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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

Photography by Jason Hartog

Summer days are the things that dreams are made of. Long and lazy weekends curled up with a book by a window, or soaking up the sun’s rays on a lounger outdoors. It’s certainly my favourite time of year. It’s when the weekend warriors brave the traffic and head out of the city for fresh air and cool lakes. Whether you have a summer retreat of your own, or simply want to create the cottage vibe in your own home, here are my favourite ways to bring easy, breezy cottage style to your decor.

Freshen it up with a coat of white paint

For walls, light and bright is always right. My go-to wall colour is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. It’s bright and fresh but still feels warm.

White paint works on any wall and acts as a great blank canvas for pops of colour. Summer is all about colour, so you can go bold in your colour choices everywhere else and they will POP against the white backdrop.


Incorporate natural wood tones

I always say that a touch of wood is a must in any decor, but this is especially true of a cottage. I love to add the warmth of wood with hardwood flooring or a vintage wood table. The wood accents also help to balance all those white walls by adding character and warmth.

When in doubt, use blue

Blue is my hue. Summer homes need a little pop of colour but if you’re too shy to pick one, or worried your choice won’t work, you can never fail with blue. In my mind, blue is hands-down the freshest way to create a crisp cottage esthetic. I love nautical navy but aqua and robin’s egg blues work, too. Layer in this colour with art, pillows and even lighting.

Add vintage finds

Vintage furniture and decor add a casual and comfortable vibe. This is the perfect time of year to go to antique markets or simply wander consignment stores for the perfect vintage piece of furniture. Not only does it add loads of personality and tell a story, but it’s easy on the environment too. Sustainability is important to consider and finding unique and fine objects at a local antique fair will be a great conversation starter for those summer soirees.

Use natural textiles

Nothing says easy, breezy cottage style more than white and neutral fabrics blowing in the wind. Textiles such as cotton, wool and jute add a relaxed feel. It’s okay if they wrinkle or aren’t perfect. That’s the idea!

If you are like me, you truly appreciate getting out of the big city from time to time to enjoy a slower pace of life, but it’s not always possible. So why not create that casual weekend vibe all summer long right in your own home? Just remember to slow down the pace and maximize the fun factor.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto-based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes. Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade, Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca is an active YouTuber, you can also follow her daily design adventures on Instagram. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, Muskoka and throughout Canada. RebeccaHayDesigns.com


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Rebecca Hay’s three tips for navigating a stressful renovation

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Rebecca Hay’s three tips for navigating a stressful renovation

Renovating doesn’t have to be a stressful and difficult task. Interior designer Rebecca Hay from Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. offers three tips to navigating and handling the stress of a renovation.


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GTA Home + Reno Show 2019

RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

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RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

From Feb. 15 to 18, 2019 at the International Centre, RENO & DECOR Magazine presents: Design Intervention. Bring your photos, floorplans and samples down to booth #263 and book your free 15 minute consultation with one of our design professionals. The consultations run every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This year’s feature is being designed by Daneyka Lazier of DL Arch + Design.

Toronto-based designer Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle and specializes in improving the functionality of small spaces.

Lazier was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, located in Central America, and now lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto. Since a very early age her passion has been focused on visual arts, architecture and interior design. The challenge of solving design and planning problems with creative approaches that have attractive aesthetic has continually pushed her to be an expert in her field.

Lazier has a wide range of previous experience, including working as a furniture designer, an interior decorator and a commercial designer for a major Canadian bank. She also holds an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology from George Brown College and attended the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) for Interior Design. Lazier currently sits on the board of directors of the Toronto chapter of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada and is a part-time professor at the Interior Design Technology program at George Brown College.

For more information, visit DL Arch + Design.

Thanks to our booth sponsors:

Design Intervention Appearance Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – noon – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by our booth #263 and fill out your ballot for a chance to win a FREE custom vanity countertop, sink and faucet!

Vanity Countertop & Sink generously supplied by:

A custom-made vanity countertop up to 6 linear feet (72″), with a 3/4″ thick eased profile Edge(as seen in photo), or an 1 1/4″ thick edge profile.

A Latitude CAD Technician will make a digital template of the winner’s cabinet- within the GTAand Latitude will fabricate the vanity countertop (of their choice) ready for pick up within 10 business days.

Purchaser can select from any colour in our vast inventory of Caesarstone, Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and other Engineered Quartz.

Purchasers will have a choice of either a Rectangular or an Oval shaped, white ceramic undermount sink. the sink will be mounted to the countertop by Latitude.

Latitude will prepare the countertop with faucet holes for the winner’s faucet. (Faucet is not included with the custom vanity and sink.)

Retail value of the vanity countertop, sink, digital template:
$ 925 – $1200 + H.S.T

Faucet generously supplied by:

Riobel is proud to present its newest powder room collection: Ciclo, a perfect balance between technical and design aspects in faucetry.

The faucets in this new collection are offered in four finishes: chrome, brushed chrome, brushed gold and black, with three different types of handles: plain, fluted and knurled.

