50-day holiday countdown
50-day holiday countdown
Get the inside scoop on the year's most popular design trends.
Every year brings with it hot new trends and this year’s design trends are sure to get you excited about making some changes at home. Whether you’re thinking about something small scale like painting your powder room in one of the year’s hottest shades or going bigger with beautiful architectural features, these ideas from designers are sure to inspire!
Credits: Amber Interiors
1 "I think that a top design trend will be spaces that are more relaxed and casual with nothing too fussy or sparkly. Call it a restrained and tailored boho aesthetic; think Amber Interiors. Linen or velvet seating (in performance fabrics, of course), a mixture of woods and textures and nothing matching or contrived. Worn, antique area rugs, handmade block print fabrics and a real plant or two add to the layered yet edited feel and give a home soul." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Tracey Ayton
2 "Look for interior finishings to take centre stage in 2017. While decorative elements like furniture and wallpaper have traditionally set the trends, increasing attention is being paid to the bones of a house. Applied mouldings, interior doors, archways and window casings are becoming more elaborate as homeowners discover that architectural features can make bold statements too." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
3 "Today, forest green has made a comeback and is seen mixed with deep woods and black hardware and punches of brass to make it pop. Go bold and paint a powder room green. Pair with an antique chest turned-vanity and some brass pulls and brass faucet." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Stacey Brandford
4 "My favourite design for 2017 is wallpaper that mimics a wall mural. There are some incredible designs on the market where wallcoverings depict designs like large scale florals or hand painted landscapes. The dramatic impact is pretty incredible, and I love how it adds a bit of a handmade influence to any room." - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credits: Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto
5 "One top design trend is to introduce unconventional design elements into our homes. Whether your inspiration is a sensational bar shelf suspended from the ceiling at Colette, the stunning floor to ceiling glass walls at The Chase Toronto, or the metal trim detail between floor tiles at most commercial spaces, 2017 is the year for innovative ideas so why not be inspired by our favourite restaurants or the beautifully designed stores as we shop for the holidays?" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
6 "Loft-inspired design has been around for few decades but we're seeing a resurgence of this trend with the black steel factory door. The large black grid of these elegant beauties are not only attractive but they provide great sight lines to the outdoors, further forging the relationship between indoor and outdoor living. They can easily elevate any modern or traditional home whether as a patio door, room divider or shower door. With this much versatility, it's easy to see why the black steel factory door is expected to be a big winner in 2017!" - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
Photography: Michael Graydon
7 "Give way to lighter woods! We’re seeing a move towards a blonder, natural looking wood from floor to ceiling. Wider plank hardwood with an oiled/ matte finish is a great choice in creating visual interest and providing a neutral backdrop for furniture and other interior elements. Natural, rift cut oak is a great option for cabinetry, pairing well with walnut and darker woods and even painted finishes. Light wood is extremely versatile and a great way to add warmth and texture throughout a home without it feeling overpowering or heavy." - Interior Designer, Nyla Free.
Serve this festive pull-apart bread at your next holiday dinner party.
Serve these holiday-ready rolls to your guests with two types of festive-flavoured butter.
Festive pull-apart dinner rolls
Sumac lime butter
Festive pull-apart bread
1 On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a long 2 1/2"-thick rope.
2 Place the rope on a large parchment paper-lined rimless baking sheet and bring the ends together to create a circle, pinching to seal and brushing with a bit of water to help the ends adhere if necessary.
3 Preheat the oven to 375°F.
4 Using sharp scissors, make cuts 1" apart around the edge of the dough, without cutting all the way through. Gently separate the slices, pulling them apart, one toward the outer side of the circle and the next toward the centre.
5 Cover the dough with a clean tea towel and let rise for 15 minutes.
6 Sprinkle the top lightly with flour. Bake until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, about 25 minutes.
7 Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Makes: 1 batch
1 In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined.
2 Serve with festive pull-apart dinner rolls.
Prep & cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 cup
Toronto home with a Californian boho-gypsy vibe
When they couldn’t find their ideal house, these homeowners decided to gut a space and start with a clean slate – with a little help from a designer friend.
An open and airy space with lots of potential.
The Rose clan relaxes and watches TV here in the family room on the second floor. “My husband insisted that we not have a television on the first floor,” says Lindsi. “When we’re eating with the kids, we want to be talking with them.” The artwork above the fireplace was featured on the popular TV show Gossip Girl. “The artist signed the back, ‘XoXo Richard Phillips,’” adds Lindsi. It’s a reference to how each episode of the show ends (“XoXo Gossip Girl”).
