A basket makes the perfect vessel for a potted tree in this kitchen.
Trends come and go, but these four stylish accent pieces are here to stay.
This tropical beauty is coveted for its wide, glossy leaves and towering height. If you can’t find the real thing (or discover it’s too fussy), try a good-quality imitation. Artifical Fejka tree, IKEA, $15.
Towering above the mantel, this tree in a burlap “bucket” is a fresh, organic counterpoint to a contemporary hand-painted wall mural.
A basket makes the perfect vessel for a potted tree in the California-modern kitchen of Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg.
In a handsome den, a fig adds a sculptural note to an empty corner.
Whimsical and eye-catching, the juju hat, a type of African headdress, has become a contemporary decorating staple. The piece’s round bull’s eye shape makes it a natural focal point over fireplaces, beds and sofas. Plus, it injects a note of softness to hard-edged modern rooms. Feather headdress in White 30", Snob, $500.
A canary yellow headdress is a can’t-be-missed feature in an otherwise neutral dining room.
When matched with the beautiful bedding, this hot pink juju hat offers a decorative one-two punch of boldness.
White feathers keep the mood calm in a home office nook, adding texture without the distraction of colour.
Soft underfoot and graphic in impact, Berber-style rugs can be made from nylon, synthetic fibres or wool. But it’s the natural creamy tone and black zigzag or diamond design that really set these rugs apart, making them a perfect fit for spaces both contemporary and traditional. Wool Souk rug 8" x 10", West Elm, $1,139.
Preppy splashes of green and pink liven up the neutral rug in this youthful living room.
A feminine bedroom gets graphic impact from the black lines of the rug and the Hollywood Regency-style ribbon trim on the valance.
Distinctly Italian in flavour, this living room vignette shines with just three colours: cream, black and honey brown.
The versatile Moroccan-style leather pouffe – a more sophisticated version of the beanbag chair – comes in almost any colour imaginable, with metallic versions on offer as well. Pouffes can present as playful or polished – it’s all about the context. For a dash of global flair, this piece can’t be beat. Moroccan leather pouffe in Pink, The Cross Decor & Design, $395.
A white pouffe with reverse stitching goes upscale as a spot to put on shoes or makeup in this dreamy dressing room.
In this stylish nursery, a pink pouffe provides a chic footrest for a nursing mother.
There’s no need to worry about little ones running into sharp edges – pouffes are super soft and toddler-safe.
Get a luxe look in under $100 with these beautiful decor accessories.Looking for big impact on a small budget? We challenge some of Canada’s designers to share how they achieve a modern luxe look for less than $100.
“Splurge on a marble tile backsplash – a small area like this can come in for less than $100 if you do the labour yourself.” - Nam Dang-Mitchell, Nam Dang-Mitchell Design.
“Sheathe an obtrusive bulkhead in reclaimed barnboard to add character and interest. The wood we used here was actually found in an abandoned barn in the country.” - Nam Dang-Mitchell, Nam Dang-Mitchell Design.
“Make a sculptural centrepiece inspired by real cherry blossom branches. Strip the bark from an interestingly shaped branch and remove the buds from a silk flower or two. Glue the buds onto the branch in an organic pattern for an effect that will last for seasons.” - Ryan Martin & Amy Kent, Croma Design.
“A chic way to save money while searching for your dream dining room light fixture is to install an ultra-affordable three-foot-wide Chinese paper lantern. The white globe looks fantastic, plus it glows softly when lit to create a wonderful atmosphere for dining.” - Colleen McGill, McGill Design Group.
“Make a bland room bold by painting stripes on the walls: vertical for low ceilings, horizontal for high.” - Scott Yetman, Scott Yetman Design.
“Luxe up a room by upgrading your toss cushion inserts from fibre to decadent down. IKEA ones are cheap – they’re the best-kept secret!” - David Overholt, David Overholt Interior Design, 416-944-0358.
