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Embrace your happy place

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Embrace your happy place

If ever there were a year when thoughts of our happy place are essential in helping us navigate challenging moments in life, collectively, that year is 2020. From massive protests fighting systemic racism to global pandemic measures relegating us to months of self-isolation in our homes, the screeching halt to our day-to-day lives sent us all in uncharted waters.

Finally, with Ontario slowly opening up in time for summer (with extensive social distancing measures in place), we are all breathing a sigh of relief as Canadians venture into society again. Yet for the wanderlust like me, international air travel is still off the table for some time; well they say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and being grounded doesn’t stop me from visiting my happy place in my mind. Throughout the lockdown experience and even still, sweet memories of my time last fall at The Crane Resort on the South East coast in Barbados spark that much needed joy factor during this global crisis and reinforces my desire to return to this jewel in the Caribbean as soon as we have the restored freedom to roam.

Classic Caribbean

The natural, authentic beauty is largely untouched by the passage of time; it is the antithesis of the island’s Platinum West Coast where there are no jet skis, celebrities, condominiums or night clubs.

Since 1887, the historic Crane Resort has been famous for the ‘healing powers” of its spectacular beach, cooling trade winds and the surrounding pristine landscape of the island’s less-travelled coast. Beyond the idyllic setting, the ever-growing resort and residential properties brought to life by The Crane owner, Torontonian Paul Doyle (he acquired the property in 1988), the resort’s expansion has also been a journey in design. From the Marine Villa to the new suites, “We were very respectful of The Crane’s place in history of Barbados,” says Doyle. The iconic architectural details, such as the coral stone walls, mahogany vaulted ceilings and four-poster beds in all the colonial-style suites were deliberately kept faithful to the design of the original Crane Beach Hotel.

Do you know how the island got it’s name? A Portuguese sea captain, Pedro A. Campos pondered over the island’s numerous bearded fig trees, and decided the island needed a name which emphasized how much of a prominent feature those fig trees were. And so, Barbados, before it was known as Barbados, was called Los Barbados, which means “bearded one.”

A piece of paradise

A hybrid design approach where contemporary style pays homage to Bajan classics was Doyle’s inspiration for The Crane Private Residences, which debuted in 2017. A master planned luxury development of condo-style units spread over five acres feature clean architectural lines and finishes that reflect the Crane Resort’s signature use of coral stone.

However, it is the latest property development of 63 beach villas at Skeete’s Bay where Doyle plunges wholly into modern design. “In the Skeete’s Bay villas, we take another leap and aren’t worrying about history at all, it is completely modern.”

Generously scaled and beautifully appointed, each villa sits on approximately 1/5 of an acre and offers breathtaking 180-degree ocean views, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, infinity-edge private pools with hot tubs, private patios and gardens with “no tan-lines levels of privacy,” hammocks and barbecues. This secluded, low-density and eco-friendly development truly delivers on the Beach Houses’ tagline: When you really want to get away.

“The bathrooms open up to the private garden with sliding glass doors, so the entire wall disappears and opens into a landscape courtyard.”

Serenity now

Modern design principles are put into action to create a feeling of Zen throughout the home. From the openconcept floor plan, muted tones, to the seamless cabinetry, which keeps fixtures out of view and also serves to protect from the harsh salt air. The paradisiacal component to this design is most definitely the blurred lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces as it allows for complete sensory connection with nature. “The bathrooms open up to the private garden with sliding glass doors, so the entire wall disappears and opens into a landscape courtyard. The shower is outside adjacent to the garden space… It’s an amazing experience that you just don’t get in Toronto,” says Doyle.

Sustainable & lush

Sustainable design is also an important component of the beach villas’ construction. Every home includes a living rooftop. The displaced verdant landscape from each of the 63 building’s footprint has been thoughtfully moved to the flat roofs, revealing clear sight lines. “When we started, there was very little landscape, it is a very intense environment on the East coast with winds and strong breezes coming in,” says Doyle. The solution was to add landscape plants that thrive in the environment to the perimeter of the flat roof, as well as solar panels in the middle, with the goal of going off the grid as soon as testing permitted.

Beach house chic

Naturally, there is also a casual beach vibe accentuated with the decor touches in the villas, including sisal rugs, rattan chairs and avocado-coloured lamps. It echoes the casual comfort of the island in a spectacular setting. “For hundreds of years, Barbadians look to the East Coast as a place to get away.” Doyle says. Then draws a local comparison to depict the location accurately. “The Skeete’s Bay area is what Muskoka represents to Torontonians.”

