Take your bathroom from drab to fab with these easy decorating ideas!
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are known to give homeowners the biggest returns on their investment when they sell. But whether you’re doing a big renovation or just looking for ways to update your current bathroom and whether you intend to sell or not, these ideas for beautifying your bathroom will pay big returns in your overall satisfaction with your home. And you don’t have to have a $50,000 budget to do it. These affordable upgrades will add some serious style to your home without breaking the bank!
Renewal Divinity Small Mirror
What a difference something as simple as a mirror can make. The right one can transform the look of your bathroom and give it an updated, more stylish feel in an instant. The frame is made from hammered aluminum combined with beveled glass and can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and the shape of the space you’re working in. Renewal Divinity Small Mirror, Wayfair, $380.46.
Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture
When renovating, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the type of space you have. So before you head to the lighting store, figure out whether it’d be best to go with flush mount, track lighting or sconces. No matter what you choose, illuminate your bathroom with a stunning light fixture that ties your bathroom’s whole look together and adds an appealing amount of sparkle and shine! Boasting a shiny chrome finish and a laser-cut inspired design on the lamp shade, this flush mounted lighting fixture will bring effortless elegance to your bathroom and is a simple way to take the look of the entire space from drab to fab! Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture, Multi Luminaire, $349.
Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper
If you’ve always loved the look of wallpaper but have shied away from using it in the bathroom, it’s time to reconsider. Wallpaper has come a long way and today, there are lots of options on the market, many of which are suitable for moisture-rich environments. This gorgeous wallpaper has a mosaic pattern that mimics the look of tile and has a washable finish for easy clean-up. Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, $50/roll.
Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile
Flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine and you’re sure to see plenty of bathrooms boasting this contrasting basket weave tile to dramatic effect. Get the look for yourself with these tiles – but may we suggest opting for the white and cobalt colour combo as a subtle alternative to black and white? The rich cobalt will add a decidedly chic and unexpected look to your bathroom. Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile, Home Depot, $7.98 each.
Gleaming Brass Bath Collection
Upping the style quotient in your bathroom doesn’t get any easier than this! Swap out your existing vanity vessels for these truly chic options. The full set includes a soap dispenser, tumbler and tray, all in a beautiful brass finish. Gleaming Brass Bath Collection, Anthropologie, $22-$36.
Dot Medallion Shower Curtain
Looking for a quick and easy bathroom update that won’t break the bank? How about a new shower curtain? This 100% cotton curtain is made in India and features a modern medallion motif in a soothing colour palette of watercolour inspired shades of blue and grey. With this one simple addition to your bathroom, you’ll add an air of tranquility that will turn your bathroom into the oasis you always dreamed of. Dot Medallion Shower Curtain, West Elm, $29.99.
A condo design featuring traditional details and sculptural furnishings
When Kim Calabrigo moved from a large family home to a condo, she quickly learned that bigger isn't always better.
A peaceful sanctuary in the heart of a downtown core: That doesn’t sound like too tall an order, does it? That’s what Kim Calabrigo sought when she sold her traditional Craftsman-style home in suburbia and moved to a condo in metropolitan Vancouver. Bringing no furniture with her, she was truly starting anew.
Kim’s first-ever solo home purchase offered her the opportunity to decorate exactly as she pleased. “I wanted a tone-on-tone look, mixing classic and modern elements with an edge,” she says.
Coming from a big traditional 4,200-square-foot home and moving to a smaller builder-basic 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom condo, Kim found space planning challenging. She wanted to maintain the most floor space possible while maximizing seating so she could entertain friends and family as easily as she used to.
Homeowner Kim Calabrigo's decorating wish list included sculptural furnishings, soft pink accents and traditional details.
To maximize seating in her new condo, Kim had a nine-foot-long sofa designed to run the length of the living room wall.
Opting to put a chaise against the living room's floor-to-ceiling windows keeps sightlines open and offers Kim a comfy place to take in the picturesque view with her morning cup of tea.
Though the space is open, the dining area is easily delineated by its standard banquette and oversized pendant light featuring white and peach beads and a rope-wrapped frame. "At night, the diamond motif casts beautiful shadows on the walls and ceiling," says Kim.
"I've embraced the less-is-more aesthetic and added interest by mixing old and new, shiny and matte, smooth and textured, organic and clean lined," says Kim. "I don't depend on bold colours and patterns."
