Image by: Chris Court, William Meppem / Styling by: Justine Poole
Start your morning on a healthy note with this hearty breakfast bowl.
Packed with nutrient-packed seeds like sunflower and flax, accented with strong flavours like cinnamon and maple, and topped with sweeteners like honey and grated pear, this healthy breakfast will make it easier to hop out of bed in the morning.
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Excerpted from Life in Balance by Donna Hay. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Donna Hay, Photography copyright © 2016 Chris Court & William Meppem. Excerpted by permission of Harper Collins Publishers. All rights reserved.
A kitchen boasting restaurant-design pedigree
Trendy meets traditional in this family home built from scratch.
Homeowner Tanya Krpan (pictured here) saved on accessories by loading the family room sectional with an assortment of ready-made toss cushions.
Tanya isn’t afraid to play with negative space, as seen in the home’s grand entryway. “Normally, you’d expect a mirror or big piece of art hanging above the wainscotting,” she says. Leaving the wall blank and layering small pieces on the console allows the millwork to shine.
Black casement windows and decorative accents create contrast in the neutral space. Tanya scored the vintage coffee table when her office was being redecorated.
The family room’s classic-cool mix feels right for a young family.
The kitchen, of course, is the true star of the show. Tanya’s restaurant-design pedigree shines through in the room’s floor-to-ceiling tiles, mix of open and closed storage and high-end appliances. She opted for white Shaker-style cabinetry and warmed up the space with a walnut island and brass hardware statement lighting and fixtures.
Another bistro-inspired touch was her choice of dark honed-limestone tiles for most of the main floor. “The tile grounds the space since there’s an abundance of white everywhere,” Tanya explains. “And it’s proven great for hiding dirt.”
Everything in the Krpans’ home is designed for everyday life and entertaining, from the large sectional in the family room to the round tables in the dining room and the kitchen’s eat-in area. “It’s more social to sit at a round table,” says Tanya. “You see everyone’s faces.”
Cabinets with glass doors allow Tanya to display her favourite serving pieces and special glassware. She had the back of the kitchen cabinets tiled to highlight this focal point of the kitchen.
Tanya and Jure – with their sons, Ivan, 3, and Cruz, 2 – have recently welcomed a baby girl named Belle.
The living room’s crisp white, grey and black scheme gets an energy boost from fresh greenery, pops of pink and plenty of pattern – check out the Moroccan-style rug, the ikat-print and chevron-patterned toss cushions and the graphic stool fabric.
To offset the costs of the more expensive permanent elements, Tanya was meticulous with her decorating budget. She incorporated secondhand pieces, such as the family room coffee table, and sourced inexpensive art for the living room mantel. Affordable colourful accessories add youthful edginess to the living spaces. “I love the femininity that the splashes of pink add to the living room and family room,” she says. “Plus, by the time I got to the decorating, I was living with three boys!”
In the dining room, Tanya likes the juxtaposition of the modern Sputnik-inspired chandelier with the traditional coffered ceiling. The artwork was a DIY project Tanya and Jure painted together on her 30th birthday.
Though this house has been well loved for years, there’s a sequel in the works: Tanya and Jure are in the process of building a new home. “We’ll keep some of the same elements but go a little more modern in the kitchen,” says Tanya. We’ll definitely stay tuned.
Image: Ashley Capp / Styling: Christine Dovey
Five ways to fashion a space that will easily suit your daughter as she grows into her 20s
Your girl's bedroom is her oasis — it's where she escapes, unwinds, tackles challenges, and grows. So, this should be a room that grows with her, instead of a room that has to be made over every few years to suit her changing tastes. Below, five tips on designing a space for your girl that she'll love now and then.
Pink isn’t only for youngsters and bubble gum. Designer Matthew Meisner made the “it’s a girl” hue more grown-up in his step-daughter Milena Bettencourt’s room by combining it with black and gold. He also ensured the pink items were easy to swap should the 16-year-old ever tire of them.
Custom pieces don’t have to be pricey. Matthew upgraded a big-box-store desk with funky geometric-print vinyl wallpaper for added charm.
"Persuade your kids to try looks that will mature with them," says Matthew, noting that the Rorschach-inspired wallpaper that resembles a haute French damask wasn’t an easy sell. “I don’t think Milena would have chosen this wallpaper on her own, but she loves it now.”
Establish an eclectic aesthetic that looks collected over time by grouping items that have personal significance. Take, for example, the pink-undertoned artwork on Milena’s desk: Many of the pieces reference her dad, Rick Bettencourt, from the photo of a Missoni fashion show he attended to a print of Jimmy Choo shoes that nods to his work as the vice-president of shoe empire Nine West Canada.
To help you create the perfect room, we've rounded up some cool accents that will make your daughter's space equal parts cute and chic.
#OOTD: Fashion Flat Lay colouring book by Laura Hickman, Indigo, $21.
Cotton velvet Bianca toss cushion with down alternative insert, 20", Tonic Living, $70.
Heirloom & Knot Regency wallpaper in Neapolitan, Spoonflower, from $5 US per sq. ft.
Heirloom & Knot Rorschach wallpaper in Noir, Spoonflower, from $5 US per sq. ft.
Kate Spade New York crystal Hampton Street rose bowl, Hudson’s Bay, $90.
Ceramic antique-look medium Staordshire dog figurine, Jayson Home, $95 US.
Polypropylene Sillerup rug, 7' x 10', IKEA, $159.
10 small space storage solutions
Small space living is becoming more and more common, especially in larger cities. And it also offers some styling conundrums. It takes a lot of creativity to decorate a small space to make it feel both cozy and warm, but still spacious enough to not feel closed in or confined. One of the keys to keeping a small space beautifully designed, but not empty? Storage. Small spaces rarely come with ample storage space on its own or built in, so suddenly style needs to also mean innovative ways to store items and keep things organized and never cluttered. Here are 10 items to help you get your small space organized, decluttered and offer loads of storage space.
1 For your clothes
Small studio spaces often don’t come with much in the way of closet space. Hang your best on this moveable garment rack for easy access and to keep things tidy. Crate and Barrel, $219.29.
3 A spot for your books, remotes and more
It’s easy for the living area to look unorganized with electronic remotes, coasters for drinks, and magazines and books. Tuck everything away at the end of each day with a coffee table with built in storage units. West Elm, $578.23.
4 Kitchen storage
Pots, pans, bowls, bottles… it could all be stored in this cage cabinet – making it easy to see everything inside while offering extra space if your kitchen cabinets are small. An added bonus? This also looks chic in the dining area as well. Pottery Barn, $1,918.03.
6 The trunk
Throw blankets, pillows and any extras can all be stored in a rustic-looking trunk. It can also double as an extra seat, coffee table or fit at the foot of your bed for extra clothes. Pier 1, $199.95.
7 The desk saver
Keep clips, USB keys, car keys and other small items hidden and organized with a spindle storage box. Perfect for corralling bits and bobs on your office desk or entryway. You can use it on your vanity for small jewellery items, too. Umbra, $30.
9 Opt for baskets
You can never go wrong with a selection of baskets in various sizes. Store kitchen items, bathroom necessities, extra clothes, or throws next to the sofa – the possibilities are endless. Restoration Hardware, $79-$199.
10 Keep drawers organized
Kitchen drawers are notorious for being cluttered and messy. A knife organizer keeps them off your counter, and stored safely in a drawer without all the mess. Williams-Sonoma, $65.63.