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The LG STUDIO appliance collection also extends to the laundry room. The new LG STUDIO WashTower is a clever single-unit, vertical laundry solution with an exclusive Centre Control Panel that takes up half the floor space of traditional side-by-side washing machines and puts built-in intelligence and advanced cleaning within reach.

To round out the laundry suite, the LG STUDIO Styler Steam Closet refreshes, deodorizes and sanitizes clothing with the gentle power of steam, and is the ideal at-home solution to preserve the lifespan of clothes. The mirrored

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Warmth of the season

As one of the modern carols go: “It’s Christmas time and there‘s no need to be afraid” –well, that is if you know what you’re doing to decorate the home for the coming Holidays! But if you don’t, we have you covered with some expert tips on how to joyously celebrate Christmas innovatively and affordably. Edmonton’s own The DIY Mommy, Christina Dennis, has some handy tips on how to do festive decor in these inflationary times. The main theme of this issue though is how to create a sense of comfort in the

home for the winter. It does start with the fireplace, but it doesn’t end there. Calgary’s Amanda Hamilton, of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design, says warmth is evoked through memories and the personal touch one can lavish on the look of the home is really where the warm and fuzzies begin. Check out her tips inside.

R+D’s main purpose is to inspire joy in creating the look of our living space and we will continue to do so in the year ahead. Look for the latest design trends and hot decor ideas as we welcome 2023. See you on the other side!

Until next time, have fun, DIYers. And Happy Holidays!

Ringing in the cheer

Get ready to celebrate!

The holidays will soon be upon us, and it’s time to get our homes ready for the season. Whether you are planning on renovating, re-decorating or just adding some holiday flair, this issue is full of ideas to get your home revelry ready. Whether you’re hosting holiday parties, cosy wine nights, or family get-togethers, we have the stuff for you. From décor and design ideas, organization tips and great gift ideas (check out “Colour Your Gift” for fun ways to inject joy-enhancing colour into your gifts and wrapping), you will be on the road to entertain and celebrate in style. And, because our

homes will become bustling with guests and activities, the right storage solutions will help keep everything neat and tidy (no tripping over shoes and toys here!). “Storehouse” on page 33 explores storage solutions from design experts for every room of the house.

If you’re looking to add some glam to your entertaining style or your 2023 decor, check out Salina’s Corner where she explores the high octane shine of metallics in “Metallic Mood”.

All of us at Reno + Decor would like to thank our readers and advertisers for your support and wish you all the best of the season. We look forward to a great 2023!

Enjoy the season and keep warm and cosy at home with family and friends.

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Metallic MOOD

High shine decor is in the spotlight and the timing couldn’t be better. Holiday season glamour, new year celebrations, and dopamine-fueled interior design trends have this very cool finish claiming its rightful place as a star within our homes. The metallic aesthetic has also made a case for use beyond more traditional spaces like entertaining rooms and the kitchen. Now, the home’s foyer, powder rooms, bedrooms, home offices and beyond are getting an injection of this gleaming polish.

Metallics are no stranger to interior palettes, with hardware fixtures, lighting, and decorative accents being the typical go-to placements for the tones. What makes this design moment different is the dramatic shift that focuses on increased saturation for even more impact. It’s all about the bold use of metallics to make a major statement, and a look to the fashion industry supports the popularity of this trend with consumers. A wave of foiled ensembles has taken centre stage, demanding attention and offering a chic update to holiday dressing that can effortlessly transition into 2023.

A variety of metallic hues bring the opportunity for a more personalized styling approach – from classic silver and gold, to copper and more playful shades like pink making an appearance. And, mixing metallics is definitely not a faux pas, offering an eclectic touch that will deliver a burst of personality to your space. For major impact choose metallic furniture, wallpaper (even a mix of both) in multiple tones; or take the monochromatic route and choose one shiny finish that aligns with your current colour theme for a cohesive, high-fashion feel. Don’t forget to accentuate your space with multiple lustrous pieces via wall art, kitchen accessories, and decor items for the most fabulous effect.

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Warming up the winter through


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With the winter chill settling in, many of us begin to retreat to places and spaces of comfort. Whether it’s your favourite intimate restaurant or your own humble abode, we’re all about getting your cosy on during this time of year. Lucky for us, we’ve seen a rise in cosy public spaces; with more breweries, restaurants and shops opting for design choices that mimic living room-esque intimate social spaces, cosy has become the new cool.

While we love this transition, nothing beats the warmth of your own home. If the lockdown gave us anything, it’s the reminder to be more intentional when curating a space. According to the BBC, back in 2021, Pinterest declared one of its top trends to be “cocooning,” a trend that we’re still seeing in the fashion and home design market. In preparation for proper cocooning this season, here are a few tips to guide us through the essentials for cosy living, and achieving the ultimate design snuggle.

While the immediate mental picture that the words “cosy” or “comfort” evoke this time of year involves a fire, homemade goodies, and maybe a garland or two, this doesn’t have to be the case. The fact of the matter is that comfort is an incredibly individual experience, one that’s built upon core memories, past traditions and your

unique personal taste. Some people love ultra-modern homes with highgloss finishes, minimal décor, hard materials and plenty of glass. Others might find this environment sterile and prefer more rustic materials, a warm colour palette, and plenty of decorative elements. As such, the primary source of comfort in a home is being truly in touch with how you want to live (see: unwind) and what makes you feel at home. Your retreat should feel just like you, imparting a sense of comfort, presence, and appreciation. Around the holidays, it’s a location for conviviality to flourish between neighbours, friends and family.


