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  • OUTDOORLIVING

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    In every issue 8 Editors Notebook 10 Contributors 12 Mailbag

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    HD&R features

    14 Smart shopper Deep discounts and deals exclusively for our readers

    17 Whats new This months product picks and where you can find them

    24 Cover story Designer tips on where and how to shop like a pro

    30 Quick tips Hellen Buttigieg shares simple decluttering tips

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  • HD&R inspiration

    32 Designer touchYanic Simard shares his foolproof rules on the right height for lightfi xtures in every room

    34 Style ndsOutdoor living products that will make your backyard pop

    36 Designer tipsLisa Canning offers the ultimatein small-space decorating

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  • Shopping made easy!Now, more than ever, finding just the right product or service at just the right price is an important part of any purchasing decision. When it comes to renovating or buying accessories, furniture or dcor items for your home, the dollars can really add up fast!

    So where do you shop to get great deals and the best selection? For our cover story, we went to the source the experts.

    Rather than blow hour-after-hour of precious weekend time visiting furniture stores and renovation shops, do some shopping online first. Compare the prices and details of similar pieces of furniture at 10 to 12 different stores in a matter of minutes, rather than hours, and call them if there are no prices listed and get estimates.

    As convenient as it can be to shop online, its still important to be careful about buying goods and services solely on the basis of an image on the Internet or by referral. Try to inspect the actual item before you buy so you can see its overall finish and appearance and measure, measure, measure! Another benefit of examining items in person, avoiding exorbitant shipping fees and being able to negotiate.

    Good luck in your hunt, and do let us know if youve found any new shops or services that you think we should add to our publication next year!

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    EDITORSNOTEBOOK

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    34Outdoor accessories that light up your backyard

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  • Vice-President, National Real Estate

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    Glen Peloso, design editor at Home Dcor and Renovations and principal designer of Glen Peloso Interiors, has been designing spaces for commercial, corporate and residential clients for almost two decades. youll recognize Glen as the host of such television design shows as Restaurant Makeover, Take This House & Sell It and Renovate My Wardrobe, to name a few, as well as from speaking engagements at home shows across Canada. glenpelosointeriors.com

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    yanic is the principal designer of the Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Simard often applies his signature high/low and old/new combination design techniques in developing unique designs. Simard has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytvs CityLine. For more information, visit tidg.ca

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    Winners must e-mail [email protected] or call 416.626.4212 and arrange to pick up their prize at our head office before the end of the month of June 2012.

    Dcor enthusiastI always love picking up the Home Decor & Renovations magazine as there are always such great innovative ideas and products that can be purchased locally. I was particularly pleased to read the article on creating an outdoor oasis. With such short summers, the way the designer portrayed how to create a backyard oasis was excellent and so easy to do. Thank you for another great read!

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    First of all, I have to say thank you so much for a fabulous magazine. Every month I look forward to the new issue. They have given me so many inspirations for decorating my home. May 2012 issue was simply superb. Thank you team for making such a beautiful magazine for free.

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    moveD to actionI want to thank you for the great ideas provided in the May issue article, Get Organized in the Bedroom written by Yanic Simard. I was inspired to create a closet on wheels for storage under my bed, plus vertical storage on my closet walls. This left me with an empty dresser which I have now put up for sale. Not only is my bedroom organized but I will soon have extra money in the bank.

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  • JADORE DCORan insiders look at where and how to shop like a pro

    Consult an expert. Interior designers and decorators are worth their weight in gold and can save you a lot of stress, anxiety and money by using their vast experience to help you choose the perfect palette.

    Infuse some personality and function. A colour can speak volumes in a room and directly influence the ambiance and personalityof the space. Choose colours based on how you want the room to feel and work. Light affects colour, so be aware of how light moves through your house.

    Consider your furnishings. Draw inspiration for a colour scheme from your existing furnishings an upholstered sofa, an oriental rug or favorite piece of art. Its easier to match a colour to something you love than to find something to complement a new wall colour!

