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Tommy Smythe and Friends Host Amazing Design Auction, May 29th

Tommy Smythe; still from DX auction promotional video (see below). You guys! Here's a chance to witness Tommy's sharp wit and dapper bowtie - I know he's wearing a regular tie in that photo, how dare he? -- in person at the first-ever Design Exchange auction in Toronto, Friday, May 29th....

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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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The Stars of Our New Series “Home To Win” Have Been Announced

 We are proud to say that HGTV Canada and Architect Films have broken ground on a new original series titled Home to Win, slated to premiere in Spring 2016. Hosted by ET Canada's Sangita Patel, we are excited to announce that 20 of your favourite HGTV Canada stars will also be involved. Whom...

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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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5 Kitchen Trends on the Rise

In the past twenty years or so the kitchen has become the centre of the home. This room has grown from a perfunctory space to an all-out eating, cooking, dining and communication hub. It's no wonder that Canadians spend more money on kitchen renovations than any other space in their home. If you're...

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Mothers Day Giveaway: Designer Limited Edition Tea Towels!

Ooooo this is exciting! The Bay has collaborated with three of Canada's top home decor and textile designers for this limited edition collection of tea towels. As you may or may not know, we here on are great fans of affordable artwork, and as such, love to frame tea towels! Though since...

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