One of the biggest oversights is that homeowners (and even some designers) make is not layering in all of the finishing details. Frequently, a great deal of thought, detail and money is spent on the design and construction of the home, with the furniture becoming a bit of an afterthought. At times, homeowners can rush to utilize whatever funds are left to pull together the space, missing the opportunity to be thoughtful about the end product. We get it, it’s hard not to get excited when bringing a project over the finish line. At this point, it’s also common to experience a level of decision fatigue with the accessories and styling can be the lowest on the priority list. However, it’s these final details that ultimately make a space feel cohesive, inviting and put it together. To create an element of comfort, I always suggest focusing on plush pillows, cosy throws, spicey (or sweet) smelling

candles and soft lighting to help create a relaxing escape.

When it comes to making a space more inviting, the materiality of the surrounding space matters more than you might realize. items like flooring and paint can have a big impact on how a space feels. Once you do this, you’ll pick up on the shift—it just feels better. Here are some good rules of thumb to follow when picking styling items. Cool, hard materials tend to lean towards a more industrial (and sometimes sterile) vibe and need to be warmed up with soft materials. For example, a loft with concrete floors needs a plush, textural rug to zhuzh it up. The same is true for fabrics on upholstered goods.For example, a down-filled sectional with a velvet fabric will feel much more inviting than a firm sofa covered in a stiff leather. From a styling standpoint, layering different textures, patterns and types of goods will create a space that feels more relaxed and lived-in, which is what we’re going for!

Now, many ask the question, “Do I need a fireplace in my home for it to feel warm during the wintertime?” I hope that if you’ve made it this far, then you can guess what my answer will be. A fireplace is definitely a valueadd (one that makes the home extra toasty) when it comes to creating an inimitable ambiance within the home. Nothing beats the glow and warmth that one brings, not to mention the audible crackle and nostalgic charm that a wood-burning fireplace can ignite for all of us. For those who don’t have a fireplace, whether you’re in a smaller home or new condo, clusters of candles, luxe drapery and warm, varied lighting can be used to really soften a space in a similar context.

Are you ready to curl up to a good book yet? (I might be a little biased, but I’ve heard “Not That Likeable: And Other Stories I Told Myself” is the perfect cosy read.)

Amanda’s top tips/top brands for the ultimate cosy

My favourite sites for textural, sculptural decor and cosy accessories: Salt by the Caza ProjectMontana Labelle

My favourite throw (which also generally goes on sale each year): Restoration Hardware - 55 gram Cashmere Throw

A favourite rug, while not as soft underfoot, really warms up the space with weight + texture: Ikea - Lohals Rug CB2 - Cozy Velvet Pillows

Tenacious, vibrant and bold; Amanda Hamilton is an award winning entrepreneur and an Interior Designer based in Calgary, AB. Founder and creative director of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design and Palette Archives. Amanda’s bold and unorthodox approach to design and business has made her one of the most sought-after creative minds in Canada.


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While blue hues with hints of green will dominate the paint trends for 2023, you may be surprised to see another striking shade primed to take centre stage in the new year. R+D checks in with four major paint brands to give you the low-down on their top picks



Confident colours are back. After years of neutral palettes, the 2023 paint trends are signalling a change. It’s a paradigm shift from calming shades to more confident colours. As people look for ways to spark joy in their lives, incorporating bright, bold paint colours at home can give them that inspiration.

“I love using bold colours to make a statement because it has visual impact, and you can really feel the colour,” says Diana Rose, principal and creative director for Diana Rose Design. “It can stand on its own, and if combined with another colour or a pattern, it can create a striking effect.”

Melt Water

by Sico

Melt Water is a robust and refined bluish-greenish tone that intertwines bold blue and calming green to create a captivating colour symbolic of deep water.

“On the other side of the pandemic, people are looking for a mental reset and want to infuse their homes with invigourating colours that help give them a boost, as well as a refuge in today’s unpredictable world,” says Martin Fuchs, PPG senior marketing manager with the Sico paint brand. “Melt Water accomplishes just that, with its energizing yet grounding vibe. It’s symbolic of a new-found outlook and works exceptionally well in any space – both interior and exterior.”

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For next year, some of the major paint brands such as BeautiTone, Sico and Dulux, predict that a bright bluish hue with green undertones will be the colour of choice. At the same time, Benjamin Moore has predicted a raspberry-inspired shade to be popular. Whether you sway towards the blues or are feeling the reds, keep in mind that decorating with bold colours doesn’t need to be difficult. Rose suggests it’s as easy as incorporating a piece of artwork with strong colour or even an area rug. “Choosing a select accent piece in a bold colour is a low commitment but can offer a confident look in any space,” she says.

Raspberry Blush by Benjamin Moore

Raspberry Blush is a saturated red-orange that enlivens your surroundings while awakening your senses with charismatic colour. This vivacious hue is unapologetic in its boldness as it encourages a confident colour statement.

“For 2023, we really felt the need to dial things up with a colour that brings upbeat energy to our surroundings. There seems to be a willingness to be more creative and expressive within our spaces, drawing us toward bold, fun and playful hues,” says Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert. “Raspberry Blush is dynamic, cheerful and confident, either as a small gesture of colour paired with a beloved neutral, or as a full floor-to-ceiling statement.”


by BeautiTone

Moments is a calming, shaded blue with an influence of green that brings a fresh perspective to modern interiors and acts as a canvas for the moments ahead. It is reflective and hopeful.