The result of The Crane’s latest East Coast Barbados property development is the ideal tropical luxury retreat for those who prize peace, tranquillity and natural beauty. I am grateful to have experienced the magical place first-hand. I truly believe that inner peace starts at home and as homeowners, we are naturally drawn to add some of the design elements that resonate with us from our travels into our own homes. I relish the thought of returning to Barbados (the island of the flying fish); a glorious way to indulge the senses in real time and build up that reservoir of happy place memories and moments for years to come.

For more information on the beach houses in Barbados Skeete’s Bay Beach and Culpepper Island, go to beachhouses.bb

Inspired by beauty in all its forms, Toronto-based RENO & DECOR editor, Silvana Longo combines her love of design and travel, exploring trends in interiors and stunning destinations around the globe. writerbydesign.ca

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Rattan and cane

Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

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Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane

Not just reserved for outdoor furniture anymore, rattan and cane are having a big moment inside the home too. How fitting after spending so much time indoors this spring in our collective effort to flatten the curve. With the summer season upon us, why not blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living even more? The truth is, this “au naturel” trend had already taken shape pre-pandemic. Generally, we are gravitating towards natural materials that bring in the soul and elements from nature into our abodes. Cane and rattan are natural materials, which both derive from the rattan palm, a vine from Southeast Asia. When the rattan palm is processed, it splits into two parts: cane is the thin core reed, used in webbed patterns seen in furniture applications, such as the back of a chair; the larger rattan reed material is used to weave wicker furniture and basketry.

The rising use of cane and rattan in decor is also due to the ever-growing popularity of grand-millennial style adopted by some millennials, AKA the new traditionalists. Think chintz upholstery, tassels, needlepoint and in this case, furniture made from materials once reserved for your grandmother’s screened porch.

Trending or not, cane and rattan pieces make a statement without adding visual weight in a space. You can bring in the vintage weaves with a light fixture, storage unit, chair or decor item. The major appeal for us is the cool coastal beach vibe rattan and cane evoke, and who doesn’t want to add some sweet summertime favourites inside our homes all year long?

1 Geo PENDANT, $59.99; homesense.ca

2 Kash Woven PENDANT, $611; ethanallen.ca

3 Desert Sun MIRROR – Natural Cane, $299; westelm.ca

4 Nadia Cane CHAIR, $549; cb2.ca

5 Anthropologie Home Oval Rattan TRAY, $138; thebay.com

6 AERIN Cane BACKGAMMON SET, $3,472; elte.com

7 Boho Natural DAYBED with Pearl White Mattress Cover, $1,899; cb2.ca

8 West Natural Cane BAR CABINET from Leanne Ford collection, $3,099, crateandbarrel.ca

9 Spade Outdoor CHAIR, $199; MUST at Home Société

10 AERIN Ada Raffia COASTERS, set of 6, $132; elte.com

11 Poly Rattan BASKET from Glucksteinhome, $39.99; thebay.com

12 Natural Cane BASKET, starts at $116; eltemkt.com

13 Blake Carbon 2-Door CABINET, $2,099; crateandbarrel.ca


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Tapping into faucet trends and knobs

Tapping into faucet trends

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Tapping into faucet trends

For the top faucet trends, we spoke with House of Rohl Marketing & Innovation Director, Sarah Nguyen. The company represents and collaborates with luxury brands such as Riobel and Victoria + Albert, valuing time-honoured traditions, artisanship and technical prowess. From traditional to modern, these are the latest innovations in kitchen faucets.

MIXING OLD WITH NEW

Perrin & Rowe combines English craftsmanship with touchless technology, now available in the traditional Georgian Era faucet. “The lines between design styles are blurred as modern pieces are meshed with traditional accents.” Perrin & Rowe Georgian Era touchless starts at $1,700.

KITCHEN HELP

Adding a bar and food-prep faucet and sink gives the in-home bartender and home sous-chef a place to prep. This sleek, geometric shape and matte-black finish fits in perfectly with fixtures and appliances in today’s kitchen. Quartile side lever bar and food prep faucet – matte black with metal lever handle from Rohl starts at $1,031;

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CATCH THE WAVE

“Touchless technology is the wave of the future, allowing for water to be turned on and off with the motion of a hand improves overall wellness. There is more variety than ever in finishes; matte black is a continuing trend. Look out for brushed gold and dual finishes.”

The jewelery of the kitchen

We asked hardware expert Evan Smith, general manager at Berenson, to round up the trends of this crucial finishing touch to your kitchen.

MIXED MATERIALS

“Modern designs are moving away from tried-and-tested styles towards a more personal, customized approach. Mixing different materials creates additional layers that make a space feel wholly unique and inviting.” Domestic Bliss Knob & Pull, modern brushed gold.

GEOMETRIC

“Geometric patterns and shapes have often been one of the most desired and versatile elements in modern interiors. From flooring and backsplashes to eclectic accent pieces, refined geometric forms are visually striking. Create compelling balance and contrast in your designs with a bold, angular taste of hardware.”

