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At this year's Interior Design Show in Toronto, H&H designed a kitchen for the Ikea booth using the new Sektion kitchen system

Suzanne Dimma and Sarah Hartill carefully crafted a British Eclectic–style kitchen with Joel Bray, and the results are simply stunning! Here's how they described the kitchen:

"Inspired by cosy panelled libraries, we layered soulful materials and rich colours that give the kitchen a sense of history and romance — white oak herringbone floors, matte black and brass hardware, a vintage stone-top table — then added a little modern quirk with statement lighting and accessories. Lots of smart storage solutions ensure everything is always at your fingertips: set behind clear glass doors, a walk-in pantry is far from hidden, and a classic rolling ladder makes it easy to reach the ceiling-height cabinets. High-tech appliances, a TV and an iPad deliver all the speed and convenience of the multimedia world, but the overall effect is warm and eccentric in a charming British way."

Get an up-close look at the kitchen this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (booth #926).

Here are a few of your photos on Instagram: 

 

 

This two toned kitchen, wood & old world - like tile just exudes warmth... yes? So lovely! Designed by #houseandhome & #ikeacanada for #ids15

A photo posted by Interior Design Master Class (@interiordesignmasterclass) onJan 23, 2015 at 5:08am PST

 

 

Loving the feel of this pantry in the @houseandhomemag #ikeacanada #ids15 booth! The wallpaper, lighting so good...

A photo posted by Wendy Hicken (@wendyhicken) onJan 22, 2015 at 9:20pm PST

 

Visiting the show? Tag your H&H kitchen pics with @houseandhomemag on Instagram using #IDS15.

For more photos from IDS15, check out our Twitter and Instagram feed. Plus, see Kimberley Brown's favourite finds at the show.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

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Photo credits:
1-3. via @IKEACanada on Twitter
Author: 

Seema Persaud

Last year, House & Home partnered with Nexxus to bring our readers the Timeless Beauty Contest. Those who entered had a chance to win an exclusive hair makeover with celebrity hairstylist Kevin Mancuso, and a design-lover's tour of Toronto's most exciting style destinations with Suzanne Dimma, plus $500 cash.

Johanna Prentice of Ontario was the lucky winner (we had thousands of entries!) and she brought her sister along for the prize! Here's a highlight of their shopping trip and makeover in December:

Suzanne started the shopping trip up in Toronto's Castlefield Design District. First up, a visit to the brand-new Elte MKT followed by a stop at Elte, where Suzanne fell in love with this brass canopy bed. Stunning.

Over at The Door Store, Suzanne spotted these vintage brass doorknobs, and more antique finds at Kantelberg + Co.

Then they were off to to Mjölk, where Ilse Crawford furniture had just arrived. Suzanne couldn't resist picking up some Christmas gifts, too.

Over in Liberty Village, they stopped by West Elm where Suzanne spotted this chic campaign dresser.

They wrapped up their shopping trip at EQ3, which was loaded with more cool finds.

After a packed morning, they enjoyed lunch at Momofuku.

Later that week, Johanna and her sister were treated to a hair makeover by Kevin at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

Love the baskets overflowing with Nexxus haircare products!

The Nexxus team didn't stop at their hair — a bit of makeup completed the look.

Here are the sisters with Kevin!

And here they are all dressed up after the makeover.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Photo credits:
1-5. Suzanne Dimma
6-10.
Courtesy of Harbinger

Author: 

Seema Persaud

Whether you’re a suburban homeowner or a condo-dweller, we all have to tackle this project: choosing the best window treatment for a room. Having numerous, awkwardly shaped or floor-to-ceiling windows can seem intimidating, but there are coverings available no matter your window type.

HunterDouglas offers a variety of smartly designed, custom products available in many fabrics and colours to go with your decor. Here we highlight three common window treatment problems and how you can solve them. (This blog post is sponsored by HunterDouglas.)

Problem: “I like natural lighting, but the sunlight coming in is too harsh.” 

Solution: Alustra Silhouette window shadings diffuse sunlight for a softer source of light. This clean-finished window treatment doesn’t have cords, and when you want a completely clear view to the outdoors, the shades disappear into the headrail.

 

Problem: “I want to see outside during the day but want privacy at night.”

Solution: Pirouette window shadings provide a clear view when the vanes are open (shown above), and offer privacy when closed. The cord-free finish keeps the look streamlined. Bonus: To protect your home’s furnishings from fading, these window shades block up to 81% of UV rays when the vanes are open, and 99% when the vanes are closed. 

 

Problem: “My windows let too much hot/cold air in and out of the house.”

Solution: Duette Architella honeycomb shades keep rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter for the ultimate energy efficiency. Architella has a double-layered honeycomb-shaped design which helps to block your cooled or hot air from escaping through your window. The honeycomb fabrics all have GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification, too.

For more on these window coverings and other window covering options, visit HunterDouglas.ca.

Photo credits:
1. Alustra Silhouette window shadings in Soft White, French Linen, HunterDouglas.
2. Pirouette window shadings in Glacier, Satin Metallic, HunterDouglas.
3. Duette Architella honeycomb shades, HunterDouglas.

