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.
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.
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.
The most popular resources people turn to when following current trends are to fashion magazines and entertainment online. With the constant turnover of celebrity reinvention in the media, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. It is very easy to become inspired by high profile stars going through big hair style transformations.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I saw someone wearing parachute pants the other day. It reminded me that clothing and fashion goes out of style and then comes back in again. Yet there remains several fashion choices that need to forever say in the "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" category. What follows are five things you won't see me wearing...and that no grown man should be wearing.