Can't wait to see what the H&H team has done with this year's Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes showhome in Oakville, Ontario? Lynda Reeves provides a glimpse into the process of designing, constructing, decorating and styling the lottery house. After all the great feedback from last year's wine country villa-inspired home, Lynda wanted to try her hand at another distinct style. Learn what inspired this year's design, see the home's standout features, and meet the team that made it all come together.
Photographer Laird Kay shows off his west-end Toronto home featuring warm grey walls, quirky accents and an enviable art collection. Tour his open-concept kitchen, colourful principal bedroom and long backyard with pool.
See how H&H assistant design editor Kai Ethier transformed her dated kitchen on a tight budget. Learn her tricks for creating a Parisian bistro look for less, from affordable butcherblock counters and repurposed open shelving to apartment-sized appliances and made-over dining chairs.
Carpentry, Matt Carlson, Construction Studio, (416) 698-6867 or Constructionstudio.ca; electrical work, RK Power Electric, (416) 315-0833; plumbing, George Milanis, Federal Plumbing, (416) 828-5361.
Kitchen: Cabinets, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, (416) 755-7353 or Torontohabitat.ca; floor tile, backsplash tile, Urban Zebra (416) 916-3601 or Urbanzebra.ca; radiant floor heating, Nuheat, 1-800-778-9276 or Nuheat.com; appliances, Electrolux, 1-800-668-4606 or Electrolux.ca; sink, tea towel, beige stoneware, countertop, mortar and pestle, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or Ikea.com; colander, painting at sink, watering can, brass tin, bird paintings, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, (416) 260-9057 or Cynthiafindlay.com; black tray, black pot (with fern), Indaba, visit Indabatrading.com; salt cellar, pepper grinder, cookie jar, Crate & Barrel, 1-888-657-4108 or Crateandbarrel.ca; oils, Whole Foods Market, Wholefoodsmarket.com; tea towel, dish soap, La Merceria, (416) 848-0057 or Lamerceria.ca; faucet, Moen, 1-800-465-0279 or Moen.ca; hardware, Lee Valley Tools, 1-800-267-8767 or Leevalley.com; exterior cabinet colour, Light Blue (22), interior cabinet colour, Dove Tale (267), Farrow & Ball, 1-877-363-1040 or Farrow-ball.com.
Dining area: Artwork by Kris Knight, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, (416) 993-6510 or Katharinemulherin.com; bench, Barrymore Furniture, (416) 532-2891 or Barrymorefurniture.com; chair and pillow fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade), 1-800-535-3258 or Kravetcanada.com; napkins, La Merceria, as above; mugs, Ikea, as above; wall colour, Light Blue (22), ceiling colour, All White (2005), trim colour, Dove Tale (267), Farrow & Ball, as above; lights, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; landscape painting (far right) Penney & Co. (905) 493-7300 or Michaelpenneystyle.com.