Interior Design

Maximize Space and Style in a Cramped Cottage Bathroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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?

How To Make Small Bathrooms Look Bigger

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living

If you don’t have the dough for a major reno or if upgrading to a larger home is out of the question, you might find your dreams of having a colossa...

Our game of homes and Bunkies...

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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. ...

Moving in Together Means Merging Your Interior Decor Styles

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Moving in together is great: you have someone to share your life with -- not to mention splitting the bills. Sharing your space though? Not always so easy. When it's time to mix two styles together, here are some tips for creating a decor scheme that everyone can not only live with, but love!

Creating the Perfect Deck and Landscape

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A really good deck doesn't stop at the luxuriant lumber from which it is constructed. To bring any deck (patio or terrace) alive it needs subsequent "layers." In precisely the same manner in which décor and accessories will alternate interior "beat," so too can visual and physical tricks make your exterior scheme look "considered."

Facelifting A Cottage

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Sometimes a spot of decorative Botox simply isn't enough. Cue a full facelift, and some grand scale reconstructive surgery, say cottage-style surgeons...

Influential Toronto Couple's Home Is Sure To Inspire

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Living

Swiss chandeliers sparkle in the dining room while stunning sculptures stand tall in the main hall. It's old world meets new for this delightful Toron...

Colin and Justin Deal With Total Dock Shock

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Aware we'd chosen a cabin with more bad points than good, we hoped that somehow, just somehow, the dock we'd inherited as part of our chattels would be in better condition than it was. But no. It was rotten to the core.

Colin and Justin Take on a Slanty Shanty

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Four months of extreme nail biting. The appraisal of several hundred pages of property details and appointments to view perhaps 45 cottages. Yup, the search for a new cabin was arduous. Just as we were about to throw in the towel, Rob emailed one last prospect: a 1980s A-frame. But it was clearly a bag of problems...

Five Furniture Finds for Small Spaces

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

The key to living large in a small space is getting the most from every piece you own: rather than simply taking full-sized furnishings and shrinking them to "apartment size." Try some of these fun finds that serve double duty, or that take advantage of space you might not have even realized you had.

6 Reasons to Fall in Love with Wood Panelling All Over Again

Yanic Simard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

Think wood panelling is a thing of the past? Think again. Everything old is new again, but then, did this trend ever even go away? Here are six reasons why you should considering wood panelling for your wall treatment (and beyond), all over the home--and all over the style spectrum.

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.

Interior Inspiration: Designing Like a Parisian

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Paris is a city famous for its romantic landmarks, statement architecture and coveted fashions, but it's also a grand source of inspiration for cool, sophisticated interior decor. Take a peek with me inside the unique styling of Parisian apartments, and learn how to bring this look with you anywhere in the world.

Salvage Yards: No Shame Reclaim

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

One future. So let's make the best of it, huh? We've long since championed this mantra and, whilst appreciative of regular Canadian furniture outlets, we reserve space in our creative veins for reclamation outlets and salvage yards. Aye, we love to mix past and present.

Taking on 2015's Decor Trends

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

If you're like me, though, the last thing you want to do is jump on a trend you'll be looking to jump off of in one year's time. That's why I put together a round up of some 2015 design trends you should know about, that you can still feel good about in 2016 and beyond!

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.

Heat Up Your Home's Decor This Winter With Inspiration From The Beach

Yanic Simard | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada
Yanic Simard

With winter only just setting in, you're probably enjoying a beautiful dusting of snow and the crisp, refreshing air, but soon I bet many of you will be wishing for a little warm weather retreat. Why not redecorate your home with the beach in mind for the perfect staycation?

5 Interior Design Myths Debunked

Desta Ostapyk | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada
Desta Ostapyk

The holiday season is upon us, which means Canadians are in the midst of preparing their homes for family gatherings, holiday parties and hosting friends. Interior design has become an intimidating concept to most as it's one of the industries that's plagued with misleading myths. Here are some design myths debunked to help take the stress out of decorating this season.

Three Very Different Styles for Your Festive Holiday Table

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We've long since opined that festive décor should enhance existing home style rather than smother it, so our 'less is more' mantra is currently extra potent. To provide direction, here are three looks -- Past, Present and Future -- arranged, for your style hungry delectation, using our very own Toronto condo as backdrop.

Doing One Thing Right: Monochromatic Home Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In a world where mixing-and-matching is hot, you might find yourself growing cold on even trying to figure it all out, but I'm here to show you how to get a timeless (yet up to date!) look, all based around a favourite colour -- so easy, the hard part will be deciding on just one!

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Room Chair

Yanic Simard | Posted 01.07.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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.