Creative director for Hudson's Bay home fashions, Arren Williams, gives his Toronto home a playful Palm Springs vibe with metallic wallpaper, inexpensive vintage furniture, bold colours and sleek new pieces. Bright hues in the living room contrast with a minimalist tiled kitchen.
See how H&H assistant design editor Kai Ethier transformed her dated kitchen on a budget. Learn her tricks for creating a Parisian bistro look for less, using everything from affordable butcher-block counters and repurposed open shelving, to apartment-sized appliances and made-over dining chairs.
Design editor Joel Bray shares six different ways to style a neutral sofa with throw pillows. Find out how to create looks that are bold and eclectic, or quiet and elegant.
1. Bold & eclectic: Sofa, coffee table, rug, gold tray, gold box, brass sculpture, solid turquoise pillow, green and white striped pillow, orange velvet pillow, green velvet with ribbon trim pillow, pink geometric patterned pillow, turquoise patterned pillow, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; leopard pillow, Tonic Living, (416) 699-9879 or Tonicliving.com; pink bargello crewelwork pillow, Artifacts, (416) 961-1058 or Artifactslifestyle.com; green cut-velvet pillow, brown and white geometric pillow, framed moth print, Boo Boo & Lefty, (416) 929-2223 or Boobooandlefty.com.
2. Tailored & streamlined: Linen lumbar pillow, Tonic Living, (416) 699-9879 or Tonicliving.com.
3. Charming & easy-going: 20" burlap box pillow, ChairTableLamp, (416) 934-1021; 10" x 16" pillow with single stripe, 16" x 20" vintage grain sack pillow, Love the Design, (416) 408-1727 or Lovethedesign.com; 18" sq. buttoned pillow, Peaks & Rafters, (647) 350-3500 or Peaksandrafters.com; 20" sq. red-stripped pillow, Elte, as above.
4. Globally inspired: 22" sq. and 8" x 22" antique carpet pillows, Kantelberg & Co., (416) 964-0192 or Kantelbergco.com; 17" sq. and 17" x 20" remnant-style patchwork pillows by Nadine Reid (far right, small pillow in back, second from left), Hollace Cluny, (416) 968-7894 or Hollacecluny.ca; 15" sq. vintage sari pillow, West Elm, Westelm.com.
5. Two colours: 26" sq. blue and white block-print pillow, Lucca, (416) 485-4999; 20" sq. green pillow, Peaks & Rafters, as above; 20" sq. geometric and circle block-print pillows, John Robshaw, Johnrobshaw.com.
6. Quiet & elegant: Herringbone pillows, Elte, as above; striped pillow, G.H. Johnson's, (416) 532-6700 or Ghjohnsontrading.com; cut velvet pillows, Boo Boo & Lefty, as above.