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A Cottage Bunkie With A Front-Row Seat To The Stars

It’s hard to get closer to nature than this. Studio North’s “Dreaming Platform” is a diving board that doubles as a screened-in bunkie for stargazing. This project in Bob’s Lake, Ontario, was designed by architects Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson of the Calgary firm. The platform was constructed…

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Google Wifi’s Minimalist Look Is A Designer’s Dream

You can say goodbye to your bulky router, because Google Wifi is now available in Canada and its quiet design will look right at home in your living room. In addition to being sleek enough to hide in plain sight, the device works with your Internet provider to produce strong, fast Wi-Fi that’s…

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Ikea Responds To Balenciaga’s Look-A-Like Bag With A Brilliant Ad

Last week, Balenciaga went viral when people noticed its $2,145 blue “shopper tote” looked strikingly like Ikea’s 99-cent Frakta shopping bag. Now Ikea has debuted a sassy ad in response to the comparisons. In the ad, the Swedish brand provides a breakdown of how to identify “the original” from Balenciaga’s look-a-like: 1) Shake it.

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DESIGN NEWS NOW: Homegrown Goodies For Canada’s Birthday

Stay up-to-date with the latest in the world of interior design with our weekly column, Design News Now. Hudson’s Bay releases the Grand Portage collection of clothing and home goods (enamel mug, shown left) this May to raise awareness and funds to help complete The Great…

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Learn How To Garden Like A Pro At This Seminar

Ever dream of designing your own garden? Now you can! Landscape designer Meredyth Hilton, whose work has been featured in House & Home magazine on numerous occasions, is offering a five-week seminar starting April 26 from 7 to 9 pm at Lil’ Baci Restaurant in Toronto. You’ll learn everything from developing design ideas…

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Kohler Opens First Signature Store In Canada

Hankering for that perfect cross faucet with enamel buttons? Vancouverites can find it at the new Kohler Signature store, the first one of its kind in Canada. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s design district at the corner of Broadway and Fir Street, it’s open to both the trade…

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This New Flat Screen TV Looks Like Art

The black hole presented by flat screen TVs has plagued designers and homeowners for years. One popular solution is hiding a TV within a gallery wall to downplay it, but Samsung, in collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, has gone a step further with The Frame, a screen that…

Kitchens

Step Into Your Dream Kitchen With Ikea’s New Virtual Reality Tool

Executive editor Kimberley Brown shares the inside scoop on Ikea’s new virtual reality kitchen. After you slip on the complimentary HTC Vive headset and enter into Ikea’s virtual reality kitchen, the trickiest thing to remember is that nothing you see is actually there. Every few seconds, I found myself repeating…

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Why You Need To Watch Abstract On Netflix

A must-see for any creative, Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design is a documentary series that was unveiled in February at The Sundance Film Festival and is currently all the rage in the design world. The eight-part series gives insights into the creative process of leading makers in the spheres…

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DESIGN NEWS NOW: Ellen DeGeneres’s Furniture Line At The Bay & More

Stay up-to-date with the latest in the world of interior design with our weekly column, Design News Now. The ED Ellen DeGeneres Crafted by Thomasville furniture line launches exclusively at Hudson’s Bay this March. Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho collaborates with Christiane Lemieux for the Cloth…

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Etsy Launching New Craft Supply Site

Calling all DIYers and side hustlers, Etsy is launching their Studio site this April. The online marketplace will stock nearly 8 million craft items and showcase DIY project tutorials, alongside supplies and tools. Shoppers can purchase the supplies they need (including hard-to-find items such as vintage beads and charms,…

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This Just In: Electrical Safety Tips For Your Next Reno

House & Home’s Kimberley Brown and Joel Bray reveal need-to-know electrical safety facts from the Electrical Safety Authority.

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DESIGN NEWS NOW: A New Hardware Line By Lenny Kravitz & More!

Stay up-to-date with the latest in the world of interior design with our weekly column, Design News Now. Rocker Lenny Kravitz creates a line of pulls, knobs and a door knocker inspired by mid-century architecture for Rocky Mountain Hardware.  — Interior Design Tour the…

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3 Surprisingly Stylish Cities With The Coolest Designs

Executive editor Kimberley Brown shares three unexpected design destinations. Now that I’ve had some time to catch my breath after the whirlwind that is Toronto design week (January 16-22, 2017), I find my thoughts wandering back to one show in particular, presented by Toronto Design Offsite. The idea…

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This Small & Mighty Oven Will Help You Cook Healthy Meals

Sharp’s new sleek, compact SuperSteam+ oven has more than just style; it also offers a simplified way to make healthy meals happen. The oven uses cooking methods that don’t require large amounts of additional fats, such as variable steam options from gentle to super-heated, so you can grill, roast, simmer and sauté meat, veggies…