Home Design

How To Prepare Your Deck For The Fall

Todd Hauptman | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

The time is coming to prepare your outdoor living space for the fall. The fall means colder and wetter weather but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy your outdoor living space but just in a different way.

Down The Garden Path: Adding Stone Walkways In Your Outdoor Space

Carson Arthur | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

I recently had to repair a pathway along the side of my mother-in-laws house. Originally they tried to use large chunks of rock to define the garden bed and to allow for access to the side of the house. Unfortunately, the large chunks of stone all started to break down after a few harsh winters.

Cottage Basement 101

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

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.

Use The Backyard To Extend Your Living Space This Summer

Carson Arthur | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

This concept of the outdoor room has been very popular for years in warmer climates because homeowners can use these spaces for more months throughout the year. Historically, it makes the initial cost investment easier to justify. We are seeing people spending money in their backyards to create outdoor extensions of their homes.

Spring's Freshest Home Décor Trend Is White And Bright

David Leonhardt | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Style
David Leonhardt

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?

A Modern Rustic Guide To Renovating Cottage Bathrooms

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Designing (what we hope will prove to be) two perfect bathrooms, we pushed the envelope, wherever possible, to create wildly generous accommodation with ample proportions for washing, showering and associated bathroom ablutions. Oh, and more than a smattering of serious luxe cottage style.

Top Hacks For Maximizing Your Decorating Budget

Sari Friedman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

How do you bring spring into your home and get a designer look on budget? Here are a few tips and tricks get the look you are after without breaking the bank.

The Art Of Levitation

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

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.

Some Sweet Inspiration For Your Holiday Home Decor

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Style
Tiffany Leigh

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.

How to Design Your Home Like a Millionaire for Less

Yanic Simard | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

Crave that unlimited budget style? The look of luxe ultimately is more about taste -- and a few tips and tricks -- than it is about never having to look at the price tag. For this edition of my Interior Inspiration series, I thought I'd share a few of the ways the Modern Millionaire gets that classic green-with-envy look.

Your Home Can Help Boost Your Mood

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living

You can do better than just setting up some mood lighting.

14 Design Tips To Make Your Home Feel Bigger

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living

And you can do it without getting rid of any of your furniture.

12 Ways To Transform Your Home's Hallways

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

Whether wide or narrow, an empty hallway doesn't have to become an empty space. The infographic below from Chadwicks and NeoMam Studios, shows us ...

22 Things You Should Do Before You Sell Your Home

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living

If you're planning to sell your home, you might want to take a good look at it first. In the slideshow below, Suzanne Lewis, of Lewis + Company (wo...

Maximize Space and Style in a Cramped Cottage Bathroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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?

Our game of homes and Bunkies...

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada
Colin & Justin

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. ...

10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Tiny Space

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Living

Just because you're confined to a small space, it doesn't mean you have to live with little. When faced with limited living space, Apartment Thera...

A Recipe For Perfect Kitchen Style

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

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.

Art and Culture Resolutions for 2015

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

This New Year's resolution proposal is strictly art and culture related, and some of them you can knock off from your own home! (Others might require you to get in your car, and do a bit of legwork). But for the most part, these are things that will make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings in an 'art loving' way. Here we go!

New Year, New Way of Thinking

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Our grand master plans don't always materialize. But should we call it failure? Not necessarily. We prefer to think that sometimes, just sometimes, we birth plans that are simply too ambitious in the available time frame.

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.