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 light- weight, 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 perform- ance 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 bath- houses, 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 com- pact but dries fast and wicks moisture well. Best of all, it’s equally at home in the kitchen and in the bath.
6 stylish coffee table books worthy of display
Perfect design and decor reads that are so chic they should be on display.
If you love being surrounded by books, there’s no need to tuck them away on bookshelves where they’ll just collect dust. Instead, bring them to the forefront of your home and give them a chance to shine! We’ve rounded up six super chic coffee table books that we love as much for the content of their pages as for the stylish covers that make them design accents in their own right.
If you’re a design enthusiast, you will adore this book, which will provide you with the expertise you need to turn your home into a magazine-worthy space. Filled with tips on how to edit your space down to the things you truly love, how to arrange a vignette and how to creatively breathe new life into old pieces, designer Emily Henderson provides a game plan for creating a space that’s luxurious but livable – and all without breaking the bank. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, Amazon.ca, $36.61. By Emily Henderson, Potter Style
This beautiful book features tours of 35 homes from around the world and offers up invaluable tips on how to carefully curate a home with things you love and how to make your home more beautiful and restful in a way that’s true to who you are. The Kinfolk Home, Anthropologie, $35. By Nathan Williams, Artisan Publishers
A known arbiter of style, Garance Dore has been delighting readers on her eponymous blog for years. In her much-anticipated and newly released book Love Style Life, Garance shares her wit and wisdom on everything from forward-thinking fashion to creating a life you love. Blending her stunning photography and illustrations throughout the pages of this book, it’s a visual delight you won’t want to put down. Love Style Life, Amazon.ca, $24.45. By Garance Dore, Spiegel & Grau
Anglophiles, rejoice! Celebrated designer and tastemaker Alice Temperley’s book True British is the definitive guide to her iconic indie-bohemian style. Inside its pages, you’ll find delightful illustrations alongside photos of fabulous celeb soirees, as well as an up close look at her own designs and the pieces in her collections that have become iconic. Not only is this book a design lover’s treat on the inside, but the outer cover makes it an exceptional piece to display on your coffee table. True British, Anthropologie, $65. By Alice Temperley, Rizzoli
We all know how chaotic clutter can be but in her acclaimed book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, organizing expert Marie Kondo delivers her no-fail formula for ditching disorder and making way for a tidier, more peaceful environment at home. Keep this book out on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration and a reminder that living orderly can mean living beautifully. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Amazon.ca, $15. By Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press
Drawing on her own personal experiences in the interior design business, Erin Gates’ book Elements of Style is an essential guidebook for designing your space and turning your house into a home. Inside the pages of this beautiful book, you’ll find gorgeous illustrations and professional photography that showcase Erin’s own personal style along with her tips for achieving a style that’s totally personal and unique to you. Elements of Style, Indigo, $31.50. By Erin Gates, Simon & Schuster
Enjoy this refreshing sweet treat all summer long.
Step aside, ubiquitous vanilla ice cream – there’s a more sophisticated player on deck this summer.
Layered, luscious and bowl-licking good, this delectable chilled confection is just right for hot days when you want a little wow in your culinary repertoire.
Seasonal fall home decor ideas
Pumpkins are a staple of fall decorating, but not everyone embraces the onset of orange. Opt instead for white varieties like Baby Boo and Casper to pepper along the table and around the fireplace.
Cinnamon and cider... over and over. It’s a favourite flavour of autumn (second only to pumpkin pie), so keep your best recipe on hand and serve it in simple Mason jar mugs updated for the season with a strip of burlap secured by a piece of yarn.
Natural elements like wood accessories and wool in a simple unadorned arrangement are reflective of fall.
This DIY rough-edged table runner is a great white tabletop accessory and is easy to make with a simple bolt of burlap and scissors. After measuring and marking the desired width of fabric at one end, make a small snip at each mark and hand-tear lengthwise in one strong, swift motion. Make sure the final length is four to six inches longer than your table on each end. Add texture by fraying the edges by hand.
Dispersed in odd number groupings throughout your space, decorating with candles are a surefire way (pun intended!) to add warmth in aesthetic, in mood and, of course, in temperature.
Pears, pomegranates, persimmons and pumpkin decorations: Let fall’s fruitful bounty take centre stage in your seasonal decor.
Although fall lends itself to a natural look, you can still set an elegant tabletop. When paired with sparkly elements like glass and silver, rustic pieces like a burlap table runner, pure linen napkins, organic-shaped dishware and braided wicker napkin rings come together as a glamorous farmhouse-inspired tablescape.
The palette here may be pale, but the texture is vibrant. From the choppy rough-hewn wood to the intricately carved lamp base, the chunky woven wicker baskets to the fluffy hydrangeas and pompom mums, the layering and balance of materials mimic the diversity of nature.
A new take on a traditional wreath, this one uses hundreds of dried leaves – punctuated with a few fresh green ones – for a tissue paper-like effect and is laid down, rather than hung, for a casual vignette.
A glowing fire may be fall’s version of summer’s open windows, but don’t forget autumn’s answer to fresh-cut flowers: bunches of dried wheat and branches of berries gathered on a nature walk for an unfussy fall floral arrangement.
Cooler nights call for having warm wraps within easy reach, so stack favourite beautiful blankets in different patterns (but in the same palette) as a useful decorative accent. Cozying up to enjoy those last fleeting moments on the porch will always be just an arm’s length away.
The family room has the feel of a Maine family cottage, with its tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling and chiselled fieldstone fireplace. Slipcovered furnishings in soft yellow, cranberry and sage continue the main-floor colour scheme.