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Colin & Justin

TV Hosts, Home Decorating Professionals

Our shows, such as ‘Colin and Justin’s Home Heist‘, ‘The Estate‘, ‘Colin and Justin’s Wedding Belles’ (a wedding series which originated on FIVE in the UK) and How NOT To Decorate broadcast to various territories around the globe. Currently on Cottage Life with Colin & Justin's Cabin Pressure, you'll also find us regularly on Cityline.

Our personal website, www.colinandjustin.tv receives on average 30,000 hits per day with the majority of these coming from Canada, the UK, Spain and America, in that order. And it’s growing quickly…
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How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Forget expensive silk and satin and search instead for polyester mix weaves with the look and feel of their posher cousins. We lined basic man-made pale gold fabric with bargain basement heavy gauge cotton to give a bulky interlined effect. Made up by our seamstress, with pinch pleating and black bobble edging to add punch, they belie their inexpensive roots.
04/06/2014 11:35 EDT
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How to Restyle Your Cabin Bedroom On a Budget

If you've been watching Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure you'll be familiar with our plan -- that being, to transform the worst cottage on a tiny lake into holiday home perfection. Here's how we achieved our decorative miracle...
03/24/2014 12:44 EDT
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How To Go Wild With Cottage Chic

While the bedroom transformation was successful and went (for the most part) without too many hitches, the same can't be said for the rest of the cottage transformation. Indeed as work progressed in other zones, project drama truly escalated. Little did we know what lay in store. Exacerbated by a tiny design budget -- and an even smaller team -- something had to give. Jeesh.
03/16/2014 11:21 EDT
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Painting Wood Is Not a Sin -- Here's How

Top quality genus like oak or mahogany often speak for themselves, providing textural and visual return wherever placed. But we aren't slaves to wood. Particularly not pine. We never have been. In actual fact we love painted furniture and see no valid reason why a nice bit of lumber can't be further embellished with solid colour.
03/10/2014 12:37 EDT
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The Right Lighting Can Transform a Room

Lighten up, for God's sake. Give your house a break. It's a basic decorating principle: good lighting will make or break your project. Set mood incorrectly, and you'll forever languish in under- or over-lit spaces.
02/03/2014 05:18 EST
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Room Design With a Theme in Mind? Don't Go Overboard

It's all very well being inspired by Thailand and adding Asian influences via sand-coloured walls (rather than actual sand on the floor) or adding medieval tapestry cushions (rather than create a Robin Hood fortress) but you have to ensure you don't go too far.
01/23/2014 12:08 EST

Who Better to Design a Man-Cave Than the Man Himself?

Colin and Justin cast a queer eye for the straight guy by encouraging Canadian dudes to make design decisions and create the perfect man cave. Every dude, regardless of station, needs a special place unto which he -- YOU -- can retreat. Whether somewhere to disappear in solitude, or a sharing place to watch hockey, doesn't every super hero need a secret lair?
01/13/2014 05:14 EST
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What the Colour of Your Room Can Do for Your Psyche

What's your favourite colour? Red? Green? Pink? Well, if certain academics are to be believed, you're already predisposed, from the moment of conception, to enjoying particular tones. Genetic programming aside, here's a peek at what colour can actually do for your psyche and some advice, to boot, on how to use colour to get the best from your environment.
01/05/2014 02:40 EST
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Colin and Justin's Guide to Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decor

Who knew the humble Christmas tree could send you into allergenic meltdown? Or that an undusted festive bauble could ruin the party? Yup, it's fair to report that, during the holiday season, Canadians sneeze themselves into high orbit. Don't let your allergies ruin your season of giving; follow our guide to make it to the New Year with minimal sneezing and maximum fun.
12/17/2013 12:27 EST
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When Redecorating, Work With What You've Got

Fancy a new mood chez vous, without breaking the bank? Reworking that which you already have, explain Colin and Justin, could be the perfect solution to seasonal adjustment...
11/20/2013 08:02 EST
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How to Create the Perfect Bedroom

Your bedroom, essentially, should be a quiet place, a calming oasis where tranquil moments -- by yourself or with a loved one -- are savoured. But where to start? Hmm. Let's see. Oh yeah, by remembering that form and utility are equally important. Consider form and function -- bed, dressing area, reading nook, etc. -- and map things accordingly.
10/21/2013 05:26 EDT
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Redesigning a Canadian Home Horror

Our client's lovely wife, thankfully, concurred that her husband's "cottage in the city" utterings served only disservice to the holiday homes that she -- and we -- adore. So where did we start? Oh, that's the easy bit. With two words: "gut down."
09/19/2013 12:13 EDT
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How to Care For Your Wood

For those pesky jobs about which you worry, the following precis should make for useful reading. Observed correctly, in fact, our ten-point lumber low down will help make the best of your most problematic piece.
09/04/2013 12:21 EDT

A DIY Paint Job in a Tatty Kitchen Saves the Day

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then this one, dear readers, had flatlined. It was so bad, in fact, our client was ordering in, rather than cooking at home. And we didn't blame her...And so, with a strangled purse, we settled at our drawing board.
07/20/2013 11:05 EDT
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Swapping With Colin & Justin?

Across a half hour of high impact telly, we attempt to prove that second hand doesn't mean second best by undertaking a TV experiment to show that a seriously stylish home can be created on a seriously shoestring budget. And can it? In a word: yes. But only if you play by the rules.
07/11/2013 05:37 EDT
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The Cardinal Sinners of Decorating

Whether evil exists is open to debate but, in a design context, it's certainly prevalent. And it's a determined force -- each time we arrange an exorcism by paintbrush, dodgy decor returns in another guise, in another room, in another house.
06/23/2013 11:28 EDT
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Nine Ways to Pull Off Monochrome

You see we love monochrome, and recognize its importance in the world around us. From Mother Nature's chiaroscuro (think chalky moons in ebony skies and snow capped Jasper mountains) to the man-made, black and white play a huge role in life.
06/16/2013 09:46 EDT