«Know your own happiness.»

― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

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Lori Harding of Lo & Behold Design in Toronto considers her work and style through the lens of her personal senses and sensibilities; loandbeholddesign.com

« As a “highly sensitive person” I realize I need to live and work within a serene palette so that my imagination isn’t cluttered… and I feel more free to create the diverse spaces that my clients desire.»

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Both feminine and masculine elements were used in this dining room to please the couple with 4 grown boys who often host parties for all ages. The hints of soft blush were added to the mix to soften the edges. Natural hides and wool carpets complement walnut, antiqued brass and marble surfaces, along with a striking multi-arm sculptural chandelier from Lightmaker Studio which takes center stage.

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The ladies gravitate to the softly rounded velvet tub chairs for wine or cozy coffees, while the luxury leather sofa is the sprawling domain for the guys during the big games. The organic wood and natural brass on the end table warms up the pale backdrop.

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Mixed metals unite the various finishes in the room and the pendant light references the past with Edison bulbs, housed in a more contemporary shape.

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To balance our ever-constant technology there is an attraction to simple items. Here a clock is offset by a solid brass sculpture that invites touch and play.

Chickpeas are high in protein and packed with fibre. This Roast Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus pairs beautifully with vegetables or a fresh baguette.

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Try substituting this Hazelnut Milk in your morning coffee or tea ritual. It’s a great source of Vitamin B1, B2 and B6. A wonderful way to start your day.

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Marble surfaces gleam and reflect light in a space that is warmed by whitewashed oak flooring. The radiant heat in the floor literally warms up the room, and comfortable carved wooden tractor seats transform the formal black and white of the cabinetry.

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Custom kitchen pendants in chrome, brass and rope by PELLE STUDIOS in New York float in the kitchen-dining nook. Placing the marble fireplace higher off the floor lets everyone enjoy the look and warm up on cold winter days.

Plant-based recipes

“These bars have the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavour and crunchy, chewy texture.” - Angela Liddon

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Truly refreshing and delicious! This Glowing Rainbow Smoothie Bowl is very light and easy on the waist band. Make sure to double or triple the recipe. It will become a family favourite.

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A bare hall can become a place to feature collectibles, in this case, the homeowner’s own art is featured on the narrow console next to a tribal lamp from west elm. It becomes the sightline from the stairs below, and adds interest to an otherwise empty space.

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Velvet, shagreen, silver hide, and linen make a restful master bedroom, with hits of yellow and brass to warm up the cool grays, and featuring a large Robert Abbey Bling ceiling light with round glass baubles that glimmer in all lights.

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Repeating materials in a different shape adds layers to your design. These brass cage pendants from Hudson Valley are slightly industrial and yet still elegant, and cast fascinating shadows on the ceilings.

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I have a rule about color… color has to happen twice so that it doesn’t look like an accident. In any room, a slight repetition of color makes the room pull together visually, and the simplest, softest way to do that is with toss cushions like these in a luxurious splash of velvet.

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When you keep the big purchases neutral in a space, like the serene bathroom palette here, you can create a long lasting look and still be able change the entire feel easily with a piece of art, flowers or towels.

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No matter how small your space, you can create a useful niche. Once you have a place to put things, like makeup and jewelry in this small bedroom, you create order, and an illusion follows that the room is actually bigger because it serves more than one purpose.