Canada Design

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 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.

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

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 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...

Three Timeless 2014 Decor Trends

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.20.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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.

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?

How to Hang a Perfect Wall Grouping (or Frame Cluster)

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Bring out the hammer and start with the anchor piece. Hang on one side, then the other, then again and again, while keeping a sharp eye on balance. Do not worry about lining up the tops or bottoms of the art, as the more intentional randomness the better (and the easier it will be to add new art over time).

Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour Red

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

A new year brings new inspirations, which always lead to new ideas. As an interior designer, I don't often utilize red in my designs, so for this January I challenged myself to look for cool ways to heat up a kitchen with a dose of this fiery colour.

Good (and Stylish) Chairs Come in Small Packages

Yanic Simard | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Furniture trends lately have been moving with the housing market: as spaces get smaller and everyone has less room to work with, more and more boutiques have been stocking "condo-sized" pieces which try to fit all the benefits of a big ticket item in a petite package. Here are my favourite ideas:

Colour Correction: Choosing the Right Hues For You

Yanic Simard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

The first thing most clients notice is also usually the first area where people want advice: colour. Choosing the right hues can be easy when you have years of experience, but it's hard to know where to begin when decorating your own space -- and sometimes knowing where to stop!

Reimagining Accessibility: Competition Results and Lessons Learned

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

The quest for a more inclusive accessibility symbol continues. The re-worked designs will be featured at next year's DEEP Conference -- which will be held in conjunction with The Accessibility Conference hosted by Guelph University -- for the delegates' input.

The Wheelchair Is Just One Small Part of the Picture: Why It's Time to Reimagine Accessibility

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

The nub of my and others' unease with the current International Symbol of Access is that it excludes over 97 per cent of people with disabilities, because it is all about wheelchairs, rather than accessibility. To those who fear that the competition I've launched is aimed at throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and getting rid of the wheelchair symbol altogether: this is definitely not the case. What I'm asking is for designers to reimagine the concept of accessibility and to come up with a revised symbol or set of symbols that will be more inclusive.

Apple Dips into the Fashion World

Jon Packer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Apple announced this week that they have hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to lead all aspects of their retail business, including online. No surprise that designers from Karl Largerfeld to Kate Spade have created smartphone accessories to tap into the tech market, but Apple's high profile hires tell us something else.

What BlackBerry Could Learn From the VW Camper

Jon Packer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is on the ropes and we all know it. Amid the financial turmoil of this once Canadian icon, there was news that the humble VW Camper, itself an iconic brand, is set to be retired at the end of this year.

Reimagining Accessibility and the Wheelchair Symbol

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

In 1969, the universal symbol for accessibility -- a blue square overlaid in white with the stylized image of a figure in a wheelchair -- made its first appearance. But the symbol is still built around a stick figure -- not a person. But the most important problem with the International Symbol of Access is this: it is exclusionary. The symbol is all about the wheelchair -- even though the majority of disabilities are not mobility-related. That is why, with the enthusiastic co-operation of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, I have launched an international competition to find a contemporary symbol.

GROW - The Future of Business: The Intersection of Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Billie Kell | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Billie Kell

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." Goethe Roger Martin in The Design of Business: Why de...