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RETRO MID-CENTURY MODERN

“Mid-century style has stood the test of time, all while adapting to modern tastes. It has an enduring, no-fuss look that brings clean lines, soft curves and an affection for mixed materials. Add hardware to your space with a little retro flair to give it an updated blast-from-the-past look.” Swagger Knob & Pull, black nickel.


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Kitchen comfort - trends that whet our appetites

Kitchen comfort – trends that whet our appetites

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Kitchen comfort – trends that whet our appetites

The central hub of the home is the kitchen, and kitchens warm up to customization and inviting textural tablescapes.

Celebrating sophistication & glamour

This black, white and gold colourf combination clebrates sophiticalion and glamour The new black-gold dual finish option in the Graceline kitchen faucet collection adds an additional contemporary flair.

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Slabs versus tile

There’s a resurgence of slab format surfaces being used for backsplashes instead of tile. This can easily be achieved with both Dekton and Silestone surfaces, which are offered in a 20-mm thickness and thinner, especially now with Dekton Slim in four mm.

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Appliances with personality

These stylish knobs and finials allow homeowners to tailor their kitchen aesthetic through jewelryinspired accessories that complement the Heritage Series. Available in real gold, copper and black nickel plating to outfit the Heritage line’s ivory, matte-black, and stainless-steel finishes, Bertazzoni Heritage Series decor set starts at $500, available at Caplan’s Appliances and Canadian Appliance Source.

Tasteful temporal teal

This year’s colour evolution of Le Creuset collection is dramatic teal. A significant departure from last year’s softer hues of Sage and Meringue, Teal is rich and sumptuous – a colour that has depth and a timeless quality. This hue is the natural progression of the brand’s celebrated shades, delivering an interesting and restful green combined with a soothing blue. Braiser 3.5L, $350.

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Nature calls

Natural stone-inspired surfaces continue to trend in 2020. Our new Eternal D’Or has soft golden veins across a bright, white background and is for the most elegant kitchen spaces.

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Heritage style, modern engineering

Stunning stainless steel, all gas Victoria range cooker. Also available in black and cream, the largest super burner reaches up to 18,000 BTUs with a capacity of 4.4 cu. ft. A show-tipping range in anyone’s kitchen.

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Textural Tablescapes

Ceramicist Jono Pandol is a boutique maker of handcrafted dinner and serveware and is a favourite among A-list chefs for his unique dinnerware options for restaurants. Pandol has now created a custom, handmade serveware collection for home. These three pieces are the workhorses of everyday home dining. Each piece is formed and finished by hand.

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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of colour authority, Pantone, choosing the colour of the year, the pressure was on to define and set the tone for a new decade. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Interesting how the company started the tradition at the dawn of this millennium with Cerulean Blue, the colour of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day connoting restful, peaceful and relaxing times. An antidote, if you will, to calm the uncertainty of the new century and the Y2K scare that predominated the period.

It seems we need the same type of reassurance as we embark upon this century’s version of the roaring ’20s (let’s hope it ends better than that one did!). Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace to the human spirit, offering refuge. It also aids concentration and brings laser-like clarity, re-centering our thoughts.

After two decades of interpreting the colour culture of the time, Pantone remains loyal to the much-loved blue family, encouraging the human race in uncertain times. It is somewhat poetic that a clear daytime sky blue inaugurated the century, and 20 years later, Classic Blue depicts the colour of the sky at day’s end — dusk — a time of day when we process the day’s events and anticipate what the evening hours will bring. As far as decorating with this universal favourite shade of blue, the options are endless…from large furniture pieces, like a supple velvet sofa to pops of the versatile colour on walls, fixtures, dishware and bedding. The sky is the limit…literally.

1 Coco ARMCHAIR, $1,419.99; maisoncorbeil.com

2 Napoleonic Blue CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan, starts at $15.95 for a 120 ml tin; anniesloan.com

3 Tertial WORK LAMP, $14.99; ikea.com

4 Mai Blue Floral BOWL 9.5″, $29.95; crateandbarrel.ca

5 Set of two minimalist ESPRESSO CUPS AND SAUCERS, blueberry, $50; lecreuset.ca

6 Blue Stripe Round PLATTER, $39.95; crateandbarrel. ca

7 Organic Luxe Fibrosoft TOWELS, midnight $12 – $129; westelm.ca

8 Dusk Classic Blue Paint Brush Stroke Texture WALLPAPER MURAL from $4.91 per square foot; muralswallpaper.com

9 Single-lever FAUCET, Vola of Denmark, blue $1,135; gingers.com

10 Gurli CUSHION COVER, $4.99; ikea.com


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The Selby

The Selby sets a new design standard for luxury rental living

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The Selby sets a new design standard for luxury rental living

Photos courtesy of Tricon Capital Group

When it comes to interior design inspiration, there are the usual go-to sources we rely on when we are thinking of renovating or renewing our living spaces. The various HGTV shows, design magazines and blogs, Pinterest, boutique hotels, or perhaps, an actual, newly renovated home of a friend or relative you just visited set the inspiration wheels in motion. There are endless resources for the homeowner, but there is one place we don’t typically consider to look when dreaming and planning our refreshed spaces: rental suites…yes, rental suites.

