Basking in the balancePublished on September 27, 2013

  • LUXE chair

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • IKEA coffee table

  • Ceremonial gold

  • Capri

  • Raucus orange

Balance! Trying to find it can sometimes be a struggle in just about every aspect of life. I'm a Libra, which means I have a knack for balancing. And, although I'm not a big believer in astrology, I like to think I know how to find the equilibrium in life to make things work harmoniously around me.

During my high school years, I basically regimented my eating habits around the strict Scarsdale Diet. With age comes wisdom, though, thankfully I discovered that the most balanced diets include indulging in the occasional treat. Today, we embrace this idea in our food section and hope you are ready to indulge in a dessert - or several - because we have found some of the best that the city has to offer. Paula Roy and Korey Kealey have each created something special for our readers, and you can find their delicious recipes inside on pages 51 and 52.

As a decorator, my loathing for budgets is no secret. But, I have learned how to incorporate affordable décor into luxury looks so that a home can boast an upscale look without needing a mortgage foreclosure after the decorating project is complete! I share this expertise in our special High & Low section, which is part of our latest contest and joint venture with La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and CanEast Shows. The reveal of the High & Low feature room will take place at Ottawa's Home & Design Show on Sept 27-29. So, plan to come out and attend one of my seminars on when to splurge and where to save on home décor. For more info, see page 28.

With a high and low focus in our fall issue, you'll find tips on many aspects of décor, food and style. We have taken all ages and stages into account - moving from the nursery to empty-nesting time - to incorporate standard cost-saving techniques along with luxurious influences. It's all designed to ensure our readers are armed and ready to tackle the fall in the most stylish of ways, without breaking the bank!

Features in this issue also include ideas on repurposing and lavish spending where it counts. This helps to tip the scales in just the right direction to find a balance between timeless and trendy to thrifty and extravagant, for success in your next home décor project.

Relish the harmony,



This fall, décor trends are leaning towards vibrancy, personality and functional style. Seems lofty, but retailers are armed with the products to bring these concepts into your home and fit with your budget.


Vibrant shades of yellow, blue and orange are on the scene. Tone them down slightly to add personality to your walls. Sherwin-Williams' Ceremonial Gold SW 6382, Raucous Orange SW 6883, and Capri SW 6788 are just the right shades.

Occasional luxury

A modern twist ?on the classic ?Louis XV, ?Structube ?offers their ?LUXE chair ?for $79


A coffee table on wheels is perfect for small space décor. This IKEA table sells for $59.

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