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Home Finds - Apr/May2021

Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

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Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

A kitchen reno is no small task. But like a lot of things in life that are hard, the reward is worth it! The details are what can really elevate the design. So, take your time and choose elements that will help make your kitchen your favourite room in the house.

Counterbalance

The Whitelight collection is the latest array of quartz countertops from Caesarstone. The collection is all about light, neutral colours that enhance the movement and drama of natural stone.

5171 ARBETTO. caesarstone.ca

Cook with care

Caraway’s ceramic cookware not only looks cool, it’s also nontoxic, eco-friendly and naturally non-stick. This well-designed set will be your go-to for all your cooking needs.

CERAMIC COOKWARE SET in navy by Caraway. $575. indigo.ca

Organic dinnerware

We love this handcrafted, organic stoneware dinner collection from Oui. Modern, durable and stylish – it’s perfect for everyday use.

$12-$60. indigo.ca

Colourful small appliances

While stainless steel kitchen accents continue to dominate, colourful small appliances are quietly making a comeback. We adore this retro-inspired light green collection by Haden – guaranteed to add a unique look.

Silt green Dorchester TOASTER, DRIP COFFEE MAKER AND KETTLE by Haden. $150-$180. crateandbarrel.ca

Bold backsplash

Create a statement wall in your kitchen by backsplash.

Tofino TERRAZZO cement tile. Spoons SQUARE cement tile. Peak line HEXAGON choosing bold tiles for your cement tile. From $9. geontile.com

Indigo cutlery

Trade your traditional silver cutlery set for one with a punch of colour. Our top pick? This cool indigo shade guaranteed to kick up your tablescape.

Glamour 5-piece STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE SET. $92. wayfair.ca

A winning faucet

Select a faucet that not only matches your kitchen’s aesthetic, but also has the functionality you need. Whether your preference is bronze, silver or gold, the faucet is one of the most used items in the kitchen, so, choose wisely!

BRONZE: Arbour oil rubbed bronze one-handle high arc MOTIONSENSE PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $618. moen.ca

SILVER: Purist SINGLEHOLE KITCHEN SINK FAUCET with pullout spout and ProMotion by Kohler. $633. wayfair.ca

GOLD: Satin gold PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $239. bathdepot.ca

Style file

Cabinets and hardware to inspire a kitchen update.

TRADITIONAL: FLORENCE DOOR in white matte thermofoil by Eurostyle. $62. homedepot.ca Weston collection brushed gold contemporary CABINET KNOB by Richelieu. $5. homedepot.ca

ECLECTIC: BODARP DOOR in grey green. $50. ikea.ca. GREEN AGATE KNOB. $30. cb2.ca

MID-CENTURY MODERN: HASSLARP DOOR. $88. ikea.ca. Demi half-moon brass and black marble knob. $14. cb2.ca

Table talk

Do you have an eat-in kitchen? A sustainably sourced wooden table adds a beautiful natural element to the space with lower impact to the environment.

1. Whitestone OVAL LARGE DINING TABLE. $3,429. westofmain.com

2. Mid-century EXPANDABLE DINING TABLE in walnut. $1,049-$1,349. westelm.ca

3. Griffin reclaimed WOOD DINING TABLE. $2,940. potterybarn.ca

Kitchen clean-up

Libman, maker of thoughtfully designed and environmentally conscious cleaning tools, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Marking the milestone, fourth-generation CEO, Andrew Libman, shares his three favourite finds for embracing the mess and keeping kitchens clean:

1. KITCHEN BRUSH: Scrubbing everything from pots and pans to root vegetables, it’s the most versatile kitchen tool, hands down.

2. PRECISION ANGLE BROOM & DUSTPAN: With bristles made from recycled water bottles, flagged tips ensure the tiniest of food waste is picked up the first time.

3. FREEDOM SPRAY MOP: This handy mop with its reusable microfibre pad is ideal for sudden spills requiring swift action. Plus, the refillable tank empowers you to use your preferred cleaning solution. libman.com

Warm modern

This gorgeous kitchen combines so many modern design elements that will be popular in 2021. From streamlined design to mixed metals, interesting stone and tile work, warm wood details and a touch of black – it’s a perfect mod mix.

Photograph: MAXIME BROUILLET

Interior design: MICHAEL GODMER

Designer tiles: Custom-made stone mosaic designed by CIOT STUDIO artisans.

Counter, backsplash and island in Maxfine porcelain. ciot.com

The organized pantry

We all aspire to have the kind of organized pantry that would make Jamie Oliver proud. These items will help get you started on the right track.