“Blue hues are known to be calming, serene, and reliable – they make us feel comforted, which ultimately invites us to create lasting, positive memories,” says Darryl Allen, BeautiTone creative manager. “Moments is motivated by our desire for healing, wellbeing and exploration.”


Vining Ivy by Dulux

A striking green-blue jewel-toned hue that is symbolic of deep water, Vining Ivy is both calming and invigourating, infusing home decor with a much-needed breath of fresh air after a few challenging years.

“Canadians took pause during the pandemic to reflect on what matters most, appreciating the beauty of the natural world like never before, and this is translating into uber-earthy and rich, sanctuary-like colour choices for the home,” says Mitsu Dhawan, brand manager for Dulux. “As opposed to softer neutrals that have been popular in recent years, the new natureinspired tones are bolder and more expressive, reflecting an optimistic mood as we emerge ready for the next normal.”

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. Instagram @bysaraduck


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The current advancements in modern tech have many homeowners feeling like The Jetson’s TV series has come to life. We have robotic vacuums, thermostats you control with your phone, doorbells with camera/ video and Alexa to answer any question you can think of. As life gains momentum post-pandemic, we want efficiency when we get home so we can streamline our lives in order to accomplish all the things we love to do, right?

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have an app or touchscreen. These and other innovations make it easier for you to do the things you need to do in the kitchen while saving you time. And who wouldn’t love to save time in the kitchen? One of the stand-out smart appliances that dropped this year is the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator from Canadian Appliance Source.

This smart fridge with Alexa builtin lets you control your compatible smart devices, stream music, mirror content and much more all from one central place — the touchscreen on your fridge. Enjoy streaming your favourite music apps, watching your favourite shows from your compatible Samsung smart TV or Galaxy phone, and accessing all your favourite sites like Facebook and YouTube, all from your Family Hub. But wait, there’s more.

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Refresh, renew rejuvenateand

It’s been two years too long of social distancing restrictions, limited dinner parties and the human connections that we oh so crave. This entertainment season’s mood is to make merry, make up for lost time, and transform your home into a cosy retreat with an exciting return to your favourite timehonoured traditions.

While neutral tones, traditional colours and subdued themes have reigned supreme in past years, the 2022 entertaining season is filled with a bold expression of individuality, deep rich tones, and a modern twist on all our family faves.

Whether you are looking to throw an elegant affair or keeping it close with your loved ones, we’ve got you covered, leaving you refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated for an exciting 2023 ahead.

Embrace expression

Decking the halls is taking on new meaning as we’re seeing everything from a return to vintage collections and a dashing sparkle of the roaring 20’s glitz and glamour to a refined expression of bold atypical colours and textures. Whether you skew towards bold deep rich tones, vibrant colours, pastels or natural neutrals, look to pair your decor with layers of chunky knits, bold patterns and electric finishes such as Capiz shell, mohair and velvet to express your one-of-a-kind taste.

Fête frenzy

While you spend time and create special moments with your loved ones, incorporate your festive glee onto your table and serving ware.

Anchor your tables with linens and layer with seasonal dishware, napkin rings, silverware holders and table scapes. For the traditionalist at heart looking to infuse a modern esthetic into a design palette or someone looking for a touch of nature with fresh evergreens and deep caramel tones, this season’s

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entertaining goodies have something for everyone. Delight in marble coasters, organic cotton tablecloths and napkins, dainty metallics of gold and silver accents — these trimmings are sure to set a tone, add a dash of dazzle and glitter and create the perfect backdrop to an exciting gathering around your table.

Refreshing retreats

We have decorated our living areas and hallways; this year we are not forsaking the place we retire to at the end of the day. Extend the festive feeling to your bedroom and/or guest bedroom and switch out your yearround bedding and layer with chunky knits, festive plaids and embroidered quilts. Accessorize with Sherpa throws, authentic greenery and festive faux botanicals to extend that holiday cheer beyond the communal living spaces of your home.

A reflection of you

Yes, there is a lot to choose from and a lot of re-inspired and re-imagined traditions. The key to successfully create a space that you are going to enjoy is to ensure that the colour schemes you pick will be reflected in each space you walk into. Let this year be a reflection of who you are and how you want you and your loved ones to feel when they are in your home.

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"With this built-in, I was trying to create not just storage but also a small reading nook and open shelves for the little girls to display their favourite crafts, books and decor – to make it truly personal. The bottom doors were designed to allow the hiding of storage items and to maintain a neat and tidy look."

– Designer Diana Rose, Diana Rose Design.

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“Extend your typical closet area and add a nook to incorporate visual interest and functional storage. Here, I created a space for keys, extra out-ofsight seasonal items and larger drawers for hats, scarves and mittens. Think vertical for more storage with hooks for hats and jackets and decorative baskets for extra storage for items used daily.”

– Designer Lisa Kooistra, Lisa Kooistra Designs



Living room

“When faced with a room that has limited built-in storage space, I always try to find opportunities with clever furniture that will double as storage. In this living room, I strategically selected this stylish geometric coffee table that lifts up to store extra throws, games, books and kids’ toys, without cluttering up this living space.”

