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Tommy Smythe

What's hot for 2011?

"Brass is the new chrome!" says the Toronto designer, HGTV favourite, and co-host of shows like Sarah's House and Sarah 101. His living room bookshelf is right on trend — vintage and shiny, piled high with his favourite design books. He also predicts fashion hues will show up in interiors — combinations of orange, purple and grey, for example. In his living room, he uses an unconventional mix of patterns to give classic silhouettes contemporary flair, just like designers do on the runway. The abstract leopard print on the chair works with the bold stripes on the rug and throw pillow — an unexpected yet fun combination.

See more trends in our Designers' Top Trends Of 2011 photo gallery.

  • Photographer: Portrait, Leslie Williams; living room, Michael Graydon.
  • Source: House & Home December 2009 issue
  • Products: Chair fabric, Bilbrough; side table, leather chair, ChairTableLamp; Madeline Weinrib striped rug, Y&Co; throw pillow on chair, L'Atelier; floor lamp, Ridpath's Fine Furniture; Nicholas sofa, Sarah Richardson Design; coffee table, ChairTableLamp; lamp, Of Things Past; wall colour, Farrow & Ball's Pointing (2003); trim colour, Farrow & Ball's Old White (4); art (far left) by Michael Adamson, Moore Gallery.
  • Designer: Tommy Smythe

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