The weather is cooling off, but the trend of using faux fur is just getting hotter and hotter. Here are some of my favourite ways to use this timeless material to infuse your decor with classic sophistication, modern fun, or a bit of both.
Founder and owner. Decades of valuable interior design experience. Yanic Simard is a true creative entrepreneur and design influencer. Pleased to be directly involved with each and every project, he is the driving force behind Toronto Interior Design Group, assisted greatly by a talented boutique team behind him. Mr. Simard has made his mark in the industry across Canada due to his concentrated industry knowledge, and abundance of unique design ideas. Mr. Simard credits his strong work ethic to his family of industry experts that based their successes on the fact that attention to detail, quality workmanship, authenticity and perfected skills are the cornerstones to the art of living. He believes all homes should exude luxury – and by that he means a state of great comfort. These core family values lead Mr. Simard to develop the residential interior design boutique concept, which proves to create long-lasting one-on-one intimate relationships.
High-end style isn't all about having a high-end budget. To achieve true sophistication, it takes a little thought, a little panache -- and a little careful accessorizing (and de-cluttering!). Sound easier said than done? To help you achieve your full potential, here are some of my top tips for getting haute-couture style in your home.
10/18/2016 09:19 EDT
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.
03/08/2016 04:19 EST
Falling in love with beautiful design is easy, but sometimes: staying in love with a look? That can be the hard part. Whether you're decorating for a season, a short-term rental, or just one whirlwind week, these ideas will give you the freedom to change up your style as often as you'd like.
01/22/2016 04:51 EST
A bench can help you solve a number of design dilemmas, right from the front door to the bedroom, and beyond.
12/21/2015 11:00 EST
Crave that unlimited budget style? The look of luxe ultimately is more about taste -- and a few tips and tricks -- than it is about never having to look at the price tag. For this edition of my Interior Inspiration series, I thought I'd share a few of the ways the Modern Millionaire gets that classic green-with-envy look.
10/05/2015 05:06 EDT
As a designer, it's important to know the newest fads -- but that doesn't mean you have to follow every one of them! However, sometimes a new idea comes around with plenty of staying power -- a trend that's truly worth paying attention to.
08/05/2015 12:38 EDT
When it comes to interior design, grey may seem like the opposite of a colour... and by definition, this is technically true! However, grey can actually be a powerful tool for creating spaces of any colour palette, from subdued to bold.
07/15/2015 05:31 EDT
For some, humble brown may sound like the most boring of colours, but in fact this often overlooked hue can be a source of rich depths, bringing variety, harmony, and a sense of peace to nearly any palette. Read on for some top ways to bring brown into your decor, for a look that says anything but "basic."
05/27/2015 08:05 EDT
Searching high and low for the right moulding look? Whether dramatic or demure, crown moulding, baseboards and beyond are a key detail for giving a room that subtle polish which can elevate it from "done" to "designed." Whether you have cherished trim to show off or are thinking of adding some personality to your home, I've got five looks for you to consider, from classic to breaking-the-mould.
05/05/2015 12:15 EDT
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!
04/11/2015 09:15 EDT
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.
03/18/2015 05:49 EDT
Does wintertime leave your days stuck indoors feeling a little dull? Has the spark gone out of your love... for your decor? Without the radiance of summer sun, your interior might be suffering from SAD: Seasonally Affected Design! To help your space feel brighter and livelier any time of year, here's my guide to one of design's underused fix-everything tools: the simple sconce.
02/18/2015 06:03 EST
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.
01/30/2015 05:16 EST
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!
01/16/2015 12:52 EST
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?
12/17/2014 08:26 EST
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!
12/03/2014 05:59 EST
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!
11/07/2014 12:46 EST
Naturally a finely appointed <em>Gatsby</em> 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.
10/22/2014 03:42 EDT
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.
10/05/2014 12:57 EDT
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