    Get inspired. Peruse glossy dcor magazines and designers websites for ideas. Pay attention to furniture styles, colour schemes and architectural elements. Your colour choices should enhance and complement your style and period elements. Make note of the featured brand and colour number, or take a photo, clip a magazine article or bring a piece of fabric to a reputable paint store to have it professionally colour matched to any brand.

    Choose the right finish. Typically, home interior paint comes in satin finish, semi-gloss, high gloss and flat finishes. Semi-gloss and high gloss paints are more durable and easier to clean, making them ideal finishes for mouldings and kitchen and baths. Flat and satin finishes lend a soft, elegant look to living rooms, bedrooms and family rooms.

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    Though not a common item on your shopping list, colour is the most basic dcor essential.A rooms colour sets the tone for the look and feel of the space, and it affects all the other rooms that surround it. Most importantly, colour is a reflection of your personal style. Shopping for colour can be daunting, so colour expert Jane Lockhart offers her expert tips on how to choose the right hue.

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    Consult an expert.weight in gold and can save you a lot of stress, anxiety and money by using their vast experience to help you choose the perfect palette.

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  • Assign a home. Before buying anything, determine where it will live. To keep your space organized, every item needs a home. Save steps and time by storing items in the area where they will be used. This increases the likelihood that theyll be returned to that spot after use. Items used together should be stored together. Create kits for regular tasks like sewing, gardening, or washing the car.

    Use bins and baskets to hide a multitude of sins, but always store like with like. Choose containers that suit your dcor and organizing style. If the bins arent clear, make sure you label them. To maximize space, choose containers that stack. Square is better than round, as you can stash more inside. Keep similar items together to make it easier to find what you need. Before you set foot in a store to buy any containers, declutter first - youll have a better idea of what you actually need (size, style and quantity).

    Maximize vertical space. Using vertical space frees up horizontal space, which is more limited. Add shelves above existing ones, over doorframes and as a border just below the ceiling. Purchase the tallest bookcases and wardrobes that your space will accommodate, and add bins or baskets on top for additional storage. Use over-the-door hangers, hooks, and pegboards. Mount small appliances under cabinets.

    Think outside the storage box. Just because an item is designed for one purpose doesnt mean you cant use it for something different. Get creative. An over-the-door shoe holder can be used in the bathroom to house hair products, makeup and facial wipes in the pockets. A framed cork board with push pins can be a fun way to display costume jewelry cover it with pretty fabric to complement your decor. Stash cherished mementos in vintage suitcases stack several and use as a side table.

    Use the One-In One-Out rule. When you purchase one item, it should replace another similar item. This rule will not only keep you organized almost effortlessly it will make you think twice before you hand over your hard-earned cash.

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    Using vertical space frees up horizontal space, which is more limited. Add shelves above existing ones, over doorframes and as a border just below the ceiling. Purchase the tallest bookcases and wardrobes that your space will accommodate, and add bins or baskets on top for additional storage.

    better than round, as you can stash more inside. Keep similar items together to make it easier to find what you need. Before you set foot in a store to buy any containers, declutter first - youll have a better idea of what you actually need (size, style and quantity).

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  • Plan. Big or small, a well-designed space begins with a good plan. Measure your space, taking note of electrical outlets, light fixtures and structural obstructions like bulkheads and columns. Take these measurements and input them into an online planning tool like Icovia (icovia.com). This tool allows you to insert furnishings, change their sizes and generate a shopping list with exact measurements. Keep proportions in mind when planning the layout of your furniture and dont be shy to take painters tape to the floor to visually block out how your furniture will fit.

