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Cover Story

Hip to be plaid



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In every issue

8 Editor’s Notebook 10 Contributors HD&R features 13 The Scoop Catch up on decor and reno news, inspiration, style and more

21 Business Profile Be your own designer with help from Arrow Furniture

22 Style File Give back by design...

26 Style File Five steps to a finished family basement

28 Designer Advice The science of colour

38 Inspiration Room Designing your child’s room

40 Expert Advice More than just a door

42 RenoMark Renovating small spaces

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Editor’s Notebook


colour with confidence PG.



people will shy away from big colours and strong patterns, and play it safe. There are plenty of reasons to go the safe route – it’s timeless; it’s better for resale; it’s subdued. But that last one – that’s not a very good reason. There’s no reason to be afraid of big bold patterns, of colours that make a statement, of textures that add interest and interact. This issue, we’re going to give you a gentle nudge into using colour with confidence. Our cover story, designer William MacDonald is no stranger to those big patterns and whimsical colour

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combinations. In ‘Hip to be plaid’ on page 16, MacDonald gives you the scoop on using plaids, checks and ginghams to their best effect. Embrace the confidence to mix and match patterns, it’s easier than you think, just work with your colours and find textiles you love. If you’re still feeling tentative, let Lisa Canning tell you how she turned her dark and dingy

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basement into a beautiful bright space for the whole family to enjoy on page 26. By infusing the room with a bright cobalt blue as a feature wall, she masterfully pulled the eye away from the issues detracting from the space – and created a fun space with lots of contrast. And don’t forget the outside of your house when thinking colour. Carson Arthur will help you see your front door as a great design feature – and a place to infuse colour. Check out ‘More



than just a door’ on page 40. And on a final note, we’re looking forward to seeing you online regularly. is going to be the best destination for your dose of decor inspiration and the scoop on new products and events. Thank you for picking up our magazine over the past 10 years. As we say good-bye in print – this will be the final print issue of Home Decor & Renovations GTA – we Lisa Canning has the basement blues - and they’re gorgeous!

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Cover Story

HIP to be PLAID By William MacDonald | Photos by Stephanie Buchman

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happening this fall also happens to be one of my favourite design staples. Plaid – or tartan as some like to call it – is, without a doubt, a classic design statement. It often evokes warm, cosy, fire-lit rooms perfect on cold winter nights. But that is only one take on the traditional fabric. Lately plaid, as well as check and gingham, has seen a revolution of sorts – particularly in fashion. It’s being sported by the hip of the hip, the cool urban hipsters who run amok in most major cities. Along with their tattoos, beards and dour expressions they have ironically breathed new live into an ancient fabric. Fashion is usually a good barometer of what will happen in interior design down the road, but one can argue that plaid has always been there. I know myself, as a boy growing up in the 1970s, that plaid seemed to be everywhere. We had plaid pants, jackets and suits and sofas, chairs, wallpaper and carpets. As a ‘child’ of the excessive 80s, I remember how Ralph Lauren and the preppy look influenced me to the point where I still where plaid and gingham shirts regularly. They are classics that make me feel comfortable and connected to a happy time. And that’s why I think we still love plaid today. It has a resonance, an ability to connect us to the past that, for better or worse, we all seem to want to do lately. I recently completed a project in which I was asked to create two seasonal living rooms, one for winter and one for summer. The house is set in the countryside, and part of it is a rare Ontario log cabin constructed in the early 19th century. The other part is an addition built in the early 21st century. It was a challenge because the entire interior of the 19th century section was wooden, had very small period windows and was quite dark. I had to find the right fabrics and use them in a way that was current and comfortable. As a designer I love to mix fabrics, it’s a signature

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look for which I am well known. In this project I knew I would use plaids, checks and other bold fabrics to bring life and excitement into the heavily wooded traditional space. I settled on dark yet colorful graphic floral. I brought in a bold large check mixed with stripes and a small check, and use plaid accents. I also used large check/plaid carpet. The whole space came life and is a great success. For the much brighter, modern summer living room, with its large windows and vaulted ceiling, I took the same approach – but used lighter colored fabrics. I still incorporated checks, gingham and plaids with colourful mid-east inspired florals. It too turned out extremely well. Although a trend at the moment, plaid and all its relatives, are classic in the design lexicon. It can be used traditionally or in more modern ‘hip’ spaces and mixed with other equally bold or demure fabrics. Why not throw a little plaid into a room this fall and mix it with a floral or stripe and you’ll be so hip it hurts.

