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The LG brand has long been synonymous with innovation. With the launch of its refreshed LG STUDIO appliance collection in Canada, consumers will get the same panache for product innovation but with elevated elements and a touch of luxury. The new collection boasts clean lines and a contemporary esthetic to cater to the more discerning home design enthusiast. In addition, modern styling and advanced technology demonstrate that the appliances look as good as they perform.


Find a range of products for the kitchen, such as a counter-depth refrigerator and side-by-side builtin refrigerator; gas, electric and induction free-standing ranges, builtin cooktops, wall ovens, wall-mount chimney hoods; and top-control dishwashers, all featuring a distinctive style palette aimed to complement contemporary kitchen designs. These smart appliances are also built with the innovative LG features consumers know and love, such as LG ProBake

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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

front panel on the LG STUDIO Styler is an unexpected stylish touch marrying esthetic with utility in your space.


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FEATURES 19 HOME FINDS The latest decor and lifestyle products you’re going to love now and into the New Year 23 PAINT TRENDS 2023 Bold and beautiful shades primed to take centre stage
HOLIDAY DECOR Festive fun this holiday season: Refresh, renew and rejuvenate
HOME INSPIRATION Our design experts share standout storage solutions
GIFT GUIDE 2022 Inject colour in your gifts, and the wrapping, too
AT HOME Create a cosy journalling nook to reduce stress and increase selfdiscovery
STYLE FILE Express your shelf: Style your bookcase or open shelves and elevate your space
DESIGN FILE A tale of two rooms: Dreamy and distinct living/dining areas
INTERIOR DESIGN Trending interiors that enhance well-being
INSPIRATION Be the host with the most: Create a guest bedroom that will spoil your visitors
58 HOME FURNISHINGS Dining room debut: Tips to create your first dining area RENOVATION 14 BEFORE & AFTER Spacial recognition: Maximizing every inch of space in a row house reno 66 ASK A RENOVATOR Expansion plans to make you fall in love with your home all over again CONTESTS Enter to win 32 An American Standard Spectra+ Duo shower head 32 A 100” Hisense L9G Series 4K Smart TriChroma Laser TV 47 Craftsman 6-piece tool combo kit 60 Editor’s Sweet Read Box giveaway 65 BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Lithium ion drill/driver and 68 piece project kit DEPARTMENTS 10 FROM THE GUEST EDITOR Let us entertain you 26 COVER STORY The future is now: Canadian Appliance Source offers the latest in smart appliances to make modern life easier 40 GREEN THUMB Light brigade: Winter cheer for your houseplants WHERE TO FIND IT 46 Product Showcase 62 Renovator Resource Directory 65 Advertiser Index 42 33 58 Interior Design Show – Toronto Jan 19-22 Metro Toronto Convention Centre - South Building It’s Showtime! 9

Let us entertain you

Ihope you enjoy our beautiful winter issue, packed with ideas on helping you entertain in style and bring a cosy feel to your space. I guarantee the tips and ideas curated on our pages will surely inspire you to welcome friends and family into your home and celebrate the gift of good times.

The thought of gathering with a group of close friends has taken on new meaning for me, and perhaps for you, too. As the memories of time lost with loved ones through the pandemic lingers in my heart, I feel the need to be more diligent at planning time to gather, to hug the friends closest to me and to be “in the moment” while we laugh and talk together. Because of the time that was taken away while lockdowns were in place, the idea of sharing a meal, telling stories in the kitchen and sipping wine around the fire as a group now feels like a special gift of time that has been blessed back to me.

On the note of gathering and cosying up, in my opinion, there’s a few musthaves for these special occasions,

starting with an oversized coffee table to enjoy appetizers around. The perfect entertaining coffee table for me is one that includes a shelf. As a collector, I still like to enjoy my decorative items on display while guests indulge in a charcuterie board mixed with local delights like cheeses and cured meats.

Next on my must-have list is definitely some luxurious, textured accent pillow covers. I enjoy updating my sofa with large ones and I also include a mix of floor cushions so everyone can gather around the coffee table in style. I am also lucky to have a wood-burning fireplace in my historical home, which is the preferred spot for most guests to sit while snacking.

And lastly, a winter decor staple for me is certainly some beautiful artificial winter greens. Faux plants and branches have come such a long way and look so realistic. I bunch frosty sprigs into vases and planters and incorporate winter florals onto my table-top displays. Simple topiaries always add a festive look to mantels or hall tables.


