DIY: Wheat Sheaf Wreath – House & Home


A definitive sign of fall, the wheat wreath dates back to ancient eastern European harvests, when the last sheaves were tied into crowns worn by the local beauties. Hang one on your door to welcome the season. You can purchase one or create your own DIY version! It’s easier than you think.

What you’ll need:

  • Wire wreath form
  • Paddle wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 100-200 steams of wheat (available through Etsy)

How-to:

  1. Divide wheat into smaller bundles that vary in length for a more organic look (about 10-20 per bundle). You can trim the bottom of each stem slightly, but be sure to leave enough so it peeks through (see photo) for a more voluminous look.
  2. Wrap each bundle in paddle wire, then attach around the wreath form, making sure they are slightly angled from one another.
  3. Once the whole wreath is filled, tie the paddle wire one last time around the wreath and cut off any excess wire.
  4. Hang the wreath on your front door, lean it against a fireplace mantel or place it on an empty wall that needs some seasonal sprucing.

Author: Kimberley Brown & Victoria Christie

Photographer:

Courtesy of Wills & Prior



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Ask A Designer: How To Create A Chic & Cheery Home Office


In this Ask A Designer column, Stacy Begg shares her advice for breathing new life into your WFH space.

Question: With my husband and I home full time due to COVID-19, we’ve found it a challenge to work in the same room. I’d like to move my office to the back room and make it a place I look forward to spending time in. How should I set it up?  Lorraine, Kingston, Ontario

Answer: This room has great space and, thanks to two windows, lots of natural light, like designer Francesca Albertazzi’s own workspace (below). I would start by painting the walls white to take advantage of the light. I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White or Chantilly Lace in a matte finish.

To add visual interest and a pop of color, wallpaper the wall you see upon entering the room in a bright and cheerful wallpaper like Farrow & Ball’s Wisteria.

(Source: Wisteria BP 2212 Wallpaper, $295/roll, farrow-ball.com)

Next, head to your local big-box store for in-stock base cabinets and storage for files. Run them down the long wall and, if you’re ready to splurge, top the cabinets with a luxe, solid-surface material.

(Source: 5151 Empira White Surface, $80/sq.ft., caesarstone.ca)

Or, for a more budget-friendly option, try laminate.

(Source: Galant Storage Combination with Filing in White, $409, ikea.com)

Place a large table in the center of the room; run it lengthwise in the same direction as the cabinet wall. This will give you lots of room for your laptops and monitor.

(Source: Hamburg Solid Acacia Wood Dining Table, $449, structube.com)

Add a rug underneath to warm up the space and provide some texture. How about a fun plaid? Don’t be afraid to mix your patterns! Consider carpet tiles: they’re a clever way to build a custom-size rug.

(Source: Scottish Sett Carpet Floor Tile in Linen, approx. $27/tile, flor.com)

I love the classic ’60s Eames office chair in leather and, today, you can find great reproductions.

(Source: Shirel Office Chair in White, $89, structube.com)

For more seating and a touch of contrast, add a couple of clean-lined guest chairs in black.

(Source: Bergamo Guest Chair in Black, $265, smartideachairs.com)

A simple white barn-style fixture will illuminate your desk, as well as the eye-catching wallpaper.

(Source: Helena Pendant in White with Silver by Kuzco Lighting, $242, robinsonco.ca)

Then, to finish the look, hang graphic black-framed art and pin boards above the run of cabinets.

(Source: Mid-Post IV Framed Print, $179, willsandprior.com)

You’re going to love your beautifully decorated home office — and, look out, your husband may want to join you there, too!

Do you have a design dilemma? Send your questions to askadesigner@hhmedia.com.



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Ask A Designer: How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Nature-Inspired Retreat


In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper shares her easy and affordable tips for creating a relaxing respite.

Question: We’re looking to decorate our bedroom with a nature theme. What do you think of a leaf- or birch tree–print wallpaper, and what colors would you recommend?  Gen, Toronto

Answer: Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add interest in a room and address large expanses of wall. Take inspiration from this beautiful bedroom designed by Jennifer Morrison of Morrison Design House.

Here’s what I suggest to get a similar look:

Paper all the walls for an enveloping, cohesive feel. This forest-print paper by Lewis & Wood has a depth that will make your room feel more expansive, and the soothing gray and blue tones won’t overwhelm. (Wallpapering behind the bed will also help camouflage the small off-center window.)