William MacDonald is the principal of WillMac Design. His firm is best known for creating stylish approachable spaces that evoke a simple timeless elegance. Servicing clientele throughout Canada, the United States and overseas. @willmacdesign

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Business Profile

“At Arrow Furniture, they make it easy to be your own designer and end up with that originality and quality that your home deserves.“

BE YOUR OWN DESIGNER with help from Arrow Furniture YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, and you’re ready to make your vision a reality – you’re ready to do your decor. While professional decorators make it look easy, it is a lot trickier and much more time consuming than you imagine to put together a whole room of furniture, never mind a whole house. We spoke with Arrow Furniture and were impressed to find that they offer a whole other option that brings quality, style, great pricing and substance together, the ideal for the designer in all of us who may simply need some professional input. Often when doing your decor on your own, there are two major pitfalls. Some people buy pieces that they like, a piece at a time. They don’t have an overall plan, so as they add, piece by piece, and don’t end up with a cohesive look. It takes too long, searching store to store, for that perfect piece to blend into the mix of what has been accumulated. Everything starts to look ad hoc. The other is the temptation to buy based on price. Realistically, you can do a bit of both, it’s not wrong – but you need to have an overall plan, and you need to understand that you get what you pay for. Buying individual pieces stretches your budget and is a great way to build the look you want – but you need to know what will work together. Even if it’s a longterm plan, it should start with a plan. If you’re trying to work with

a tight budget, there are definitely items that let you save – but you need insight on when it’s appropriate to spend a bit more for quality. Poor quality wears poorly. Having to replace that furniture can add up to much more than just buying better quality at the outset. At Arrow Furniture, they make it easy to be your own designer and end up with that originality and quality that your home deserves. Arrow Furniture offers great variety. They’ve got it, whether you’re looking for modern, traditional or something just a bit more eclectic. They carry dining, living, bedroom and more – and accessories like lamps, artwork, rugs and consoles. They also offer design consultations – both in the store and at home. At $150 for an in-home consult, you’ll be amazed at how they can help you plan your decor and max out your living space. They’ll help you find the right arrangement and show you the perfect furnishings and accessories – but that’s not where the service stops. They can help you with colour selection and coordinating the new with the existing. This way, you can get exactly what you want. Arrow Furniture offers a lot of customization in a seemingly endless selection of fabrics, colours and patterns. You can tailor your decor to your style. With a great selection for every room in the house under one roof, you can buy a single piece or do your whole home. It’s that individuality you want – with service and convenience to match. Even better? The design consultation fee is credited back to your bill when you purchase your furniture from Arrow Furniture – so customers are actually given the in-home consult for free. Arrow Furniture is a great shopping experience because they only carry quality product, and they do it at a reasonable price point. They even offer a price guarantee, so you know they’re offering great value. Visit a showroom – there are locations in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Scarborough. You can check them out online too, at

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Style File


BY DESIGN… By Catherine-Lucie Horber


power of design. The magic that transpires when I transform a room is rewarding. It’s not only because of the positive changes that were made to enhance the space but mostly because of the emotion and feeling I am able to evoke in people after they see the finished product. Design affects how we live and feel. It is beyond the furniture, pillows and layout – it is about the look on their faces, the tears of joy and amazement – this is the rewarding part of my work and makes me want to continuously do more. It is not only their home we’ve changed but their life and life style and how it improves how they feel every day. That very feeling, that happiness is what inspired us to want to share it with others that needed a boost in their life. This is how the “Give Back by Design” Initiative was started. Every year Royal Interior Design ltd selects a few families who would highly benefit from a boost of happiness in

Our hearts went out to this family, although

their life. Our recipients are in need due

we wish we could have done more, they

to extreme lack of financial resources: a

were grateful and thankful and tears of

Currently when we design a home some

struggling single parent, senior retirees, new

happiness were shed in amazement at the

of the clients’ older furniture is donated

immigrants, families struck with illness or a

results of what we had done in their little

towards the program. Any furniture

tragic event in their lives.