    Furniture with function. In a booming condo market, innovative retailers have understood the need for multi-functional pieces to help small-space dwellers lead more functional and stylish lives. Available through VNO Designs, the Lacuna table begins as a customizable piece of wall art and drops down to reveal a functional dining table for five. At BoConcept, a sleek coffee table reveals hidden compartments with functional storage. Crate & Barrels Willow Twin Sleeper Sofa is a compact overstuffed chair that unfolds for your unexpected overnight guest. These double-duty pieces not only work hard for you but look great too.

    Dont be afraid of pattern. I am often asked if a small space can handle a bold wallpaper and my answer is a vehement yes! A patterned wallpaper in a small space can lend itself to a cosy, intimate atmosphere. But do watch scale. A wallpaper with an oversized print may feel too overpowering in a small space. To keep the look cohesive, draw your colour palette from the wallpaper. Add throw pillows in a coordinating colour or paint adjacent walls to complement.

    The 70-5-25 rule. A challenge with small spaces is that you can often see the entire room at first glance. This means that creating harmony and balance is important to ensure the room does not feel disjointed or cluttered. I find an easy principle to employ to achieve this is a rule of 70-25-5: 70 per cent of a main colour, 25 per cent of a secondary colour and five per cent of a surprise colour. For example, light grey walls and a dark grey sofa could be the dominant colour, a black coffee table as the secondary colour, and throw pillows in a punch of lime green as the pop of colour. I find using this principle allows me to achieve big impact, especially in small spaces.

    Three things not to forget. If you are looking to start somewhere, begin with these three elements: paint, light fixtures and window treatments. Even if you have great furniture in a space, I find a home doesnt feel lived in until these items are in place. I often recommend that clients tackle these often-neglected areas before they buy furniture so they do not get put on the decorating back burner.

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  • Finding your inspiration The thought of designing with black and only black might seem a little intimidating, so finding inspiration first to give you some ideas and some confidence is the perfect way to start. Inspiration can stem from anywhere. Watching movies is a great source for me I get a lot of creative ideas from the sets. Looking through design magazines and watching home dcor shows are evidently an ideal way, but even just looking through Benjamin Moores Paint Deck they actually have 52 different shades of black!

    The idea of layering The key to designing with black is to avoid having it fall flat. Adding different levels of the colour adds interest and depth, such as having one area rug lay on top of another. A beautiful 8x10 or 9x12 black rug with a subtle tone on tone pattern looks amazing with a silky jet black cowhide diagonally positioned over it. Another way to layer is with toss cushions mixing and matching different materials such as silk, cotton, leather and velvet all in the colour black looks very sharp.

    Adding a mix of finishes You need to add a bit of contrast with your black scheme so things dont begin to disappear into one another. Introducing elements of chrome, marble and glass will inject some punch and life into the setting.

    Treating your walls Painting walls and trim black is bold, dramatic and sure to make a statement; especially when you experiment and go out on a limb with the sheen. Try painting your doors and trim out in a satin or a semi-gloss and painting the ceiling and all of the walls in flat. You can add even more personality with a black-on-black wallpaper. Graham and Brown has some remarkable and trendy wall coverings that definitely fit the bill, including one of my personal favourites Braille Chester in Noir by Marcel Wanders which we will actually be installing in our design studio.

    Injecting some warmth Incorporating different shades of black can be a nice way of doing this (some blacks are greyer, more purple, greener, lighter, darker, etc.) but if youre still hesitant on the idea of designing with black and only black, bringing in a hint of colour might make you ease up a bit. Navy blue or deep rusty red looks really elegant and classy paired with the true dark hue.

    YANIC SIMARD,PRINCIPAL DESIGNER OF THE TORONTO

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    You need to add a bit of contrastwith your black scheme so thingsdont begin to disappear into one another. Introducing elements of chrome, marble and glass will inject some punch and life into the setting.

