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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.

In the kItchen

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

Convection technology, Air Fry, Air Sous Vide, LG’s exclusive Craft Ice and LG TrueSteam technology.

the laundry room

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.

functIonalIty Is key

Functionality plays a key role in the LG STUDIO appliance collection. That’s why all the LG STUDIO appliances connect to the LG ThinQ app that enables users to connect and communicate with the appliances to adjust settings, keep an eye on performance and run diagnostics. Plus, all LG STUDIO appliances come with a two-year warranty on parts and labour (please refer to the product manual or for specific details). Want to find out more? The new line of LG STUDIO appliances is now available at major appliance retailers across Canada.

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FEATURES 16 SHOWROOM Embrace your style with Kitchen Craft 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 28 HOLIDAY DECOR Festive fun this holiday season: Refresh, renew and rejuvenate 33 HOME INSPIRATION Our design experts share standout storage solutions 38 GIFT GUIDE 2022 Inject colour in your gifts, and the wrapping, too 42 AT HOME Create a cosy journalling nook to reduce stress and increase selfdiscovery 44 STYLE FILE Express your shelf: Style your bookcase or open shelves and elevate your space 48 DESIGN FILE A tale of two rooms: Dreamy and distinct living/dining areas 52 DESIGN IN DETAIL Updating a kitchen and dining room 56 DESIGN MEETS FUNCTION Closet design that is functional and looks spectacular 58 GOOD DESIGN Transform your space using colour RENOVATION 14 INDUSTRY VOICE Committed to professional development 51 GETTING STARTED So long, farewell, goodbye… 60 MONEY MATTERS Getting bids 62 INSPIRATION Developing your wish list and priorities 64 EXPERT ADVICE Golden rules 66 PROJECT PLANNING The importance of having a plan 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 DEPARTMENTS 10 FROM THE EDITOR Ideas and inspiration 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 65 Advertiser Index contents december 2022|january 2023 RenovationWinnipegShow January 13-15 RBC Convention Centre It’s Showtime! 23 8 RENO + DECOR | DECEMBER 2022/JANUARY 2023

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and inspiration

Things tend to slow down during the winter months, which gives us time to evaluate our homes. Perhaps there are projects we can undertake to make our living space more energy efficient, or more functional. A change in design and decor may also be a welcome and worthwhile endeavour. This edition is full of project planning advice and aesthetic inspiration.

Does colour scare you? Although whites and creams may be a safe bet, inserting some well-chosen colour onto your walls, may transform your home from plain and boring, to striking and dynamic. Bold and beautiful, on page 23, provides the top colour picks from four major paint brands. Calm, neutral colours are being replaced with confident, bold colours that have a strong visual impact.

Transform your space using colour (page 58), provides important considerations when determining your colour scheme. In addition to paint, colourful art, wallpaper and lighting can be used to complete the look.

It can be a real challenge to reduce clutter and find places to store our miscellaneous household items.

Storehouse, on page 33, goes room by room with top-notch storage solutions.

What is meant by developing a wish list? This is where you sit down with your family members and discuss all of

the specific features everyone would like to include in your renovation and decorating project. Then, create two separate lists. One identifies all of the items that are must-haves. The other list outlines the features that would be nice but are not essential. If your budget is vast, perhaps you can fulfill both lists. However, if your budget is tight you may need to just stick with the first list of essentials.

This stage of the renovation planning process is usually pretty fun and exciting. This is where you can really explore ideas and see what would work best for your home. Where can you go for ideas and inspiration? See the Canadian Home Builders’ Association article on page 62, for more information on how to develop your wish list and priorities.

Enjoy the winter and happy renovating!

from the local editor

is the voice of the residential construction industry in Manitoba, providing a forum for the ongoing education of membership with respect to technology, business practices; and to promote affordability/choice in housing.

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.





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Ongoing professional development is a key piece of what differentiates a Manitoba Home Builders’ Association member from other residential construction companies in Manitoba. MHBA builder and renovator members keep up to date with the newest information and trends, the latest best practices, and newest building technologies that help ensure their work is of the highest quality.

