Mar 18, 2007
Contest: Show us your stuff!
Contest: Show us your stuff!
Contest: Show us your stuff!
Take your bathroom from drab to fab with these easy decorating ideas!
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are known to give homeowners the biggest returns on their investment when they sell. But whether you’re doing a big renovation or just looking for ways to update your current bathroom and whether you intend to sell or not, these ideas for beautifying your bathroom will pay big returns in your overall satisfaction with your home. And you don’t have to have a $50,000 budget to do it. These affordable upgrades will add some serious style to your home without breaking the bank!
Renewal Divinity Small Mirror
What a difference something as simple as a mirror can make. The right one can transform the look of your bathroom and give it an updated, more stylish feel in an instant. The frame is made from hammered aluminum combined with beveled glass and can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and the shape of the space you’re working in. Renewal Divinity Small Mirror, Wayfair, $380.46.
Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture
When renovating, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the type of space you have. So before you head to the lighting store, figure out whether it’d be best to go with flush mount, track lighting or sconces. No matter what you choose, illuminate your bathroom with a stunning light fixture that ties your bathroom’s whole look together and adds an appealing amount of sparkle and shine! Boasting a shiny chrome finish and a laser-cut inspired design on the lamp shade, this flush mounted lighting fixture will bring effortless elegance to your bathroom and is a simple way to take the look of the entire space from drab to fab! Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture, Multi Luminaire, $349.
Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper
If you’ve always loved the look of wallpaper but have shied away from using it in the bathroom, it’s time to reconsider. Wallpaper has come a long way and today, there are lots of options on the market, many of which are suitable for moisture-rich environments. This gorgeous wallpaper has a mosaic pattern that mimics the look of tile and has a washable finish for easy clean-up. Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, $50/roll.
Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile
Flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine and you’re sure to see plenty of bathrooms boasting this contrasting basket weave tile to dramatic effect. Get the look for yourself with these tiles – but may we suggest opting for the white and cobalt colour combo as a subtle alternative to black and white? The rich cobalt will add a decidedly chic and unexpected look to your bathroom. Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile, Home Depot, $7.98 each.
Gleaming Brass Bath Collection
Upping the style quotient in your bathroom doesn’t get any easier than this! Swap out your existing vanity vessels for these truly chic options. The full set includes a soap dispenser, tumbler and tray, all in a beautiful brass finish. Gleaming Brass Bath Collection, Anthropologie, $22-$36.
Dot Medallion Shower Curtain
Looking for a quick and easy bathroom update that won’t break the bank? How about a new shower curtain? This 100% cotton curtain is made in India and features a modern medallion motif in a soothing colour palette of watercolour inspired shades of blue and grey. With this one simple addition to your bathroom, you’ll add an air of tranquility that will turn your bathroom into the oasis you always dreamed of. Dot Medallion Shower Curtain, West Elm, $29.99.
A wooden dresser transforms into an ultra-stylish statement piece.
Put your DIY skills to the test with these simple and stylish IKEA furniture transformations.
Style at Home's talented design team puts their own unique spin on IKEA's VITTSJÖ nesting-style coffee table with three personality-packed rooms to match.
Discover how all three looks came together and how you can create the same look in your home.
We created a customized office desk for this cozy home office nook.
Using IKEA's ALEX desktop you can create the same look at home.
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
Using IKEA's TARVA three-drawer chest get this look at home.
Glam up a plain pendant light with a coat of gold spray paint.
Using IKEA's HEKTAR pendant light get the step-by-step instructions here.
Add some stylish storage to your space with this gorgeous do-it-yourself cabinet featured in our high/low: chic dressing room.
Using IKEA's SEKTION wall cabinet get the step-by-step instructions here.
Create your own free-standing island like the one featured in our Parisian-style kitchen. This budget-friendly accessory can be customized to suit your style while adding an extra prep area to any size space.
Using IKEA's KARPALUND base get the step-by-step instructions here.
Pinnacle Survival Kit Contest
Entrants must respect the following limits, otherwise the contest organizers reserve the right to cancel one or several of their entries:
One (1) grand prize will be given:
(Includes two (2) Toronto Popcorn packages, 750mL of Pinnacle Vodka, NADEGE Marshmellows, two (2) drinking glasses and a survival cocktail guide!)
Value of: $150.00 CAD
The following conditions apply:
After the declaration and exemption form is correctly filled out and signed, the contest organizers will contact the winner to determine how the Prize will be remitted (by mail or on hand delivery)
Can you guess which is the high and which is the low?
We designed a Moroccan-style bedroom on two opposite budgets. Can you tell the spaces apart?
We designed a Moroccan-inspired boho bedroom on budgets befitting a servant and a sultan. Can you tell the difference?
Unconventional by definition, the boho aesthetic doesn’t follow a formula, but here are some tips to help you get your own version of this free-spirited look.
1 Trump trends: Eschew the norm in favour of unexpected combinations of unique elements. (why not place an intricate wooden coffee table in the bedroom?)
