Canada Design

Turning Canada's Worst Garage into Paradise

Colin & Justin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Welcome to Canada's most unruly garage. Quite the shocker, huh? Imagine our disbelief as we rolled the door to reveal a scene which can only be described as benign, chaotic neglect. Picking ourselves up off the floor, we girded our loins and prepared for battle...

Neutral Debates: Grey vs Beige in Your Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Whether you embrace colour, or hide from the wilder hues, neutrals are essential to any design. However, there are two major sides one has to choose from when selecting a neutral: beige vs. grey. To help settle the Great Neutral Debate (at least in your own home), here's some advice on the best both grey and beige have to offer.

A Simple Way to Transform Furniture

Yanic Simard | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Yanic Simard

I often say hardware is one of the most overlooked ways to transform a furniture piece. But how do you go about choosing from the virtual sea of nifty knobs and pretty pulls? Here's my guide to determining the correct location, style and placement of your new practical accents so you can get the biggest effect from this easy DIY transformation.

10 Reasons to Buy Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Those walls are blank, and look like they're closing in on you. Okay, so you can buy the prints, the limited editions and all that jazz, but for a moment please consider these reasons why buying an original piece of art is something that you should do. Today. Like now.

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.

Strokes of Design Genius: Paint Trends For the Home

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Designers are proudly showing off the personal touch of painterly patterns, with bold brushstrokes, trippy paint drips, and crisp paint dips. Here's my guide to embracing your palette-passions:

Potty Training: Design Tips for Choosing Toilets

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Yanic Simard

Although the finished product may appear almost the same, there are many reasons to consider going with a one-piece or two-piece toilet: A two piece model connects a separate tank and base/seat, which are bolted together on site, while a one piece toilet includes everything already attached seamlessly.

Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your Ceiling

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In the 21st century, we spend a lot of time looking down -- obsessively checking our phones, typing away at our computers, or absorbed in a TV screen. Every now and then our point of view needs a little refreshing, which is why I wanted to focus on the "forgotten" wall of interior design -- the ceiling!

The Basement Bedroom Reinvented

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Boasting walloping great whiffs of mouse poop and fusty linen (the house had been run as a rental for years) we knew we'd have our work cut out to knock it in to shape. But nothing gets in the way of two Scotsmen on a mission of decorative beautification. D'you hear us? Nothing!

How We Went Into Dock Shock at the Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We held our breath as our brand new wooden dock arrived across our glistening lake. When all pieces were in place, the installation team dived underwater to connect and anchor the whole shebang.

Stanley Kubrick Put the Science in Science Fiction

Gerry Flahive | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada
Gerry Flahive

All science-fiction films are obliged to create props, cityscapes and an array of objects that depict something of their imagined future. But they usually don't feel the same obligation to present them with any scientific credibility. However, Kubrick did.

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Pillows by West Elm The human brain is well-trained by nature to find stability and calm in our surroundings -- this is why we read flat planes and ...

How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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.

"Paintings of Fruit Belong in the Kitchen," and Other Art Myths

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We hear over and over again in the gallery, phrases that convey expectations and misconceptions when approaching buying artwork. We are strong believers in leaving all such expectations behind and trusting your visceral reaction to works of art.

Know Your Decor Terms: What's the Difference?

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Think you know your interior design terms? Recently on Cityline I decided to play a little game of What's The Difference?, showing the subtle distinctions between words we use every day -- and even I learned a thing or two!

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

How to Restyle Your Cabin Bedroom On a Budget

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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...

Three Timeless 2014 Decor Trends

Yanic Simard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Recently Breakfast Television invited me to introduce viewers to a few 2014 designer must-haves, and I found a perfect trio: marble, wood, and the colour mint. All three are huge for this year and beyond, for those who love a look that's "in the now", but each also has a classic appeal.

Making Your Home into a Shangri-La

Yanic Simard | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Just this past week I returned to beautiful Vancouver, both to work on developing my coming accessory collection, and for a little break from Toronto's winter chill. To help you get your own little slice of decor heaven at home, here's my top design tips inspired by Shangri-La Vancouver.

Accessory Perfection: Styling Your Sofa With Pillows and Throws

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Recently I put together a lesson on how to accessorize your sofa for Cityline, complete with looks to suit any mood. Here are three sofa looks, with lessons on how to achieve them. When you too want a spur-of-the-moment change to your decor, consider these tips, and you won't have to wing it!

Ten Signs You Have a Great Project Manager

Benjie Nycum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Business
Benjie Nycum

Project management is about managing and leading a project or major task from start to finish. At Nycum + Associates we manage projects as well as work with PMs in the design and construction industry. This is our list of special qualities that identify a highly effective PM.

What Height Is Right to Hang a Pendant Light?

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Pendant fixtures are both a beautiful way to add a jewelry-like feature to your decor, and an important part of a well-layered light scheme. Whether you want to invest in some permanent home upgrades or just quickly brighten up a temporary space, this guide will help you determine what height is right for hanging your fixture in any situation.

The Right Lighting Can Transform a Room

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

Lighten up, for God's sake. Give your house a break. It's a basic decorating principle: good lighting will make or break your project. Set mood incorrectly, and you'll forever languish in under- or over-lit spaces.

2014's Hottest Trends on Display at the Interior Design Show

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Last Thursday saw the return of the annual Interior Design Show, launching as always with The Party: a private industry-only event where design insiders come together to mix and mingle, and preview the exciting new products and creations on display.

Room Design With a Theme in Mind? Don't Go Overboard

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

It's all very well being inspired by Thailand and adding Asian influences via sand-coloured walls (rather than actual sand on the floor) or adding medieval tapestry cushions (rather than create a Robin Hood fortress) but you have to ensure you don't go too far.