Celeb in­te­rior de­sign­ers Colin & Justin on how to be the best hol­i­day host and more.

The celebrity in­te­rior de­sign­ers on fall’s spru­ci­est colours and vin­tage finds

Richmond Hill Post - - HOMES -

Celebrity in­te­rior de­sign­ers and TV per­son­al­i­ties Colin McAl­lis­ter and Justin Ryan of shows such as W Net­work’s Game of Homes and Cot­tage Life’s Cabin Pres­sure give us their top tips on how to spruce up your home as the sea­sons change. They cover ev­ery­thing from paint­ing tips to where to shop and how to be the best hol­i­day host.

How do you choose a paint colour to spruce up a room?

We don’t sug­gest that one shade fits all, but when in doubt, neu­tral it out. In all de­sign de­ci­sions, you re­ally must think about mood, nat­u­ral light and func­tion­al­ity be­fore you choose a paint colour.

A good go-to warm off-white will never let you down, as well as whis­per tints with a hint of rose or grey as a sub­tle way to add colour. Taupe also al­ways works well.

Once you’re ready to start the ac­tual paint­ing, re­mem­ber that prepa­ra­tion and the right tools for the job are cru­cial. You don’t need to hire a pro­fes­sional painter, but you do need to fill holes and de­fects, sand un­even sur­faces and clean off dirty marks to get your walls, doors and trim paint ready.

Where do you shop for vin­tage finds, fur­ni­ture and home decor es­sen­tials?

Hav­ing lived in Toronto on and off for eight years and per­ma­nently for the last two, we love Toronto as a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

For well-priced pendant lights, small ac­ces­sories and funky wo­ven wall mu­rals, we love VdeV on Oss­ing­ton.

Re­barn on Dupont is amaz­ing for ar­ti­san sal­vaged tim­ber pieces and cus­tom fur­ni­ture such as din­ing ta­bles and barn doors. They also started car­ry­ing art­work and opened a gallery cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal Toronto artists.

Fi­nally Klaus on King is young, fresh and rel­e­vant. They also carry one of our favourite things, gi­ant An­gle­poise floor lamps. We have one in jet black in our Glas­gow din­ing room.

Hol­i­day host­ing sea­son is around the cor­ner. What are some ways to make guests feel wel­come?

Make the tran­si­tion from the front door to party zone as smooth as pos­si­ble by hav­ing handy places to hang coats and stow bags and shoes. This will al­low you to eas­ily usher guests in to your home and arm them im­me­di­ately with a wel­come cock­tail.

Make sure the meal you pre­pare doesn’t in­volve you standing over the oven all night while guests party with­out you. Stick to a tried and tested menu that al­lows you to re­lax and en­joy the even­ing as much as your guests will.

Pro­vide a good se­lec­tion of drinks and make them freely avail­able. En­sure you’ve stocked some red, white and spark­ing wines along with beer, spir­its and cock­tails to cover all your bases. Make sure you bal­ance the booze with enough food for the even­ing.

Have guests sit down for din­ner at a table that is well dressed for the oc­ca­sion.

Pro­vide am­ple space for all din­ers, colour code the table with table run­ners, nap­kins and non­scented can­dles (that won’t in­ter­fere with the aroma of food) to pro­vide sparkle. Dim the lights, put on some great mu­sic and serve that de­li­cious food.

Our din­ner party playlist in­cludes Verve Remixed Vol­ume 3, any­thing by the Gotan Project and the Horse Meat disco al­bums.

We love leav­ing small per­son­al­ized goody bags on chairs for din­ner guests. Pack yours with small scented can­dles, per­fume sam­ples, can­dies and a ticket for the next night’s lottery.

Colin McAl­lis­ter (left) and Justin Ryan go to Re­barn on Dupont to find ar­ti­san sal­vaged tim­ber pieces and cus­tom fur­ni­ture

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