Tour the Montreal factory loft of designers Alexandre Blazys and Benoit Gérard and learn how they gave it a lounge-like atmosphere. Using dark tones, rich oak panelling, smoky glass and grasscloth wallpaper, they turned a boring gypsum box into an envelope for striking art, and a moody backdrop for entertaining. See how to convert a hallway into a lounge area and office, and other smart designer tricks of the trade.
Designer Sarah Keenleyside of Qanūk Interiors makes the most of an outdated galley kitchen. Learn how tricks like removing the upper cabinets and open shelves refresh a kitchen's look and make it seem larger.
Artists Melanie Brown and Robin Schurman of Pillow Talk turn handpainted pillows into art works for the home. A mix of techniques such as freehand brushstrokes and stenciling lends a dreamy quality to artisanal patterns and soft geo prints.
Design, Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior, visit Qanūk Interiors, (416) 539-9833.
Blind fabric, sewing, visit Tonic Living, (416) 699-9879; Blanco Maple quartz countertops, visit Silestone; Oriental White marble tile, or visit Saltillo Imports, (416) 441-2224; faucet, 1-800-4-KOHLER or visit Kohler; floor tile, Saltillo Imports, (416) 441-2224 visit Saltillo; wall colour, Moonshine (OC-56); cabinet colour, Vanilla Milkshake (OC-59); pantry colour, Steel Wool (2121-20), Benjamin Moore, 1-800-361-5898 or visit Benjamin Moore; pendants, Union Lighting & Furnishings; hardware, Richelieu Hardware; white dishes, blue dishes, Crate & Barrel, 1-888-657-4108 or visit Crate & Barrel; Wolf range, Sub-Zero fridge, Caplan’s Appliances, (416) 767-1655 or visit Caplan's Appliances.