It's not hard to add style and storage to the bathroom. Here are seven easy ways to update your loo.
Updating your bathroom is not as daunting as you think - or as pricey! A few quick and easy decor ideas will give your space an instant makeover.
Since bathrooms are relatively clean-lined, neutral spaces, changing up your shower curtain and bath mat is a brilliant way to add a dose of bright colour.
If your room is short on square footage, opt for decorative space saving storage solutions, such as a wooden ladder and hooks for towels.
One of the best ways to add character to your bathroom is to change its lighting scheme. Consider installing sconces for task lighting and a chandelier for ambience.
A new faucet may be just what a tired-looking bathroom needs to achieve high style. Chrome and nickel are popular low-maintenance finishes; matte black and brushed bronze are trendier but also have timeless appeal.
The hands-down easiest makeover idea? Go shopping! A new tray, toothbruth holder or soap dish go a long way toward tidying an uplifting a bland bath.
Mix in striped, polka-dotted or brightly hued towels to match your bath's scheme. But, if you're going for a hotel-style look, you can't go wrong with pure white.
Fixtures, fittings, lighting and mirrors provide the perfect opportunity for adding glamorous opulence to your lavatory. Swap builder-basic fixtures for brass, and use a Venetian glass mirror to inject old-world glamour.
A casually chic dining room.
We've put together two chic dining rooms on two polar opposite budgets. Can you tell the difference?
1 Atelier branching 15-light iron chandelier with glass globe shades, Bouclair, $530. 2 Polyester drapery panels with grommets, 42" x 84", $70 per pair, HomeSense, $140. 3 Ceramic grey salad bowl, Elte, $50. 4 Premium burlap table runner, 14" x 132", Rustic Weddings, $14. 5 Lacquered suar wood Freeform dining table in Natural with powder-coated stainless steel base, 12', Artemano, $7,995. 6 IKEA PS 2012 dining chairs, $99 each, IKEA, $495. 7 Handmade jute Natural rug in Ivory & White, 8' x 10', O.co.
1 Custom double-arm branching 6-light steel cHandelier in Antique Black with porcelain sock- ets, Lampcage, $845. 2 Lined cotton Wallace drapery panels in Grey with grommets, 52" x 84", $120 each, Crate and Barrel, $480. 3 Mud Australia large Pebble bowl in Ash, The Salt & Pepper Catering Co., $165. 4 Linen Way linen Toledo table runners in Natural, 17" x 67", $55 each, Love’co Home, $110 5 Siam limited edition lacquered suar wood Kinnari dining table with stainless steel base, 10', Artemano, $12,000. 6 Oak dining chairs in black finish, Art Shoppe, $2,395 ($479 each). 7 Wool Eli rug in Beige, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149.
Our high and low chandeliers are organic in shape yet industrial in material: The dark metal arms resemble branches, while the clear glass globes emulate fruit. Just as no two trees on earth are identical, the branching trend has yielded a whole crop of variations. Here are three that are sure to quickly grow on you. HIGH Eight-light aluminum and steel Bistro Globe Clear Glass in Brass, Restoration Hardware, $1,250 US. MEDIUM Ten-light bronze-finished metal Mid Century Orb, Pottery Barn, $658. LOW Six-light plated-metal Mobile in Antique Bronze, West Elm, $299.
Turning a set of unassuming mismatched glass bottles into a show-stopping display is as easy as one, two, three. One: Spray-paint the vessels a matte black (apply a few coats, allowing to fully dry between them). Two: Adorn each with a black taper candle or stalk of feathery green grass or leave empty. Three: Line them up loosely. TIP Reusing old bottles? To remove any sticky residue from labels, scrub with a dab of peanut butter. 1 Vintage-look glass bottles, $52 per set of 24, through designers, Hofland, $52 per set of 24. 2 Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Flat Black, The Home Depot, $8.
A low-maintenance natural-fibre flat-woven rug is a chic no-brainer, but the winning texture is up to you. 1 Braided wool: A single twisted thick wool strand that’s sewn row by row to a backing has a braided look. Handmade Eli in Beige with cotton backing, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149. 2 Knotty jute: Loosely twisted strands of nubbly jute are woven together to create a knotted texture. Lohals, 6' x 8', IKEA, $99. 3 Fine sisal: Tightly woven in a subtle box pattern, this sisal boasts a smart cotton border. NuLoom Alexa Eco with cotton border in Beige, 8' x 10', O.co, $283.
