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Top ten coffee tables with storage

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Top ten coffee tables with storage

Choose a coffee table with storage to keep your space looking spick and span.

MID-CENTURY ART DISPLAY round coffee table in walnut. $674.


MODERN coffee table with storage and magazine holder in white faux marble/gold. $179.


MIKA coffee table in brown with ceramic top. $329.


LEONA coffee table. $1,613.


VECTOR coffee table in in walnut. $189.


MID-CENTURY STORAGE coffee table in pebble. $749.


VITRI coffee table in walnut. $459.


WINSLET wood and marble coffee table. $1,049.


VITTSJO nesting tables in black-brown/glass. $79. for set of two.


Carlton modern SCANDINAVIAN SIDE STORAGE coffee table in white lacquer. $900.



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Get organized

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Kondo diagonal in-drawer organizer. $63.

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

Marie Kondo ori rattan desktop organizer. $44.

For more information, visit containerstore.com


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Comfort is key

10 cosy lifestyle items to get you through the winter

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10 cosy lifestyle items to get you through the winter

Has the pandemic indefinitely changed the way you live and dress? Casual wear has become de rigueur, with pyjama and sweatpants breaking sales records this year. And, with so many working from home and spending more time inside, many homeowners are rethinking how they can make their spaces more organized, functional and relaxed.

We have entered a new age of comfort. When the outside world seems daunting, we want our homes to be a source of solace, our clothes to be unrestrictive and unapologetic. As the winter bears down on us and restrictions change weekly, sheltering in place should be a time to slow down and surround ourselves with life’s little pleasures.

It could be mastering the art of sour dough bread, curling up by a fire with family or snuggling in a super soft throw – whatever comfort means to you, embrace it and let it carry you through the pandemic.

1. Gardin plaid COTTON FLANNEL SHEET SET by Gracie Oaks. $122.99. wayfair.ca

2. Ribbed SATIN SCRUNCHIES $12 (set of three). simons.ca

3. Morgan mantel ELECTRIC FIREPLACE. $359. dimplex.com

4. TEXA POUF in vanilla ivory. $179. article.com

5. CRISS FOG GRAY PILLOW. $69. article.com

6. NEW WORLD SOURDOUGH: Artisan techniques for creative homemade fermented breads. $37. indigo.ca

7. Sven faux shearling THREESEATER SOFA in cream. $699. structube.com

8. ULSTA FAIR ISLE THROW. $159. crateandbarrel.ca

9. RIBBED TURTLENECK SWEATER in light beige. $34. hm.com

10. Arizona genuine SHEARLING SLIDE SANDAL in coin suede by Birkenstock. $190. birkenstock.com


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Top 10 Bar Carts

Roll with it

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Roll with it

Keep the party going in any room with one of these stylish bar carts on wheels.

Putnam MID-CENTURY BAR CART in gold by Linon.



Arcade x CDI furniture CAMDEN BAR CART by Arren Williams.



ASTORIA BAR CART by 17 Stories.






Contemporary two-tier BLACK AND CLEAR GLASS BAR CART by WHI.












JOCKER BAR CART by Plata Import.



BAR CART in black oak.




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Sarah Richardson for Palliser

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Sarah Richardson for Palliser

How did you come up with the four design styles?

Whether someone chooses an entire room or just a single piece, we’ve designed four collections that feel well suited to any home. Some people have a more contemporary style, some gravitate to a lighter palette, and some prefer a coastal feel, so we wanted to offer an assortment of different design perspectives. My goal was to create a collection that’s foolproof and offers something for every taste and style!

What are some of the fabrics and materials you used?

The Shore collection uses whitewashed oak with cream lacquer, woven rattan elements, and is finished with brass accents for a casually elegant yet sophisticated collection that celebrates layered textures.

The Annex collection celebrates the natural character, and wood grain in ash swirl veneer applied in a checkerboard pattern on several pieces for a look that is equal parts rich and restrained while the lines are thoroughly modern.

The Vista collection speaks to consumers who are drawn to the elegance of updated transitional style dressed in light neutrals. With refined parquetry details and pale oyster-hued veneer, the Vista collection has contemporary silhouettes that embrace old world techniques and can easily integrate into any home.

