Every trip away for me is also an opportunity to visit a new boutique hotel, and after visiting Le Germain Calgary earlier this year I was excited to take a look inside the Montreal edition of the growing boutique chain. Because hotel design is all about making guests feel welcome, here are my tips for how to make your guests feel welcome every day -- including the number one guest: you!
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.
A dramatic animal statuette is like having a furry friend, without any of the responsibilities -- or the fur. Sit one at the end of your island, on top of a buffet, or in its own niche overseeing your table. If you really want to be King of the Jungle, Maximo Riera creates lavish throne-like sculpted chairs mimicking life sized rhinos, elephants, and even octopuses.
10/10/2013 05:46 EDT
When you watch interior design shows on TV, you get to see beautiful spaces filled with dazzling pieces, but you may wonder
09/26/2013 04:37 EDT
Everyone likes to go to someone they trust for advice, especially when making a big decision. Being a designer, my friends often come to me with little questions -- it's like being friends with a doctor, only I'm a doctor for your home!
09/11/2013 13:20 EDT
One of the most satisfying home renovations is always the kitchen makeover. For your next culinary overhaul, or even just a DIY weekend refresh, consider my paint colour guide for the top five most common cabinetry styles, complete with hardware suggestions for a complete look you can be confident about.
08/28/2013 12:37 EDT
Earlier this summer I took my Toronto Interior Design Group team -- along with the Cityline cameras -- on a busy media tour in western Canada. Inspiration came from a rather unexpected place, however, when I was invited to the real houses of two Real Housewives of Vancouver: Jody Claman and Amanda Hansen.
08/01/2013 08:45 EDT
Whether you're styling your pint-sized apartment, or just your petite powder room, any small space decorating can be made easy if you go about it in the right way. No matter what the scale of the project, some planning is always required. An undersized area needs an oversized amount of thought, but the result is a fully-functional and practical, warm, liveable space.
07/08/2013 12:07 EDT
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