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)

World Traveler

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While the “Global Village” keeps getting smaller, our access to design from around the world keeps growing. With the explosion of the cottage craft industry and easy access to global markets, textiles, furniture and tableware from skilled artisans around the world, they are finding their way into our homes. Many of these pieces are handmade using Old World techniques, sustainable materials and fair trade business practices. The result is an interesting, colourful and eclectic look with a worldly feel and a story lingering behind each piece. Even if you never leave the country, your home can look like you’ve traveled the world. Keep this look from feeling cluttered with a simple white backdrop and frequently curate your collection.


  • 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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