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style at home day on cityline – august 3

Join host Tracy Moore, IKEA’s Tamara Robbins-Griffith, Style at Home’s Kimberley Seldon and me on the Tuesday, August 3, “Style at Home Day” episode of CityLine!

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I’m elbows-deep in dye for this segment, presenting some easy, breezy dyeing techniques that bring fashion’s hottest summer look home!

Check out the dyed looks we love by clicking here!

Image courtesy CityLine

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the ultimate w expert challenge

Don’t I look intimidating?!?

erin brett karen the ultimate w expert challengeWho am I kidding? I’m just a big softie, and couldn’t pull a Simon Cowell even if I tried!

My stint as a guest judge on the W Network’s Ultimate W Expert Challenge is just around the corner, and it’s time to get acquainted with this season’s contestants: six experts who are vying for the chance to win a development deal with the network. Check ‘em out here and let me know what you think after you vote online! Who would you choose as The Ultimate?

Julie Arora, Food & Nutrition expert

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Bruce Krahn, Health & Wellness expert

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Nadia Albano, Beauty & Style expert

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Jennifer Reid, Home & Garden expert

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Sasja Nieukerk, Personal Development expert

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Steve Duncan, Home & Garden expert

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The new season premieres on Wednesday, August 4 at 8PM EST, and I’m behind the judge’s table —  shown here with Style at Home’s editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin and host Karen Bertelsen – on the episode airing August 11.

In the meantime, check out host Karen Bertelsen’s absolutely stunning home in the hot-off-the-presses September issue of Style at Home magazine!

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lee jofa’s new verdmont fabric collection

It’s a crewel, crewel summer.

Sorry, Bananarama. (Or Ace of Base, if you missed the ’80s.)

To-the-trade stalwart Lee Jofa captures the essence of summer with Verdmont – a bright, bold collection of luxe linen, chintz and prints, including these to-die-for crewelwork beauties… The exotic embroidery has been popping up everywhere we look this season, and on these cushions, the contrast welt proves the perfect finishing touch!

Tyler Crewel in Sorbet, Lemon and Aqua

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Paying tribute to the Verdmont mansion – an early 18th century Bermuda estate – the collection reimagines some of Lee Jofa’s archival prints in very contemporary colourways. This little vignette serves as a great lesson in pairing printed florals, stripes, solids and embroidery. Hello, instant room!

(From left) Chirk embroidery in Grass, Maia in Multi/White, Gilbraltar Silk in Mango and Remo Stripe in Melon (on seat cushion)

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Check out the exquisite, large-repeat print on these loose-fitting slipcovers: another easy, breezy summer trend to swoon over.

Tree of Life in White

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Even as we move towards autumn in terms of new launches, chintz seems to be gaining momentum. These are particularly tasty examples… And that saturated, salmony wall colour makes these fancy florals anything but frumpy.

(From left) Trentham Hall in Vanilla, Chirk Embroidery in Surf, Trentham Hall in Mist

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painting the walls

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Today: Painting! It was a long day. My dear friend Jen and I painted from 10am til 9:30pm (with a handful of breaks thrown in). The colour I used is called Satin, part of the Style at Home paint collection from Home Hardware. Covering my dark green walls required one coat of primer and three coats of paint but wow – what a transformation! My condo instantly felt brighter and, more importantly, larger. It’s amazing what an impact paint can have.

Painting with white can be a bit tricky. Because the paint colour (when wet) was so similar to the primer, it was sometimes difficult to see where we’d stopped painting. So you have to keep a close eye on what you’re doing. Good lighting is key, too. As the sun started to set, it became more and more difficult to see what was painted and what was not. But overall, the most important thing was to have patience, a keen eye for detail and a good friend to help, who shows up bearing Timbits.

