday

by Silvana Longo

When it comes to relaxing outdoors in affordable, modern style, the laid-back Morocco collection knows the ropes. Colourfast and UV-resistant ropes are hand-wrapped around an aluminum frame to define the linear look, while the thick, fade- and mildew-resistant Sunbrella cushion adds a plush layer. The synthetic resin rope supports and conforms to your every move then springs back to its streamlined shape.

Morocco Lounge Chair with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,199;
Hexa Side Table, $379;
Hexa Coffee Table, $749;
Crest Side Table Stool, $399;
Morocco Sectional Corner with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,299;
Morocco Sectional Armless Chair with Sunbrella Cushion, $999;
Salome 8’x10′ Indoor-Outdoor Rug, Charcoal, $1,899crateandbarrel.ca

LOUNGE LOVERS
With rest & relaxation under sunny skies a top priority, make room for some stylishly snug seating.

SUBSTANTIAL SEATING

The XL Breeze chair has natural teak accents and an elegant powdercoated frame design, with added security from solid aluminum back slats and a thick, reinforced structure upholstered in Sunbrella.

Breeze XL Chair, $2,725

elte.com

— SIL’s PICK —

“This eye-catching chair was love at first sight for me. The exquisite colour palette of gold, teal and white just sing summer to me…not to mention the cool form is a weaving masterpiece.”

Silvana Longo
Editor

Made of all-weather cord, handwoven around a lightweight aluminum frame, this chair brings the right combination of comfort and elegance to porches and decks.

Huron Large Lounge Chair + Cushion, $1,211.73

westelm.com

IN AND OUT

This handwoven chair in flexible recycled plastic with sturdy steel frame offers ergonomic comfort in a retro-modern esthetic form. Its weave perfectly cradles the body offering ultimate comfort. Durable for both outdoor as well as indoor use, it has protective stoppers on the feet to protect wooden flooring and rust-proofed steel for protection against the elements.

Acapulco Chair, $799

thebay.com

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

This whimsical outdoor chair features a breezy, crazy-weave canopy, holders for your drink and a dream-catcher motif woven into the back. Made with all-weather wicker that’s been laced by hand over a sturdy, rust-resistant wrought iron frame.

Dream Catcher Swingasan, $449.95

pier1.com

— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

LOUNGE IN LUXURY

Handcrafted with the highest quality teak in the world, this classic chaise in a bold wide-slat design can be left unfinished to weather to a beautiful silvery grey, or maintained with Golden Care Teak Protector.

Regatta Chaise Lounge with Sunbrella Cushion, $1,644

crateandbarrel.ca


Let’s Get the PARTY STARTED…
A summer outdoor tablescape is where you can let your creativity soar…from bright colours, burgeoning blossoms to pretty prints, nature’s backdrop is the perfect setting to eat, drink and be merry.

WAVES of COLOUR

Ready to take a break from everyday white and boring solids? Showcase your rockin’ style with this porcelain dinnerware in rich shades of teal, taupe and glimmering gold. A beautiful way to set a table that displays nature’s gifts.

Katalla Bay Ceramic Salad Plate, $10.95

pier1.com

COLOURFUL STRIPES

It’s a fiesta waiting to happen. Crafted of machine-washable cotton, even napkins add an instant burst of summer spirit to the table.

Summer Citrus Striped Napkin, $5.95

pier1.com

SUMMER SPIRITS

This party essential is made of natural teak wood and makes a smart and sophisticated choice for your outdoor living.

Zuo Modern Regatta Trolley, $679.99

thebay.com

SUCCULENT MEALS

Embellished with a lush, lifelike succulent sprig, the raffia napkin ring sets the table with garden-party ambience.

Succulent Napkin Ring, $4.95

crateandbarrel.ca

FESTIVE & FUN

Bits of molten glass speckle blue-toned confetti on a tall but chunky highball glass that feels great in the hand. Handcrafted of recycled glass, the glass will vary slightly in size and capacity.

Rue Blue Double Old-Fashioned Glass, $6.95
Rue Blue Highball Glass, $7.95

crateandbarrel.ca

SIL SAYS …
There is definitely a tile trend happening this summer in outdoor living. These tile-inspired accents whisk me away to the Mediterranean where the sun shines its brightest and I am in my happy place.

