Greater Toronto – Reno + Decor – August/September 2022

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FEATURES 14 BEFORE AND AFTER An unconventional update to an old condo suite 17 AROUND TOWN Haven Home & Gift 19 HOME FINDS Design ideas and products to love this season 24 COVER STORY Sustainable Silestone 26 INSPIRING INTERIORS Living in colour: Bold hues bring this whole-home renovation to life 30 INSPIRING INTERIORS A dreamy nursery comes to life 32 STYLE CRUSH Fourteen ways to incorporate the colour green into your decor 35 HOME INSPIRATION Eight design experts share their top tips for bringing colour into your home 42 AT HOME The best seat in the house 44 TREND EXPERT Fall furniture and design trends to watch for 52 ACCESSIBLE RENOVATION And then there was light contents august | september 2022 26 1452 8 RENO + DECOR | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

56 GREEN THUMB Head for the shade 58 EXPERT ADVICE Hire the right interior designer for your project 60 INDUSTRY EXPERT Surviving your reno DEPARTMENTS 10 FROM THE GUEST EDITOR The transformative power of colour 66 SHOP LOCAL The coolest decor items around the city WHERE TO FIND IT 48 Product Showcase 62 Renovator Resource Directory 65 Advertiser Index 35 19 44 30 Toronto Fall Home Show Sept. 30-Oct 2 Enercare ExhibitionCentre,Place It’s Showtime! 9

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The transformative power of colour This issue really speaks to the creative in me. The first introduction to my love of colour was when I was about 12 years old and my mother gifted me $200 to redecorate my room. The colours I chose were a soft violet and emerald green. This experience was transformative. It ignited my passion for design and proved my ability to transform a space through colour. The feeling it generated in me formed the basis of my long creative career that is still going strong.Colour is certainly a major player in this issue. We need it in our life to elevate our spaces and bring joy to our everyday home tasks. Colour is the easiest way to improve the feeling in a space and, in these pages, you’ll find no shortage of ways it can be utilized, from designer Luca Campacci’s use of bold tones in his client’s condo reno to this fall’s best moody greens.


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before and after “ T hey don’t build ‘em like they used to.” This has to be one of the greatest colloquialisms in the building industry. Usually, that statement is used to suggest that today’s standards are below those of yesteryear, but in many respects, modern ideas and technologies can make for a distinct improvement. Case in point, a recent project we designed and built in Toronto’s first condominium highrise building, Helliwell Place. Built 50 years ago, it overlooks the Don Valley and the ever-changing Toronto skyline. A walk into a mostly original suite, and the views and relatively spaciousness compared to a newly built building was pleasantly shocking, which was quickly soured by cabinets falling from ceilings, duct-tape-sealed shower walls and an awkward ensuite powder room serving the principal suite. And, it was HOT, with electric in-slab radiant heat, south-facing windows and doors, and zero air conditioning. Hollow-core doors, tired parquet floors and an unusual kitchen layout left little to be desired.

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The biggest challenge in drastic condo remodels revolve around condo board rules and common elements. Changes we take for granted in single-family homes, such as HVAC, fireplaces, power or data cabling, plumbing locations and structural modifications, can be all but impossible in many instances. In this project, we touched on them all, resulting in a dramatic and impactful transformation Lighting This building has electric in-slab radiant heat, so adding new ceilingmounted fixtures was a non-starter due to the risk of costly damages. A carefully designed perimeter bulkhead with integrated strip lighting inside provides a nice ambient and refractive glow of light around the great room, eliminating the need for lamps. In the kitchen and bathrooms, the ceilings were dropped to permit recessed pot lights. LED lighting ensured we did not overpower the supply of power to the suite when paired with the other changes we were undertaking.

Fireplace In some condos, a direct vent gas fireplace is possible, but it’s rare and requires venting. Other options include a bio-fuel ventless unit, or electric. Most electric units can look cheap and fake. A new line of units by Dimplex uses water vapour, LED lights and a crackling speaker to mimic a real flame. These Opti-Myst fireplaces are perfect additions to a condo and by BRENDAN CHARTERS

An unconventional update to an old condo suite

Relocating existing or adding additional plumbing fixtures to a current condo system creates challenges. First, the drains are all linked with stacks that are tied to suites above and below. Adding fixtures adds drainage demands that could exceed the original design specs. Shifting locations of fixtures could have an impact on the wall or slab structural integrity, which in a highrise is prohibited. In this project, we devised a strategy to add a shower to the principal bedroom by running surface drainage and tying it into existing drains in a concealed manner.


