What do you keep and what do you donate or just discard? In my experience, heirlooms -- even entire collections -- can indeed gain fresh life, providing welcome reminders of the loved ones who owned and acquired them while achieving new lustre at the same time.
Ever since Frank Gehry's spectacular Guggenheim Bilbao put its sleepy namesake city on the radar of architecture buffs two decades ago, design has became an integral aspect of travel and tourism, joining food, culture and climate when it comes to visitor draws. This year, the list of destinations sure to entice design fans includes spots from the West Indies to North Africa. They offer a wide range of aesthetic attractions, from cutting-edge urban design to exquisite historical gems.
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Colin and Justin take design inspiration from everything that surrounds them. Here they travel to Quebec for a history lesson and a chilly adventure in ice... As Europeans in Canada, we sometimes mi...
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From personal experience, the market remains buoyant. We're entering the fray one again with expectant eyes set on several purchases to buoy our own portfolio. Some will be rental investments, others flips. The latter is a particular field of expertise, our training ground, in fact, long before moved into TV.
Mike Holmes, we're looking at you. From the AOL Partner Studio.
Looking to shop local while supporting independent artisans, bespoke crafters and small scale makers? Colin and Justin discuss how you can fill your home (and wardrobe) with unique finds to make you s...
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Just over a year ago, I was briefed on one of the most interesting design challenges of my career. The ask came from Policy Horizons Canada, an innovation lab within the Government of Canada, who aime...
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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 sometimes learning to be vulnerable. Many people com...
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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.
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.
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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.
And you can do it without getting rid of any of your furniture.
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.
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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.
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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...
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?
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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. We run our social and professional race in tandem...
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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.
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.
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!