10 designer Instagram accounts to follow for holiday inspiration
On any regular day, nothing ignites design inspiration like a good scroll through Instagram; but when the holiday season is in full swing there's nothing we love more than to see homes decked out in their best festive flair.
"The oversized pompoms on this @mindahome holiday blanket have got me like ??" @inthefunlane
"My temporary dinner bench has now become my temporary ottoman. It smells like a log cabin in here. if only it was snowing." @lovenataliechong
"Mornings in here." @ellivenstudio
"Finally had a chance this weekend to do some #christmas decorating. New blog post up (link in profile) about my shopping experience @lowes_canada where the greenery, rose gold ornaments, pine cones, lights and mini tree are from. Final reveal later this week. And I had to bring out the photo I took years ago of the snowy owl." @decorhappy
"Having trouble figuring out how to hang your holiday stockings without putting holes in your mantel? I've got you covered, and the answer is super-duper easy. Like 5-minutes-or-less-and-you're-done kind of easy. Go check it out! Link in profile." @thecuratedhouse
"If it were up to me I'd never leave this very spot." @larkandlinen
"Christmasing 2015" @christinedovey
"Netfix and chill by the cracklin' fire. Does anyone else love this? Anyone?..." @stephaniejvogler
"All is calm.... For now anyway! Lol" @Jillian.Harris
"Happy Sunday friends. Hope the sun is shining where you are." @ramblingreno
Style at Home Makeover
Style at Home Makeover Contest presented by IKEA Canada is giving two lucky readers the room makeover of a lifetime!
In celebration of IKEA's 40th anniversary, Style at Home has partnered with the iconic brand for the ultimate room makeover.
We will be choosing two lucky readers from across Canada to win a bedroom or living/dining room makeover designed by the Style at Home team using IKEA furniture and accessories.
The results will be featured exclusively in a future issue of Style at Home.
HOW TO ENTER:
ENTER ON INSTAGRAM BY OCTOBER 3, 2016
Readers will get the chance to vote for their favourite final makeover for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to IKEA!
FULL CONTEST RULES
« Style at Home Makeover Contest »
The « Style at Home Makeover Contest » is held by Les Publications Groupe TVAPublications (Style at Home) and IKEA Canada who are collectively hereinafter named: the “Search Organizers”. The Makeover Contest runs on Instagram, from August 23 2016 –at 9h00 to October 3, 2016 at 23h59 ET (hereinafter: the “Search Period”).
This « Style at Home Makeover Contest » is open to all persons residing in Canada of at least the age of majority in their province of residence. The following persons are excluded: employees, agents and representatives of Québecor Média inc, of IKEA Canada, of their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, partners, suppliers of prizes, materials and services related to this Makeover Contest, or any other party directly linked to the holding of this Makeover Contest, or their brother, sister, children, mother, father, their legal or common-law spouse and individuals with whom such employees, agents and representatives are domiciled.
HOW TO ENTER
No purchase necessary. To participate in the Makeover Contest, you simply have to have an Instagram account and enter the Makeover Contest by posting during the Search Period, your own photo of either your bedroom or living/dining room and tag your images with #SAHMakeover, and follow @Styleathome, @SAHXDesign @IKEACanada and include your hometown. If representatives from the Style at Home are interested or need more information on you or your application, you will receive a "direct message" via Instagram from @Styleathome. The fact that you have received or not a ‘’direct message’’ does not affect positively or negatively your ability to become the winner of the Style at Home makeover.
Photos/videos must consist of:
Full room shot (Pulled back shot)
You must respect the following limits, otherwise Style at Home reserve the right to cancel one or several of your participations:
You can submit as many photos/videos as you wish during the Search Period provided each are submitted in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Contest rules.
You cannot submit photos/videos from more than one Instagram account, in the case you have more than one;
The Instagram account that you are using to submit your photos/videos must be public.
You are responsible for uploading/transmitting your picture/video for successful consideration during the Search Period in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Rules. You must only submit picture/video that: i) are created, produced and developed by you; ii) is an up-to-date photo of the space; iii) has not been considered for or won previous or similar search, recruitments iv) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; v) have been created in a legal and safe manner by you; vi) that are a representation of your space (additional proof of space may be requested by Style at Home at their sole discretion if they deem it necessary); vii) that have not been altered, modified or photoshopped in any way; viii) The space has not been featured or mentioned in any competitive print or magazine.
