Stunning bathroom design with vintage appeal
A clawfoot tub and marble herringbone flooring are just some of the beautiful vintage features in this stylish bathroom.
After moving into their 125-year-old rowhouse in downtown Toronto last year, Jane and Jeff Wood did a few cosmetic fix-ups to update the charming home, but the dark, cramped, showerless bathroom needed a complete overhaul. The couple enlisted designer Cameron MacNeil to create a bathroom that better accommodated their family. Expanding and reconfiguring the space, he incorporated the original tub and added an expansive shower and double vanity. He used classic materials like marble and brass for a fresh, light look that suits the rest of the house.
The inside of the original clawfoot tub was re-enamelled and its outside painted black. “The bathtub is really beautiful,” says homeowner Jane Wood. “It’s six feet long but quite narrow, and apparently it’s a style that’s hard to find now.” A wall of oversized eight-by-12-inch bevelled subway tiles (which offer visual interest without being too busy) and a marble-topped ledge continue from the glass-enclosed shower for a seamless look.
How to wash your pillows to keep them fresh and clean
Essential cleaning tips for keeping your pillows perfectly fresh and stain-free.
Cover them as you may, but pillows still develop odours and stains. Keep them fresh by washing them every three to six months. Our resourceful research editor, Mary Levitski, tells you how.
1 Start by checking the label for laundering instructions. Most newer pillows can be tossed in the washing machine, but some are dry clean only. Also, some fill materials, such as foam, can’t go in the dryer.
2 Use a front-loading washer (a top-loader isn’t suited for fully submerging a pillow). Select the warm water and gentle cycle settings. Add a bit of mild liquid laundry detergent (the powdered kind is harder to wash off). Insert pillows, ensuring they are not packed in tightly. To completely wash off the detergent, repeat the rinse cycle. Do not use the spin cycle unless your pillows are down.
3 To dry, squeeze out any excess water by hand. Put the pillows through a tumble dry cycle set to low heat. Repeat as necessary until completely dry. Pillows that can’t go in the dryer should be hung on a clothesline or rack.
Make a hotel-worthy bed by washing your linens regularly and ironing them with a scented mist like K. Hall Designs Washed Cotton Linen Water (Au Lit Fine Linens, $25). Trust us, you’ll be dreaming of a late checkout.
To extend the life of your pillows, dress them in protective pillow covers before putting on their cases.
Eco-friendly products to keep your pillows plump
On top of being greener and more cost-effective than dryer sheets, reusable balls also prevent pillows from getting lumpy in the dryer.
Scent your laundry with this Canadian brand’s delectable aromas like Apple Pie and Banana Bread. Tumbler tarts fair trade wool dryer balls, The Laundry Tarts, $30 per pack of 3; Re-scenting kit in Apple Pie, The Laundry Tarts, $13.
The prongs of these cute little rubber balls are great for keeping pillows soft and fluffy. Thermoplastic rubber hedgehog dryer balls, West Elm Market, $9 per pair.
These bright all-natural wool balls soften laundry and cut drying time. Wool Deluxe starter dryer balls, LooHoo, $28 US per pack of 3.
Glamorous master bedroom
We've put together a list of 10 nightstands perfect for any room.
A colourful bedside table is a great way to brighten up your bedroom and add a bit of extra storage for your nightly must-haves.
Harbour blue 2-drawer nightstand, Crate and Barrel, $699.
If you're looking for the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to your bedroom a mirrored nightstand is a simple solution.
Park mirrored 2-drawer bedside table, Pottery Barn, $499.
Go bold with your bedroom furniture. Make a statement in your bedroom with a unique nightstand that will hold all your essentials and give your room some character.
Pen Shell Hexagon side table, Williams-Sonoma, $450.
Gold details help add a glamorous touch without taking away from the simplicity of a room. It's an easy way to make your soothing master suite look sophisticated and chic.
Terrace nightstand in Antique Brass, West Elm, $299.
Simple and loaded with storage, these nightstands easily blend into the background allowing your headboard to be the main focus.
Pierce bedside chest, Pier 1, $349.95.
Give some shape to your room with a round-top nightstand. Not only does the nightstand look sleek, it adds an element of elegance.
STRIND side table, IKEA, $69.99.
Add a beachy-glam look to your bedroom with a white wicker nightstand. From your condo bedroom to your cottage master suite it's great for any space.
Classica nightstand, Pier 1, $249.95.
If you're looking for small space storage solutions in your bedroom, try a layered bedside table. It's an easy solution for keeping everything within arm's reach while staying organized.
Chloe Etagere beside table in Antique White, Pottery Barn, $699.
Nightstands can help make a change to a basic room. Choose something with a unique shape, colour or material to give a new look to a modern or traditional space.
Tall storage nightstand, West Elm, $229.
Give your bedroom that rustic revival by adding distressed wood furniture.
Atwood nightstand, Crate and Barrel, $899.
A bright white office gets a hint of glam
A talented design team creates a glam home office.
The Kelly Deck Design team adorns a bright white office with all things glam. Here’s how to achieve a similarly chic look.
Cheer up a plain ceiling by applying a graphic geometric wallpaper. it’s a fashion-forward look that instantly draws the eye upward.
Maximize every square inch of a small space with custom millwork. For this office, the designers added two workstations, closed cabinetry and open shelving.
Since every creative genius requires a whimsical workspace, try something unexpected and lean lively prints atop your desk.
Bring shimmer and shine to your study with warm metal elements. Here, gold accents like this peace sign sculpture draw attention to the room’s stunning showpiece: The modern brass light fixture.
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