Canada Design

Designing The Stress Out Of Legal Sector Jobs

Joseph Donia | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

While law societies and bar associations across the country address the issue though awareness, education, and workshops, comparatively little has been done to examine and address how the current structure of legal services can contribute to burnout. Could we innovate less stressful careers?

We Are Ready To Lounge Around In Cottage Country

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Our plan, from the start, was simple. Track down a dog rough cottage and correct every last frickin' problem. You know the deal: find the worst property on the best lake and then undertake a makeover of Jurassic proportions. Which is precisely what we did. We lifted our cottage, shook the hell out of it, and then placed it back down on brand new foundations.

Cottage Basement 101

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Having jacked our cottage off the ground (in association with a qualified house lifter) we elevated ceiling height before dividing the new basement space into seven neat zones, two of which (a guest bathroom and a laundry) we revealed last week and three more of which we're showcasing today.

The Hottest Jewellery Trends Of 2016

Amy Follwell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Style
Amy Follwell

When it comes to designing an engagement ring, couples want to create a timeless ring that mirrors their unique style and personality. It's exciting to see people exploring their creativity and incorporating their own flavour into something they'll cherish forever. From fancy cuts and mixed precious metals, the options for a one-of-a-kind design are endless. Here are my predictions for the hottest jewellery trends that will continue to inspire in 2016

This Is The Cottage Sunroom Of Your Dreams

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.

Spring's Freshest Home Décor Trend Is White And Bright

David Leonhardt | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Style
David Leonhardt

Make your 2,500-square-foot home grow to 3,000 square feet just by painting the walls a lighter shade. That's the spring 2016 home décor trend. Sure, it's an optical illusion. But does that matter?

Sustainable Fashion Needs A Consumer Revolution

Jenica Chuahiock | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Style
Jenica Chuahiock

Interest in green economies, sustainable products and ethical commitments are undeniably growing. But, while consumer awareness for sustainability is rampant, does the talk translate into action? Have conscious consumers actually changed their buying habits to promote sustainability? Not necessarily, it seems.

Designing For Disability Adds Diversity To Your Web Audience

K Andrews | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
K Andrews

Accessibility has become a scary word for a lot of businesses, especially in Ontario with the looming deadlines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which requires that web content pass WCAG 2.0 level AA accessibility guidelines by 2021. It might be less intimidating to think of accessibility as a design philosophy.

10 Timber Tricks To Make Your Cottage Shine

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Aye, it's time for another action packed episode of Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure. To celebrate our latest episode, we thought it'd be fun to outline our ten best woody wonders. A tip sheet of timber tricks, if you will, to make your home or cottage shine.

The Art Of Levitation

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

The average cottage weighs, according to Canadian house shifter John Purdy of Almaguin House Lifters, around 18 tonnes. Our new cottage, the ongoing subject of Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure weighs more -- around twenty tons, in fact, give or take a few kilos.

What Makes A 'Luxury' Car?

Reggie Ramone | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Style
Reggie Ramone

The entrance of technology, expectations of luxury, and disruptive competitors are just some of the variables that constantly change market needs, and luxury car makers are then left with the difficult task of building next generation models that exceed, well, everything.

Artwork Is A Wedding Gift That Will Draw You Together

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Artwork is that place where you start your adult married life together. You choose artwork as a couple, and thereby visually diarize this time in your life which means so much. Every single day. Why? Because it's on your wall. Not in a drawer.

Designing Life Your Way

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada
Chakameh Shafii

As we grow older we start to get to know ourselves a little bit more each day. Taking on new habits, letting go of old habits, gaining strength and so...

Are Open Office Environments Hurting Productivity?

Steve Titus | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Open offices create a more collaborative atmosphere because employees can interact more easily. However, there should be spaces that allow employees to be focused and others for collaboration. Open office frustration tends to happen when the spaces are not used properly.

A Speakeasy Supper At Toronto's Parcae

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Chef Danny Hassell (formerly of Buca, Bar Buca) and Chef Joseph Awad (formerly of Martin Picard's Cabane à sucre/Sugar Shack), have merged the flavours of Italy and Quebec. And if that unique pairing hasn't already piqued diners' interest, Parcae has another lure to draw in the crowds: its impeccable wine list.

Some Sweet Inspiration For Your Holiday Home Decor

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Style
Tiffany Leigh

Leading décor and lifestyle maven Janette Ewen believes that you and I can craft a holiday-worthy home. While I appreciate her optimism, I'm uncertain about my skill set in this department -- but -- when an abundance of decadent chocolate is involved, hesitancy dissolves.

14 Design Tips To Make Your Home Feel Bigger

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living

And you can do it without getting rid of any of your furniture.

4 Great Ways to Add Grey to Your Interior Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

When it comes to interior design, grey may seem like the opposite of a colour... and by definition, this is technically true! However, grey can actually be a powerful tool for creating spaces of any colour palette, from subdued to bold.

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

Toon Dreessen | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Living
Toon Dreessen

Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture.

Building Our Cottage Snowroom...I Mean, Sunroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

OK -- we're gonna say this right here, right now. Canadians are obsessed with the weather. So imagine the ensuing delight when our allotted timetable to build a sunroom looked like it might somehow align with a period of bright, sunny early fall weather. But then Mother Nature timed her first SNOWFALL of the year to perfectly coincide with our reveal...

Maximize Space and Style in a Cramped Cottage Bathroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Consider, if you will, this bathroom: a veritable den of designer no no's. An ergonomic, stylistic and visual wash out, with little in its favour, it desperately needed to change. Petite? To the power of ten. Carpet? The devil's own harbinger of human excretions, toe nails and mouse poop. Are we painting a picture?

Our game of homes and Bunkies...

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Blimey! For the love of the holy paint chart: we've been run off our feet, of late. But that's good -- operating at full tilt is just how we like it. ...

A Recipe For Perfect Kitchen Style

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Think first about how your dream kitchen needs to perform. More than simply somewhere to rustle up a delicious Chicken Parm', the kitchen, nowadays, is a meeting and chattering space where social intercourse occurs. It's also, potentially, a community centre for local kids, a homework station or just somewhere to enjoy a cuppa with friends while gossiping about life and love.

Shedding Light on Sconces

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Does wintertime leave your days stuck indoors feeling a little dull? Has the spark gone out of your love... for your decor? Without the radiance of summer sun, your interior might be suffering from SAD: Seasonally Affected Design! To help your space feel brighter and livelier any time of year, here's my guide to one of design's underused fix-everything tools: the simple sconce.

Taking on 2015's Decor Trends

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

If you're like me, though, the last thing you want to do is jump on a trend you'll be looking to jump off of in one year's time. That's why I put together a round up of some 2015 design trends you should know about, that you can still feel good about in 2016 and beyond!