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one material, two directions

The oversized island in this Vancouver kitchen needed a large light fixture to match, so a grand chandelier was custom fabricated by Karice Lighting from the same material as the minimalist hood vent. “Using a matching finish allowed the fixture to be a statement on its own, while still being complementary,” says Josephina Serra of Form Collective, who designed the space alongside colleague Lauren Webb. But while the lighting design is a true statement piece, the matching hood is actually intended to play a supporting role. “Though they’re both the same powder-coated metal, the idea was the hood fan would be understated in order for it to not compete with the stone backsplash,” Serra says. And what a backsplash it is: lime-green onyx from Aeon Stone and Tile, a playful, modern take on the marble trend—definitely no wallflower. “We were lucky to have a client who wasn’t afraid of colour.”

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SFU pub to open in the next few weeks

The Study Public House, SFU’s new on-campus pub, is set to open within the next few weeks. 

Unlike the Highland Pub, which closed in 2017, The Study Public House will be run by a private corporation, the Joseph Richards Group, which is a B.C.-based hospitality company that was selected by SFU to run the space. 

The Peak sat down for an interview with The Study’s general manager, Samantha Baker.

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SFU’s The Study is already Burnaby’s coolest pub – and it hasn’t even opened

When I first moved back to North Burnaby a few years ago, I was heartbroken to hear that the Mountain Shadow had been closed down.

I don’t drink, but I do love a good pub menu and a place to watch sports and have a few laughs. The Mountain Shadow met all of those requirements and it was located right in the ‘hood I grew up in.

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Design 101: How to achieve the perfect Feng Shui interior

Does summer have you feeling relaxed? Why not extend those chill vibes into your home. Let us help you with some basic feng shui you can do right now.

Feng shui is based on the simple principle that your living space reflects your life. It is all about balance. The three main energy centres of a good feng shui house are the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom because they are so deeply connected to your health.

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Condo Life 101: Soundproofing

As our cities get busier, we keep moving closer together. And condo life has us packing a lot more life into every square foot. This means that we are living closer to our (often loud) neighbours.

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5 simple steps to de-clutter your home like a pro

Now that you’ve had time to accept the fact that 2018 is truly here and cannot be stopped, why not embrace a fresh start by finally getting rid of some of the items cluttering your space?

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Design spaces in under 200 sq. feet: Your own zen sanctuary

The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be exhausting and sometimes seem like a never-ending cycle. While juggling work, sleep, social time, and life on a daily basis, it is easy to get caught up in it all and rarely allow for some much needed alone time. Something as simple as a space to relax, read a book, meditate, or just enjoy some peace of mind can be vital to your daily happiness and overall self-care.

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Condo 101: How to create that summer patio feel (with or without a patio)

Summer is just around the corner, which means it is time to embrace and fully take advantage of patio weather! However, not everyone has the luxury of being able to enjoy it from their own personal patio oasis, but that shouldn’t stop you. Here are some tips and tricks for creating a dreamy summer space, indoors or out.

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This FLOATING all-inclusive hotel is currently on its way from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii

An incredible vacation property that’s been recently renovated is currently being hauled all the way from Vancouver Harbour to Haida Gwaii. It will take between 7 to 18 days to get there, depending on tides in the rugged Northwest Coast of BC.

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Clean your life up this spring (with the help of these life hacks)

Now is the perfect time of year to clear out the clutter and start fresh. While it’s easier said than done, getting rid of a few things and organizing your home can allow for a clear headspace and research shows people with cleaner homes actually live healthier lives.

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5 things you can do right now to have an Instagram-worthy workspace

2018 is here, so isn’t it time to transform your home office into a place where you would actually be proud to conduct some business? Whether you’re in need of a total revamp or a few minor adjustments, we are here to help make your home office a place to start the new year off right!

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Home Tour: A Kitsilano Cottage Gets an Elegant Makeover

After decades of living in her coastal cottage near Kitsilano, a gracious host in her 70s decided it was about time her home put on its party shoes. She is the original owner of the 1976 abode, which after so many years was in need of an update. So she called on interior designer Lauren Webb to create a bright, open space conducive to festive or relaxing gatherings with friends.

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How to design a cozy Netflix nook you’ll never want to leave (and that’s okay)

So the holidays are over and if you are anything like us you’re ready for some serious down time.

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Home design tips to create a space that's perfect for entertaining on the fly

With the holiday season in full swing, being able to entertain on the fly is more important than ever. We believe in having well thought-out spaces that offer support in creating the perfect setting for your next dinner party or soiree. And with spaces getting smaller, every square foot of space is prime real estate so make sure to take advantage of every inch.