apartment. Although small, it was cozy,

company, accessories retailer, or anyone

functional and inviting. And that is why

wanting to help are welcome to contact

design services, from conceptualization to

we do what we do, that feeling and gift is

full implementation and realization. In many


Royal Interior Design donates its full

cases, whenever budget permits, even

families. Unfortunately we alone can only

doesn’t take much to go a very long way..

sustain and sponsor a select few per year. In order to do more we would love

of five in a small condo. They had

to receive more support from leading

immigrated as government refugees, as

community groups or partnerships with

they were under extremely difficult and life

firms interested in also assisting families in

threatening circumstances in their country

their local community.

of origin. Heart breaking stories – it makes

Anyone is welcome to help!

Our dream would be to help a lot more

full funding for the projects. Sometimes it Our last donation was for a family

even more families in need.

In 2015 our goal is to service a

us realize how fortunate and lucky we are

minimum of 10 families in the GTA.

to live in such an amazing country with all

Together this priceless initiative can

the daily abundance we have and enjoy.

continue to grow stronger and help more

Catherine-Lucie Horber Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber is the Principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd .The firm provides decorating, staging and renovating services for both small and full scale residential projects throughout the GTA. Known for creating elegant & affordable design solutions tailored to suit different lifestyles.

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to a finished family basement By Lisa Canning | Photos by Larry Arnal


efore our renovation my basement was a dark and dingy mess of wood panelling, cedar shingles on the

walls, and a scary dirty furnace room. It was essentially a massive storage room that no one wanted to spend any time in. Post renovation, it is now a fun space that my family loves. Creating a multi-use space for the entire family takes some planning, but it is so worth the outcome. Here are my five steps to a finished family basement.



In a room used for entertaining and

recreation, patterned wallpaper can create the perfect backdrop. I used this great ikat in a cobalt blue to inject some energy into the space. If all over pattern intimidates you, then think about using it as a focal wall and paint the adjacent walls in a coordinating

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colour you draw from the wallpaper palette. In a basement where sometimes ceiling height or awkward bulkheads can be a challenge, consider utilizing a large-scale pattern to draw attention away from these obstructions.



I had a couple of structural posts I had to contend with in my basement, so I chose

to incorporate one into the custom entertainment unit that houses my television. This allowed me to create separate zones for watching television, prepping snacks in the kitchenette, and an open area for playing with toys or games. In the kitchen I added a wall oven for really easy snack prep. I chose to use the Whirlpool White Ice oven to blend seamlessly with my neutral cabinetry. Creating these zones allows the family to use the space for various activities and gives a ton of flexibility for adults and kids alike.



My basement is small, so every piece counts- including baby gear! That’s why I

“In a basement where sometimes ceiling height or awkward bulkheads can be a challenge, consider utilizing a large-scale pattern to draw attention away from these obstructions.”

intentionally selected items that match my decor. Since large riding toys and play pens tend to be left out due to their size, I went with a streamlined Nuna playpen in a bold blue that picks up on the patterned wallpaper and is both functional as it is beautifully designed. I also kept my colour palette consistent by customizing my FLOR rugs to match the wallpaper and my red sofa.



My other favourite thing about my

basement is how flexible it is. In a small space like mine, I knew I wanted to be able to clear space quickly for impromptu dance



parties, or for accommodating overnight

My favourite aspect of my basement is my wall of floor to ceiling cabinetry. I used

guests. My sofa by Small Space Plus not

standard sized cabinets from Cutler Kitchen and Bath that were great on my budget, but

only has storage in every seat, it can also

provide me a ton of value in usable space. This is where I store everything – toys, board

be configured as a sectional, a sofa with

games, craft supplies and snacks. All these items get hidden behind closed doors and at the

ottomans, or a bed. My table extends to

end of the day, the space feels peaceful and uncluttered and ready for an evening relaxing

seating for 6 or can remain tucked away as

in front of the TV or entertaining friends in front of the fireplace.

a small console table when I want a large floor space cleared. This flexibility allows you to get the most out of your basement and can have a fabulous impact on your entertaining lifestyle.