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BILD With more than 1,300 members, BILD is the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA. BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations.

DDA The Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) is a professional association that elevates the decorating and design industry for design professionals, students, and suppliers through education, events, training, advocacy, and community building.

IDC Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is the national advocacy association for the interior design profession. As the national advocacy body, IDC represents more than 5,000 members, including fully qualified interior designers and related professionals.

NKBA The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Ontario/Canada Chapter was established in 1977 and is one of the top associations for the industry. Its members are able to meet with other industry members to learn what’s out there and what other members offer.

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Housing in 2022 is expensive! Quite simply, our living areas are trending smaller to retain a semblance of affordability. As such, it is imperative that we maximize every square inch of space. A recent project for a family of five in Toronto serves as a prime example of how the reallocation of space provided better comfort, privacy and flexibility.

The question: To sell their 1,500-sq.-ft., three-storey row house to move to something bigger, or redesign what they already had, and improve upon existing layouts, space allocations and update finishes for a more functional and stylish esthetic, all within a budget they could afford. They decided moving is expensive — double land transfer taxes, commissions and closing costs can add up even before considering the cost to move up to something bigger. Instead, those funds were used to make the existing home function better for their long-term needs.

The start

The main floor was the initial design focus, with an update to the storage and the finishes. Five people need a lot of food, room to sit and space to store things such as table settings, counter appliances, coats, hats and bags. Organization was a top priority. Replacing an existing entry closet and some store-bought items with a floor-to-ceiling built-in addressed the space issue and provided everyone with their own place for their stuff. In the kitchen, reorganizing appliances

Blue and white cabinets brighten up the space.

allowed for an improved workspace and traffic flow. Reducing bulkheads and shifting cabinetry allowed for increased storage and a connection with the dining room. Blue and white cabinets and Cambria Quartz counters added a bright, durable and contrasting style. New flooring and painting unified the space, making it feel larger.

The reallocation of space

With a row-house condo format, an addition was not possible. Previously,

the third floor was comprised solely of a suite for the parents that comprised a bedroom, walk-in closet and fivepiece ensuite bathroom. The three children shared two bedrooms on the second level. It was decided to divide the one large bedroom on the third level into two smaller bedrooms, a walk-in closet and a shared washroom.

Built-in custom millwork added proper clothing storage in addition to a desk area in both the remodelled primary and the new child’s bedroom. With functional built-in custom

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storage, it is possible to achieve what you need in 110 to 140 sq. ft. of space.

The execution

The architectural design and construction was undertaken by the Eurodale Design + Build group. The interior design, a key collaboration in the space planning, organization and visual esthetics, was handled by Kenneth King Interiors. Plans were then brought to the team at Distinctive by Design Fine Cabinetry, who created the millwork installed throughout. The result is a stylish

place for everything. Closets, workspaces, vanities and alcoves were planned to provide storage, organization and style – the goal of every homeowner. The best part? The homeowners loved the results!

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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 A new built-in closet in the entryway. 15
Built-in custom millwork added space for clothes and a desk in the new bedrooms.


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Luxurious and eye-catching, marble decor pieces can make a statement in any room of your house.

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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

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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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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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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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This holiday season’s merrymaking barometer is set at festive fun, featuring bold individual expression and tantalizing table scapes
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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."

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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.”

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“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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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!

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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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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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The pandemic has had some people reevaluateing their concept of home and their needs. “Over the last two years, many of us have experienced loss of some kind. Never before have we spent so much time at home, working and isolating for months,” says registered interior designer, Lisa Sandham, citing many of her clients who have wanted a greater focus on health and finding ways their home could improve their well-being.

“The provincial stay-at-home orders gave clients the opportunity to reflect on changes they were considering for their homes,” she says. “Transforming their space into their own personal oasis became a priority for many people, and the trend has continued into 2022.”


“Most clients are choosing upgrades to upholstery options on their sofas, such as memory foam wrapped in down,” explains Sandham. “Durable commercial fabrics, such as

Crypton, are very popular. These fabrics are beautiful, cosy and sustainable, easily repelling spills and stains.” With winter just around the corner, she advises a decorating strategy of comfort, with pieces that are both pleasant to the eye and that feel luxurious. Adding seasonal accessories such as a warm throw, accent cushions, layered bedding and additional accent lighting are all ways to create a warm and inviting environment during the most frigid months.


“Several of our projects over the last year have centered on main-level renovations that address aging in place safely and comfortably,” she says. “There has been an increased focus on integrating accessible design, lighting and smart home technologies.”

