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Monday, July 20

A Unique Way To Add Art To Your Home

Fake character with architectural salvage.

Decorating a room that lacks character and architectural detail can be tough – but there are ways to add integrity without expensive built-ins. Look for architectural salvage at antique stores and flea markets, like old doors or window frames, that can be hung or leaned against a wall as art. Note, when leaning, ensure child safety by attaching the top end to the wall to prevent sliding.

The antique wooden doors seen above came with the house, but were detached and moved to the bedroom. They add a huge graphic impact to the simple space. The gothic, old-world element contrasts well with the modern white bed, proving that salvaged finds are a great way to add style. 


Emily Norris 


Ashley Capp


Rug sconce, Elte; bed, Ikea


House & Home June 2012 Issue 

Friday, July 10

The Perfect Place For Your Summer Memories

Why every family should have a corkboard at home.

Summer time is all about making memories – whether you're away on a trip or just spending the day with family and friends. Pictures are taken, souvenirs are collected and by the end of it, you're stuck with items that you want to preserve, but have nowhere to put them.

A corkboard is the ideal spot to keep this memorabilia. It's a great alternative to sticking things on a fridge, and provides more surface space without it looking messy. Consider it a place for kids to write their goals and pin up photos and little mementos – kind of like a life-size scrapbook.

Make it purposeful by dedicating areas to put up a schedule, reminders or even grocery lists. Not only will it keep your family organized, it'll reduce clutter. Store your corkboard in a crafts room or home office, away from high-traffic areas in your home.

STYLE TIP: Frame it out with mouldings to make it look like a piece of art.


Git Gustavson


Donna Griffith


House & Home March 2008 Issue

Friday, July 3

5 Tips To Make Your Ceilings Look Higher

Enlarge your space with these insider tricks.

It's often said that vertical stripes are elongating, however painting them throughout your space to make your ceiling look taller is not something we suggest. Unless it's the look you are going for to begin with, avoid it. Here are some alternate, adaptable tips for almost any space.

1. Regardless of how high your windows are, hang your drapes above them and as close to the ceiling as possible. If you hang your drapes right above the window, your eye catches that as where the wall ends and the ceiling begins. To maximize the perceived height of your ceiling, hang long drapes that go from the ceiling all the way to the floor.

2. Utilize vertical space and take built-ins and bookcases all the way up to the ceiling, just like the image above. The mirror hung over the mantle also fills the entire space rather than stopping short. This automatically draws the eye upwards. 

3. Hanging your artwork closer to the ceiling is another way to extend your ceiling length. However, small art displayed higher up will look like it’s floating away. Increase the overall size of the art piece, which will naturally merit the art to take up more space in general. Think proportionately and get art that is taller and larger. 

4. Using low furniture is also a good option if the style suits you and your taste.  

5. Having lots of lighting in general will always make a space feel larger and taller. Try lamps that have an open shade at the top and throw light upwards to illuminate the ceiling. 


Olivia Botrie 


Angus Fergusson


Windows, Ridley Windows & Doors; drape fabric, Lee Jofa; drape sewing, Your Sweet Home; pink pillow, candelabra (on windowsill), Elte; bird-patterned pillow fabric by DwellStudio, white pillow fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade). 


House & Home September 2013 Issue 

Friday, June 26

How To Create A Guest-Friendly Space

Easy changes for ultimate comfort.

Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather with friends and family. Whether you're entertaining friends at the cottage or family is staying at your place in the city, as a host, you want to make sure your guests feel comfortable.

Generally, having things tucked away in closets and cupboards is great – the clutter is hidden, everything is neat and in order. But at a place like the cottage where there is a more relaxed atmosphere, you want guests to be able to find everything they need without having to ask. Here are some tips that will not only make your guests feel at home, but will allow you maximum time to enjoy their company.

In The Kitchen

Open shelves instead of enclosed upper cabinets are the perfect pick for your kitchen space. Go a step further and colour coordinate your dishes to add style. Hang your cookware out in the open for easy access. Have countertop canisters with utensils so anyone can step in and set the table or even help you prepare the food. With that being said, some enclosed storage will definitely be needed for kitchen necessities that are less easy on the eyes.

In The Washroom

Instead of tucking everything into an enclosed linen closet, consider open shelves for things like towels, fresh linens and toiletries. Don't hide toothpaste, cotton swabs and bandages in a medicine cabinet or a vanity drawer; keep them in pretty jars or tins. You can even corral everything onto a tray and place it on your vanity counter so that no one has to rummage through drawers and cupboards for the basics.

In The Living Room

Keep extra throws and pillows in baskets by the sofa so they are at hand and easy to find. Stack board games neatly on a bookcase to inspire a game of monopoly or cards on a whim.


Kim Jeffery


Countertop, Caeserstone; Admonter flooring, Moncer Specialty Flooring; cabinets, JMac Productions.  


House & Home May 2013 Issue. 

Friday, June 19

7 Ways To Bring Island Style To Your Bedroom

Easy tips to freshen up the space for summer.

Are sunshine and the warm summer breeze inspiring you to bring some island style into your home? A full on tropical transformation might be better left for a beach house or vacation home, as in Collette's Barbados beach house shown above, but a few hits of island-inspired style can freshen up any bedroom in need of some renewal. Here are seven simple ways to try your hand at a serene beachy vibe.

1. White

Throw on some crisp white bedding and a clean coat of white wall paint for a bright and airy vibe. Add a canopy of soft white fabric to the bed if you really want a dreamy look. 

2. Lattice Pattern 

A key island-inspired motif. Use this pattern in accent pillows or a pair of ottomans for the foot of the bed. 

3. Rattan or Wicker 

These natural materials add warmth without adding the weight and bulk that wood can. Be selective – one or two pieces will often be enough.

4. A Hit of Beachy Colour

Painted furniture in a bright red, coral or blue is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to the overall whitewashed look. 

5. Greenery

A tropical bouquet or a palm style plant instantly adds an air of the sea. 

6. Coral

If you really want to drive the look home, add some sea inspired oddities like the pictured coral side table lamps.  

7. Tile Flooring

We don't suggest you start ripping up your beautiful wood floor for tile, but if you already have a tiled space or if your bedroom is actually in the tropics, tile is a great flooring choice because it stands up to the humidity and keeps cool on hot days.


Virginia Macdonald


House & Home May 2013 Issue 

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