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Have a backyard in need of a makeover? We've got photos from Techo-Bloc to inspire your next patio design!

Techo-Bloc offers stones for everything from patios and driveaways to outdoor walls and the exterior of your home. Love the outdoor kitchen trend we featured in our May 2015 issue? Techo-Bloc also has outdoor pizza ovens, firepits and a grilling/barbecue island. (This blog post is sponsored by Techo-Bloc.)

THE BEFORE

In its previous state, the yard wasn’t very useful for the homeowners. The young couple wanted a bold, original space that would allow them to host large family gatherings, but would also be comfortable for a smaller group of friends. Do you #SeeThePotential?

THE AFTER

The spacious backyard now functions as an incredible extension to their home!

3 KEY DESIGN TIPS

1. Create Zones

By dividing the backyard into sections, they were able to create a clearly defined outdoor living room, dining room and lounge. When large groups visit, they can wander freely through the whole space, and smaller groups can stay in one area. The sunk-in design makes the firepit area feel cosy.

2. Choose Great Materials

Key to this look: The smart stone choices. Travertina slabs were used for the main pathways. The matte ivory-coloured limestone features subtle markings atop which add texture and character. To make the look less formal, they spaced out smaller slabs and filled the gaps with rocks.

Low walls — which double as benches — in the Manchester stone contrast with the lighter stone floors. In this sunk-in lounge and dining area, they went with complementary Blu polished slabs in Chestnut Brown and a band of the smaller Antika stone in Chocolate Brown to highlight the firepit. Speaking of firepits...

3. Consider An Outdoor Firepit

Stay warm by the fire on cooler nights — outdoors! The family chose a gas-burning Valencia firepit and surrounded it by Techo-Bloc stone benches. Here at H&H we've seen the firepit trend grow and featured it in our upcoming June issue.

See more inspiring photos and get ideas on ways to improve your backyard, front yard, driveway and more on techo-bloc.com, or call 1 877-832-4625 to find a retailer or Techo-Pro installer in your area.

Concept, GreenArt Landscape Design. Installation, Lakeridge Contracting.

Author: 

Seema Persaud

We're so excited to announce that the House & Home Television app is live on Samsung Smart TVs in Canada and the United States! Now you can watch the very best of H&H TV in HD quality.

Inside the Samsung Smart Hub, you can get the H&H TV app if your TV is connected to the internet. You'll find us in the Lifestyle category, or by searching for "House and Home".

Once inside the app, you'll see our latest videos on-screen first. New videos are added to the app Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can also browse by video type — Home Tours, DIY Projects, Makeovers, Decorating, Food, Seasonal, Artisans and Personalities — or, use "Search" to find exactly what you're looking for.

Within House Tours you'll find these sub-categories: Kitchens & Bathrooms, Family Homes, Small Spaces, Condos & Lofts, City Homes, Basements, Country & Cottage and Gardening & Outdoor Spaces.

Can't wait to binge-watch all my favourites in my living room!

Have a Samsung Smart TV? Try the app today and comment below with your thoughts! Or, tweet us @houseandhome with #HHStreamingTV.

Author: 

Seema Persaud

Photographer: 

Sheri Graham

Next Thursday, April 16, join @houseandhome and SICO on Twitter at noon EST as we talk about decorating with colour! We'll share paint colour ideas and interiors we're loving now, inspired by our latest special issue. Participants will have a chance to win 5 gallons of SICO Muse paint, too!

Here's how to join the conversation:

1. Follow @HouseandHome to participate.

2. Tweet @HouseandHome using the hashtag #HHdecorating.

3. Follow along at #HHdecorating on Thursday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. EST.

You can find Decorating With Colour on newsstands only, and on the App Store, Google Play and Nook.

 

Contest prize available to residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec. See full rules and regulations.

Author: 

Seema Persaud

Just in time for Spring, Hudson's Bay has released a Home Look Book featuring 56 pages of the latest finds for your home. Inside you'll find inspiring room shots, along with furniture, accessories, tabletop items, small appliances, bed and bath, lighting and more. (This blog post is brought to you by Hudson's Bay.)

Here's the bright, super-fun cover. So much eye-candy inside, too! (Click here to flip through the book online.) To celebrate the launch, Hudson's Bay is giving away one $3,500 design consultation with Brian Gluckstein. Enter for your chance to win here.

One of the key pictures you'll be seeing this Spring: The Room of the Season. Want to steal the look? Watch this video with Arren Williams, Creative Director of Home at Hudson's Bay, and learn more about the room.

As part of the launch, H&H editors Margot Austin, Sarah Hartill, Joel Bray and Meg Crossley have each selected their top 5 picks at Hudson's Bay Home this season. My personal pick: the charming Kate Spade Charlotte Street canisters and pitchers. It's blue-and-white dishes done in a fun, fresh way. In addition to seeing the editors' top finds online, Toronto fans will also be able to check them out next week in-store! See below for details.

Lynda Reeves and the H&H design editors, designer Brian Gluckstein and Arren Williams invite you to Celebrate Spring! Come out to the Queen St. flagship on Thursday, March 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You'll have the chance to win prizes, see design demos and explore the new sixth floor. Click here to invite your friends on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to flip through the Spring Home Book, browse our editors' picks and Pin your favourite finds.

Photo credits:
Hudson's Bay

Author: 

Seema Persaud

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:

PAINT COLOURS:


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

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