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Here at, we're always on the lookout for easy and affordable DIY projects that can help you get a stylish look for less. And this painted chevron floor project in two shades of right-now teal — Bayside 510F-5 and Ice Folly 510E-1 from Behr — fits the bill on every level. It's a great way to inject bold pattern and colour into your space in a couple of hours for the cost of two cans of paint, some tape and a few brushes.

This project comes from The Home Depot DreamBook — now available exclusively online and packed with ideas for kitchens, baths, lighting, flooring and painting — which is even cooler because if you share the photo above on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest you can enter to win one of three $1,000 Home Depot Gift Cards! (This blog is sponsored by The Home Depot DreamBook.)

I'm also a fan of the low family friendly and storage-smart daybed (below centre). Perfect for a basement or a kid's room, it's made from a few storage cubes, some poplar, plywood and MDF. This project requires a jigsaw, drill and clamps, though, so I'd get my handier-than-me husband to make it on a rainy Sunday. (April showers call for power tools?)

You'll find many more DIY ideas in the DreamBook, so be sure to bookmark it and then share your favourite pages for a chance to win. (If you share via Twitter use the hashtag #DreamBook2012.) Which is your favourite project?

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Lisa Murphy

If you've perused the December issue, January issue or any recent edition of House & Home, you've probably noticed a common signature in today's living and dining room designs: the one-of-a-kind statement chair. In the same way that an elegant piece of jewelry can take an outfit from good to grand, a beautifully designed chair can really make a room.

Take this pretty bergere-style chair, for example. With its gorgeous fabric and shapely grey frame, this Chelsea Armchair by Lisa Taylor Designs would look amazing in a living room, at the end of a dining table or even in a bedroom. (This blog is sponsored by Lisa Taylor Designs.)

Lisa Taylor's custom-made furniture draws inspiration from Miami, Toronto and abroad. From inception to completion, her creative and vibrant personality shines through in the Lisa Taylor collection. Still, her custom furniture works in the context of different homes and can be made bespoke for any condo, loft or house. Consider this riff on a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, for instance. Wouldn't it look great in a penthouse?

With upholstered and wood chair collections, bar stools, lobby chairs and dining chairs, Lisa Taylor has a design for every room in your home.

If you have a few days off this holiday, why not find out more about Lisa Taylor Designs? Simply call 647-624-1692 or email


Lisa Murphy


Lisa Taylor Designs

It's official: House & Home is going west. Specifically, Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen and the House & Home Online TV crew will be heading to IDSwest, the only premium, western residential design event hosting top independent designers, retailers and manufacturers from around the world. (This blog is sponsored by IDSwest.)

And you should go, too! Get $2 off tickets by visiting and entering the promotional code, HOUSE.

The event, showcasing contemporary, cutting edge and original design, is shaping up to be top-notch. For starters, the Floform Opening Night Party on September 29th will combine DJs and cocktails in a dynamic design setting. (Try a "fluoro" cocktail in Inform's Tom Dixon Bar, a dance or two around the Para Stage and rub shoulders with the west coast's design elite.) Plus, Opening Night will also feature fashion shows from Vancouver Fashion Week!

On GE Monogram Trade Day — September 30 — designer and visionary Ross Lovegrove will be the keynote speaker. But those in the know will also want to attend sessions with New Zealand artisan Jeremy Cole (that's his Aloe Blossom Gold Light above), Booci creative director Omer Arbel and Richard Millson, president and CEO for Millson Technologies


Don't miss other show features while you're there, including Enlightened Design, presented by Audi and designed and curated by Studio Pombo, the Moooi lounge presented by Livingspace and the The L41 Ultra Compact Home by Michael Katz Architecture, to name a few.

Of course, House & Home Day on October 1st is our favourite. Learn from Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen and David Yustin as they share decorating tips, the secrets of classic design and how to frame nature with smart architectural details.

