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Ask A Designer: How To Create A Sunny Dining Area

In this Ask A Designer column, Valérie Morisset shares her advice for sprucing up a tired dining area. Question: I just bought a beautiful condo in Old Montreal. I’d like to have a dining area next to the window, a round table with four chairs and…

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Ask A Designer: How To Make The Most Of A Compact Family Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her tips for designing a functional gathering place. Question: How do I lay out my narrow family room? Should I do built-ins on either side of the fireplace? I’ve already ordered a sofa and I’m looking for a coffee table — what…

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Inspiration: How To Achieve Functional & Elegant Shaker Style

Shaker style goes beyond utility for a pure perfection that stands the test of time. The Backstory The Shaker movement was started by Mother Ann Lee, a British expat who brought eight followers to New York in 1774. Outsiders called the sect “Shakers” for their ecstatic trembling and whirling during…

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Ask A Designer: How To Modernize A Kitchen That Is Stuck In The Past

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her tips for refreshing a kitchen with a light palette and open shelves. Question: I’d like to spray my lower cabinets white and swap out my uppers for open shelving. How do I make this look good? — K.S., Calgary Answer: Having…

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Lynda Reeves On What You Should Include In Your Next Reno

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of House & Home You can probably imagine how many scouting shots of condos and newly renovated houses arrive in our office every month. Over the 30-plus years of looking at thousands of photos, patterns emerge that can’t be ignored. Some have…

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Ask A Designer: How To Add Interest With Built-In Bookcases

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for making an awkward living-dining room more polished. Question: The angled wall in my living room has me stumped, and I’m not sure what to put on my bare walls. Could you help me with furniture and lighting? — T.M.,…

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Ask A Designer: How To Decorate A Front Entry In A Timeless Style

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for making a welcoming first impression. Question: I’d like to decorate my hand-me-down-filled entryway in a classic look. What would you suggest? — Z.S., Vernon, B.C. Answer: Start by brightening up the space with a warm white paint. Or,…

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Ask A Designer: How To Wake Up A Tired Dining Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for refreshing a dining room without changing the furniture. Question: I’d like to pull my dining room together and give it some style, but I want to keep my furniture. Where do I start? — B.B., Montreal Answer: The good…

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3 Winter Floral Arrangements With Staying Power

Fresh blooms are as essential to holiday decorating as trimming the tree or wrapping presents in style. Turn over a new leaf with three winter floral arrangements that last well beyond December 25th! Play With A Muted Palette Go beyond poinsettias this season…

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Ask A Designer: How To Warm Up A Dated Fireplace

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for giving a drab fireplace a modern makeover. Question: We’re moving into a new home that has a fireplace with decorative niches on one side of the wall. Could you recommend a mantel style and help us furnish the space?…

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Ask A Designer: How To Transform A Living Room With Shades Of Blue

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for bringing a dated living room into the present with a cool-toned palette. Question: I’d like to update my living room, but I’m not sure where to begin. Please help! — L.J., La Salle, Ontario. Answer: I love that…

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Ask A Designer: How To Freshen Up A Dark & Dated Bedroom

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for redecorating a bedroom in cool shades of blue. Question: I’m redoing my bedroom with a fresh look. I like aqua blues and teal, and I only need to keep the headboard, which was custom made. What do you suggest?…

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Ask A Designer: How To Decorate A Petite Living Room

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for decorating a compact living room with an awkward layout. Question: I have a very small living room with doorways and windows on every wall. We use this space for lounging and watching television, but the layout is awkward. Please…

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Ask A Designer: How To Create A Beachy, Open-Concept Cottage

In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her ideas for designing an eclectic cottage with seaside flair. Question: I’ve been decorating my new open-concept cottage and have purchased a modern sofa, dining table and reupholstered chairs. How can I pull the look together? — J.T., Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.

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Lynda Reeves On Creating A Dreamy Lakeside Cottage

This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of House & Home I have a file I call my “Forever File” that contains photos of rooms I can’t throw away because they continue to inspire me. I go through it a few times a year to see if I still…