The tables have turned

The Selby by Tricon House, is the first in a series of upscale, purpose-built rental apartment buildings that will spatter across Toronto’s downtown core. There are a few in the works, (57 Spadina Avenue in the city’s fashion district and Scrivener Square in Rosedale/Summerhill), with The Selby debuting in The Six last year in late November. Located at 25 Selby, it is set to redefine rental living with luxury apartments bordering the neighbourhoods of South Rosedale and Cabbagetown. Up until now, renters may have looked longingly to the various design options offered to homeowners (budget-permitting, of course) to totally transform their interiors. But now homeowners who are ready to upgrade their abodes, can find inspiration by the sophisticated design of this unique rental property in the heart of the city.

Raising the bar

The 50-storey tower offers suites featuring high-end finishes and appliances. “Thoughtfully designed and appointed purpose-built rental apartments have been a mainstay housing option in U.S. cities for years, says Gary Berman, president and CEO of Tricon Capital Group. “We are leveraging our experience in the U.S. and Canada to bring a new type of rental offering to Toronto. Our goal is to create communities that reflect the changing needs of a world-class city, to deliver buildings of exceptional quality, and to set the bar for a new type of city living.” All 502 apartments are meticulously edited to maximize space, curated with high-quality materials, which provide both a sumptuous and comforting feel. They partnered with notable brands and talented designers to offer this unparalleled environment with impeccable artistic details to bring their vision to fruition.

It takes a village

Starting with the kitchens and bathrooms, The Selby set their sights on a beloved lifestyle brand from Italy. “Tricon House paid very special attention to the design details and who they partnered with, and they chose to partner with Scavolini,” says Horia Gruia, president of Scavolini Toronto. The family-run, Italy-based company is the leader in kitchen design for over 50 years, and the company has been in Toronto for 15 years. It was the natural choice to build the luxury kitchens for all of The Selby’s one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, which also feature quartz countertops from Caesarstone. A household name in Italy, where houses are sold without a kitchen, and homeowners must furnish all the cabinets and appliances in their home, “this is the first foray in the rental market for Scavolini,” confirms Gruia, and the modular nature of the design allows for easy installation as well.

The Sax kitchen reveal

The Scavolini Sax kitchen was personalized and premiered in Canada at The Selby. It comes in two colour palettes: one light and one dark. The light scheme is comprised of Batista Oak and Mist Grey; the darker scheme is Calicoat Oak and Graphite Grey. The Sax is a combination of cross-wood texture in a matte finish, a modern, minimalist design with hardware on base cabinets only, not on the upper cabinets. The colour scheme was selected to reflect a distinctive, yet cohesive design esthetic from floor to floor of the building. “There are five or six layout kitchen designs in the building, but one floor has one colour scheme and the next floor will have the other,” informs Gruia. Sounds like a checkerboard or the perfect Instagram feed. All kitchens include a breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, induction stove, dishwasher, (and a wine fridge!), a stunning wall unit and matching accessories.

Preserving history

Award-winning and internationally recognized Toronto designer, Johnson Chou, was Tricon’s pick to design the suites, main lobby, including the common spaces for residents housed in the exquisite 150-year-old Gooderham mansion, which once was the dwelling of Ernest Hemingway when he wrote for the Toronto Star. This historical Toronto treasure was moved and lovingly restored for the project, and it now stands adjacent to the building for residents to enjoy the building’s amenities, which among others, include a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre, spa, and bistro, bar and lounge by Oliver & Bonacini.

Design authority

“We worked very hard to give designer Johnson Chou a profound understanding of what Tricon House meant and he successfully translated our brand esthetic in design,” says Chief Marketing Officer at Tricon House, Alexandra Blum. “For The Selby, it was a mixture of the vibrant geographical area, honouring the past and incorporating a very layered interior design, like rich caramel leather sofas in the mansion, cow-hide back chairs and a stunning copper chandelier in the lobby.”