You picture/video must not:
contain defamatory words/statements (including words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic group);
threaten any person, place, business, or group;
disparage persons or organizations associated with the Style Search Organizers;
invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm, or entity;
contain material that is in any way unlawful, in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, provincial or municipal laws and regulations in Canada;
refer to any person other than you or refer to any organization; and
be advertorial, promotional or relate to specific brand.
By participating in this « Style at Home Makeover Contest » and by submitting your photo/video, you hereby grant an non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicenseable and transferable right and license to the Search Organizers (and to third party duly authorized by the Search Organizers) to use the photo/video at their entire discretion, including without limitation (notably with respect of support, media, duration, language and territory) the right to edit or modify such photo/video for commercial or promotional purposes without any compensation whatsoever owed to you. You also waive all moral rights you may hold in or to your photo/video to the extent required for the license granted hereunder. Furthermore, by participating in this Makeover Contest and by submitting your photo/video, you hereby authorize Search Organizers to use, at their entire discretion including without limitation (notably with respect of support, media, duration, language and territory), the content, in whole or in part, of any ‘’Direct Message’’ you are exchanging with the Search Organizers along with your hometown.
At the end of the Search period, two (2) winners will be determined, (1) winner will receive a bedroom makeover and (1) winner will receive a living/dining room makeover. Each winner will benefit from the following makeover, provided such winner is complying to « Style at Home Makeover Contest » rules.
One (1) winner will be given a full-bedroom makeover styled by the Style at Home design team or their representatives.
Makeover style and direction to be determined by the Style at Home design team in conjunction with winners.
Makeover will include:
Painted walls/wallpaper (product and application)
Full furnishing provided by IKEA Canada
One (1) winner will be given a full-living/dining room makeover styled by the Style at Home design team or their representatives.
Makeover style and direction to be determined by the Style at Home design team in conjunction with winners.
Makeover will include:
Painted walls/wallpaper (product and application)
Full furnishing provided by IKEA Canada
The following conditions apply:
The prize is not exchangeable and non-transferable;
The prize has to be accepted as it is;
If the prize or a portion of it is not used, no compensation will be given.
Dates are subject to changes.
By October 10, 2016 at the offices of Style at Home, located in Toronto, Ontario, two (2) winners will be selected by representatives from the Style at Home team. These winners will be selected from all pictures/videos received during the Search Period provided they were submitted in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Contest rules. When assessing the pictures/videos, the representatives will take into consideration various criteria as defined in the registration section. Decisions of Style at Home are final and binding.
WINNERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ROOM MAKEOVER FROM OCTOBER 11th – NOVEMBER 30th
Winners agree not to modify their room from the date they are contacted by the Style at Home representative until the date the makeover has been photographed. If a selected winner chooses not to participate to such makeover (for any reason, including prior commitments), such winner will not be considered.
The final look of each room will be included in a future issue of Style at Home.
Each winner agrees to the publication, reproduction and other use of pictures/video and all picture/video taken at the makeover and during the Search Period by the Search representatives as well as their name, address, voice, statements about the Search and photograph or other likeness without further notice or additional compensation, in any publicity, advertisement or other promotional or commercial use carried out by or on behalf of the Search Organizers in any media, current or existing, including print, broadcast or the internet.
In order to be declared the winner, you must abide to all conditions related to the Style at Home makeover contest. Finalists are not official until they are contacted by a Style at Home representative. All winners need to read and accept rules plus sign a release form to be considered in the Style at Home makeover.
Winner must also comply to have a portrait taken.
Failing to comply with one of the conditions stated in the section above or any of the conditions provided in these Style at Home Makeover Rules, the entry of the finalist will be cancelled without any liability to the Search Organizers whatsoever.
Verification. Pictures/videos are subject to verification by the Search Organizers, and participants agree to cooperate fully with Search Organizers in such respect. Any pictures/videos which is, as the case may be, incomplete, fraudulent, sent late, that does not bear the correct information will be rejected and will not be considered in the Makeover Contest and Search Organizers shall have no liability in such respect, or in respect of lost, misdirected of garbled communication, printing, prizing or distributor errors.