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“Storage is always something we need more of, so finding clever ways to include it without affecting the design is always a challenge. I love adding drawers underneath a bed, as a bed takes up so much real estate in the bedroom, it’s a practical idea to take advantage of the wasted space below it.”


“When it came to the design of this modern bathroom, I wanted to keep the look minimalistic but with storage options. The flat panel cabinetry with no handles helps to keep the space looking uncluttered while the open, functional shelving was designed for everyday folded or rolled towels.”

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“I was able to incorporate a stylish storage option into this home office by flanking the large front window with built-in bookshelves. The side niche with a small higher window also presented a great opportunity for a built-in desk, with cabinets below the window to house office supplies and a printer.”

– Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Brown Inc

“Tall cabinets in a kitchen create the illusion of higher ceilings, so we implemented them to accentuate the existing nine-ft. ceilings in the home, making them appear much larger. Additionally, tall cabinets act as bulk storage for household items used occasionally, such as seasonal cookware and fine china pieces. Finally, we added glass inserts in the tall cabinets to double as a display for the decorative pieces – making it a practical design feature.”

– Designers Jamelya Francis and Michelle Bellissimo, Francis + Bell Design Studio


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your gift colour

Our mood and outlook are significantly affected by what we surround ourselves with, and colour plays a critical role. Living in colour is a healing, highly vibrational and happy-making experience. For me, colourful, interesting patterns, textures and shiny, glittering one-of-a-kind things make my heart beat faster! So, when it comes to gift giving, I like to gift how I live. By injecting colour, I am bestowing the powers of joy, healing and transformation onto the gift. Be it a fun beauty product or a book, I know I can somehow infuse it with colour and inspiration. Seriously, who can’t help but smile when pulling on a multi-patterned pair of colourful socks?

A gift isn’t complete without wrapping. Don’t feel you must rush to the store to buy wrapping paper – we can do something more creative than that. Try wrapping your gift Furoshiki-style with a colourful piece of fabric you have. Paint up a box from that recent online shopping delivery. Make a bow out of some bubble wrap or wool from that yarn stash that never seems to deplete. Think of the wrapping as an extension of your gift. I hope you enjoy exploring my colour-infused giving ideas. Go forth and gift!

Limited edition silk SCARF by Tiffany Pratt. $60.

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Dahlia crew SOCKS by Solmate Socks. $22.

Ultra mini classic sheepskin BOOTS by Ugg. $175.

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Winter cheer for your houseplants

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With the days now noticeably shorter, we turn to our interior greenscapes to lift our spirits through the dark days of winter.

While houseplant companions cheer up our homes, they too are feeling the effects of shorter days. Nobody understands this better than Darryl Cheng, author of The New Plant Parent. An engineer who has studied the relationship between houseplants and light, Cheng writes: “The impact of light cannot be overstated: No special fertilizer, distilled water or humidifiers will improve a houseplant in a poorly lit environment.”

Here are our top tips for ensuring the well-being of your cherished plants through the winter:


Light is the big one during this limited-daylight time of year. Placing your tropical plants in south-facing, unobstructed windows is ideal, but there is also nothing wrong with adding artificial light. However, take note: Cheng advises that many agricultural-grade grow lights are likely overkill. “Most of the tropicals people are growing as houseplants have a lower light demand than the high-yielding vegetable crops those

lights are built for,” he writes. “If you have a regular white LED bulb, your plants will get enough spectrum at enough intensity to survive.” Bear in mind this supplemental LED lighting is lower intensity than the sun, which can be compensated for with longer exposure — up to 12 hours a day won’t hurt — and with the efficiency of LED lights, there shouldn’t be too much cause for concern on your hydro bill.

Less moisture

The biggest cause for houseplant failure is too much love in the form of watering. Waterlogged potting soil will lead to root rot. If your plants are looking yellow or black and wilted, check to see if the soil is too wet by pushing your finger into the soil about three centimetres deep. Remove the dead foliage and repot into fresh, dry soil if necessary.

More moisture

Many of the tropical plants we enjoy in our home are native to humid, rainforest-like environments – basically the opposite of our dry Canadian homes during the winter. Orchids, majesty palm, begonias, and Boston fern are some that will benefit from a daily misting with room temperature water in a fine spray bottle, generally when the soil starts to appear dry. Keep an eye out for brown or dry leaf

tips. Important note: Succulents, fiddle leaf fig, and spider plants are among those that do not benefit from misting and can end up with the symptoms of overwatering when misted. The easiest way to decide whether to mist your houseplants or not is to consider where they came from. Those native to the Mediterranean and Africa typically enjoy drier conditions than the lush tropical plants hailing from the rainforests of Southeast Asia and South America.

New Year diet program

Like many of us, the new year is a good time for indoor plants to cut back their food intake. Pay close attention — if there is new growth, continue fertilizing at a reduced rate. Most common houseplants slow down in the winter, so you can hold off fertilizing completely until early spring when you notice growth picking up again. In extreme cases, fertilizing in winter can turn soil salty and burn roots however, most often it is just a waste – the expensive fertilizer will end up flowing right through the soil.

The right steps

Canadian winters are hard on us all, but when we take the right steps to take care of our houseplants, they will in turn look after us.

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From reducing stress to self-discovery, journalling is a mental-health well-being powerhouse.


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As we recover from the pandemic, many of us are still processing the life-altering implications the new virus had on our lives. Fear of the unknown. Loss of loved ones. Isolation. Children learning remotely. Panic-buying toilet paper.

