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How would YOU spend $25,000 on your home? We want to know! Share your dream renovation ideas with us on Twitter on May 28 at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. 

Tweet during the hour using #Ultimate25K and you could win 1 of 5 $100 Visa gift cards from RBC Insurance.

Here's how to join the conversation:

1. Follow @HouseandHome to participate.

2. Tweet @HouseandHome using the hashtag #Ultimate25K from noon to 1 p.m. EST / 9 to 10 a.m. PST on Thursday, May 28.

3. Follow along during that time at #Ultimate25K.

Until then, don't forget to enter The Ultimate $25,000 Home Makeover Contest! Plus, find out what H&H editors Margot Austin, Sarah Hartill, Morgan Michener and Joel Bray would do with $25,000 for their home.

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

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

When the invite came to attend the opening of the first Muji store in Canada, myself and a few colleagues were very excited. We were all familiar with the Japanese brand, and love the well-designed, no-frills approach to quality that the company stands for and executes so very well. A trip to New York City was not complete without a visit to Muji.

The media party last November did not disappoint. We were greeted at the door by Mr. Matsumoto, the Canadian PR representative, and ushered into the new store with open arms and Japanese hospitality.

It's definitely a new staple in Toronto for well-designed basics, and worth checking out if you're in the area. It's located across from the Eaton Centre in the Atrium mall.

Here's a list of some of the items we picked up:

Margot Austin bought a great cream woolly sweater and go-to basic white T-shirts.

Lauren Petroff picked up a fab blue and cream duvet cover (which has washed beautifully). It has ties in the inside corners to keep your duvet in place and a zipper instead of the usual buttons.

Sarah Hartill stocked up on great office supplies, paper products and pens.

And I went a bit crazy and bought a ton of stuff including my new favourite wine glasses. They're stemless with a great modern shape and do well in the dishwasher.

Oh, and a hot tip: I will now and forever wear "right angle socks" — thanks Kai Ethier for the head-ups. They are amazing!

For more on Muji, flip to our Style Files section in the March 2015 issue.

Photo credits:
1-4, 6. Morgan Michener
5. Washed Cotton Duvet Cover Q Blue Check, Muji
7. Women Good Fit Angle Rolled Socked, Muji

Author: 

Morgan Michener

TGIF! The acronym has special meaning this week, as the Interior Design Show (January 22 to 25) opens for business at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre today. If you're attending this weekend — and you should — here are a few things you don't want to miss:

Missoni Home

Warning: Missoni's wildly patterned sofas and ottomans might make you look at your staid, solid-coloured three-seater with a pang of regret. Giorgio Jelmini, Operations Manager for Missoni Home, revealed that the Italian brand's famous stripes were a happy accident: the first knitting machine the founder bought in 1953 could only produce stripes, so velato! (As they say in Italy.) Check out the timeline that traces Missoni's path from fashion to home to hotels, then pony-up for some pillows at the Missoni pop-up shop, funds from which will support Habitat for Humanity.

Makers

This is a new group exhibition at the show that features four artisans producing beautiful, carefully-crafted, small-run pieces. 1925 Workbench specializes in barn-style sliding doors that look great in any space. Husband-and-wife team My Le and Rock made their first door for their own small home in Toronto. When friends and then friends of friends kept asking for one (or two or three) for their own homes, the duo turned their custom-made doors and hardware into a business.

Heidi Earnshaw is also exhibiting in the Makers section. Heidi makes gorgeous wood furniture, which H&H has featured in past issues. At IDS, she's showing a marble-topped dresser with brass legs that immediately went on my wish list.

Heidi also dabbles in smaller pieces; the candlestick holders in her booth are the wood molds of ones that will eventually be cast in metal. I know, you're waiting for me to tell you about the awesome ceramics in her booth. They're by Susie Osler and look even better in person.

Sony

In this picture, my thumb is doing its best to model just how thin Sony's new 4.7 mm-thick television is. It will be available in May in 55" and 65" sizes, and is so light it can hang on the wall like a picture frame.

Ikea/House & Home

This year, H&H teamed up with Ikea to design a kitchen and the results are stunning, if we do say so ourselves. The kitchen uses Ikea's new Sektion kitchen system, which will be introduced in stores in February, and is packed with gorgeous ideas and products. I managed to snap this shot early Thursday morning when the space was being photographed. Click here for more info on the kitchen.

The details reveal clever styling tricks, like remembering to include art in the kitchen.

There's even a walk-in pantry that reminds us that storage can and should be stylish.

Caesarstone

Canadian designer Philippe Malouin appeals to our inner child with his playful interactive swing installation for Caesarstone.

Each swing seat is made from a different sample of Caesarstone and is the perfect place to take a break and put your feet up — waaaay up — before continuing on to discover all the other great designs at the show.

Check out the H&H talks on Sunday starting at noon. Lynda Reeves, Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen and my fellow editors will be speaking about everything design and answering questions from the audience and social media. Plus, check out this guide of extras from their talks.

Photo credits:
1-10. Kimberley Brown

Author: 

Kimberley Brown

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

"Welcome to the Drake Devonshire. Would you like to try one of our signature cocktails?" If first impressions can be trusted, I was going to like the Drake Devonshire. A lot.