Non-conforming entries. The Search Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any person participating in this Search or trying to participate by means contrary to these Rules or in a manner which is unfair to the other participants (e.g.: computer hacking, fake pictures/video etc.). Such person may be referred to the appropriate judicial authorities. Furthermore, Search Organizers, at their sole discretion, may subtract general votes from the public that are casted in a manner which is unfair to the other entrants.
Acceptance. Any prize must be accepted as described in the present Rules and as described in further descriptions provided by Search Organizers and cannot be transferred to another person, substituted for another prize nor exchanged in part. Prize is accepted “as is” without any warranty whatsoever.
Substitution. In the event where, for reasons not related to the finalists, the Search Organizers cannot award a prize (or part of a prize) as described in these Rules, they reserve the right to award a prize (or part of a prize) of the same or equivalent nature at their sole discretion.
Refusal to accept a prize. The refusal of a participant to accept a prize according to the terms and conditions of these Rules releases the Search Organizers of any obligation related to that prize towards that participant.
Liability – prize’s supplier. A participant who is selected for a prize recognizes that upon reception of the confirmation of his status as the winner of the prize, the execution of the services in respect to the prize is the sole responsibility of the supplier of the prize, in this case, IKEA Canada
Liability limit – use of prize. Any participant releases Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers, and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives from any and all liability for any and all damages that such participant may suffer from the acceptance or use of the prize. In order to be declared a winner, any finalist agrees, if required, prior to obtaining the prize, to sign a declaration form to such effect.Erreur ! Signet non défini.
Liability limit – running of the Makeover Contest. Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or communication lines, relating to any transmission that is faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible or erased by any computer or network that could limit the possibility or prevent any person from participating in this Makeover Contest. Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives also will not be held liable for any damages or loss that could arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading any Internet page, any software or any form and by the transmission of any data regarding the participation in this Makeover contest.
Modification. The Search Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Makeover contest and the Rules, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration, safety, impartiality or the running of the Makeover contest as foreseen in these Rules. In any case, the Search Organizers, their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, the suppliers of products or services related to this Makeover contest as well as their employees, agents and representatives cannot be held liable to award more prizes than those indicated in these Rules or to award prizes otherwise than in compliance with these Rules.
Impossibility to act – including labour dispute Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives will not assume any liability whatsoever in any case where their incapacity to act would result from a fact or a situation beyond their control or a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their establishment or in establishments of organizations or enterprises which services are used for holding this Makeover contest.
Liability limit– participation. Any person who participates or tries to participate in this Makeover contest releases the Search Organizers, their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and/or promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives, from any and all liability for damages which such participant could suffer from participating or trying to participate in this Makeover contest.
Authorization. By entering this Makeover contest, any winner authorizes the Search Organizers, their partners and their representatives to use, if required, such participant’s name, photograph, likeness, declaration related to the prize, place of residence and/or voice without remuneration whatsoever and that, at their discretion and without limit as for the period of use, in any media and on a worldwide scale, for publicity purposes or for any purpose that will or may be pertinent.
Communication with entrants. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants in the context of this Makeover contest except as stated in the Rules.
Decisions of the Search Organizers. To the fullest extent allowed under the applicable laws, all decisions of the Search Organizers or those of their representatives regarding this Makeover contest are final and binding.
Identification of the participant. For the purposes of these Rules, the participant is the person who’s room appears on the picture/video submitted and it is to this person to whom the prize will be awarded if selected and declared the winner.
Precedence. If an article in these Rules were to be declared or deemed illegal, unenforceable or invalid by a competent authority, then this article would be considered null and non-written, but all other items would not be affected and would find application in limits and authorized by the applicable law.
Rules Style Search. This is the official regulations and rules for the Makeover Contest << Style at Home Makeover Contest. >> The Style at Home Makeover contest rules are available on the Style at Home website and upon demand.
Non affiliation. This Makeover contest is not affiliated or sponsored by Instagram or Facebook.
Personal information. The personal information collected on the participants of this Makeover contest are used only for the administration of the makeover. No commercial communication or other, not linked to the makeover, will be sent to the participants by the Search Organizers except if the participants have authorized the Search Organizers to send such communication or as allowed in the present Rules.
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.
Find cheap and chic kitchen perk-ups for your home.
Organizing, styling and mini-makeover ideas to transform the hub of your home.