Final result

The last word When planning your own condo renovation, be sure to start your search at, to ensure your project is taken care of by a contractor who abides by a strict code of ethics and conduct, including licensing, insurance and written contracts to protect you and your investment. Make sure those you partner with on your project have the skill and experience needed to successfully undertake your project and you’ll be well on your way to your own amazing transformation!

Brendan Charters is a founding partner at Toronto design-build firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the 2020 BILD Renovator of the Year., @eurodalehomes, 416.782.5690 Before Before

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The herringbone floors, contemporary trim, custom high-gloss millwork and dramatic Canadian mined quartz counters, all paired with system upgrades, including the new walk-in shower, ribbon-fire steam fireplace, air-conditioning and bright lighting, converted this condo suite from its once cutting-edge 1970 debut, into a stylish contemporary home. They might not build ‘em like they used to, but with the changes we designed and built into this suite, it is now the best of both eras.

The introduction of air-source heat pump technology in a cold-climate heat pump (CCHP) and a pair of ductless heads was the best solution to add air-conditioning to the suite. These units operate electrically, are hyper-efficient, and can perform basic air movement, intense cooling, dehumidification and supplemental heating up to -25 degrees Celsius.

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Duck egg selena linen PILLOW. $92 A t the decor shop Haven, they believe every home should be a haven! The team of design experts curate a collection of items with the intention of bringing comfort to the lives of their customers. The shop offers a large selection of warm, neutral pieces that blend effortlessly throughout the home, creating a cosy, natural and casual style. Who is your dream shopper? Customers who appreciate a cosy and comfortable vibe. Visit their second 54location:Hurontario St. 705.445.0454Collingwood around town 302B Lakeshore Rd E., Oakville | 905.815.1302 | Wood and fabric accent CHAIR. $1,498 Ocean air CANDLE. $58 Pumice stone Westport STOOL. $195 Marina LAMP. $158 IN STOREHAVEN HOME & GIFT LOCALE CATHIE LEE AND JANICE GARDINER by SARA DUCK 17


HOME etc. home finds Create a cosy outdoor reading nook with simple design elements such as a comfy chair, warm throw, soft rug and side table, which will help you embrace outdoor living even when the summer months end. by SARA DUCK Boho wicker egg patio lounge CHAIR by Hampton Bay. $438. | Side metal STOOL with gold finish by Hampton Bay. $90. 19

home finds CiaoItaly Cool colourful collab 1. APEROL APERITIVO. $28. | 2. Patterned cotton TABLECLOTH $20. | 3. Sicily outdoor melamine DINNERWARE collection. $12-$87. | 4. Printed outdoor PILLOW by Oui. $39. | 5. Printed beach TOWEL by Oui. $24. | 6. HOW TO BE ITALIAN: EAT, DRINK, DRESS, TRAVEL AND LOVE LA DOLCE VITA by Maria Pasquale. $27. Dreaming of a vacanza in bella Italia but can only afford a staycation this year? We hear you! Incorporate some of these Italian-inspired finds to keep you dreaming of la dolce vita all summer Designerlong.Azeeza Khan is known in the fashion world for her innovative silhouettes and vibrant colour palette and here she brings her passion for design to a special outdoor capsule collection for CB2. We love the gem-coloured theme, perfect for injecting a little life into your outdoor space. 1. Three-piece peekaboo colourful NESTING TABLES. $300. 2. Acapulco multi-lounge CHAIR. $349. 3. Linearity outdoor PILLOW. $40. 4. Set of four silk scrunchie NAPKIN RINGS. $20. 1 1 23 4 56 3 4 2 20 RENO + DECOR | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

hues from the collection include spring violet, fernwood green, jet stream and ocean spray. Paint job Boho table LAMP. $50. | Round wicker BASKET with top handles. $30. | Mother-of-pearl SIDE TABLE. $200. | Lemon-yellow THROW $30. | Bergamot, sea mist and woodland sage scented CANDLE. $20. An unexpected way to infuse colour into your bedroom is by choosing a bedframe in a shade you love. These days, upholstered beds come in all sorts of colours, styles and prices – there is something for everyone! Colour confidential Inspiration! TESSU BED in Caspian blue. $1,049. | Pair with this sheet set: PAGODTRAD in white/dark blue. $20. DENICE UPHOLSTERED BED in pink. $500. | Pair with this sheet set: LAPPNYCKLAR duvet cover and pillowcases. $50. CURRIN UPHOLSTERED LOW-PROFILE PLATFORM BED by George Oliver. $1,369. | Pair with this sheet set: LYKTFIBBLA duvet cover. $25. VADHEIM UPHOLSTERED BED FRAME in gunnared light green. $550. | Pair with this sheet set: NATTSLANDA duvet cover and pillowcases in floral pattern. $44. FERNWOOD GREEN JET STREAM SPRING VIOLET OCEAN SPRAY 21


