Watch three of our favourite videos of 2013 on H&H Online TV! Stay tuned for all new segments January 6th, 2014!
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.
Peek inside the suburban Montreal home of designer Rollande Vachon of Moutarde Décor/Design. Suzanne Dimma reveals how Vachon mastered French farmhouse style, updating her old home while preserving its original character. From a neutral palette and horizontal wall panelling to weathered wood finishes and subtle stripes, learn how Vachon perfected each room with classic details.
Joel Bray shares six different ways to style a neutral sofa with throw pillows. Discover which suits your style, from bold and eclectic to 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.