Category: Original Content

Repurposing Old Belts into Custom Picture Frames

Dear Marc: During my spring cleaning, I worked myself through piles of clothing and accessories that I don’t wear anymore. I took some old purses and turned them into accent pillows like you did in a past column (great project by the way!), but my creativity ceased to exist when I tried to repurpose my […]

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Trends in Bathroom Design

In this week’s episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show, Marc interviews Anthony of Canaroma. Find out what’s hot in bathroom design right now – from modern geometric looks to bright vibrant colours and more.

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DIY Napkin Rings from Old Earrings

Dear Marc: I clip and save your column from the newspaper each week! I have old earrings in various styles that I don’t wear anymore. Could I repurpose these in a design project? Kim Dear Kim: Jewelry makes a great supply for repurposing projects! Whether it’s your old “hoop” earrings or a broach, these can […]

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Outdoor Decor Ideas for 2012

In this week’s episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show, Marc talks to Andrew of Andrew Richard Designs about outdoor decorating trends for 2012. Find out what’s hot this year in colour, shape and style for outdoor furniture and accessories. This episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show was filmed on location at IDS 2012 in the […]

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DIY Wine Glass Chandelier

Dear Marc: I have a stack of stemware that my aunt left me after she passed away. Among them are some beautiful glasses; however I’m not a big wine drinker. The glasses tend to collect dust in my dining room hutch and I thought you might have an idea as to how to repurpose them. […]

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DIY French Provincial Chair Update

Dear Marc: Is it possible to modernize a French Provincial chair so that it fits into a more contemporary setting? We’re debating whether we should throw away this old chair and upgrade our furniture to something that better fits our room design. Angela Dear Angela: I’m fascinated with the modernization of vintage furniture pieces. The […]

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Marc Tours Matt Dusk’s Dining Room

In this week’s episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show, Marc returns to visit singer Matt Dusk. This week they tour his dining room and discuss decor and entertaining.

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DIY Guestbook Autograph Table

Dear Marc: My best girlfriend is getting married. As her bridesmaid, I’d like to give her something special for her wedding day. I think a repurposed piece of furniture might be a nice gesture! The couple is moving into a new house in the coming months. They want to acquire some new furniture for their […]

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Chic DIY Thank You Cards

Dear Marc: My kids are home for the holidays and I want to work on a DIY project with them to pass the time. I received a few unexpected gifts from distant relatives this year from whom I hadn’t sent Christmas cards. The holiday season is already in full swing therefore, if I send a […]

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Step away from the bedazzler and no one will get hurt!

Dear Marc: I want to make myself some pillows. My experience as a seamstress is very limited, so the simpler the project, the better. The extent of my sewing experience came from my bedazzling phase where I liked to add “bling” to everything. Do you have a foolproof way of making a nice pillow using […]

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DIY Repurposed Sewing Table Project

Dear Marc: It seems like my friends always have it together. I used to be an avid seamstress but these days, I’m so busy with work and family obligations that my sewing days are long gone. I haven’t used my sewing machine table in at least half a decade. It’s taking up space in the […]

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Marc Interviews Jill Barber

Marc interviews a fantastic female jazz sensation in this week’s episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show!

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Wild Thing, You Make My Chair Bling!

Dear Marc: I absolutely adored the Union Jack table you refinished last week; it was stunning! I have an old wooden chair with a fabric seat. It was originally part of a dining room set that I purchased many years ago. The chairs are solid wood, finished with a dark stain and fabric seats that […]

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DIY Union Jack Side Table Project

Dear Marc: While shopping, I often notice many Union Jack and London designs that look hot! It seems that this is a big trend for 2012. I’ve just recently decorated (last year), so I’m not prepared to spend a lot of money on buying new furniture with the Union Jack motif on it, but it […]

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Turn an Old Picture Frame into a Candle Holder

Dear Marc: I use your advice in all of my design projects and I like how you talked about repurposing old items in previous columns. I have several small old photo frames and I don’t know what to do with them. I received them as Christmas gifts at a staff party. Some of them are […]

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DIY Spotlight Floor Lamp

Dear Marc: I look forward to your column every week. I’m always amazed at how you create such cool projects. I’m writing to you as I have a challenge for you: I want to make a spotlight floor lamp. This lamp first caught my eye at a design show and I desperately want one for […]

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Creating Colour Palettes with Glen Peloso

In today’s episode of the Marc Atiyolil Show, Marc visits with Glen Peloso in the design studio at Glen Peloso Interiors. Glen shares tips for creating a colour palette that works and shares some colour trends you won’t want to miss.

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DIY Serving Tray from an Old Cookie Sheet

Dear Marc: I’m planning a formal get-together with family and friends. I’m jazzing up my dining room for the affair. I have a beautiful hutch in my dining room that looks very bare. I’ve heard magazine editors often use serving trays when staging a room for a photo shoot. I visited a few boutique shops […]

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Matt Dusk

Join us for this episode of the Marc Atiyolil Show. Marc visits singer Matt Dusk at home to get a look at his newly decorated, 60’s inspired orange and gold living room. Matt shares some of his decorating tips and inspirations with Marc.

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Vintage Chic DIY Designer Tool Box Project

Dear Marc: I’m a big fan of your work. The new drab to fab projects are great! I’ve heard designers say that it’s good to have some basic tools around the house, but I don’t have a lot of storage in my condo. My closet space is full of clothes and shoes, so I don’t […]

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DIY Stenciled Wall Panels – Adding Visual Interest To Your Walls

Dear Marc: I bought an older home and there are slight imperfections on the walls in the bathroom. I’d like to add visual interest on the walls and cover up some of the imperfections. How can I do this without making it look tacky? Anne Dear Anne: When working with unique spaces such as bathrooms, […]

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Marc talks to George Canyon

George Canyon is a country superstar! You’ve probably heard his latest hits on the radio from his current album: “Better Be Home Soon”. This same album went Gold in three short weeks after its release making it his second album to go Gold in a time span of 6 months. “It’s a testament to George’s […]

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Dean Brody Interview

Canadian Home Trends Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Marc Atiyolil, chats with Dean Brody, the Canadian country singer and songwriter. They discuss music, design and family life. Dean Brody is a rising star. As well as being a one of a kind artist, he is also down to earth and enjoys spending his spare time on do-it yourself […]

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What’s Hot for 2012?

We live in an ever changing world – the digital age, where things are made readily accessible to us in a matter of seconds. How many of us send written letters via snail mail these days? Not many compared to e-mail. We have evolved into a nation that loves convenience. Our society adapts to change […]

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How To Create A New Lampshade

Sources: Tomboy Tools, The Scrapbook Cottage Dear Marc: I love your projects! They are so much fun. I have an old kids’ lamp that I found in the attic. Years ago, it sat on my son’s dresser when he was a toddler. He is now grown up and has moved out on his own. The […]

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