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.
Living room: Alvar Aalto tea trolley, Mjölk, Toronto (416) 551-9853 or visit Mjolk.ca; window sheers, 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; Børge Mogensen Spoke-Back sofa, Hans Sandgren Jacobsen Castor table, Mjölk, as above; Erik Worts Safari chairs by N. Eilersen, eBay, visit ebay.com. Dining room: Marcel Wanders Two Tops table, tapestry, Queen West Antique Centre, Toronto (416) 588-2212; Folke Palsson chairs, Jorgen Baekmark chairs, The Good Mod, visit Thegoodmod.com for ordering information. Kitchen: Cabinets, Ikea, as above. Principal bedroom: Bed, Ikea, as above; Pia Wallén Crux blanket, Pia Wallén slippers, Alvar Aalto Stool 60, Mjölk, as above; May day lamp, Flos, visit Flos.com for information. Patio: Ballare table, Mjölk, as above; Magnus Elebäck and Chris Martin Tio chairs, Massproductions, visit Massproductions-online.com for information. Guest bedroom: Beds, Ikea, as above; blanket (on bed under window), The Painted Table, Toronto (416) 915-7924; toy drum, Value Village, Vancouver (604) 254-4282, Calgary (403) 255- 5501, Winnipeg (204) 774-1315, Toronto (416) 778-4818, Montreal (514) 528-8604 or visit Valuevillage.com for locations across Canada; HBC blankets, vintage finds from a trip to Stockholm.