I’m thrilled with the change and can’t wait for the rest of the space to start coming together!

priming the walls

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And the fun (work??) begins! I primed the walls of my condo tonight. My brother-in-law was kind enough to help. We started by removing all the baseboards. I’ll be putting in new hardwood floors to replace the laminate that’s there and replacing the baseboards, so removing them made the priming much easier since I didn’t need to worry about the edges. It took about three hours and surprisingly, I only needed one gallon of primer to cover the dark green walls in my living room and kitchen.  Thank goodness primer is water soluble and so easy to wash off. I was covered in it by the time I was done. Tomorrow: Painting! I’ll let you know which colour I’ve chosen.

ready to redecorate with lisa canning

As I mentioned a few months back, I’m finally ready to makeover my condo. And with the help of Toronto-based interior designer Lisa Canning, I’m finally beginning to make some progress! I’m going to blog about the whole process and today’s a good day to start. Lisa showed up at the Style at Home offices this afternoon with some fabulous fabrics tucked under her arm, textured tiles for the kitchen backsplash and best of all, her sketch of her design vision. And that, more than anything else, got me really excited. I’m working with a modest budget, but Lisa’s design savvy means she knows where to go to get gorgeous things at great prices. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, check out the ‘before’ photo of my condo and Lisa’s sketch.

condo photo blog ready to redecorate with lisa canningMy condo: It’s a bit dark and it’s time to update it and turn it into a truly stylish space!

condo sketch blog ready to redecorate with lisa canningLisa’s sketch: Lots of white and pops of dramatic colour, like the cobalt blue cushions and accessories, go a long way towards updating the space and making it more modern.

baroque wallpaper from farrow & ball

The latest issue of Style at Home just landed on my desk. If you subscribe, you should be getting your copy soon. If you don’t, what are you waiting for? Subscribe here! I love flipping through the magazine and checking out the pages and pages of design inspiration. The first thing that caught my eye? This gorgeous wallpaper/paint combo that jumped right off the page. This luxurious wallpaper (Baroque Papers Versailles BP 2611, $295 per roll, paired with sun-bright yellow baseboards (Babouche 223, is a stunning combination. And I just love the idea of painting the baseboards to match the wallpaper, instead of sticking with tried-and-true white. What do you think? Would you paint your baseboards a vibrant colour? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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puckered diamond bed linens

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One word: LOVE!

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amy butler’s new graham & brown wallpaper

If you haven’t already snatched up the August issue of Style at Home, you need to do so right away, if only to check out the new wallpaper I’m obsessing over on page 21… Amy Butler — she of chic sewing pattern and fabric fame — has crafted a new collection of wallpapers for Graham & Brown that is making some serious waves in the design world, and I just had to launch my “Style News” column with my fave of the many perky patterns she’s devised. But what of the others in the collection? Be prepared to drool…

Retro-fabulous! I love Amy’s fresh new take on American Midwest motifs like big, medallion-style blooms…

Lacework in Moss, with Sun and Moon in Moss (below chair rail)

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And those colours are absolutely breathtaking. Who said red and pink don’t play well together? Throw in a bit of creamy orange, and you’ve got a brilliant palette that still feels light and airy, thanks to the judicious use of white.

Momento in Sunset

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In a monochromatic green scheme, this pattern almost takes on an Art Nouveau vibe.

Passion Lily in Field

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Turquoise delight!

Field Poppies in Midnight

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A vision in violet… (And no, that’s not Amy Butler, oddly enough.)

Fountain in Midnight

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This is the only one that I’m not completely bonkers about, but I think it’s more due to the colourway than the actual pattern… And I’m a completist, so here it is!

Georgia in Stone

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The new Graham & Brown Amy Butler Collection is available for around $80 per roll at Crown Wallpaper + Fabric.

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wallpaper for windows

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And now, for something a little different. Wallpaper for Windows ( is a new product that adds a decorative touch to your glass windows or doors. It only takes about 20 minutes to apply to the glass and the patterns cost between $35 and $50. I have to say, I’m not a fan. But I’d love to know what you think! Love it or hate it? Leave a comment and share your opinion!

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