She suggests being realistic when considering an improvement. “With many older homes, achieving 100 per cent accessibility is not possible without an extensive renovation or addition.” In most scenarios, she says interior changes include providing a main-floor bedroom and

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bathroom with a large shower, widening existing doorways, and adding additional structural blocking within the walls for future grab-bar installations.


Sandham’s design ethos extends to a homeowner’s wellbeing. “Introducing biophilic elements that mimic our natural environment has been well studied and shown to improve overall health,” she says.

In biophilic design, elements of nature are incorporated into a space to boost wellness. Sandham suggests taking inspiration from the natural environment with a focus on natural colour palettes, introducing plants, choosing natural and sustainable interior finishes, including curvaceous lines in both furniture and art, and creating desirable outdoor views through landscape design.


An additional component of biophilic design is lighting, whether it be maximizing natural daylight or having the ability to control artificial lighting to mimic the colour temperatures we naturally experience throughout a day. “Studies have shown this contributes to positive health effects,” says Sandham, and recommends exploring smart LED bulbs and fixtures that are compatible with smart home apps and voice control. “The perception of light and what is comfortable can vary from one individual to another. Having the ability to control this element of design in our living spaces can add tremendously to the enjoyment of our homes.”

Incorporating these fundamental changes can be transformative, turning a person’s home into a “paradise” to enjoy, which reflects their personality, tastes and preferences.

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Interior Design Show Toronto

RENO+DECOR is looking forward once again to the Interior Design Show Toronto that runs from Jan. 19-23 at the Metro Convention Centre. We’ll be there and invite you to come visit us at booth 903, where you will find copies of our free magazines, including the 2023 issue of Ontario Design.

If you are looking for design advice, designers Lisa Kooistra and Diana Rose will be at our booth Saturday Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. to help answer your design questions.



Tranquility and conversation — creating an inviting space for like-minded professionals to grow and discuss ideas in the beauty of nature.

In our busy fast-paced lives, nature has proven to provide us with peace and lower stress levels. With the past couple of years bringing us uncertain times, I wanted to create a tranquil environment for like-minded professionals to take time and create conversations on design and what inspires their daily choices.

With the infusion of a natural colour palette derived from nature, I wanted this space to be soft but impactful with its bold prints and unique textures. While we may be aware of the natural colour palette of nature on a daily basis, there are also other impactful tones to pay attention to. In this space, we showcase some bolder tones. Red, orange, teal, burgundy — these aren’t the first colours we think of, but they surround us with their beauty all the time. This space is inspired by nature’s splendour and should inspire on-going conversations on how we should live with it and not against it.

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Create a guest bedroom that will spoil your visitors

Gracious hosting is all about making your guests feel comfortable.

It’s also about making your home, their home, even if only for a short period of time. This is when some of those oftenoverlooked rooms come into focus –namely, the guest bedroom and bath. Follow these design tips to style these spaces as a cosy retreat your visitors will never want to leave!

Decorate with neutrals

If your goal is to make them comfortable, using a neutral colour palette of creams, whites and gentle greys will go a long way. Generally speaking, this family of hues is broadly appealing, which makes it a great choice for a guest bedroom, where one guest’s esthetic preferences and comfort level may differ dramatically from another’s.

Another reason neutral colours work well in a guest bedroom – or in any bedroom – is the atmosphere and ambience they lend to the space. Cool, calm and collected is the ultimate in guest room goals.

Finally, as we see colour trends fade in and out of style every year, a neutral colour scheme has remained consistent. Going this route means you won’t have to redecorate any time soon.



Be sure to have the right type of lighting, with dimmers in the right places. A bedroom will typically need ambient overhead lighting, table lamps or sconces on either side of the bed

Make it indulgent

Treat your guests to a little luxury for the duration of their stay. When it comes to extravagances, the best place to take your cues is from the hotel industry. Think back to your favourite vacation accommodation, and remember what made your stay so memorable. Then, incorporate some of these elements into your bedrooms at home. Fresh soft bedding, piles of pillows and extra blankets are sleep essentials, especially during the winter months. In the guest bath, ensure there are plenty of plush towels and toiletries at your guests’ disposal.

From a decor perspective, you can incorporate little luxuries into the room in the form of a textured feature wall, elegant window coverings, modern lighting, and furnishings that are both practical and stylish.