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scheme. I’ve studied colour and its psychological affects in much detail. The advertising industry, out of necessity, has championed the topic. Perusing any number of articles on the subject helps add a bit of science behind the selection process. Remarkably, 90 per cent of an assessment for trying out a product is made by colour alone. Imagine how that notion is translated into interior design. Whether my clients fancy a trendy colour scheme or timeless palette, I pull it together with the same arsenal of information. I promise finding the perfect white is not the elusive unicorn us pros claim it to be. Here are my top tips and kernels of advice for to help you venture to the paint wand with confidence. 1. Understanding the effects by colour Red (warm)- Has a physical effect, raising blood pressure and respiration rates. ⊲ Enhances

human metabolism which is why we often see it used

in dining spaces. Brighter: more energetic Darker shades: powerful and elegant. Orange (warm)- Vibrant and energetic, friendly, inviting ⊲ Muted

forms are associated with the earth and with autumn.

⊲ Association

with changing seasons: can represent change and

movement in general. ⊲ Associated

with the fruit: health and vitality. 3. Palette Messaging

Yellow (warm)- Brightest, most energizing of the warm colours.

Historic and Neutral Palettes

Bright yellow: sense of happiness and cheerfulness.

⊲ Muted,

Light yellows: more calm feeling of happiness than bright yellows.

⊲ Depth

Dark & gold-hued: can look antique, have sense of permanence.

⊲ Association ⊲ Offer

rich, and muddied tones.

and strength that speak to permanence. with a history of success.

a feeling of trust and comfort in consistency.

Blue (cool) - Light: relaxed and calming. Bright: energizing and refreshing.

White and Grey

Dark: strength and reliability

⊲ Clean ⊲ Very

Green (cool) – Easiest colour for the eye to look at. Has a balancing, harmonizing effect.

white or grey palettes feel orderly.

peaceful like that of an art gallery.

⊲ Nothing

can be concealed and the space must be used efficiently

to maintain and guest will relate to that message.

Brighter: energizing, vibrant Dark: most stable representative of affluence.

Pop of Colour ⊲ Obvious

Purple (cool) - Associated with royalty, creativity & imagination. Attributes of both red and blue. Dark: sense wealth and luxury. Light: softer associated with spring and romance.

⊲ In

colour applications apply a definitive date stamp.

motion, change and evolve: reinforce with use of

current colours. ⊲ Youth

gravitate toward the most current of everything, colour is a

powerful way to demonstrate that.

2. Undertones and Mass Tones What you see at first glance is the colour’s mass tone, but what is less obvious is the colour’s undertone. Use undertone to skillfully emphasize or downplay elements within a home. For example, a beige with a red undertone will create a harmonious palette when used with other warm and red tones, but will highlight those with cool undertones like greens and blues when used together.

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like a daunting task that comes with a hefty price tag. Add in the belief that a child’s room needs to re-done every few years as they grow and their tastes change, and this task goes from daunting to discouraging. But it doesn’t have to be! First and foremost, think long term. The design should incorporate elements and furniture that can grow with your child through their years, carrying them from childhood to tweens to their teen years. Don’t get carried away with a character themed room; think more generic, with colour choices and include small, replaceable (read: economical) objects to incorporate their latest character obsessions. In each of the tween rooms that I recently worked on I created reading zones. In the girl’s room I included a great HomeSense find – this chair and pink puff will be ideal for entertaining friends when that time comes; but for now, we’ve added a faux sheep skin to make it the ideal spot for her curl up with a favourite book and drift off into fantasy land. I also added in a great reading light from Bouclair. In the boy’s room, I wanted to add a zone where he could read, play games, hang out with friends, and act as an extra sleeping spot for guests (pending their age and size). This lounge chair from IKEA was the perfect fit and durability for a child. It provides a relaxing spot

to kick back with his feet up, for reading alone, or for curling up with a parent. This chair’s purpose can be transformed as he grows up, and might even move out with him! Storage for kids is key. They have so many little toys, gadgets and books that it’s great to be able to stow them away so the floor doesn’t become a clutter zone. In the girl’s room I chose chest storage with pull out bins and doors from IKEA. This is another piece that is really timeless. You can fancy it up in the early years to be a dress-up station, while in later years it can be used for clothing storage, art supplies and more. The bed I selected for the boy’s room has a desk under it and tons of storage (Stuva Loft Bed from IKEA). There is open shelving where we added in bins for toys