(Source: Bosky Wallpaper in Blue Yonder, approx. $156/yd. (approx. $11.80/sq.ft.), available through Kravet Canada or lewisandwood.co.uk)

(Source: Albero Duck Egg Wallpaper, approx. $198/roll (approx. $3.50/sq.ft.), grahambrown.com)

Get a louvered shutter for the small window, and paint it the background color of your wallpaper (like Benjamin Moore’s Serenata) so it blends in to the wall. Dress up the large window with drapery that has an embroidered medallion motif. The small-scale pattern will work perfectly with tree-themed wall coverings.

(Source: Aubrey Blue Embroidered Curtain Panel, starting at $170, crateandbarrel.ca)

Paint your ceiling and crown molding a pale blue pulled from the wallpaper and choose a bedding set in a similar tone.

(Source: Linen Duvet Covers in Mist, $330, flaxsleep.com)

Add a couple of shams in a small-scale pattern…

(Source: Kiska Textiles Pillow Case in Filigree Sky/Indigo, $85, shophouseandhome.com)

…and layer on a cozy throw.

(Source: Nao Throw in Soft Grey, $30, shophouseandhome.com)

Update your nightstands with brighter, wood-toned versions. The legs will lift the furniture off the floor and make the space feel airier.

(Source: Kabbann Acacia Wood Bedside Table, $229, structube.com)

Add textured, white ceramic lamps on the nightstands that play on a leaf pattern.

(Source: Textured Ceramic Table Lamp, $80, bouclair.com)

Swap out your flush-mount light fixture (not visible) for a rattan pendant to bring in even more warmth.

(Source: Teresa Pendant Light, $102, vdevmaison.com)

With these updates, you’ll have a serene bedroom retreat that’s perfect for relaxing in and catching some zzz’s.

Do you have a design dilemma? Send your questions to askadesigner@hhmedia.com.



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See How A Serene Palette & Soaker Tub Create A Spa-Like Principal Bathroom


“Who doesn’t love relaxing in a big tub after a long day?” says Toronto designer Shauna Walton, who was enlisted to give this 110-square-foot principal bedroom a much-needed facelift. The young homeowners, who had just bought their forever home, wanted to update the dark space with fresh, minimalist finishes.

This spa-like space features a host of self-care amenities including a generous 94-inch-wide vanity complete with custom dividers for one client’s blow-dryer and curling iron, and a gorgeous freestanding tub. A delicate seeded eucalyptus sprig adds to the zen vibe. “We went with neutrals and natural materials to keep it calming and coordinate with the rest of the house,” says Shauna of the serene palette. “Less is more when creating timeless, restful spaces.”

She removed a huge built-in Jacuzzi tub, making room for a larger stand-alone shower, then added a stunning feature wall behind the new tub with herringbone-patterned marble tile and a ledge for art and bubble bath.

How They Did It

  • Neutral palette with hits of nickel, brass and black
  • Dramatically veined Statuario marble floor tile
  • Graphic abstract art
  • Herringbone-pattern Dolomite tile and niche in shower
  • Simple striped towels



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Take A Peek Inside This Hotel-Inspired Bathroom With Daring Design


Designers Cindy Bleeks and Erin Feasby gave this once-dated principal bathroom the hotel-style treatment their clients were craving. “It’s the perfect combination of luxurious, timeless, urban and cool,” says Erin. Not only did the designers bring in a statement shower with a wall framed in black steel, but they also shifted the doorway to make the 96-square-foot space more usable, added a built-in armoire for towel storage and sourced a furniture-inspired vanity to complement the adjoining bedroom. “The bathroom feels like an extension of the bedroom when the doors are open,” says Erin.

A Crema Delicato marble counter coordinates with white marble floor and shower tile, while a single sink and wall-mounted faucet maximize space on the counter. The end result has a cozy, curated feel, and the clients agree. “They said, ‘Everyone wants their bathroom to feel like a hotel, but I’ve yet to find a hotel bathroom as gorgeous as ours!’” reports Erin.

How They Did It

  • Graphic color palette enlivened with a colorful rug
  • Dramatic black-framed shower wall
  • Furniture-inspired vanity
  • Luxe, coordinating marble counter and floor tile
  • Additional built-in storage unit for towels

Author: Harleen Sidhu

Photographer:

Mark Burstyn

Source:

House & Home June 2020

Designer:

Cindy Bleeks & Erin Feasby, Feasby & Bleeks Design



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