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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.
Stylish kid-friendly living
20 homes featured in <i>Style at Home</i> that prove kid-friendly design can be just as stylish as it is fun and functional.
While some may define a kid-friendly home as being one big spill-proof space that lacks hard corners and luxe fabrics, these homeowners prove you can, in fact, maintain your design style. Whether that style is colourful and whimsical, sleek and modern, or serene and neutral, these homes, apartments and cottages demonstrate thoughtful (and durable!) decorating ideas for family members of all ages.
No need to worry about spills here, thanks to the easy-wipe plastic chairs and hard-wearing fabric on the bench cushions. Tour the rest of the home here.
In lieu of a tiny kids’ desk, a large coffee table offers more space to spread out. The massive dispenser on top offers all the art paper an imaginative child could hope for. Tour the rest of the home here.
With little Hana in mind, designer Ami McKay relied on a combination of furnishings that would accommodate the needs of the young family and still offer beautiful ornamentation. This, of course, includes the furry bedroom stools in the master bedroom. Tour the rest of the home here.
With a comfy lounge and nook just off the kitchen, this kitchen overhaul created a functional hub for this family of five. Tour the rest of the home here.
Girlie girls may love pink, but their bedrooms don’t have to be saccharine. This design blogger created a little lady’s room that’s as mature and glamorous as it is sweet, and destined to suit her daughter’s style as she grows up. Tour the rest of the home here.
In the family room, an inexpensive sectional echoes a custom-made version that sits in the living room. Abstract artwork, toss cushions and colourful pouffes complete the easygoing design. The rug adds both texture and functionality: "It's key for acoustics, especially in a modern space," says designer Denise Ashmore. "And it's cozy enough for the kids to hang out on and read or do a puzzle." Tour the rest of the home here.
Beyond the oversized foyer with tons of storage to keep the kids’ sports gear and backpacks organized, the entire rear of the house is a huge informal family room/kitchen/dining room, where furnishings and built-ins define various areas, making each one cozy but not claustrophobic. Tour the rest of the home here.
Monika was careful about choosing pieces that could grow with her son. Practical decisions, such as using a dresser as a change table, mean that the room will work, with only a few minor alterations, as the baby boy grows up. This includes the easy-to-remove star decals (an affordable alternative to wallpaper). Tour the rest of the home here.
Mellow, modern and uncluttered, this family home provides plenty of floorspace for mom and daughters to spread out during their all-day drawing sessions. Tour the rest of the home here.
The kitchen's eating nook is stain resistant thanks to the kid-friendly laminated linen seat cushion on the banquette, which also stores the kids' toys and placements. Win-win! Tour the rest of the home here.
"Family is really important. I always look for ways to facilitate togetherness in my designs." Tour the rest of the home here.
This family home is all about being happy and welcoming that features pops of colour and "layers of coziness" - clearly evident in Wren's fun and fab bedroom. Tour the rest of the home here.
While these homeowners wanted a glamorous organic look for their home, they knew it had to work with toddlers. With this in mind, they chose salvaged and reclaimed pieces, "which are beautiful precisely because they're weathered," making them the ideal choice because "they withstand the wear and tear of kids." Tour the rest of the home here.
During the home renovation, these homeowners knew they had a baby on the way, so in making their decor choices, they put "an emphasis on using soft, durable fabrics for all upholstered furniture." Tour the rest of the home here.
Requiring a home that would be just as kid-friendly as it is fabulous for entertaining, this homeowner knew the furniture needed to "stand up to sippy cups and red wine alike." So black leather sofas were changed out for a cozy grey one and an upholstered ottoman replaced a traditional coffee table. Tour the rest of the home here.
A country cottage getaway from the family must be, if nothing else, extra cozy. And this linen sofa with plush cushions looks like it hits the nail on the head. Tour the rest of the home here.
The tufted ottoman and upholstered pieces in this far-from-boring neutral home make this space extra toddler-friendly. Tour the rest of the home here.
This family bungalow adheres to the "trifecta of good living: barbecues, basking and beverages", so you can assume that the space is laid back and comfortable, with plenty of room for this family of five (plus a dog and a cat) to lounge together. Tour the rest of the home here.
This entrepreneurial mom designed her home studio with her three-year-old in mind, putting a table in the centre of the room where they can spend time together colouring and painting. Tour the rest of the home here.
With a toddler and twin boys, this home renovation started with the kids' rooms. And, thanks to a comfy sofa for three, the evenings tend to end there too, as the kids gather together to curl up and read before bed. Tour the rest of the home here.
We've scoured the Instagram of Meghan Markle, actress and girlfriend to Prince Harry, and rounded up the 'grams that give us a glimpse into her abode.
When she's not playing Rachel Zane in Suits or roaming around London with a prince in tow, Meghan Markle can be found in a soothing Scandi-inspired sanctuary that she calls home. From white textiles to fluffy throws, vintage-inspired accents to vases of colourful blooms, Meghan's created a cozy retreat perfect for playing with her pups, working on her site The Tig, and, presumably, enjoying some paparazzi-free time with everyone's favourite ginger prince.
White sofas, a tan throw, black and white pictures and white orchids keep her living space cool and calm.
One of photographer Gray Malin's cult-favourite photos of a beach hangs on her wall, and the umbrellas in the photo are complemented by the colourful blooms on her marble table.
Marble subway tiles line the walls in Meghan's bathroom.
Neutral walls, neutral curtains and neutral seating is the theme throughout Meghan's home.
Aside from the gorgeous blooms that are placed on many of the tabletops in Meghan's home, beautiful books are also scattered about.
