Experiment with round mirrors for your bathroom vanity
From gold plumbing to statement art, these are the looks that are big for bathrooms in 2016.
Standard subway tile is getting a fresh makeover with 2016’s hottest tile trend. “Chevron tiles are huge for bathrooms this year, either on the floor or walls,” says Shirley. “Contrasting grout really helps to highlight tile patterns, and white or dark tiles look great paired with the trendy gold plumbing that’s popping up everywhere.”
It’s all about luxury when it comes to bathrooms this year, with traditional pedestal sinks and porcelain tubs making way for more intricate styles. “Sinks and bathtubs carved out of stone are a super luxe bathroom detail that has been showing up all over the place,” says Shirley. “The travertine stone here is becoming popular again, only this time it has a less tumbled earthy look - with its razor sharp edges, this stone is suddenly modern again.”
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, so why not add some personality to the space with your favourite artwork? “Statement art can be a major update for your bathroom, and in 2016 we’ll be seeing pieces that are really colourful or oversized,” says Shirley. “This bright graphic painting makes a big impact in the master bathroom.”
Sometimes all it takes is a fresh update to a standard classic in order to revive a dated space. “Round mirrors are replacing the traditional rectangular shape we’re used to seeing in a bathroom, adding a dynamic, unexpected graphic focal point,” says Shirley. “Pair them with hanging pendant lights or wall sconces on either side, taking the opportunity to mix the blacks and golds that are so hot for 2016.”
“Creative bathroom layouts are always current, especially in small spaces or urban condos,” says Shirley. “Placing a stand-alone tub inside an open shower is a great space saving technique and is a modern update on the standard shower-tub combo.”
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Jillian Harris's backyard guest house
Tucked away in Jillian Harris's backyard is a charming retreat set into a hill, where the scenic views stretch on and those who stay never want to leave.
It goes without saying that a home should reflect those who live there, but sometimes it’s what a previous owner leaves behind that lends the most character to a space. Jillian Harris, co-host of W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver, can attest to this. When she first set foot in the backyard of her bungalow in Kelowna, B.C., which she shares with her partner, Justin Pasutto, she spotted a tiny abode just a few yards away, partially obscured by branches and subtly built into a hill.
What turned out to be a guest house became a main selling feature for the outgoing homeowner. “I’ve always loved the idea of a guest house, but I never thought I’d be able to have my own because they’re not that common,” says Jillian. “We’re constantly entertaining, so we like having a place where people can sleep after sitting around the fire with us.”
Jillian compares the petite pad – which she and Justin have termed the “casita” – to a European cottage found in a fable, pointing to its grey stone facade, glass double doors and charming white rooftop deck fitted with a picket-style railing that offers picturesque views of the Okanagan.
Letters spelling out "The Law" (a feature left behind by the previous owner) brand the guest house's entrance, playing up the space's storybook allure. "We were told that the words translate to 'the hill' in Irish, but we're really not sure," says Jillian with a laugh. "It's the mystery that adds character." Glass double doors let in lots of light.
The brightly hued console was the jumping-off point for the guest house's fresh colour palette and vintage aesthetic. Strategically placed accessories help achieve balance and scale. "It's important to mix decor with function," says homeowner Jillian Harris. "Furnisture should always serve a purpose."
Built-in closets flank the glass double doors. This one contains a mini fridge, coffee machine and TV, while the other serves as storage space for guests.
The raised built-in bed accented with elegant wainscotting is offset by the vintage trunk, lending the space a more timeless, lived-in look. With such stylish decor, it's easy to miss the shower to the left of the bed and the two-piece bathroom to the right.
"It's about giving guests everything they need so they don't have to ask," says Jillian. Here, you get to stay at a magical little cottage castle where someone has thought of you and catered to your needs. You feel so happy and so at home."
The console serves as a warm welcome to guests, always equipped with fresh greenery, fruit, mugs and extra pillows.
"I've always loved the idea of a guest house, but I never thought I'd be able to have my own."
Recreate the look of Jillian's guest house with these refreshing hues.
12 great gift ideas for coffee lovers
Help your coffee lover enjoy 365 days of caffeine bliss with this beautiful wall calendar. 2016 Coffee and Tea calendar, Rifle Paper Co., $18 USD.
If a group gift for the family's coffee connoisseur is what you're looking for, then meet the GranBaristo Avanti by SAECO. This machine brews 18 drink varieties, has a five grinder setting and best of all - can be controlled by an app on your smart phone or tablet. SAECO GRANBaristo Avanti Bluetooth Connected Espresso Maker, Hudson's Bay, $2,999.
Combine cold brewed coffee, pure cane sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans and you get this all-natural vanilla coffee syrup. Perfect for everything from desserts to marinades or in a cold glass of milk! Dave's Coffee - All Natural Vanilla Coffee Syrup, Old Faithful Shop, $22.95.
Say goodbye to disposable filters with the Siphon Coffee Brewer from KitchenAid. It combines the richness of total-immersion brewing methods with the clean flavour profile of filter-brewed coffee, all without the need for a disposable filter. With its sleek design and onyx black details, it'll look great displayed on any Christmas-ready kitchen counter. KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer, KitchenAid, $279.99.
Wrap this tea towel up with their favourite blend of beans, or frame it for your java junkie to display proudly in their home. Distinctly Home coffee order print tea towel, Hudson's Bay, $9.99.
Help give your friend or family member that extra morning jolt with an all-natural soap bar made of extra-strength roasted espresso beans. Aaak lab coffee bar soap, CB2, $12.95.
Treat your coffee lover to some gourmet goodness this holiday season with this delicious blend of chocolate truffle coffee. GODIVA Chocolate Truffle Coffee, Hudson's Bay, $16.50.
Combine 2015's hottest metal trend with a must-have coffee brewing machine and you've got the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list. Bodum® Chambord Copper 34 Ounce French Press, Crate and Barrel, $79.95.
Give the gift of single-serve brewing with a coffee dripper! It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy fresh coffee at home, work or on-the-go. Coffee Dripper – Scream for Coffee, Indigo, $19.50.
If a red holiday cup is their go-to all season long, they'll love this festive ornament they can hang on their Christmas tree. Red holiday cup ornament, Starbucks, $7.95.
Cappuccinos, espressos and lattes - oh my! Create your own cafe at home with this fully automatic one-button machine. From an Americano to a peppermint mocha, they can have it all at the touch of a button. Tassimo T47 Multi-Beverage System, Canadian Tire, $119.99.
Any coffee lover is sure to enjoy this encyclopedia of the delicious world of coffee. From roasting beans to creating latte art, they'll learn the history, science and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado Tristan Stephenson. The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee, Anthropologie, $24.95.