1. Yamazaki tosca slim white STORAGE BASKET. $49. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Modular GLASS CANISTERS by Marie Kondo. $16-$25. containerstore.com

3. WIre STORAGE BASKET. $25. homesense.ca

4. Progressive prokeeper CEREAL CONTAINER. $30. crateandbarrel.ca


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Out with the old

Out with the old

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Out with the old

A kitchen renovation is like being on a seemingly never-ending rollercoaster ride. The highs (approving the final designs) to the lows (two weeks without progress) are not for the faint of heart. Even celebrities aren’t immune to the drawn-out process of renovations. Harry Styles recently told Vogue his London home took 18 months to complete, a project that initially began as two weeks’ worth of work he had planned to do himself. I feel you, Harry, I feel you.

If you’ve been following my column in Reno + Decor, then you may remember the kitchen had always been the “big” project we wanted to tackle first. It was usable, but it felt dated, worn, and didn’t utilize the space to its full potential (having come from an 800-sq.-ft. condo, we knew a better layout was possible).

Enter my soon-to-be sister-in-law Jessica Fehr, a designer with Madison Taylor Design. She was thrilled at the idea of helping us with our designs, and once we sent over our kitchen measurements, she eagerly started designing. This was my first experience with an interior designer – from now on, I plan to use one for any major renovation to come. Why? Fehr was able to help synthesize everything I told her we wanted and needed, and come back with designs that made sense. That’s the other thing, there are endless combinations of finishes you can choose from, and they know what works and what doesn’t. A clashing kitchen is an expensive mistake I didn’t want to risk making, and as a pro, Jessica was able to help guide us through.

Ordering our custom cabinets was a top priority – even in June they were booking out to the fall. We decided to splurge on custom cabinets by Absolute Cabinets, as we plan to stay in this house for a while. And with almost 10-ft. ceilings and uneven floors, you get more precision and what you want, versus going out-of-the-box.

Finding a contractor was the next major task on my list, since the alternative would be hiring and coordinating all of the trades ourselves – a job neither of us had the time or patience to do.

A colleague of Fehr’s recommended Corner Contracting. After meeting the owner Dylan, we decided he was the right fit based on his friendly demeanour, previous experience with old homes and transparent contract.

Before we began tearing down walls, we replaced two windows to change to a drywall return style (no casings). Truthfully, we need to replace every window in the house, but not replacing these kitchen windows at this stage will create an expensive future issue, since our new backsplash surrounds them.

At the end of September, a complete gut was finished, right down to the studs. To save money, we did this ourselves. Instead of smashing the cabinets a la HGTV home reno shows, we carefully removed everything and donated the kitchen (including appliances) to Habitat for Humanity. The cabinet removal led us to discover significant evidence of mice (ew!), an issue we were able to resolve by ensuring there were no gaps in the subfloor and sealing any possible openings in the foundation.

Another money-saving job we did ourselves was adding Rockwool Safe ‘n’ Sound soundproofing insulation to the ceiling, as our daughter’s bedroom is directly above the kitchen.

Once that was complete, Dylan contracted a plumber and electrician to get everything right behind the walls… which is when our first big issue was revealed. Our plumber, Paul Corcoran, PWC Plumbing owner, discovered all of the plumbing in our home had Kitec pipes. This is a product that was considered top-of-the-line in the early 2000s but essentially is faulty. A burst in the pipes isn’t a matter of if, but when.

We replaced everything in the kitchen, including the lines to the laundry room, as that wall was going to be covered by our new cabinetry. Dylan also suggested we consider using Flo by Moen, a smart water security system that gave him personal peace of mind in his home. Not only does it track your water usage, but it can detect leaks, read temperature and humidity, and lets you shut off your water with the click of a button on your phone (meaning, you could be on vacation and shut off your water from the beach). In the end, we added the shutoff system, two additional sensors and a leak sensing cable, and we’re planning to add two more sensors – one in the attic and another by our water heater – for further protection.

Our electrician, Adam Boyce, owner of Electric All, helped us make sense of our lighting configuration. This meant changing our outlets from double-gang to single, adding additional pot lights, moving the island pendants, adding outlets to the island and putting up a second fixture to frame the back door.

Next up was to replace all of the subfloors and drywall the ceiling and walls, so our hardwood floors and cabinets could be installed. We didn’t plan on replacing our subfloors, but it was sloping down towards the back of the house, and too uneven for laying the hardwood (another ding to the budget).

Once the floors and walls were up, we finally felt like we had made some progress. From there, we had a few weeks of smooth sailing, while cabinets and countertops were installed. The next best day was when our appliances were taken out of their boxes, and our sink was hooked up (no more lugging dishes up and down from the basement), and we could officially stop using our temporary kitchen that was set up in our living room.

