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contents

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Backyard oasis

and how to create one

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Editor’s Notebook

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Contributors

HD&R features

14 Smart shopper Deep discounts and deals exclusively for our readers

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17 What’s new This month’s product picks and where you can find them

24 Style file How to get organized in the bedroom

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inSidE & out

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THE GET REaDy FOR SUMMER ISSUE

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HD&R inspiration

HD&R renovation

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38 Reno ready

Glen Peloso shows you how to create outdoor living on trend and on budget

32 Designer touch Erica Gelman makes summerizing your home easy and affordable

Peter Khatami talks decks and sunrooms

40 RenoMark Get a headstart on finding the right contractor

34 Around the house Products that maximize your storage potential inside and outside your home

36 Quick tips Reducing clutter habits

50 Trendspotting yellow not so mellow anymore

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EDITOR’SNOTEBOOK

I N S I D E T HI S I SS UE …

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Rev up for the summer with great expert advice and know-how What better time is there to rev up your home’s overall look than in the spring months? While you’re cleaning and decluttering, you’re likely to be inspired to pick up a few new pieces to refresh your home for the warm weather ahead. The May issue of Home Décor & Renovations will get your home into summer mode in no time. It’s all in the details – inside and out. There is no end to the number of ways you can use the ideas and tips you’ll find on the pages ahead to update your home’s look this year. In this issue, you’ll get the scoop on the latest looks in outdoor furnishings from Glen Peloso and: ›› lawn care tips from landscape expert Ken Pavely ›› designer Erica Gelman’s advice on how to lighten up your living space for spring ›› HGTV’s Karl Champley’s top five tips for organizing a cluttered garage ›› sunroom and deck insights from renovator Peter Khatami There’s plenty more ahead, and a few great giveaways too! Home Décor and Renovations is always free and available across the GTA in the Big Yellow Box and at participating grocery stores, retailers, banks and select spas. We’d love to hear from you, so let us know what you think of this issue. Check out page 12 to find out how to reach our Mailbag.

SUSAN LEGGE

34 Make room for all your stuff

44 Getting that green, green grass of home

50 Hello yellow!

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Vice-President, National Real Estate

Jacqueline Hill Editor-In-Chief, National Real Estate

Susan Legge Sales Manager, Home Décor and Renovations Condo Guide and GTA New Homes

Conni Robinson Art Director

Sarah Jang Daiana Garay (On Leave) Managing Editor

Hellen Buttigieg professional organizer Recognized internationally as a pioneer in the professional organizing industry, Hellen Buttigieg is a Certified Professional Organizer, Life Coach, TV Personality, Author and Speaker. Her company, We Organize U, helps busy families clear their clutter and create a more relaxed home, a more productive workspace, and a more manageable, meaningful life. Her award-winning book, Organizing Outside the Box: Conquer Clutter Using Your Natural Learning Style has won endorsements from recognized experts in the field. weorganizeu.com

Silvana Longo Sara Duck (On Leave) Contributing Editors

Wayne Karl, Elisa Krovblit Design Editor

Glen Peloso Senior Account Executive

Suzana Zarovski

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Nina Downs

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Yanic Simard designer Yanic is the principal designer of the Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Simard often applies his signature high/low and old/new combination design techniques in developing unique designs. Simard has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine. For more information, visit tidg.ca

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Under the bed What’s under your bed? If your bed doesn’t have fixed drawers already, make your own “closet on wheels” by attaching casters to wooden boxes. Paint them or stain them to match the colour of your bed to make them disappear into the furniture. Electronics drawer Dedicate one drawer in one of your night stands to charge your cell phone, MP3 player, headset and the like. Cut a small hole in the back of the bedside table to feed wires of the chargers through, and be sure there is an outlet close by. Close the drawer and the mess is gone! Jewelry & accessory storage There are many beautiful jewelry boxes and holders that look great on a dresser, if you’ve got the room. If you consider yourself crafty, try making your own!