These past couple of years have taken its toll on our minds and hearts, and the need to look after our mental well-being has never been more necessary. While forest bathing and sourdough bread-making became synonymous with providing self-care during COVID, another movement has been on the rise — journalling, writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them better. Studies have shown that done daily, writing in a journal can help reduce stress, improve your mood, help process negative thoughts and harness selfdiscovery and goals.

You may be thinking back to your teenage diaries written strictly under lock and key. These small, lined books always soothed the soul after some high school drama, right? That’s because writing down what we think and feel lets us express ourselves freely without judgement; it’s a way to process our concerns, issues, problems and fears.

Are you looking to reconnect with pen and paper? Why not create a journalling nook? Much like a reading nook, this space is about creating a cosy, inviting atmosphere so you can let your thoughts flow. Here are 11 products to keep in mind when creating your special space.

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2. Martini SIDE TABLE with white marble base. $699.

3 The wildflower CANDLE. $52.

4. Regis lounge CHAIR in juniper green. $929.

5 Vestervig multicolour flat woven RUG. $299. 6. Flow MUG in black by Ferm Living. $24. 7. Five-year keepsake JOURNAL set by Rifle Paper Co. $80. 8. Original BALLET SLIPPERS in cognac. $90. 9. Chaga coconut CHAI. $17. 10. Esbella THROW. $109. 11. Bullet PEN in gold by Hay. $13.

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Maybe it was the arrival of Zoom calls and we all needed a cool-looking background, or we finally just got wise to the fact that bookcases and shelves can be great styling tools, but these standard items have really come into focus the last couple of years. Outside of a video view, a well-styled open shelf can elevate and enhance the rest of a room, adding character and interest, and yes, function, too.

I often use open shelving in my own designs, and it’s as requested and loved by my clients as it is by me. In one project, we aligned the theme of the accessories in relation to the room’s broader esthetic, which featured wood and organic elements, with a neutral palette. Our shelf display had muted tones, with a mix of objects and materials that resonated with the rest of the space.

Here are some of my personal tips to style a bookshelf.

Start from scratch

This is my best advice when decorating, whether it’s a bookshelf or a whole room. Clearing out everything may sound overwhelming at first, but it makes lighter work of the styling itself. It’s also the best way to take stock of the shelf and the space around it, which will impact what goes on it.

Be selective

When choosing your accessories, do so wisely, as there is a fine line between a “collection” and “clutter.” The space on your shelf is precious, so don’t waste it on pieces you don’t love, and certainly don’t waste it by cluttering it up again. Whatever you choose, make sure your selections have the desired impact in the room.

Look for variety

Try incorporating an assortment of items in alternate groupings, such as books mingled with photos, art, baskets and pottery. Vary your material selections as well, with a mix of pieces in wood, metal, glass and stone, in a range of textures. Plants are a great addition, too.

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Add colour


If you don’t choose books based on their covers (really, you shouldn’t), consider wrapping them in coloured paper to bring a little life to your displays. Add further visual interest to your display by painting or wallpapering the back panel of the bookshelf, or the wall behind it if it has an open back.

While this advice does the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing, go ahead and treat your books like true accessories, with an eye to colour and pattern. Believe it or not, books come wrapped in some truly beautiful covers that, in my opinion, can easily be placed on a shelf alongside framed or canvas art.

Create balance

When arranging your accessories, consider the weight and size of each object in relation to the others, and the bookcase itself. Smaller items organically “float” to the top, while the larger ones gravitate toward the bottom. Be sure to balance your display with some empty space. When you think you’re done, take a step back and adjust the display until you’re happy with the result.

When grouping your collections, work in odd numbers, which creates symmetry and is generally pleasing to the eye. Place the tallest or largest item in the centre of each mini arrangement, with the smaller items on either side.

Tell the story of you

A bookshelf isn’t just a place to put your stuff; it’s an opportunity to showcase your style, personality and personal interests. It’s a way to infuse your home with colour, texture and vibrancy. It helps tell the story of you. Put some thought into your accessories and arrangements, and what it is you want to say. Alternate your display with the changing seasons, your evolving interests and new experiences, or just on a whim. Consider it your blank canvas.

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A tale of two rooms

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It’s an interior design tale as old as time — how to make an open-concept main floor flow, while remaining functional and fabulous.

For designer Melanie Hay of Melanie Hay Design, the solution is to rely on her problem-solving skills. “I needed to solve several key functions in the space first,” says Hay. “I needed to carve out “zones” in the open-concept space that ensured there was enough room for family living and lounging, entertaining, working from home and dining.” Hay was mindful that her clients were a young family with a new baby and anticipated they would need the entire area to be comfy and cosy for daily family life, but also streamlined and stylish for entertaining.

“I knew with a young child in the house, I needed to be practical with

finishes, and I wanted the room to feel cohesive but still interesting,” she explains.

When creating the dining area, Hay had to come up with a clever small-space solution.”My clients really wanted a place to congregate with family and eat, but space was tight, and I didn’t want to take away from the spacious living/family area,” says Hay. She chose a previously unused area to set the stage for a dining nook and placed a pretty, upholstered dining bench under the window to soften the look and save space.

Next, she added two shaded wall sconces on either side of the window to help define the dining room area and some soft diffused lighting in the evening.

“The chairs are a bold visual element and are also practical, while the mid-century modern style walnut table is a bit unexpected,” she says.

