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Top 10 - Small Appliances

Small appliances

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Small appliances

The coolest gear to elevate your kitchen experience.

Dolce & Gabbana slow JUICER by Smeg.

$1,900. thebay.com

The Bambino Plus ESPRESSO MACHINE in damson blue.

$550. breville.ca

A3500 ascent series BLENDER in candy apple red.

$800. vitamix.ca

Vortex plus 6-QT stainless steel AIR FRYER by Instant.

$180. amazon.ca

Professional plus FOOD PROCESSOR in silver by Ninja.

$150. canadiantire.ca

Ottoni ELECTRIC KETTLE.

$80. bodum.com

Drip 14-cup programable COFFEE MAKER by CRUXGG.

$145. williams-sonoma.ca

The custom loaf BREAD MAKER.

$400. breville.ca

Artisan series 5 qt. tilt STAND MIXER in honey.

$700. kitchenaid.ca

Gourmet 4SLICE TOASTER by Wolf.

$540. williams-sonoma.ca


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Embrace hosting intimate groups

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Embrace hosting intimate groups

While large parties may be on hold for now, don’t let that stop you from creating an inviting space for guests. It’s time to embrace hosting intimate groups in your social bubble. Here’s all the inspiration you need.

A great entertaining idea is to set up different food and drink stations around your home to encourage mingling and avoid overcrowding one space. We love how this super-sized, mixed greenery sets the tone for this buffet-style tablescape.

Around the table

One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful tablescape is to choose a theme. This year, look within and let your personal style guide your tabletop choices.

DINNER SET in two-tone cream by Safdie & Co.

$47.97

walmart.ca

STRIMMIG PLATE in stoneware pink.

$4.49

ikea.ca

Leila SALAD PLATE.

$68

potterybarn.ca

Crisp matte white SQUARE DINNERWARE.

$4.95 to $41.80

cb2.ca

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Pop & Fizz

Whether you prefer coupes, flutes or stemless, coloured champagne glasses are a fresh, modern update.

1 | ORDERS UP ROSY GLOW champagne glasses by Kate Spade New York. $125. thebay.com

2 | SWIRL EDGE CHAMPAGNE FLUTE in blue by Mikasa. $88.99 (set of four). bedbathandbeyond.ca

3 | STEMLESS CHAMPAGNE FLUTES in moss green by Oui. $39.50 (set of four). indigo.ca

4 | TWILL CHAMPAGNE FLUTES in pink by Godinger. $53.99 (set of four). bedbathandbeyond.ca

5 | COUPE IN AMBER by Oui. $44.50 (set of four). indigo.ca

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Champagne for every budget

Enjoying some bubbly doesn’t have to break the bank, consider these options for every budget.

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Apps & dessert

If you are planning to keep entertaining more low-key this season, these two books will provide endless food for thought (pun intended!)

1 | BOOK: DESSERT PERSON: RECIPES AND GUIDANCE FOR BAKING WITH CONFIDENCE by Claire Saffitz. $36.12. indigo.ca

2 | 6-piece herbiflora CHEESE MARKERS SET by Anthropologie Home. thebay.com

3 | WALDEN PRINTED NAPKIN. $74.95 (set of four). williams-sonoma.ca

4| WALNUT APPETIZER FORKS, set of four. $29.95. crateandbarrel.ca

5 | GLASS DESSERT PLATE with raised design. $9.90. zarahome.ca

6 | BOOK: THAT CHEESE PLATE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Marissa Mullen. $37. indigo.ca

7 | Byhring mixed wood APPETIZER PLATES, set of four. $36.95. crateandbarrel.com

8 | Glass acacia WOOD SERVING BOARD WITH DOME by Libbey Glass. $127.99. bedbathandbeyond.ca

9 | Quincy composite agate ROUND CHEESE BOARD by Anthropologie Home. $88. thebay.com

10 | Agate CHEESE KNIVES SET. $85. decorredefined.com

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Creme de la creme

Cream, almond butter, beige – whatever creamy hue suits you, there are a variety of lifestyle options to incorporate into your home.

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Fired up!

These days, candleholders not only provide a cosy atmosphere, they also act as unique objet d’art, as well.

