Thursday, April 19, 2018
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The prettiest ways to arrange flowers this spring

Skip the large bouquet in favour of a whimsical cluster of blooms. Floral designer Alison Westlake, owner of flower shop Coriander Girl, creates three groupings of spring posies to grace your home. No matter where you put them, they’ll be sure to brighten your day.   Vintage charm From left to right: allium, bridalwreath spirea,…

A designer’s kitchen goes from pink and pretty to chic and...

Melodrama defines Christine Dovey’s unique show-stopping kitchen in more ways than one. Visitors to the busy family kitchen of Christine Dovey’s former Oakville, Ont. home might think they’d mistakenly stumbled into a high-end fashion boutique in Paris. The super-feminine space, dreamed up with the help of designer Meredith Heron, had loads of custom details and high-end…

High/Low: cool & contemporary bedroom

At once laid-back and lavish, this restful bedroom was designed on both a realist’s and a dreamer’s budget. Can you tell the difference?   High: $10,971 1 12-light Bistro chandelier, $2,860, unionlf.com.2 Robert Abbey Real Simple sconce, $205, greatlighting.com.3 Striped Accent side table, $799, theartshoppe.com.4 Seagrass Solid basket, $50, eltemkt.com.5 Painted seagrass basket, $125, pimlicogallery.com.6 Banana silk Kahlo rug, $3,845, elte.com.7 Queen Lavato Ungaretti…

Recipe: Radicchio, chestnut & blue cheese salad

Chestnuts and blue cheese pair perfectly with bitter radicchio in this spring salad.   Ingredients Dressing 2 tsp each: freshly squeezed lime and orange juice 1 tsp each: whole grain mustard and honey 1 tbsp olive oil Drop sesame oil Large pinch kosher or sea salt Salad 1 large or 2 small heads radicchio, torn…

Recipe: Quinoa salad with walnuts, radishes & pomegranate

For a hearty side dish full of fresh flavours, whip up this quinoa salad that boasts the perfect balance of tangy fruit and zingy herbs.   Ingredients 1 2/3 cups quinoa 3 cups freshly boiled water 1 tsp kosher or sea salt, or to taste Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup…

Recipe: Beef & eggplant fatteh

This version of the classic southern Levantine dish is topped with eggplant, ground beef, pomegranate and pine nuts, making it extra tasty.   Ingredients Base 4 pita breads, split open and cut into nacho-sized triangles 2 cups plain whole milk Greek yogurt 5 tbsp tahini, at room temperature 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic,…

Recipe: Chopped salad

Flavour abounds in this refreshing salad, featuring pomegranate seeds, tomatoes and cucumber.    Ingredients 1 cup each: diced zucchini and English cucumber 4 thinly sliced scallions, white and pale green parts only 1 1/4 cups seeded diced tomatoes 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup pomegranate seeds 1 tsp each: dried mint and dill…

Recipe: Tomato & horseradish salad

Cherry tomatoes get a flavourful kick with horseradish, vinegar and parsley.   Ingredients 1/4 cup finely grated fresh horseradish 2 tbsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp regular olive oil 1 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch granulated sugar 1 1/4 lbs (3. to 4 cups) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved across the equator…

Three pretty gardens you’ll want to recreate in your own backyard

No matter the size of your outdoor space or your preferred style, your garden can look perfectly picturesque with these design and styling tips. It’s the time of year when we turn our decorating eye outdoors. Whether you have an intimate terrace or a vast backyard, take inspiration from these classic garden looks to make…

Beautiful botanicals add a touch of whimsy to a Vancouver studio

This light-filled nature-inspired studio is a creative hub for Danielle Hardy’s blossoming wall decor biz. Just as nature renews in the spring, so do our rooms. It’s the season of open windows and farmers’ market tulips, and it gives us plenty of reasons to refresh and celebrate. And for Danielle Hardy, the seasonal change also…

A glam bathroom that exudes spa-like serenity

A dated bathroom receives a modern makeover that pays homage to its 1920s beginnings. When style at Home’s editorial director Erin McLaughlin decided to renovate her stepdaughter Emma Peckham’s 70-square-foot bathroom, it was only natural that Erin called on designer and Style at Home contributing design editor Stacy Begg for some help. Stacy’s mission? To…