The MHBA’s annual Housing Forum and Building Trade Show provides MHBA builder and renovator members with a full day of education and training sessions. This year’s Forum, which took place on November 10th, provided MHBA builder and renovator members with the latest information and best practices regarding residential construction. Building low energy, high performance homes and identifying cost effective solutions for reaching the different tiers of the new National Building Code were the focus of the technical session stream at this year’s Housing Forum. Education sessions on Manitoba’s new COR safety audit tool and strategies to improve safety programs along with marketing sessions aimed to help MHBA renovator members communicate more effectively with customers were highlights of the outstanding programming offered to MHBA members at this year’s event.

Through the Building Trade Show, MHBA members also experience cutting edge building technology and the newest in building materials. The Building Trade Show also provided MHBA members the opportunity

to see new safety awareness and training products and services from our training partners, the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) and the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC).

Innovative tools such as the CSAM

On Tour trailer, a traveling safety demonstration and educational tool that can visit construction worksites and directly provide information and safety training to workers onsite, allowed for MHBA builder and renovator members to interact with and use this training tool firsthand. The MHBA is very excited to provide these type of training tools to our members as another way to help ensure that they are working in a safe work environment.

In addition to the annual Housing Forum, the MHBA provides ongoing education sessions throughout the year and continually shares the latest in industry best practices and information with our membership. The Housing Forum and our educational sessions are a key component of our Master Builder and Master Renovator certification programs. The MHBA Master Builder and Master Renovator certification programs allow builders and renovators to demonstrate compliance with high standards established by a credible third party.

The program ensures an ongoing commitment to continuing education

by requiring all certified builders and renovators to enroll in suitable courses related to building and business practice, so you can have peace of mind that your new home or renovations are in the best hands. A minimum number of hours of professional development must be completed every year to keep the designation current. Credit for professional development can be earned either through attending seminars offered in the MHBA’s continuing education calendar and attending other approved business sessions.

MHBA builders and renovators are committed to professional development and being up to date with the latest trends in residential construction. Our members build to the highest standards and are continually integrating the latest industry standards into their work. So, when you see the MHBA logo, you know you are dealing with a company that is dedicated to quality. You can learn more about MHBA builders and renovators at

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Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.


Your home is a reflection of who you are – your style and your personality. Your home should also provide functional solutions that suit your family and lifestyle. Every room should be an inviting space that meets your practical needs and also reflects your personal panache.

Kitchen Craft Cabinetry wants to help you achieve the perfect balance between function and design, ensuring the end result is a space that you love and are truly proud to call home.

Providing quality customer service is the focus at Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, and our experts are proud to offer a wide selection of materials, styles, colours, and finishes to suit your taste and budget.

A well-recognized and reputable company, Kitchen Craft has been crafting quality cabinetry for more than 50 years. We are also proudly Canadian - made right here in Winnipeg, and we guarantee our products for life!

Kitchen Craft is very excited to have recently opened its brand-new showroom, located at 1-1659 Kenaston Blvd. This prime

retail location is easily accessible with plenty of free parking and surrounded by several big box retailers, making it a one-stop shopping hub. We invite you to visit our new showroom featuring ten new cabinetry displays in over 2,600 square feet of space. More than just kitchens, Kitchen Craft offers cabinetry solutions for every room in your home including bathrooms, laundry and mudrooms, living/entertainment areas, and even bedrooms! These spaces have

come a long way in making storage and function more accessible and convenient.

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The latest decor and lifestyle products you’re going to love now and into the New Year

Crafted in a monolithic silhouette, this table showcases a blush and ivory veining of matte-honed Blue Coast marble.

Gustav marble dining TABLE $6,000.