Colour consistency throughout

Hay started by painting the walls in Muslin colour, by Benjamin Moore. She appreciated the soft blush undertones and knew it would pair perfectly with the paint brand’s Cosmopolitan hue. 49

The warm grey with green undertones was used as a contrasting colour on the wainscotting throughout the area and on the large fireplace/TV unit. “The two colours give the space polish and dimension,” says Hay.

When it came to the overall colour palette, Hay used a variety of coordinating warm, earthy tones, using her client’s laid-back personalities and their desire for the space to feel “comfortable and relaxed” as her main inspiration.

“I love neutral palettes in general, as I find them very livable and timeless however, there is always the chance that a space will fall flat if it doesn’t have enough dimension in tones and textures,” she says. To add depth, Hay incorporated various textiles and materials — a wool and jute rug, linen on the sofa, silk, wool, velvet and linen on the toss cushions, and

brass accents. “This layering of natural textiles and materials makes the space feel warm, enveloping and cosy and keeps it casual yet elegant,” explains Hay.

To mainain a cohesive look between the living and dining areas, Hay incorporated the same palette and material selections to ensure there was flow throughout the rooms. In addition, she paid particular attention to the space’s light and dark elements to ensure everything felt balanced. Even the window treatments were consistent between the two rooms to maintain a natural flow.

A satisfying solution

Using her keen design skills, Hay was able to turn an open-concept dilemma into a stylishly defined space fit for the entire family’s needs.

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Budget-friendly tips:

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The scent of pine, hot chocolate, twinkle lights... are you ready for it? The Holidays are coming soon as so is all the festive & cozy home decor that comes with it. If you’re looking to save money this holiday season, there are plenty of ways to do so without skimping on the festive fun. Here are some great tips from Edmonton’s own The DIY Mommy, Christina Dennis, for budget-friendly holiday decorating:

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Have an old sweater with holes in it? You can repurpose it into an upcycled sweater Christmas star ornament. First, trace a star cookie cutter onto a sweater with a permanent marker. Cut two layers of sweater in the star shape, and then stitch around the star with a contrasting-coloured yarn with a blanket stitch. Leave an opening at the end to stuff a little bit of polyester fiberfill inside, and then finish stitching the ornament shut. To finish the ornament, stitch a 9-inch length of yarn through one of the star points and tied it to create a hanger for the ornament.

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Coloured glassware is a huge trend this year, and the thrift store is the perfect place to find it! Use one colour of thrifted glassware on your Holiday table (green is the perfect colour) or use a rainbow of colours for an eclectic look.

Use what you have

Take a look around your home and see what seasonal items you already have on hand that can be repurposed for holiday decor. Candles, vases, and even everyday items like mason jars can be transformed with a little bit of creativity.

Shop second hand

Second-hand stores are a great place to find unique holiday decorations at a fraction of the cost. You can also keep an eye out for

garage sales and estate sales in your area for even more savings. Don’t forget that a simple coat of paint can completely transform a thrifted item into something that looks more current!


Make your own decorations

Get crafty and make your own holiday decorations! There are plenty of easy DIY projects that even the most inexperienced crafter can handle. Browse Pinterest for simple Christmas craft ideas, or search YouTube for detailed step-by-step videos to create your own unique Christmas decor.

Use recycled paper to wrap gifts

You can easily find recycled paper at your local dollar store, or you can get even more creative and use old maps, magazines, or even newspapers to wrap your gifts. Saving brown packing paper from your mail and using it to wrap gifts can look beautiful if you add a topper like dried oranges or sprigs of greenery.


Make dried orange slices to use as gift toppers or in a Holiday garland. Take an orange and slice it into ¼” thick slices. Place the slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. For even faster-drying slices, blot the orange slices with paper towels before placing them on the cookie sheet. Optional: sprinkle the slices with cinnamon or cloves to create more fragrant orange slices. Place the sheet on a middle rack of your oven at 175 F and bake the orange slices for 2-3 hours. Tip: Flip the orange slices every 30 minutes for the best results!

Use natural elements.

Incorporate nature into your holiday decor for a unique and budget-friendly touch. Pinecones, branches, and leaves can all be used to create beautiful holiday displays. Not only do natural elements add texture and life to your home, but you can often find them for free!



Create a beautiful, rustic wreath for your front door this Holiday season by starting with a large grapevine wreath base. Using a hot glue gun, attach pom-poms, faux greenery and bells of various sizes to the bottom half of the wreath. Finish the wreath by attach a large bow to the bottom and enjoy your handiwork!

This Holiday season, get thrifty and use some of these tips to create a beautiful home on a budget. From using what you have to shopping second-hand, there are many ways to save money and still make your home look fabulous. So get crafty, think outside the box, and enjoy creating your own unique holiday decorations. Your wallet (and the planet) will thank you!

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Use pine or spruce clippings from your local greenhouse (or your backyard!) in vases around your home. Not only will they make your home smell incredible, but they’ll look festive and beautiful. You can also create a simple DIY wreath from evergreen branches by gently bending an evergreen branch into a circular shape. Tie it together with jute twine and leave a long tail. Then, grab a handful of 4-6” long evergreen branches and tie them to the wreath base with the jute twine. Continue tying handfuls of trimmed branches to the wreath base, in the same direction, until you’ve filled the full wreath base.