Enhance function and interest

Some thoughtful accessories and pieces of furniture, beyond the bed and night tables, can really give your guests added independence and flexibility in their room. Assume that

visitors will be using the room to relax and do their own thing at times, so aim for comfort and function. Incorporate a small sitting area tucked into the corner of a room to add visual interest, while providing a place for people to sit, take a phone call, or just relax

With that said, don’t overburden the room, or your guests, with too much “stuff.” Keep the space clean and clutter-free to maintain its sense of rest and relaxation.

All the right pieces

Creating a “home away from home” is easy when you have the right inspiration. But while your goal is to indulge your guests, remember that the room is in your home, so it should align with your own esthetic preferences and practical needs. With the right pieces in place, you just might find yourself spending a lot more time in the guest room.

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Dining room debut

Tips to create your first dining area

I’m often asked to create dining areas that are intimate but open, cosy yet cool –oxymorons by all accounts. Believe it or not, it is possible to achieve this balance. So, if your dining room is making its debut this year, pull up a seat and take notes as I serve up some of my top dining room decorating tips!

Let’s talk tables

As the setting for gatherings and celebrations, your dining table will be a mainstay behind countless dinners, toasts, future dreams and reflections of the past.

Generally speaking, your table should echo the room’s overall shape and proportions. Rectangular and oval

tables are best-suited to elongated rooms and open-concept areas, square tables work well in square rooms and nooks, and round tables are a good choice in small spaces.

Relative to the room, plan to leave a three- to four-ft.-gap between the table and walls or large furnishings to accommodate the flow of traffic and serving. For seating at the table,

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reserve a two-ft.-spot for each guest to account for the place setting with a little wiggle room on either side.

Dining tables come in a broad range of materials. Wood is traditional and durable, and is available in styles from rustic and classic to contemporary. Glass tabletops are easy to clean and are great in small spaces, as they don’t carry any visual weight. Metal, marble, concrete and stone – each has its own unique characteristics.

When choosing, do so wisely, as your table will set the tone in the room and at your dinner party.

A chair affair

With the perfect dining table in place, you can now move onto the chairs. Your chairs are an opportunity to express your style and infuse some unique personality into the room. The chairs don’t all have to match the table, or each other for that matter, but they should align in terms of style and the overall esthetic.

The proportions of your dining chairs matter. Most dining tabletops measure about 30 inches high. Thus, the seat of a standard dining chair is typically about 18 to 20 inches up from the floor. If your dining table is of an unconventional height, plan for a gap of about 10 to 12 inches between the seat and the tabletop.

Lighting it up

Lighting is a critical component in the dining area. A chandelier is the classic choice of fixture as an elegant focal point to ‘wow’ your guests and showcase the dining table. Your chandelier should be big enough to make a visual impact in the space. The rule of thumb is the diametre of your chandelier or pendant should measure between one-half to threequarters of the diametre or the width of the table, and be suspended three feet above the tabletop. This leaves it low enough to create a sense of intimacy and warmth with enough

room for guests to stand and lean across the table or a centrepiece.

Sure to impress

Your dining room is begging to host a great party. With these tips, the space will be dressed to impress – and impress it will.

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Member Since: 2009 Scarborough 416.261.9732

Allyn Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2002 Milton 416.347.7548

Alphyn Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.737.8607

Ambia Windows and Doors Inc.

Member Since: 2009 Richmond Hill 416.831.3719

Applewood Air Conditioning Ltd.

Member Since: 1971 Mississauga 905.275.4500

ArmentaLevy Interiors Ltd.

Member Since: 2013 Stouffville 416.561.6204

Assured Flooring

Member Since: 2019 North York 416.362.8453

Atlantic Development Group Ltd.

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 647.499.1326

Atlantic Development Group Ltd.

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 647.499.1326

Avvio Fine Homes Member Since: 2014 King City 416.239.7373


Bachly Construction

Member Since: 2002 Bolton 905.951.3100

Balmoral Custom Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.482.5000

Bayview Projects Contracting

Member Since: 1998 North York 416.730.8506

Belyea Bros. Ltd. Member Since: 2003 Toronto 416.425.1200

Better Living Insulation Inc.

Member SInce: 2020 Toronto 416.735.0346

Binns Kitchen + Bath Design Member Since: 2009 Toronto 416.286.2222

Birnie Home Safe Member Since: 2018 Mississauga 905.569.1818

BKR Energy Inc. Member Since: 2021 Toronto 416.358.5628

Bloomfield Homes (2119048 Ontario Ltd.)

Member Since: 2016 Richmond Hill 416.617.9909

BRIKS Design-Build Group

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 416.799.1000

Brixen Developments Inc.