Elevated lifestyle

The suites include oversized windows, which allow for plenty of sunlight, and walk-in closets with organizers that are conveniently located in between the master bedroom and bathroom. But beyond the design considerations, The Selby is about creating communites and mixed-use spaces. Blum believes that the design is just part of the formula that elevates lifestyle. “We put people first, and creating a sense of belonging is needed more than ever in this technology-obsessed, always-connected world.

As homeowners, I won’t elaborate on the impressive amenities and amazing city views of the Rosedale Valley for residents, we don’t want to incite rental envy as we busy ourselves with that unrelenting house maintenance checklist. It is nice to know though if life circumstances change, we can trade in our property for a rental suite without sacrificing high-quality design, and an added sense of community to bout!

Pièce de resistance

Back to design. Blum extols the importance of art, as a collector and as an experience. Seen as an essential element to enhance spaces, Tricon House partnered with EyeBuyArt, a local initiative, which offers residents access to a curated collection of beautiful works of art at accessible prices. They start at $250. “Tricon invested in art pieces for the lobby, mansion and spa, and we wanted to extend that to our residents at an affordable price point for their homes,” says Blum. A budget-conscious initiative in luxury rental is a nice touch. So perhaps for your next renovation or home improvement project, you can tear a page from the latest Toronto luxury rental suites for some design inspiration. Tried-and-true design, quality materials mixed in with some save-splurge decisions are what reno dreams are made of — no matter where you live.

Inspired by beauty in all its forms, Toronto-based RENO & DECOR editor Silvana Longo loves exploring current and upcoming design trends, or planning her next trip to Europe for more inspiration. writerbydesign.ca

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The whole package the selby sets a new standard

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The whole package the selby sets a new standard

When it comes to interior design inspiration, there are the usual go-to sources we rely on when we are thinking of renovating or renewing our living spaces. The various HGTV shows, design magazines and blogs, Pinterest, boutique hotels, or perhaps, an actual, newly renovated home of a friend or relative you just visited set the inspiration wheels in motion. There are endless resources for the homeowner, but there is one place we don’t typically consider to look when dreaming and planning our refreshed spaces: rental suites…yes, rental suites.

THE TABLES HAVE TURNED

The Selby by Tricon House, is the first in a series of upscale, purpose-built rental apartment buildings that will spatter across Toronto’s downtown core. There are a few in the works, (57 Spadina Avenue in the city’s fashion district and Scrivener Square in Rosedale/Summerhill), with The Selby debuting in The Six last year in late November. Located at 25 Selby, it is set to redefine rental living with luxury apartments bordering the neighbourhoods of South Rosedale and Cabbagetown. Up until now, renters may have looked longingly to the various design options offered to homeowners (budget-permitting, of course) to totally transform their interiors. But now homeowners who are ready to upgrade their abodes, can find inspiration by the sophisticated design of this unique rental property in the heart of the city.

RAISING THE BAR

The 50-storey tower offers suites featuring high-end finishes and appliances. “Thoughtfully designed and appointed purpose-built rental apartments have been a mainstay housing option in U.S. cities for years, says Gary Berman, president and CEO of Tricon Capital Group. “We are leveraging our experience in the U.S. and Canada to bring a new type of rental offering to Toronto. Our goal is to create communities that reflect the changing needs of a world-class city, to deliver buildings of exceptional quality, and to set the bar for a new type of city living.”

All 502 apartments are meticulously edited to maximize space, curated with high-quality materials, which provide both a sumptuous and comforting feel. They partnered with notable brands and talented designers to offer this unparalleled environment with impeccable artistic details to bring their vision to fruition.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Starting with the kitchens and bathrooms, The Selby set their sights on a beloved lifestyle brand from Italy. “Tricon House paid very special attention to the design details and who they partnered with, and they chose to partner with Scavolini,” says Horia Gruia, president of Scavolini Toronto.

The family-run, Italy-based company is the leader in kitchen design for over 50 years, and the company has been in Toronto for 15 years. It was the natural choice to build the luxury kitchens for all of The Selby’s one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, which also feature quartz countertops from Caesarstone. A household name in Italy, where houses are sold without a kitchen, and homeowners must furnish all the cabinets and appliances in their home, “this is the first foray in the rental market for Scavolini,” confirms Gruia, and the modular nature of the design allows for easy installation as well.

THE SAX KITCHEN REVEAL

The Scavolini Sax kitchen was personalized and premiered in Canada at The Selby. It comes in two colour palettes: one light and one dark. The light scheme is comprised of Batista Oak and Mist Grey; the darker scheme is Calicoat Oak and Graphite Grey. The Sax is a combination of cross-wood texture in a matte finish, a modern, minimalist design with hardware on base cabinets only, not on the upper cabinets. The colour scheme was selected to reflect a distinctive, yet cohesive design esthetic from floor to floor of the building. “There are five or six layout kitchen designs in the building, but one floor has one colour scheme and the next floor will have the other,” informs Gruia. Sounds like a checkerboard or the perfect Instagram feed. All kitchens include a breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, induction stove, dishwasher, (and a wine fridge!), a stunning wall unit and matching accessories.