1 | CERAMIC CANDLESTICK. $19.99. hm.com

2 | Avant BRASS CANDLEHOLDER in small. $27.99. eltemkt.com

3 | Romy METAL CANDLE HOLDER. $12. structube.com

4 | USHAPE CERAMIC TAPER CANDLE HOLDER in white speckle by Paddywax. $19.50. indigo.ca

5 | 2 Pack TAPER CANDLE HOLDER in gold metal by DSDECOR. $21.96. amazon.ca

6 | WEBBED CANDLEHOLDER in black. $145. elte.com

7 | Bloom botanica TWOPIECE CANDLEHOLDER SET by Georg Jensen. $179. thebay.com


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Big Style, Small Spaces

Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

When I was tasked with designing the Kingsway Village Square suites, a stunning new eight-storey luxury rental building in Etobicoke by Dunpar Homes, I knew I wanted to optimize the square footage as much as I could.

Although the specific suites I was asked to design are some of the smaller ones in the building, that doesn’t mean I had to scrimp on style or functionality. In fact, with the right eye and employing smart strategies, I was able to transform each unit into something spectacular and spacious.

Whether you’re downsizing from a home into a suite, or you’re looking for inventive ways to transform an existing room or small space, these tips are some of my best-laid plans.

Paint your walls white

The effect of colour in a home can be huge, and it plays a big part in how you dress a small space. Just like fashion, it’s a rather simple rule of thumb: Lighter colours will make you or the room look more prominent, whereas darker colours will make you or the room appear smaller.

With the Kingsway Village Square units, I kept the main living areas a beautiful neutral white – my constant, go-to colour – to give the feeling of freshness, airiness, and space. If I were to paint those walls dark, say a navy blue or anything more saturated, you’d feel a bit crowded in, and that’s not going to help make the space feel roomy. Plus, that leaves very little room to switch things up in my decor: A white palette on the walls gives me the freedom and flexibility to change my furnishings around if I so desire. The same can’t be said if I have to work with a different colour.

If you are a fan of colour, don’t feel like you have to reject it entirely, either. Use it elsewhere in your home, such as a powder room or a bedroom. Both could work really well, especially as a feature wall, or use it in your artwork or soft finishes, such as pillows, throws, and blankets.

Don’t fight with your furniture

When I walk into a room, I want my eye to wander around the entire space and not get stuck on the particular furniture I have in the area. So I used legs on the furniture. Elte Markets, a more affordable sister brand of Elte, has some fantastic pieces this season, most of which I used to furnish the model suites at Kingsway Village Square. I wanted people to walk into the suite where your eye is tricked into seeing through and under everything, because every piece is propped by some legs. No furniture is flush and heavy on the floor, each is “lifted” to create good flow and harmony in each room. There’s no heavy, massive couch that dominates the living room and goes down to the floor with a skirt. No, thank you! Each of my bedside tables in the bedroom have legs, the chairs have legs, everything has legs. It’s a small trick, but one that I promise will yield the most significant impact. Your room will instantly feel larger because of it.

Keep your overall colour palette neutral, nix all those acccessories

Whether in the kitchen, dining room or bedroom, I always steer clear of too much clutter as well as too bold colour choices, unless I’m playing around with the soft furnishings. Again, the lighter you go, and the less stuff you have, the more open your room will feel. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do think there is something to be said for having a few, choice accessories in a room as opposed to bombarding it with every one of your favourite knick-knacks. My general rule of thumb is always, for every one thing you put out, put something away.

Keep calm and carry on

I wanted to keep the kitchen as neutral as possible so it could blend seamlessly into the overall design and feel of the space, so I removed all the hardware and handles from all the cabinets. I wanted lovely, clean lines and with handles. You don’t get that, all you get is busyness. To me, it doesn’t give the impression of an inviting space. Now, I’m no modernist, but there’s something about this look that inspires the exact feeling I want: Calmness.

The same sentiment applies for the bedroom: I opted for mesh roller blinds (you could go either white or black) because the fabrication is very effervescent. They frame and balance the room well, so it isn’t too busy, and your eye isn’t drawn to fussy curtains. The black-bronze curtain rods and silver grommets help to keep the look elegant, while also not weighing down the space.