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Benjamin Moore has put together an earth-inspired paint palette honouring our beautiful planet. The palette gently calming hues, tranquil muted comforting, versatile neutrals that contribute to an overall Zen-like feeling home. These shades might inspire you to consider some ecofriendly home decor well. “Give indoor outdoor furniture coat paint,” Benjamin Moore colour marketing expert, Sharon Grech. favourite



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Kitch, a Canadian company specializing in creating cabinet doors and components to fit IKEA cabinets, has released a limited-edition colour palette curated by the queen of colour – Tiffany Pratt. As a designer and artist, Pratt has her finger on the pulse of design and worked with Kitch to create four dreamy pastel colours to add to the Kitch palette line-up. “I’ve never met a colour I didn’t like,” says Pratt. “But pastels and muted tones — they hold a special place in my little rainbow heart.” For more information visit and

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While working from home with two small kids and cleaning constantly, Jackie Prince became hyper-aware of all the trash they were accumulating – especially plastics. After much research and education, she and her partner, Liz Drayton, decided to launch Guests on Earth, sustainable cleaning products that come in refillable aluminum containers. The sleek design makes these products counter-worthy, while the allnatural formulas feel luxurious while you clean. CLEAN GREEN! 1. LARGE STONEWARE VASE. $35. 2. PATTERNED GLASS VASE in light beige. $40. 3. STONEWARE VASE. $18. 4. IRREGULAR GLASS VASE. $50-$70. game The vase 213 4 22 RENO + DECOR | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

home finds Have you noticed that vases are making a serious design comeback? From interestingly shaped vessels that look like pieces of art to colourfully patterned glass containers, there is an abundance to choose from, whether you want to fill them with flowers or not.

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WHAT IS HYBRIQ®? HybriQ® is a patent-registered technology from Cosentino developed to manufacture the new Silestone. This translates into a unique high-performance blend of premium minerals and recycled materials produced through a sustainable manufacturing process that treasures every drop of water and uses renewable energy sources and recycling.

Cosentino, pioneers in producing innovative surfaces, has introduced a collection from Silestone that uses the first hybrid mineral surface made with HybriQ® technology, ushering in a new generation of environmentally friendly design surfaces. more information, visit


“When I joined Cosentino Group over 15 years ago, I knew we would be able to make great strides towards a greener future,” says Valentin Tijeras Garcia, head of research and development at Cosentino Group. “We are constantly innovating from the inside out to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. This year alone, we’ve made incredible progress through the complete evolution of our Silestone manufacturing process and product composition. I’m so honoured to be part of such a significant mission.”



Cosentino is committed to the planet and its biodiversity. The manufacturing process of HybriQ® produces zero water waste, which means not a single drop of water or chemicals are poured into our rivers or oceans. When it comes to the electric energy used in the manufacturing of Silestone, the process uses energy from natural sources, which minimizes its carbon footprint. In addition, 99 per cent of the water used in the manufacturing of Silestone is recycled, thanks to a circular system of continuous filtration that allows every single drop to be utilized. Finally, at least 20 per cent of the material used in the composition of Silestone’s HybriQ® technology is recycled. The result? A superior product that doesn’t put pressure on the environment. Now that is something you can feel good about! With more than 30 years at the forefront of the market, Silestone offers customers unique technical characteristics, such as high resistance and hardness, easy daily maintenance and a high colour consistency throughout its designs. Available in more than 80 colours with a wide range of textures and formats to choose from, the esthetic and design possibilities of Silestone are limitless. 25

inspiring interiors by SARA DUCK • photos VINH LE Living in colour R+D catches up with designer Luca Campacci of Level Studio Inc., to find out how he used bold hues to bring this whole-home renovation to life 26

Colour was critical because we wanted the home to be as interesting as our client. He had a wonderful collection of rolled prints, trinkets and knick-knacks that he collected over the years. We wanted to create plenty of opportunities to display them – especially in the gallery wall in the dining area. We wanted each space to be enticing and encourage someone to look around for just a second longer. We also felt that being bolder with colour was the best way to emulate our client’s wonderful personality. 27



During our first meeting, our client said how he always wanted the colourful Eames Hang it all Rack, so we put it up in the foyer. And it’s funny because all the colours on that piece ended up somewhere in his home. It was a great jumping-off point for the entire project.


Contrast is key and don’t be afraid to go darker on the walls. If the room has windows and is orientated with the sun, the room won’t feel dark.


HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO CREATE YOUR VISION AND MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR CLIENT? We started from the living room and worked our way out. On our first design meeting, we pitched a rounded sofa, as it would work with the existing layout of the room better and from there, we carefully selected pieces that were functional, flexible and allowed our client to entertain large groups of people with ease. The fireplace was a challenge, as we replaced an electric one with gas, and the client wanted to keep elements of the existing concrete wall. So, we came up with a linear design to salvage as much of the concrete as possible.


Designing with colour is very personal and is not a onesize-fits-all approach. Pieces should be considered if they bring you joy and tell a story as well as have a function. If you have an out-of-the-box idea, go for it! Life is too short for everything to be grey walls and natural tones.

With more than 15 years’ experience as a magazine editor, writer and content creator, Sara brings her passion for design and decor to our pages each issue. @bysaraduck ENTRANCE: Eames Hang It All COAT RACK by Herman Miller. | BENCH by West Elm | ENTRY RUG by Riggable | KITCHEN: PENDANT LIGHT by DVI Lighting | APPLIANCES by Jennair | COUNTERTOP by Caesarstone | DINING ROOM: DINING CHAIR and TABLE by Soho Concept | PENDANT LIGHT by DVI Lighting | LIVING ROOM: Round SOFA custom made by ALO Upholstery | AREA RUG, DRINK TABLE, BOOKSHELVES by Crate & Barrel | Accent CHAIR by Soho Concept | Coffee TABLE by West Elm | LIBRARY: BOOKSHELVES by Gautier | Drink TABLE by Crate & Barrel | CHAIR and OTTOMAN by Eternity Modern | OFFICE: DESK and CHAIR by Herman Miller | Floor LAMP by Y Lighting | WALL COLOUR in 2062-10 polo blue by Benjamin Moore DO YOU HAVE A FAVE DESIGN ELEMENT FROM THIS PROJECT? The fireplace and rounded sofa for sure. It’s so welcoming and just invites you into the living room. 29


To achieve the look, Genovese chose a neutral palette and combined various textures and natural touches. “I mixed woods, leather, faux shearling, wools, linen, paper and more to create interest and bring warmth and character to the space,” she explains.

W hen JaclyndesignerGenovese of Spaces by Jacflash set out to design a nursery for her own baby, she had a clear vision in mind; it had to be tranquil, organic and feel like a haven. “I knew I wanted to design a space for my son that marries both contemporary and traditional pieces to coincide with the rest of my home,” says Genovese, “but it also needed to be a calm place that felt special to me and my baby.”



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With modern elements, organic touches and sentimental pieces, this dreamy nursery comes to life

So, how did Genovese tackle the challenge? “Functional pieces like a change table/dresser can be boring, but if you customize it by swapping out the hardware, it’s an easy way to elevate the design,” she says. 31

In addition to the organic elements that are draped around the room, Genovese incorporated beautiful antique zoo paintings from the 1800s that hang above the crib, a nod to her mother who purchased them at an auction when she worked as a zookeeper for the Toronto Zoo. “The images are very sentimental to me,” says Genovese. “They were in the house that I grew up in, in gold frames, so I refurbished them with wood frames to match the neutral and organic vibe of the nursery.” Of course, when designing a nursery, function must be equal to beauty.

Genovese also suggests making sure there is a place for everything and to combine old with new for a unique look. “For my son’s nursery, I combined an antique dresser that I found on Facebook marketplace, a vintage IKEA pendant lamp that I bought on eBay, a wooden side table from my family’s cottage, the vintage zoo photos, along with modern elements such as the crib and modern rocker from West Coast Kids,” says Genovese. With her savvy shopping skill and keen design eye, all of the elements in the space combine to create a dreamy nursery overflowing with special touches, a perfect place to spend time with her baby. For more design inspiration, visit With over 15 years’ experience as a magazine editor, writer and content creator, Sara brings her passion for design and decor to our pages each issue. @bysaraduck

style crush by SARA DUCK From sage to olive and everything in between, here are 14 ways to incorporate the colour green into your greenhome Going Waffled bath TOWEL in light green. $20. Fiddle leaf artificial PLANT. $999. Warren green CHAIR $579. Vonsbak RUG in green. $179. Enamelled cast-iron signature FRENCH OVEN in olive. $360. Hendry side TABLE in willow green. $329. Onyx marble COASTERS in chartreuse. $75 (set of four). 32 RENO + DECOR | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

