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Creating Home of Toronto, ON
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOHBadge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratingsand Most Popular Home Designs

Toronto,Canada, January 24, 2019Creating Home ofToronto has won “Best Of CustomerService on Houzz®,the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 5 year old custominteriors design and decor company was chosen by the more than 40 millionmonthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge isawarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service andPhotography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popularamong the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on severalfactors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submittedin 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were mostpopular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019”badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment toexcellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated homeprofessionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Creating Home strives to create beautifully calm & livablespaces that allow our clients to feel at home in their homes….
"Bestof Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community ofhomeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvementprofessionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president ofIndustry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winnerschosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customerexperience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app."

Follow Creating Homeon Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/nancykurtz/

About Creating Home
With an eye for colour, attention to detail and creative designsolutions, you can be sure that your home is in good hands and if any problemsarise they will be handled with care.
Our passion is about seeing the finished project andthe utter joy on our client faces when we have helped them create home.


About Houzz
Houzz is the leadingplatform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything theyneed to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobiledevice. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everythingin between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts andhome improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Withthe largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant communityempowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to findinspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need tohelp turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzzalso has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv andTokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For moreinformation, visit houzz.com.




U2|TORONTO STAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER12, 2017
> HOME DECOR
RESTYLE YOUR HOME

Upgrades in colours, density keep plaid in style

When it comes to decorating with the tartan pattern, less is usually more.
NINA DRAGICEVIC
Special to the Star


According to the Scottish Tartans Authority, textile archeologists have unearthed its origins as far back as 3,000 years. Since then, it has marched through the millennia as the iconic pattern of Scots, farmers, lumberjacks, disaffected ’90s grunge teens, bearded baristas and — thanks to Roots — Canadians in general.
The endless options of colour, tone and density resurrect this pattern, again and again — despite its many associations, designers say it can be surprisingly versatile. HGTV calls it a seasonal staple. Plaid, when used in home decor, adds dashes of warmth and complexity to clean, modern interiors.
“Usually (plaid creates) a sort of rustic, cottage feeling,” says Nancy Kurtz, designer at Creating Home.
“Now it’s got a new, casual, sophisticated kind of look — like it’s been upgraded.” Kurtz has spent more than a decade fabricating custom slipcovers, draperies
and soft home furnishings, in addition to renovating and designing interiors, and she says her fondness for plaid partially stems from the fact she’s “not a big floral person.” “I like geometric patterns,” she says. “And I find when a room needs a little bit of a masculine touch, I’ll use plaid for that — a den, basement or library. I find guys don’t mind plaid, so if you’re trying to sell an idea to them, they can see it. ” The visual warmth of plaid creates the snug, homey rooms that we crave in the cooler weather; consider it a 2017 update to last year’s Danish hygge trend. Kurtz brings out her plaid pillows for the holidays each year and, in a collection of cushions, she says plaid plays well with solids and smaller patterns.
“I generally like using uniform colours — a colour that would make them all relate to each other,” Kurtz says. “A background colour in one is a main colour in another. But for a totally eclectic look, you could do anything — kind of like knowing the rules and how to break them.”

Cosy condos
Isabelle Boba, principal at LUX Interior Design, says today’s plaid can be a sophisticated way for Canadians to
“cocoon” in the autumn and winter months. She feels the pattern is a natural progression of the rustic trends — think antlers on the wall, live-edge wood table tops — popping up in urban spaces over the past few years.

Throw pillows and blankets are the primary plaid-bearers, with wallpaper — just one wall, she warns — generally reserved for the very bold. “I would say no more than one plaid (item) per room,” Boba says. “Traditional plaid with the red and the green — that’s off-limits,” she adds. “I think a modern take on plaid is what we’re seeing, especially in the city. We’re doing the white and the greys, in both light and dark tones.” As a design firm that offers its trademarked “Condo Quickie” — a turn-key design package for condo owners — as well as services to condominium developers for their show suites, LUX frequently works in smaller spaces. Many modern condos feature floor-to-ceiling glass and open spaces flooded with natural light, but often with smaller footprints. Use plaid sparingly here, Boba says. “It is a busy pattern and it demands a lot of attention,” she says. “Choose wisely on how you use it and where you use it. In condos, we tend not to go too traditional a lot of times . . .
When you make something look really busy, it tends to look smaller.” Feeling bold? Consider yourself a daring original? Boba’s already mocked up a dramatic powder room in her mind. “The only way I’d do an entire room with plaid wallpaper would be in a small powder bathroom,” she says. “It could be very dramatic. In a powder bathroom, you can really take some risks because it’s such a small space — if you get sick of it in a year or two, it’s not a big deal to change it up.” She’d pair the plaid — favouring whites and greys, again — with a rustic, live-edge wood countertop, a clean, white, vessel sink and an oval mirror with a very thin frame.
“I could see that looking really dramatic and I haven’t really seen that come up yet, but it will — trust me.”




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