The bulk of the work happened within about two months, then the rest, petered away, one task at a time. For example, we had to wait a few weeks for our contractor to find more of our backsplash, as it’s now a discontinued style. Add in a COVID-19 scare (thankfully, no one tested positive), a labourer who quit, a broken truck and a missing ledge – all things out of our control that dragged out the process.

In total, the process has been almost nine months, from when we started reviewing designs and looking for a contractor, to today, when we can fully live in and enjoy our kitchen. No one said renovating was easy, but having a space you love is worth the wait.

Trades: Madison Taylor Design. madisontaylordesign.com | CORNER CONTRACTING. cornercontracting.ca | ABSOLUTE CABINETS. absolutecabinets.ca | PWC PLUMBING. pwcplumbing.ca | ELECTRIC ALL. info@electricallco.com | MARIO’S WINDOWS & DOORS. marioswindowsdoors.com | Countertops in Arctic White (perimeter) and Colton (island) by CAMBRIA. cambriausa.com. Installation by ELEGANT SOLUTIONS. elegant-solutions.ca | DECOR & HARDWARE: Old Fashion Mosaico BACKSPLASH by Ston. stonitalia.it | PAINT in White Dove (island, upper cabinets and walls); Simply White (trim and baseboards) by Benjamin Moore. benjaminmoore.ca | CABINET HARDWARE in the Ellis Collection Davenport in matte black by Top Knobs. topknobsdecor.com | High arc pulldown KITCHEN FAUCET and Flo Smart water security system by Moen. moen.ca | Quatrus double bowl undermount SINK by Blanco. blanco.com | Classic light filtering ROMAN SHADES window treatments in White Linen by Select Blinds. selectblindscanada.ca | Madeleine leather seat collection COUNTER STOOLS in black oak drifted by Restoration Hardware. rh.com | RANGE AND DISHWASHER by Samsung. samsung.com | 800-Series FRIDGE by Bosch. Bosch-home.ca | MICROWAVE by Frigidaire. frigidaire.ca | RANGE HOOD by Kobe. koberangehoods.com | APPLIANCES from Canadian Appliance Source. canadianappliance.ca | Linear PENDANT by Wrought Studio. wayfair.ca | Arti SCONCES and Skye Globe PENDANTS by Hinkley. wayfair.ca | Tompkins Industrial DINING TABLE 74 in., in black. westelm.ca | Restored vintage mid-century modern DINING CHAIRS by Poul M Volther from Kijiji. kijiji.ca | ART by Holly Addi. hollyaddi.com

A writer and editor for more than a decade, Stephanie Gray has covered everything from luxury travel to modern parenting challenges.

Her work has been featured in publications including Glamour, Elle Canada and Best Health.

She recently bought a century-old home north of Toronto, in need of updates, which she’s taking on with her husband (and toddler in tow).


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Fresh start with seven spring looks to love

7 spring looks to love

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7 spring looks to love

Soft earthy paint palette

COOL CURRENT 6199-42 by Sico. sico.ca

TRANSCEND (DLX1079-4),

BIG CYPRESS (DLX 1062-5),

MINTY AQUA (DLX1147-3) by Dulux. dulux.ca

Light wood accents

Monarch BED. $1,149. eq3.com

Redonda wood upholstered DINING CHAIR. $579. crateandbarrel.ca

Voxlov dining TABLE in light bamboo. $300. ikea.ca

Coloured sofas

DALU SOFA in hibiscus pink and oak. $1,149. article.com

Fany tufted 3SEATER SOFA in yellow. $499. structube.com

Morabo LOVESEAT in light green and wood. $600. ikea.ca

Natural elements

Rudy VASE. $30. eltemkt.com

Rattan PLANTER with wood stand. $35. homesense.ca

Turquoise druzy KNOB. $20. cb2.ca

The hand-crafted look

Linen throw PILLOW. $59. zarahome.ca

Pink seagrass BASKET. $35. homesense.ca

Stoneware SERVING BOWL. $15. hm.com

Delicate floral print

Mini floral DUVET COVER. $99-$139. zarahome.ca

Statement rugs

Patterned COTTON RUG. $35. hm.com

Colca WOOL RUG. $300-$1,800. westelm.ca

OMA RUG. $500. article.com


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Cool and colourful

Cool and colourful cooking space

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Cool and colourful cooking space

Photography by Heather Dunbar Photography

Designing a modern kitchen for this busy family was truly a joy. But, with every project, there are also design hurdles to overcome. Since the main floor flowed from the kitchen into the living and dining rooms, achieving the right flow was key. I never view a challenge as a pain point, but rather an opportunity to create something truly unique and reflective of our homeowner’s combined tastes.