With over 15 years’ experience as a magazine editor, writer and content creator, Sara brings her passion for design and decor to our pages each issue. @bysaraduck Sven grass-green velvet SOFA. $2,099. Emerald PRINT.$1,800. Green textured THROW $40. Haden Cotswold KETTLE in sage. $85. Cascade angled kilim throw PILLOW.$60-$83. Leda green VASE $ drift reactive PLACE SETTING WITH PASTA BOWL in green. $15. 33

home inspiration Photo Marshall+Winners:s Our design experts share their top tips for incorporating colour into the main rooms of your home Colour your world by SARA DUCK “This season, we’re loving the ‘new neutrals,’ everything from mood-boosting mint and sage green, to terracotta, ochre, blush pink and bright blue. These colours are an easy way to add a seasonal hit of colour to your existing outdoor decor. – Sheila Magro, design expert, Winners, HomeSense + Marshalls Outdoor 35


– Designer Brenda Danso, Brenda Danso Interior Design

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– Designer Lisa Kooistra, Lisa Kooistra Designs

Photo: Blynda DaCosta “When you think of adding colour to your bathroom, wallpaper may be the last item on your list. However, adding wallpaper is a great way to brighten up a small powder room. The powder room is self-contained, so you can go bold with colour and pattern. If the idea of covering the entire room is a bit too much for your taste, you can accent one wall. Your powder room will not only feel stylish, but also cozy and inviting.”

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“Bedding and colourful throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to reintroduce a colour into a bedroom. If you aren’t sure which pillow colours best fit your space, look around your room and see what is already there. Think about if you’re drawn more to earth tones or vibrant hues. Keeping your main pieces in neutral shades helps with longevity, while creating impact in the smaller details.”


– Designer Gillian Segal, Gillian Segal Design


– Hilary Matt, Hilary Matt Interiors

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“When it comes to smaller spaces like this dining room, I think a common choice is a light colour to make things feel brighter and airier. However, I am all about going bold on a small space, with a dark or saturated hue or even a bold (or super-textural) wallcovering. Despite the popular opinion that a dark hue can make a space appear smaller, I think it adds beautiful dimension and intimacy.”

“Through pops of colour on key accent pieces such as pillows, ottomans and an armchair, a living room can be brought to life.”


“I personally love an office that has a moody element to it. These dark walls with the dark wood almost remind me of working in a library or study. The streamlined chair and desk lamp, along with minimal objects, keep the decor from being distracting and allow for an optimal thinking space.” – Designer Sarah Stacey, Sarah Stacey Interior Design

“A simple and stylish way to incorporate colour in your kitchen is through painted cabinetry. I like to use a dominant colour on the island and or range hood for the biggest impact, paired with a toneddown contrasting colour on the kitchen cabinets.”

– Designer Patti Wilson, Patti Wilson Design


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When planning your space, keep in mind the area around your furnishings. In the living room, I like to leave 18 inches between the sofa and coffee table, or about 36 inches between armchairs, sofa and loveseat, to encourage conversation. If your seating is for watching television, I recommend a gap of approximately seven feet. tip:

A chair has become an expression of art and personal style, a decorating tool to define areas throughout the home

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good chair is like a good friend – it’s there to support and embrace you and bring comfort and colour to your life. Dating back some 5,000 years, this essential piece of furniture has evolved from its predominantly utilitarian origins. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely still serves the very specific purpose of getting us off our feet, whether to rest or to help us focus on tasks. However, the chair has also become an expression of art and personal style, a decorating tool to define areas throughout a house, and reflect how we live in our homes. With all the different styles and options on the market, the features of a good chair are ones that balance esthetics, comfort and quality. Here are some things to pay attention to. Function (and style)

Jennifer Backstein is creative director and principal designer for Jennifer Backstein Interiors. The firm offers a diverse range of full scale design services in the GTA and across Canada.


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Before you can consider a chair’s esthetic attributes, think about its function. Will you be sitting on it for short or extended periods of time? Will you be engaged in any activities while seated? In terms of the space itself, is it casual or formal in nature? How many people do you need to seat? Is it a high-traffic area exposed to dirt, wear and tear? by JENNIFER BACKSTEIN

