Canada Design

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 07.15.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 05.07.2015 | 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!

New Year, New Way of Thinking

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Our grand master plans don't always materialize. But should we call it failure? Not necessarily. We prefer to think that sometimes, just sometimes, we birth plans that are simply too ambitious in the available time frame.

5 Interior Design Myths Debunked

Desta Ostapyk | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada
Desta Ostapyk

The holiday season is upon us, which means Canadians are in the midst of preparing their homes for family gatherings, holiday parties and hosting friends. Interior design has become an intimidating concept to most as it's one of the industries that's plagued with misleading myths. Here are some design myths debunked to help take the stress out of decorating this season.

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Room Chair

Yanic Simard | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In a busy world always hungry for "home-made meals in 30 minutes or less" and other time-saving tips, I understand why many of you don't have the hours for mulling over your dining chair choices. To help you find the perfect seat without all the searching and simmering, here's my recipe for dining design, in just three easy steps!

Build Great and Build Green in Alberta

Brad Lamb | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Brad Lamb

If you look at Calgary and Edmonton, their skylines full of construction cranes, developers must do more than 'aim for height'. As the old adage goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Developers must be creative and work closely with architects to foster the development of robust communities that reflect cohesive design, and feature functional buildings that people want to live in.

How to Create Home Decor Fit for Hollywood

Yanic Simard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Naturally a finely appointed Gatsby estate demands an opulent chandelier, but don't worry: in real life, lighting is one area where quantity is almost more important than quality (or at least budget!). The true key to a Great lighting scheme is depth and layers, so including multiple flattering light sources will make you and your space ready for a close-up.

Creativity, Collaborative Economy and Building the Future: The End of Days?

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
Nikolas Badminton

Every day I have really interesting conversations with creatives and technical folk about my decision to work with Freelancer.com and how we connect p...

A Future With In Vitro Meat Is Closer Than You Think

Robert Bolton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada
Robert Bolton

Given predictable increases in population and demand, for meat production to take place responsibly in the future, we will have to significantly diversify our eating habits, and with them, our production habits. In vitro meat is one alternative. We don't know enough about it yet. But we know we can make it. It is possible.