5 Reasons to Choose White Glass on your next Fireplace

Have you noticed that the glass or metal frames around most fireplaces are black?  Yet, when it comes to mantel designs, the most-requested finish is white.   If you’ve ever wished that your fireplace didn’t have to be a black box, there’s good news — there is now a great selection of electric fireplaces with white […]

7 Ways to ‘Rock’ Your Fireplace with Crystal

Have you noticed that the design world is obsessed with crystal right now?  Even the humblest of rooms are sporting crystal chandeliers and ceiling fixtures, like this one from DVI. Toronto’s streetscape has its own crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, created by architect Daniel Libeskind. (photo by Elliot Lewis) Crystals […]

5 Ways to Use Stone and Brick like a Designer

Fireplaces are a natural fit for stone and brick surrounds, but there are many more ways to bring the texture and warmth of these materials into your home. 1/ In a stairwell, combined with iron railings. Inspiration Photo:  Tuscan farmhouse restored by  designer Mark Long Fletcher, as seen in Architectural  Digest Product Photo:  Erthcoverings Splitface in […]

Designing a Fireplace with Frank Lloyd Wright

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Meyer May house in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1909, and meticulously restored to its 1911 state by Steelcase in the 1980’s.  For fans of architecture, it’s a perfect time capsule and a lesson in Wright’s work. Of course, […]

Extend your Summer with Patio Heaters

We all know how fleeting the warm months are in Canada– this Spring seems to be taking a particularly long time to warm up. One way to get the upper hand with Mother Nature is to add patio heaters to your outdoor spaces. This will allow you to start using decks and balconies sooner, and […]