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Now, consider the style of seating that will best meet those needs. Your seating options run the gamut from chairs, loveseats, sofas and sectionals, to less conventional pieces such as stools, benches and ottomans. What about upholstery? Should it have a back or armrests? What about the depth and angle of the seat? When evaluating for comfort, online shopping simply can’t give you the insight you’d get from seeing it (and sitting in it) in person. Construction (and price) When shopping for seating, you’ll undoubtedly come across a wide range of products and price points. Generally, you get what you pay for and quality (think comfort and durability) is often reflected in a higher price. What’s behind that price difference? The joinery, the construction of the seat and whether it’s coil, web, down or foam, the quality of the materials and upholstery – these all factor into the final price. Measure (and measure again) You know what they say – measure twice, buy once. When buying any big-ticket items for your home, don’t rely on the “eyeball” method for measurements. This is especially important now, given the reality of supply chain issues and the resulting delays on delivery. Ensure the pieces you’re buying will fit your space –and through the doorways, hallways, stairwells and if you live in a condo, theHavingelevator!afloorplan in hand can also be extremely helpful when shopping for large-scale seating, such as a sofa or sectional. This will give you a view of how the piece, and its scale in relation to the rest of the space and everything else in it, may impact the natural flow of traffic and sight lines to windows and other focal points, like the fireplace. Research is key As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into choosing just the right seating for your application, your space and your… rear end. Do your research, make a list and discuss your options with a designer or furniture salesperson. We have lots of experience, we know what works, and can we bring some new ideas to the table – or in this case, the chair!

Ottomans and cubes are very versatile and are a great option for extra seating or surfaces in a pinch. Pushed up to a coffee table or beside the fireplace, an ottoman makes a great seat. We use them often in our projects and like to top them with a tray to double as a side table. And if you think ahead and choose something with integrated storage, you’ve also got a place to put extra pillows or blankets.

and design trends to watch for Cosy palettes, inspiration from past decades, and a bold expression in design that highlights an awakening we have all experienced as we slowly slip out of the pandemic — these are the drivers behind the trends to expect this fall. While we move toward embracing comfort, sustainability continues to be a focus in the supply chain. We will need to be intentional about spaces that will impact how we live while emphasizing our well-being and productivity. As we say goodbye to all-white kitchens, fast furniture, minimalism, and open floorplans, we are excited about the optimism and revival these trends are offering in everything from colours and material to furniture and design.


Focus on fall


Most importantly, as we move into the subsequent seasons and infuse our homes with personality, there will be a return to lasting style. Consumers are ready to purchase one-of-akind, beautifully well-made items for timeless design that will look great no matter what the decade.

An ode to nature, a return to decadence and an embrace of what is being termed as “newstalgia” — this is what is coming for fall

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This season’s furniture, decor, and design trends are all about embracing luxe. Think ultravelvets, coloured marble, honed-in sculptural pieces and the everevolving rattan and statementmaking light fixtures. We anticipate designers curating bespoke pieces and consumers paying tribute to their one-of-a-kind taste to honour the maximalist design style. Expect to see a refreshing spotlight on warm earthy neutrals in stone and clay materials, and minimally textured plasters that will reflect the craftsmanship and artistry we love.

While we loved the minimalist japandi style with the peaceful calm vibes of the Scandinavian influence, maximalism is ushering its way into our design schemes and we are loving it all. It gives us a chance to indulge in personality, glamour and create breathtaking moments with one-of-a-kind pieces in the home. Luxe wallpapers, detailed tile installations, sculptural detail and an array of playful shapes and architectural touches means this trend is about going big and bold.


Inspiration taken from the decadent art deco movement, a refined 1960 to 1980’s retro vibe and a modern play on the grand millennial chic of the 1990s has resulted in layering these decades and artfully recreating and honing these eras to usher them into 2022. With the return of the roll arm sofa, skirted furniture and plush channel tufting, the textures feel calm, mindful and warm. The prints evoke a feeling of nostalgia while celebrating the now, all the while honouring and satisfying our craving for serenity and wellbeing, elevating our need for newness and excitement. From warm ochres, muted terracotta and sage to earthy browns and fanciful caramel, these tones will live in harmony and add warmth and richness, bringing the fall indoors to provide a reinvigorating, comfortable and exciting vibe for when we settle into the winter season.



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W hen Clipsham’sTracy client, Denise, retired, she decided to move back to her hometown in Grimsby, Ont. and hired Clipsham to renovate a newly purchased 2002 bungalow condo unit. While the request might sound like a typical reno, doing the work in the middle of the pandemic made for some interesting challenges.

“The design process started with an initial visit in August of 2020 and construction started in January of 2021. The whole project, including furniture and accessories, was completed in September 2021,” says Clipsham, founder and principal designer at Live4 Design Inc.

“During the pandemic, we encountered several supply issues that impacted the project from start to finish, and because of COVID-19, it was awkward for Denise to move out. We renovated the basement first, so she could stay on the main floor and then moved her to the basement while we worked on the main floor. In the end, we are thrilled with the results.”




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This bungalow reno opened up and brightened the home’s main floor with natural light, while adding details to accommodate aging in place


The project: Task #2

Although Denise was just newly retired, she wanted the renovation to incorporate elements that would make her home accessible as she ages, and that included choosing materials that were durable and easy to maintain. Switching up the flooring, which was a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile, was the first step. “We chose the same flooring throughout the main floor and the basement to eliminate any threshold changes,” says Clipsham.

