Canadian design duo Nivek Remas on their latest work and fall trends

a view of a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Private residence in Toronto's Shangri-La hotel, interior design by Nivek Remas.

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Private residence in Toronto’s Shangri-La hotel, interior design by Nivek Remas.

Projects by interior designers Kevin Chan and Samer Shaath, of Toronto-based design firm Nivek Remas , are plentiful and impressive. Their collective design careers span 20 years and include luxury hospitality, residential and retail design, both in Canada and abroad, such as the W Hotel and Rosewood Hotel in Guangzhou, China.

We caught up with the pair to hear about their latest work and what home decor and furnishing trends we’ll be seeing this fall.

Chan and Shaath recently completed a high-end private residence in Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. The owners are very well-travelled and love the hotel experience, so they tried to bring this into their design concept, says Shaath.

They kept the dining area very small and minimal, he says, and focused on a spacious living room and entertaining area — as the owners don’t

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A Hong Kong interior designer made a family-friendly home without compromising on style

a view of a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Mid-century modernism and minimalism commingle in this hoo-designed flat in Pok Fu Lam. Photography: hoo

Mid-century modernism and minimalism commingle in this hoo-designed flat in Pok Fu Lam. Photography: hoo

“The details are not the details; they make the design,” wrote legendary mid-century designer Charles Eames. It is a principle held dear by Yu-chang Chen, creative director of interior design studio hoo.

For his latest project, a 1,700 sq ft, three-bedroom flat in Pok Fu Lam, he combined his clients’ mid-century-modern sensibilities with fine textural details, creating a pared-back aesthetic shot through with warmth and luxury.

The owners of the flat, an entrepreneur couple with two children, aged three and seven, wanted to incorporate their existing collection of vintage furniture and make their family home child-friendly without sacrificing on style.

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“Mid-century modern is a popular style and when you’re designing this kind of space, it’s difficult not

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Fire spreads quickly through mobile home in Vancouver

Firefighters rescued a cat from a mobile home fire Tuesday in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood.

Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to Sky Ridge Estates mobile home park, 13217 N.E. 59th St., for a report of a residential fire.

While en route to the fire, dispatchers relayed that a witness reported someone had entered the home and not exited, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said.

The first arriving crew found a mobile home with smoke and flames visible on the inside and outside; thick, black smoke was pouring from the building and flames were spreading to a nearby tree, Spatz said.

Firefighters doused the spreading flames from outside of the home before another crew went inside and extinguished the interior fire, according to the fire department.

No one was found inside the home, but firefighters rescued a cat and reunited it with its owner. It is

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7 Ways to upgrade your home interior without spending a fortune

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace

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Who doesn’t like to live in splendour? Most people wish to live in cosy, well-designed luxurious homes. But having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight budget. If you wish to redecorate your abode and make it look like a brand-new house, but on a budget, then you’ve landed on the right page. We have compiled a list of ideas that won’t break the bank. 

Upgrading your home interiors doesn’t mean that you have to spent a fortune. With some creativity and good ideas, you can easily redecorate your house in no time. So, before heading out to buy something new, check out these ideas that might inspire you.

Check out the ingenious tricks for decorating your house on a budget.  

1- Proper lighting can bring life to your house. Don’t go for a small and dark room, but an

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Morocco: Wearing a Mask Is Compulsory for Everyone Outside Home (Interior Ministry)

Rabat — The wearing of masks is mandatory for anyone getting outside the home, the Interior ministry said Saturday in a statement.

The ministry stated that “in a constant and continuous concern to preserve the health and safety of citizens and with the aim of implementing all precautionary and preventive measures against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to curb its spread, and following the laxity of certain individuals with regard to compliance with the mandatory measures established for this purpose, the public authorities recall that the wearing of masks is mandatory for all persons when getting outside the home”.

