Interior 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 ...

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.

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!

The Ongoing Saga of the Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Colin and Justin reveal the ongoing saga of life at the lake, this week choosing to showcase the transformation of their log home's main bathroom...

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.

How To Go Wild With Cottage Chic

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

While the bedroom transformation was successful and went (for the most part) without too many hitches, the same can't be said for the rest of the cottage transformation. Indeed as work progressed in other zones, project drama truly escalated. Little did we know what lay in store. Exacerbated by a tiny design budget -- and an even smaller team -- something had to give. Jeesh.

Painting Wood Is Not a Sin -- Here's How

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Top quality genus like oak or mahogany often speak for themselves, providing textural and visual return wherever placed. But we aren't slaves to wood. Particularly not pine. We never have been. In actual fact we love painted furniture and see no valid reason why a nice bit of lumber can't be further embellished with solid colour.

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!

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.

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.

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:

Scot Sardinha on Why Art is Power

Che Kothari | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada
Che Kothari

I wouldn't say that art has necessarily changed my life but more so has enhanced it. It has broadened my knowledge with many cultures, connecting me to the creative realm of the many places I have visited, and it has also introduced me to a plethora of interesting people and networks.