Author: Sarah Glynn

Home-Grown Decor for Canada Day

    This Canada Day, why not celebrate with a few of our favourite Canadian-themed products? Some of these pieces may not be as intrinsically Canadian as hockey hair, long johns or loonies, but they are still representative of our country, and are available right here in the True North. Whether you’re sitting on a dock or staying in the city to watch fireworks, these picks are sure to infuse patriotism into your long-weekend celebrations.   We’re all familiar with the iconic Muskoka chair, but check out this fresh take, known as the Kawartha chair. Named after the beautiful cottage country near Peterborough, Ontario, this chair is made of cedar sourced from British Columbia and...

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Colourful Cayman: the Summer Collection from Kate Thornley-Hall

    Kate Thornley-Hall, a Toronto-based interior designer, is wowing textile enthusiasts with her new Cayman Islands Collection of fabrics, pillows and wallpaper patterns that reflect her recent travels in the Caribbean. Thornley-Hall’s style is bright, bold and colourful. While some people prefer to live in neutral spaces that encourage serenity, her clients enjoy colourful, vibrant spaces that generate excitement. The designer credits her love of colour to her early childhood. She recalls spending time at the home of her closest friend whose mother, Susan Young, was an interior designer. Young had decorated each room in bold colours. “There were...

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Toddler Nursery Design Ideas

  Dear Sarah, I’ve recently moved into a new home with my twins, Lilah and Cameron. They are ready to graduate to “big-kid” beds and will continue to share a room, but I’ll be starting from scratch with decorating. I’m not crazy about traditional pink and blue colour schemes or “themed” wallpaper or decals. I’m not sure how to give my children a bedroom that feels like a “kid” space while still keeping it fresh and calm enough to blend with the more sophisticated feel of the other rooms in our home. Help! – Chuck R., Toronto.   Congratulations...

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Decorating a Pretty Powder Room

  Dear Sarah, I have almost finished redecorating our home and it really suits me and my husband since we both like classic decor. The last room to be addressed is our main floor powder room. Since my husband seldom uses that room, I want it to be more feminine and pretty. I just don’t know how to do this without using ornate chandeliers and fussy curtains. Can you help? – J.C., Oakville, Ontario A powder room is the perfect space to experiment when redecorating your home. It’s only a small commitment, however you decide to decorate, so if...

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Gingham Style: a Spring and Summer Décor Trend

  I know, I know – “Gangnam Style” is now a little passé, but I simply couldn’t pass up a good play on words! When I think of gingham, I immediately picture one of Hollywood’s most adored characters – Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame. I loved the innocence that was portrayed through her voice, her demeanor and her iconic blue and white gingham dress. Not to be confused with tattersall or plaid (originating in England and Scotland respectively), gingham was first imported from Malaysia by Europeans in the 17th century. The Malay word genggang means “striped,” as was the original pattern....

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Masculine and Feminine Decor for Two

  Dear Sarah, My girlfriend and I are moving in together and have chosen a new harbourfront condo. Now that we are in our mid-twenties and settled in our careers, we feel that it’s time to say goodbye to our cheap student furniture and start afresh. The problem is, we don’t know how to furnish and decorate our new home to be both masculine and feminine. Can you give us some advice on how to make a home in which we both feel comfortable (and grown up)? – Dan R., Toronto.   Hi Dan, Congratulations to you and your girlfriend!...

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Chinoiserie Chic: Decorating the Dining Room

    Dear Sarah, I’ve recently inherited a full set of Crown Derby china from my grandmother and want to redecorate my dining room to complement it. I love the red Mikado – both the colour and the pattern – but am having trouble visualizing it anywhere other than on display in my grandmother’s very traditional dining room. Can you suggest how to incorporate this gift without the room feeling dated? – D.N.   You’re so lucky to have inherited such a lovely set of china! There’s something very special about a gift that also reflects a strong personal connection. This...

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