Home Design

Upcycling: How to Turn Old Into Gold

Colin & Justin | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

You probably possess at least a few items with which you're tired? Or perhaps you've spotted a tempting piece of junk furniture in a thrift store that could be somehow transformed. As we oft' opine: "It's not how much money you spend, rather how you spend it that makes the biggest difference."

Tips on Buying Art as a Gift

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

It's quite a compliment that you thought enough of that person that you ventured into that art buying territory, no? Again, can be scary, but personal and worth the effort. So whether you wish to add to a loved one's art collection, or maybe start one for your friend, keep in mind a few helpful tips to keep you in line:

These "Cutting Edge" Designs Are Actually Vintage

Colin & Justin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Visit any factory-inspired condo development, or hip-and-happening home store, and you'll almost certainly find yourself wading through design history from the '20s, '50s, '60s and even the '70s. The reality is that much of what we consider 'cutting edge' actually predates our parents.

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.

Photographs Are Fine Art Too

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Photography has been a popular medium for years, and continues to be prominently displayed in homes, in hotel lobbies, on condo walls, and office spaces. At the end of the day, don't be afraid of purchasing a photograph. It is a fine art medium worthy of your time and interest.

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.

The Mysterious Print: A Great First Step Into Art Collection

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We always hear designers and art consultants referencing the word "prints." It makes us wonder what they are suggesting to their clients to go and buy for their newly decorated homes. There is such a wide degree of possible options to which they may be referring. Here's a little definition guide for you so that when you want a print, you know what to ask for at your gallery of choice.

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.

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.

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."

How to Care For Your Wood

Colin & Justin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

For those pesky jobs about which you worry, the following precis should make for useful reading. Observed correctly, in fact, our ten-point lumber low down will help make the best of your most problematic piece.

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.

Net-Zero Homes Are Getting Simpler and Cheaper

David Dodge | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, Alberta. A home that produces as much energy as it consumes -- well that's just crazy.

The Hottest Interior Design Trends From the 2013 Architectural Digest Home Show

Ginny Snook Scott | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Style
Ginny Snook Scott

At this year's Architectural Design Home Show, we saw a departure from some of the trends we saw in 2012. Instead of the focus on pops of bright color, monochromatic color schemes and beautiful woods were prevalent throughout the show; we couldn't help but admire the industrial lighting, too.

Incredible Transformations: Lush Interiors Bring New Life to Old Spaces

Terri Higgins | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Terri Higgins

Innovation is in abundance and Lush Interiors, a Calgary-based design firm that specializes in residential interiors, is a prime example of how creative freedom can lead to beautiful work.

A House Is Not A Home Without...: Tips On Personalizing Your Space From An Expert

Terri Higgins | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Terri Higgins

An interior design refresh can be for many reasons; including a change in season, the need to better reflect our personality, or moving into a new home. Home staging can increase the desirability (and value!) of a home by helping potential buyers visualize themselves and their furniture in the space.

Design-Savvy Tips from a Professional Home Stager

Terri Higgins | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Terri Higgins

Today I'll be interviewing Janet Voth, owner of Designing Spacez. She holds the accredited title of Canadian Real Estate Staging Specialist (CRSS) and has extensive experience in the design industry, which allows her to truly understand what her clients both want and need in order to make their house sell.

Talking To Terri: Welcome To The Calgary Home + Garden Show!

Terri Higgins | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Terri Higgins

I recently just moved into a new house, so in-between planning for the Home + Garden Show, I'm organizing and designing my new space. I have one child with another on the way in a few months, so it's important to me that my home is comfortable and inviting but also functional for a growing family. Needless to say, home design means everything to me right now!

7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Laundry Room

Erika Veh | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Style
Erika Veh

It's hard to imagine the words "laundry" and "inspiration" together in the same sentence. It's not usually a room in which most people want to spend more time. Yet this was the request from my client: makeover her ho-hum laundry room. Here are some easy ways to give the space a face lift.

What Canadians Are Spending on Home Renovations

Liza Hausman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Living
Liza Hausman

Are you planning a home renovation? Chances are your neighbor is, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. In the next two years, 72 per cent of Canadian homeowners surveyed are planning to decorate or redecorate, 40 per cent are building an addition or remodeling, and another 11 per cent are planning to have a custom home built.

A Main Floor to Die For

Candice Olson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Style
Candice Olson

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.

Turning a Fire-Damaged House Back into a Home

Candice Olson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Candice Olson

Rudi (one of my favourite contractors) and his wife Sue had lovingly completed the renovations on their home when disaster struck. While they were away one weekend, there was a fire in their home. It completely destroyed their basement, and the smoke damage in the rest of the house was so severe that nothing could be salvaged. Since Rudi works so hard on my show, I decided to get my crew together to give he and his wife a beautiful space to come home to.

This Crowded Kitchen Was a Recipe for Disaster Until...

Candice Olson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Style
Candice Olson

Harmeen is a fantastic cook, and she was thrilled when her daughter Niki expressed an interest in the culinary arts and offered to take over some of the cooking duties. The problem was the family's outdated kitchen, which was cramped, awkward and completely inefficient in its use of space. While it was barely functional enough for one chef, it was positively crowded with two. My secret ingredient for this kitchen? Demolition!