Photography by Stacey Brandford
1 Elevate the everyday – invest in a set of handmade cereal bowls.
2 Granny Smith apples – a stylist's secret weapon – are a pretty countertop accent and a healthy snack all in one.
3 When was the last time your toaster made toast the way you like it? If you can’t remember, it's time for a new one.
4 Use a bench with storage as a kitchen banquette.
5 Treat yourself to a fresh set of dishtowels. Reuse the old ones as rags to polish silver, shine shoes or wipe up paint spills.
6 Display a vintage dishware collection on open shelves.
7 Hot-glue a seldom used vintage kitchen utensil in a shadow box and start a collection to adorn your walls.
8 Overhaul the area under your sink cabinet to make room for garbage, recycling and composting.
9 Bake a pie or layer cake – your kitchen will be transformed in less than an hour.
10 Hide the counter clutter of keys, cellphones and sunglasses inside a Moroccan tajine.
11 Remove everything from the tops of cabinets. Thoroughly clean the area. Do not replace the items!
12 Get rid of any chipped plates or cups – they're getting you down.
13 Dress the windowsill with two or three pots of moss or herbs.
14 If you have glass door cabinets but can't keep what’s inside looking tidy, line the glass panels with wallpaper or fabric, or apply frosted window film.
15 Install energy-efficient under cabinet lighting.
16 Use crystal flutes for your orange juice tomorrow morning. Champagne optional!
17 Create a photo wall of family members with their birthday cakes over the years.
18 Conceal scratches or dents on an old fridge with decorative wall decals.
19 A rough-hewn wooden bowl looks just as great empty as it does filled with rustic breads, artichokes or newspapers.
20 If there isn't a window above your sink, hang a mirror there.
21 Add French flair: opt for a rustic table and chairs in the centre of your kitchen rather than an island.
22 Wallpaper the ceiling.
23 Tall ceilings? Install a large nontypical central light, like a chandelier, lantern or industrial pendant.
24 Cook up some natural air freshener: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of apple cider to a simmer. Add a few slices of lemon, cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp whole cloves. Simmer for a couple of hours, adding more cider as it evaporates.
25 Hang a fabric blind with an elegant swag for a touch of grandeur.
Photography by Robin Stubbert
26 A potted orchid in a white ceramic pot is a sophisticated living accessory that lasts longer than cut stems.
27 Install a new faucet.
28 Use a shallow baking dish to store cooking essentials by the cooktop or stove. It will keep everything exactly where you need it and save your counter from oil rings and pepper grinder debris. Decant olive oil into an opaque or dark glass bottle to protect it from light.
29 Treat yourself to a new set of canisters.
30 Say no to paper napkins and switch to a colourful fabric set.
31 Switch out your dated kitchen chairs for black Windsor chairs. They're a design classic – great with mod or trad tables.
32 Remove a pair of cupboard doors and style the open shelves with your prettiest things.
33 Install invisible touch-latch hardware for a sleek, modern look.
34 Hang wallpaper as a backsplash. Protect it with acrylic or glass panels custom cut and installed by a glazier.
35 Leave only your chicest small appliances on the counter.
36 Conceal an ugly backsplash behind peel-andstick Smart Tiles.
37 Banish old knobs in favour of sexy new ones.
38 Conquer the junk drawer.
39 Get a handsome mortar and pestle. When you aren't using it to muddle mint for a mojito, press it into service as a bookend for cookbooks.
40 Paint your cabinets nature's neutral – green. It will look great with all your fruits and veg.
41 Display a pineapple when you're expecting guests – it's the universal symbol of welcome.
42 Make a pretty message board by placing fabric or decorative paper behind the glass of a large frame. Then use a dry erase marker to write on the front.
43 Add shaped brackets along the toe kick to make your cabinets look like fine furniture.
44 Install decorative casing trim around your pass-through.
45 Banish the smelly dishcloth hanging over the faucet! Organize your sinkside essentials on a rectangular dish or tray. The must-haves: dish soap in a pretty container (or decant some into a translucent white squeeze bottle), an all-natural cellulose sponge for dishwashing, a scrub brush and a plastic scrubber for pots.
46 Install a plate rack. Use it to display a collection of platters or cookbooks.
47 Splurge on a marble-top dining table for your best friend.
48 Keep utensils contained and at the ready in a plain white pitcher – it goes with any kitchen.
49 Perk up a family table with cheerful oilcloth that you can wipe clean in a flash.
50 The next time you buy groceries, bring home a bunch of daisies for the kitchen table.