House & Home Design Contest 2010

August 24, 2010

Canadian House & Home (a lovely magazine that I miss since moving to the other side of the world!) is hosting their annual Design Contest once again. This is one winning entry from last year that I loved – the bathroom is gorgeous, don’t you think? I adore the graphic floral wallpaper in black and white, so fresh and clean, with that red chair adding just the perfect bit of color to break things up. It’s a truly lovely space. And the tub! Oh how nice to paint it black and to use those gorgeous tiles on the floor. I think the bathroom is the one room in the house that I don’t mind looking absolutely catalog-perfect. I don’t know, I expect other rooms in the house to feel lived-in, but the bathroom I always expect to be simple, clean, spa-like and styled perfectly. I don’t like a lot of clutter in a bathroom, less is more! That is why this space appeals to me.

House & Home Design Contest 2010

If you feel you have what it takes to enter their design contest this year, why not click here to learn more about it and to see what you could win. Go for it, why not? You may walk away with a nice prize and a feature in their smart magazine.

House & Home Design Contest 2010

Simply take a photo of any space you have renovated or decorated yourself and enter it into any of the six categories that it would fit in — like the best use of color, kitchen, best budget style, small space, best house and best decorating, Remember, read the contest rules first and note: you must enter and submit your photos online by October 13th and the contest is open to only residents of Canada. That means the rest of us have to simply wish our Canadian friends the best of luck and wait for the big reveal online! Until then, here are some more smart rooms from the magazine that I found interesting enough to share today. Do any of these rooms speak to you?

House & Home Design Contest 2010

House & Home Design Contest 2010

Bold never grows old, does it? Above I’m seeing a little Palm Beach, a little Morocco, some coastal blues, and some over the top graphics. It’s all so, so good.

Do you ever watch House & Home TV online? It’s great, especially when you don’t have design television (me!) and only have the web to turn to for design programs. I love their design editor and host Cameron MacNeil — I’ve followed his work for years now since he was super young and love watching him now on video, he’s even better than I had imagined!

(images: house & home)


  • Reply Brigitte August 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I was all set to enter…until I saw the Canadian requirement. Poop. ;)

  • Reply Lulu24 August 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    wow! I love that bathroom…

  • Reply Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy August 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I literally just wrote a post about how I love H&H Online TV! It’s coming up at 12pm. The DIY projects are my favourite!

  • Reply Bobbi August 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I love the use of orange in the bedroom; that’s a color I wouldn’t have thought of using in such a space, but it looks so good with the white and touches of accent colors.

  • Reply Trisha August 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Oh Holly, I’m so glad that you are paying homage to Canadian House and Home. Even though I live in the States, I’m only 5 miles from the Canadian border in Washington State. We are always crossing over to Vancouver etc….I try to regularly pick up any issues I can get my hands on! I love this magazine!!! Funny to have many tear sheets that you are featuring here…I especially love the bathroom with turquoise and rubber duckies, and the shelving with the vintage fan and fishing float! Both have been inspirational to the styling in my home. Thanks again, and best wishes to the contestants…. eh?! ;)

  • Reply Tina August 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I SO want those tiles in my bathroom – gorgeous is the word! :-)

  • Reply gemma@thesweetestdigs August 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    That bathroom is to die for!! Absolutely stunning.

    Thanks for the shout-out to a great mag from the great white north

  • Reply gemma@thesweetestdigs August 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    That bathroom is to die for!! Absolutely stunning.

    Thanks for the shout-out to a great mag from the great white north (as a Canadian decor junkie, House & Home and Style At Home are the go-to magazines up here!).

  • Reply Christine August 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yay Canada!! I love this contest and can’t wait to see the amazing designs!!

  • Reply j August 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I would love you forever if you knew at all where this black and white bedding is from

    • Reply decor8 August 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      @J – At first I thought it was a LULU DK ensemble ( but I don’t think it is…. I’ll check with the magazine and let you know.

    • Reply decor8 August 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      @J – Seems like you may have to ask assistant market editor Montana Burnett at the magazine because the image doesn’t say where the bedding is from. I believe her email is

  • Reply Nuit August 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    i really love looking at that chalkboard covered bedroom! so unique… i like the way it makes me feel, but I definitely would not do that in my home. Too much black.

    Moroccan accents are my fave! great image selection!

  • Reply juliette August 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    how did i not know about H&H tv online?! so many tv shows don’t work outside of the US! I’ll have to dash over and get my fix… =)

  • Reply Meredith August 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I have that sink in the first bathroom pictured! I love it. What a fun contest! I can’t wait to see who wins. Too bad I’m not Canadian or I’d enter, too!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 25, 2010 at 2:16 am

    The green bedroom is calling me to some sweet dreams!

  • Reply Meg Burns Dolson August 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    LOVE the chalkboard room with bohemian bright quilt. So not me but love love LOVE it!! All of these bold colours in the bedroom are making me want to go linen shopping…maybe once it gets a bit cooler in the fall and you really want to bundle up!! THANKS for this post :)

  • Reply jacqui August 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I agree with Kate, that headboard is amazing!

  • Reply j August 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    @decor8 Thank you so much for looking, the LULU collection seems like just what I’m searching for even though it isn’t the exact same one. I really appreciate this, you’re the best!!

  • Reply Holly August 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I love that teal and white bathroom. So cute!!

  • Reply anighto August 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Oh, that first bathroom IS beautiful! The wallpaper/tile/chair combination is really lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jessica August 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for telling me about House & Home Online TV. I don’t have HGTV anymore and I have really missed it.

  • Reply PriscilaPetersDecor August 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I really adore the second image. Very feminine!!

  • Reply Afi August 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I really loved the online TV! And have been watching since yesterday! Thanks a lot Holly! You are wonderful! :)

  • Reply janis - pinecone camp August 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Canadian House and Home is a lovely mag, and I shoot for them often. Actually, I shot two of the winners, of this particular contest, last year.
    I love that top pic of the bathroom – right up my alley.
    Have a great day.

  • Reply susan August 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Anyone know what pattern and what company makes that graphic black-and-white floral wallpaper? Many thanks

  • Reply Carol Carneiro September 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hi! I’m Carol, designer from Brazil, and like very much your site!Congratulation! I loved these bathroons that you posted here! I have a “present” for you on my blog (…it’s a “selinho”, do you know? I hope you like! kiss: Carol Carneiro

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