Interior Design

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Room Chair

Yanic Simard | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In a busy world always hungry for "home-made meals in 30 minutes or less" and other time-saving tips, I understand why many of you don't have the hours for mulling over your dining chair choices. To help you find the perfect seat without all the searching and simmering, here's my recipe for dining design, in just three easy steps!

How to Create a Five-Star Bathroom in Your Own Home

Colin & Justin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A good bathroom, for us, is an utter necessity, both at home and on the road. This considered, what does yours say about you? Is it a tranquil, organized home spa, or a chaotic scene awash with soap scum, razor blades and squeezed out tubes of toothpaste?

This Fall, Make a Cottage Call

Colin & Justin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Working, as we do, with a client inventory that spans suburban bungalows, condominiums, back splits and city centre semis, we've problem solved every decorative issue that bad taste can muster. Here's a quick roundup of pointers that should help make better of any small space, cottage inclined or not.

How to Create Home Decor Fit for Hollywood

Yanic Simard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Naturally a finely appointed Gatsby estate demands an opulent chandelier, but don't worry: in real life, lighting is one area where quantity is almost more important than quality (or at least budget!). The true key to a Great lighting scheme is depth and layers, so including multiple flattering light sources will make you and your space ready for a close-up.

Some Timeless Trends for Your Fall Home Design

Yanic Simard | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

It's time to face it: with the last echoes of summer behind us, 2014 is more than half over. The world of design didn't take any time off, however! Here's an update on some growing trends that have been getting stronger all year -- and don't show any signs of stopping.

Three Interior Colour Design Tips for Positive Energy

Linda Lauren | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Style
Linda Lauren

A once drab environment is suddenly charged with the energy of a colour. Below are three quick colour design tips to help you create the desired results for your room or space.

Drapery Details: Top Window Treatment Tips

Yanic Simard | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

One of the most inspiring aspects of interior design can be choosing a beautiful drapery treatment: there is no end to the number of fun fabrics that can add colour and flair to personalize your home -- or simply sleek, minimal privacy screens.

How to Revamp Your Art Collection (Without Breaking the Bank)

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Art fatigue is a common phenomenon, and it can be treated. You will only benefit from all of the amazing things that art can do for you and your space if you love that space you're in. Everyone needs to change their world a little bit every once in a while, and reorganizing your art collection is the easiest way to do that.

Designer 1-2-3: Compact Condo Bathroom Renovation

Yanic Simard | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Want to get a designer bathroom as easy as 1-2-3? Here's a breakdown of the design of this recent TIDG client renovation, and the key details you can keep in mind to get your own space feeling like a private spa. First, a little number crunching.

Top Tips for Transitioning a Nursery to a Toddler-Friendly Bedroom

Amanda Blakley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Style
Amanda Blakley

Nurseries and children's rooms are an excellent place to have fun with your home's décor. Thankfully, in 2014, traditional children's colors of pink and blue are no longer de rigeur for cool kids rooms. The modern nursery or toddler room is gender neutral, mixing unexpected textures, clean lines, and artwork to create a space that is as unique and fun as they are.

Turning Canada's Worst Garage into Paradise

Colin & Justin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Welcome to Canada's most unruly garage. Quite the shocker, huh? Imagine our disbelief as we rolled the door to reveal a scene which can only be described as benign, chaotic neglect. Picking ourselves up off the floor, we girded our loins and prepared for battle...

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.

Neutral Debates: Grey vs Beige in Your Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Whether you embrace colour, or hide from the wilder hues, neutrals are essential to any design. However, there are two major sides one has to choose from when selecting a neutral: beige vs. grey. To help settle the Great Neutral Debate (at least in your own home), here's some advice on the best both grey and beige have to offer.

Bling Up Your Cottage For Summer

Colin & Justin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

An integrated sound system, a glass staircase and long, lean Italian style seating -- if the season finale of Colin & Justin's Cabin Pressure is anything to go by, it looks like Canadian cottaging just got a shot in the arm of European style...

A Simple Way to Transform Furniture

Yanic Simard | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Yanic Simard

I often say hardware is one of the most overlooked ways to transform a furniture piece. But how do you go about choosing from the virtual sea of nifty knobs and pretty pulls? Here's my guide to determining the correct location, style and placement of your new practical accents so you can get the biggest effect from this easy DIY transformation.

10 Reasons to Buy Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Those walls are blank, and look like they're closing in on you. Okay, so you can buy the prints, the limited editions and all that jazz, but for a moment please consider these reasons why buying an original piece of art is something that you should do. Today. Like now.

The Recipe For a Perfect Cottage Kitchen

Colin & Justin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Hallelujah! We can finally reveal our cottage kitchen, whose transformation has been a veritable state secret these last few months. Truth is we wanted to avoid stealing our own thunder and opted, therefore, to throw a veil of secrecy across the mini miracle. Now we're revealing it in these virtual pages.

Strokes of Design Genius: Paint Trends For the Home

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Designers are proudly showing off the personal touch of painterly patterns, with bold brushstrokes, trippy paint drips, and crisp paint dips. Here's my guide to embracing your palette-passions:

Making a Funky Bunkie For Our Favourite Cottage Guests

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Oftentimes, it's nice to afford (and be afforded) a little privacy when friends arrive. Sure, we're all for mix and mingle, but personal chill time is welcome too. So come one, come all (overseas pals and family are you reading?) safe in the knowledge we've fashioned, as your holiday haven, an annex to which you can escape when our laughter becomes too raucous or our music too loud.

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.

How We Discovered Bleak Chic

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A bomb shelter as inspiration for our cottage shower room reno? Well, actually, yes; the curious notion was birthed having espied a tin sign perched high above the entrance to a now defunct air raid space in New York. Exploring the city on business, we froze like pillars of salt when confronted by the ancient sign.

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 to Get the Cottage Summer Ready

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Ahead of summer at the lake, we asked Penny to compose a "must-do" hit list to help us -- and you -- prepare for the coming months. Her no nonsense approach is compelling and her advice informative. Here's how to open your cottage for spring and summer.

Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your Ceiling

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In the 21st century, we spend a lot of time looking down -- obsessively checking our phones, typing away at our computers, or absorbed in a TV screen. Every now and then our point of view needs a little refreshing, which is why I wanted to focus on the "forgotten" wall of interior design -- the ceiling!

The Basement Bedroom Reinvented

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Boasting walloping great whiffs of mouse poop and fusty linen (the house had been run as a rental for years) we knew we'd have our work cut out to knock it in to shape. But nothing gets in the way of two Scotsmen on a mission of decorative beautification. D'you hear us? Nothing!