The starting point came when the homeowners agreed to have their upper cabinets painted in a vibrant hue, Benjamin Moore’s Fair Isle Blue. From there, it was just a balancing act of transitioning one design element to the next. I chose darker walnut-stained lowers cabinets that would stand up to the vibrant upper cabinets. A subtle off-white and veined backsplash and countertop paid homage to the white colour applied to the walls. Playing off the bold upper cabinets, we added richness and playfulness by incorporating warm and confident brasses and golds within the lighting choices.

A key component in pulling the room together was finding moments where I could add a natural fluidity. This was especially effective with the pendant lights and their subtle ombre fade from brass, silver to clear. Having a strong metallic accent with this finish added depth and softness to the room’s overall palette, balancing polish with organic elements. This principle of harmonious dichotomies is one of my design philosophies.

The open concept dining room directly adjacent to the kitchen required flexibility between both formal and casual settings, with three rambunctious girls in the household. Starting with a matching bold and brass light fixture, I added a beautiful English brown-stained white oak dining table with clean and natural lines. Mixing the table with mid-century modern inspired leather dining chairs hit the perfect amount of tempered luxury. Adding a matching bench on the opposite side of the table allowed us to emphasize the space without creating a break in the flow.

Lastly, adding an oversized area rug underneath the dining area helped define the space while also echoing the kitchen cabinets’ familiar blue and teal accents.

From the project’s inception, we knew the kitchen would be the home’s natural focal point with its confident hues and bold accent metals. By choosing slightly lower height furniture pieces throughout the space, this seamlessly leads the eye back towards the kitchen from every vantage point of the floor.

Before you fully commit to making significant changes to your kitchen (whether it be bold and dynamic or subtle and modest), make sure to explore the depths of your own palette and understand its flavours. Because ultimately, with design being so subjective, there isn’t a right or wrong. It’s just a question of personal taste and, of course, balance.

Sources

Countertop + Backsplash by Baystone Quartz

Hardware by Richelieu Hardware

Faucets from Delta Trinsic

Barn Door from Urban Woodcraft

Upper Cabinet in Fair Isle Blue (CSP-715), walls in Silver Satin (OC-26), trim in Chantilly Lace (OC-65) by Benjamin Moore

Kitchen Pendant lights and dining room pendant lights from West Elm

Dining Table from Pottery Barn

Dining Chairs, Bench and living room sofa by from Crate & Barrel

Carpet by Brayden Studio

Counter Stools by George Oliver

Floor Lamp by Williston Forge

Designer Louis Duncan-He is Creative Director and Principal of Louis Duncan-He Designs. This Calgary- and Montreal-based boutique design firm offers complete residential design services throughout Canada. With a distinct timeless perspective, it creates unified authentic designs. @louis.dhe


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Store in style

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.

westelm.ca

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

walmart.ca

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

structube.com

LEONA coffee table. $1,613.

potterybarn.ca

VECTOR coffee table in in walnut. $189.

structube.com

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

westelm.ca

VITRI coffee table in walnut. $459.

article.com

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

crateandbarrel.ca

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

ikea.ca

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

homedepot.ca


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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.

$199.97

walmart.ca

Arcade x CDI furniture CAMDEN BAR CART by Arren Williams.

$1,199

thebay.com

ASTORIA BAR CART by 17 Stories.

$330.99

wayfair.ca

PRONG GLASS BAR

$799

cb2.ca

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

$236

lowes.ca

Farrah MARBLE BAR CART

$649

crateandbarrel.ca

GEMMA BAR CART

$299

westelm.ca

MID-CENTURY BAR CART in walnut.

$449

westelm.ca

JOCKER BAR CART by Plata Import.

$592.50

thebay.com

BAR CART in black oak.

$499

eq3.com


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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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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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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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HOME FINDS: Shades of Summer

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Shades of Summer

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Shades of Summer

by Silvana Longo

Nothing sparks design inspiration as much as the sights and colours we soak in during our international travels. They awaken our senses and breathe new life into our design taste buds. It is no wonder we want to somehow recreate the stimulating visuals we experienced abroad into our interiors upon our return.

This season, fill your home with fresh air, clean neutrals, touches of abstract watercolour, and pops of rich mustard and pistachio hues. The soft mixtures of white walls, warm woods, and abstract glazes make your home feel calm and light, combined with terracotta accents, which ground the space.