Author: 

Seema Persaud

House & Home magazine designed this year's TIFF Red Carpet Suite, and it's simply stunning! 

Want to see inside? Check out these photos:

Located inside Roy Thomson Hall, the lounge provides a space for festival sponsors and their special guests to retreat before gala screenings.

Update: Read H&H designer Jenna Cadieux's blog post to find out how she pulled the room together.

Photos:
Jason Stickley

The presenting sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet Suite is Quintessentially Lifestyle.

If there’s one thing you’ll notice about the homes we feature in House & Home, everything has its place. From what’s on the table to what’s on the nightstand, everything stands out because it has the space to do so.

Even when they’re not “minimalist,” our featured homeowners let their furniture and accessories shine by avoiding clutter. So here are a few places you can pare back in your home this fall. (This blog post is brought to you by Just Junk.)

1. The Never-Used Gadget, The Multiple Mugs

The drawer with several melon-ballers. The cupboard of ‘I Love NY’ coffee mugs. As hard as it may seem, getting rid of these kitchen squatters helps in two ways. It not only saves space in your drawers and cupboards, it opens up the possibility of displaying the things you DO use with open shelving.

2. Keep, Donate, Dispose

It’s hard to do, but get two huge bags and step in front of your bedroom closet. It’s time to get rid of clothes. Basic rule of thumb: If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s got to go. One of the bags is for donating, so anything in good condition can be given away. The other bag is for disposal, i.e. for that ripped shirt too far beyond repair.

3. Old Linens, Older Makeup

That red towel that’s starting to fade into a light pink? Time to throw it out. Old, fraying and even unused bathroom towels take up a lot of space. And while you’re in that closet, remember that makeup has an expiry, too. It’s better to get rid of that lipstick you ‘borrowed’ from a friend years ago, rather than give it back.

4. It’s An Office, Not A Repository

Even the most obscure appliance has an online manual, so there’s no need to keep a physical one. Also, as impeccable as your university notes are, they’re just taking up space! Think about it like your clothes: If you haven’t read a piece of paper in more than a year, you can probably get rid of it. Also, recycle those old cameras and obsolete chargers. You’ll find a cleaner office is a more efficient one.

5. Re-tooling

Finally, the rooms that hear “I’ll just put this here for now” the most are the garage and the shed. From broken lawnmowers to bent screwdrivers, these spaces beg for a good cleanup. You’ll not only realize what tools actually work (to fix up other parts of your home), you’ll see creative new uses for the space, beyond the storage of old boxes.

When decluttering, professional junk removal companies like JUSTJUNK® can help you out. Just Junk’s team will come to your home and take away all your clutter, and recycle, donate and dispose everything from appliances to furniture. You simply pay based on how much you want to get rid of. Visit justjunk.com today to see how they can help you get a clean, organized home. Just Junk serves cities across Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Alberta.  

Photo credits:
1. House & Home March 2013, photography by Donna Griffith
2. House & Home February 2014, photography by Michael Graydon
3. House & Home June 2012 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
4. House & Home Makeovers 2013, photography by Donna Griffith
5. House & Home July 2012 issue, photography by Michael Graydon

Author: 

Seema Persaud

Sometimes when decorating a room you need something more than just paint to update the walls. Patterned wallpaper adds interest to any space, but isn't the only solution for wall decor. Grasscloth wallpaper, made of woven grasses and reeds backed with paper, offers the perfect middle-ground between paint and patterned wallpaper. It brings colour, warmth and texture to a space without requiring you to commit to a wallpaper pattern.

WallsRepublic.com, an online store that serves customers in Canada and the U.S., features numerous grasscloth wall coverings that you can apply yourself. (This blog post is brought to you by Walls Republic.)

You might be more familiar with grasscloth wallpaper in neutral colours like the three above. Walls Republic's grasscloth wallpapers are made from natural, sustainable materials. Raw Charcoal Grass Cloth R 2016, Duo Sisal Coffee Grass Cloth R 1994, Duo Sisal Amber Grass Cloth R 1971.

My personal favourites include blue- and green-coloured grasscloth papers. To get the look of grasscloth wallpaper without committing to it from floor-to-ceiling, apply it only above a chair rail and paint below. Sisal Lavender Grass Cloth R 1993, Sisal Blue Grass Cloth R 1991, Sisal Baby Blue Grass Cloth R 2005, Sisal Army Green Grass Cloth R 1964.

You can also line the back of bookshelves with grasscloth wallpaper to give it a new, custom look and make your books and decorations stand out. Warm, bright tones like these yellows, oranges and yellow-greens are also available, and depending on the paper you choose, showcase more or less of the natural woven look. Rush Regular Orange Grass Cloth R 2001, Reed Yellow Grass Cloth R 1973, Sisal Tangelo Grass Cloth R 1975, Rush Grass Green Grass Cloth R 2003.

Check out wallsrepublic.com today to see the numerous grasscloth wallpaper choices available and other wall coverings. Walls Republic offers free samples and $10 shipping for all orders in Canada and the U.S.

Photo credits:
wallsrepublic.com

Author: 

Seema Persaud

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