Tag: design

Step It Up: Four Trends to Update Your Stairs

Stairs, we use them every day. Whether going up or down, half way up and then realizing you forgot something downstairs and going back up, our stairs get a lot of traffic. While you use your stairs every day, do you ever think about your stairs as a design element...

/ May 4, 2017

Room for Two: Shared Kids’ Room Ideas

If you’ve got more kids than bedrooms in your home, learning how to create a shared space that both children will be happy in is the difference between a fight before bed each night and sweet dreams for everyone in your home. Sharing a room doesn’t have to result in...

/ April 3, 2017

5 Design Tips for Renters

If you’re currently renting an apartment, condo, or house, then you know there are certain limitations when it comes to designing the space to your taste. While you can’t rip out the outdated bathroom or replace the unattractive kitchen backsplash, there are lots of options when it comes to renting...

/ March 16, 2017

How To: Create a Cozy Home with Lighting

This past Sunday we saw the clocks go back an hour for Daylight Savings. While this means we all (hopefully) get an extra hour of sleep, we also lose an important hour of sunlight every day. With the days getting shorter, darker and colder, now is the perfect time to...

/ November 6, 2016
Guest Room via Style Me Pretty

How To Repurpose Your Spare Room

Empty nesters rejoice! With those kids heading off to college and university this fall, you’ll soon have a new spare bedroom. But what to do with all that extra space? Having a spare bedroom is a luxury but it can quickly become a junk closet if you don’t repurpose and...

/ August 19, 2016
Awesome pool by Prestige Pools & Leisure Products Ltd

Form Follows Function: The Utility of Design

Form follows function is a well known principle in modern design. While it’s true meaning is open to interpretation, discussion gravitates to the relationship between the use of an object/space and what it looks like. I am a believer that function rules but not at the sacrifice of design. While...

/ February 18, 2011

Thinking of Adding Space to Your House? Hire an Architect

There are some common misperceptions about architects -- perhaps the most typical being that architects are only hired when designing a house from the ground up. Even then, you might be tempted to shy away from hiring an architect thinking that they're all of the Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier...

/ June 17, 2009

How to Shop for the Perfect Area Rug

by Belinda Albo, interior designer An Area Rug is a great way to add the finishing touch to any room. In addition, area rugs have several practical benefits. They add warmth, intimacy, and reduce noise levels. They define a rooms boundaries, which helps to unify and complete a room. WHAT SIZE?...

/ November 28, 2008
Finished basement by Domilya Group

Finally! A One-Stop Shop For All Your Green Building Materials Needs!

If you’re a green building fan like me, you’ve probably looked on enviously at Ottawa’s and Vancouver’s green building stores wondering why we here in Toronto don’t have the same thing. (Ottawa has “The Healthiest Home” and Vancouver has “Greenworks Building Supply“). But surprisingly nothing like those stores existed in...

/ November 18, 2008
Kitchen renovation by Fresh Home Innovations

Lighting Basics From an Interior Designer

Unless we’re professionally trained or just have that “certain knack” we all have our decorating weak spots. One of mine happens to be “lighting.” In fact I hesitate to make lamp purchases because I’m so unsure of myself; so much so that at the moment my beside lamp is a...

/ November 5, 2008