A bright yellow door on the far side of a cobblestone courtyard offers a sunny welcome to visitors who've made the two-plus hour drive to Prince Edward County from Toronto or further. Inside, opposing adjectives like "quaint" and "cool" compete for your affection. Part of the hotel occupies a renovated 19th century iron foundry, onto which ERA Architects added new light-filled spaces. To blend them together, Toronto designer John Tong of +tongtong layered the interiors with quirky vintage finds and colourful modern accents. The effect is like being at a family cottage that the grandkids have updated for a new generation while preserving nostalgic elements of the past.

The staffer greeting me with the tray of cocktails isn't a permanent perk for arriving guests. I'm there for a media preview, which aims to give me the experience of a weekend stay in a few short hours. So while I don't get to sip a cappuccino on the large back deck while watching the morning mist lift off Lake Ontario, I do get a personal tour of the hotel with owner Jeff Stober, John Tong and Mia Nielsen, who curated all of the artwork.

I discover Jeff is an antiques junkie. He gets excited all over again recounting the story of how he snagged the vintage secretary desk that now functions as a hostess stand. It turns out he's a regular at the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts and has a fine-tuned system for buying, storing and shipping found treasures. I secretly start plotting how I can tag along on his next trip, so I can discover all of his tips and tricks.

We wander into the newly built A-frame pavilion, which is hosting a raw bar piled high with fresh seafood prepared by Chef Matt DeMille, who graced the kitchens at Toronto's Canoe, Parts & Labour and Enoteca Sociale, to name a few, before moving to the country. Later, in the lake-view dining room, he'll treat us to a multi-course dinner that I happily finish every last bite of, despite having said "yes!" to the countless snacks offered throughout the afternoon.

Jeff notes that he loves the pavilion's A-frame structure — "It looks like it has been here forever," — but I've only got eyes for the custom mural by Brooklyn-based Faile, which covers one wall and looks like a collage of street art, album covers and wallpaper scraps. Mia has placed art to surprise and charm guests: New York artist Kirsten Hassenfeld's sculpture made of vintage paper is hung so it can be enjoyed from two different perspectives (looking up at it from the main floor and looking directly into it from the stairwell to the second floor), fragments of poetry by Canadian Al Purdy are written directly on walls, and vintage paintings updated with cheeky details by Toronto collective Team Macho hang in nearly every room. It's soon clear to me that Mia has the coolest job in the world.

John has a pretty good gig, too. He was part of the team that designed the original Drake Hotel in downtown Toronto, so he knew exactly how to tweak its DNA for the country. Graphic patterned floor tiles anchor the main floor common areas. In the guest rooms, Jeff's vintage furniture is paired with custom platform beds sporting beadboard headboards, colour-blocked walls and bold area rugs. These are spaces you can comfortably inhabit whether you're dressed for the beach or dinner — and here, one outfit will probably do for both.

Before I have to head home to the city, we gather around the beach-side fire pit and watch the sun go down. A guy playing guitar on the deck accompanies the fire's familiar crackle and pop, and I find myself dreamily planning my return.

Photo credits:
1-8. Kayla Rocca, courtesy of Drake Devonshire
9. Kimberley Brown

Author: 

Kimberley Brown

This is the view from The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica that I woke to on Day 1 of Blog Tour California (aka #BlogTourCali on social media). Recently I was lucky enough to join a group of designers and design bloggers on the inspiration-packed trip organized by Modenus, a web hub that connects designers and suppliers. The sight of palm trees, mountains and the Pacific was a suitable visual kickstart to five days of great food, wine, stunning scenery and tons of design news.

Here’s the whole group at our first stop, a scrumptious lunch at the Miele showroom in Beverley Hills.

The dishes prepared in Miele’s high tech Combination Steam-Convection Ovens were as pleasing to the eye as to the palate. Steam cooking is fast, allowing foods to retain their colour and nutrients.

Next it was off to the West Edge Design Fair, held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Without a doubt Tracey Hiner’s Black Crow Studios booth was an eye-popping highlight. These wallflowers sure are anything but shrinking violets!

The folks behind the web site Design Milk pulled together a stunning booth comprised of artisanal goods by makers based along the West Coast, dubbed SuperPAC (Pac for Pacific). There was so much goodness in this booth it could be its own blog post, and in fact it is. Check out the Design Milk post for more info and links.

Here’s a closer look as the luscious fibre creations of Tanya Anguiniga on the back wall of the SuperPAC booth. Definitely not your Momma’s macramé!

West Edge wasn’t my first glimpse of American Standard’s latest brand extension called DXV, but it solidified this sweetie as my favourite in the line. I like the historical design references of the Landfair faucet and it comes in the most stunning platinum nickel finish. I’ll choose a shiny nickel over a warm metal every time.

Here’s a lesson in simple but effective booth design. Doris Leslie Blau. Wow.

A glamorous modern chandelier, the Helios by Zia Priven. Lovely people, beautiful designs.

Love the mix of materials and texture in the Burlap collection from Sun Valley Bronze.

And finally, why not a $70,000 glass pool table? The folks at Calma e Gesso once again prove that the Italians know luxury.

I have so much more to share about Blog Tour California. Hope you’ll come back for the next installment.

Photo credits:
1, 3-6, 8-12. Photo by Margot Austin

2, 7. Photo by Chasen West 

Author: 

Margot Austin

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