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Scandinavian Collection wallpaper products from Suzanne Brown and Associates

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Scandinavian Collection wallpaper products from Suzanne Brown and Associates

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Suzanne Brown and Associates of Toronto, supplier of fine wallcoverings, fabrics, trim and hardware to the design trade, has some exciting new offerings – the Scandinavian Collection.

A unique opportunity to decorate walls with a piece of classic Scandinavian design, including Stig Lindberg’s imaginative textile pattern, which was first displayed at an exhibition by Nordic company NK in 1947.

The collection features patterns from five different designer icons within architecture and pattern design during the 1940s to 1960s. All patterns in the collection have a natural, colourful and imaginative touch that make them a perfect complement to the understated, clean Scandinavian interior design. Classic and contemporary have never been more to the point.

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An exciting pattern of leaves, so airy you can feel the sky appear beyond the leaves. The pattern is based on Viola Grasten’s original textile sketches that he made in 1964. A timeless design, this wallpaper carefully preserves the spontaneous and sketchy expression that was so important to Grasten. Available in four colourways.

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An amazing, blooming pattern with Lisbet jobs’ characteristic style. The pattern was made in the 1950s and the fresh, green plants keep a sense of summer in the room all year round.

For more information, visit the website.

 

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Fabricland, inspired carpet and wallpaper options

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Fabricland, inspired carpet and wallpaper options

In our December 2018/ January 2019 issue’s feature, “The Finishing Touch,” one of the quirkier items that long-time contributor Jay Somerset included was a carpet modelled on that found in the fictitious Overlook Hotel from the movie, The Shining. (Somerset actually used the carpet in his own basement. No word yet if it’s haunted.)

Shortly after that issue went to press, we stumbled across a couple more funky finds that might be suitable for clients that are looking for something a little bit different.

First up are these (pleasantly) spooky custom printed fabric and wallpaper designs based on patterns from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, available at Spoonflower.com.

For something a little less haunting and a little more mind-bending, consider these wallpaper prints based on the work of artist M.C. Escher, who is best known for his mesmerizing repetitive patterns and images like two hands drawing each other. Visit JannellieVolpi.it to see the complete collection.

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Wallpaper is making a big comeback

Wallpaper is making a big comeback

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Wallpaper is making a big comeback

Every season brings has its fair share of home decor trends, but one such style that’s coming back for another turn around the sun causes fairly polarizing opinions: Wallpaper. Love it or hate it, this long time decorating treatment has come back to the mainstream thanks to really whimsical, on-trend prints to fabrics and inventive materials that makes the installation of wallpaper not only easier, but also removable. Installing wallpaper used to be a nightmare – all that scraping and steaming – but nowadays new technology has made it incredibly easy with adhesive formulas and even stick-and-peel fabrications that can strip off walls without that sticky residue.

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Lara Skinner Mural Wallpaper. wallsauce.com

When choosing the right wallpaper for your own home, here are a few things to consider:

Consider the style of the room you’re decorating

What is your home style: Romantic, casual, contemporary or traditional? Decide that first, then go about choosing a wallpaper that suits that style. For example, if your look is romantic, go for delicate damasks or florals with lovely pastel colours. Beautiful! If you have a contemporary home, why not consider geometrics, metallic accents or large-scale patterns?

How do you plan on using the wallpaper?

This is obviously a critical decision: where will you install the wallpaper in your home? Remember that all styles don’t work in the same way, so if you want to cover an entire room, keep it simple. You don’t want to overwhelm a space with big patterns or large-scale designs. Stay classic with a stripe, or a muted pattern.

Also important, the choice of wallpaper should be compatible with your other furniture. You want to maintain a sense of harmony in the whole space, so remember your upholstery, furniture, curtains and other details and how they will marry with your wallpaper of choice.