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DIY Project All you need is an old cabinet door and some kitchen cabinetry hardware: knobs, pulls and hooks. Mount the assorted hardware to the cabinet door as you please and voilà! It’s a beautiful display piece for necklaces, which can hang on the knobs, earrings can rest on the pulls, and bracelets can dangle from the hooks. Mount it to your wall and it can double as artwork. Umbra’s Little Black Dress (pictured above) is another smart and savvy way to store your bling. Shaped just like your little black dress, it’s got clear pockets all over it for storage, and it can all be hung in your closet – out of sight, our of mind, until you need it! The power of pegboard Vertical space is often wasted space, and in the closet there is a ton of it! Installing pegboard to the walls in your closet will give you so much added storage you never even knew you had. Add hooks or nails to the pegboard, which will serve as spots to hang your belts, purses and scarves. Paint the pegboard the same colour as your walls for a seamless look. Seasonal clothing Soon the summer clothes will be coming out, which means the winter clothes will need to be stored away. Have you ever thought of using your travel luggage as a storage place for these bulky items? When the seasons change, do the switch! It’s all an illusion Taking five minutes out of every day to complete simple tasks in the bedroom like making the beds, keeping drawers and doors shut, and neatly folding linens and clothes. This will make your bedroom appear to be a lot more organized and a lot less cluttered.

Yanic Simard Yanic is the design editor of New Condo Guide and principal designer of Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Yanic often applies his signature high/ low and old/new combination techniques in developing his unique designs. He has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine. tidg.ca • facebook.com/yanic.simard • twitter.com/yanicsimard may 2012 Home Décor and Renovations 25

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THIS YEAR’S INTERESTING TREND COLOURS ARE FOUND IN PINKS, YELLOW GOLDS, NAVY TO AZURE BLUES AND MOST CERTAINLY ORANGE. IF YOU ARE GOING TO ADD SOME THROW PILLOWS TO THE SPACE AND MAY WANT TO CHANGE THEM AGAIN NEXT YEAR, THEN CONSIDER GETTING SOME OUTDOOR PILLOW INSERTS AND COVERING THEM WITH AN OUTDOOR FABRIC. a couple of outdoor love seats, or a sectional sofa and a coffee table and perhaps in the back of the garden, a single chair or perhaps two so that one can sit on their own with a book or paper and a glass of wine. That is likely the best way to make use of the outdoor space unless you have a pool in which case you will also have some space for loungers to soak in the sun. Back in the era of picnic tables, there was no discussion of sun screen which seems to permeate the outdoor experience now, and there was little to change except for perhaps :give the old’ picnic table a coat of paint or stain.” Now that we are enjoying the yard in a whole new way, we also have the need to be able to change up the look and feel year by year. It doesn’t mean that you need to rush out and buy a whole new set of furnishings, which could cost you from several hundreds of dollars to many thousands. You have the option of being able to augment what you already have. On a practical level, you may want to consider adding heating. There are many firepits available that may look as though they are a small campfire even though they are gas driven, but there are also many outdoor fireplaces that can be hung on the fence or much more modern glass cylinders that may have an architectural twisted flame. If you don’t want to have an open flame, there are many people who purchase overhead heat sources so that they are able to extend the season in the great outdoors. There are propane-fuelled units as well as infrared heaters and both can work well in terms of keeping the space warm enough to enjoy for a month on both ends of the summer. In our climate, those additional months can really make a difference. The next thing you may want to adjust year by year is the colours that are used to accent the area. This year’s interesting trend colours are found in pinks, yellow golds, navy to azure blues and most certainly orange. If you are going to add some throw pillows to the space and may want to change them again next year, then consider getting some outdoor pillow inserts and covering them with an outdoor fabric. Check with your fabric store to select the right kinds of fabrics, resistant to moisture and mildew and mould. You can choose to change the fabrics on the sofa and chair cushions, however that can be slightly more complex and expensive. If you do choose to make a change in that area, then I would consider staying with a neutral palette like grey or cream and look for fabrics that also have a strong pattern. If you are looking to be more fashion-forward then you may want to consider complex fabrics that have an international appeal. Often with this look, one is perfectly certain that the fabrics were purchased on a vacation to destinations like Europe, or a variety of African countries. The “folk” feel makes the fabrics on trend. The safest choice may be a tone-on-tone patterned grey or a black and white combination that would allow those fabrics to work for presumably a number of years to come. One of the elements that I have always loved in terms of the feeling and elegance it offers the yard, is white or off-white soft drapers. These can work to reduce the amount of bugs that may be present for an outdoor meal; they