PRESERVING HISTORY

Award-winning and internationally recognized Toronto designer, Johnson Chou, was Tricon’s pick to design the suites, main lobby, including the common spaces for residents housed in the exquisite 150-year-old Gooderham mansion, which once was the dwelling of Ernest Hemingway when he wrote for the Toronto Star. This historical Toronto treasure was moved and lovingly restored for the project, and it now stands adjacent to the building for residents to enjoy the building’s amenities, which among others, include a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre, spa, and bistro, bar and lounge by Oliver & Bonacini.

DESIGN AUTHORITY

“We worked very hard to give designer Johnson Chou a profound understanding of what Tricon House meant and he successfully translated our brand esthetic in design,” says Chief Marketing Officer at Tricon House, Alexandra Blum. “For The Selby, it was a mixture of the vibrant geographical area, honouring the past and incorporating a very layered interior design, like rich caramel leather sofas in the mansion, cow-hide back chairs and a stunning copper chandelier in the lobby.”

“BEYOND THE DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS, THE SELBY I S ABOUT CREATING COMMUNITES AND MIXED-USE SPACES.”

ELEVATED LIFESTYLE

The suites include oversized windows, which allow for plenty of sunlight, and walk-in closets with organizers that are conveniently located in between the master bedroom and bathroom. But beyond the design considerations, The Selby is about creating communites and mixed use spaces. Blum believes that the design is just part of the formula that elevates lifestyle. “We put people first, and creating a sense of belonging is needed more than ever in this technology-obsessed, always-connected world.

As homeowners, I won’t elaborate on the impressive amenities and amazing city views of the Rosedale Valley for residents, we don’t want to incite rental envy as we busy ourselves with that unrelenting house maintenance checklist. It is nice to know though if life circumstances change, we can trade in our property for a rental suite without sacrificing high-quality design, and an added sense of community to bout!

PIÈCE DE RESISTANCE

Back to design. Blum extols the importance of art, as a collector and as an experience. Seen as an essential element to enhance spaces, Tricon House partnered with EyeBuyArt, a local initiative, which offers residents access to a curated collection of beautiful works of art at accessible prices. They start at $250. “Tricon invested in art pieces for the lobby, mansion and spa, and we wanted to extend that to our residents at an affordable price point for their homes,” says Blum. A budget-conscious initiative in luxury rental is a nice touch.

So perhaps for your next renovation or home improvement project, you can tear a page from the latest Toronto luxury rental suites for some design inspiration. Tried-and-true design, quality materials mixed in with some save-splurge decisions are what reno dreams are made of — no matter where you live.

For Design Inspiration Or More Information, Go To Triconhouse.com/theselby/

Inspired by beauty in all its forms, Toronto-based RENO & DECOR editor Silvana Longo loves exploring current and upcoming design trends, or planning her next trip to Europe for more inspiration. writerbydesign.ca

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

by Silvana Longo

Originating in Italy’s Veneto area over 500 years ago, terrazzo is a composite material of marble chippings set into cement and polished to a super smooth finish. Created as a way to reuse the scrapped rock, this sustainable, speckled mosaic was traditionally used as flooring in Venetian palaces.

It had a moment in the sun in the ’70s but this year, building on the popularity of marble over the last few years, terrazzo offers a more colourful, more playful alternative. And its popularity in the 21st century soars beyond the floor and walls with many decor items popping up inspired by the abstract pattern. It brings texture and interest to fabrics and wallpapers, and these terrazzo-inspired items add a chic Italian vibe to your decor.

1 FLONG RUG, $14.99; ikea.ca

2 Terrazzo MACBOOK CASE, $67.15; etsy.com

3 Indigo Set of 4 Terrazzo COASTERS, $24.50; indigo.ca

4 FINE ART PRINT Bleu Serene, $26.99; etsy.com

5 Velvet PILLOW, Mademoiselle Nathalie, $110.03; etsy.com

6 HANGIVEN MUG, $5.99, patterned; ikea.ca

7 Terrazzo Bath Collection, CANISTER, $38US, LOTION DISPENSER, $38US, SOAP DISH, $28US, TUMBLER, $28US; anthropologie.com

8 Terrazzo White Rectangular SERVING PLATTER, $79.95; cb2.com

9 Terrazzo-print SHOWER CURTAIN, $20; simons.ca

10 Speckled CERAMIC BOWL, $12.99; homesense.ca


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HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

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Simply Luxurious: Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home.

by Silvana Longo

Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home. These are the concepts that continue to build upon the bathroom trends dominating interiors. The opportunity to primp and destress in a calming haven you can call your own. Whether you’re glam or minimalist, find your bathroom bliss with these latest fixtures, finishes and accessories that raise the bar.

