Home Decor

The Kitchen Staple You Can Use to Stain Your Furniture

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

If we whispered that Nescafe was our cottage 'wood stain' of choice, would you rush to put the kettle on? Confused? Well don't be. But coffee -- as wood stain? Bizarre as it sounds, it's not quite the unusual proposition you might initially think.

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!

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.

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!

What's in a Frame? How to Frame Your Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Choosing the artwork can be difficult enough! You've trawled all the galleries, art shows and fairs, and finally agreed on that piece you both really like. No compromises. Don't stress out about it. Art is meant to be enjoyed -- framed or unframed.

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.

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.

To Faux or Not to Faux?

Hilary Farr | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Style
Hilary Farr

I can just about handle a giant trophy fish tacked onto a wall, but the abundance of cowhide rugs under coffee tables makes me queasy and I am positively pukey when I see a set of goat antlers resting on a side table or used as book ends.

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.

The Ups and Downs of Design in 2013

Hilary Farr | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Style
Hilary Farr

We often take the days after to make resolutions, reflect on the year gone by and establish hopes and dreams for the coming year. Here are some fantastic 2013 trends that we hope to see continue well into 2014 and a couple that we hope slip into obscurity.

What the Colour of Your Room Can Do for Your Psyche

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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.

Colin and Justin's Guide to Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decor

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

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.

Holiday Decorating: The Gift Of Good Taste from Colin & Justin

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Don't go overboard with too many garlands everywhere -- remember it's Christmas time, NOT camouflage time! As is often the case, less is more, so spend time and money on a well dressed tree or some tasteful accessories that will enhance your existing décor rather than compete with it.

Deck The Halls: Holiday Home Decor

Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Living

This is the perfect time of year to decorate your home in advance of the holiday rush. The pumpkin has long since been tossed off the porch and the Ha...

When Redecorating, Work With What You've Got

Colin & Justin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Fancy a new mood chez vous, without breaking the bank? Reworking that which you already have, explain Colin and Justin, could be the perfect solution to seasonal adjustment...

How to Create the Perfect Bedroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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.

Inside Scoop: Designer Finds

Yanic Simard | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada
Yanic Simard

When you watch interior design shows on TV, you get to see beautiful spaces filled with dazzling pieces, but you may wonder: how does design really wo...

Redesigning a Canadian Home Horror

Colin & Justin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Our client's lovely wife, thankfully, concurred that her husband's "cottage in the city" utterings served only disservice to the holiday homes that she -- and we -- adore. So where did we start? Oh, that's the easy bit. With two words: "gut down."

Finding The Best Value For Home Renos

Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Business

As a home owner, there's your home’s “dream renovation” and the eventual “reality renovation.” There are only so many dollars to go around, ...

All This Room Needed Was a Pop of Colour [PHOTOS]

Colin & Justin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Grey may be the hippest weapon of choice when it comes to decor but, as Colin and Justin prove, the cool palette needs a shot of high impact colour to properly bring it alive...

A DIY Paint Job in a Tatty Kitchen Saves the Day

Colin & Justin | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then this one, dear readers, had flatlined. It was so bad, in fact, our client was ordering in, rather than cooking at home. And we didn't blame her...And so, with a strangled purse, we settled at our drawing board.

The Cardinal Sinners of Decorating

Colin & Justin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Whether evil exists is open to debate but, in a design context, it's certainly prevalent. And it's a determined force -- each time we arrange an exorcism by paintbrush, dodgy decor returns in another guise, in another room, in another house.