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

1. Elenora marble TABLE LAMP. $1,500.

2. Marble MORTAR AND PESTLE. $30.

3. Agotu walnut coffee TABLE. $929.

4. Noa black floral marble wall COAT RACK. $90.

5. Marble KNOB in dark green. $10.

6. Hera marble DESK with shelves. $2,400.



In the mood for something sweet? Nostalgic Chocolate Bars are hand-crafted using delicious childhood combinations such as peanut butter and jelly and pancakes and syrup. The result is a confection that will bring you back in time while satisfying your sweet tooth. Nostalgic Chocolate Bars. $25 (for a pack of five).

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Is ‘The Great British Bake Off’ inspiring you this season? With the right tools, your baking dreams can become a reality.


AspenClean’s laundry detergent is 100 per cent natural, free from toxins and artificial fragrances. It contains organic essential oils and other eco-friendly ingredients in a concentrated solution to clean your laundry and make it look its brightest. Choose from laundry liquids, detergent pods, or powders that are all hypoallergenic and babysafe. The bonus? It’s safe to use in any machine with all types of laundry and temperatures.

1. Non-stick ROLLING PIN in black by Simply Essential. $16. |

2. Six-speed STAND MIXER in black by Hamilton Beach. | 3. 10-piece soft-touch PASTRY TOOLS SET. $213. | 4. SPOON in walnut. $19. | 5. Gold WHISK by Bloomingville. $19. | 6. Gingerbread wood SERVING BOARD. $40. | 7. Dose MEASURING CUPS in champagne gold. $45.

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Comfy materials such as faux fur, flannel, shearling and corduroy will help winterize your home and give you that cosy feel all season long.

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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


Canadian Appliance Source offers the latest in smart kitchen appliances to make modern life easier


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?

Smart kitchen, smart space

In tune with the times, it’s no surprise to learn that most kitchen appliances now

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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.

The right connections

Stay connected with your family by sharing pictures, videos or

drawings, leave handwritten notes, and sync calendars. At the office or the gym and can’t remember what’s in the fridge? No worries. You can see inside your fridge from anywhere, search recipes based on the food you have left, and plan weekly meals. All that and more is possible with Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator. Now that’s innovative design. George and Janet Jetson would be so proud.

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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

holiday decor
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."

– 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.

EQUILIBRIUM by Aura Soma. From $75.

Voluminous original MASCARA by L’Oreal Paris. $12.

Dahlia crew SOCKS by Solmate Socks. $22.

Ultra mini classic sheepskin BOOTS by Ugg. $175.

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500-piece jewellery jumble PUZZLE by Blanc Puzzles. $12.

Clear narrow oversized square SUNGLASSES with medium yellow lenses by Yes Glasses. $79.

Standard REUSABLE BAG in multi-check by Baggu. $19.

APPLE WATCH series 8. Starting at $529.

I am gifting this to my sweet dachshund Poppy Pratt!”

Naranco COAT by Celia B. $588.

Faux fur SNUGGLE SAC by Floof Couture. From $147.

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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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1. L’Union arc FLOOR LAMP with rattan shade in black metal by Athena Calderone. $599.

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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To add depth, Hay incorporated various textiles and materials

So long, farewell, goodbye…

The above was the tag line for the final episode of the best sitcom ever, M*A*S*H. While I draw no parallels here, I always remembered that line and as I sit down to write my final column, it quickly came to mind.

After a 45-year journey through the construction industry, it is now my time to pass the torch on to a new generation of the company I founded, and the new ways and means the industry is now embracing.

It has been a great career, full of rewards and disappointments, and I have enjoyed the ride, every step of the way. Starting in the trenches (as one should), over the years I rose to senior project manager positions and ultimately owner of my own firms. Retail stores, commercial buildings, office towers, multi-family condo units, multi-million dollar custom homes, remote location developments, arctic exploration base stations, Caribbean yacht restorations, major rockstar recording studios, international Habitat for Humanity projects, etc., etc. are all projects I led and look back on with a lot of pride.

However, the greatest joy has been in owning Harwood Design Builders in Winnipeg and working with the incredible team we assembled. A group of individuals who do nothing more than work tirelessly to make homeowner’s dreams come true at the highest quality level. This is evidenced by the almost 40 Manitoba Home Builders’ Association gold awards and 19 top five in Canada recognitions, including a best in Canada award in 2010.

