Lynda is the founder and publisher of House & Home magazine and its French-language counterpart, Maison & Demeure. A former interior designer, Lynda has spent the past 27 years hosting TV shows, writing her own columns and speaking about design and decorating on national TV and radio. Lynda is the host and Executive Producer of H&H Online TV that features house tours, decorating lessons, cooking segments and design news. New episodes are available weekly on demand at houseandhome.com/tv.
Lynda is the Creative Director of H&H's Design Studio that designs branded merchandise for the home and that recently completed designing and decorating its 6th annual grand prize show house in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Lynda lives in Toronto, travels frequently and loves to cook, entertain and garden.
Interior designer Suzanne Dimma is the editor-in-chief of House & Home magazine and is one of Canada's most recognized home decor experts. She has spearheaded major design and advertising projects for prolific clients including Ikea, HomeSense, Pier 1, The Hudson's Bay Company, Harry Rosen and Eddie Bauer, garnering numerous awards along the way. Recognized as the creative visionary and host of HGTV's popular home makeover show, The Style Dept., she also frequently appears on Cityline and HGTV and has extensive editorial experience directing popular home decor and lifestyle magazines. Her residential work has been recognized through numerous publications, and she has won several awards for art direction and styling. She lives in Toronto with her two beloved cats and husband, Arriz Hassam.
As House & Home's deputy editor, Hilary Smyth oversees all the gorgeous interiors that fill the magazine each month. In her tenure at H&H, she's had an instrumental role in shaping the magazine's style and has produced just about every type of story. She also spearheaded the launch of H&H's French publication, Maison & Demeure. Hilary lives with her husband and two children in a rambling 1910 downtown Toronto home that is constantly evolving and decidedly imperfect, which is just the way she likes it.
Sally Armstrong is a senior design editor who has been with House & Home for more than 10 years. She helps oversee product stories and styles photo shoots of houses, condos, cottages and gardens. In her free time (with three kids, she doesn't have as much time as she used to), she pours over other design magazines in print or online. Her husband, Ted, wishes she would throw out the boxes of magazines in their basement, but she refuses, holding strong to her decorating passion.
Margot Austin joined House & Home in December 2011 as a senior design editor, bringing more than 15 years of styling, editing and writing experience to the team. She styles photo shoots of interiors, cottages and gardens for the pages of H&H. Margot and her husband, Kevin, who owns a home decor shop, are serial decorators who have transformed seven homes in their 12 years of marriage.
Vancouver native Chloe Berge is Houseandhome.com’s assistant editor. This self-professed magazine addict studied art history and journalism and has a love for all things art and design. Having worked in the fashion and interior design industry as a writer and buyer, Chloe brings her eye for style to the H&H team. She is in the process of decorating her first apartment — and developing an obsession with throw pillows.
After completing a degree in fine arts and history at Wilfred Laurier University, Joel Bray went on to study interior design at Humber College. Then Joel landed his dream internship at House & Home, and climbed his way up to design editor. Along with styling the elaborate photo shoots for the pages of H&H, Joel appears regularly on H&H Online TV. He even worked for HGTV's Summer Home and has hosted a design segment on CBC's Steven & Chris.
As House & Home's senior features editor and editor of the Style Files section, Kimberley Brown covers the news, ideas, people, products and trends shaping the Canadian and international design scene. She's also a documentary film fan and travels to New York often enough to consider it her second home.
Assistant style editor Reiko Caron lives and breathes design. Her graphic and industrial design background makes her a great addition to the H&H team, where sourcing great finds, styling photo shoots and blogging about the latest trends are part of her daily tasks. She also works on DIY segments of H&H Online TV — offering inspiration for her own downtown apartment.
Senior editor Meg Crossley brings over 10 years design experience to her role at House & Home. She loves overseeing photo shoots of homes, cottages and gardens, in part, because it fulfills her natural snoopiness! (She gets into lots of houses.) Many ideas from these shoots have made it into her own home renovations, including ones she tried out in her own basement project.
Assistant design editor Kai Ethier, former assistant to editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma, works on many of H&H's product and research-based stories. (She loves browsing the web for all things design and decorating!) She lives in Toronto’s west end with her husband Andre and their adorable son Louis.
Style editor Sarah Hartill has been with H&H for more than 10 years. Sarah's talents shine when she produces stories like Weekend Decorating, styles photo shoots, scours stores for new products, and predicts up-and-coming trends. Although this busy mom of two boys is continually renovating her own home, she still manages to freelance as a photographer — you’ll notice her shots pop up now and again on the pages of H&H.
Katie Hayden is House & Home’s managing editor, with over 15 years of experience writing and editing for the magazine. She's passionate about decorating kids’ rooms, which she finds less serious and more playful than “grown-up” spaces — and less of a long-term commitment. Her own 2- and 7-year-old daughters’ rooms are inviting blank canvasses she can tinker with eternally — and the girls seem happy enough to oblige her, and join in on redecorating projects. She’s as comfortable hunting for housewares at thrift stores as she is at high-end antique shops. She lives in a small, quirky Toronto semi with her husband and daughters.