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  • Accessories in a room are like the accessories of an outfit. They can change an outfit from a strict business suit to something a little gentler, simply by adding a ruffle or a soft scarf. The same is true of the accessories of a room. Based on the layout and feel of your furniture and fabrics, you can decide if you want the room to feel masculine or more feminine. There is no right or wrong, it is really a matter of preference. I always think it is best to decide on a direction for the accessories before you set out to shop. There are a variety of directions, but in general you can divide into shiny which would be glass, chrome, mirror and high gloss, natural which would be reclaimed woods, leather, ceramics and hand-made items, antique which is self explanatory, or eclectic which would contain a selection of all of the above. Again no direction is wrong for a room, however it will change the way the room feels.

    Ensure accessories pull the room together in a feel and colour scheme you like. When you look at the throw pillows of a well-coordinated room you will see that colours from the drapery have been repeated in the cushions, or colours or fabrics from the sofa have been used to repeat the colour in another area of the room.

    Remember that art isnt considered an accessory but is its own category. The art doesnt have to match anything in the room. A very modern piece would be very happy in a very traditional room. The only requirement of the art is that you like it. The frame may want to complement the room but even that isnt essential. I rarely if ever advise clients on the selection, but have opinions when it comes to size and placement in the room.

    Before you set foot in a store, know what areas of the room you want to accessorize. All too often people shop on the isnt that cute rule, however, and the items selected end up being the wrong proportions or they dont coordinate with each other. Go with specifics. Know that you are looking for something that is eight inches high, 14 inches across, for example, and that you would like it to be something natural in style or colour. To assist you in making that determination, one good way to think about it is in triangles. Accessories tend to look best when they create a triangle either with the peak being far to the right or left or in the centre, so think group of three.

    Accessories are the one element of a room that can be changed seasonally or every couple of years. They tend to be the least expensive part of the dcor, so changing them from time to time wont break the bank but may deposit some big smiles when you are relaxing in the room and enjoying the finished product.

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  • A floor plan drawn to scale is always the best way to ensure proper placement. With that being said, putting the pieces of furniture on a plan will only work if you know what the standard guidelines for placement are. Yes, there are standard and more importantly minimum clearances that will facilitate optimal traffic flow through your space. The best resource for this information would be Wileys Publication - Architectural Graphic Standards - Interior Graphic Standards edition. After 75 years of continuous publication, Architectural Graphic Standards is one of the most trusted and relied-upon architectural references in the design and construction industries.

    Get out the masking tape. You can use low-tack painters or masking tape to essentially draw the footprint of your desired purchase on the floor. For example, if the sofa you are considering purchasing is 72 inches long and 40 inches deep, then use your measuring tape to locate this rectangular shape on the floor and then outline the shape with your tape. This is a great way to visualize the piece and see its proportions in relation to your existing pieces of furniture. This technique also works for artwork and large mirrors. For example if you are looking to create a feature wall with multiple frames in all different sizes, you can tape these shapes on the wall accordingly, record the sizes and feel confident when you purchase.

    The tablet trend. Have your iPad on hand. A digital camera is a given, but the new trend in tablets has taken shopping to a new level. Pre-shoot the spaces in your home and literally bring your room with you to every retailer you visit. The advantage of the large screen and lightweight tablet is easy access. I have used this technique when purchasing carpets for clients spaces, and it also works wonderfully when purchasing artwork and accessories. This really allows you to envision the showroom item in your home and make a decision on the spot.

    Dont be overwhelmed by a brilliant display in a showroom, this may not have the same effect in your space. Try not to stray from your original design style. Just because it looks great in the showroom doesnt mean it will look great in your space. Remember, all retail stores are set up to catch your eye and get you to buy! Impulse is a great business for retailers, so stick to your design style.

    If you question the purchase more than once, its not for you! If you really want to be certain, take a photo, walk away and then see if you are drawn back. Go home and measure, tapeand look at the photo in your own space. Instinct can be your greatest ally!

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    There are many chariTies ThaT will Take Things you no longer need so dont hold onto items just because you have them. If theyre of no use to you its time they stopped taking up your space and moved on to a home where theyre needed. Hold a garage sale if you have the time. The money you earn can go towards new purchases once youve carved out some space!