Finally, Vancouver Sun Day, presented by General Paint on October 2nd, promises to be packed with great speakers like designer Kelly Deck, art-gallery owner Jennifer Kostuik, sculptor Brent Comber and fireplace creator Brad Carpenter. Be sure to visit the House & Home Booth (#523) on Sunday, too, because our House & Home Online TV crew will be taping show visitors' decorating questions to be answered in future TV segments. Plus, you can subscribe to the magazine there throughout the show!

Whether you're a fan of rustic, traditional or modern design, you'll find hundreds of exhibitors to your taste at IDSwest. Buy your tickets — $2 off when you order online and enter the promotional code, HOUSE — and be sure to say hi to Suzanne, Mark, and the H&H Online TV crew!

1. Cabinetry by Christian Woo, architecture by Chris Hunter of Asir Studio.
2. Aloe Blossom Light by Jeremy Cole, available at Inform Interiors.
3. Torri Chair by BENSEN, available at Inform Interiors.
4. Suzanne Dimma portrait by Alvaro Goveia and Mark Challen portrait by Arash Moallemi.

If you're not already on Pinterest, that cornucopia of visual delights, you must, must, must start an account today. And, of course, follow House & Home's boards!

Some of the accounts we're enjoying following are below. There are simply too many people to list, so follow everyone we're following. And tell us, who do you love following and repinning? Share in the comments!

Sfgirlbybay, of the blog of the same name, has some gorgeous photos.

You've got to love Uncle Beefy's eclectic choices.

Joy Cho of the Oh Joy! blog has impeccable taste.

Our senior designer, Jenn Lawrence, has a great eye for style as well.

Love H&H's creative associate Reiko Caron's picks, too!

So, who are you following on Pinterest?

Photo credits:
1. Vogue Living Australia, as seen on Dress Design Decor, pinned up by sfgirlbybay* on Pinterest
2. Whiskey Soaked Cherries Tumblr, as seen on papernstitch, pinned up by Uncle Beefy on Pinterest
3. Lovinglygaze Tumblr, as seen on Ne Plus Ultra Tumblr, pinned up by Joy Cho on Pinterest
4. Da-i-net Tumblr, as seen on Modern Hepburn Tumblr, pinned up by Jenn Lawrence on Pinterest
5. Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery, as seen on Lonny, pinned up by Reiko Caron on Pinterest

Great news! Acclaimed food writer Amy Rosen has been named food editor of House & Home and Maison & Demeure magazines. You may know her as the author of popular cookbooks like the one below.

Cook This Amy Rosen Cookbook

Rosen has been a frequent contributor to publications like Maclean's and Chatelaine in Canada, and to Food & Wine in the U.S., so she's well known to food lovers on both sides of the border. Her cookbooks and her column in the National Post also make her an ideal choice for our magazines.

H&H editor Suzanne Dimma is particularly excited. "Amy's ability to spot food trends on both the Canadian and international scene will be a huge asset," she says.

You'll have the pleasure of reading Amy's recipes and advice beginning with the September 2010 issue, on newsstands August 3rd. Plus, she'll be blogging regularly in this space, and doing cooking demos on H&H Online TV.

"Cooking is always a favourite segment on H&H TV," adds H&H publisher, Lynda Reeves. "Amy's energy and love of food will be a great plus for our brand."

Just had to share the news! Enjoy some of our delicious recipes this weekend, and then get ready for lots of tasty everyday recipes, as well as great entertaining ideas from Amy, starting online in May and in print in September!

Just a reminder that The National Home Show at The Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto ends this Sunday, February 28th. That means you have two days to take advantage of discount tickets available online — save $5 by using the promo code: HOUSE. (This blog and the Little Projects Guide are sponsored by NHS.)

Andrew Richards Outdoor Furniture

Not sure if you should make the trek? Well, style editor Michael Penney provided oodles of stylish reasons for checking out the show in his recent Affordable Style posts. (This outdoor sofa from Andrew Richard Designs being one.)

If you're not within the GTA, be sure to enjoy our Little Projects Guide, which is chock full of The National Home Show highlights, decorating tips and trends and blogs featuring the design inspiration behind the spaces in the 2010 Eurodale Dream Home.

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