When you add to this the Harwood Foundation, which we created many years ago to donate money to local charities and causes, it’s a period of time and a group of people I will always remember as my best years. It must also be said though that none of this would have been possible if I didn’t enjoy the best and most supportive wife ever, who always just let me be me and was not only a great cheerleader when times were good, but was unwaveringly there to help pick up the pieces when things didn’t go as planned.

Regrets, I’ve had a few (cue the Sinatra music). I leave without accomplishing one goal I feel very strongly about and that is the licensing of the renovation industry in Manitoba. I can’t even get a haircut or a massage from anyone without a license, but anyone who rents an

office space or buys a hammer and pickup truck can call themselves a professional renovator. In a world of internet rankings (which are so easily manipulated), telling you who they think is the best, I feel sorry for homeowners being preyed upon, losing deposits or receiving work by unqualified people, only to have to pay twice for it all to be redone. I hope I’m around to see this change and consumers protected.

That being my final rant, I sincerely hope you have found some value in the advice I have shared over the years. It has certainly been my pleasure to advise on anything I can help you with and guide you through what may be the biggest investment in your family’s sanctuary.

So, for the last time... stay well… and go Bombers!

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The bearing wall between Kitchen and Dining Room is removed and plumbing and electrical relocated.

The odd shaped space created 3 zones…the working triangle, the storage wall and the entertaining island with adjacent bar area. The transom window was removed to allow for more storage.

The 2 toned white with walnut wood cabinets along with the brushed brass hardware, creates a clean but warm atmosphere.

The focal point tubular hood is functional, interesting and nice transition between the boxy uppers and adjacent window. Large format tile becomes the feature backsplash.

The brick end gable repeats the brick on the adjoining Living Room fireplace and adds contrasting texture to other sleek surfaces.

Floating wood shelves bring warmth and functionality to the bar area.

A open shelf in wood add a pop of colour and interest to the wall of pantry cabinets.

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The space includes many drawers – a favorite for housing jewelry, stockings, lingerie, and workout gear.


The extra high ceilings and windows immediately gave the space a wonderful presence. A vanity for applying makeup when getting ready for a special night, completed the dressing room.


The cabinetry boasts a light textured look that reflects the client’s excellent taste in beautiful things. Clever lighting makes it easy to find the right outfit.


Shag mats are stepped to create a pathway from the outdoor pool into the guest changing room. A flat weave mat in the same color story adds to the drama of the space.

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Imagine sitting in your home wondering how you can liven up your walls. Maybe you’re dreaming about transforming your room into a cozy, warm space but you don’t want to commit to painting your walls a different colour. What other choices do you have to create that ambience that you’re looking for?


Colourful artwork is a great method that can help if you have a specific colour scheme in mind. Use bright pieces with colours like red, yellows, blues, greens to add a splash of colour against a white wall. By varying the sizes of artwork, you can create a focal point with a large oversized statement piece. Larger pieces tend to help create balance and symmetry in a room. Alternatively, grouping medium sized pieces together can help create a dynamic composition. Hang your artwork above your couch, behind your dining room table, or above your fireplace to add warmth into your space.

space while bolder colours can create theatrical effects.

Contrasting thematic colours

Contrasting colours will add dimension and excitement to your space. You can use colourful throw pillows that have different textures and patterns to create this ambiance.

If you have a light neutral space, using repetitive bold and contrasting colours can add personality to your space. Explore contrasting colours like pink and teal, green and orange, mint and dark blue, mustard yellow with scarlet red. Contrasting colours can energize a space by creating tension and balance at the same time.