“When I travel, I love to buy vintage prints and fabrics. Framing the prints in inexpensive frames and creating a collage of photos is a great way to make a big impact. I also love to stretch the fabrics on frames made for canvases as they are works of art in their own right.” - Alykhan Velji, Alykhan Velji designs.
“If the word stencilling conjures images of bad 1980s sponge designs, prepare to be amazed. Royal Design Studio has amazing Moroccan and Indian-style stencils you can use on furniture, stair risers, floors and walls for an ornate, impactful look.” - Samantha Sacks, Sam Sacks Design.
“Why not test out your creative skills and try your hand at some abstract expressionist painting? Grab a canvas and some acrylic paints in your chosen colour scheme and, who knows, you could be the next Jackson Pollock!” - Jessica Kelly, Jessica Kelly Design.
“A ceiling medallion adds instant architectural appeal, formality and elegance to a space. These ones were less than $75 each!” - Trevor Ciona & Curtis Elmy, Atmosphere Interior Design.
“Make personalized art with your own Hipstamatic or Instagram snapshots – the apps have beautiful filters, and smartphones take good-quality photos. Choose an inexpensive frame and splurge on the mat for a high-end professional effect.” - Samantha Sacks, Sam Sacks Design.
"Give an instant lift to your kitchen cabinetry with new hardware. Restoration Hardware’s Duluth pulls in polished nickel make a striking style statement.” - Colleen McGill, McGill Design Group.
If you love pumpkin, you'll love these delicious recipes.
Celebrate the fall season with our favourite pumpkin recipes.
With fall comes the urge to splurge on everything pumpkin related: decor, costumes and, of course, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte. To help you fill the craving this fall we've rounded up our top pumpkin-themed recipes to fill the longing so you don't have to wait in line. Whether you're looking for a hearty soup to enjoy on a chilly night in or a platter of sweet desserts to share with guests we've got a recipe for every occasion.
Get all the delicious flavours of fall in one bar. With a blend of Cheerios cereal and creamy pumpkin you'll be making these bars long into next year. Add a sprinkle of snow (icing sugar) to keep them seasonal into winter. Get the recipe here.
Swap your classic brownie recipe for tasty pumpkin chocolate chip blondies. You'll love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin and so will everyone you make them for. Get the recipe here.
Quick and simple is all you need to know about these festive treats. Whether you're making them for a school event, a Halloween party or just to surprise family and friends, these cookies are an easy way to impress anyone with a sweet tooth. Get the recipe here.
These mini sandwich cookies are the perfect size for a Thanksgiving dessert table. Once you taste the sweet, creamy goodness of pumpkin and cream cheese your guests won't be able to stop eating them. Get the recipe here.
Nothing says fall like curling up on the couch with a London fog hot tea, Netflix and these wonderful pumpkin orange scones. A lazy Sunday has never looked, or tasted, so appealing. Get the recipe here.
Before indulging in a platter full of pumpkin desserts, we highly recommend making this hearty soup recipe. Get the recipe here.
When you're craving the sweet taste of pumpkin but can't quite figure out how to add it to your food, try drizzling on some pumpkin jam. Add to bread, oatmeal and even vegetables for a scrumptious fall meal. Get the recipe here.
These pumpkin sugar cookies are as easy to make as the are to eat! Decorate them with traditional orange and green icing or get creative! Find the recipe here.
Sweet and nutritious pumpkin is the start of this good-for-you smoothie. Get the recipe here.
Space-saving solutions conducive to city living include a hideaway swivel table, slide-out cooktop cover, oversized cabinets and drawers and the pièce de résistance? A slide-out island that glide in and out of use, seamlessly fitting with the kitchen design both in and out of use. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="avani's slide-out kitchen island on display at a dinner at the design exchange"] [/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="clear glass, calla lilies and cutting boards used as placemats makes for a stunning tablescape"] [/caption] "Avani melds uniqueness, beauty and simplicity in a way that has never been done with kitchens," says Dror of the collaboration. But he's not afraid to go bold, and the Avani booth at Toronto's 2014 Interior Design Show is proof. Check in tomorrow to see Avani's avant-garde booth at the IDS!