DECORATIVE DINING

Add a little art to your outdoor space with a tiled tabletop in this fun, graphic pattern. The smooth ceramic top is easy to clean and brightens up an outdoor dining area; tiles are carefully inlaid by hand onto an FSC-certified hardwood base for a unique look.

Mosaic Tiled Dining Table, $1,616.18

westelm.com

Decorative DETAILS
Accents are not optional…but a necessity

PLANT LIFE

Socker Watering Can, light green. You can store water or a nutrient mixture in the can, so everything is ready when you water your plants.

SOCKER Watering Can, 5 Litre, $14.99

ikea.com

TROPICAL TREATS

Dessert tastes sweeter on these handpainted, watercolour, tropic-inspired dessert plates.

Aloha Dessert Plates, set of 4, $19.99

canadiantire.ca

When it comes to cushions, you have your pick of the crop to create a fun and vibrant outdoor space!

Garden Treasures Yellow Striped Outdoor Throw Pillow, $19.99

lowes.ca

Outdoor Floral Tile pillow, $71.18

westelm.com

SEA BREEZE

This pillar candle holder of clear glass with cockle shell finish is reminiscent of breezy afternoons at the beach.

Shell Candle Holder, 8″x8″ $100

cobistyle.com

KEEP THE BUGS AT BAY

Citronella Candles, $59.99 each

goneshopping.ca/brands/skeem-design/

SUMMER NIGHTS…
When the sun sets, add a few layers of ambiance lighting to complement a star-filled sky to light up the night.

1) Medium Wood Base Lantern, $79.95; pier1.com

2) Cut-Out Ceramic Lantern, $29.99; bouclair.com

3) Metal and Wood Lantern with Rope Handle, $34.99; bouclair.com

4) Limoux Lantern—Brass starts at $395US; rh.com

5) Teal Rattan Outdoor Decorative Lantern, $34.99, lowes.ca


Au Canada…

In spite of global unrest, it seems our country’s light shines bright as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Our internationally acknowledged tolerance and peace-loving country sets a high standard making it quite evident that the world needs more Canada!

This summer revel in our unique Canuck pride with our favourite (yes, proudly spelled with a “u”) sesquicentennial picks.

Canada Map Pillow Cover, 20″x20″, $39.50

indigo.ca

Expressions Canada 150 Eh Team Pillow Cover 18″x18″, $39.50

indigo.ca

PC Oblong Cushion (red), $17

superstore.ca

Camp Coffee Pot – Better in Canada, $34.50

indigo.ca

Iconic Ice Point Blanket, $170 – $550 depending on size

thebay.com

The Colour Of Canada

with an introduction by Roy Macgregor, $24

indigo.ca

Tera Gear 4-pc BBQ Utensil Set, $35

superstore.ca

Wooden “Canada” Tray, $29.99

homesense.ca

Ceramic “Eh” Spoonrest, $6.99

homesense.ca

Smythe by Auden Alpaca Eh Sweater, $395

holtrenfrew.com


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Trend Watch: Go For Gold

Trend Watch: Go For Gold

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Trend Watch: Go For Gold

by Silvana Longo

Although we have been seeing the rise of the mixed metals trend for the past few seasons, you can’t help but see gold as the star in this metallic race…and seeing this is the holiday season, it is definitely our accent colour of choice. Add the gilded hue to your decor by sprinkling it on tablescapes in serveware, accessories like pillows on your sofa, chairs or bed, and if you’re really daring, a gold light fixture will up the glam in any room.

Pharaoh Pendant, $369

cb2.com


Frosted Leaf Necklace, $15

simons.com


Pink Metal Bistro Chair, $250

simons.com


Tapered Gold Candle Holder, $190

cobistyle.com


Golden Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers, $17.95

pier1.com


Gold Cheese Knives, $12.95

crateandbarrel.ca


Soirée Pillow, $62.95

cb2.com


Metallic Laurel Leaves Pillow, Belgian Flax Regal Blue, $49

westelm.com


Alpine Toile Salad Plate, set of 4, $49.50US;

Gold Antler Napkin Ring, set of 4, $24.50US

potterybarn.com


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