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Coloured lighting

Light and colour both play off each other and has a strong ability to influence and create different moods. Warm colours tend to invigorate and create a sense of warmth and cooler colours soothes and tranquilizes. Consider using neon lights to bring a fresh, dynamic, and playful feel to your space. You can also consider using colour changing LED strip lights. They are an innovative way to accentuate your ceiling, walls, artwork, or even a bookcase and you can change the colours to reflect the mood space whenever you want. The subtle wash of gentle hues can dissolve boundaries and expand the sense of

Pairing dark, muted colours with bright pops of colour can allow a space to take on a distinct personality. Dark colour schemes tend to give space weight and depth and can even covey a sense of calmness. You can explore pairing dark charcoals or blues with soft blush or warm earthy tones. The addition of soft lighting can create a sense of elegance and sophistication, or even create a romantic atmosphere.


Consider using wallpaper to transform your space. It is a versatile way to create visual interest and can influence your emotion depending on the colour, texture and pattern. Depending on the wallpaper you choose, it can be subtle or bold and can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas can include covering your entire wall, covering half the wall, or even hanging it like a piece of art by creating a frame around the wallpaper.

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Contrasting colours will add dimension and excitement to your space

Getting BIDS

Price is a critical aspect of your renovation project. What will it cost to do the job you want? Alternatively, how far can you go on a set budget?

Determining the cost of a small project is usually fairly simple. On larger projects, it often happens as a series of discussions between you and a renovator as you develop the vision and fine-tune the plans for your home.

On some projects, it may be a good idea to hire someone to develop the design and the plans first as a separate job. Many renovators offer a full range of services, including design and plans development. Alternatively, you may choose to work with a designer or architect and then tender the actual work to renovators.


Experienced renovators can sometimes offer an educated opinion or price range on the spot, based on similar jobs they have done in the past – for instance, a per-square-foot estimate for additions or basement recreation rooms, or a rough cost estimate for upgrading your bathroom. This can be helpful upfront to make sure that there is a realistic fit between what you would like to do and the budget you have in mind.

However, be aware that the cost of a project can vary greatly, depending on many factors, including the current condition of your home and the types of products you want to use.

Bids or estimates

For all intents and purposes, bids and estimates are the same, if written down – a renovator’s offer to perform your renovation for a specified price, based on a detailed description of the work to be done.

It will specify materials, products, labour, subtrades and so on, with accompanying costs. A written offer is legally binding and becomes part of the contract between you and the renovator, should you accept it.

Make sure that you provide each renovator with exactly the same information; otherwise you will not be able to compare bids. This information may include plans, ranging from simple sketches or diagrams to full construction drawings needed for projects that involve altering the structure of your home.

Specifications are detailed descriptions of the materials and products you want to be used in your project.

How many bids should you get? There are no hard and fast rules. On

large projects, it is not uncommon for homeowners to interview several renovators, check their references and previous projects, and then choose one company to work with throughout the whole process, including developing plans and budgets as well as doing the actual work.

In the end it comes down to trust and confidence – trust that you have chosen the right renovator for the job, and confidence that you will get what you want.

Don’t get caught by the unexpected

Even the most experienced renovator cannot always predict the hidden challenges in your project. Dangerous electrical wiring from a previous renovation, rotted wood due to old leaks, lead flashing under the old roof shingles… these are just some of the problems that your renovator may uncover once the work gets underway.

Unpredictable problems can mean additional costs beyond the contract price. It may be a good idea to set aside a small portion of your budget as a contingency fund. Also, talk with your renovator – what are their recommendations?

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Developing your wish list and priorities

This part of renovation planning can be the most fun and exciting. Developing a “Wish List” involves listing the specific features you would like to include in your project and deciding on the importance of each item. “We need this” items are those things you absolutely need. “We like this” items are those you’d like to have, but that are not essential if your budget is tight.

This stage of planning is all about exploring design and product ideas and learning as much as you can about what is available. Get out and see what others have done, what new products are available and what type of “look” is right for your family and home.

Here are some ideas:

• CHBA renovators across Canada do amazing work, and the best of the best in home design is found in

CHBA’s national awards program. Check out our photo galleries of the winners of the CHBA’s National Awards for Housing Excellence, and be prepared to be inspired!