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and books – and a side closet that can be used for clothing or more toys. Play with textures and colours – don’t get stuck on the traditional. Allow smaller accessories to be the themed items so they can easily be changed and updated as your child grows. Patterned baskets allow for quick clean-ups and add some fashionable elements to the space. Fun pillows and throws are budget friendly and can transform the design and mood within seconds. For instance, in the girl’s room I chose HomeSense bedding from their adult line, which is feminine by not childish. Also, going with the double size instead of twin means the bedding doesn’t have to be changed when she’s ready for a bigger bed. For the boy’s room, I chose to work with a light gray paint from Para, knowing that this room will need to age well and be cool for many years to come. The natural grey is a colour that allows the room to feel warm but is not the focal point in the room. Using a lighter colour on the walls allows the pieces within to standout. As he grows and refines his tastes, these grey walls will coordinate with future room modifications. I love to bring colour and life into a room through artwork; it’s an easy way to update and refresh any space. It also adds a personal touch by including drawings and artwork created by the room owner. For kids who love to draw or paint, having a home for their masterpieces, and one that can be updated at whim, adds a touch of their own personality to their room. Have fun shopping and creating your child’s ideal room for now and the future. This is the space where your child will dream, read, dress and grow, so go ahead and enjoy designing this space for them.

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Expert Advice

more than just a

DOOR By Carson Arthur


home? Well you are not alone! Curb appeal and first impression has taken the real estate world by storm. According to, spending as little as $5,000 on landscaping could give you returns of up to 150 per cent. Adding a new front door has the highest ROI of all renovations – including kitchens and baths according to Remodeling Magazines 2015 Cost vs. Value report. It makes sense; the front door is the first item that potential buyers physically come in contact with. If you have a new, or well-cared-for door, buyers assume that the rest of the home will be in the same state of repair. The opposite is also true. Doors with peeling paint, banged up edges or even loose handles lead buyers to think that the home will also be in poor condition and require repairs. Adding a brand new front door has an expected ROI of 102 per cent, which means that it is worth more after installation than you paid! If you don’t want to make a big investment, painting the front is a great alternative. Millennial buyers want homes with character. Adding that pop of colour can set your house apart (but not in a way that will intimidate or eliminate any potential buyers.) There is no wrong colour. Even shocking shades of pink and purple are effective with the right style of home. The key to going bright is to properly marry the accent colours so that they overall display is cohesive. When choosing the best colour for your front door, here are a few things to consider 1» MATCH YOUR DOOR WITH THE RIGHT HARDWARE. A good rule of thumb is to pair cool paint colours like blues and grays with silver or pewter hardware. If you prefer to use a warm tone like a red or brown, select bronze or gold handles and hinges to help your door look its best. When in doubt, black hardware works with every colour (except black of course!)

Door: Dutch Tulip, Aura Grand Entrance, high-gloss Trim: Simply White OC-117, Aura Grand Entrance


A simple metal trim piece that is six inches tall makes any door look impressive. Easy to install, a kick plate is the perfect way to hide any wear and tear from daily life. With a price point as low as $24.99, a kick plate adds more value than it costs!


DÉCOR PIECES AROUND THE DOOR. Now don’t go crazy with purple flowers to match your purple door. Instead, add two small details, one on each side, to ground the vibrant colour in the space. Remember, a bright door will always be the focal point because of its size and function. Adding the accents links everything together.

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Door: English Scone, Aura Grand Enrance, High Gloss Trim: Frostbite, Aura Grand Entrance, Satin

We know that a first impression can positively or negatively impact the perceived value of your home. Buyers who often know the asking price of a home will determine if the house is worth it based on curb appeal. According to Century 21 Canada, that first glance is worth eight per cent of your home’s value. So what makes a good first impression? Truth is, the colour of your front door is often the very first thing potential buyers notice when looking at a prospective house. Paint has never been so important.