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5 Christmas tree alternatives for smaller spaces

Is your small space bringing out your inner Grinch this holiday season? Does your creativity end at a miniature tree from Costco? We’ve searched the web and selected our five favourite solutions.

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Ideas to Borrow From the Most Popular New Deck Photos on Houzz

It’s clear from their favorite photos that Houzzers are looking for ways to connect to the outdoors. In the most popular new deck photos added to Houzz in the last three months, users were drawn to spaces that provide strong connections between indoors and out, as well as those that offer indoor comforts out in the fresh air and sunlight. Here are seven ideas from the most popular recently added photos, as measured by the number of people who added them to their ideabooks.

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Plan Your Kitchen Island Seating to Suit Your Family’s Needs

I recently heard a story about a homeowner who had a major design regret. During a previous renovation, she elected to put all four counter stools on the same side of her kitchen island, a frequent spot for her family meals. This left her with a beautiful look but turned out to be an unfortunate mistake from a functional perspective. That’s because she now has to choose between having everyone in her family face in one direction like strangers in a diner and having to pull around a stool to sit on the wrong side of the island, with her knees bumping up against cabinets for the sake of family bonding. 

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Interior Design Show Vancouver: What's Your Home Decor Style?

Form Collective Interior Design creates a room suited for the elegantly understated woman. You enjoy simplicity, but still want to make your presence known with tasteful touches of glamour.

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5 things you can do right now to have the bedroom of your dreams

Your bedroom is one of the easiest spaces to totally make your own. With a few easy additions and adjustments, your bedroom could soon become a sanctuary that you won’t want to leave. All it takes is some organization and commitment to make sure your bedroom is allowing for Insta opportunities every direction you look.

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Unbarricaded Bliss

Six hundred square feet is not much to work with, but for designer and homeowner, Lauren Webb, this small space condo renovation was more of a trial than a tribulation. The unit, located on the second floor of a three-story walk-up, was built in 1993 and was in its original condition when the family of four, including two dogs, first moved in. From a design standpoint, the space had good bones – a fact that jived well with Lauren’s forethought for the home. “I purchased the condo with the intention of renovating,” says Lauren, “so we wanted to consider resale value and make sure to not over-personalize.”

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Design trends for 2018

Nothing says home design quite like accents, tones and textures—and all are expected to be a part of 2018’s top design trends in 2018, across Canada.

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Choosing colour of the year

In 2016 it was Rose Quartz and Serenity, in 2017 it was Greenery and Shadow—so what shade or colour will make it to the top of the lists in 2018? And how is this monumental decision for choosing the colour of the year?

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The 10 Most Popular Living Room Photos of 2017

Whether it was handmade wallpaper, a fireplace with built-in nooks or a traditional Indian garden bench turned into a swing, customized touches were key in Houzz readers’ favorite living rooms this year. In reverse order, here’s a look at the most popular living rooms of 2017, as measured by the number of Houzz users who saved them to their ideabooks. Do you see any ideas you’d try in your home?

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5 things you can do right now to have an Instagram-worthy living room

Is your living room giving you winter blues and in need of some love?

As interior designers, we work with a variety of clients to help them revamp the spaces that are so integral to a good quality of life. In time for this winter season, we’ve compiled five interior design tips to help you make your living room your own cozy sanctuary.

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Trending Now: Ideas From the Top New Home Office Photos on Houzz

If you think you lack the room for a home office, the most popular office photos added to Houzz in the last three months might change your mind. Whether it’s adding a desk to built-in shelves, locating an office on a stair landing or finding a nook to transform into a stylish workspace, there are plenty of ways to add an office to your home. Here are 10 ideas inspired by the most popular home office photos uploaded from July through September, as measured by the number of people who added them to their ideabooks during that period.

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Trending Now: The Top 10 New Bathrooms on Houzz

The pairing of white and wood, a popular combination in many rooms, is also sought after in the bathroom. Here are the 10 most popular bathroom photos uploaded from July through September, as measured by the number of people who saved them to their Houzz ideabooks, starting with No. 10.

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10 Terrific Kitchen Design Tips From This Week’s Stories

Find out how to hide a drying rack, choose tile finishes and more

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Creating The Perfect Baby Room

As you have likely discovered, if you are parent, soon to be parent, or like us designing for people with babies, designing a room that both looks good and functions well can be tricky.

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New This Week: 4 Subtle Design Ideas With Big Impact for Your Kitchen

You’ve got the cabinets, countertops and appliances in order. Now look for something to make your space truly stand out

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