No matter how delectable the food at your next dinner party, this solid suar wood table- top promises to be the star. Covering the intricate lacquered surface with a tablecloth would be a decor sin, but leaving it exposed to spills and scratches would be doubly so. Get the best of both worlds with a neutral table runner– whether it’s a simple unadorned option or one with subtle details, such as a fringed edge or an embroidered border. FROM BOTTOM 1 Fringed linen Beckett in Natural, 20" x 90", Crate and Barrel, $70. 2 Linen Way embroidered linen Duet in Natural & Yellow, 19" x 67" and linen Luke Herringbone in Natural, 18" x 59", $44, Love’co Home, $44. 3 Linen Way linen Toledo in Beige, 17" x 67", Love’co Home, $55. 4 Stainless steel forks with melamine handles in Brown, Zara Home, $6 each.
We designed a Parisian-style kitchen to please any mixed metal lover. Can you tell which is the high and which is the low?
1 Delta Trinsic pull-down single-lever faucet in Champagne Bronze, Roman Bath Centre, $535. 2 Copper-plated stainless steel Russet measuring cups, Anthropologie, $28 US per 4-piece set. 3 Frosted mouth-blown glass Vanadin pendant lights, IKEA, $20 each. 4 Stainless steel-lined copper saucepan & frying pan, HomeSense, $40 each. 5 Powder-coated steel Karpalund table base (customized), IKEA, $80; custom cultured marble tabletop in Platinum Grey Agate, H&M Manufacturing, $450; supplies, The Home Depot, $132. 6 Cotton tea towel, HomeSense, $8 per 4-piece set. 7 Backless counter-height polished stainless steel Rochelle stool in Gold, Black Rooster Decor, $325. 8 Tarkett FiberFloor grey geo-metric vinyl sheet flooring, Lowe’s, $1.70 per sq. ft. 9 Raised foil-coated fibreboard Grimslöv cabinetry doors in Off-white,IKEA, $144. 10 Style Selections zinc arched pulls in Aged Brass, 4", Lowe’s, $5 each. 11 Stainless steel Catering Heritage kitchen scale in Black, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $40.
1 Waterstone contemporary pull-down single-lever 5400 faucet in Polished Brass, Roman Bath Centre, $1,859. 2 Copper-plated stainless steel measuring cups, Williams-Sonoma, $60 per 4-piece set. 3 Cut frosted glass Stamp pendant lights, EQ3, $200 each. 4 Signature Line stainless steel-lined brushed copper saucepan, 1.5 l, Falk, $255; frying pan, 1.7 l, Falk, $320. 5 Free-standing Carrara marble-topped hand-finished cast steel and aluminum French kitchen island, Crate and Barrel, $1,799. 6 Turkish cotton twill tea towel in Jojoba, Williams-Sonoma, $27 per 4-piece set. 7 Backless counter-height stainless steel Metallic stool in Polished Gold, Art Shoppe, $799. 8 White Oak marble Honeycomb Hexagon floor tiles, The Home Depot, $18 per sq. ft. 9 Bevelled lacquered fibreboard Bodbyn cabinetry doors in Off-white, IKEA, $311. 10 Contemporary 141 PULLS in Burnished Brass, 5", Richelieu Hardware, $46 each, through designers. 11 Vintage-style enamelled steel spring kitchen scale, Williams-Sonoma, $60.
Create extra storage with a stylish free-standing island! Find out how we created the budget-friendly customized version using an IKEA Karpalund table base here. LOW: Powder-coated steel Karpalund table base (customized), IKEA, $80; custom cultured marble tabletop in Platinum Grey Agate, H&M Manufacturing, $450; supplies, The Home Depot, $132. HIGH: Free-standing Carrara marble-topped hand-finished cast steel and aluminum French kitchen island, Crate and Barrel, $1,799.