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SMALL SPACES By Bryan Tuckey


condos, it is not surprising that condo renovations are on the rise. RenoMark renovator Brendan Charters of Eurodale Developments says that kitchen and bathroom renovations are the most popular, and one of the most common projects is upgrading and customizing finishes like cabinets, backsplashes and countertops. “Typically we install new finishes in the same locations as the original, although in some instances we are able to get creative and shift things around – something that is not easy in condos with common elements such as plumbing, gas, phone and cable main lines which can’t be moved”, says Brendan who is also a BILD board member. Other popular renovations he lists include changing flooring, trims and paint, which allow condo owners to upgrade the aesthetic of their suites and make them uniquely their own. Design and planning are key to a successful condo renovation. This starts with hiring a renovator who is familiar with the structural and service elements of condos, as well as how to navigate condo board approvals and work around potential challenges. Working with a condo board ensures that your renovation is not impacting any of the building’s common elements while adhering to any

of the board’s renovation specific by-laws. Brendan warns that these bylaws may differ substantially from typical municipal by-laws, such as sound transfer standards or time of work. While you are unlikely to be moving any structural walls in a condo renovation, you may still need a building permit from your local municipality if you’re changing plumbing locations or working with electrical. A professional renovator will help you navigate through the permit process if necessary. A great place to find one is The website has a searchable database of professional renovators from across Canada. Make sure you ask lots of questions about the renovators’ past experience working in condos. Another good place to learn about renovating condos is the Toronto Fall Home Show. It runs from October 1 to 4 at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place and this year’s show is all about embracing your space and among its many features you can explore condo living and learn more about maximizing smaller spaces. Be sure and visit the Destination Renovation display at Booth 720. This is BILD’s featured exhibit where you can meet with professional RenoMark renovators and get free unbiased advice and renovating tips. We are also holding a renovation-focused seminar on the main stage on Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. The seminar is called Destination Renovation presents: Renovating with Confidence, and will offer pointers on how to undertake your renovation project, find a reputable professional renovator, as well as tips on how to get the best value with your budget. Tickets for the show are available online at and if you buy online, you will get $3 off the regular adult admission. I hope to see you at the show.

Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and is a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments. He can be found on Twitter (, Facebook ( and BILD’s official online blog (

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Homeowners can never take too many precautions to protect their houses against flooding. Below are some effective tips for reducing the likelihood of flood damage: • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors. • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your home to ensure that water moves away from the building. • Turn off the water and close the pipes before leaving for even a few days • Seal and tighten cleanout caps as well as backwater caps • Do not store your important documents and cherished items in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage. While Modular can definitely help you restore your home it after a flood, it’s never a pleasant way to initiate a renovation. Therefore, we encourage you to make sure to protect your home this winter. - The Modular Home Additions Team

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Designer Q&A



By Elisa Krovblit | Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn


collaboration with Pottery Barn. The store has wide appeal for its spectacular style – both timeless and on trend - a perfect space to engage in product design for Fulk. HD&R recently caught up with him to talk design. Describe your style: K | I’d say my style is that I don’t actually have one particular style. Every space truly ends up being unique to its own personal story: the people, the place, and most importantly the history. I love the idea of a rich and layered interior. Something that feels collected, and filled with interesting pieces and colours that come together to tell a story. What do you love about product collaboration? K | I love the storytelling of it. Do you have a favourite piece from the product collection? K | Picking a favourite piece is like picking between the children! I must admit however that I am madly in love with the silver retriever ice bucket. Do you have a different approach to design and decor

Best advice you give to a client?

based on the size of a space?

K | Don’t be afraid of colour - it’s your friend,

K | I love designing a small room. They can be very impactful

certainly not your enemy. Painting your room (big

when you’ve accounted for every last detail. When designing

or small) is the least expensive, most impactful thing

a large space, I am always breaking it apart, creating different

that someone can do to transform a space.

moments throughout the larger space. So my larger rooms sometimes end up telling a few different stories vs. my

Complete these two sentences:

smaller rooms that tell one really strong story.

K | A room is never complete without a dimmer switch! Nothing makes a room like some fantastic


Are rules made to be broken or are there any important

lighting. You could have the most beautiful room,

points to be maintained?

but with the wrong lighting, all of the sudden you’ve

K | Art! People tent to hang art far too high. Art should be

lost the magic.

hung at human scale. In a hall where you’re walking or

A home is never complete without a signature

standing, it should be hung at eye level. In a living room, or

scent. There is nothing greater than coming home

a space where people are seated, the art should be hung at

to one familiar scent that you know and love. Right

eye level when seated.

now I am loving BULY candles.

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