A skillful combination of colours and textures merge within this charming, yet modern Scavolini design, giving the bathroom unprecedented character. The cabinetry features a streamlined silhouette, thanks to doors with a recessed profile, perfect for storage. The wallmounted base unit and dedicated line of accessories, which includes matching taps, shelves and towel rails, complete this bathroom collection, and are available in a choice of white, brass or aluminium finish. For more information on the Tratto collection from Scavolini, go to scavolinitoronto.com.

VANITIES & WASHSTANDS

OLD WORLD MEETS NEW

Combine the vintage charm of a classic open-framework console with the benefit of modern fixtures. The integrated sink top is made from SculpureStone material, which is non-porous, stain-, mould- and mildew-resistant , making cleaning and maintenance easy. The Boutique collection tops with Palmer legs come in two styles: Traditional with a round or oval sink; cove-edge treatment and tapered-foot console legs; or modern with a rectangular sink and studio console legs. The tops are available in a matte or gloss finish.

Boutique collection with Palmer legs, $3,145 – $9,255; mtibaths.com available at Tiles Plus Bath & Tile Centre in Mississauga.

— Sil’s Pick–

MODERN MARVEL

The Avento freestanding vanity celebrates chic elegance and minimalist design. Perfect in bathroom spaces both large and small, it is available in multiple configurations for single or double basins. Even the interior of the vanity can be customized with dividers, LED lighting and integrated outlets as desired. There are limitless design options with six distinctive metal finishes, and more than 50 options for panel finishes that include traditional and exotic woods, unique textured surfaces, and high-gloss acrylics. Avento vanity, from Furniture Guild starts at $5,000; gingers.com.

Sil Says … The best way to save surface space is to choose a sleek washstand with a towel bar. The traditional style juxtaposed with the modern matte-black finish creates the perfect tension and balance.

The Metallo washstands are timeless design classics, with right-angle tee joints that reference traditional bathroom pipework, looking equally at home in a more traditional bathroom or industrial-inspired scheme. Each washstand features a practical towel bar and a shelf for storage, finished in a tubular brass.

The Metallo is available in two sizes, shown here is the Metallo 114, which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin. Metallo 114, $2,730; vandabaths.com

The Candella washstands are typified by the design of the legs, which feature elegantly shaped details. A towel bar and a storage shelf in tempered glass are practical yet well designed, lending a sense of hotel style to the bathroom.

The Candella is available in two sizes, shown here is the Candella 100 topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin. Candella 100, $2,878; vandabaths.com

LIGHTING

Mouth-blown glass spheres soften the light and are attached to a thickly circular backplate finished in aged brass. Paired together, these two elements lighten not just the room but the mood. Baird Triple Wall Light, aged brass, $575; gingers.com
Bring the five-star hotel experience home, creating a spa-like setting in your bathroom. The Hotelier collection is made of durable solid brass.

Hotelier Sconce, $270; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

BATHING BEAUTIES

LIGHT THERAPY

A contemporary version of the claw-foot tub with chunky metal feet and coordinating armrests in eight different finishes, this elongated oval silhouette is large enough for two bathers. Indulge in the latest chromatherapy system featuring LED lights embedded within the structure of the bath. The coloured lights glow through the tub’s acrylic shell to provide therapeutic benefits and a beautiful visual effect.

Scala Claw-foot Tub from BainUltra starts at $6,350; available in Toronto at Bath Emporium

YOUR TUB’S BEST FRIEND

Crafted to the highest standards and reaching 36½” spout height from the floor, the East Square tub filler comes with an integrated hand shower. The spout was designed with a precise and sophisticated squared angle, making it ideal for any modern bath. The tub filler comes in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin-nickel finishes.

East Square tub filler, from Newport Brass starts at $1,759; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

SUMPTUOUS SUMMER SHOWER

The Real Rain overhead panel is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape individual drops that replicate rainfall. When the reservoir fills, water spills into the remainder of the showerhead, covering over 775 nozzles, and raindrops begin to fall softly and slowly, then grow in strength and speed until the shower feels, sounds, and looks like a warm, summer rain. Push a button and the Deluge feature releases a reservoir of water in one powerful instant to simulate an energetic burst of heavy rain.

Real Rain Overhead Panel, $3,264; kohler.com

SAFETY FIRST

Move over institutional-looking fixture, the new grab bar moves forward in style. Softened, square-angled corners pervade the collection, while rounded, sleek edges stay true to an advanced style preferred by modern bathrooms. Circular escutcheons cleverly conceal the mounting hardware.