The interior design plan was to modernize the style of the 1,000-sq.ft., two-bedroom, two-bathroom plus basement home and open up the space to allow for more natural light. The original home had beige walls with a red accent wall in the kitchen, oak hardwood flooring, cabinets and fireplace, all on the main floor, which comprised the kitchen, dining room and living room. It all felt just a little too dark and a little too dated and “Thecramped.newlayout for the open-concept living space incorporated a large kitchen island, ample cabinetry that stretches across the back wall, as well as an upholstered window seat to create the new dining area,” explains Clipsham. “A cut out in the kitchen wall to the staircase as well as changing out the glass block window for a frosted pane allowed more light to stream into the kitchen and stairwell, while maintaining a level of privacy from the house next door.”


The project: Task #1

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Clipsham took space from the main bedroom area and created a larger ensuite to incorporate a new toilet that is a comfortable height, as well as a curbless shower that has a corner bench seat. The existing doorknobs throughout the home were switched out for a lever-style that are, when compared to knobs, much easier to grab and are recommended for accessible design. Adding colour Aside from updating the style of the home and bringing in more natural light, Clipsham used a specific colour palette to brighten it up and tie it all together. “We went with accents of blue for the pops of colour. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy was used on the kitchen island and basement bar. An accent wall in the guest bathroom was done in a gorgeous blue tile.”

Final words “We had to have a sense of humour for this project,” recalls Denise. “Honestly, looking at the before and after pictures makes me wonder why I bought the house in the first place. Must have been the location! But the contrast is startling. Even being on this side of the reno, it still amazes me when I look at the pictures. Not to mention we were in the middle of a COVID-19 lockdown with no end of supply chain issues. Remarkable, to say the least.” Basement bar Ensuite Guest bathroom

“Denise preferred faux wood porcelain tile over hardwood because it’s easy to maintain, and she also selected quartz countertops for easy maintenance.”

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Did you know that a shade tree will provide us with lower temperatures of between five and 12 degrees Celsius than if we were out in the blazing sunshine? No wonder we migrate naturally to the shade to read a book, have a picnic or take a nap. Trees not only provides shade; the moisture that they transpire has a cooling effect. A shady deal Now is the time to begin thinking about what goes on under your trees and on the north side of your house, where you will find some interesting opportunities to plant a ‘shade’ garden.Thefollowing is our short list of favourites for dappled shade, plants that prefer a sun/shade mix. They generally do not like the hot, dry midafternoon sun.

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As the heat of summer finally hits home and temperatures and UV rays rise, one of the best places to be is in the shade

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Rhododendrons Rhodies, as they are affectionately known in the business, have a special place in the shade garden. They love an acid soil, which is opposite to the alkaline stuff most of us put up, if you live in Southern Ontario. Always plant your rhododendrons in an open, sandy soil mixed with finely ground-up pine bark, about 30 per cent by volume. Add about four tablespoons of garden sulfur every six weeks throughout the summer and early fall to help acidify the soil. Keep in mind that you are not fertilizing them per se; you are changing the pH of the soil. For fool-proof garden performance, we recommend the winter tough ‘PJM’ varieties if you live in Ottawa. Boxwood (Buxus) Here is a broad-leafed evergreen that performs very well in Ottawa and Montreal. Since boxwood is an evergreen, treat it as such with a humus-based soil of peat or compost, and fertilize with an evergreen food such as 30-10-10 every month or so until the middle of the summer. Check out the many boxwood hybrids that have been introduced over the years. You will get a deeper colour and more finely textured foliage with these versus the original version of Korean Boxwood.

electrified in their intensity. They like to grow in an open, peaty soil. Once they dry out, they do not rehydrate well, so to prevent drying, be sure to mulch with five cm of shredded cedar bark.

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Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) Native to B.C., this plant features holly-like leaves that remain on the plant all winter and are replaced each spring as new growth occurs. They have a delightful yellow flower in spring and a dense, shrubby growth habit. Oregon grape matures to about one metre or so high and equally wide. We like it best when planted on the fringe of a hardwood bush or under the shade of tall deciduous trees and shrubs.

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An interior designer will want to use your budget as carefully and cleverly as you, and they’re going to be honest about what’s possible with what you’ve got. They are experts in brainstorming solutions when supply issues or construction delays affect the original plans and, consequently, the budget.

How do you know who has the skills to complete your project and ensure it works for you? Ask an interior designer these three questions to help you find out.