Add some glitz and glamour to your kitchen with a stainless steel stool. LOW: Backless counter-height polished stainless steel Rochelle stool in Gold, Black Rooster Decor, $325. HIGH: Backless counter-height stainless steel Metallic stool in Polished Gold, Art Shoppe, $799.
Add pattern to your kitchen with two fabulous flooring options to suit any budget. LOW: Tarkett FiberFloor grey geo-metric vinyl sheet flooring, Lowe’s, $1.70 per sq. ft. HIGH: White Oak marble Honeycomb Hexagon floor tiles, The Home Depot, $18 per sq. ft.
Both of these pendant lights showcase classic understated elegance. From afar, the white glass shades are unassuming, lending interest with their sleek silhouettes, but up close, beautiful intricate textures are revealed. So what contributes to the lights’ tenfold price difference? While the Low pattern is imprinted on the surface in one fell swoop in a mould using the mouth-blowing method, each of the indents on the High is individually cut into the glass. LOW: Frosted mouth-blown glass Vanadin pendant lights, IKEA, $20. HIGH: Cut frosted glass Stamp pendant lights, EQ3, $200.
Glam up your kitchen with a warm metal faucet like one of these sleek single-lever goosenecks. LOW: Delta Trinsic pull-down single-lever faucet in Champagne Bronze, Roman Bath Centre, $535. HIGH: Waterstone contemporary pull-down single-lever 5400 faucet in Polished Brass, Roman Bath Centre, $1,859.
Glam up your kitchen with a warm metal faucet like one of these sleek single-lever goosenecks. Go for brass (polished, antiqued or matte), bronze or rose gold. 1 Waterworks Henry one-hole in Unlacquered Brass, Ginger’s, $3,365. 2 Waterstone pull-down 5400 in Polished Brass, Roman Bath Centre, $1,859. 3 LaSalle 8DLAL in Matt Antique Brass, The Rubinet Faucet Company, $699. 4 Delta Trinsic pull-down in Champagne Bronze, Roman Bath Centre, $535. 5 Pull-down Spaghetti in Rose Gold, Aquabrass, $650.
Before you update your kitchen cabinets make sure the design reflects the simplicity or complexity of your kitchen and go from there. LOW: Raised foil-coated fibreboard Grimslöv cabinetry doors in Off-white, IKEA, $144. HIGH: Bevelled lacquered fibreboard Bodbyn cabinetry doors in Off-white, IKEA, $311.
While seemingly a small accessory on the counter, this scale is a useful gadget for many cooking endeavours. LOW: Stainless steel Catering Heritage kitchen scale in Black, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $40. HIGH: Vintage-style enamelled steel spring kitchen scale, Williams-Sonoma, $60.
Searching for a stylish pot rail? Look no further than the curtain aisle: Drapery rods make apt stand-ins. Use clip rings for lighter items and S-hooks for heavier pieces.
Copper cookware is a hot commodity – and for good reason. In addition to its pretty shade, the metal delivers superior even results thanks to its high conductivity. However, not all copper cookware is created equal. Unless you’re buying a specialty item, such as a sugar pan, opt for pieces lined with a stable metal like stainless steel (copper can react with acidic and alkaline foods in a potentially harmful way). Look for hefty cookware, as thickness affects conductivity, with sturdy metal handles. LOW: Stainless steel-lined copper saucepan & frying pan, HomeSense, $40 each. HIGH: Signature Line stainless steel-lined brushed copper saucepan, 1.5 l, Falk, $255; frying pan, 1.7 l, Falk, $320.
An essential kitchen item doesn't need to be boring, or hidden! Find a metal or colourful version to fit your decor and put it on display. What a perfect way to show off your skills and keep your drawers a little more clutter-free. LOW: Copper-plated stainless steel Russet measuring cups, Anthropologie, $28 US per 4-piece set. HIGH: Copper-plated stainless steel measuring cups, Williams-Sonoma, $60 per 4-piece set.
Don't forget about your hardware! With so many styles to choose from you're sure to find something that fits your budget. LOW: Style Selections zinc arched pulls in Aged Brass, 4", Lowe’s, $5 each. HIGH: Contemporary 141 pulls in Burnished Brass, 5", Richelieu Hardware, $46 each, through designers.