Member Since: 2019 Vaughan 289.657.1315

Brumley Construction

Member Since: 2022 Whitby 416.676.4664

Bryant Renovations

Member Since: 2000 Campbellford 416.260.0818

Building Up

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 647.723.6930

Built By Pros Inc.

Member Since: 2016 York 416.708.3713


Calado & Lima Home Improvement Inc.

Member Since: 2011 York 416.782.0110

Canduit Contracting Inc. (Electrical Specialists)

Member Since: 2011 Mississauga 647.236.3050

Canex Contracting Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Vaughan 905.669.4995

Canlik Kitchens Member Since: 1996 Scarborough 416.412.7828

Carick Home Improvements

Member Since: 1998 Toronto 416.781.6671

Carmelin Design + Build

Member Since: 2014 Toronto 647.292.7682

Casamorra Ltd.

Member Since: 2020 Mississauga 647.200.1760

CCS Construction Group Inc.

Member Since: 2016 Etobicoke 416.241.9770 CGGC Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.625.2851 Chatsworth Fine Homes/ Oak Harbour Developments

Member Since: 2012 Oakville 905.337.1112

Chislett Asphalt Roofing Ltd.

Member Since: 1986 Newmarket 905.738.9433

Cliff and Evans Ltd.

Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.628.7186

Cochren Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2003 Oakville 905.842.2462 Cohn Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 1991 Mississauga 905.569.1349

Colewood Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 1991 Toronto 416.252.2226

Conquest Carpet & Flooring (Division of Trust Flooring)

Member Since: 1995 North York 416.745.8518

Contempo Renovation Solutions Inc.

Member Since: 2016 Scarborough 647.494.9868 Corrente Construction Management Inc.

Member Since: 2019 Bradford 905.775.6885

Craftsman Renovations Ltd.

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 647.501.6927

Craiglee Home Improvements Ltd.

Member Since: 1997 Scarborough 416.540.0503

Creative Integrity

Member Since: 2018 Toronto 416.875,5551

Cresmark Design Build Inc.

Member Since: 2020 Oakville 416.639.6800

Crina General Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2002 Concord 905.738.7930

Crown Constructions

Member Since: 2020 Mississauga 416.300.8751


Dalerose Homes

Member Since: 1986 Erin 519.833.7499 Dalmar Columns Inc.

Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.747.6945


Member Since: 2013 Whitby 416.668.4607

Decksterity Carpentry Cont. Ltd.

Member Since: 2012 Richmond Hill 905.737.9905

Diamond Luxury Developments Corp.

Member Since: 2021 Mississauga 1.877.773.1024

Doering Design and Build Ltd.

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 416.450.4407

Dolmen Group Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Newmarket 905.758.0866

Domilya Group Construction Inc. Member SInce 2020 Burlington 905.366.4592 Dominion Roofing Member Since: 1957 Toronto 416.789.0601 DSBG

Member Since: 2007 Vaughan 416-367-3724

Dundene Homes Inc. Member Since: 1999 Toronto 416.863.6116

Duracon Construction Services & Dura Painting

Member Since: 2009 Stouffville 416.688.9191


Ecocor Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2022 MIssissauga 416.500.5222

Elviano International Corp. Member Since: 2018 Toronto 416.901.5001

E-M Air Systems Inc. Member Since: 1997 Concord 905.738.0450

Emerald Builders

Member Since: 2018 Brampton 905.455.1115

Enertest Corporation Member Since: 2020 Orillia 647.327.3736

Eringate Homes

Member Since: 2022 Etobicoke 416.675.7569 Essence Homes Limited Member Since: 2022 Mississauga 905.567.3993 Eurodale Design + Build Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.782.5690

Evolve Home Services Member Since: 2021 Toronto 1.866.688.4822

Excelsior Construction Member Since: 2019 Toronto 416.662.7368

Exotherm Spray Foam Systems Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Woodbridge 647.554.3626


Fairmont Properties Ltd.

Member Since: 1994 Aurora 905.841.6161

Fairside Homes and Renovations Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.721.2224

Eastern Western Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2022 Toronto 416.303.9964

Feeley Group Developments Ltd. Member Since: 1979 Toronto 416.284.9304

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Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction Worker Co-op

Member Since: 2015

Baysville 1.888.391.4474

Fulcrum Custom Builder Muskoka Inc.

