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Candice Olson

Host, Candice Tells All

As one of North America’s leading designers, Candice Olson made her mark and amassed a loyal and dedicated following with her hit television series, Divine Design with Candice Olson. After eight seasons, and over 200 episodes of Divine Design, viewers wanted to know more about how she creates such inspired spaces… now, in her current design series, ‘Candice Tells All’.

Each week on Candice Tells All, designer and host Candice Olson brings over 20 years of design experience and insight into over 115 million North American households on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the US.

After earning her degree from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Candice launched an exciting commercial and residential design business. Considered “the one to watch” by the New York Times, Candice continued to receive accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work.

Candice’s foray into television began when a local TV station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show. Viewer demand for “more Candice!” led to the creation of the hit series, Divine Design with Candice Olson. Candice and the show quickly won a huge and loyal audience, and went on to achieve a milestone of over 200 episodes after eight seasons. Divine Design with Candice Olson continues to receive rave reviews and recognition around the world, including the more than 160 countries where the series has aired.

In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection”, her own successful brand of licensed product lines, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, case goods, bedding, and more. Candice’s signature style is one she describes as “a fusion of traditional form, scale, and proportions, with the clean, crisp, simplistic beauty of modern design’. For more information, visit www.candiceolson.com.

With her meteoric rise, Candice has appeared on television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, and The View. Candice writes a bi-weekly newspaper column syndicated in over 400 newspapers across North America and is a frequent contributor to design magazines both in Canada and the U.S. For three seasons, Candice has been featured as a Celebrity Judge for the prime time hit reality show, HGTV Design Star.

Candice spends her free time with her family, skiing in the winter and relaxing at the beach in summer. A native of Calgary, Alberta, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
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A Main Floor to Die For

Steven and his partner, Alan, longing for a backyard and some much needed elbow space, made the big move from a small city condo to a suburban bungalow. But the house needed much more work than they first thought. By opening up the space and filling it with contemporary fixtures and finishes, comfortable furniture and hip accessories, this house went from "suburban sad" to "urban pad" and is now ready for the stylish duo and their city-dwelling friends.
09/26/2012 12:17 EDT
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Turning a Fire-Damaged House Back into a Home

Rudi (one of my favourite contractors) and his wife Sue had lovingly completed the renovations on their home when disaster struck. While they were away one weekend, there was a fire in their home. It completely destroyed their basement, and the smoke damage in the rest of the house was so severe that nothing could be salvaged. Since Rudi works so hard on my show, I decided to get my crew together to give he and his wife a beautiful space to come home to.
09/20/2012 12:16 EDT
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This Crowded Kitchen Was a Recipe for Disaster Until...

Harmeen is a fantastic cook, and she was thrilled when her daughter Niki expressed an interest in the culinary arts and offered to take over some of the cooking duties. The problem was the family's outdated kitchen, which was cramped, awkward and completely inefficient in its use of space. While it was barely functional enough for one chef, it was positively crowded with two. My secret ingredient for this kitchen? Demolition!
09/12/2012 12:20 EDT
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A Fine Dining Room for a Festive Family

Christina and Gavin moved from a small downtown condo to a sprawling 1960s ranch style house just outside the city. But, moving from a small condo to a large house has left them shy on furniture -- especially in the dining room. They have a great space for big family dinners, and nowhere for everyone to sit and eat! With a big family feast in mind, I assembled the trades to create the perfect dining room!
09/06/2012 07:54 EDT
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The Room You Want to Host Dinner In

Franca and Pat both come from big Italian families that love to cook -- and eat! But the couple rarely entertained at home -- it just didn't cut it in a family where everyone takes turns hosting dinners, and where get-togethers of 25 are the norm. I had to start from scratch in this room, so I got set to cook up one big "gastro lounge" for Franca, Pat and all of their relatives.
08/29/2012 12:17 EDT
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When Kids Take Over, It's Time for Parents to Reclaim the Kitchen

Ken and Annette were long-time suburban dwellers, but their downtown jobs and long commutes left them longing to live in the heart of the city. They found the house of their dreams and they bought it with an eye to moving in slowly and retiring there for good. While they wound up their life in the suburbs they let their three grown children become tenants in their new digs. But a whole year passed and the kids were making themselves very comfy -- that's where I came in, to reclaim the space and make it adult-friendly once again!
08/21/2012 12:04 EDT
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A Bed and Bath From Scratch