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    Books collecting dust? Although I keep a collection of books that I often re-read or refer back to, I make it a habit to use the one-in/one-out rule. I love books and my house would be overrun with them if I didnt begin this habit a long time ago. Any time Im tempted to buy a new book, I remind myself that if I do, I will have to let one go. This encourages me to borrow books from the library when possible. (I havent made the leap to e-readers yet lots of resistance there!) I often get questions about what to do with books that are no longer used and are taking up space. Donate books in good condition to your local library (where you can visit them), hospitals or schools. There is even a great program that sends books to troops Books for Soldiers BooksForSoldiers.com.

    Toy toss Put aside time with the kids to go through their old toys and decide what they want to donate. Remind them they need to make space if they want new toys. Drive to the charity together and drop off the toys. Remind the kids how kind and giving their gesture was and that other less fortunate children will truly appreciate their donation. Its never too early to start teaching children this valuable practice.

    Clean out the garage If your garage is cluttered, its a good time to tackle it. Empty out the entire garage, or work in sections (depending on the amount of clutter and the amount of time you have to clear it). Place like items together in categories: car care, tools, sporting, gardening etc. Create a pile for things you no longer need or want. Heavy duty shelving units and clear bins work great for storing these items within their categories dont forget to label. Brackets and hooks work for large items like ladders and bikes. Dont forget to take the discarded items to the dump if they cannot be sold or donated, and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a garage you can actually park your car in!

    Have you been putting off your garage sale? Have you been storing items for years with the intention of having a garage sale, but never get around to it? Pull out your calendar today and book a definite date to have it. Blocking the time now increases the likelihood of following through with it later. Another option is to forgo the garage sale entirely and donate these items instead. It takes several days to orchestrate a successful garage sale; determine whether the money youll make is worth the time and energy it will take. After all, you can always get more money but you can never replace lost time.

    Has your clutter expired? If you cant quite bring yourself to let go of certain items, even though you arent using them, consider packing them in a box and writing a best before date on it six months away. Put this date on your calendar as a reminder. If you dont go into that box again before the expiry date, donate it to charity without opening it again. This provides you with a cooling-off period, making it easier to detach.

    Out with the old, in with the new Is your outdated home office equipment slowing you down? Maybe its time to upgrade or replace it. Or, have you replaced your equipment but kept the old laptop or printer just in case? Take back your space and give your office a fresh start by letting go of the old. Do this and I predict your productivity will increase in the years ahead!

    Having trouble deciding? Clutter is the result of postponed decisions. When you are de-cluttering, make the keep/toss/donate decisions easier by asking yourself whether the item serves a purpose or adds beauty or meaning to your life. Getting organized is not about getting rid of all your stuff, its about honouring what truly serves you and letting go of whats just taking up space. If you dont love it or use it, its time to lose it.

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  • What height is right?

    Pendant fixtures are an all-time favourite because they can be installed in any room of the home. They can be casual or formal dressed up or dressed down. The challenge most people face is deciding at what height to hang them.

    Here are some tips to help guide you:

    Hallway/Entry Especially in your entry, your pendant light should make some sort of statement since not much is going on in this area of the home. This can be one of the most difficult places to determine how high to hang the light since there probably isnt a piece of furniture underneath to help judge the distance. A general rule of thumb to follow is to hang it at least eight feet above the floor. If you have doors that swing out toward the fixture, make sure you take note of them so you leave the appropriate spacing for this also.

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    staircasE If youre looking to add drama and interest to your staircase, hanging a light fixture is the perfect way to do just that. Having plenty of clearance for walking up the stairs is ultimately all that needs to be considered when installing a pendant here.

