Gather budget-chic decorating ideas as Juli Daoust and John Baker, style-savvy owners of the Toronto store Mjolk, tour their 1,000-square-foot cottage and share stories behind their furniture finds, travels, and outlook on design. Learn how the young couple opened up their floor plan, added warm rugs and art, and picked up Scandinavian finds on a dime. H&H senior design editor Cameron MacNeil offers tips on brightening and visually expanding a small, pretty bathroom with finds from Home Hardware. Plus, designer Barbara Purdy proves that basements can be just as cheerful as upper floors. See her cosy, compact and affordable basement reno, complete with a laundry room, media room and a queen Murphy bed for guests.
Design, Barbara Purdy, Barbara Purdy Design, Toronto (416) 784-3400 or visit Barbarapurdydesign.com; contractor, John Shouten, JCS Contracting, Toronto (647) 444-9385 or email johnshouten2 @gmail.com. Bed area: Bedspread, bedding, Lucca Fine Linens, Toronto (416) 485-4999; accent pillow, Virginia Johnson, Toronto (416) 516-3366 or visit Virginiajohnson.com; baskets, West Elm, visit Westelm.com; wall colour, Oxford White (CC-30) from the Designer Classics collection, niche colour, Amherst Gray (HC-167) from the Historical Colour collection, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800-361-5898 or visit Benjaminmoore.ca. Living room: Sofa reupholstery, Cooper Bros., Toronto (416) 789-7671 or visit Cooperbros.com; rug, side table, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276- 3583 or visit Elte.com; plaid chair, Silva, Toronto (416) 638-9595 or visit Silva4home.com for retailers across Canada; leather chair, Absolutely Inc., Toronto (416) 324-8351 or visit Absolutelyinc.com; coffee table, Boo Boo & Lefty, Toronto (416) 929-2223; floor lamp, Angus & Company, Toronto (416) 537-4104 or visit Angusandcompany.com; leather folding stools, ChairTableLamp, Toronto (416) 934-1021 or visit Chairtablelamp.blogspot.com; black and white pillow, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755, 1-866-866-IKEA or visit Ikea.ca; dotted mustard pillow, West Elm, as above; wall colour, Oxford White (CC-30) from the Designer Classics collection, Benjamin Moore, as above; artwork by Agnieszka Foltyn, Art Interiors, Toronto (416) 488-3157 or visit Artinteriors.ca; millwork, John Shouten, JCS Contracting, as above; black vases, owl, West Elm, as above. Laundry room: Stool, Elte, as above; vases, rectangular baskets, West Elm, as above; basket (with leather handles), Angus & Company, as above; cabinets, countertop, Ikea, as above; faucet, sink, Roman Bath Centre, Toronto (416) 787-1219 or visit Romanbathcentre.com; blinds, W.H. Kilby & Co. Bamboo Bazaar, Toronto (416) 656-1065 or visit Bamboobazaar.ca; wood-look porcelain floor tiles, Stone Tile International, Toronto (416) 515-9000, 1-866-669-1103 or visit Stone-tile.com. Bathroom: Sink, stand, mirror, faucet, shower kit, Roman Bath Centre, as above; bathmat, basket, vase, towels, West Elm, as above; sconces, Design Within Reach, Toronto (416) 977-4003 or visit Dwr.com; shower door, Imagination in Glass, Concord, Ont. (905) 669-1043.