can soften the amount of light and perhaps reduce your exposure to the sun. I really love the idea of draperies that surround decks or covered areas, even if the draperies are hung around the posts and tied back. The feeling of being in an exotic island, looking over the sea as the breeze billows the drapes is appealing even if you are in the backyard on a warm evening. If you are hoping to leave things essentially as they are but still want to inject some colour and detail, then I would consider colourful elements like candles, placemats and napkins or even colourful acrylic stemware to add a pop of excitement to the table. We certainly are no longer thinking about faux finishes and dad’s old chair--and it’s always nice to get outside in style.

GLEN PELOSO Glen Peloso, design editor at Home Décor and Renovations and principal designer of Glen Peloso Interiors, has been designing spaces for commercial, corporate and residential clients for more than 15 years. You’ll recognize Glen as the host of such television design shows as Restaurant Makeover, Take This House & Sell It and Renovate My Wardrobe, to name a few, as well as from speaking engagements at home shows across Canada. glenpelosointeriors.com MAY 2012 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS 29

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Lighten up your space for spring by erica gelman

With the milder temperatures upon us it’s time to think of

changing up your space for the warmer season ahead. You can freshen up a room by making just a few small changes. Allow yourself to be inspired by the outdoors and take direction straight from nature; blue skies, green grass and bright sunlight. They are all such dynamic hues that by injecting them, even in small doses, it will automatically alter the feeling of your home. Bring out textiles that feel light and airy as well, it’s not just about colour but rather the whole sentiment of a new season. Exchange the heavy wool for soft cotton or light linen. These fabrics are so versatile that the possibilities are endless – they come in solids, patterned and prints and can be used for anything from throws and pillows to drapery and bedding.

My design philosophy is a simple one; keep your background neutral and infuse colour in the foreground. For instance, if it’s the living room you want to freshen up then think of your sofa as the focal point, it’s presumably the most dominant piece of furniture in that space. I personally am not one to shy away from layering and when it comes to decorating, pillows are my go-to accessory. They are easily available,

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Bring out textiles that feel light and airy as well, it’s not just about colour but rather the whole sentiment of a new season. Exchange the heavy wool for soft cotton or light linen. colour and really make a significant statement - spring has arrived. If budget is your top priority then look no further than your backyard, literally. Once spring has sprung, your backyard should become your major “shopping” centre. Nothing says warm weather better then fresh cut flowers. A flower arrangement can work anywhere; your foyer, your formal dining room, your kitchen table – anywhere. You cannot go wrong with a bundle of fresh hydrangeas set in a decorative vase or that glass bowl you may have laying around in your kitchen cabinets. Just remember, when decorating with the seasons, think of ways to make the most effective change in the least expensive way. It’s not about changing the entire room, it should be simple and carefree.

easily interchangeable and the best way to transform a look without making a large investment. If you’ve kept your larger pieces neutral, it’s much easier to incorporate colours and textures through accent pillows and playful accessories. Another easy way to make an impact in your space and introduce your own personal style is by switching out your lamp shades. In general, the shade is the least expensive part of the lamp. Even if you’ve invested in vintage brass or modern lucid the lamp shade will only enhance your purchase and not take anything away. If you’ve had dark shades this winter and colour is something you are not comfortable with, then think about replacing them with a cream silk or ivory linen, for that light casual look. If you’re more bold and daring, launch hits of bright

Erica Gelman Toronto-based interior stylist and designer Erica Gelman, Principal of Erica Gelman House of Design specializes in both large and small scale residential design projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Known for enhancing and creating new possibilities in every space of your home House Of Design www.ericagelman.com 33