Bright, airy and minimalistic, this beachy-chic dining room feels fresh and inviting. Though homeowner Lindsi Rose fell in love with the light fixture the moment she spotted it in-store, she worried it was too big for the space. “But I love how it casts the most beautiful shadows on the wall at night,” she says.
Every family's desire: a large, chic kitchen with lots of counter and eating space.
A photo on Pinterest inspired Lindsi to paint the kitchen island base blue. "And the rest of the design unfolded from there. Just think how different the whole house would look if I had chosen another colour," she says. Lindsi had originally picked cabinetry hardware in a brass finish, “but the black linked the look to the second floor,” she adds.
“I love the symmetry and airiness of the living room,” says designer Montana Burnett, who paired luxe velvet armchairs and a plush berber-style rug with refurbished antiques, such as the stools.
Lindsi may be passionate about design, but it's her husband, Lorne, who chose all the artwork for their home, such as the photo of the bowl of pills above the living room fireplace.
The main floor’s porcelain powder room floor tiles were cut in half and laid in a herringbone pattern with contrasting white grout to add visual interest to the otherwise minimal space.
The night before she had her son, Lindsi stayed up measuring, mapping out and applying the nursery’s star wall decals. “When my husband walked in, he asked why I had put an American flag on the wall,” says Lindsi with a laugh.
The master bath has a clear connection to the master bedroom, boasting the same black walls and colourful artwork that matches the bedroom’s tie-dye-like rug.
With so much space and so little colour, the master suite transformation is amazing.
"Lindsi and I always knew we wanted a black feature wall with white articulating sconces,” says Montana of the bold graphic boho master bedroom, where the street-art-inspired prints found a perfect home. If they look familiar, it’s because the artist behind them is famous for these works and others, such as the iconic poster of president Barack Obama titled Obama Hope. The nightstand is a vintage Eaton’s piece, dug out from Lindsi’s mom’s basement and powder-coated white.
Bright and cheerful townhouse
Designer Orsi Panos gives this townhouse a colourful facelift on a modest budget.
"Bright and cheerful." That’s what the owner of this townhouse in Courtice, Ont., was searching for in a new home. Since her previous abode was older, larger and surrounded by mature trees, she was struck by this 1,400-square-foot space with large windows, a well-designed layout and plentiful natural light. However, at 10 years old, the home’s decor was dated, and its cheap builder-grade finishes weren’t holding up – aesthetically or otherwise.
"We kept some family heirlooms that meant a lot to her," Orsi explains. "And her extensive art collection was pared down to what looked great in the space." When shopping for new pieces, "the focus was on keeping things bright, fun and cheerful," says Orsi. "That’s when all the yellow accents came in. Yellow is the ultimate sunny hue." Gold and brass accessories also provide a warm glow, while a generous selection of other accent colours gives the entire place a vibrant, happy persona. "The homeowner is such a busy and interesting person – her home is now a true reflection of that."
A navy sectional complements the colourful gallery wall in the living room. The artwork is a pared-down selection of the homeowner’s vast collection.
The ikat-patterned fabric on the living room armchair was chosen for its complementary yellow, navy and grey colour scheme. The black bookcase has a grey interior and houses the TV and treasured books and objets. Designer Orsi Panos turned the book spines inward so their multi-hued jackets wouldn’t overwhelm the already colourful space.
Small accessories, like candlesticks on the mantel, help blend the rest of the decor with shades of gold and black, tying the whole room together.
"We started the project almost from the first day she looked at the house in 2014," says designer Orsi Panos. And as soon as the homeowner, a retired teacher, took possession, the makeover began. Since the existing floor plan was wonderfully functional, no major construction or structural changes were necessary. "We did what was needed to update the finishes," says Orsi.
"The homeowner and I fell in love with this bold floral fabric for the banquette, so we decided to let it be the star of the kitchen’s eat-in area," says Orsi. The dining chairs, which she had refinished, were part of an old set.
Yellow chevron-patterned drapery brings a hit of bright, happy colour to the home’s living room. Because the space is an atypical size, Orsi opted to layer two rugs rather than splurge on a custom one.
Orsi helped the homeowner edit her belongings down to what would work in the new house – with less square footage, she definitely needed fewer possessions overall and wanted a fresh start.
The kitchen’s backsplash, countertops and floor remained the same, but new white Shaker-style cabinet doors give the space a major facelift.