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Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and freshen up your home -- as well as your decor. From deciding on what colour to paint your bedroom to finding the best deals on your favourite art pieces, decorating a home can be an exciting process for many homeowners and renters alike.
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Many of us are a little (OK, a lot) obsessed with home design so it's only natural that it comes up in dinner-party conversation or during a girl's night out. Or at the bus stop, or in the dentist's chair. Sometimes, however, we're stuck for a quick way to sum up our aesthetic. Here are 10 ways to communicate your home decor style succinctly -- so you can even do it on an elevator ride.
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Think reuse before recycle!
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Add a little shine to your decor.
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Falling in love with beautiful design is easy, but sometimes: staying in love with a look? That can be the hard part. Whether you're decorating for a season, a short-term rental, or just one whirlwind week, these ideas will give you the freedom to change up your style as often as you'd like.
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For 2015 the top holiday themes all have a classic or nostalgic twist. Think Charles Dickens, Hollywood in the 1950s or even a rustic cabin from the turn of the century. My favourite theme for the holidays is 1950's retro. But honestly, trends aside, just pick a theme that you love and think will be fun for your guests.
You can do better than just setting up some mood lighting.
If accessories make an outfit, art makes the home. The perfect piece of art can add character, fill empty spaces and start conversations. But finding the right (and affordable) piece of art can be cha...
There's no place like home. Whether you rent or own, there are few things more comforting than having a space to call your own. But with a house, there often comes headaches. From finding the right fu...
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Interior design isn’t just about creating a home that looks new and current. It can also be about preserving the past and respecting the character of an older home. If you’re lucky enough to have a ho...
Moving to a smaller space sometimes means saying goodbye to storage — but it doesn't have to. In the video above, Good Housekeeping looks at 10 storage and shelf solutions that will make even the smal...
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When it comes to decorating your first home, it's easy to fall into the same style habits you had when you were in university. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. Moving your favourite...
Revamping your home decor needn’t always be a major project and you don’t always have to spend a king’s ransom to do it. Here are 25 ways to give your rooms a fresh look in record time, without breaki...
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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.
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...
Whether you're styling your pint-sized apartment, or just your petite powder room, any small space decorating can be made easy if you go about it in the right way. No matter what the scale of the project, some planning is always required. An undersized area needs an oversized amount of thought, but the result is a fully-functional and practical, warm, liveable space.
Some of our best friends, you see, are straight. And some of them, we should report, are very stylish. The following epistle, therefore, is simply a quick fix master class for those who feel their style gene is somewhat compromised. Think of us as wing men. Fabulous -- if often fey -- fixers.
"Fashion Week" conjures up thoughts of bright lights and big cities like New York and Milan and how apropos. Funny, when I show up at the furniture equivalent, called "Market", the only thing I'm left wondering is: why here?!
Good news, Zara lovers: Zara Home is coming to Canada, which means soon you'll be able to bring the Spanish-based retailer's on-trend (and budget-friendly) style to your bedroom, living room and bathr...
It's cold out there. In much of the country, now's the time when home serves as a cozy refuge from the ice and snow. We light our fireplaces and wish for springtime. But what if we took the opposite a...
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A nursery isn't just a place where babies sleep. This is where babies eat, play and get changed. It's where moms sometimes sit for hours in the middle of the night, holding and rocking and wiping off tears. This list of 10 Ways to Decorate the Kids' Room will get you inspired.
Steven and his partner, Alan, longing for a backyard and some much needed elbow space, made the big move from a small city condo to a suburban bungalow. But the house needed much more work than they first thought. By opening up the space and filling it with contemporary fixtures and finishes, comfortable furniture and hip accessories, this house went from "suburban sad" to "urban pad" and is now ready for the stylish duo and their city-dwelling friends.
Creating an oasis in your home or apartment may seem like a daunting (or expensive) task. But Sandra Rinomato, host of 'Buy Herself' and a real estate broker, is here to prove it's actually quite simp...
Industrial designer Robert Hendrick was on a tech career track out of college until two things happened that changed his trajectory.First, he bought a company that maintains and rebuilds railroad trac...
Next time you're having a backyard barbecue or going mod with some new furniture, thank science.Your salad spinner's made of the same sort of silicone rubber developed to make Neil Armstrong's moon bo...
If you're looking for a way to spruce up your home décor this season, here's a little something to help you out. The experts at MAD Solutions Designs have come up with a custom quiz that will help you...
Small may be in when it comes to homes, but that doesn't mean it's easy to decorate.A few simple guidelines, however, can turn a small space from Dilemma to De-Lovely.Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder...
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Who doesn't love a good sneak peek -- especially when it comes to home decor, fashion or beauty products? In this regular feature, we'll take you behind the scenes of some of style's biggest and most...
From colour to pattern, small spaces and large suites, this year has been filled with inspirational interiors for every decor
Quick Study [kwik stuhd-ee]: The Huffington Post Canada's tips to make your life a little sweeter, five minutes at a time. Think of it as a cheatsheet for your general well-being. For the next 30 da...