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Interior design tips, trends, how-tos and features.

A short guide to using colour in the home

According to Professor Iain Stewart (How to Grow a Planet), we have fruit to thank for the colour in our world, or for our ability to see it. It seems that when fruit first appeared on earth sometime after the dinosaurs’ departure, animals, particularly primates, ate it up greedily, not waiting until the fruit was actually ripe. As a result, a lot of fruit was discarded half eaten, before the precious seeds within were ready to be dispersed. Since seed dispersal is crucial for a plant’s survival as a species, the fruit-bearing plants evolved a strategy to stop the waste: they made sure that their fruit would be sweet and ... Read More »

Banish drabness with Jonathan Adler at the Interior Design Show

Torontonians will get to bask in the glitzy-glamorous aura of one of the biggest stars of the interior design world at the Interior Design Show 2015 next weekend. Jonathan Adler, potter, designer, author and self-proclaimed guru of everything chic and glamorous, takes the main stage on Saturday, January 24. Adler is much more than a designer, of course. To him, design and having nice things are just plain good for our mental health. You get a feel for Adler’s approach to design, and to life itself, just reading the titles of his three books: My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living; Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Happy Chic Accessories: 100 ... Read More »

Industry awards highlight beauty, versatility of wood in construction

Ontario’s wood industry gathered this week in Toronto to celebrate the best in design and construction over the past year. The Ontario Wood Design Awards are given by the Ontario branch of the national advocacy group Wood WORKS! which promotes the use of wood in all types of construction. The Ontario Wood Award Winner this year is a small project compared to other winners, but is described as “difficult” with many demands having  had to be met in order to bring it off. Called “Grotto,” it is a privately owned sauna built on a “remote” island near San Souci, Ontario. Wood is a natural choice for a sauna, and this ... Read More »

Sliding multi-purpose units transform small Madrid apartment

There are many creative ways to make living space appear larger and to give it more functionality. Clever decor and some well-chosen multi-purpose furniture can go a long way to giving a space greater flexibility and livability. Designers often advise those who live in smaller spaces to use smaller furniture, and less of it. Mirrors are good for creating the illusion of more space. And in some cases, as in this intriguing concept from a Spanish architectural firm, the living space is literally transformed into different configurations, with very little effort, judging by appearances. Called the All I Own House, the design, which was constructed in an actual single-story house ... Read More »

Liebherr refrigerator named best for condos

Well-known Liebherr refrigerators and other appliances have won many awards for excellence, design and innovation. One distinction that could be of particular interest to condo owners is the latest: the Liebherr CS 1360 24-inch refrigerator and freezer tower was named Best Apartment Refrigerator of 2014 by In a statement about the honour, Liebherr says that the refrigerator fits the need for “compact refrigeration” in urban areas such as condos, while “maintaining an element of luxury.” The luxury is in the design and stainless steel finish, but more importantly, the CS 1360 has the refrigeration features to make it a smart choice. For example, its DuoCooling creates “optimal conditions” in ... Read More »

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