Available in seven length options, the grab bars are offered in 27 finishes and a variety of styles. Kubic Grab Bar from Newport Brass, black, $404; PMF Plumbing

FAUCETS

The jewelry of the bathroom, warm metals and matte-black finishes are trending

The Vaia Collection features soft radii, fine silhouette and flowing transitions. Meticulously defined joints and uniquely silky textures highlight the meticulous dedication to craftsmanship and detail. Dornbracht Vaia X Faucet, dark bronze matte, $3,219; gingers.com
Add variety by pairing clean-lined, angled handles with a curved spout, features that are contrasting yet complementary.

Pavani starts at $813; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES

Combining geometric elements in the most precise way, the angle of the curved spout is matched precisely by the angle of its handles. The gentle curve of the faucet and its coordinating curved handles supply plenty of contemporary cool without overwhelming the space. Solid brass construction and available in eight finishes.

Domino faucet from Franz Viegener starts at $1,095; gingers.com

TILE TRENDS

We are seeing lots of patterns and movement in tile trends this year

The Autore collection features a classic surface inspired by the refined spirit of Venetian terrazzo. Shown here in Rimini, each of the five shades subtly glisten and evoke the polished marble aggregate characteristic of terrazzo.

Starts at $7.99 per square foot; ceragres.ca

Color Line by Fap Ceramiche is a new contemporary collection that adds vibrancy to your bathroom. Available in multiple colours and patterns, it also features a new Color Now floor tile, for perfectly blended layouts.

Color Line starts at $6.25/sq. ft.; ciot.com

Two tile patterns—Both from the Waterjet Mosaics collection.

 

1. Bloom Carrara & Statuario, $57 per sq. ft.
2. Grace Cersei/China White & Diamond Blue, $106.21 per sq. ft.; sstileandstone.ca

BATH ACCESSORIES

TOILETRIES ON WHEELS

Tailored lines meet easy functionality in this compact cart that rolls from room to room as a bar cart, kitchen prep station or in this case, the perfect bathroom caddy. A clean, Parson’s-style stainless-steel frame supports two box-like shelves of solid American walnut stained natural brown.

Pearson Utility Cart, $799; crateandbarrel.ca

STACK & STORE

A sophisticated solution to bathroom clutter, this medium canister is designed with a recessed lid that allows it to be stacked with coordinating Cedras canisters. Made of stoneware, the canister is coated in matte-black glaze with an artisan-like splatter effect.

Cedras Stackable Canisters, small $19.95, medium $34.95, large $41.95; crateandbarrel.ca

COLOUR POP

A clean design with a thick wavy structure that embraces your body and adds luxury to your bathroom. Soft and fluffy in coordinated colours so you can choose your favourite.

FLODALEN bath towel, teal, $12.99; ikea.ca

HIGH OR LOW

Modern elegance meets functional simplicity with the MEM Robe Hook.

Dornbracht mem Robe hook, $149; gingers.com

KVASP hook brass colour, $2.99 3 in pack; ikea.ca

STORAGE

ALWAYS IN STYLE

Spacious storage in several beautiful finishes. The soft-closing doors allow you to start the day with a pleasant sense of calm. Built to last through years of spills and steamy showers.

W40xD32xH192cm GODMORGON high cabinet, $299, kasjon light gray; ikea.ca


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TREND WATCH: Awash in Watercolour

TREND WATCH: Awash in Watercolour

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TREND WATCH: Awash in Watercolour

by Silvana Longo

Dive into soft washes of colour inspired by the palette of ocean waves and sunsets. The wanderlust of watercolours echo dreams and memories of distant shores and sand-washed hues. If you just want to test the waters, choose from painterly pillows and art to textiles and ceramics; they add a delicate and whimsical touch to your decor. If you’re already a fan of the watery inks and visible brush strokes, take the plunge with these stunning watercolour designs in flooring and wallcoverings.

1 Painter’s Palette Canvas ART – 24 X 36 – $49.50; indigo.ca

2 Cloud WALLPAPER by Emma Hayes, Sky, $335 per 11-yard roll; newwall.com

3 Lagoon Serving BOWL, $29; urbanbarn.com

4 Zoe Bios Corner RUG, $699-$1,820; westelm.ca

5 Casetify Watercolor Leather APPLE WATCH BAND, $52 US; anthropologie.com

6 Alto Watercolour TILE Effect Flooring design. Go to atrafloor.com for pricing and shipping information

7 Leaves Toss CUSHION 20X20, $39; urbanbarn.com

8 Watercolour PILLOW COVER, $3; ebay.ca

9 Peachy Painter’s Palette PILLOW COVER – 18 x 18 – $34.50; indigo.ca


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