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Save the Day for the 10th FABplus Seminars on May 7th
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This is our anniversary for FAB-u-l-o-u-s Seminars on Wednesday, May 7th 10 AM to 3 PM at DW, Resource Center, 168 Bedford Road, Toronto – Register TODAY

9:30 AM Registrations with Coffee
10:00 AM New Alternative for Floors & Walls presented by hands-on PRO specialists in decorative wall & floor finishes for Commercial & Residential applications, IN2WALLS
10:45 AM Feng Shui Decorating by Feng Shui Real Estate practitioner and Speaker Gayle Smith
11:30 AM The Drapery Den: ONLINE Detailed Drapery Service for Residential & Commercial Clients. HandsOn advice based on your customer's project, assistance with proportion size, calculation of fabrics, estimates preferences of HW, finished sizes to order, and much more
12:15Anniversary Lunch
1:00 Judit Gueth Design introducing her new wallpaper collection printed using HP Latex printing technologies. All wallcoverings are available in custom colours.
1:45 Last but not Least- Special Guest Speaker Barbara Aleks Hecht, Business Owner of Hot Chicks with Style. Certified Image Consultant and Personal Stylist since 2008, Barbara has been helping men and women look their absolute best and gain the confidence they need to succeed in both their personal and professional lives.
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5 eye-popping decor trends this spring
The Globe and Mail
The swing this spring to lush, unmuted colours is just one part of the decorative story. Equally important: how you use (and maybe even abuse) them. In the field of hotel design, a reliable influence on residential looks, the penchant for exuberantly shaded palettes expressed in a riot of prints, patterns and pairings has been strong for some time now.
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Fashion meets furniture
Montreal Gazette
She's the queen of the Montreal fashion design scene, and now Marie Saint Pierre is branching further into furniture design. After creating home accessories for the Le Germain hotel group and dabbling in furniture design with giant beanbag poufs, Saint Pierre has launched a line of modern, modular upholstered pieces, angular metal tables and shelves, and accessories in collaboration with Meubles Re-No, a family-run furniture store founded in 1961.
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Porcelain tiles more versatile, durable than ceramic
Toronto Star
The past decade has seen many beautiful additions to flooring products. The traditional quarried stones — granite, marble, and slate have been made more affordable by manufacturing stone veneers. You have the look and feel without the weight. This transition to veneer is gaining popularity as the manufacturing processes become more skilled, combining man-made and stone strata. Imaginative applications in colour and pattern offer us a rich design palette with which to work.
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Bold interiors by top designers inspire 'Decorate Fearlessly'
New York Post
Design aficionado and author Susanna Salk believes that decorating is the one place where copying is acceptable. "I've never duplicated something without feeling rewarded," she says. For her eighth book, Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces,' Salk has assembled the work of 83 design luminaries to offer readers a wealth of decorating inspiration — from modern to traditional, casual country to city chic.
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Home decor heroes: 4 key designers to watch
The Globe and Mail
Färg Blanche: During Stockholm Design Week in February, Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche invited guests to their studio for a reception that included a showing of Longing to Fly, Longing to Fall, an art film consisting of seemingly weightless dancers posing on and tumbling off their furniture. As hypnotic as it was, the movie struggled for the attention of attendees with the actual pieces in the space.
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The question of taste
The New York Times
What is it about taste? A sort of defensive look crosses many people's faces when they hear the very word. If good taste is mentioned, often the reaction of sophisticates is a counterintuitive: "Oh, yuck." And if bad, it often yields defiant admiration: "Well, I love a bit of bad taste, actually." Do they? Don't they really mean they desire something with guts? Gusto, after all, in Italian, means taste, goût to the French.
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New Italian porcelain collection by ErthCOVERINGS

The new Memento Collection by ErthCOVERINGS is full-bodied porcelain, pre-sealed and ready for installation. With a timeworn natural stone look and feel, it is suitable for both interior & exterior applications. Designed in collaboration with Italian stone artisan Giovanni Barbieri, it is available now in 4 colours and 3 styles.
 


Victorian garden style for today's spaces, indoors and out
Times Colonist
Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements with a Victorian vibe, says Tom Mirabile, a trend watcher for Lifetime Brands. The appeal lies largely in the era's garden-as-haven esthetic, he says.
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Explore brutalism's gentler side with these 6 pieces
The Globe and Mail
Even if the phrase is unfamiliar, many Canadians know, although don’t necessarily love, brutalist architecture. The often-maligned style was popular from the 1950s to the early 1980s, with famous (and infamous) landmarks in major cities across the country. The aesthetic also spawned a parallel furniture movement, with tables, chairs and sofas that echoed the architecture's bold, overscaled geometries and rough-hewn finishes.
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The right rug can make the room spacious or snug
The Wall Street Journal
When trying to create drama in a room, don't overlook the secret weapon at your feet—the rug. "When you're choosing a rug, you're creating a personal atmosphere in the room," says Suzanne Sharp, creative director of London-based The Rug Company. Before making a choice, Sharp first looks at "what is this room being used for, who's in it, how much light a room has — that makes a big difference."
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Go early, bring cash, and other tips for flea-market shoppers of home decor
Times Colonist
The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.

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Interior design trends for spring/summer 2014
DESIblitz
With daylight hours increasing, this is certainly a great time of the year to combat those neglected interior spaces and outdoor living areas. Transform, update or simply inject spaces with pops of energetic hues. Surprisingly, a few cost effective modifications can really change your lifestyle and perception of an interior space, it need not be a painless process.

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Know your decor terms: 'What's the Difference?'
The Huffington Post
Think you know your interior design terms? Recently on Cityline I decided to play a little game of 'What's The Difference?,' showing the subtle distinctions between words we use every day — and even I learned a thing or two! For a quick brush-up on your vocabulary, with some practical design tips along the way, here's that game of "WTD?" so you can play along at home.

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Prepping your design conversation
By Michael J. Berens
Clients today are more demanding than ever. They think they have all the answers because they have done some searching on the Internet and watched a bit of design TV. They comparison shop right before your eyes, using their tablets and smartphones. They want to nickel and dime every product and service. They don't value your design experience or expertise. Some designers dread calling on new clients because they feel they are walking into an ambush. No one should have to work that way. And you don't have to.
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