Christina Dennis is an expert renovator and DIY enthusiast based in Edmonton, AB. With nearly 1.2 million followers on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, Christina has a unique ability to connect with those looking to update their home and lives on a budget, with magazine worthy results. If you like colour, enjoy learning how to make things, and have a penchant for farmhouse style with an eclectic twist, follow her blog and YouTube channel @TheDIYMommy.



design expert Brighten living space

Regardless of a home’s actual square footage, the quest to make it look and feel bigger and brighter is eternal. What many people don’t realize is that you don’t always have to undergo a costly and all-consuming renovation to enhance your home’s sense of space and light.

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Here are some simple design tips to consider instead.

Declutter the space

Decluttering costs you nothing, but it makes a world of difference. A clean, clutter-free space lets light flow freely throughout, making a room appear bigger and brighter. It’s remarkable how “stuff” has a way of eating up

physical and visual space in our homes, blocking out light and that desired sense of openness. Donate, recycle or trash anything you no longer want, need or love.

Neutral-coloured walls

Painting the walls instantly refreshes a room, and when you choose a light, neutral colour palette, it can also

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tipMirrors are a great way to amp up the light and airiness in a room, by virtue of their reflection. A large mirror essentially doubles the light in a room, and when strategically positioned across from a window or doorway, it doubles the view as well.

make your home feel more spacious. Pale colours naturally reflect light, which can make the walls appear farther away, thus visually expanding the room. Look to colours such as offwhite, cream, beige or light grey as bright and airy choices that are still on the warm side of the spectrum.

Maximize natural light

Windows offer outside views, but they are also the main source of natural light entering your home. Let the sun shine in with sheer curtains or translucent blinds that offer privacy without blocking out the light. Also consider removing unnecessary doors, leaving entranceways free and clear.

Your furniture layout also plays a key role in the flow of light through the space. Avoid blocking windows and doorways. Stand back in the room and reposition any pieces that obstruct your views. Low-profile furniture, slim silhouettes, reflective metals and materials such as clear glass or Lucite allow light and views to pass through, making them “disappear” from sight.

Add lighting as needed

Have you ever noticed that dark rooms can make the space appear small and cramped? Poor lighting also makes a room less welcoming and less functional. Given this, it never

tipPaint the walls in adjoining or adjacent rooms and hallways the same colour to blur the separation between rooms and make them appear larger.

ceases to amaze me that lighting often becomes an afterthought in the decorating process. Always prioritize your lighting in your decorating plans.

A well-lit room should include layers of different types of light sources, such as ceiling fixtures, sconces, table and floor lamps. This will brighten dark corners while highlighting the functional and esthetic features of a room. We always tell our clients to ensure they have various light sources along with dimmers that also allows them to customize the level of lighting, depending on the time of day, the activity and the desired ambience.

Believe it or not, the amount of light in your home affects not just the home’s esthetic, but your mood and even your physical health. So, lighten up more in 2023 and let the sun shine in.

A brighter, bigger home can be yours – even if it’s just the illusion of light and space.

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Layer in luxe fabrics

The addition of lusher, richer textures that complement existing decor is an instant way to make any room feel that much cosier. Especially with a tone on tone palette, where colour isn’t a distraction. Here are two gorgeous sofas upholstered in faux fur, and the side chairs in wool – you can’t get more textural or cosier than that!

Fur, Mongolian Lamb and velvet are my favourite go to fabrics to get cosy warmth.

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Take a holistic approach

Incorporating healthy, natural materials to promote wellness – here I created a restorative environment by selecting local materials and locally resourced fabrics and furnishings. The overall affect helps to generate a feeling of good will, harmony and balance with nature – shown here is the gorgeous shou sugi ban dining table I designed, made locally by Hammerton Forge.

Opt for oversized –less is more mentality

Too often I walk into a clients space and they have too small an area rug, coffee table or even lamps. Try a larger area rug, ensure that all legs of the furniture in the room are on the area rug. Try oversized ottomans or coffee tables – it brings all the elements in the room and brings them closer. A fabric ottoman always adds cosiness especially with a great drink tray.

any of these, don’t hesitate to contact Marie at 780 489 4412.

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Welcome your guests into a space designed for gathering, lounging and reminiscing

When it’s cold outside, you want a welcoming environment for you and your guests. Design is more than just about esthetics: It’s also about creating an atmosphere. To create a welcoming ambience when the weather outside isn’t so accommodating, focus on dedicating certain areas to enhance all the right feels.

Encourage gathering

Present the space as somewhere anyone would covet to relax or dine in. Keep clutter in a sort of organized chaos, make sure to have seats available, and use a few design tricks to lure the eye.

Lines: Give the eye a purposeful direction. Utilize the angle of flooring or walls, and where corners meet. This acts as a physical cue for your gaze to follow. Contrast: With a pop of colour or an interesting pattern, you can bring attention to a location with ease. Contrast is a great way to establish a focal point.

Symmetry: Creating a frame is another way to encompass a space and draw the right kind of attention to it. For example, a couch perfectly framed under a window or art piece, or with accents on either side can bring it to the front of one’s attention.

Encourage lounging

Relaxing is one of life’s luxuries — a place to put your feet up, to unwind after a hard day, or to cosy up with your favourite activity.

Blankets: There’s nothing cosier than a few blankets. To amp it up, layer them up! Heavy knits, wool, fleece, faux fur, there’s no such thing as too many. Store the overflow in a wicker or fabric basket. This makes them accessible to guests; they can just reach out and grab one.