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Grasscloth Wallpaper

How you will use wallpaper in the room

Next, figure out how you plan to use the wallpaper in the room. All styles don’t work in the same way. Here are the various options:

  • Cover all four walls: A classic, simple stripe design hung horizontally on all four walls gives a fresh contemporary look. Large-scale and simple designs will not overwhelm a room but add a trendy twist. My first choice is grass cloth – it has a very organic feel (it’s made from strands of actual grass woven together!). It gives texture and warmth, and you won’t get tired of it as you may with a patterned paper. My mother used it and I was always drawn to its natural beauty. Interestingly, I’m using it in my Arizona home in the TV room, as well as our master bedroom.
  • Feature wall: This is the opportunity to be dramatic! Go for a bold pattern here to help highlight an area of a room, like behind your bed, a couch or a powder room. A botanical print would work wonderfully here.
  • A ceiling: This isn’t for the faint of heart, but wow does it ever yield a result! Whether you want to mimic a Victorian-style tin ceiling look (which has been a big trend in home decor) or you want to add a unique element of surprise in a geometric print (which is a nice nod to midcentury-modern design) the ceiling is unexpected and a lot of fun.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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How to create a dependable laundry room

How to create a dependable laundry room

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How to create a dependable laundry room

As a mom, a lot of people depend on us. I recently worked with Alison, a firefighter and mom of five-year-old Gwen, who I had the pleasure of overhauling her laundry room. At work, people depend on Alison to help save lives, and at home, her family depends on her for countless things — so creating systems and spaces that allow her to reliably get the job done was the name of the game in this space.

First things first

No laundry room is complete without a washer and dryer. For this space, I chose Maytag’s Front Load Extra Power Washer and Dryer, which have an extra power feature. For the washer, the extra power button fights stains that dissolve best in hot water and in cold — all in one load. For the dryer, the extra power button helps get thick fabrics drier the first time by adding extra time to the cycle.

Tons of storage

Alison’s home is on the smaller size, so every single square inch of this space needed to count. I went with taller-than-average uppers from Ikea in a high-gloss navy blue for a look that is both modern and functional, allowing Alison to store detergent, cleaning supplies, towels and other necessities in arm’s reach. We also incorporated storage on the other side of the room with multiple drawers, and decorative shelving. This space doubles as a desk for Alison’s young daughter when not needed for folding!

Tons of folding space

Whether you are a Netflix-and-fold kind of person or not, I think a dependable laundry space needs to have ample counter space. In this space, I used butcher-block counters to provide a warm, textural contrast against the blue cabinetry and marble wallpapered walls that I found at https://anewall.com/. Installing a counter over a front-load washer and dryer is always a must for me as it provides a durable surface and creates a more built-in look to your appliances.

Space for hanging

I think one of the most overlooked functions of a laundry room is space for hanging clothing that needs to air-dry. Whether you use a folding wire contraption that allows clothing to lay flat, a rope that allows you to hang clothing, or hooks like I did right here, you definitely need to plan for this element so you can have the option for air-drying clothing.

Make it beautiful

I am a big believer that when a space is beautiful, we are so happy to be there, and this makes us super productive. So we utilized all KINDS of strategies to make this space just gorgeous. We wrapped a marble wallpaper along all the walls, we added gorgeous crown moulding, we added all kinds of teal accents that we found at Home Sense and just had so much fun with art, beautiful towels, and greenery.

Lisa Canning is a parenting, interior design and lifestyle expert in Toronto where she lives with her husband and seven children, ages nine and under.


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Inspired carpet and wallpaper options at Fabricland

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Inspired carpet and wallpaper options at Fabricland

In our December 2018/January 2019 issue’s feature, “The Finishing Touch,” one of the quirkier items that long-time contributor Jay Somerset included was a carpet modelled on that found in the fictitious Overlook Hotel from the movie, The Shining. (Somerset actually used the carpet in his own basement. No word yet if it’s haunted.)

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Shortly after that issue went to press, we stumbled across a couple more funky finds that might be suitable for clients that are looking for something a little bit different.

First up are these (pleasantly) spooky custom printed fabric and wallpaper designs based on patterns from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, available at spoonflower.com.

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For something a little less haunting and a little more mind-bending, consider these wallpaper prints based on the work of artist M.C. Escher who is best known for his mesmerizing repetitive patterns and images like two hands drawing each other. Visit jannellievolpi.it to see the complete collection.

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DESIGN: Breathing Life into Your Windows and Walls

Breathing new life into your windows and walls

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Breathing new life into your windows and walls

by Linda Mazur

Today’s windows and walls seem to have a new lease on life. With fabrics and wall coverings exploding with colours and patterns, it’s easy to garner a bit of “design inspo” and take your windows and walls from a simple blank canvas to an inspiration of creativity and style.

From impactful geometrics to bold vintage floral, beautiful opulent metallic finishes to leathers and cork, the world of fabric and wall coverings has a new direction and a new excitement! The patterns are endless, the colours are beautiful, the textures are rich. What more could we want to inspire us?

