Sarah’s Style: Decor For Two

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Sarah’s Style: Decor For Two

Dear Sarah, My girlfriend and I are moving in together and have chosen a new harbourfront condo. We are both super excited to be starting a new chapter in our lives! 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 fresh. 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 ideas to make a home in which we both feel comfortable (and grown up!)? - Dan R., Toronto.

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SARAH’S STYLE: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

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SARAH’S STYLE: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

The ‘key’ motif (formally referred to as the ‘fret’) is a continuous, linear and geometric pattern. Although its application is found across diverse cultures and over several millennia, we most commonly associate it with the architecture and ornamentation of ancient Greece. The Greek variation is thought to have been inspired by the breaking waves on the Aegean shores; it depicts a fluidity and consistency of movement suggested by the waves as they endlessly roll back upon themselves. The ‘Greek Key’ was frequently carved into the...

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Sarah’s Style: Femme And Fun

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Sarah’s Style: Femme And Fun

Dear Sarah, I have almost finished redecorating our home and it really suits me and my husband – 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

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Sarah’s Style: Along Came Poly(hedron)

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Sarah’s Style: Along Came Poly(hedron)

There’s something oddly satisfying about mathematical certainties. As an interior designer, I’m often manipulating shapes and solving visual imbalances to create a pleasing result; the geometry of a space is as important as the décor. A quintessential example this mathematical precision in a three-dimensional form is the polyhedron. (In case your memory doesn’t stretch back to grade 9 math class, a polyhedron is a 3D shape that has multiple faces joined by straight edges).

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Sarah’s Style: Zara Home, Eh?

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Sarah’s Style: Zara Home, Eh?

Spain-based Zara Home has been a popular retailer of housewares in Europe for the past 10 years. Its first North American store opened in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, while a second location recently opened in Laval, Quebec. Zara Home’s aesthetic appeals to a wide demographic with its mix of coastal and shabby-chic and a touch of glamour. Yorkdale’s 2,700-square-foot store boasts a collection of home accessories with an emphasis on dinnerware and bed linens. Below are a few of my favourite images from Zara Home’s Fall/Winter...

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Sarah’s Style: Chinoiserie Chic

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Sarah’s Style: Chinoiserie Chic

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., Whitby, Ontario

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Sarah’s Style: Alluring Florals

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Sarah’s Style: Alluring Florals

Flowers may be forever synonymous with Spring but that doesn’t mean that the decor they inspire needs to be “perennial”. Have a look at a fresh, new take on florals – unique, beautiful and guaranteed to bring the best of Spring into your home!

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#trending: I heart you

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#trending: I heart you

For some, February is a month filled with miserable snow shovelling and traffic nightmares. For others, February offers a fun and flirty excuse to indulge in some yummy treats and spend time with their special someone. Valentine’s Day has always been a favourite of mine. I can still remember my mother teaching me how to make heart-shaped valentines when I was in junior kindergarten. Now, whether I draw a little heart on a note or wear a heart-embellished sweater, hearts always bring a smile to my face – and let’s be honest,...

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#trending: Tortoise Wins the Race

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#trending: Tortoise Wins the Race

Authentic tortoise shell was widely popularized centuries ago, often found in applications of hair accessories such as combs. The shells of the hawksbill sea turtle, indigenous to the waters near the equator, were used for their stunning patterns of copper and blonde tones. The high demand for the shells grew to the point where in the mid 1970s, the hawksbill sea turtle was categorized as an endangered species and the hunting of such became illegal. However, since the tortoise shell pattern remained so popular, synthetic materials were...

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Ready, Set – Decor!: New Girl

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Ready, Set – Decor!: New Girl

Ok, I’ll admit it – I have a bit of a girl-crush on Zooey Deschanel. In fact, have  admired her since I saw Elf , for the first time, when it hit theatres back in 2003. (Did I just admit to another embarrassment?) Now, almost 10 years later, Deschanel has captured audiences everywhere as the irrepressible Jess, on the hit show New Girl. The majority of scenes are set  in an LA loft where Jess and her three male roommates live. Each of the guys has a very distinct personality,  a fact which Set Decorator, Jane Shirkes and...

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