By Meghan's bedside, Grace Coddington's book "Grace: A Memoir," a scented candle and bright pink peonies.
Meghan's love for pretty books and blooms continues—she teams black and white books, photos and accents with cheery pink blooms on a rustic wooden table.
A vintage-looking windowpane mirror lends a whimsy element to Meghan's all-white bedroom.
White furry throws can be found swung across many chairs in her home.
White linens, a simple wooden bedframe, a tan throw and black and white artwork complete Meghan's bedroom.
A gold vintage-inspired mirror, tall potted plants and standard Scandi must-haves lend an eclectic hand to her living space.
Colour-coded piles of books are topped with succulents in her bedroom.
An animal-skin rug and antlers on the wall give this room a Scandinavian feel.
The best part of Meghan's home? Her two roommates: Guy and Bogart.
Photography: Tracey Ayton
With a plan in hand and some professional guidance, these homeowners take the reins of the modern design of their spacious new home.
Wing Lau and Kevin Teo bought their first Vancouver condo because of its easy access to work and the downtown amenities – charming restaurants, chic boutiques, art galleries and more. The problem? The one-bedroom-plus-den was a tight fit for the young couple and their two dogs. “We were barely ever home because it was so cramped,” remembers Wing. Add the fact that they were recently married and planning to expand the family, and 600-square-feet wasn’t going to cut it. For these IT professionals, though, a house wasn’t the answer. “That’s too much maintenance,” says Wing.
The solution was moving to a larger condo – a new build with panoramic views and breathing room thanks to a second bedroom and bathroom, as well as a den. Being a blank slate, however, it lacked character. “We found someone to inject some flair into the place,” says Wing, referring to designer Jamie Deck of Shift Interiors.
After researching Jamie’s work online, Wing realized the company was a great fit – and not just because she liked her style. Wing is hands-on when it comes to her home. A decor enthusiast and avid DIYer, she needed a design partner, not a leader, and Jamie’s firm allows homeowners to buy blocks of time to customize the level of service, from light guidance to full execution. So Wing requested Jamie’s advice on layouts and furniture selection, and then chose her favourites. She did much of the shopping and implementation herself.
Central to the 24th-floor condo are the living-dining area’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which showcase mountain views. They’re what sold the couple on the home and naturally became a central focus for the open-concept main living area. The room’s muted colour scheme provides the perfect frame for the vista – and also reflects Wing’s personal palette. “I only ever wear black, white or grey,” she says. “So it was an easy choice.”
With its seamless modern scheme, the kitchen was another selling point for Wing and Kevin, and required no design updates. “We got lucky that this kitchen already had a look we both love,” says Wing. The cabinet fronts and island base boast a unique striated grain in warm grey and cool taupe that lends the space artistic interest and texture all on its own – no extra design flourishes required.
Though Wing had originally wanted a concrete-look accent wall in the dining area, they were concerned it would compete with the kitchen. So they settled on a dining room gallery wall – which Kevin took total ownership of – and created the feature wall in the master bedroom instead. Complementing the concrete-look surface, a custom fabric-covered headboard that stretches the entire length of one wall visually widens the space and offers a structured, unfussy vibe.
In their new space, the couple feels proud and happy. There's something gratifying about executing a flawless design as an amateur, even when it's with significant help from a professional. Though the idea of a forever home isn't something they can commit to right now, this will be their domain for at least five years. "Until we outgrow it," says Wing, "or my design bug bites again." Maybe next time she'll brave it on her own.
Homeowners Wing Lau and Kevin Teo didn’t need designer Jamie Deck’s help in designing their gallery wall. Wing has been pinning favourite pieces for years and opted for a combination of personal photos and low-cost prints. Kevin was in charge of installation. “We had painters’ tape all over the floor and outlining the gallery wall to make sure the configuration was right,” says Wing of organizing the graphic black and white pieces in the dining room.
Wing swapped the condo’s living and dining areas to create a larger and more functional living room. After all, it has to handle the couple’s two dogs and, at some point, kids. The carpet was chosen in part for its low, easy-to-clean pile (so the battle against dog hair isn’t too taxing).
For Wing, it was important to mix high and low pieces. The Parsons dining table, for example, was a total splurge. The couple saw the piece in Seattle, fell in love with it and returned to the city two months later to haul it home in the family van. It’s something Wing plans to hang on to for a long time: “My future kids will probably spill on the table,” says Wing with a laugh. “But we’re okay with that.”
Prior to purchasing any furniture, the couple brought home fabric swatches to ensure everything matched with the kitchen cabinetry. “With its interesting grain, it almost plays the role of a feature wall,” says Wing. So it dictated what she and Kevin did with the rest of the space. “We couldn’t choose anything that competed with that.”
The kitchen is the literal and figurative centre of the apartment: It overlooks the living and dining room, benefits from the stunning view out the floor-to-ceiling windows and is a place Wing and Kevin spend a lot of time, doing everything from cooking breakfast to entertaining company.
Jamie suggested multiple furniture configurations for the master bedroom, but they settled on a set-up that takes advantage of the mountain views. The space is a lesson in how to create a successful high-low mix: The head-board was custom-made by Shift Interiors, but Kevin painted the concrete-look feature wall himself. The bedding and toss cushions are big-box-store finds.
With its simple mirror, metal console and wooden stool, the entryway announces the muted palette present throughout the space. Floating circular hooks offer a functional yet chic place to hang coats.
The bathroom echoes the kitchen with the same seamless cabinetry, but the countertop adds another layer of pattern that the kitchen lacks, proving it’s easy to be more daring with design in closed-off spaces. His and hers sinks allow for stress-free mornings.