2 Study the greats: Let the lifestyles of famous creative spirits inspire you to get in touch with your inner bohemian.
3 Play with colour and texture: Mix bold hues and bring in tactile materials, such as woolly knits and worn woods.
4 Introduce art: Dress your walls with gripping artwork – purchased or diy – and distinctive items like a woven wall hanging.
5 Set the mood: Keep an arsenal of candles on hand and opt for light fixtures that give off a soft, dispersed glow.
6 Mix in meaning: Finish the space by tucking small mementoes here and there. that mini eiffel tower, for example, is reminiscent of a trip to paris.
1 Handmade Icelandic Lopi wool and cotton warp Elephants Always Remember wall hanging, Apatacz, $400.
2 Zenza Lighting handmade nickel-plated brass Tahrir Filisky pendant light, 15" x 12", Snob, $470.
3 Pelican on Lake print on premium archival paper with White Premium Wood frame, 18" x 24", Minted, $275 US.
4 As You Are print in Quiet Gray on premium archival paper with Distressed Indigo Stain frame, 8" x 8", Minted, $80 US.
5 Watercolor Abstract Flora Series Fall 1 print on premium archival paper with Champagne Silver frame, 11" x 11", Minted, $138 US.
6 Queen Belgian flax linen duvet cover, $355, and standard sham, $65, in Midnight, West Elm.
7 Hand-dyed cotton Mali toss cushion with down insert, 18", Snob, $150.
8 Small hand-embossed nickel Offering TRAY, Cocoon Furnishings, $279.
9 Chunky wool throw in Ivory with Knit Knit weave, 54" x 70", Hobbyfelt, $445 US.
10 Antique hand-carved teak coffee table with glass top, Wood Sense Interiors, $2,599.
1 Cotton macramé Drift wall hanging, Lisa Terry, $68.
2 Powder-coated iron pendant light, 10" x 10", Wood Sense Interiors, $189.
3 Pelican on Lake print on standard paper with White Premium Wood frame, 18" x 24", Minted, $165 US.
4 As You Are print in Quiet Gray on standard paper with Distressed Indigo Stain frame, 8" x 8", Minted, $42 US.
5 Watercolor Abstract Flora Series Fall 1 print on standard paper with Champagne Silver frame, 11" x 11", Minted, $85 US.
8 Aluminum Egyptian tray, Snob, $65.
9 Hand-knit wool-blend overlook throw, 48" x 76", CB2, $199.
10 Hand-carved sheesham wood coffee table with glass top, Wood Sense Interiors, $1,199.
HIGH & LOW: Ice Mist OC-67 wall paint, Benjamin Moore, Midnight Navy 2067-10 accent wall paint, Benjamin Moore; Coral sheet set, Crate and Barrel; White shams, IKEA; White teapot with cup, CB2; Tall glass vase, Pottery Barn; Large wooden bowl (holding lavender), Snob; Candle (on wooden box), Jo Malone London.
The dreamy midnight blue of our high duvet set calls to mind the evening sky above Marrakesh. To get the look for less, we tinted an inexpensive white set using pre-reduced indigo dye. The method, though messy, is straightforward: Dilute the pigment and additives with warm water in a large container. Submerge the fabric (entirely or in folded sections, as we did with the toss cushion cover) for 15 to 30 minutes; wring and hang to dry. Repeat as desired for a deeper shade.
Even when they look indistinguishable, not all prints are created equal. For instance, our High and Low pieces are reproductions of identical images, but the pricier versions are museum calibre, printed on cotton rag using archival pigment and protected behind UV-resistant Plexiglas. While the budget-friendly options feature lignin-free art paper and deluxe ink, they can’t match the rich, vibrant hues of the splurge versions and may fade slightly over the years. Short ceramic basket weave vase in Blue, West Elm, $49.
Pile the titles on your current must-read list near your bed, so they’re right at hand when the mood strikes. A large bowl placed on top becomes a pretty and practical catch-all.
Pamper yourself: Lay out a novel, some tea and a decadent snack (see our Swirled Strawberry Meringue recipe) on a stylish tray.
Create that boho aesthetic by dressing your walls with gripping artwork – like a woven wall hanging.
Shibori toss cushions bring a taste of the Far East to our Moroccan-inspired room. A centuries-old Japanese technique, shibori involves bunching, twisting or folding fabric and then dyeing it to create a unique pattern. The tradition has become a trend, so this style of toss cushion is easy to find, whether you’re after one that’s handmade using the original technique or an inexpensive mass-produced alternative.
1 Hand-dyed Belgian linen Shibori in Cobalt Blue with feather blend insert, 20", Rebecca Atwood Designs, $229 US.
2 Cotton indigo Shibori with down alternative insert, 20", Tonic Living, $81.
3 Magical Thinking polyfilled cotton Shibori Streak in Blue, 16", Urban Outfitters, $36.
4 Cotton Indigo Shibori (cover only), 20", Indigo, $40.