In order to shorten their extremely long commute to and from work, Barb and Evan moved out of the suburbs and into the city. To save money, the intrepid couple decided to don their safety glasses and sledgehammers and renovate the new, smaller, older place themselves. But after a year had gone by, they realized they had bitten off more than they could chew. Their house was still in shambles and they had run out of money, ideas and patience. That's where I came in.
08/14/2012 05:36 EDT

A Happy Marriage: Kitchen Meets Living Room

Chantal and Jeff moved into their 1960s era house a few years ago with two kids, loads of energy, and big plans to start renovating. But soon after settling in they found out they were expecting child number three. When little James came into the world with serious heart complications, renovations were put on hold and all energies went into to supporting their youngest son.
08/07/2012 12:19 EDT
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Can You Turn A Bedroom Into A Bathroom?

Barnaby had a tough time purchasing his first home. But after discovering one and having it gutted, he found himself in renovation limbo. He hoped that finishing just one of his 10 rooms would give him the necessary energy to undertake the rest. So I gathered up my crew and got set to create a modern bathroom that would jumpstart the rest of Barnaby's reno.
07/31/2012 07:41 EDT

A Multi-Function Space for Work and Play

Cal is an animation artist, director and teacher -- and a first time homeowner. Cal wanted his live/work space to function on a variety of levels -- as a modern kitchen, as a professional office and as a cozy lounge area. And he wanted it all to be hip, creative and modern. So I got set to transform his home's main floor and give him a fashionable and functional space that fits his lifestyle.
07/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Excellent Hosts Need an Exquisite Space

Carl and Tony have lived in their charming semi-detached house for years but the duo recently decided they had outgrown their small home -- especially their dark, cramped living and dining rooms -- and started contemplating a move into bigger and brighter digs. But their neighbours wouldn't hear of it! They all banded together in protest and convinced them to stay -- and renovate! So I called in my crew and we geared up to turn the antique-stuffed space into a room worthy of two splendid hosts.
07/12/2012 11:57 EDT

A Prize-Winning Living Space for a Family of Boxers

Kim and Rey moved into a charming bungalow and started to renovate, but were stumped when they got to their main living space -- a long, narrow living and dining room. The room was empty, uninspiring and full of flamboyant colours chosen by the previous homeowners. She wanted this space to be a warm, welcoming and livable room for family and friends. And with some paint and a vision, I made it happen.
07/06/2012 07:45 EDT

One Bathroom's Transformation From Blah to Spa

Wendy's guest bathroom was completely washed out. Located prominently at the top of the stairs, this room was definitely a real eyesore. Complete with dim lighting, lack of storage and even a broken toilet, this bathroom was ready for renovation! Nothing a little mosaic tile, steamy lighting and glass accoutrements can't fix!
06/28/2012 07:52 EDT
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A De-Cluttered and Re-Coloured Dining Room Transformation

This space was a true diamond in the rough. Although it boasted some wonderful architectural features such as crown moulding, wall panels, decorative niches and leaded glass windows, all its redeeming qualities were lost in what Ruth called "three shades of blah." A little paint, some fabric and some play with colour and we had the place looking fabulous in no time!
06/19/2012 05:24 EDT

Take a Kitchen From Blah to Bistro-Fabulous

One of my clients, a professional chef, begged me to come over and see the state of her kitchen. And when I did...I understood her dismay. This space wasn't even up to snuff to burn toast in. In this particular case, function was certainly going to be top priority. My client needed a kitchen that could keep up with her culinary whims.
06/07/2012 02:59 EDT
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Lofty Business Aspirations? Check Out This Renovated Office Loft!

For anyone who's ever renovated in his or her home, you'll know that it takes a certain amount of imagination -- and faith! -- to envision what your new space will look like, especially if you're re-purposing a room into something new, like I just did in my client's downtown loft. He's a busy television executive and often has staff meetings and screenings in his home. This is how we transformed his space...
06/01/2012 07:45 EDT

How to Create a Teen's Dream Room

Every girl wants a place that they are proud to call their own and where they can express their own individuality. They want a private space where they can hang out with friends and start exercising their independence without. Add in a private phone line and you've got Teen Girl Heaven!
05/17/2012 12:11 EDT

A Dining Room Fit for Royalty

A plain white room like this provides no direction whatsoever. Choosing the palate of red, black and gold was a bold move, I admit. But this type of room is just the place to try something exciting. My client didn't have anything to work from, so it was up to me to help her find a design direction.
05/16/2012 12:43 EDT