From her early start as a stylist with MTV to her successful career as an editor of major design and lifestyle magazines in Canada, such as House & Home, Chatelaine, and Chocolat, Janette Ewen has always taken an experiential approach to creativity, following her mantra “one must live it to create it”.
As a leading lifestyle expert in Canada for more than a decade, Janette lends her creative approach to design, decorating, entertaining and fashion.
Janette not only regularly appears on various national shows in Canada, including Cityline and Breakfast Television, but also shares her design expertise with the U.S. audience through The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price (VH1) and the series From the Ground Up starring Debbie Travis. She has also co-hosted celebrity designer Ty Pennington’s latest TV show Inside the Box, which aired in the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and Australia.
Sharing her time between Canada and the United States, Janette is a partner at Parker Barrow creative studio where she is designing and creating spaces and products that would find a happy home in her fast-paced, whimsical life.
What do you keep and what do you donate or just discard? In my experience, heirlooms -- even entire collections -- can indeed gain fresh life, providing welcome reminders of the loved ones who owned and acquired them while achieving new lustre at the same time.
From fashion to home décor pastels are quickly becoming the colour focus for spring style. Designers took notice when soft hues, rose quartz and serenity, were named by Pantone for the colours of 2016. From these light and youthful shades, designers have seemed to rediscover pastels. Here are some easy and chic ways to incorporate this "new" look into your wardrobe and home.
Ever since Frank Gehry's spectacular Guggenheim Bilbao put its sleepy namesake city on the radar of architecture buffs two decades ago, design has became an integral aspect of travel and tourism, joining food, culture and climate when it comes to visitor draws. This year, the list of destinations sure to entice design fans includes spots from the West Indies to North Africa. They offer a wide range of aesthetic attractions, from cutting-edge urban design to exquisite historical gems.
With Christmas literally around the corner, most Canadians have the house decorated, the menu set... hopefully the gifts have all been selected... Now comes the real challenge, wrapping the gifts! While good things may come in little packages, creative and unique wrapping can elevate any gift, big or small.
A recent survey by Intel Canada and Microsoft Canada found that 55% of respondents said tech products often top their loves ones' wish lists, with half (50%) saying they're likely to give technology as a gift this year. For someone like me with a décor and lifestyle background, the thought of buying a new computer for someone can be intimidating and often overwhelming. Where to begin?
As someone who loves to entertain for my family and friends, I know just how tiring hosting can be -- but who says it has to be this complicated? It's time to get back to basics and remind ourselves of what we love most about get-togethers during the holidays and year-round.
With the temperature dropping, the leaves changing to red, and the days getting shorter, winter is almost here and it's time to warm your home with cozy décor. Fall is all about bringing in the richness of the season with warm-toned colours and textures.