Interior Design

The Modern Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Colin & Justin discover how a log cabin can be reinterpreted as a modern 'mini-me' of their existing cottage. Using square cut wood logs... Finally,...

Single Girl's Guide To Decorating: Do These Design Books Stand The Test Of Time?

Simone Katerine | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

To honour how far I've come, a few months ago I decided to treat myself to a collection of (now classic) home decor books that I've been lusting after since my Rubbermaid bin days. But, as true in both love and books, not everything (or everyone) lives up to your expectations.

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.

Cleaning Up The Basement At The Cottage

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Can we really make seven luxurious zones out of the former crawl space at our Haliburton cottage? Can a previosuly 48" high, damp, animal infested solum become a living room, a whisky lounge, a kids play room, a walk in electrical plant room, a bedroom, a pimped up laundry and a swanky bathroom? Hell yeah!

Home Office Decor For Tiny Spaces

Inessa Radostin | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Living
Inessa Radostin

Recently I have had the pleasure to start working from the comfort of my home and while working in an office environment can be thrilling and stimulating, being able to stay in your pajamas and sweatpants with ketchup stains on them is much more exciting. However, creating a home office space in a small condo is no small task. Here's what the experience has taught me.

10 Forgotten Items To Repurpose As Gorgeous Furniture

houzz.com | Rebecca Gross | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living

What's old is new again!

This Is The Cottage Sunroom Of Your Dreams

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.

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.

10 Stunning Kitchen Storage Solutions

Houzz.com | Joanna Simmons | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living

Make your kitchen work for you.

How We Can Cure Noise Pollution

Leah Morrigan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

Hearing loss, also known as permanent threshold shift, is "a sudden or gradual permanent shift in the auditory threshold caused by noise exposure, age, disease, or drugs (e.g. did you know that the chemicals in cigarettes are actually linked to hearing loss?). Our world is inundated with noise pollution and it seems that no one is left untouched.

Colin And Justin's Bedroom Showdown

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada TV
Colin & Justin

Excuse us: for the first time ever we've been at war during one of our own TV series. As you'll see on Sunday's Cabin Pressure, our long suffering director Marshall twisted our arm into a full on C&J competition, that being to fashion one guest bedroom per designer. Crucially, neither of us would be privy to the other's plan. But which do you prefer?

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.

Turning Style Sinners Into Interior Design Winners

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Home style shouldn't be about how much money you spend, rather how much time you spend trying to get it right. It's about knowing how you want your home to look, how you'd like it to function and how you want it to feel. When all these aspects are appraised, then and only then can you create the ideal home.

Tending To The Great Outdoors

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

As work progressed -- and as our overgrown landscape was cleared -- we excavated an almost never-ending supply of boulders and rocks, many of which would have cost hundred of bucks a pop had we flexed our wallets in the local aggregate yard.

10 Timber Tricks To Make Your Cottage Shine

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Aye, it's time for another action packed episode of Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure. To celebrate our latest episode, we thought it'd be fun to outline our ten best woody wonders. A tip sheet of timber tricks, if you will, to make your home or cottage shine.

9 Ways To Keep Your Home Office Clutter-Free

Houzz.com | Natasha Saroca | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living

Go vertical!

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.

Decorating When Your Bedroom Is Your Office

Simone Katerine | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

As a sex and relationship writer, people joke that my bedroom is my office. But now it's literally true. I've read that you should never sleep in the same room as where you work. But, as many of us embrace small space living and unconventional adult living arrangements, the bedroom/office has become the new normal.

The Right Way To Mix Metals At Home

Houzz.com | Yanic Simard | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living

Add a little shine to your decor.

We Have Big Plans For Our Latest Cottage Transformation

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

It's that time of year again. Time for us to delve even deeper into the bush and deliver for your style hungry delectation another cottage in need of our loving touch. And, take it from us -- this time we've really gone crazy. We dare you to take a walk on the wild side and tune in. Yup,Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure is back.

How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting

Houzz.com | Karen Egly-Thompson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living

Comfort is key.

How To Go Nude - In Your Home Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

For 2016 and beyond, one of the biggest looks is the use of "nude" design: from warm neutral hues inspired by skin and cosmetics, to a general sense of letting down walls and leaving your space under-dressed. Here's my take on how to go nude in your decor, anywhere.

9 Easy Ways To Start An Awesome Urban Garden

YPNextHome | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

Urban gardeners and green thumbs from around the world have united on the Internet to deliver awesome options and ways for urbanites to start wonderful, space-saving urban gardens that provide us with essential nutrients and fit into tight living spaces.

Open Concept Not Your Thing? Try A ‘Broken Plan'

Houzz.com | Cheryl Freedman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living

Because sometimes you need a little privacy.