Can you tell which bathroom is high and which is low?
Can you tell which bathroom is high and which is low?
We designed a luxe bathroom using two different budgets. Can you tell which is the high and which is the low?
We designed a luxe old-meets-new bathroom using both a flood and a trickle of cash flow. Can you tell the difference?
1 Brass Colebrook 1041 pendant light in Aged Brass, Universal Lamp, Hudson Valley Lighting, $375.
2 Gold-leafed carved wood Empire-style mirror, Barrymore Furniture, $4,730.
3 Unisex cotton Antiochia bathrobe in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $139.
4 Carrara marble and antique-brass-finished iron Darcy side table, Pottery Barn, $399 US.
5 Hand-carved oak and linen Louis sidechair, Art Shoppe, $699.
7 Hammam-style cotton Antiochia hand towel in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $34.
8 Brass floor-mounted Traditional tub filler in Champagne Bronze with cross handle, Delta Faucet, $2,425.
9 Framed Harmony artwork by H. Kalisher, 24" x 24", Barrymore Furniture, $400.
1 Polished brass-plated steel geometric pendant light, CB2, $120.
2 Gold-leafed metal and MDF Valonia mirror, Barrymore Furniture, $810.
3 Unisex washed linen bathrobe in Light Grey, H&M, $60.
4 Carrara marble and steel Solo side table in Gold, Shelter, $299.
5 Lacquered oak and linen blend Louis side chair in Beige, Structube, $299.
7 Hammam-style cotton hand towel, HomeSense, $8 per pair.
8 Rubinet brass Raven tub filler in Satin Brass with cross handles, Taps Bath Centre, $2,199.
Harking back to the late 19th century, free-standing cast iron clawfoot bathtubs flooded the decor world roughly a decade ago. The traditional tub has enjoyed a variety of modern manifestations and manipulations. One trend we’re particularly fond of is painting the tub’s exterior black, a clever DIY that adds a dramatic edge. But oceania has done one better: the Milano bathtub replicates the look without the work, and (bonus!) it’s made of acrylic, so it’s lightweight, easing installation.
Oceania Influence free-standing acrylic Milano bathtub in White & Black, Taps Bath Centre, $2,299; Arto handmade concrete Conche floor tiles in Charcoal Gray with smooth finish, Creekside Tile, $18 per sq. ft.
Whatever your style, a set of lush white terry towels is essential to bath time. Don’t let this simple staple fool you: all towels may look alike, but higher quality means a better feel as well as superior performance and durability. So read the fine print before making your pick – regardless of your budget.
1 Double-sided cotton Portofino face cloth, $13, hand towel, $23, and bath towel, $34, all in White, Au Lit Fine Linens.
2 Style at Home Collection double-sided three-ply ring-spun cotton face cloth, $13, hand towel, $17, and bath towel, $26, all in White, Sears.
3 Canadian Living double-sided one-ply ring-spun Egyptian cotton face cloth, $10, hand towel, $15, and bath towel, $20, all in White, Bed Bath & Beyond.
4 Springmaid one-sided two-ply combed Egyptian cotton face cloth, $6, hand towel, $9, and bath towel, $12, all in White, Walmart.
Our luxe loo gets its undeniable grandeur from the large gold-framed mirror. Similar vintage-style looking glasses are popping up everywhere, and we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our faves. Whether you prefer ornate ornamentation or minimal embellishment, we’ve got an option for you. Good luck picking the fairest of them all!
1 Gold-leafed metal and MDF Valonia, 42" x 59", Barrymore Furniture, $810.
2 Gold-leafed wood louis Philippe Gilt, 34" x 56", Restoration Hardware, $545 US.
3 Iron Gleaming Primrose in Gold, 39" x 39", Anthropologie, $398 US.
4 Made Goods gold-leafed wood Philippe, 30" x 64", The Cross Decor & Design, $1,575.
When a popular piece transcends trendy to become timeless, the decor world benefits. Such is the case with the crowd-pleasing peshtemal, or hammam towel, a go-to that bears all the makings of a classic. With origins in turkish bathhouses, it’s traditionally handmade from organic fibres in muted tones and features tassel edging and decorative stripes for a touch of frill. This towel is also flat-woven and compact but dries fast and wicks moisture well. Best of all, it’s equally at home in the kitchen and in the bath. Hammam-style cotton Antiochia hand towel in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $34. Le Bouquet de Lili bar soap, Lothantique, $7.
Expert fall home organizing tips
Professional organizer Estelle Gee gives her best home organizing tips for fall.
Blending style with practicality, Estelle Gee, director of Orderly Lives, has made a career out of helping others get organized. Here she shares some of her best home organizing tips and tricks to help you get your house ready for fall.
Simple home organizing solutions
Back-to-school home organizing
If you have children, then fall is extra busy -- not only do you have to get yourself organized and your home prepared for the oncoming cold, but you also have to get ready for back-to-school. Here are Estelle Gee's best home organizing tips to help get you and your family ready for school.