Femininity reigns in the master bedroom, from the tall tufted headboard and layered wrinkled linens to the mirrored nightstands and petite vase of flouncy pink peonies. Massive windows mean that Kim can watch the sun set from the comfort of bed. Does it get any better than that?
In the master bedroom's built-in office nook, sparkly silver wallpaper subtly offsets the layers of cream, white and gold on the shelves. The palette is echoed in the frameless print of an 18th-century Venetian palazzo ballroom, resulting in a vignette that's the perfect mix of new world and old.
Image by: Chris Court, William Meppem / Styling by: Justine Poole
Swap your morning bowl of cereal for this healthy and much more satisfying alternative that features cinnamon, apple and of course, the new cool grain on the block, amaranth.
Amaranth is a super grain with benefits similar to those of quinoa — for one, it's gluten-free, and two, it's a great source of protein — making it an ideal ingredient for your daily breakfast.
1 Place the oats, salt, milk and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the amaranth and cook, stirring, for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until soft. Add the honey and cinnamon and stir to combine.
2 Spoon the oats into four serving bowls and top with the extra milk and honey. Sprinkle with the apple and cashews just before serving.
Prep & cook time: 20 minutes
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Excerpted from Life in Balance by Donna Hay. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Donna Hay, Photography copyright © 2016 Chris Court & William Meppem. Excerpted by permission of Harper Collins Publishers. All rights reserved.
A minimalist backyard becomes a modern Zen retreat
Follow these ten tips for creating an exotic minimalist sanctuary in your own backyard.
Decorating an outdoor space is a matter of taste. Fans of English gardens may go mad for tangles of roses and clematis, but Toufik Sarwa likes a restrained modern vibe. So it’s no surprise that his 960-square-foot backyard in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood is as composed and stylish as an indoor living room, complete with lounge furniture, inky black accents and pretty perches for cocktails – and there’s plenty of those going around.
With exotic accessories surrounded by contemporary-chic fencing and vibrant greenery, it’s an ideal hangout for the bon vivant crowd. Not on Toufik’s guest list? Bring your own urban oasis to life with these ten easy tips.
1 Echo the indoors Toufik Sarwa’s home is fashionably appointed with white furniture, black accents and geometric prints – a confident scheme that extends to his patio in the white and grey seating, black umbrella and fretwork-patterned toss cushions. 2 Divvy it up Whether your backyard is large or small, carve out different “rooms” to make use of the whole space. Toufik’s two sitting areas provide him with options: lounge in the open under the sun or relax in the intimate shaded nook under the pergola.
3 Keep it cozy Plush elements like throws and toss cushions allow you to enjoy the outdoors long after the sun has set and the temperature has dropped. 4 Make a great escape When you step into your backyard and feel swept away to a far-off land, you have an at-home vacation destination. Tropical plants will help get you there. Think Dr. Seuss: Big, zany greenery with spikes and fronds paired with grasses and ferns results in a lush, verdant look.
5 Go low maintenance As a busy bar owner, Toufik needs an outdoor space that doesn’t require much upkeep. The large pavers for the patio look clean and contemporary, the mulch at the back of the yard feels wild and rustic and the simple slate pathway leading from one sitting area to the other is striking, with no mowing required. 6 Rethink tradition Picket fences are for the past! This contemporary cedar fence, with its thin horizontal slats, is at once unexpected, architectural and Zen. The modern design casts interesting shadows and can act as a trellis for climbing plants. 7 Accessorize! Super-stylish Toufik knows accessories are key in both fashion and decor, so he added ample exotic elements, such as the Buddha statue and moroccan-style lanterns.
8 Get a room Covered seating feels like a whimsical hideaway. The vine-wrapped pergola, revealing just a few snippets of sky, lends the atmosphere of a wooded wonderland or vineyard. Its canopy of intertwined grape leaves will eventually shroud the structure, making it feel like its own room. 9 Grow green A sharply dressed yard like this requires uniformity. Keep the look tight and cohesive with mostly green plantings, adding interest via the shape and size of their foliage. 10 Play by the rules Design principles – like the rule of threes – apply outdoors, too, especially when it comes to layout composition. Here, a trio of planters provides a layered backdrop to the chairs and table, creating a beautifully balanced sitting area.
1 Angenäm bowl, IKEA, $25. 2 Garden Treasures Octagon Market umbrella, Lowe’s, $179. 3 Dedon four-seat polyethylene wicker Slim Line sofa, Studio B, $8,945. 4 Estate Zinc Square planters, Restoration Hardware, from $275 US each. 5 Wire side table, CB2, $169.