Make staying home fun with these ideas from Montreal interior designers

After all the months in lockdown staring at the same four walls — and with the prospect of a long winter doing even more of the same — it’s no wonder Montrealers have got the itch to spruce up their space.

When everyone is at home all the time, priorities change. Montrealers are eager to spend their vacation budgets to create “staycation” spaces, local designers say, and desperate to find room for everyone to work and learn from home without driving each other mad.

“We’ve had a crazy amount of requests for renovations and decor projects, including a larger-than-normal request for home offices. There’s a major demand just to make their houses cozy,” said interior designer Sun Ah Brock of Lux Decor.

Basements and bonus rooms are being converted to offices, homeschool rooms, and playful spaces, Brock said. Existing rooms are being given new purpose: dining rooms become playrooms, dinner

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This Black-and-White Bathroom Makeover Has Major Parisian Vibes

For homeowners Chris Aswad and his husband, Chris Pridemore, their one-bedroom Morningside Heights apartment is their little piece of Paris. The couple, who married in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2018, are avid travelers and self-described Francophiles, and while their careers have kept them in the city, they found a historic property that they could easily transform as an homage to the City of Love.

The home, located in a charming prewar building, already had beautiful herringbone oak flooring, high ceilings, and Central Park views, but it was still somewhat lackluster. Renovations from the mid-1990s made it feel dated and had removed some of the original architectural features. “They were eager to preserve the details of the apartment reminiscent of their time in Paris, while renovating to instill modern, masculine, and functional New York touches,” says interior designer Crystal Sinclair.

Chris Aswad and Crystal quickly got to work. The homeowner, whom the

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Glu Mobile and Design Home Launch Mobile E-Commerce Store: Design Home Inspired

Home décor game brings new savings and shopping to players

Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, today announced that Design Home launched Design Home Inspired, a new mobile e-commerce store available within the game. Design Home players can shop and save on thousands of home décor accessories delivered to their homes. Averaging more than one million daily active users during 2020, Design Home is developed by Glu’s casual games studio, Crowdstar, and is one of Glu’s leading Growth Games.

With Design Home Inspired, we are introducing a new way to express your style, shop and live the life of an interior designer, all while playing a game,” said Executive Vice President Mark van Ryswyk who leads Design Home. “At a time when we are all thinking about our home surroundings more than ever, Design Home Inspired offers the chance to

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Jazz Musician David Brubeck’s Japanese-Inspired Home Is For Sale

David Brubeck is best known for his contributions to jazz, but the Wilton, Connecticut, home where he resided until his death at the age of 91 in 2012 is its own kind of masterpiece, and it is now for sale for the first time ever. Listed at $2.75 million, the eight-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom dwelling was custom built by the “Take Five” musician in 1963.

Throughout the 7.5-acre property are outdoor elements that add pops of red, like this moon gate.

Photo: Kyle P Norton / Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Brubeck was inspired by Japanese architecture after visiting the country on tour, and the residence features a number of Asian-inspired elements including a red moon gate, a garden with fountains and bridges, and shoji screens. The dining room furniture, which is still inside the home, was custom-made for the space by George Nakashima.

This living space features 20-foot-high ceilings.

Photo: Kyle P
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Popular kitchen gadgets from every decade


Kitchens have changed pretty dramatically over the years. And with new technologies, changing habits and evolving food trends, an endless stream of gadgets and appliances have hit the shelves through the decades. Starting in the 1920s, we’ve zipped down memory lane to bring you the kitchen tools that have defined cooking through the ages.



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After the First World War, kitchens were changing in America, Britain and beyond. With more women filling the workforce than ever before, the need for nifty, time-saving cooking devices was paramount. Enter the automatic toaster. A pop-up toaster that could brown bread on both sides at once was patented early in the Twenties and, by 1926, it was on shelves under the name ‘Toastmaster’.



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How To Organise Your Home Like A Pro, According To The Home Edit

Clearing clutter and creating a streamlined, organised space is no easy feat. It’s easy to lose motivation, be unrealistic about how long it will take, and struggle to throw away items that, in the words of Marie Kondo, doesn’t ‘spark joy’. But organising can also be fun and, if done correctly, can change your home and life for the better.

Organising gurus, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, are known for conquering clutter with their unique brand of interior styling. They’re firm favourites on Instagram, they have a great deal of celebrity clients (Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Neil Patrick Harris to name a few) and, if you’re watching their new Netflix series, Get Organised with The Home Edit, you’ve probably already picked up lots of tips and tricks along the way.

But how do you apply this method to your home? Clea and Joanna, whose

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See How This Drab Spare Room Became a Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom

As with most good designers, Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo of Toledo Geller begin every project by getting to know their clients as best they can. When they were hired to design a bathroom for a retired couple in New Jersey, Geller recalls, one of the things she asked was “Where are you dying to travel next?” The answer—Morocco—would prove to be the underlying thread for the entire renovation, which consisted of turning a small bathroom and drab spare room into a Moroccan oasis right in their home—with plenty of functional details hidden under the breathtaking design.



a room with a sink and a mirror: Designers Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo transformed a drab room into a dreamy and super functional bathroom for clients in New Jersey.


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Designers Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo transformed a drab room into a dreamy and super functional bathroom for clients in New Jersey.

The bathroom’s most noticeable element is likely the dramatic arches, which were born of a practical layout concern: “Knowing that she really wanted that bathtub to be the

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High Design Vacation Home Rentals Are Having a Moment

Although many, many aspects of trip-taking have changed in 2020, three of them are exemplified in the McKinley idea. One—guests are staying at properties for longer than ever before. Two—they are opting for home rentals in rural areas (Airbnb saw a 25 percent increase in remote bookings). And three: whereas once visitors were too “out-and-about” to spend quality time in their lodging of choice, now there’s not many places to go besides your temporary home. So it’s no surprise that in this pandemic age, a new trend has emerged: vacations where you can both physically, and visually, escape. Whereas location used to trump sub-par interior design, well-appointed homes like the McKinley Bungalow are suddenly the main draw.

And it’s not just in the Hamptons. Airbnb, for example, has seen a massive uptick in users renting homes for extended-stay “workcations.” One of their most popular properties for that purpose? This architecturally

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$1,350,000 home defines verdant oasis with 60 acres of views


Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs on this six-acre $1,350,000 home selling in eastern Iowa at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Oasis is the word to describe this property. Working from home will become your new favorite choice.



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Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs on this six-acre $1,350,000 home selling in eastern Iowa at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Oasis is the word to describe this property. Working from home will become your new favorite choice.



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Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs on this six-acre $1,350,000 home selling in eastern Iowa at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Oasis is the word to describe this property. Working from home

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Design tips to beat your ‘boring’ home interior

Umay, that nauseating feeling you get when eating the same food over and over again, can also be used to describe your feeling toward your home interior, especially after seeing the same view over and over again for six months. 

As lockdown eases and as people adjust to the new normal way of living, a lot of homeowners now realize the importance of having an interior that’s not only functional, but fun as well. There is a clamor for more “joy” in terms of home interior design as this can ease anxiety, lift your mood, and boost your spirit amid these challenging times. 

Putting “joy” into your interior need not be tedious (you don’t need additional stress!). You don’t even have to spend much or undergo a major renovation just to make your interiors lively and happy once again. It just takes a few tweaks and a lot of

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