• The Internet is of course a fabulous source of home renovation ideas. Search “home renovation ideas” and start looking. Visit home improvement retailers’ websites for specific product ideas. Try going to specific product manufacturers websites. Save the things you like or print them out.

• Look for design and home improvement magazines at your local newsstand, library or online. Collect pictures of homes, rooms and products that appeal to you.

• Visit new home builders’ show homes to see the latest in design, construction and finishing of homes.

• Visit kitchen, bathroom and other retail showrooms. Talk with salespeople and pick up

manufacturers’ literature on the types and brands of products you like. For a list of local home builders in your area click here.

• In many communities, home shows are held during the year. Renovators, designers and product manufacturers take part in these shows. This provides an excellent opportunity to see what’s new. Check with your Local Home Builders’ Association for information about home shows.

• In some communities, local renovators will organize renovation open house tours to showcase recent renovation projects. Again, check with your Local Home Builders’ Association for details. Keep the information you collect in a file, box or computer folder for later reference. This material will be very useful in discussions with renovators and will give them a good idea of what you like and want.

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Golden rules

The Canadian Renovators’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association offers a number of golden rules to help renovating homeowners achieve their goals.

Know what you want

Take the time you need to explore the possibilities for your home and develop a firm plan. Begins with the fundamentals - what do you need and how you want your “new” home to look, feel and work for you and your family. Once you have a clear idea of the “big picture”, your renovator will help you work out all the details.

Set a realistic budget

Decide as early as possible how much money you want to spendthis allows you and your renovator to focus on the work that is doable within that budget. Experienced renovators can provide sound cost advice and recommendations. Sit down with your lender and discuss the amount you can reasonably afford and the most suitable financing options. Remember that your budget should cover everything that may arise from the renovation, including such items as new drapery, blinds, furniture and appliances.

Plan for the long term

Thinking ahead avoids short-term renovations that may need to be redone in the future. Discuss your short- and long-term goals openly with your renovator. Professional renovators can conduct a thorough inspection of your home and offer suggestions for the most effective sequencing of work over a period of time.

in your project and have the necessary experience? Will the renovator offer a warranty on the work? Will the renovator still be in business if you need to call back?

Protect yourself

Dealing with a professional renovator is your greatest protection against an incompetent or unfinished job. A written contract spells out the arrangements between you and your renovator and describes your renovation in detail. Professional renovators also carry workers’ compensation, liability insurance and any licenses required by your province.

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, and that means using products that offer the right combination of performance, durability and aesthetics. Experienced renovators can help you choose the best products within your budget.

Don’t choose a renovator on price alone

While it is always tempting to go for the lowest price, you need to consider the implications of doing so. Does the renovator understand what’s involved

Before you enter into any kind of agreement, talk with friends and family. Contact your local Home Builders’ Association to see if the company is a member - membership is an indication of professionalism. Also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has lodged a complaint against the company.

Don’t jeopardize the quality of your renovation by compromising on the quality of products or materials
Don’t buy from a door-to-door salesperson without carefully checking out the company
expert advice
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understanding of what you want to achieve. This includes having a clear focus on what must be included in your project, as well as any other features you would like to include, if your budget allows.

In many cases, the final design and specifications for the project will be worked out with the help of a renovation contractor, designer or architect. However, the more information you can give them, the better they are able to provide you with good advice and accurate cost estimates.

What does this information consist of?

Here’s the list that most renovation contractors recommend:

• A clear description of what you want to change in your home and why - in other words, what’s the purpose of your renovation?

• Specific goals for your renovation project.

• A list of future changes you anticipate in your life that could affect what you need in your home.

• A definition of priorities - which renovation items are must-haves, and which ones would be nice to have, but are not essential?

Once you have completed this pre-planning, you’ll be in a much better position to ask a professional renovator, designer or architect to develop specific plans for your project. The time and energy you invest in this renovation homework can make a real difference in terms of the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget. Remember that most renovation problems are a direct result of poor planning.

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