Member Since: 2022 Peterborough 705.917.0727 Fuzion Designs

Member Since: 2019 Mississauga 416.571.0011


Galle Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2013 Etobicoke 416.792.7591 Gatti Brothers Ltd.

Member Since: 2009 Mississauga 905.566.9072

GD Contracting Services Inc.

Member Since: 2016 Mississauga 905.564.7772

Gemterra Developments Corp.

Member Since: 2018 Markham 905.415.8595

Georgian Custom Renovations Inc.

Member Since: 2013 Mississauga 905.405.7290

Glenaden Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2022 Toronto 416.786.0998

Golden Bee Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.768.4771

Goldribbon Homes

Member Since: 2020 Toronto 416.623.1321

Gonell Homes

Member Since: 2022 Etobicoke 416.904.7327 Gorman-Mazzon Ltd.

Member Since: 1986 Richmond Hill 416.818.5049

Grande Tile and Reno Plus

Member Since: 2021 Newmarket 905.830.9996

Great Northern Insulation

Member Since: 2017 Woodstock 1.800.265.1914

Green City Communities Inc.

Member Since: 2020 Markham 905.604.7018

Greening Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.532.6811



Developments Inc.

Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.410.1799

Heights Custom Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Brampton 437.855.3156

Hogar At Home Member Since: 2019 Toronto 647.771.0092

Home Corp Services Inc/ Montwest Mechanical Inc.

Member Since: 2003 Vaughan 905.660.8886

Home Editions Ltd.

Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.410.7844

Home Reno Direct Member Since: 2015 Mississauga 1.844.819.7366

Homes by Bellia Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Woodbridge 647.286.4471


Josh Developments (1996) Ltd.

Member Since: 1988 Scarborough 416.318.4899

JY Construction/ 2560904 Ontario Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Scarborough 416.988.8881


Kayland Construction Concepts Inc.

Member Since: 2015 Newmarket 905.836.0090

Keystone Interiors Inc.

Member Since: 2010 Woodbridge 905.850.0474

Khachi Design Group Ltd.

Member Since: 2012 Oakville 905.469.8118 Khanani Developments Inc.

Member Since: 2022 Woodbridge 416.875.4007

Kingsgate Luxury Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2020 North York 416.617.3232

Kingsway Carpets & Blinds Inc.

Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.253.0880

Kingsway Home Improvements Inc.

Member Since: 2010 Etobicoke 647.505.6869


Lifestyles By Barons Inc.

Member Since: 2010 Halton Hills 905.872.4777

Luxor Homes Corporation

Member Since: 2019 Toronto 416.747.8746


MacPherson Builders Ltd.

Member Since: 1995 Etobicoke 905.882.8000

Marmo Contracting Inc.

Member Since: 2016 Markham 416.684.3117

Martino Contractors Ltd.

Member Since: 1987 Concord 905.760.9894

Master Edge Homes

Member Since: 2009 Markham 905.201.1054 Matthew Vincent Building Group Member Since: 2018 Mississauga 289.999.0155

Maxamin Homes Member Since: 2019 Toronto 416.398.6664

Mazenga Building Group Ltd.

Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.483.4105

Men At Work

Member Since: 1994 York 416.763.0763

Inspire Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2008 Caledon East 416.765.2020


Jackson & Associates Inc.

Design – Build – Renovate

Member Since: 1998 Scarborough 416.693.7870

Jeemca Developments Ltd.

Member Since: 2020 Toronto 416.402.4188

Jodabi Global Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Brampton 416.831.4189

Leed Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2022 Bradford 1.833.866.5333

Leonardi General Contractors Inc.

Member Since: 2010 Mississauga 905.277.9085

Leprevo Design-Build

Member Since: 2012 Etobicoke 647.893.3283

Let It Rain Ltd.

Member Since: 2003 Mississauga 905.795.0212

Lewitt Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.383.1221

Method Homes Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.548.5988

Metroview Developments Inc.

Member Since: 2020 Vaughan 905.747.5161

MGB Construction Member Since: 2018 Scarborough 416.473.3409

Mills Design Build

Member Since: 2004 Oakville 905.847.7104

Modular Home Additions Inc.

Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.759.4663

Monarch Kitchen Bath & Home

Member Since: 2013 Pickering 905.686.2001

Moosehead Construction Corp. Member Since: 2022 Toronto 416.996.5553 Mount Cedar Homes Member Since: 2021 Mississauga 647.395.9125


N. De Luca Plumbing (1995) Inc.

Member Since: 1996 Woodbridge 905.851.9159

NICO Renovations By Design Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Stoney Creek 416.886.9004

Norseman Construction & Development Ltd./ Norseman Group Member Since: 2008 Toronto 647.435.5433

North Creek Build & Reno Inc. Member Since: 2021 Toronto 416.910.3990

Northern Edge Construction Member Since: 1997 Scarborough 416.269.1900 Novacon Construction Inc. Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.750.7555 Nusite Contractors Ltd. Member Since: 2009 North York 416.622.7000

Nuvo Luxury Homes Corp.

