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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

Anthropologie.com


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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: 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-sonoma.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, $1,899 crateandbarrel.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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