    OvEr a tablE 28 to 32 inches above the tabletop is where this light fixture will usually hang, though it can be hung lower or higher, its more of a personal preference. Keep in mind for conversation, and for serving and passing food, you dont want it to hang right in your face while seated. Consider mounting two or three pendants above the table for added light and visual appeal.

    abOvE tHE KitcHEn island Whether its an area for cooking or an area for sitting and watching someone cook, kitchen pendant lights are normally hung 28 to 35 inches over the island. It really depends on the function of the island, how the area will be used most often and what youre comfortable with. Again, hanging two or three pendants in a row can look quite beautiful.

    batHrOOm Instead of traditional sconces, hanging two pendants on either side of a mirror looks stunning. Choosing a fixture with clear glass will offer more light which is good for makeup and getting ready, while a diffused shade offers a more ambient feel. The middle of the light component of the pendant should hang at where the middle of the mirror is placed, close enough to the wall so no one will bump into it, but not touching the wall itself. If youre just hanging one in the centre of the room, you again want to make sure it clears the door.

    middlE Of tHE living rOOm With furniture underneath the pendant, such as a sofa or coffee table, dont be afraid to hang your

    light fairly low. Usually the light will be hung over a seating area, which is usually an area for conversation, a spot for reading, watching television or resting so you want to make sure its well lit but not overly bright. I would suggest having this light installed on a dimmer switch so that you have the luxury of setting your own tone of brightness.

    abOvE tHE bEd A pendant light hung above the bed can serve as a lovely focal point for any bedroom. Fixtures here are usually hung rather high so that you dont end up hitting it in the middle of the night tossing and turning or when you jump out of bed because youre late for work. Also keep in mind the sight line if you have a television on the wall in front of your bed, youll want to hang it high enough so it doesnt obstruct your view.

    On EitHEr sidE Of tHE bEd In place of table lamps, I love the idea of hanging a pendant above each side table. Just like in the bathroom, you want it to be hung close enough to the wall so you dont hit it, but not so its actually touching the wall. I would leave about 12 to 20 inches above the bottom of the side table so that you have room for accessories and books.

    side notes Rules are meant to be broken common sense sometimes

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    Its a smart idea to consult your certified electrician before hanging any light fixture. There are codes and standards that are required to be met for safety reasons.

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    small spaces are more and more common with the increase in condo living, and making these spaces work can be a challenge. With careful space planning and ingenious multi-functional products, you can have all the function and style in any square footage.

    TIP #1: START WITH A CONDO-SIZED SOFAThe sofa is often a great place to start when planning a small space, as it usually takes up the most mass, and it is also the easiest piece to purchase incorrectly. A sofa that is too large in a given space can feel cumbersome. Conversely, a sofa that is too small can feel like dollhouse furniture. Luckily, many retailers make it easier to make the right choice by carrying apartment-sized, or condo-appropriate pieces, which are often smaller-scale translations of their most popular lines. And of course, many condo-sized sofas can also be purchased with a sofa bed option to give you the flexibility of creating a guest room in your small space.

    TIP #2: USE CLEAR FURNITUREWhats great about furniture made out of glass, or acrylic, is that it doesnt take up much visual space. A ghost chair or a waterfall table will give you an instant modern update and provide great function while keeping the space feeling light. In condos that have gorgeous large windows, place pieces that are clear directly in front, since they wont obstruct the view.

    TIP #3: WALL-MOUNTED LIGHTINGA layered lighting plan is something I always recommend to clients, but in a small space this approach is especially advantageous. Rather than opting for a floor lamp with mass, weight and that takes up floor area, sconces give you ambient lighting while saving space. I love the architectural detail sconces provide and often use them on either end of a gallery wall or sofa.

    TIP #4: WORK WITH PIECES THAT ARE MULTI-FUNCTIONALIn a space that might be too small for a home office, or a formal dining room, I have some great innovative products to share. The first is the Functional Coffee Table from BoConcept. At first glance, it looks like a sleek, minimal coffee table. But with an easy lift, it reveals a desk-height table and ample storage. Storage will always be an issue in small spaces, so anything that will serve a function and provide storage is a great addition. Another incredible product on the market is the Lacuna table by VNO Designs. This innovative product begins as a piece of customizable art on the wall. With the release of a latch, the art piece lowers to reveal a concealed leg and becomes a dining table for five. For people who dont formally entertain often, or for those living in really limited space, this is a unique space-saving solution.