Pump up your colour with soft finishes and furnishings

For bigger pieces, whether it is a couch, bed frame or dining table, I work with lighter fabrics and lighter shades. However, one area I do play with colour is in my soft finishes and furnishings, such as artwork, duvet covers, pillows, throw blankets, accessories, and even big coffee table books. This is where you can have some fun, and it also doesn’t cost a lot. If the mood strikes where I want to switch up my space, I can do it with my soft furnishings quite easily. Williams Sonoma, IKEA, and Pottery Barn all have beautiful selections.

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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HOME FINDS: True Blue

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HOME FINDS: True Blue

by Silvana Longo

Decor has some serious blues lately…from the depths of navy to soothing sky blue, and every shade in between, every hue evokes a different mood. Take a dip into this ocean of blue, and we dare you to pick just one…we couldn’t either!


As we head into fall, introduce new and unexpected colours into your space. Try this slightly smokey, warm palette that combines new colour combinations for the season, such as copper and blue.

Artist’s Palette TENCEL DUVET COVER & SHAMS from $40 to $209

Gramercy COVERLET & SHAMS from $55 to $279

Coziest THROW, $53

Enamel SIDE TABLE, $279

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1) Peking COCKTAIL TABLE $1,750US; jonathanadler.com 2) Thistle Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 3) Stoneridge Melamine DINNER PLATES, set of 4, $41.56; williams-sonoma.ca 4) Mrs Godfrey SETTEE, $2,295US; jonathanadler.com 5) Jacquard Velvet Destressed PILLOW COVER, regal blue, $62.36; westelm.com 6) Silo OTTOMAN, ink, $185; eltemkt.com 7) Rustic Pure VASES, $62.36; westelm.com 8) Versailles Buffet LAMP with painted shade $450US; jonathanadler.com



BRIGHT ON

1) 5-Speed HAND MIXER, $36.96; williams-sonoma.ca 2) Enameled COLANDER, $34.95; williams-sonoma.ca 3) T-LITE HOLDER blue glass 3″ x 3″ & 3″ x 2″, $3 each; cobistyle.com 4) Thea LOUNGE CHAIR, $1,045; eltemkt.com 5) Anna’s Palette 5-piece PLATE SETTING, $368US; anthropologie.com


 

6) 2nd Life Blue RUG, $3,795; elte.com 7) Mini Latte BOWL SET, $12US; anthropologie.com 8) Blue Flower Mosaic TRAY, $89.95; pier1.com 9) cobistyle Bangle Beaded Glass VASE, $55; thebay.com 10) Ocean LOUNGE CHAIR by Ethimo $587, VAT not included; bloomfurniturestudio.com



BEACHY CHIC

1) Raised Honeycomb Panel Glassware, PITCHER, $35.90; zarahome.com 2) Drops WALLPAPER, $134 per roll + VAT per square metre. To order and for shipping information, info@wallpepper.it 3) Aqua Abstract PAINTING, $60; MelissaMaryJenkins.etsy.com 4) Kate Spade New York Whistling TEA KETTLE, $70; thebay.com 5) Kate Spade NY Cross Pointe Sports CLOCK, $55; thebay.com



 

6) Sculptural Glass LIGHTING, starts $128.61; westelm.com 7) Shell CHAIR, Orlandini Design, price available upon request; theartshoppe.com 8) Cendree Century PAINT, $125 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com 9) Disegno Botanico WALLPAPER, Atelier Collection, $195 per roll (11 yards x 27.5″ w); newwall.com 10) Raised Stoneware BOWL, $25.90; zarahome.com



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Trend Watch: A Perfect PAIR

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Trend Watch: A Perfect PAIR

by Silvana Longo

We wrap up this tribute to the colour blue by pairing it with its best friend: White. Classic and crisp, elegance begins with a blue-and-white colour palette. Get inspired by our favourite decor pieces in this timeless colour combination.

1) Round STONEWARE JARS blue and white pattern with gold lid, large 7.25″ dia x 14.25″ h, $80; small 7.25″ dia x 10″ h, $55; cobistyle.com 2) Blue & White Pattern PLATE—Ray, €12; casacubista.com 3) Blue & White Ceramic PLANTER, medium, $54.95; williams-sonoma.ca 4) Classic Stripe TOWELS, set of 4, bistro blue, $15.99; williams-sonoma.ca 5) Marble Collection CANDLE, $29 for small, $39 for large; westelm.com 6) Mykonos Doris THROW PILLOW, $250US; jonathanadler.com 7) Garden Guest PITCHER, $58US; anthropologie.com


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