Canada Style

How to Figure Out Your Personal Style

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

When it comes to looking great and having killer style, most women don't know where to begin. If you struggle with knowing what to wear, what to buy and how to pull it all together, the very first thing you need to do, before you do anything else, is figure out what you like. What's your style?

How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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.

The Ongoing Saga of the Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Colin and Justin reveal the ongoing saga of life at the lake, this week choosing to showcase the transformation of their log home's main bathroom...

How to Restyle Your Cabin Bedroom On a Budget

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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...

Painting Wood Is Not a Sin -- Here's How

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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.

Making an Investment in Yourself

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Some people have no problem investing in themselves -- taking much needed time to recharge, spending a little extra on the things they love. Others find it extremely difficult, making everything else a priority and finding out that at the end, there's nothing left. Take it from someone who, for years, didn't even make it onto her own priority list -- it ain't easy.

Canadian Style Icons: Umbra's Paul Rowan

Daniel Eckler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the expression goes, and Paul Rowan's story attests to that. Born and raised in Toronto, Rowan graduated from George Brown in 1974 with a degree in graphic design. As a young man, trying to decorate a new apartment, he couldn't find any blinds that he liked. So he made is own. Rowan teamed up with a friend, Les Mandelbaum, and together they founded Umbra.

Does Anyone Look Stylish in Extreme Temperatures?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Sun, wind, heat, cold -- they can ruin the best look. Clothes and outfit aside, the easiest way to look good while enjoying the great outdoors is to not actually partake in the outdoor activity for which you are outfitted. Staying indoors would be even better.

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

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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?

Canadian Style Icons: David Liss

Daniel Eckler | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Photo credit: Fayiaz Chunara Canadian Style Icons is a bi-weekly column authored by Daniel Eckler, serial entrepreneur and founder of MIJLO. Every...

Chat with Ford Motor Co.'s Senior Interior Designer, Anthony Prozzi

Ramp1885.com | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

A true example of when fashion meets function: Exploring the fashion automotive design space with Anthony Prozzi, Senior Interior Designer for FORD Motor Co. who chats with us about his transition from ready-to-wear to cars, the idea of meaningful design and being the Valentino of car couture.

Do You Dress to Impress Other Women, Men or Yourself?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Getting dressed and choosing my outfit has always been a combination of purpose, function, mood and self-expression. But somewhere in that decision-making process is there a subconscious need to dress for or impress someone other than myself?

Canadian Style Icons: Rachel Gotlieb

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

It takes a particular talent to curate a museum with as specific a mandate as the Gardiner Museum. That's why Rachel Gotlieb is so well suited to the position. A unique talent in the world of curation for a remarkable institution, Gotlieb and the Gardiner are a perfect fit.

When Redecorating, Work With What You've Got

Colin & Justin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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...

Canadian Style Icons: Klaus Nienkamper

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

In 1960, a German immigrant named Klaus Nienkamper came to Canada with $36 in his pocket, limited English skills, and a desire for success. It's a common dream, but Nienkamper succeeded. And today his son, also Klaus Nienkamper, is the president of a thriving furniture retail company that bears his name.

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Kendra Coulter | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

There are many threads which interweave people working in stores and in factories, near and far. Yet too often we compartmentalize and divide issues, creating silos of concern. People interested in making more ethical consumption choices are forced to pit priorities against each other.

Canadian Style Icons: Jack Diamond

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Jack Diamond has come a long way from the town of Piet Retief, South Africa, where he was born. Like many other South African expatriates, he would eventually find his way to Canada. But unlike many of those other Canadian immigrants, Diamond's vision, drive, and creativity would help shape the skylines in many of the biggest cities in Canada, and around the world.

Five Steps to the Perfect Outfit Every Time

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients is that they don't know how to create an outfit. What they don't realize is that putting an outfit together is as simple as 1-2-3, or in this case, 1-2-3-4-5. Here are five easy steps that will help anyone create the perfect outfit for any occasion.

Canadian Style Icons: Sara Diamond

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

I have almost infinite curiosity in relation to art and design expression. I ascribe to Canadian designers as well as international less conventional brands. I love to combine couture with the recycled and knock-offs. My personal style contains artifacts from my New York Jewish salt of the earth/risen childhood.

The Asian Playboy, Pickup Artist or Social Justice Activist?

Tetsuro Shigematsu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tetsuro Shigematsu

A lot of guys can't talk to women. A lot of those guys happen to be Asian. That's where JT Tran comes in. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Asian Playboy. The Asian Playboy is an MPUA - that's Master Pickup Artist, a pickup artist with such mad skillz, he gets paid to coach others.

Finding A Vegan Purse That's Ethically Made And Stylish

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

When I am shopping for a handbag there are some "deal breakers" that I have to watch out for. First, it must have enough room to pack all of the necessities (wallet, ski passes, pen, notepad, toothbrush case and, if I am lucky, a compact umbrella). The handbag would ideally have room to spare in case I need to put other little items that I need to haul around on any particular day. And, it must be vegan.

LOOK: Fashionable Rainwear

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Weather (get it?) we like it or not, rainy season is upon us. And that means it’s time for umbrellas, boots, jackets, and hoods... Sigh. The warm...

Three Steps to a Fabulous Closet

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

I finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to give my closet a good ol' fashioned cleaning. And the result? A fabulous closet that I love walking into. Here are the steps I took to achieve it. Give them a try and you too can end up with a super organized, easy to navigate, clutter-free closet that will make getting dressed a breeze.

Canadian Style Icons: Nick Shinn

Daniel Eckler | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Nick Shinn's design work is seen every single day by millions of people worldwide. It's a critical part of the day for thousands of Canadians in the know, but few will even know his name. That's the way things work for font designers, but this Canadian's lasting legacy in the world of design is undeniable.

Redesigning a Canadian Home Horror

Colin & Justin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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."