Text by Bethany Adams
Want to celebrate Canada Day with a little inspiring design? Explore blogs, design tutorials, DIY guides, and more from these 7 home professionals who hail from the Great White North—and don’t be surprised if you end up with a list of new projects by the end of the day!
Sarah Richardson’s experience in the design world spans 25 years, eight HGTV shows, a number of brand collections, and a book series, so it’s no surprise she’s topping off our list. Her designs feature a combination of classic elements and fun, fresh touches that seamlessly blend old and new styles, which makes them appealing to a wide range of tastes. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found on her website—including design tips—but if you’re a fan of in-depth makeovers, check out her YouTube channel!
Creator of the Killam Colour System, Maria Killam claims color as her superpower, and she’s all about teaching people to harness her powers for themselves. Her expertise on undertones and color theory makes her an invaluable resource for those looking to dive into a more vibrant style—or those who want to use neutral shades more skillfully. From her online courses and multiple books to the advice she offers on her blog, you can find plenty of guidance for creating your own color story.
Tanya Collins’s work spans a range of styles, as she notes that she tailors her work to her clients’ preferences, but her portfolio demonstrates a through line of classic foundations with modernized edges. The award-winning designer is worth a follow on Instagram if you’re looking for inspiring twists on long-loved, timeless elements.
Looking for DIY inspo galore? Erin Rochon is a decorator and content creator who provides guidance and tutorials to her audience of upcycling enthusiasts. DIY tutorials and tips on getting the most out of thrift shop trips are a few of the things available on her blog and YouTube channel, and you can find episodes from the first season of her TV show, The Thrifty Upcycler, here.
If you’re a fan of swoon-worthy before-and-afters, Kristina Lynne’s blog is a great place to spend some time! Alongside numerous previous projects, which reveal her penchant for updating outdated spaces with more contemporary (but still very cozy) designs, you can follow along with the ongoing transformation of “Rosie,” the all-pink house Kristina is currently renovating with her husband.
We’ve been fans of designer Jacquelyn Clark for some time, and her blog, Lark & Linen, is still providing an excess of inspiring imagery and design guidance. Have a thing for dreamy, neutral-heavy interiors with an unmatched attention to detail? You’ll love what she’s got to offer!
Jennifer Flores is the self-proclaimed “crafty Canadian” behind Rambling Renovators, where she shares décor tips and DIYs and chronicles the projects she and her handy husband, Sean, complete in their own homes—including a cozy country cottage in Prince Edward County. The blog places an emphasis on making sure the details shine, and Jennifer passes on her expertise for doing the same in your home.
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