Colour and pattern mix perfectly in this happy-glam home.
Brave hits of colour and pattern beautifully collide in this happy-glam Georgian home.
Can we finally agree that pink is not for little girls alone? Although primarily paired with princesses, it can also be very sophisticated - and pretty fun. Take this gracious 1920s Georgian home that Tara Fingold designed for a young family of five in Toronto's Forest Hill neighbourhood: Shades of pink are everywhere. The dining room's oversized Windsor chairs with dusty rose seats have Mad Hatter appeal; the entryway's psychedelic artwork flaunts corals that mingle well with other hues; and punches of cranberry are repeated throughout the house.
Playful yet elegant, the welcoming entryway exudes and eclectic vibe. The spunky Windsor settee is covered in a hard-wearing blue vinyl. Heated marble-inlay floors are a luxurious touch. The homeowners were inspired to buy the framed cowhide artwork after seeing it in a photo of comedian Chelsea Handler's office.
The splashy area rug was Tara's starting-off point for the living room design. From there, custom light blue paint went on the walls and subtle sky blue grasscloth wallpaper was applied to the ceiling. The branch-like base of the coffee table and the cut-outs on the side table are idiosyncratic touches. The dark rose linen drapery riffs off the retro-cool sidechairs.
The living room colour palette is largely blue with hits of pink to connect it to the other spaces throughout.
"I love all the colour in the house," says one of the homeowners. "It makes me smile when I walk in and instantly puts me in a good mood."
The dark rose-coloured chairs in the kitchen's eat-in area are covered in easy-to-clean vinyl. A huge white magnetic board bordered in brass adds bling and serves as a spot to showcase the kids' artwork, while a puff of pink flowers keeps the look cohesive and fresh.
Glamorously decked out with bold expanses of Statuario marble and hints of brass, the clean-lined kitchen is dramatic even though it's mostly white - save for light pink glassware on one of the floating open shelves, in keeping with Tara's theme of colour continuity.
Sassy and sophisticated, the white and gold kitchen design is anything but expected. In fact, when the contractor initially saw the range hood, he called Tara in a panic. "I rushed over there," she says. "He said to me, 'The hood, it's a square box! You didn't mean to do this, did you?" I replied," Yes. It's perfection."
While colour in the kitchen is modest, at least when compared to the rest of the home, you can find varying doses of pink - from the light pink glassware to the dark rose-coloured chairs, and even an innocent bowl of fresh, plump cherries.
"My colour rule for this house was continuity," says designer Tara Fingold. "Because we used a cranberry hue in the dining room, we carried it into other rooms so it wouldn't be jarring to the eye." Shades of pink intermingle here, from the zippy ikat-print drapery to the two-toned dining chairs done in velvet and vinyl.
A wooden dresser transforms into an ultra-stylish statement piece.
Put your DIY skills to the test with these simple and stylish IKEA furniture transformations.
Style at Home's talented design team puts their own unique spin on IKEA's VITTSJÖ nesting-style coffee table with three personality-packed rooms to match.
Discover how all three looks came together and how you can create the same look in your home.
We created a customized office desk for this cozy home office nook.
Using IKEA's ALEX desktop you can create the same look at home.
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
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Glam up a plain pendant light with a coat of gold spray paint.
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Add some stylish storage to your space with this gorgeous do-it-yourself cabinet featured in our high/low: chic dressing room.
Using IKEA's SEKTION wall cabinet get the step-by-step instructions here.
Create your own free-standing island like the one featured in our Parisian-style kitchen. This budget-friendly accessory can be customized to suit your style while adding an extra prep area to any size space.
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Add coastal flair to your bedroom by following these simple steps.
Add coastal flair to your bedroom by following these simple steps.
Designer Shea McGee shares her top tips for adding coastal flair to your bedroom
With ocean views and an abundance of natural light, this master bedroom dictated its own design direction: cozy coastal. Here’s how designer Shea McGee of Studio McGee infused the space with a beach-inspired aesthetic.
1 Stick with calming tones like blues, greens and greys for the walls.
2 Don’t select anything too theme-y – add seaside style with textiles instead.
3 Choose furniture that’s light and airy. Think pale woods, glass and metal, and nothing too bulky.
4 Mix subtle patterns to keep things interesting without overwhelming the room.
5 Use linen fabrics for a relaxed look that doesn’t feel too formal or stuffy.
6 Incorporate organic elements like plants, branches and faux coral as a nod to the coast.
7 Hang drapery right to the ceiling to give extra softness to the space.
8 Layer your windows with woven shades for a dose of texture.
Buying guide: The truth about thread count
Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can't wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There's no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn't entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets.
What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp"). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called "picks" and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn't really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, "depends on the mill you deal with," it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.
What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it's Egyptian cotton, where it's woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. "The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality," Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, "though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian." When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the "master weavers of the world" due to their "long tradition of weaving" and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it's all about preference!
What to avoid when buying sheets
Joanna's one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, "you always get what you pay for." The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you're buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. "A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250," says Joanna.
What do you prefer?
After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you're looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It's also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.
Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don't let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you're unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you'll be having sweet dreams!
Find out how to keep your new linens crisp and clean with our tips to whiter-than-white sheets.