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Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall.
These faux marble options are just as elegant as the real deal.
Few materials strike a chord with us in the same way that marble does. The sought-after stone, with its subtle sheen and veined markings, is quick to catch the eye and lends a luxe look to a space without being over the top. The downside, of course, is its price point. Here are 5 marble-like options that will achieve the same sophisticated, formal look for a fraction of the cost.
Looking for a faux marble tile that can handle heavy foot traffic? Consider peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles. In addition to their resilient nature, the tiles can be installed over most existing flooring. In other words, they make for a perfect weekend DIY project that won’t end in defeat. TrafficMaster Premium Vinyl Tile in Carrara Marble, Home Depot, starting at $0.89/sq. ft.
If you love the marbled look, you’ll want to customize all of your furniture with this stylish contact paper. The affordable material has a peel-away backing that can stick to almost any surface, from the top of a coffee table to the inside of kitchen drawers. Keep in mind that the paper doesn’t react well to water, so avoid using it in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall, $59.99 per roll.
Elevate your living space with ceramic wall tiles that mimic the look of marble like this elegant option from Ciot. Though similar in appearance, ceramic is far more delicate than marble and is therefore more susceptible to chips and cracks. The solution: Be strategic with placement, avoiding high-traffic areas in favour of bathroom walls or backsplashes. Marvel Wall Tile in Calacatta Extra, Ciot, see store for pricing.
Porcelain is another classic material that boasts marble's polished aesthetic without the hefty price tag. The tile is more resilient than ceramic, which makes it perfect for flooring as well as bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes. Let's just say marble-inspired porcelain has the ability to make any space sparkle. Glazed Porcelain Tiles in White, Olympia Tile + Stone, see store for pricing.
If you’re not yet familiar with Laminam, allow us to be the first to introduce you. The innovative material is touted as being the world’s first porcelain tile that's offered in 3 metre by 1 metre panels and is thinner than standard porcelain tiling. This means that in addition to covering existing walls and floors, Laminam can take on an array of delicate surfaces (think fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops and outdoor areas). I Naturali Laminam in Bianco Statuario, Stone Tile, see store for pricing.
Answer these questions to discover your signature holiday style.
Ever find yourself singing, “Santa, baby, just tell me how to decorate my tree?” If determining your home’s holiday look is your own personal nightmare before Christmas, fear not. We’re here to help. Answer the following questions to discover a festive style that suits you just as well as that bushy beard suits jolly old St. Nick. Armed with inspiration and easy ways to deck your halls, you’ll be singing a different tune as you decorate this year.
1 WHICH WINTER WREATH WOULD YOU HANG?
2 PICK THE PRETTIEST GIFT WRAP
3 WHAT'S YOUR MUST-WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
4 WHICH CANDLES WILL YOU SET THIS SEASON?
5 WHICH WALLPAPER WOULD YOU USE FOR AN ACCENT WALL?
6 SELECT A PAIR OF HOLIDAY PJS
7 YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE IS
8 PICK AN ORNAMENT
9 WHICH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DO YOU PREFER
10 WHICH WINTER THROW WOULD YOU RATHER WRAP YOURSELF IN?
11 CHOOSE A CHRISTMAS CARD TO SEND OUT
12 HOW DO YOU USUALLY SPEND CHRISTMAS EVE?
NOW ADD UP YOUR SCORE! DID YOU CHOOSE: MOSTLY As, MOSTLY Bs, MOSTLY Cs OR MOSTLY Ds?
WHAT YOUR SCORE SAYS ABOUT YOUR STYLE
MOSTLY As: FORMAL ELEGANT
For those of you who ride or die by the more-is-more mantra, this season is yours to own. Christmas is the time to indulge the Mr. or Mrs. Claus in you and go all out. Generous is your style – not only for gift giving but for decorating, too. This is your moment to go the extra mile with fuller garlands, bigger bows and a tablescape topped with the cherished china you save for special occasions. That’s what homeowner Jennifer Jarmuszewski did in her festive holiday home see it here and get inspired.
MOSTLY Bs: COLOURFUL ECLECTIC
Kitsch, please! you’re all about it. Cheerful? of course! Cutesy? yup. Gimmicky? sure – as long as it’s also chic. You have fun with your festive displays, strategically straying from convention with unexpected elements like a fiddle-leaf fig tree (evergreens are unnecessary, anyway!), a sunny, summery palette (red and green isn’t a holiday law) and quirky baubles that aren’t all Santas, silver bells and reindeer. Looking for options? Check out these 8 whimsical Christmas tree ornaments sure to make you smile.
MOSTLY Cs: FRESH CONTEMPORARY
Clean lined, pared back and mostly muted, your decor – whether for the holidays or for every day – embodies luxe minimalism. You’re all about restraint, from the Christmas colour palette that blends with your existing decor to the tree decked in a stream-lined selection of ornaments. you love a healthy dose of yuletide style (metallics and greenery are a must), but you never go over the top. Blogger Monika Hibbs has this look down pat. Check out her holiday home here.
MOSTLY Ds: RUSTIC COUNTRY
Your keywords for Christmas are casual, natural and understated. While you’re all for festive holiday flair, you’re more likely to decorate with wintery details you’ve foraged from the forest than with brightly coloured store-bought baubles. Peek outside at any sylvan scene and you’ll spot your palette: shades of green, white and grey accented with weathered wooden elements. Sound like your look? Then check out this rustic nordic holiday home here.
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.
Make your own Valentine's Day cards
This Valentine's Day card is made using felt hearts and ribbon. You can cut the hearts out of felt sheets, or find them already made at a craft store. Simply glue them to your coloured plain card and add a string of ribbon. Secure using glue or double-sided tape.
This simple Valentine is made using a Cupid cutout - that you can make out of thick cardstock or buy from a craft store. Glue the figure to the top of the card and write away.
These are made using heart-shaped cards and a hole puncher. Evenly punch holes along the border. Add a little touch of colour by threading baker's twine all around the card. Tie a knot where both ends of the twine meet.
For this DIY card, we paired a pink polka dot tape with a luxurious, striped golden one. After cutting out a heart shape from thick cardstock, carefully add strips of tape, neatly following the shape.
If you're a DIY enthusiast, you're bound to have some pretty scrap paper left over from various craft projects. This card is the perfect way to use these up! Cut heart shapes from the paper - each in different sizes - and glue to a plain white card. The result is whimsical and full of love!