Nicola Marc of Montreal's Marc Gold Interiors shows off the relaxed and elegant family home she shares with her husband and five-year-old daughter. Learn her tips for small space decorating, like making a narrow kitchen seem wider with long floor tiles and working with a complementary palette in an open-concept apartment. Plus, see how she injected plenty of character with mix-and-match dining chairs, flea-market finds, colourful accessories and custom wall panelling.
Discover how Sarah Hartill helped transform a small bedroom for La Merceria owner Sandra Rojas-Chinni's three-year-old son Joaquin. Learn tricks for faking a chair rail with inexpensive paint, opening up floor space with wall-mounted storage, displaying books and making room for fun play areas.
Design editor Joel Bray demonstrates how to add a hit of colour to your front door with wood slats, paint and rope.
Painting, Home Painters, (416) 494-9095 or Homepainterstoronto.com; wall colours, Daiquiri Ice (2034-70), Pewter (2121-30), Benjamin Moore, 1-800-361-5898 or Benjaminmoore.ca; lamp (on dresser), vintage school chairs, Queen West Antiques Centre, (416) 588-2212; canvas tote (on dresser), globe, framed teddy bear, La Merceria, (416) 848-0057 or Lamerceria.ca; green truck, Bertoia chair, trunk, Queen West Antiques Centre, (416) 588-2212; crates, Galaxy round rug by DwellStudio, La Merceria, as above; roman shade sewing, Tonic Living, (416) 699-9879 or Tonicliving.com; Discoveroo Educational Toys and Games wooden toys, 2 blue ducks, 2blueducks.com; Paris print, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or Ikea.ca; teepee, Advice from a Caterpillar, (416) 960-2223 or Advicefromacaterpillar.com; crate, bunting, pushpins, La Merceria, as above; star pillowcase, gingham pillowcase, Pottery Barn, 1-888-779-5176 or Potterybarn.com; star sheet set, gingham pillowcase, Pottery Barn, as above; lamp, Queen West Antiques Centre, (416) 588-2212; bed, Ikea, as above; Tine K Home duvet, pillows, Galaxy round rug by DwellStudio, crate (as bedside table), La Merceria, as above; vintage school chair, Queen West Antiques Centre, (416) 588-2212; tray (on table), La Merceria, as above; antique ruler, Found, Foundstyle.com; book ledges, Ikea, as above; books, Indigo and Chapters, Chapters.indigo.ca.