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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. 

Designer:

Olivia Botrie 

Photographer:

Angus Fergusson

Products:

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). 

Source:

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.

Photographer:

Kim Jeffery

Products:

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

Source:

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.

Photographer:

Virginia Macdonald

Source:

House & Home May 2013 Issue 

Thursday, June 11

Quick Tricks For Updating Light Fixtures

Easy ways to breathe new life into old lighting.

The easiest and most inexpensive way to update a traditional chandelier is to remove the shades and let the bare bulbs shine as a modern accent. But what about different kinds of fixtures? Changing the shades on sconces or lamps can change the mood and style of the entire room.

Choosing a lampshade in a bright colour or bold pattern is an easy and inexpensive way to add style, but be wary that these changes all have the ability to alter the mood of a room. A simple white shade, for example, is modern and will brighten up a space, while a black shade adds elegance and drama. If you can't find a shade in a pattern that suits you, try applying your own fabric to a plain drum – don't settle!

Playing with scale is another easy way to update a light fixture, and the whole room. Sometimes, the simple trade for a larger shade can make all the difference.

Designer:

Jenna Cadieux & Reiko Caron

Photographer:

Valerie Wilcox

Products:

Artwork, AGO Art Rental; stool, Bacon Basketware; sculpture, Elte; vase, candlesticks, HomeSense; gold arrow, wishbone, Indigo.

Source:

House & Home September 2014 issue

Friday, June 5

How To Update A Traditional Dining Room

4 easy ways to freshen up a dining room.

Dining rooms are often the most formal parts of our homes, which means they tend to be the spaces that most need a little shaking up. But that doesn't mean shelling out on a brand-new dining set or other big-ticket changes. Instead, here are four easy, inexpensive ways to modernize a traditional dining room that make a big impact.

1. Layer Your Linens
Adding multiple runners to the table, either across one another or on top of a tablecloth, lends a playful boho vibe. This is also an inexpensive and interesting way to add colours and pattern to a room.

2. Swap Out Your Seating
Create visual interest by adding a few modern chairs into the mix, in a bright white or a bold hue. This is another way to bring colour into an all-wood set, and an inexpensive way to make a trendy statement.

3. Give Your Chandelier A Modern Update
A traditional chandelier with tiny shades can look stuffy and outdated, especially paired with a traditional dining set. Simply removing the shades and leaving the bulbs exposed is a super modern alternative – and it's free!

4. Ditch The Rug
Consider rolling up your rug and storing it, or using it in another room — bare floors feel more casual and relaxed. If bare floors aren't your style, try placing a colourful or graphic runner parallel to your dining set for a modern asymmetrical look, as seen above.

Photographer:

Alex Lukey

Products:

White chairs, Elte; light, Pottery Barn.

Source:

House & Home April 2015 issue

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