Retail value of faucet: $820*

* Price subject to change depending on the finishes, sizes and models.



Contest open to residents of Ontario only. Winner will be drawn at random by February 20, 2019. Winner will be notified by email. By entering this contest you agree to receive emails from HOMES Publishing Group.

Pleased to announce that R&D design contributor REBECCA HAY will be on stage at the GTA Home + Reno Show.


After working as a designer behind the scenes on several HGTV shows, designer Rebecca Hay will reveal how to survive and create your functional kitchen. If you’re considering an upcoming kitchen or home renovation in 2019, come see Rebecca and find out three key strategies on how to navigate and have a successful renovation that does not compromise on style or functionality.

She will be on the main stage;

Friday, February 15 at 4 p.m., and
Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m.



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Video: Whats The Difference Store Bought vs Custom Furniture

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Video: Whats The Difference Store Bought vs Custom Furniture

This week I explain what’s the difference between Store Bought Furniture and Custom Furniture. I take you with me into a condo I designed in Downtown Toronto, and to my favourite local custom furniture maker Cooper Brother, and have them share the neat difference between recovering and reupholstering.


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 – ReCap

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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 – ReCap

RENO & DECOR Magazine presented “Design Intervention”

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I thoroughly enjoyed designing RENO & DECOR’s – Design Intervention booth this year for the National Home Show.

Inspired by lakeside living, the booth was a unique “cottagey” space with shiplap walls, comfortable and classy furnishings and great colourful decor items like handcrafted cottage themed pillows. The summer’s night sky mural and charming check bedroom walls added unique touches typical of a lux Muskoka retreat.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came in to enjoy our little cottage and talk design!

Winners of the Contests:

  • The Velux skylight and installation – Maria T of Mississauga
  • A 2 hour in-home design consultation with Rebecca Hay – Bethany L of Toronto
  • A gift card and bench from UpCountry – Sandra S of Toronto

Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:

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


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Designer Touch: Cooking With Character

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Designer Touch: Cooking With Character

By Rebecca Hay • Photography By Stephani Buchman

A blend of traditional, contemporary and vintage touches, create a personality-packed kitchen

Nothing beats a good kitchen renovation. Especially one that transforms the way you use your home. This personality packed kitchen makes a statement and yet provides much needed functionality for a young family.

When we were approached to renovate and design the main floor of this Riverdale family home in Toronto’s East end, the couple was pregnant with their second child. This resulted in a tight timeline to make a major transformation. The family had lived in the home for three years before they decided to make some big changes, and knew exactly what they wanted as a result. A growing young family, with no plans to move in the near future, they needed an updated space and an open-concept kitchen for cooking and entertaining.


The home is a semi-detached Victorian with great historic features and good bones. Its ’90s-style kitchen had crumbling maple cabinets, terracota floors and oodles of wasted space. It even featured a terracotta-tiled countertop! The busy couple wanted a more functional, open-concept kitchen, suitable for raising their children and entertaining friends. Space planning was key to creating a functional layout. By tearing down the wall between the kitchen and dining area, we were able to create the large open space that the family desired. After assessing all our layout options, we decided on a peninsula versus an island. This created a U-shaped kitchen where the cook of the family (in this case, the husband) could slave away without interference by dinner guests… or little feet!


The current pantry was previously a lonely, empty wall with nothing but a small table leaning up against it and a pile of shoes. During construction we discovered there was space between the exterior wall and interior framing, so we moved some ductwork and gained almost a foot of extra space. This allowed us to make the kitchen bigger and provided space for the custom pantry with lots of storage. The full-height cabinets house a broom closet, pull-out shelves, cupboards for small appliances, and a nook for coats and shoes. Since the family has laneway parking and generally enters the house through the back door, the mini-mudroom was a must.


In addition to being extremely functional, we wanted the space to make a statement, while still being consistent with the character of the home. We chose a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, vintage touches and pops of colour to create an inviting and unique space. The rich blue cabinetry adds colour and depth, while the mosaic marble backsplash adds luxurious texture and interest. It also hides any water splatters or mess. The marble ties in seamlessly with the sleek white quartz countertops and Silgranit white sink. Hits of yellow and brass establish the fun and polished esthetic.

Vintage details help this new kitchen blend effortlessly into its surroundings. The school housestyle pendants and handmade wood shelves add an old-world feel. While the detailing on the walnut stools also has a trendy yet timeless appeal. The shelves and bench were handmade by the homeowner’s mother, and are a perfect personal touch.


Pops of yellow make a bold statement against the blue cabinets. The Roman shade adds colour and texture, and complements the custom yellow leather stools. A lot of time was spent searching for the perfect counter stools. The original design had wooden stools that we ordered and ended up returning because they didn’t make the right statement. Sometimes you have to be fluid with design and recognize when something just isn’t quite right. When we couldn’t find the perfect stool, I decided to design a custom one. They ended up being the showstoppers and the proverbial icing on the cake. The stools tie all the design elements together.

