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  • Furnishings, like the bamboo and wicker drumtables and stone coffee table are simple and organic in shape. Classic Panton chairs tuck under the dark wood chess tables.
  • Black frames on a white bead board wall display images of Bond author, Ian Fleming at GoldenEye.
  • The unassuming white-washed bungalow with cedar shingles is perched atop an oceanfront cliff that leads to a private beach.
  • Sustainable wood furniture connects the interior to nature.
  • The textured ceiling gives the whitewashed interior a more intimate scale.
  • As the author said himself, “Don’t on any account fool around too much with colours. Keep everything white inside.”
  • Fleming's original desk (the one at which he wrote 14 James Bond novels) still resides at GoldenEye.
  • The villa also features a private outdoor spa bathroom surrounded by tropical foliage, blooming trees and bamboo fences.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA AUCLAIR

Bare Windows

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Who wouldn’t want to luxuriate in this gorgeous bathroom designed by Calgary interior designer, Nyla Free?

Wait a minute? There’s no window covering!

Can you go bare in the bathroom? How much privacy do you need? Let us know!

PS. Nyla, we think the green chair is a touch of genius.

What’s Trending in Baths

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NEOREST Series
US$3000 – $10,000, TOTO
www.totousa.com

The Neorest 700H is engineered to provide its user with an unrivaled level of comfort. The ewater+  technology keeps the bowl clean and hygienic, while the Wonderwave Spray and warm-air dryer keep you feeling refreshed. 

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US$1,200+, Mr. Steam
www.mrsteam.com

Mr. Steam’s new Virtual Spa System makes it fast and easy for you to create and visualize a personalized home steam shower. From the required generator and control components to optional accessories such as ChromaTherapy, AromaTherapy,MusicTherapy, wall seats and towel warmers,  all in a simple step-by-step process.

  1. Enter your shower dimensions and room material to automatically select the right generator for your enclosure size.
  2. Choose a control package and finish that perfectly complements your home.
  3. Select a convenient spa package or items a la carte.
  4. Opt for accessories that will enhance your steam experience, turning your home into a retreat from everyday life.
  5. Add a towel warmer to complete the experience, and your virtual spa tour is complete.

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Jet Set Decorative Stone
Made to order, Walker Zanger
www.walkerzanger.com

The Jet Set collection channels mid century glamour into a stunning collection of intricately realized patterns. Use them on bathroom floors, walls or as a kitchen backsplash.

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Reno

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Kimberley Seldon – Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation
(Originally aired February 20th, 2014)

 

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation:

– A bathroom may be a small space, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.

– If you’re buying a bathtub, make sure you sit in the one you are going to purchase beforehand to see if it is comfortable.

– Collect images from Pinterest and Houzz and then determine a realistic budget.

– Determine which trades you will need and when (plumber, tiler, electrician, vanity maker, etc.)

– Remember to keep a  10-20% contingency fee for unforeseen problems.

For more of Kimberley’s tips on planning a bathroom renovation visit Cityline

Set courtesy Ginger’s.

Peek a Boo Wall Feature

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Drywall isn’t the only option when it comes to dividing and defining spaces.

Check out this peek a boo wall feature we designed to visually separate a master bedroom from the adjacent bathroom.

Our goal was to visually define and separate the two distinct spaces but allow the natural light that pours into the bedroom to filter into the en suite. A simple, cantilevered shelf acts as a dressing table with the addition of a slipper chair upholstered in grey velvet.

 

 

On a Roll… Embarrassing

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At a recent party, tucked in the powder room, I found myself searching for gasp….toilet paper. Embarrassing.

How do you “hide” the extra rolls?  Send us your best ideas and you could be in Dabble Mag! 

Choosing Tile

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Tile can be intimidating when you start mixing and matching. It’s easy to select one and roll with it everywhere. Getting creative with your tile choices will yield a much more interesting base to your kitchen or bathroom, so go on! Don’t be afraid to play with size, pattern and texture when choosing tile. Keep to a neutral palette to allow the tile to speak for itself.

In this bathroom renovation the tile is contrasted with a dark stained walnut vanity. The main floor tile was a discontinued marble that we scooped up for a deal. An offset pattern with the marble created more interest with this simple tile.

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Murano glass mosaic backsplash and shower wall insert fell under the splurge category and well worth it. It sparkles and shimmers from the natural light that floods the space.

 

Using natural materials was the main criteria when choosing each tile for the bathroom. From there we made our selections based on size and location. The end result is calm and serene with just the right amount of interest. A perfect place to start and end your day.

Home Tour with Erinn Valencich

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We loved learning more about Erinn Valencich in our recent interview with her for Dabble’s inaugural issue. We titled the column ‘Swimming Pools and Movie Stars’ as a riff on the Beverley Hillbillies theme song, since her project was in that well known high-rent neighbourhood. Our editorial team was immediately attracted to the interior’s easy, carefree spirit as it seemed ideally suited to southern California.

As with any magazine, it’s not always possible to include every photo in a feature spread. Here are a few of the photos that didn’t make our first cut, but are nonetheless worthy of attention.

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This guest bedroom and adjacent bathroom would be a welcome sight for any guest in need of overnight accommodations. The luxury of bathing with the windows wide open is not lost to a majority of North Americans who live with cold weather temperatures.

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With everything close at hand, the office commute doesn’t have to be a long one. We love how simple, almost austere, this working space feels. Who needs distractions when deadlines are looming?

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Still another room with exquisite views to outdoors framed in ebony.

The Perfect Bathroom

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Everyone has a preferred method of recovering after a long day of work. For many, a steamy shower or decadent soak in the tub clears the mind and recharges the body. Since we use this vital space to prepare for a good night’s rest and to reinvigorate the senses each morning, we asked influential bloggers about their own secrets to a perfect bathroom. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Sarah Swanson from Flourish Design and Style says: ‘White, white and white! Clean, crisp and fresh marble tiles, crisp towels and creamy walls.’ 

Vanessa Francis from Decor Happy says: ‘If you share the bathroom with your spouse/partner, two sinks are mandatory!’

Sarah Hepburn-Smith from Redesigning Sarah says: ‘A good showerhead with adjustable settings means luxury. I can spend hours in the shower and I love the feeling of a consistent, hard spray of water.’

Read the latest issue to find out what other bloggers have to say.

The Luxurious Ensuite

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Extraordinary design features were once reserved for living and dining rooms, presumably because this is where they could be admired. In contrast, today’s homeowner is committed to creating private rooms that pamper, with the bathroom being of prime importance. If you’re designing or redecorating a master ensuite, treat yourself to this well-deserved upgrade.

Richness of Water A revitalizing shower experience is the perfect start to the day. Look for a showerhead with invigorating jets for a rich and satisfying shower. Combined with a handshower, your bathroom will become the most luxurious room in the house.
Axor Citterio 3-Jet Showerhead, Handshower and Trim, CA$3,294, Hansgrohe
Read the entire article ‘Special Design Feature – The Luxurious Ensuite’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Impress your Guests

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Impress your guests by storing extra rolls of bathroom tissue in one of these convenient and discreet ways.

Read the entire article ‘Take 3 – Roll Call’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

 

Shelves for 3 Rooms

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In the bathroom
Convenient hooks hold back scrubbers and drying towels at the ready.

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In the living room
Create a sophisticated display by styling shelves with leather books and vintage silver.

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In the bedroom
Keep styling simple in restful spaces like the bedroom. Vintage tins and milk glass underscore the country theme.

Read the entire article ‘Quick Tip Chix – On the Shelf’ in Issue 8 of Dabble.