Interior decorating graduate and DIY fan Jessica Howey has always been passionate about decorating — even at age 11 she would rearrange her bedroom furniture into the wee hours and doodle floor plans for her dream home. Jessica blogs and builds photo galleries for Houseandhome.com.
As House & Home’s creative services manager, Joel oversees many H&H promotions, events and iPad sponsorships. With a background in advertising and a keen interest in visual culture, Joel keeps busy perusing blogs, discovering quirky films and searching for that perfect reclaimed piece for his home.
Wendy Jacob is the acting features editor at House & Home. She has been writing about design for over 10 years for magazines such as House & Home and Gardening Life and had a regular column in the Toronto Star. She was born in Paris, grew up in Winnipeg and Montreal, and still has a soft spot for Ladurée macarons. Her husband and two children prefer donuts.
Armed with degrees in French literature and magazine publishing, Kristen joined House & Home's copy and features department in June 2012. As an editorial assistant, she writes and researches stories for H&H — a dream job for someone who wrote and illustrated her first magazine at age five. She lives in an apartment in downtown Toronto with a half-finished gallery wall and her very patient partner.
House & Home's former senior design editor, Cameron MacNeil is a trained interior designer. Over the years, he produced makeover features for the magazine and appeared regularly on House & HomeOnline TV. He continues to answer "Ask A Designer" questions for his column at the back of H&H. He loves to travel and is rarely in town during his time off. At home, he loves watching cooking shows and then running to the kitchen to produce his own culinary creations.
As an English literature and magazine publishing grad — and the daughter of a designer and architect — Gwen is perfectly suited to her role as Houseandhome.com's associate editor. After interning at design magazines and working in H&H's features department, she's now building online blogs, recipes and photo galleries.
Assistant design editor Holly Meighen honed her style skills at Nippising University, George Brown College and the International Academy of Design. Before joining H&H, she worked at Porter Airlines and the Toronto retailer Absolutely Inc. Holly lives with her husband and two dogs in a downtown condo, which she is — of course — in the process of redecorating.
Senior style editor Morgan Michener's passion for home trends and great design dates back to her childhood, when her favourite hobby was rearranging furniture and styling rooms in her parents' house. Morgan studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design before joining the team at House & Home in 2001, where she styles photo shoots, produces stories and searches high and low for interesting and well-designed products. She lives in Toronto with her husband, son, daughter and Murray, the family dog.
House & Home's art director found her calling in high school, when she decided her yearbook desperately needed an art director. After studying Visual Arts at Concordia University, Mandy went on to OCAD for Graphic Design. Mandy and her husband are currently renovating their century-old Toronto house by undoing DIYs gone wrong and adding some timeless yet modern features.
Floriana Paonessa started at House & Home as an editorial intern and joined the buzz of magazine production and tight deadlines in the copy department. Her love of design is influenced by her frequent travels to Italy, where she visits family and flea markets in equal amounts. Every Sunday, she likes to take on a new project — usually revamping an old piece of vintage furniture.
Former style editor Michael Penney loves the thrill of the hunt! Finding great style at bargain prices is what he does best. With a background in art history, Michael deftly navigates big box stores and thrift shops to uncover solid design pieces with tons of personality. Michael crafted House & Home stories from 2007-2011, always combining his signature style, affordability and panache. He and his wife, Sara, decorated their first apartment on their own, as featured online and in the June 2009 issue. They also finished decorating their first home, also online and in the June 2011 issue.
As a style editor, Stacey Smithers works on House & Home's weekend decorating stories and styles the gorgeous food features. Prior to her role at House & Home, Stacey was an associate style editor at Chatelaine. She completed her Master of Arts from Simon Fraser University. She and her partner, Fergus, are currently decorating their first home.
Features editor Catherine Sweeney combines her love of art, design and writing to edit and craft copy for various feature stories including H&H's Artist File and Interview sections. With a background in creative writing, she has written and edited for books, magazines, art galleries and non-profits. She and her husband, Justin, just finished renovating and decorating their first house.
Eric Vellend joined House & Home in March 2012 as food editor, bringing more than 18 years experience as a chef, food writer, restaurant reviewer and wine critic. He oversees the magazine’s food section, planning menus, developing recipes and covering all the best cookbooks, appliances, food products and gadgets. Eric and his wife, Monica, recently renovated their kitchen, finally creating enough cupboard space to house his considerable cookware collection.
Digital director Brandie Weikle indulged her design magazine habit for nearly two decades before joining Houseandhome.com to oversee the English and French websites, mobile apps and iPad editions. An avid cook, she loves to throw parties in the 100-year-old house she shares with her two young sons. She recently traded her white slipcovered sofa for something more boy-proof, and dreams of the perfect kitchen renovation.