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House & Home April 2019 - Before & After: Renovations Big and Small

Each issue, you'll tour beautiful homes, discover exciting new stores and products and be inspired by decorating advice from design authority Lynda Reeves, editor Beth Hitchcock and a host of talented designers and stylists. Get House & Home digital magazine subscription today for DIY projects, recipes and tips on entertaining, and meet the hottest designers making news.

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CELEBRITY STYLEMaggie Gyllenhaal’s historical residence has a stylish bohemian vibe with chestnut floors and a beautiful carved wooden soaker tub.LATEST HOME TOURNEW H&H TV EPISODESGold accents, statement marble and modern furniture give this Toronto home a New York City feel.MUST-TRY RECIPESMatty Matheson’s famous Chicken Soup recipe is here!INSPIRATIONStep inside this cool and layered Airstream trailer from the new book Tin Can Homestead.DECORATING & DESIGNDiscover 30+ clean, spare spaces that will make you fall in love with minimalism.Apple, the Apple logo, and iMac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.Photography courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty (Maggie’s home)/Maggie Gyllenhaal via Instagram (Maggie’s portrait)/by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott (soup)/Stephani Buchman (dining area)/Natasha Lawyer (Airstream)/Angus Fergusson (bedroom)…

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The always resourceful Sarah Richardson proves decorating is just as powerful as demolition in her clients’ Nashville home. Blue dishes and real greens freshen up the warmth of existing tile floors.Designer Shirley Meisels had some fun with a painted ombré effect on her clients’ built-ins. There’s an idea worth stealing if I’ve ever seen one!Like a sudden, intense desire for chocolate, change is something we all crave. The need could strike when you least expect it — you could be cleaning the kitchen when you find yourself spontaneously rearranging a bookshelf or coffee table. (Wait, should that be filed under “procrastination”?) Or, it could be the start of a long-planned renovation that scratches the itch.Regardless of the scale of the project, we’re all looking for the high that comes with…

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SARAH CASSELMANWriter, “Style Files: Shop” (page 19)From interviewing Lady Gaga to covering global fashion shows for Fashion magazine, Sarah’s next order of business is to organize the Lego in her living room à la Marie Kondo. What’s one design update you’re excited to try? Painting our stair railing and newel posts in black — it will look so modern. The paint colour on your wish list is… Mint green; it reminds me of my childhood bedroom.JANICE LINDSAYWriter, “Bright Ideas” (page 48)The Toronto colour expert has previously shared her design musings in The Globe and Mail and authored the book All About Colour. What would you splurge on during a makeover? Money spent on good lighting is never a splurge, no matter what it costs. Easiest way to rejuvenate a space?…

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Your February issue was lovely — but my heart was beating faster at the home of Denise Zidel (“Local Colour”). What a fun place to live! Her tongue-in-cheek decorating style contrasted perfectly with a tongue-stuck-out art piece. Well done, H&H; we need a smile in February!—JANE RIVERS, Rockwood, Ont.For years, I’ve looked forward to reading House & Home. Of late, however, I’ve noticed a trend that saddens me. I’m referring to pony-hide headboards, goatskin-covered desks and ostrich skin–covered side tables. I want to see the work of decor visionaries who promote kindness and respect toward our fellow creatures. Can we, please, evolve?—LUCY COLLINS, Ashton, Ont.I’ve been reading your publication since the first issue. I’m curious as to why you don’t include more exterior images of the homes you publish. Is…

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GOTTA HAVE ITOld-school tiebacks in new, fashion-forward designs are the finishing touch to draperies pulled open on warm spring days.Carolina ombré drapery tieback in Maritime by Lori Weitzner, Primavera; off-white drapery fabric by Zimmer + Rohde, patterned fabric by Schumacher, Bilbrough & Co.; knob, Lee Valley; sconce, Elte; switch plate, The Door Store; cocktail table by Studio Piet Boon, Avenue Road; vase by Casa Cubista, Saudade; wall colour, Hague Blue (30), Farrow & Ball.Wall table, $250; patterned accent pillows by Caroline Z Hurley, from $145 each; duvet cover and square pillowcase set by Moumout’ Paris, $208; solid-colour accent pillows by Moumout’ Paris, from $60 each.Baskets, from $42 each; side table, $150; plant box, $315; Eggshell light sculptures by Kaija Vogel, $1,500 each.Spoons, $18 each; wooden platter, $24; grid napkins by…