Designer Meredith Heron's Victorian rowhouse.
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Designer Meredith Heron's Victorian rowhouse in Toronto is a stylish study in colour, pattern and texture. Tour the entire home here.
An intense wall colour, abstract wallpaper mural and pink sofa helps to create this home's statement living room. Tour the entire home here.
Bursting with character and brimming with charm this home office features a fuchsia rug and rich graphic wallpaper.
With bursts of lavender and chartreuse, this living room's daring palette was paired with boldly patterned fabrics. See the rest of this home's living and dining room here.
From apple to olive green, the vibrant striped wall in this dining room incorporates the various hues used throughout this Miami, Florida, condo. Tour the entire condo here.
With bold blue and white striped walls, a capiz-shell chandelier and lots of colourful toss cushions this kitchen’s sunny eating nook is a carefully curated riot of colour and pattern. Tour the entire condo here.
Bright colours, eclectic furniture and treasured collections transform this old cottage into a cozy family retreat. The pops of green and blue in the family room give this space its one-of-a-kind character. Tour the entire cottage here.
Brave hits of colour and pattern beautifully collide in this living room. From the light blue painted walls, sky blue grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling, dark rose drapery and splashy area rug this space is bursting with charm. Tour the entire home here.
Bold '50s flair is alive and well in this charming Cape Cod-style cottage. The kitchen features black and white peel-and-stick floor tiles and eye-catching cheery yellow painted cabinets. Tour the entire cottage here.
A navy sectional complements the colourful gallery wall in this townhouse living room. Tour the entire townhouse here.
This stylish boudoir makes a statement with its pink coffered walls, gold chandelier and glamorous accessories. See how this beautiful boudoir was put together on a luxe and little budget here.
The perfect setting for a fun and festive girls' night in
Decor maven Stephanie Vogler hosts her gal pals for the perfect pre-holiday party, complete with sweet treats and pink champagne.
For Stephanie Vogler, the holiday season isn’t dictated by the calendar – it’s a state of mind that starts in July and doesn’t end until January. That’s because the president and creative director of popular Vancouver housewares store The Cross Decor & Design starts scouting gift shows in the summer and doesn’t stop decking the halls until the last post-season sale in the new year.
It’s easy to understand why Stephanie takes a low-key approach to entertaining at home when the actual holidays roll around. “December is such a busy time with the store that it’s hard for me to see friends,” she says. That’s why Stephanie decided to do things a little differently this year, by hosting a pre-holiday girls’ night for six. “I thought we could get together and share some gift-giving ideas, like what’s trending for kids,” she explains. “It’s meant to be very casual, which is how I like to do things.”
Homeowner Stephanie Vogler (right) and close friend Rosie Daykin enjoy pre-party drinks in front of the gallery wall in the dining area.
The real Christmas tree in the living area was flocked white to give it a wintry look. “We don’t often get snow here in Vancouver, so this gives us such a wonderful feeling,” says Stephanie. Seasonal accessories like textured toss cushions and throws create a cozy vibe.
With her all-white space as a blank canvas, Stephanie layered in holiday touches with a white flocked real tree and plenty of twinkle lights. Next, she added warm metallic accents via trays, ornaments and strands of beads. “I’m drawn to things with a sense of whimsy,” says Stephanie of her holiday decor. “But I also love natural elements, so most of my ornaments are made from wool or feathers.”
An evergreen bough and a strand of twinkle lights add an instant festive note to this hallway vignette. In keeping with her fuss-free entertaining style, Stephanie set up a champagne station on the console so guests can help themselves.
Sweet macarons in a pretty box are a delectable party favour. “Macarons are such a treat because they’re not something people would typically make for themselves,” says Stephanie of the perfect party favour – a sweet reminder that they’ll have to make room in their calendars for this new tradition next year.
Stephanie served up bite-sized sweets like sugared almonds in small bowls from her collection. Her “keep it simple” mantra also applied to beverages, with a help-yourself champagne station atop a console in the hallway. “I always serve pink champagne when my girlfriends come over,” she says. “It puts everybody in a great mood.”
“I have a huge collection of tiny bowls, dishes and vases,” says Stephanie. “During the holidays, I love to pull them out and fill them with sweets or pretty things.” Here, on the living room coffee table, a glass vase filled with patinated Christmas ornaments sits alongside crisp white vessels.
On the coffee table, a tray displays a few mini ornaments that didn’t make it onto the tree.
Classic Christmas greenery mixed with white blooms makes for a chic centrepiece.
Rosie Daykin's interpretation of the traditional yule log is a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate and hazelnut filling. “It pairs nicely with champagne,” says Stephanie.
Just add twinkle lights – that’s Stephanie’s philosophy for infusing her everyday decor with holiday spirit. “The strand of lights at the end of the hallway adds a nice surprise, and I just sort of tossed it over the mirror for an undone look,” she says.
Stephanie’s two kids, Hudson, 9, and Emerson, 7, sneak in a treat before Mom’s guests arrive.
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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.