Outdoor fall home organizing ideas
With the lazy days of summer coming to a close, it's time to concentrate on organizing the outdoor living space and exterior of your home. Get your house winter ready before the cold rolls in with these simple outdoor organizing ideas.
Fall home organizing accessories
A few of Estelle Gee's favourite home organizing accessories:
Elegant dramatic bathroom.
We created two variations of the same serene, elegant bathroom -- can you tell which is high and which is low?
Tough day at the office? Plunge into deep relaxation in this serene, elegant and dramatic bathroom, designed on budgets suitable for a CEO and her personal assistant.
• Thibaut Tamarind Wenzel 839T7170 Wallpaper in Black, Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $178 per single roll, through designers. • Chrome-plated iron Evana Mirror, Decorium, $999 • Horus brass floor-mounted faucet in Polished Nickel, Roman Bath Centre, $2,450. • Victoria + Albert volcanic lime-stone and resin free-standing York Bathtub, Roman Bath Centre, $2,680. • Ralph Lauren small metal Hendricks Globe Pendant light in Polished Nickel, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $1,460. • AR brass Luggage Rack in Brushed Nickel with hooks, Roman Bath Centre, $299. • Leather and brushed stainless steel Matteo Bench in Mont Blanc Daffodil, Ethan Allen, $1,459. • Wool Chobi Rug, 5' x 7', Imperial Carpet and Home, $2,598.
• Wallquest Villa Sienna Lily SN10000 Wallpaper, Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $71 per single roll, through designers. • Bevelled Mirror, HomeSense, $100. • Aquatek brass floor-mounted Chelsea Faucet in Chrome, Roman Bath Centre, $849. • Bristol acrylic free-standing Alia Bathtub, Roman Bath Centre, $1,599. • Matteo medium chrome and glass White Pluto Pendant light, Universal Lamp, $240 . • Aluminum Mason Wall Coat Rack, Urban Barn, $119. • Faux leather and metal Bench, Bouclair Home, $190. • Karastan Bellingham wool Everson Rug in Celadon, 6' x 9', Imperial Carpet and Home, $1,325.
You’ve got your favourite music playing, a glass of wine in hand, bubbles billowing over a bathtub and a rare 40 minutes to yourself. What could make this moment any sweeter? A gorgeous floor-mounted faucet that calls to mind the glamour of gatsby and allows you to wash your hair without stepping into the shower. HIGH: Horus brass floor-mounted face in Polished Nickel, romanbathcentre.com, $2,450. LOW: Aquatek brass floor-mounted Chelsea faucet in Chrome, romanbathcentre.com, $849.
Simple sketches of the human form have captivated artists for centuries, from Michelangelo to Matisse to modern-day amateur artists taking their first evening class. (How many sitcom characters have come face to face with an unexpected nude in a night art class?) but nakedness is nothing new to artwork – just ask the Ancient Greeks! – and the modest renderings here hint at the scandalous without revealing anything that would make you blush – perfect for a painterly bathroom design like this.
A globe-shaped pendant light adds graceful curves and can help geometrically balance a room with an abundance of right angles.
What’s real? What’s fake? And which is less expensive, anyway? If fresh flowers are a luxury, then faux flowers must be the ultimate luxury, because good-quality ones, the ones that actually look freshly picked, cost quite a bit more. But the benefits are obvious: They won’t wilt, they require no maintenance (save for a little dusting now and then), and they don’t have to be in season. The only drawback? You’ll miss out on the unmatchable fragrance of the real deal.
1 Faux lilac, Michaels, $26. 2 Fresh lilac, from the garden. 3 Faux peony, HomeSense, $3. 4 Faux peony, Urban Barn, $7. 5 Faux gloriosa lily, Michaels, $10. 6 Fresh peony, from the local flower market. 7 Faux cabbage rose, Michaels, $10. 8 Fresh princess tea rose, from the local flower market. 9 Faux princess tea rose, $6.
A well-made bed is key to a beautiful bedroom
We've put together 4 stylish ways to make the perfect bed.
While making the bed may not seem like a glamorous task, it is the key to having a glamorous room for your or your guests to sleep in.
We've designed 1 bed 4 different ways. Which is your style?
Diamond-quilted Sham + Polka-dot Pillowcase + Soft-hued Lumbar Cushions See our feminine bedroom decor.
Diamond-quilted Sham + Cabana-striped Pillowcase + Solid Toss Cushion Check out a masculine bedroom design.
Gathered Euro Sham + Alphabet-print Pillowcase + Polka-dot Pillowcase Look at other playful bedroom designs.
Floral Toss Cushion + Woven-edged Lumbar Cushion + Polka-dot Pillowcase + Striped Lumbar Cushion If you like the traditional look try this classic bedroom decor.