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LITTLE ADJUSTMENTS REDUCE THE CLUTTER-MAKING PROCESS by HELLEN BUTTIGIEG ELIMINATE YOUR CLUTTER HOT SPOTS We all have certain spots in our homes that have become magnets for clutter, usually because they provide a convenient, empty flat surface to pile things on. Walk around your home to determine where the clutter hot spots are, then remove the clutter (toss it in a box or laundry basket for now) and put something beautiful in its place, like a vase or a sculpture. If it’s the dining room table, set it as if you were having a dinner party. This will deter you from using it as a drop zone. Walk around your home with the box you tossed everything into and deposit these items where they belong, either in the garbage or recycle box or stored elsewhere in your house. If they don’t have a proper home, create one. KEEP YOUR PANTRY DECLUTTERED Most people can’t resist buying items when they go on sale. But when it comes to food, buying too much and neglecting to use it before the expiry will cost you more in the long run. It’s easy to forget what you have on hand when things build up. Whether you keep your food in the kitchen cupboards or are lucky enough to have a large pantry, keeping these areas streamlined and organized will save you time, money and frustration. Before going grocery shopping, take an inventory of everything you have and plan the meals for the upcoming week with an eye towards incorporating these items. Once you’ve used up the excess, get into the habit of planning your weekly meals in advance. You will avoid over-buying and will always know what you’re making for dinner. STOP PAPERS FROM ACCUMULATING Are you wasting your valuable time shuffling papers? Get into the habit of thinking twice before bringing home any piece of paper or printing a page. Ask yourself whether you have a specific use for it, and if you don’t have a clear answer, leave it behind (no matter how interesting it looks). When you’re at a show or a conference, before you take the pamphlets and handouts, get realistic about what you’ll really have time to read when you get home. Paper hoarding is a habit that you can break, and doing so will save you time and energy.

PURCHASE FURNITURE THAT DOES DOUBLEDUTY Consider purchasing a few of the multi-functional furniture pieces that have become readily available in the stores recently. For example, consider an upholstered ottoman that not only provides a place to put your feet up, but also offers additional seating, doubles as a coffee table and opens up to reveal hidden storage. CREATE AN IN/OUT ZONE IN YOUR HOME Set up a small container for each family member on a table or a small bookcase by the door as a place to hold keys, cell phones and wallets. It can also act as a landing spot for brief-cases and backpacks. In addition to providing a home for those items when you walk in the door, it also gives you a consistent spot to place things you’ll need to take with you when you leave the next morning. ARE YOU BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY YOUR POSSESSIONS? If you’re reluctant to get rid of certain items because they were expensive, think about how much it’s costing you to keep them. The more possessions you have, the more time it takes to care for them and the more space it takes to store them. Although it may be difficult to let go of things that no longer serve you, the payoff is well worth it: you’ll have more free time in your day and be more relaxed in your home. FEELING STUCK If you find yourself backsliding when it comes to maintaining your organizing systems, don’t berate yourself, as this will sap your energy and prevent you from doing anything about it. Rather than dwelling on what went wrong, focus instead on what needs to be done. Just say “oops” and move on to taking action. HELLEN BUTTIGIEG Hellen Buttigieg is a certified professional organizer, life coach, TV host, owner of We Organize U and author of the best-seller, Organizing Outside The Box. For tips on organizing your home, your office and your life, visit WeOrganizeU.com and sign up for the free newsletter. To contact Hellen or for information on hiring a We Organize U organizing specialist, call 905.829.2219 or email info@WeOrganizeU.com

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have an effect on the property assessment on the home. I hold the opinion that the investment you make in a renovation, be it a sunroom, deck or landscaping, should be viewed in relation to the existing home and seen on an individual basis, should return on investment be a significant factor in your decision. Your real estate professional should be able to offer insight and direction in this regard. The cost of a sunroom varies, as with all additions, however there are companies that specialize in modular sunrooms that will offer a complete estimate and some have showrooms you can visit as well.

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LAWNS NEED NUTRIENTS. The majority of lawns need regular fertilizing to stay thick and healthy. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, your local Landscape Ontario member garden centre will have a number of high quality options for slow release fertilizer. Do yourself a favour and measure the square footage of your lawn before you go shopping, so you know how much to buy. Follow the directions to the letter to avoid disappointment and clean up fertilizer that hits your driveway, sidewalk or road. Never ever spread it by hand.

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SEED, SEED AND MORE SEED. The most effective way to combat weeds is to have a thick lawn. Applying a good quality seed, once in the spring and once in the early fall will pay big dividends. Over the course of a season or two, you will see a marked difference in your lawn. Be sure to keep the seed out of your flower and shrub beds, and off patios or walkways (otherwise you will be picking grass shoots out of your garden all summer). You can put the seed on with a spreader, or even by hand if you wish.