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 416.300.8017

NZH Contracting

Member Since: 2017 Burlington 416.638.9376



Member Since: 2021 Stouffville 647.502.5244 Odima Construction Group Inc. Member Since: 2022 Toronto 416.777.6666

OMEGA Builditng Group

Member Since: 2020 Caledon 905.838.2008

Ontario Screen Systems Inc./Phantom Screens Member Since: 1995 Mississauga 905.624.0824

Oriel Renovations

Member Since: 2018 Toronto 647.668.0175


Paradise Views Residential Renovations

Member Since: 2016 Bolton 416.560.9501 P.J. Renovations Inc. Member Since: 1996 Etobicoke 416.621.1041

Penguin Basements Ltd.

Member Since: 2014 North York 416.633.7180 Perma-Wood Solariums and Additions

Member Since: 1994 Markham 416.491.2275

Pionova Inc. Member Since: 2021 North York 416.704.0279

Pine Glen General Contractors Inc. Member Since: 2010 Oakville 905.827.1117 Plan A Contracting Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.873.6810 Pratt Construction Inc. Member Since: 2020 Innisfil 705.431.8859

Premier Quality Renovations Inc.

Member SInce: 2015 Toronto 905.286.0303

Pro Air Duct


Member Since: 1998 Georgetown 416.451.7294

Progressive Reno & Contracting

Member Since: 2014 Etobicoke 416.831.6717

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Queensgate Homes Inc.

Member Since: 1992 Woodbridge 905.264.0600


Ragno Electric Ltd.

Member Since: 2000 Brampton 905.793.4663

Rajacan Developments Inc.

Member Since: 2019 Toronto 416.487.5425

RAM Contracting Ltd.

Member Since: 2012 Stouffville 905.773.0507

Raywal Ltd. Member Since: 1957 Thornhill 905.889.6243

Red Robin Masonry Inc.

Member Since: 2017 Etobicoke 416.206.8859

Remodel Canada

– Carpet One Floor & Home

Member Since: 2019 North York 905.886.9283

Renditions Design Build Ltd.

Member Since: 2011 Erin 905.838.0927

Reno Building Canada Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Newmarket 416.821.FREE Renocorp Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Mississauga 416.877.2408


c/o Sam Beninato

Member Since: 2016 Pickering 416.937.0969

Ridgestone Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2010 Woodbridge 905.264.7880

Ripple Projects

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 416.969.9999

R-Mac Solutions

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 647.872.9993

Roussel Eavestrough Distributors Ltd.

Member Since: 2011 Scarborough 416.438.4344

Rue du Monde Inc.

Member Since: 2022 Oshawa 647.849.7040



Developments Ltd.

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 647.282.6044

Salerno Custom Homes

Member Since: 2011 Mississauga 905.602.8611

Sandgate Construction Inc.

Member Since: 1991 Cookstown 905.841.6440

Santer Trim and Doors

Member Since: 2021 Etobicoke 905.893.9339

ScottRyan Design Build

Member Since: 2015 Oakville 905.510.5314

Scottsdale Contracting Inc.

Member Since: 2002 Toronto 416.520.8858

SevernWoods Fine Homes Member Since: 2008 Toronto 416.483.2941

Sierra Corporation Member Since: 2020 Toronto 416.642.0032

SJOC Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 1.833.756.2463

Sosna Inc.

Member Since: 2012 Vaughan 416.888.7366

Southlight Design/ Build Inc.

Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.457.4640

Spalding Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2021 North York 289.338.3926

Span-Co General Contracting Services Ltd.

Member Since: 2008 Markham 905.475.6282

Stallion Homes Member Since: 2021 Ancaster 905.962.1432

Stellar Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2011 Aurora 905.726.7778

Suncore Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2014 Keswick 905.897.1000

Sunnylea Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2020 Toronto 416.789.5229

Sunrise Group Canada Inc.