Plant therapy: Plants aren’t just good for adding texture or colour to a room, they also improve the air quality and bring a sense of life into a space. Colder weather means closing doors and windows to maximize the heat and adding indoor plants brings about a more figurative sense of warmth and closeness with nature.


Ecourage reminiscing

Whether you’re yearning for those halcyon days of summer, or want to relive simple pleasures, decking your space out in memorabilia can help combat those winter woes. Live in the moment with guests but don’t neglect the things that make you sentimental. Dedicate a space to creating and celebrating memories. This extends beyond the holiday season. Find and keep the love by personalizing the space.

Repurpose old keepsakes: Consider the treasures you’ve accumulated in your lifetime. Tasteful clutter doesn’t have to be bare bones or even storebought. Old letters and encyclopedias can find new purpose. Along with personalizing your home, old treasures can bring more dimension with colour and texture. A few conversation pieces here and there can spark discussion and bring about more memories for the future.

Aromatherapy: Our sense of smell is an often-overlooked part of crafting an atmosphere. But it’s easy to set one

up. Choose a scent (holiday inspired or otherwise) that fits the mood you want to convey and let aromatics (such as essential oils) do the rest. A subtle scent adds another layer to the space: Your olfactory system is closely connected to memory.

There’s more to staying snug in the winter than cuddling up with a cup of tea and nesting in blankets (though that does help). Giving your spaces a purpose can help renew your desire to entertain. It’s good for the soul and a great excuse to have guests over.

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Once you have decided to have renovation work done on your home, you want to find the right people to help you plan and carry out the work



Whatever the nature and scope of your project, there are many experienced people who can help turn your renovation ideas into a successful reality. A renovation contractor or professional renovator, usually gets involved in a wide range of projects — large and small, interior and exterior. Renovation contractors work with you to turn your ideas into reality, and they coordinate all aspects of your project — permits, materials, workers, subtrades, supervision and inspections. In other words, a professional renovator puts it all together for you.


If your renovator does not provide design services, you can hire a designer or architect to assist you with plans and to prepare working drawings and specifications. Choose someone who is familiar with the special demands of renovations. Ideally, plans should be developed with input from the renovator who will be doing the work.



Due to the tremendous popularity of kitchen and bathroom renovations, many manufacturers have set up storefront outlets or showrooms where homeowners can enjoy a first-hand look at product offerings such as cabinets, counters and fixtures. Renovation contractors often work closely with these retailers to provide integrated customer service.


Trade contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, roofers or HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) installers offer highly specialized services. Trade contractors work closely with professional renovators, who include them as part of their team as required for each project. Homeowners can also hire them directly when, for instance, you only want to replace your roofing or install a new furnace.


A professional renovator who specializes in a particular aspect of home renovation, such as kitchens and bathrooms, sunrooms or window replacement. Some contractors focus on renovations for special audiences, such as homeowners with environmental sensitivities.

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A home energy assessment by a licensed independent home energy advisor can help you save money and improve your home’s comfort by including energy upgrades in your renovation project. Energy advisors, licensed by the government of Canada, carry out a thorough inspection of all energy-related aspects of your home, and use computer modeling to identify the most cost-effective improvements. You get a written report listing possible improvements and potential energy savings. You and your renovator can use this report when developing your home renovation plans.


Large renovation projects often require design work and drawings upfront before costs can be worked out and construction can begin. The design/build renovator provides both professional design and construction services and so is able to see your job through from start to finish.


A third-party inspection of your home before you begin planning your renovation may provide you with important information about its condition and possible needs for repairs and replacement. Before you hire an inspector, be sure to ask about qualifications, references and insurance.


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The products used in your home renovation can have a big impact on the overall quality of the job and on how satisfied you will be with the end result. There are two key considerations — the quality of the products, and how they are installed.


The structural components of your renovation (lumber, subflooring, insulation, foundation, plumbing, and so on) are most often suggested by your renovator, who will discuss with you why particular choices are the most suitable for your job.

However, it is up to you, the homeowner, to choose the siding, flooring, fixtures and a myriad of other finishing products that go into a home. This only makes sense — after all, you know what you like and how much you are willing to spend.

Proper product selection is vital, and professional renovators will help you make the right choices for your project and budget. They know what’s available, and which materials and products offer the best quality and value. They will make recommendations and introduce you to their suppliers.

It is important to make sure that products and materials meet Canadian standards by such agencies as Canadian Standards Association and Underwriters Laboratories. These standards set criteria for safety, health and performance and are an important indication of quality.

Many renovators are using and promoting products made by wellknown manufacturers, from building materials to windows and faucets. Using brand-name products means that you can be confident that you know what you are getting, including the manufacturer’s warranty.


However, even the best product cannot perform well, or may fail, if it is not installed properly. An air barrier installed on the wrong side of the wall assembly can lead to moisture problems. Poorly done sub-flooring may “telegraph” through vinyl or linoleum floor covering. And so on…

Invariably, the result of improper installation is disappointment. The renovation doesn’t look as good as it should, or things don’t work right and the work may have to be

redone, which is both inconvenient and costly. Just as importantly, incorrect installation might invalidate a manufacturer’s warranty.

When you hire a renovator, make sure you choose a professional. Then you can have confidence in the work and in the products that go into your renovation, and you will be protected by the manufacturers’ warranty. With a professional renovator, you can look forward to the final result, knowing that everything will work smoothly for years to come.

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