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Video: Condo Window Treatments -- Drapes or Blinds? Tommy Smythe Weighs In!

Ah the wall of windows. It's one of the more striking features of a typical condo apartment, and also one of the most challenging: how does one cover a wall of windows without it looking like a letdown? It's such a large area, to simply treat it utilitarian-like would be a mistake. But first thing's...

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Video Question of the Week: Tommy Smythe Frowns on Ultra Suede -- Why?

There was a time when everyone went straight for it -- Ultra suede, that is. It was the answer to all practical upholstery concerns. A putty-coloured ultra suede synthetic is durable, hides lint, loose threads (coming off your snuggies and COSTCO track pants), crumbs, stains and dog hair. And,...

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Sarah 101 Video Exclusive: Tommy Smythe on How to Avoid the "Condo Showroom" Look

Oh we're eating it up!  Sarah 101 that is. Can you blame us???  More how-to design with our fave duo is twist-our-rubber-arm material, and don't think we didn't get right on bothering them when the show was just filming!  Alicia and I paid a visit to the taping of one of the episodes,...

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Designing Hope: It Gets Better Canada Kicks Off with Tommy Smythe & Arren Williams

Last night I had the opportunity to join a slew of talented, passionate and fabulous people at Toronto's posh Carlu in support of the Canadian leg of the "It Gets Better" initiative. Originally the brainchild of outspoken sex advice columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry, the project is a...

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WIN Tickets to the Calgary Home & Garden Show!

Last week it was B.C., and this week it's Calgary; time for another giveaway of Home Show tickets! You could win tickets for two, to the Calgary Home & Garden Show, happening from February 27th to March 4th. Located at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, this year's show boasts over 650 exhibitors,...

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Living Room

Sarah Richardson and design sidekick Tommy Smythe create two distinct seating areas that seamlessly mix new and vintage furniture, while tipping their hat to a focal fireplace.


Curb Appeal, Finale

Most new build homes come with little more than a patch of grass and struggling sapling. Sarah revises the front-scape of the custom suburban home with plantings and accessories. A trio of real estate agents tour the home and assess Sarah's and design sidekick Tommy Smythe's work


Master Ensuite

The oversized master ensuite in this new build suburban house is proof that you can have too much of a good thing. Sarah Richardson's challenge is to use the money she and design sidekick Tommy Smythe saved with standard finishes in other parts of the home to introduce marble and other natural stone...


Boy's Bedroom

Greys and blacks find their home in a blank canvas boy's bedroom. Sarah Richardson kicks off the design with a zigzag fabric that inspires the rest of the finds.Sarah and design sidekick Tommy Smythe carry greys into an adjoining bathroom.


Girl's Bedroom

It's a lesson in creating a kids' room that has style and can grow with the child. Sarah Richardson and design sidekick Tommy Smythe use a fun polka dot fabric as jumping off point for a space that is light, bright and inspiring.

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