Member Since: 2020 Markham 905.415.0555

Superior Quality Renovations & Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2003 Toronto 416.441.0084 Sure Seal Crack Injections Co. Ltd. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.878.7295


The English Carpenter

Member Since: 2014 Toronto 647.269.3140

The Finishers Toronto Renovations

Member Since: 2018 Toronto 416.910.0761

The Meal Group

Member Since: 2016 Oakville 416.996.0371

TIPEQ Homes Inc.

Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.623.8159

Tooketree Passive Homes

Member Since: 2021 North York 416.433.7984

Torino Construction Inc. Member Since: 2020 Markham 905.470.1188

Toronto Custom Concepts Inc. Member Since: 2013 Mississauga 416.806.2232

Town Square Developments Inc.

Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd.

Member Since: 1995 Uxbridge 905.642.3515

Twelve Stone Homes

Member Since: 2014 Sharon 905.657.9184


U.K. Construction

Member Since: 1996 Scarborough 416.266.5333 Uni-Tech Windows Mfg. Inc.

Member Since: 2015 Woodbridge 905.856.4011

United Plumbing Inc.

Member Since: 2019 Brampton 905.791.1902

Urbanest Construction Member Since: 2018 Mississauga 416.738.2547


Member Since: 2021 North York 416.748.3836



W.C. Meek Design and Construction Ltd.

Member Since: 2008 Toronto 416.690.1919

Wallzcorp Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Toronto 416.640.2411

WellCore Corp.

Member Since: 2014 Thornhill 416.882.4606


Flooring Ltd.

Member Since: 2004 Woodbridge 416.746.8492 Whitaker Construction Inc.

Member Since: 2017 Toronto 647.794.7379 Woodcastle Homes Ltd.

Member Since: 2002 Mississauga 905.891.0200 Woodsmith Construction

T. Sena Construction and Management Inc.

Member Since: 2006 Woodbridge 905.850.1010

Team Shane

Member Since: 2019 Ancaster 905.304.4009

Templehouse Renovations

Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.932.9099

The Bespoke Group

Member Since: 2021 Toronto 416.838.5296

The Built Group

Member Since: 2019 Scarborough 289.201.7677

The City Wide Group Inc.

Member Since: 2014 Toronto 416.283.5500

Member Since: 2005 Woodbridge 905.850.9367 Trimatrix Construction Inc. Member Since: 2016 Concord 905.856.5156

TRUbuild Inc.

Member Since: 2018 Mississauga 416.704.6381

Vacuflo Built-In Central Vacuum Systems

Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.445.6886 Virtual Homes Inc. Member Since: 2021 Toronto 647.533.7690

Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.937.5874

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Expansion plans

An addition can breathe new life into an existing home, adapting it to the changing needs of your family so that you can remain in a neighbourhood you love. By doing your research and working with a fully certified professional builder who belongs to an organization such as RenoMark, a new addition can make you fall in love with your home all over again.

When considering a home addition, it’s important to develop an idea of what you want to do, your needs and your budget. Driving around your neighourhood to look at how other homes have been renovated is a great way to get some inspiration. If you can, talk to people who have additions you like and ask them about their experiences.

When meeting with builders, ensure you have a clear idea of your budget. This will determine what may or may not be possible, and experienced builders will be able to provide you with alternative options that can accomplish what you are looking for, in multiple ways if necessary. Different types of additions can affect the price. For example, building ‘up’ on an existing footprint instead of ‘out’ is usually a less expensive option.

Once the contract is signed, the process typically begins with a site plan and working with an architect or designer on the designs. Once the designs have been finalized, your builder will submit an application

to your municipality for pre-zoning, variances and the Committee of Adjustments process. Depending on the complexity of the designs and how long it takes the municipality to process your application, it can often take four to six months or longer as the plans move through the approval process before any construction can begin.

An addition can take anywhere from six to 12 months to complete once construction has begun, and it is important for you to understand how the renovation process could change your daily life and living situation.

Depending on the type of addition, it may not be feasible to continue living in your home during construction. The renovation work can impact your home’s utilities,

workers will be coming in and out, and there will be noise and disruption. You may have to make alternative accommodations during the building process.

Another thing to keep in mind is that problems with the existing house can be discovered during renovations, such as mould, water damage, or structural issues. These can affect timelines and possibly change the design of your addition, so be ready to adapt and work with your builder throughout the course of a project.

By hiring a professional builder you trust, being prepared throughout the process and keeping an open mind, an addition can result in a renewed home that you will continue to love for years to come.

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Marko Furlani is the owner and president of Urbanest Construction, a design-build company with more than 10 years of experience in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial construction. Please send your thoughts or questions to
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