See How This Abandoned Farmhouse Was Brought Back To Life

Toronto tastemakers John Baker and Juli Daoust-Baker are familiar with the busyness of city life. From running their west end homewares store, Mjölk, to raising two kids under five — their son, Howell, and big sister, Elodie, life can get pretty hectic. Looking for an escape where they could truly unplug, John found a listing for a 170-year-old Georgian-style farmhouse just outside Stirling, Ontario. The two-storey, 2,000-square-foot house sat on close to a hectare of land and was abandoned for eight years. “It was a horror show,” says Juli, recalling the snakes in the basement, the bats in the rafters and the rodent population thriving beneath the windowsills. But John and Juli are dreamers.

Over three years, the couple — along with Studio Junction‘s Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan — injected their distinct Japanese-Scandinavian or “Japandi” aesthetic, while still maintaining the home’s strong bones. “Honestly, I think it was waiting for us all along,” says Juli.

Click through to see more of this charming farmhouse.

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18 Colorful Kitchen Paint Ideas to Help You Brighten Up Your Home

Kitchens are where life happens: family dinners, teaching your kids how to cook, and even tracking how tall they grow on the inside of the pantry door. Transform your family’s favorite room of the house by choosing a bright paint color from our curated selection — then steal even more decorating inspiration from these gorgeous kitchen design ideas. It’s time to get cooking!

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The Best Neutrals For Every Room in Your Home, According to Design Experts

Picking the right shade for every room in your home can be tricky. Neutrals start to blend together and, honestly, is there really a difference between all those grays? The answer, of course, is yes — but navigating how each one will look can be difficult for us laymen.

Thankfully, interior decorators have tons of experience honing in on just the right colors to give each and every room in your house the vibe you’re looking for. We tapped designers and color experts to cast their vote for their favorite shade room by room; below are their top picks along with why they chose them.

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Our Favorite Christmas Kitchens

No matter what season, the kitchen is always the heart of the home. While we focus our attention on other seasonal spots–trimming the Christmas tree, hanging festive wreaths on front doors, setting sophisticated holiday tables, decorating our merry mailboxes–we often forget the space in the home where we spend so much time. In the kitchen, we’re prepping the turkey, baking holiday cookies, gathering around the breakfast table with family. If we are spending so much time in the kitchen, we must make sure it feels festive and bright. Cue the lights, linens, platters, and more. Our collection of Christmas décor ideas will help you make the heart of your home holiday-ready. They will also add more joy and merriment to your home without getting in the way of your Christmas treat-baking plans.

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When you’re a design buff, there’s nothing more exciting than finding the right Christmas decorations to get in the holiday spirit. Eye-catching ornaments, festive wreaths, beautiful tinsel decor, elegant Christmas lights—the list goes on. But while you may be completed focused on sprucing up your entryway, living room, and even your dining space for your big celebration, there’s one area you might overlook: the kitchen.

This year, reconsider by giving the heart of the home the attention it deserves for the holiday season. From preparing dinner with your family to staking out holiday cookies in the oven, there’s no denying that the kitchen is a high-traffic space during the season.

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80+ Christmas Decoration Ideas to Turn Your Home Into a Winter Wonderland

Christmas is one of the only occasions that welcomes glitter, plaid, and twinkle lights with open arms. That means if you’re planning to decorate your house for the holiday, you might as well go all out with well-trimmed trees, elaborate centerpieces, and accessorized mantels. Instead of sticking with the classic red and green, refresh your kitchen, living room, or other areas in your house for the season by taking inspiration straight from these Christmas decoration ideas, ranging in style, price, and DIY skills.

The Christmas tree, while a spectacle in itself, is just the start. Use stockings, wreaths, and garland (along with other festive finds!) to fill the inside and outside of your home with holiday cheer. Along the way, you may even get the opportunity to revisit your favorite decorations of Christmas’ past like Grandma’s vintage Santa figurines or the glittering tinsel trees you grew up with. The end result? These jolly decorating ideas will make every inch of your home will look and feel as festive as Whoville. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of our Christmas Spectacular issuebursting with festive decorating ideas.

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