The end result is a personality-packed kitchen full of all the modern amenities and conveniences of modern family life.


DESIGN, Rebecca Hay Designs, rebeccahaydesigns.com CONTRACTING, TriMatrix Construction WALL PAINT Benjamin Moore 2125-60 Marilyn’s Dress CABINETRY PAINT, HC-155 Newburyport Blue & CC-40 Cloud White COUNTERTOPS, Caesarstone Canada BACKSPLASH TILES, Marble Granite Depot REFRIGERATOR, Oven, Range, Jenn-Air DISHWASHER, Whirlpool FAUCET, Delta STOOL FABRIC, Designer Fabrics CUSTOM STOOLS, Rebecca Hay Designs ROMAN SHADE, Tonic Living PENDANT LIGHTS, The Door Store CABINETRY HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware

Designer Rebecca Hay, Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., is a Toronto-based boutique design firm offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties for over a decade. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic, livable spaces that reflect the homeowner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, the GTA and Canada. rebeccahaydesigns.com


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 9 – 18, 2018 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

Celebrated as one of Canada’s rising industry leaders, Toronto designer Rebecca Hay has a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious private residences to large scale commercial projects both in Toronto and nation wide.

With a focus on exceptional quality, Rebecca Hay Designs offers a full range of interior design services, specializing in luxury residential. Rebecca’s designs infuse old with new, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary. An extensive network of resources and partnerships allow Rebecca and her team to deliver outstanding, hands-on service, and beautifully creative solutions that bring their clients’ visions to life. In addition to her residential design work, Rebecca and her team create award-winning sales pavilions for some of the top home builders in the GTA.

Rebecca Hay Designs – National Home Show/RENO & DECOR Booth inspired by classic and casual lakeside living.

Rebecca Hay Designs is pleased to announce we will be providing the design creation for the upcoming Design Intervention booth #4118 at the National Home Show.

Muskoka inspired and naturally nautical, I based the RENO & DECOR booth’s decor scheme on this classic summer home aesthetic. We have incoproated walls in painted white shiplap to add textural interest while creating a relaxed cottage living atmosphere. The crisp white walls will be balanced by the soft and varied wood tones of the furniture which was all selected from our furniture sponsor this year UpCountry and added in some fun custom hand printed pillows by Cottage Cloth which emphasize the nautical theme and easy going vibe.

We created these outdoor living spaces by adding a rich night sky mural provided by Ruth Baker Design and paired it with outdoor furnishings to simulate lakeside summer living. A custom “boathouse” bar was designed to create an outdoor entertaining zone, built by Pure Kitchens and paired with sleek black stone counters from Select Granite and a luxe faucet from Watermarks. In addition to comfortable indoor/outdoor living and entertaining, we wanted to include a bedroom vignette. With a buffalo check pattern created by Peacock Living, the walls are graphic, bold and fun.

The booth showcases a glimpse into lakeside living at it’s best.

Come visit me and the team while at the National Home Show this March and get design inspired!

On Monday, March 13 @ 2pm and Friday, March 16 @ 2pm – be sure to catch Rebecca on stage along with Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur as part of RENO & DECOR’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Realities Of A Reno”

Regardless of the size of your project or the footprint of your space, creating  a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes can be accomplished with a well laid out plan.  Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  We can garner inspiration by all that we see, but realism is always necessary when renovating, not only about the space you’re working with but also your budget.  A good design can deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting home that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering an upcoming renovation, join GTA designers Linda Mazur, Rebecca Hay, Kate Davidson at the National Home Show stage, where this panel of designers will be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming home renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.  They will take you through the key aspects of renovating, share their top renovation strategies as well as fave kitchen, bath and home products to consider including in your homes in 2018.  Get inspired and reno ready in 2018!

Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here.

Friday, March 9 = 11 pm – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 9 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 9 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 9 = 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 12 pm – 2 pm

Friday, March 16 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 6 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, March 11 – 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, March 12 = 12:30 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 12:30 pm – 4:40 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 2 pm

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

See you at the show!


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Behind the Scenes at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2018

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This week we take you Behind the Scenes at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2018!

I’ve been working with Reno & Decor Magazine and they asked me to be a part of their unique Design Intervention booth at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2018 that took place over February 16 to 19 2018 at the International Centre in Mississauga. I was able to sit down with many Homeshow visitors and provide them with free 15-minute consultations. Reno & Decor Magazine also asked me to speak on the main stage with another fabulous designer, Linda Mazur, about the realities of a renovation! Check out the full video and tag along with me on my crazy Sunday adventure at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2018!


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Behind the Design with Toronto designer Rebecca Hay

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This week we share a peek into behind the design of our process, how we deal with surprises when managing orders, how to work with contractors and the importance of having a strong team.


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At the IDS 2018 with RENO & DECOR

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At the IDS 2018 with RENO & DECOR

Big Thanks to: Kate & Co Design, Rebecca Hay Design, Eventful PR, Interior Design Show, W Studio, Distinctive Appliances


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