I love renovation and welcome change with my often-heard saying, "out with the old - in with the new." Although it doesn't sound very environmentally friendly - rest assured I always incorporate a little reduce, reuse and recycle, along with renewing, into my projects.
I was particularly enthusiastic when Catherine Clark brought Helping with Furniture to my attention for our Giving Back column (pg. 45). The idea of making good use of someone else's no longer-needed furniture was appealing. I have always been generous with my gently-used cast-offs - just ask my friends who eagerly ask when I plan to re-do a room. But, sorry friends, I just might get more charitable next time I get a whim to bring in some new furnishings . . .
Of course, our renovation issue is timed on purpose with spring, the season of renewal. We are all so ready for spring to arrive, who even remembers whether this past winter was a long or cold one? Let's move on! I know exactly what trends my closet is calling for this season, thanks to Vera Cody's interview with Canadian style icon Lisa Tant (pg. 26). Lisa transferred her strength and resilience as a child, together with determination through self-discovery, into an admirable career that has earned her tremendous respect within the fashion industry. So, when she tells us to wear pink, we listen!
This issue allowed us the opportunity to meet people whose work challenges them every day as their clients strive to fight for their lives. We took our Inspiring Projects feature to 4 North, the oncology ward at CHEO, to show their vibrant renovation (pg. 20). The work of our photographer Mark Holleron always impresses me, but with this particular feature I felt privileged to watch him gently interact with the children and their parents to respectfully capture moments that were authentic, while equally capturing their essence.
The key to success in life is capturing the essence of your personal authenticity. The goal of designers, renovators, contractors and architects is to do this for their clients who seek to live in a space that feels right for them. Each of our renovation features addresses this. May you feel inspired by the work that has been revealed inside the pages of our spring issue.
Rejoice in renewal!
An easy way to liven up décor is by adding a pop of colour through accessories. The Robert Abbey Delta table lamp comes in a variety of colours. Find it at The Modern Shop on Sussex Drive.
A classic ikat pattern with global inspirations and a traditional graphic print with an edge, in this year's Pantone colour of the year, radiant orchid. Both from Lûxe Home Interiors.
White and black for the bathroom is a classic and right on trend. This subtly textured, glazed enamel, hexagonal tile comes in four colours. It has an eco-friendly flavor with up to 47 per cent of recycled content. Find it at Céragrès.