Sea Glass VASES + HURRICANES $14-$84,
Geo Fabric Shade PENDANT $180,
Wren BISTRO COLLECTION $699,
Greer DINING CHAIR $349

westelm.ca

TERRACOTTA is making a major comeback.

Like an old friend you haven’t seen in decades (since the ’90s to be exact)

Much of our modern-day stresses are due to digital overload; more than ever, the remedy is to embrace Mother Nature’s colours and raw materials in our homes. Nothing does that better than Terracotta—a rich, warm and ancient material—the colour is also enjoying a resurgence as we get back to basics. The warm, earthy, organic tone we are seeing this time is lighter than before—less brick, more pink—a fusion of previous it-colours, blush pink and copper. The dusky pink echoes architecture from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Mexico.

L – R: Kierland TOSS, Tour de force. 20″ x 20″, 100 per cent cotton, $46; urbanbarn.com, Trevino Terracotta Orange CUSHION, $89.95; Ullie Orange PILLOW, $109.95

crateandbarrel.ca

Loefler Randall Crushed Velvet SANDAL, $450

holtrenfrew.com

Rustic Large PLATTER, Casa Cubista, $80

saudadetoronto.com

— Em’s Pick —

Nile glass PLANTER, $219

cb2.com

Tres Tintas WALLPAPER from Patricia Urquiola, Dots PU 2905-2, $170 per roll

newwall.com

Cecil Rust THROW, $69.95

crateandbarrel.ca

SILIKOMART Silicone BRIOCHE MOULD, $33.99

thebay.com

Terracotta Microfibre Parson CHAIR, $195

ebay.ca

Scandinavian Pink CHALK PAINTTM starts at $45 per quart

anniesloan.com

Tencel pink grapefruit BEDDING, $39 – $174

westelm.ca

Not that 70’s YELLOW

The nature and global-inspired theme continues with our second colour pick in the spotlight. In fashion, varying shades of yellow pervaded the Spring/Summer ’18 collections… in interiors though, it isn’t that intimidatingly bright yellow, instead it is an earthy, golden ochre, some call mustard, a shade which works well with the warmer colour palette that we are gravitating to this year. In an earth-toned space, mustard yellow adds the final touch to lighten the mood. Although it pairs well with just about any colour scheme, mixing ochre with navy will create a rich and sophisticated look.

HISTORY LESSON: A natural material, Ochre is a natural clay and was the most commonly used pigment for painting walls in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Korson Locklear Modern Lounge CHAIR, $899.99

thebay.com

Ceramic Ribbed VASES, $84

westelm.ca

Quatrefil or Petals DOORKNOBS, $650US per doorknob

hautedeco.com

Dalyn Modern Geometric RUG, $1,038

ebay.ca

Staub Round COCOTTE, $379.99

thebay.com

Organic Percale SHEET SET, $149

cb2.com

Round Knitted POUF, $58

ebay.ca

Celine Nano Belt BAG, $2,400

holtrenfrew.com

Tod’s, City Gommino LOAFERS

nordstrom.ca

Halton TOSS, $49; Erie TOSS, $49

urbanbarn.com

Rosanna Ceravolo MEDIA CONSOLE, $1,819

westelm.ca

Cut the Mustard SW 6384 PAINT, starts at $31.49 per gallon

sherwin-williams.ca

We end this trio of trend colours with what is proverbially known as the cherry on top…My Preferred Pastel

PISTACHIO

Known as the “green gold” that grows at the feet of Etna, its shell contains the delicate flavour and aroma of Sicily, the island of sea and sun. Besides the fact that it is my absolute favourite gelato flavour (and pretty much anything made with pistachios), the pretty pastels of sorbet are a big trend in interiors this year. This particular hue brings freshness and energy to a room as well as inspring optimism and a festive mood. Much like that feeling you get when you indulge in your favourite ice cream.

— Sil’s Pick–

Crinkle Mint BOWL, $9.95

cb2.com

Onyx Marble COASTERS, set of 4, Chartreuse, $54

westelm.ca

Modern Ceramic Table LAMP, $876

ebay.ca

Stripe-Patterned PLATE from Casa Cubista, $23

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Darby PILLOW COVER, $69.95

crateandbarrel.ca

Jeanette THROW sprout, $59

urbanbarn.com

Analog La Crosse Wall CLOCK, $68

ebay.ca

Piper PLANTER, terracotta with green glaze, $64.95

cb2.com

Missoni WALLPAPER—Fireworks 10057 Missoni, $170 per roll

newwall.com

KITCHENAID Artisan Stand MIXER, $549.99

thebay.com

Urban Nature AF-440 PAINT, starts at $47.99

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