The Boulevard collection takes inspiration from the rounded silhouettes, timeless walnut finish and warm brass tones synonymous with the enduring appeal of 20th century Art Deco design.

What piece or pieces are you most excited for consumers to see?


I designed the Silhouette chair and sofa for my own home to blend a curvaceous profile and deep, lounge-y comfort. I always want even the most inviting upholstered pieces to be streamlined and elegant, which these are thanks to the sleek frame, rounded corners, and tapered legs. I also love the woven rattan featured in a number of the Shore case pieces. Working with artisans is one of the most fulfilling aspects of what I do, and I got to see craftspeople hand-weaving the rattan in Indonesia.


With its curved back, arched arm profile, compact proportions and octagonal block legs, the Pier chair is one of my all-time favourite chairs in the Vista collection. I designed it over 15 years ago, and it remains one of the most adaptable chair profiles to date for its go-anywhere flexibility. I’m excited about the Vista bedside and occasional tables with their crisp mitered frames – and the DIY enthusiast in me loves that I mixed the pale oyster stain myself in the factory in Indonesia.


I’m partial to the Avenue sofa and chair silhouettes in this collection, especially on the optional plinth base since this is what I have in my living room at home in the city. It’s a sleek, modern frame that works in any room. There are so many interesting and unique design details incorporated into the Boulevard collection occasional pieces that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Still, the banded profile of the salon tables, the pedestal dining table and the console make these pieces signature style standouts!


The Promenade sectional is on the top of my list with its innovative design and softly curved lines. It’s comfortable without looking messy, plus it can be configured in a multitude of ways – from a cosy two-chaise grouping to the biggest sectional imaginable. In the case pieces, it’s all about the dynamic effect achieved by using ash swirl veneer in a hand-applied checkerboard pattern that’s scaled to fit each piece perfectly.

I noticed a lot of neutral tones, beiges, creams, ivory and light wood. Is this a trend that homeowners can expect going into the new year?

Absolutely. At my core, I’m somebody who loves to live with the beauty of naturally neutral materials. Cream on cream, mixed with oyster, flax, linen and shell tones are my happy place. Everything in the natural realm is what I could live with until the end of time and never tire of, and that’s why you’ll see a real celebration of naturally neutral tones in every part of my four collections.

With people working and spending more time at home during the pandemic, how do you think this has changed furniture design?

One of the hardest things about 2020 is that we’ve all been at home for longer than we ever could have expected or thought possible. Because of this, adaptability and flexibility in furniture design are more important than ever – you might need a desk to also function as a console table, or a sofa table that has storage and can become a bar or buffet. Although the collection was designed before the pandemic, we wanted everything to be able to go into a multitude of locations, so height, width, depth was thoroughly considered making sure versatility and practicality were always top of mind.

For more information, visit sarahrichardson.palliser.com


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Ahead of the curve - Arches

9 arch trend ideas

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9 arch trend ideas

Have you noticed that arches are having a major moment in design? The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of an arch (or arc) is the rainbow, that perfect burst of colour in unison after a rainfall; it’s a natural wonder that always inspires. Architecture often mimics the natural world, and it’s no different with the arch, as it appeared in design as early as the second millennium BC. And the Romans famously used 200 arches in the construction of the Colosseum. Arches tend to lift the eye upward, symbolizing support, lightness and openness. These days, you can find the classic design element not just in doorways but on everything from cushions to earrings.

1. Canyon King ARCHED CANOPY BED with upholstered headboard. $3,199. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Annie charcoal STORAGE CABINET. $2,699. crateandbarrel.ca

3. ART WORK. $99.99. homesense.ca

4. ARCH GREY PILLOW with down alternative insert. $74.95. cb2.ca

5. Delicate chain goldtone LINEAR EARRINGS by AllSaints. $65. thebay.com

6. HUGH MIRROR with marble shelf. $429. cb2.ca

7. TABLETOP MOBILE with stand by Bloomingville. $99.50. indigo.ca

8. JACKIE ROCKER in tan enviroleather with rose gold copper frame. $1,495. montedesign.ca

9. Ella FLOOR LAMP. $149. structube.com


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