What’s in store for 2014? This year’s trends are sophisticated, luxurious, refined yet colourful, with a hint of exotic style. (As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Magazine Winter 2014)

The Midas Touch

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Nothing says luxury more than gold. Whether you are into Old World European or sleek contemporary design, gold is everywhere. Gone are the days of sparkle and bling from earlier in the decade. This luxury is sophisticated, warm, and refined, and the best part is you don’t have to be rolling in it to afford it. Usually made from brass or other metals designed to have the look without the twenty-four karat price, furniture and accessories abound at just about every price point. Pair gold with black and white for a cool up to the minute look, or try it with a more subdued palette for a softer, feminine feel. My personal favourite version of this year’s gold is a finish called “antiqued brass” – it’s soft and understated, exuding all the warmth and luxury without the flash.


  • Gold Bulldog, Front for Moooi, www.moooi.com (Photo by Mike Chajecki)
  • Rabbit Lamp, Front for Moooi, www.moooi.com
  • Royal Treatment Sofa, 1stdibs, 1stdibs.com
  • Recycled Sari Throws, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.ca;
  • Painted Leather Elephant Bank, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.ca
  • Blue and Black Floral Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, Versailles BP 2621 Wallpaper, www.farrow-ball.com
  • Blue Room with White Sofa, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com
  • Gold and Black Wallpaper, Lee Jofa, Ground Works Collection by Kelly Wrestler, www.leejofa.com
  • Cabinetry, Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry, www.bloomsburydesign.com
  • Pink Damask Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, Silvergate BP 811, www.farrow-ball.com
  • Paint Swatches, Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com
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