    TIP #5: WORK WITH SMART STORAGE SYSTEMSGreat interior storage is just as important as utilizing multi-functional storage. Drawer dividers, shelf dividers and small storage boxes are great tools to use to increase your storage space. The more levels you can create within a drawer, the more items can be stored and easily found. I love using small stackable, acrylic storage compartments to divide my drawers. Style doesnt stop at the exterior of a piece allow your furniture to function at its best by investing in interior organization.

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  • peter kHatami Peter is co-owner of Nostco Construction, a design/build, project management and contracting firm serving residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Peter prides himself in working tirelessly on behalf of his clients to transform vision to successful reality on every project. nostco.com

    During that auspicious period between spring and summer, Silvana Longo chatted with peter khatami, co-owner of Nostco

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    Q an outdoor paradise comes with so many choicesfibreglass, gunite, vinyl; the various aesthetic enhancements, pool shapes, salt water vs. chlorinated, lighting options, the latest technologies, where would you suggest is the best place to put your money? A You might hear the word softscape amongst agricultural and landscaping circles being thrown around liberally as a term to define all the live horticulture that surrounds what in our case will be the pool. This includes shrubs, trees, flowers, plants, etc., which in my opinion is the most critical feature in creating an

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    While residential renovation has been overshadowed by the new home and resale headlines, it remains an integral part of our economy as a $66-billion industry that accounts for 56 per cent of all residential construction investment.

    Hows that for attention-grabbing?Earlier this year, I wrote about the success of the

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    Earlier this April, a new B.C. Seniors Home Renovation Tax Credit became available to help with the cost of permanent home renovations so that British Columbians aged 65 and over will have the flexibility to remain in their own homes longer. The refundable credit will be worth up to $1,000 each year, and it will be available to seniors or family members sharing their

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    Originally launched by BILD in the GTA in 2001, RenoMark has rapidly grown to 32 markets across seven provinces, becoming a highly respected brand of professional renovators who abide by a national Code of Ethics, as well as a renovation-specific Code of Conduct. The latter specifies that the contractor will provide the homeowner with a detailed written contract, offer a minimum two-year warranty, carry a minimum $2 million in liability insurance and hold all applicable licences and certificates.

    Simply visit renomark.ca to see if a Renomark program is administered in your geographical area, then use the Find a Renovator tool.

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    for your renovations

    AS YOU MOVE AROUND THE CITY it is clear that both summer and construction season have started its not just public projects around town it seems at every turn but also private residences that are engaged in the renovation process. We work with various clients and Im often struck by how often people say, I wish we had called you sooner. Some people are very accustomed to working with a design company and others have more trepidation.

    Clarifying the process from the start is helpful so that everyone is on the same page. It doesnt matter which company you work with,

    what is important is that you feel comfortable with the person or people you are working with so that you can share your hopes and desires for the room, your budget and have a frank conversation about what is possible.

    Before you get in touch with a design professional, have some ideas about why you want to go through with the renovation. Sometimes the process of speaking about what is wrong with the space will help give your designer some direction. It could be that the room doesnt make sense for your family or it could be that you simply find the finishes outdated and want to reinvent the space to your liking. Once you start the process you want to be able to be an active voice in the process. The designer should be trying to make your ideas come to fruition while offering some ideas and products that you may not have considered.

    I think it is helpful if you gather together a few magazines about home design and flip though them to select some of the images that appeal most to you. Put a sticky note on the page and indicate what it is about the room that appeals to you. It could be the wall colour, the flooring, the window treatments or just, I love the way this room looks. These will be good

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