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MOWING. An essential part of keeping a lawn healthy is regular mowing. Generally speaking, mowing your lawn once a week will be sufficient. If you are feeling energetic, mowing twice a week during the month of May will produce a markedly thicker lawn, which is without a doubt, the best way to fight weeds. Regardless of what kind of mower you have, keep the blades sharp, and cut at a height of six to eight cm (two to three inches). Unless you want to give your lawn the slow kiss of death, mowing once every two weeks or less is really not recommended. A steady diet of infrequent mowing will cause your lawn to thin out—a lot! When it is extremely hot, do not mow during the middle part of the day.

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WATER. This topic is a constant source of controversy. Lawns need an inch of water per week. Rainfall is always better than the tap, so if your lawn is hanging in there with Mother Nature’s elixir, there is no need to pull out the sprinkler. If though, your lawn has not seen any appreciable moisture for three weeks or more, it’s time to take notice. It is customary to let your lawn go dormant in the summer, and that’s ok — to a point! If your lawn has gone three weeks or more without any appreciable moisture, it’s time to give it a drink. You don’t need to soak it, but leaving the sprinkler on for 15-20 minutes per spot, will give it enough water to stay alive, and once

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WE OFTEN DON’T THINK OF OUR LAWNS AS A COLLECTION OF PLANTS, BUT THAT’S WHAT A TYPICAL LAWN IS. IN FACT, A 4,000 SQ.FT. (APPROX. 370 SQ. METRES) LAWN CAN CONTAIN AS MANY AS FOUR MILLION GRASS PLANTS. cooler temperatures and fall rains return, it will bounce back. Thousands of homeowners across the province lost turf due to drought last summer, and could have avoided the problem by giving their lawns a sip once a week during the dry spell.

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AERATION. If your lawn is rock hard, it needs a breather—literally. Aeration allows much-needed oxygen to get to the roots. Spring or fall is great time to do it, by either renting one or having a lawn service do it for you. If you rent one, go over your lawn at least twice.

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GRUBS. If chunks of your lawn come up, and you see a white grub sitting on the soil surface, you have a problem. The only alternative available this year is the use of nematodes. These are tiny worm-like creatures that when correctly applied, will do serious damage to a grub. You can purchase them from your local Landscape Ontario member garden to apply on your own, or a lawn service can do it for you. Nematodes must be kept refrigerated until you apply them. If you buy from a store, be sure they have been kept refrigerated. A word of caution: you must follow directions to the letter, because if you don’t, you will have wasted time, money, and your lawn. If you have animals digging for grubs this spring, you can try applying nematodes, but control can be spotty. Applying nematodes in the early fall gives you a much better chance of controlling them. If you are applying nematodes yourself, be sure to speak with the experts at your local garden centre to make sure you are buying the correct species for Canadian lawns. Make sure you buy enough to apply 50 million nematodes for every 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn, and follow the directions.

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WEEDS. As mentioned before, a thick lawn is the best defence against weeds. There is a do-it-yourself product for lawns available at your local store. If you buy, make sure the label says it is for “use on lawns.” Lawn care companies are licensed to apply a similar product, and can effectively control most common weed problems.

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CRABGRASS. 2011 was an outstanding year for crabgrass. It was everywhere—so what can be done? There is evidence that corn gluten meal applied at very high rates will have some measure of effectiveness. You cannot seed those areas, though, for several weeks after treatment. An alternative is to overseed with a

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LAWN INSECTS. Aside from grubs, there are other insects that can plague your lawn. If you have brown spots, and there has been sufficient moisture to prevent drought, you could likely have an insect problem. If you are unable to find the culprits, consult a lawn service for a detailed analysis.

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TOP DRESSING. Adding compost that is free of weeds can be very beneficial. You don’t need to bury the lawn…a light coating of a ¼ inch will be sufficient. Be wary of manures that are not composted— they could contain a lot of weed seeds. To find a professional member of Landscape Ontario near you, visit www.landscapeontario.com. KEN PAVELY Ken Pavely has more than 40 years experience in the turf industry, and has managed programs for over 150,000 lawns across Canada. MAY 2012 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS 45

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