Interior Design

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

Amanda Blakley | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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!

How We Went Into Dock Shock at the Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We held our breath as our brand new wooden dock arrived across our glistening lake. When all pieces were in place, the installation team dived underwater to connect and anchor the whole shebang.

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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.