Can you tell which is the high and which is the low?
Can you tell which is the high and which is the low?
We designed a casual-chic dining area on two different budgets. Can you tell the rooms apart?
We designed a casual-chic dining room on budgets befitting a diner and a five-star restaurant. Can you tell the difference?
1 Canvas brushed brass 5-light Harlowe chandelier, Canadian Tire, $220.
2 Round mirror with gold-painted metal frame, HomeSense, $70.
3 Antique painted pine Windsor-style dining chair, Elle & Eve, $125.
4 Square lacquered plastic tray in Aqua, Bouclair, $20.
5 Vintage hickory dresser with cultured marble top, Carrocel, $2,195.
6 Polyamide Docksta dining table with painted fibreboard top, 41", IKEA, $269.
7 Lacquered rubberwood Lyla dining chair in Black, EQ3, $249.
8 Seagrass and polyester Sinnerlig rug with jute edging, 7' x 10', IKEA, $89.
9 Lacquered stained beech Norraryd dining chair, IKEA, $99.
10 Blown glass Monroe vases in White, Pottery Barn, $70 US ($40 US extra large, and $30 US medium).
1 Brass 6-light geometric frame chandelier with tapered arms, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $2,670.
2 Round mirror with picture-style polished stainless steel frame in Gold, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $1,650.
3 Black-painted pine and ash Windsor-style dining chair, Sharon O'Dowd, $545.
4 Square painted pine Zuma tray in Aqua Sky, Crate and Barrel, $47.
5 Antique walnut dresser with Carrara marble top, Carrocel, $4,500.
6 Round powder-coated aluminum Beauty dining table with marble top 48", Casalife, $2,198.
7 Oil-finished white oak Edwin dining chair in Black, Coolican & Company, $845.
8 Hand-woven jute Popcorn rug in Natural, 6' x 9', Pier 1 Imports, $260.
9 Stained beech Ironica dining chair in Black, Ton, $167.
10 Milk glass vases, Peaks & Rafters, $75 (large) and $50 (medium)
BOTH HIGH & LOW: Behr Marquee Quiet on the Set MQ3-04 wall paint, and Gulf Waters MQ4-52 accent wall & door paint, The Home Depot; Black bentwood dining chair, Design Within Reach; Plates (on dresser), Speck and Stone.
Our High and Low room sets have a uniform yet collected feel thanks to the mismatched monochromatic dining chairs. The true hero, however, is the table, a timeless Saarinen-inspired piece in unassuming white, which makes it easy to play with the seating combinations to create your preferred aesthetic. For instance, using a single style of chair in contrasting hues imparts a playful vibe, repeating one shape in one colour results in a formal look and picking diverse silhouettes in varied finishes lends an eclectic feel. The possibilities are endless!
Playful: Era armed bentwood beech in White, Red and Turquoise, Design Within Reach, $363 each.
Formal: Black-painted pine and ash Windsor-style, Sharon O’Dowd, $545 each.
Looking to beef up your dining room’s storage capacity? Forgo the typical hutch or sideboard and opt for a show-stopping antique dresser. Built in the louis XVI style, our high option, made of solid walnut, features a marble top and brass hardware. more than just a looker, the practical piece boasts deep wide drawers ideal for storing everything from platters and flatware to placemats and napkins.
Even the most casual dining space can use a little bit of sparkle, and our high and low brass-finished chandeliers deliver just that. Their linear silhouettes are quite popular, so the look is easy to achieve on any budget.
1 Brass 6-light geometric frame with tapered arms, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $2,670.
2 Kichler brass 8-light Erzo in Natural Brass, Wayfair.ca, $1,008.
3 Robert Abbey steel 8-light Delany in Antique Brass Finish, Universal Lamp, $965.
4 Canvas brushed brass 5-light Harlowe, Canadian Tire, $220.
For a graphic element, we colour-blocked the door by painting its trim and the wall directly above it teal, but just about any blue will suit this laid-back neutral space – so go ahead and experiment!
1 Bluenose P2116-03, Para Paints.
2 Baffin Island Grey 6161-52, Sico Paint.
3 Olympic Paints Crescendo D54-3, Lowe's.