“Anyone who violates this provision is liable to the penalties laid down in article 4 of Decree-Law No. 2.20.292, which provides for “a term of one to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of between 300 and 1,300 dirhams, or one of the two penalties without prejudice to the more severe

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Venus Williams Has a Whole Other Career as an Interior Designer

Tennis champion Venus Williams has a lengthy list of athletic achievements and history-making feats. She and her younger sister Serena Williams are two of the world’s most gifted players, and they both are enterprising business owners. Like other celebrities, they are spinning more than one plate.

Not all of Venus Williams’ endeavors are connected to sports, as she is the head of her own interior design firm.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams | Zhe Ji/Getty Images

Venus Williams launched interior design company in 2002

Williams opened the doors to V Starr Interiors in 2002 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since then, she and her team have provided design services for residential and commercial properties.

While she can claim her sister as part of her clientele, her first project was for NBA player Carlos Boozer. V Starr has also tackled homes and condos in New York, Chicago, and other major cities.

Williams told Elle

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Theory Design creating interior design for Bal Harbour model at Hill Tide Estates


Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi is creating the interior design for Seagate Development Group’s furnished Bal Harbour model now under construction at Hill Tide Estates, a 9.98-acre gated enclave on the southern tip of Boca Grande being developed by Seagate. The Bal Harbour is one of three models available for purchase at Hill Tide Estates.  Seagate’s completed Captiva model is open for viewing and also features an interior design by Ruta Menaghlazi.  Theory Design was named recipient of a 2019 Aurora Award for the Captiva’s interior in the Best Interior Design of a Home Priced over $2 million category.  Seagate was presented an Aurora Award for the Captiva in

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An interiors YouTuber made over her rental apartment into the millennial dream home on a budget

Rachel HosieJul 28, 2020, 16:15 IST

An interiors YouTuber made over her rental apartment into the millennial dream home on a budget
  • Alexandra Gater is an interiors YouTuber with 315,000 subscribers.
  • She specializes in making over millennials’ rental apartments (AKA small homes) on a budget, and one of her best projects is the Toronto home she’s lived in for the past 18 months.
  • Gater talked Insider through her apartment renovation, sharing helpful tips along the way, and the before and after photos are drastically different.
  • When she moved in, the apartment looked like a typical uninspiring rental, and Gater has turned it into a stylish millennial dream home.

This is Alexandra Gater, a 28-year-old interiors YouTuber who makes over millennials’ small, mostly rental, properties on a budget.

This is Alexandra Gater, a 28-year-old interiors YouTuber who makes over millennials' small, mostly rental, properties on a budget.
Lauren Kolyn

One of her best makeovers is, of

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Paint, landscaping and little details all combine to make your home look amazing | Home & Garden

“I love the way our flowers and yard look with the house,’’ Lynn says. “It will be interesting to see how it looks when it snows.’’

Pantzlaff, of Creative Interiors by Libby, says says painting your home can give it a face lift. “Not only does paint add a layer of protection from weather damage, insects and dust, but a fresh coat can take years off a home.’’

Consider accenting the front door or shutters with a fun, bright color, she says, but let the exterior base be something more neutral. When picking a color, consider the color of other houses on the block. “You want yours to be unique but not shout out.’’

Don’t pick your color off a small paint chip either. Purchase sample-size paint and white art board. Give it two coats of paint, and move it around the exterior in sun and shade. “If you are

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Step Inside Kevin Dumais’s NYC Studio

When interior designer Kevin Dumais first opened his own design firm in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, he established his business out of his own home. Flash forward about 10 years, and he’s upgraded to a 10th-floor Manhattan studio. “It’s very refreshing when you walk in and it’s flooded with sunlight,” Dumais says to AD PRO. “That’s such an important aspect of design and interiors and in making yourself feel energized.”

Of course, the six-person staff has spent a fair amount of 2020 working from home, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “Like most businesses, we had to temporarily close our studio in March and our team has been working remotely,” Dumais explains. Now, in accordance with New York City guidelines, the workspace is indeed reopened, but Dumais emphasizes that employees are setting their own schedules and only coming in on a want-or-need basis. “The studio is meant to be

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