A fresh and playful little girl’s room

How to create a pretty-in-pink little girl's room like this one A breezy-fresh bedroom built for a budding artiste has lots of highlights, but here are some of her favourites. 1 Let the child's personality be reflected in the room. “Start with your child’s personality,” says Sophie Burke, who designed this artful and girly bedroom for nine-year-old…

A woodsy country home with pops of organic green hues

An equestrian homeowner lets a trusted designer take the reins in appointing her weekend home, and the result is a blue ribbon-worthy best in show. While this rustic weekend retreat in Upperville, Va., is all about relaxing and letting loose, the real horsing around takes place outdoors on its bucolic 500-acre property. The homeowner, an…

A casual-chic Vancouver home with a beachy colour palette

How a 1950s bungalow evolved into a West Coast icon for a couple who wants their kids to grow up close to nature. As a little girl, Cindy Mast loved to run free, heading home only once the sun began to set. Childhood was similar for her husband, John, who spent a lot of his…

An old Montreal home gets a clean-lined, open design update

A modern makeover enhances the traditional bones of this exquisite Montreal home. In real estate, as in love, it's often when you're not looking for something that you find it. This was the case for Sabrina Narbonne. Searching online house listings for friends, she happened upon an inspiring older home in a great Montreal neighbourhood.…

Recipe: lemon tart

Sweet? Check! Tangy? Check! Undeniably delicious? Check! This zesty tart is everything you could want in a refreshing spring dessert.     Ingredients Crust 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed 4 egg yolks Filling 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest…

A celeb design duo shares tips for decorating on a budget...

Insider tricks, trends and budget-friendly hacks for revamping your quarters this season We caught up with interior decorators and TV stars Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan to discuss everything from the coolest ways to update your home to the spring 2018 decor trends with staying power. What trends are you excited to inject into homes this spring?…

The “Masters of Flip” stars share their renovating, home staging and...

What to know about flipping houses to ensure the renovation and selling go as smoothly as possible Kortney and Dave Wilson flip between 12 and 16 houses a year — so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about buying, renovating and selling homes. We chatted with the husband-and-wife team about their tips…

Before & After: A family home gets a modern facelift

A young couple tackles the renovation of their new home with aplomb. With a growing family to consider, designer Christen Irwin and her husband, Dave, sought to upsize from their tiny semi in Toronto’s west end. They were hoping to find a teardown in a great neighbourhood where they could build their dream home. “But…

Mary Tyler Moore would approve of this fun and feminine basement

Inspired by a TV icon, a devoted mom transforms her dreary basement into a dreamy living space for her daughter. Designer Margie Doyle White used to love The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She admired the star’s independence, her friends, her great job and, of course, her lovely little apartment. So when Margie created a grown-up…

An airy Vancouver home with confection-coloured accents

In this bright and beachy Vancouver home, a kitchen island serves as a warm, welcoming destination in a sea of open space. Spring arrives in East Vancouver in a canopy of pink. Cherry tree branches are covered in blush-hued blossoms, bobbing and heavy from spring showers, while hazy willows and whispering pastels offer a scene…

Women in Design: A Q&A with design historian Libby Sellers

Design historian and author, Libby Sellers, latest book, Women Design, explores the world of design and women's place within it. We caught up with her to discuss everything from overcoming gender disparity in the world of design to which female design powerhouses we need to know about. We’ve come a long way, baby, it’s true.…

High/low: Trendy coral living room

This chic coral-toned living room was created on both an aquarium-sized and an oceanic budget. Can you tell the difference? You can put this living room together, even on a millennial budget.   HIGH: $13,702 1 Printing, Pikto, $134; 2 Printing, Pikto, $81; 3 Floor lamp, Shelter, $469; 4 Sectional, EQ3, $3,299; 5 Toss cushion,…

Style destination: Tofino

How to spend three days in Tofino, British Columbia. From surfing and whale-spotting to hot spring hopping and even shopping, a stint in this tiny West Coast town is all about adventure.   DAY 1 You’re here! Breathe in that spicy-sweet air, take in the sylvan surroundings and feel your tension subside. Check into Tofino…

A foolproof guide to choosing paint for every room

Design experts from across the country share their favourite hues to help you pick the perfect paint for each room in your home. KITCHEN Image: Donna Griffith | Design: Orsi Panos Interiors   1 CINDER AF-705, Benjamin Moore. “Cinder strikes a perfect balance between light and dark, keeping a kitchen feeling timeless but still dynamic…
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