It is important to determine the education and qualifications of the interior designer you hire. Consider the benefits of choosing one who is a member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). You can have confidence in their credentials and expertise, and ARIDO also requires all registered members to maintain professional liability insurance.


Even if your project is a simple bathroom reno, knowing the designer’s experience can help manage your expectations. If your project is over a large area of space, includes preserving historic elements, or has restrictions about noise, you may need someone familiar with your special concerns.

An interior designer will want to know how involved you want them to be in the overall project. Will they just do the drawings, or will they also liaise with the trades and be responsible when issues arise and the design needs to evolve, but still suit the project? These are just six of the questions that should be asked when you first meet with a registered interior designer. Find an expanded guide and other tools at


A registered interior designer will have you sign a contract outlining the scope of work and related fees. They will prepare Ontario Building Code-compliant construction drawings for the trades and apply for building permits.

Tulin Artan is a member of ARIDO and is a registered interior designer and design director at Ray Inc. Ali Moenck is ARIDO’s communications coordinator. Attend ARIDO’s Interior Design Week Sept. 27-29, 2022 and meet with a registered interior designer in person. Visit Let us

Questions an interior designer will ask you: WHY ARE YOU STARTING THIS PROJECT? Your answer will tell them about you, your household, and how the space needs to serve you. You can tell them what’s not working and what you want to change, and they can address any special concerns.

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Talk to your renovator about your household’s daily routine, any planned vacations and any special circumstances that need to be accommodated, so that it can be factored into the workplan and scheduling of your project. That way, particularly disruptive or messy parts, such as refinishing hardwood floors, can be arranged to be done when you are away or worked around your family’s schedule.

Depending on the scale of your project, you might want to rent storage space nearby or bring in a portable storage container. If you are storing things in boxes, be sure to label them with an inventory so you can find things easily.

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Make sure you discuss which parts of your house will be affected by the renovation. Depending on factors like plumbing and wiring, your renovator and work crews may need access to more than just the immediate area being renovated. Clean out the rooms that will be affected by the renovation and consider temporarily removing valuables, such as art, from other parts of your home that could be damaged by vibration or dust.


Make a plan for how you will live in your home while it is under construction. For example, if your kitchen is being renovated, figure out where your temporary “kitchen” will be and what you need to make it work for your family. Plan and stock up on meals that can be easily prepared in your temporary kitchen. Look at how you might be able to utilize your small appliances and your barbecue to fill in for your oven. You will likely be without running water in your short-term kitchen, so make sure you consider how you will clean up after meals. Living in your home while it’s being renovated will have its challenging moments, but careful preparation and clear communication with your renovator will set you up for success.

Dave Wilkes is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA. For the latest industry news and new home data, follow BILD on Twitter, @bildgta, or visit by DAVE WILKES

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Preparation and communication are key if you choose to live at home during a renovation

enovation projects often come with temporary disruptions to a homeowner’s space and routines. Some homeowners choose to live elsewhere during a renovation, but if you are like most people, you cannot easily vacate your home. Instead, you must live alongside the work. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare, and communicating with your renovator is a big part of the process.

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Make a plan Work with your renovator to draw up a project plan that best accommodates your family’s needs. I encourage you to choose a RenoMark renovator. Check the website ( to find one near you. The advantage of a RenoMark renovator is that he or she must abide by the RenoMark code of conduct, provide you with a detailed written contract, offer a minimum one-year warranty on all work and carry a minimum of $2 million in liability insurance.

Scheduling disruptive parts

1 Give the renovators adequate time to prepare a bid for your project. For all but the simplest projects, he or she should present their bid in person, so that they can discuss each aspect with you and answer any questions. Decide the importance of each aspect of your evaluation. The overall price is only one factor. Many homeowners speak about the importance of “peace of mind” – working with a renovator they trust and have confidence in. tips & tricks Decidingwhomto Courtesy of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Compare every aspect – the description of the work, specifications, price and allowances, deposit and payment milestones, project schedule and any additional recommendations or ideas After you have interviewed, checked references and received written price quotes from renovators, it’s time to decide who will be doing the job HIRE 2 3 Once you meet with the renovators who are bidding on your job, review each bid carefully before deciding who to hire. 4 5 Review the information you collected and what their customersprevious had to say about them. If you have a strong sense of confidence in one of the renovators, they are probably your best choice. Choose the renovator based on your sense of the overall value they can provide to you.6 Turn your DREAM into Hire an NKBA Professional: • Understand the Industry Environment, Future Trends & Consumer Lifestyles • Operate and adhere to a strict code of ethics under the guidelines industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, resource for both professionals and consumers. Linnea Lions 61

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