Fabrics and wallpapers are not the only mediums to have a new and bold look. Tile, wood, concrete and wall panelling also have a new direction that sparks our interest.

Tile, for example, has gone the direction of fabric and wallpaper with a new look and texture; there are bold colours and patterns and fantastic 3-D effects that simple no longer belong just in the bathrooms or on small backsplashes. They can be incorporated into creative wall finishes in every space from a living room fireplace wall, to an entry way, to an impactful wall in your dining room. If you’re looking to the more traditional uses of tile, such as your kitchen backsplash, then why not select a statement tile and use it on the entire wall, eliminating your upper cabinets and replacing them with open shelving? Or perhaps use a great patterned tile to create a feature wall in a tiny powder room; it will make more of a statement on your wall than on the tiny floor space.

Both fabrics and wall finishes can make a huge impact in any space. A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways. far beyond that of just paint. Whether your room is large or small, creating attention to your walls can instantly set a style, make a bold statement or add character and personality to an otherwise basic design. They can change a vastly spacious room by making it feel more intimate and cozy, just the same way a bold and busy pattern can transform a small room in your home to a charming and dynamic space.

Wall coverings can address a blank wall in your home. However, many condo-dwellers today have a greater amount of windows than walls – the view and light is fantastic but it can also be challenging. With the volume of windows some of my clients have in their condos, window treatments can become a costly venture. When looking to add some type of window coverings to your home why not consider a combination of blinds and sheers? Motorized blinds are an easy option for condo-dwellers, providing privacy and sun control. However, blinds alone can sometimes seem unfinished in a room — with the addition of sheers this can become an attractive option. Much like wallpaper, sheers fabrics have come a long way in recent years! These are not the sheers you may remember from your childhood. Instead, the sheer fabric options available today are exciting, colourful, incredibly patterned and textured; just the perfect thing to frame out your vista.

Inspiring windows and walls will be on-trend moving forward, so take advantage of the bold patterns, great colours and fantastic product options available and add some character and personality to your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

Design: Windows and Walls with Character

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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

by Linda Mazur

A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways.

The windows and walls in your home are not just a structural entity but, in fact, are a blank canvas for you to become inspired and create something impactful and dynamic. The fabric and wall coverings we are seeing today are not only inspirational but exciting. From bold geometrics to vintage floral, beautiful opulent metallic finishes, to the rustic vibe of reclaimed brick and wood, we just can’t get enough of the design power of fabric and wallpaper.

Both fabric and wallpaper can make a huge impact in any space. A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways, far beyond that of just paint. Whether your room is large or small, wallpaper and fabric can instantly set a style, make a bold statement or add character and personality to an otherwise basic design. It can change a vastly spacious room by making it feel more intimate and cozy, just the same way a bold and busy pattern can transform a small room in your home to a charming and dynamic space.

Wall coverings can address a blank wall in your home. However, many condo dwellers today have a greater amount of windows than walls; the view and light is fantastic but it can also be challenging. With the volume of windows some of my clients have in their condos, window treatments can become a costly venture. When looking to add some type of window coverings to your home, why not consider a combination of blinds and sheers? Motorized blinds are an easy option for condo dwellers, providing privacy and sun control. However, blinds alone can sometimes seem unfinished. With the addition of sheers this can become an attractive option. Much like wallpaper, sheer fabrics have come a long way in recent years. These are not the sheers you may remember from your childhood. Instead the sheer fabric options available today are exciting, colourful, incredibly patterned and textured — just the perfect thing to frame out your vista.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  • Look to create a stylish focal point in your room by wallpapering a single wall
  • Don’t be afraid of using large-scaled patterns in smaller spaces
  • Wallpapers are also available in peel and stick, making installation easier and often these papers are reusable, a great option for renters

As space is often at a premium in condos, one style that I like to suggest when designing for my clients is the ripple-fold drapery header. Ripple-fold is a simple, understated design for drapery. It has clean lines and the ability to highlight many large bold fabric patterns, but is exceedingly more elegant and custom looking in your living space than a basic grommet drapery header. A treatment such as ripple-fold, in combination with blinds, will complement your windows beautifully while also affording a tight, space saving stack-back of your drapery panels when not in use.

This style of drapery is best constructed using a fabric that has a great hang. Alendel Fabrics not only has a large selection of fabrics just perfect for this sort of window treatment, this season they have also launched a new line of wall coverings.

Become inspired with your walls and windows, and look to give them some personality and character.

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

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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