Colin and Justin

Minimalism style

OK, OK… so it’s hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s out, but one style that remains perennially popular — no matter what the decorating climate — is ‘minimalism.’ Our take, however, is rather different from other designers who create this style. And of course we know best.What frustrates us...

Monday, June 2, 2008, 10:30 AM

Bringing hotel luxury home

If we could help your home project the wonderful feeling you get when checking into a funky hotel, that would be cool, huh? And if we could prove that boutique-hotel style isn’t necessarily bank-busting, then that would be even better, n’est pas? Cue this week’s episode of The Home Show.First...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 5:33 AM

Mid-century modern is hot

If you like your interiors a little funky, then sit back, put your Austin Powers DVD on the telly and prepare for shag-tastic inspiration! Or read on! Yup, today, we’re all about the ’60s and the ’70s and we’ve got great advice if you want to go retro. And forget about spending a fortune — with a C...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 12:30 PM

Makeover rocks baroque

Ah, the joy of a baroque-inspired interior, a thoroughly indulgent antique look that simply drips “deluxe.” Thank Marie Antoinette, gold-plated furnishings and enough crown moulding and period panelling to send Home Depot share prices into orbit! Yup, glitz and glamour to the max, it’s one of our...

Monday, May 5, 2008, 12:30 PM

Asian chic styling

There are zillions of interior looks that we love to create but those with an Asian twist make us especially happy. From the sweeping lines of Chinese pagodas and their lacquered interior detail to the minimalism of Japanese pared-down buildings and their monochromatic interiors — we simply love...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 4:33 AM

New take on themed rooms

First up we’d like to thank all you crazy Canadians for literally HUNDREDS of e-mails, cards and flowers after the recent announcement of our wedding. You’ve all been too kind. But don’t worry — we also remain married to our work and our promise to provide you with every design solution imaginable...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 2:35 AM

Tiny home gets big ideas

How many people (even in today’s cookie-cutter world) can claim their abode is only 279 square feet — IN TOTAL? Cue the English home of a busy artist who has used cunning trick of the eye — and clever optical illusion — to suggest his wee nest is far more generous than it actually is.The bedroom,...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 2:35 AM

All-new madness from our intrepid duo

Blimey — our new show is serious designer overload. Crammed with money-saving tips and awesome décor inspiration, we’re proud to say it’s a fabulously glossy TV magazine, and one which we hope you’ll love.Cue Colin & Justin’s Home Show (not to be confused with C & J’s Home Heist, though the...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 3:31 AM

Project ‘White House’

Colin and Justin’s Home Heist, Season 1, may be drawing to a ratings-busting triumphant close (with 25 of 26 glorious episodes already aired) but there’s still time to reveal one of Canada’s most perfect families. It’s mom, pop, a couple cute kids, gorgeous house, great jobs and a bright future...

Monday, March 24, 2008, 6:21 AM

Plainness, be gone!

Colour, finishes turn rooms from drab to fabWhen we saw Helen and Joe Laudi’s house for the first time we hesitated before accepting the project.Nominated by their grown-up children Ryan and Nadine, it didn’t INITIALLY seem as bad as some we’ve previously transformed. For starters, the hall, a...

Monday, March 17, 2008, 5:24 AM

Cabin-style dream becomes reality

Laurie, our cottage-loving new girlfriend, is quite possibly the loveliest women you’ll ever see on Canadian TV. Sure, her decorating prowess was that of a crazy person but from the moment we met her she tugged at our heartstrings and we simply couldn’t resist taking on her cabin-style project.A...

Monday, March 10, 2008, 7:09 AM

A dollhouse nightmare

Barbie banished in favour of a more balanced approachPatti and Ernie — two fine Canadian citizens. He, a firefighter and the kind of man that makes this country proud. A loyal husband, a devoted Torontonian and someone who constantly puts other peoples lives before his own. And Patti? An energetic...

Monday, March 3, 2008, 2:12 AM

Maximum glam

Makeover changes home from terrifying to terrificA­ll hail the King and Queen of Newfoundland — the rather fabulous Susan and Neil, two charismatic suburbanites with a fabulously gritty edge. Quite how their house became as ugly as it did remains a mystery but, in just a few short days, we once...

Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:13 AM

Bringing sexy back home

Owner screams in delight at funky, urban makeoverIn ALL our time as global bad taste busting superheroes, we have NEVER seen a house so visually out of step with its occupants than this week’s bungalow, a home shared by über-glamorous couple Kyla and Charles.Both outgoing and bubbly (she, gorgeous...

Sunday, February 10, 2008, 11:59 PM

Saved from cruel colours

Adorable couple had green, pink, outdated rooms"Yup, if marshmallows vomited, it would have been this colour."For us, one of the best aspects of Home Heist is that, as we stumble unexpectedly into the lives of our next victims (sorry, “contributors”) we genuinely don’t know what lies ahead.Indeed...

Monday, February 4, 2008, 1:04 AM

Pretty princess loves the leather

We gave her a whip before saving her décorOops! We reckon you might be a little scandalised by this weeks Home Heist. But allow us to explain.Cue Cathie, a 47-year-old Italian single who shares her suburban home with adorable parents Mama and Papa Boombaka. And blimey, does Mama B make a mean...

Monday, January 28, 2008, 1:05 AM

Fiery orange makeover burns down

No one injured, design will soon be backOh dear. This week’s Home Heist has a serious twist. Sadly, several weeks after filming wrapped, the house that we so lovingly restored was badly damaged by fire. Every bit of our massive makeover is now gone, but the good news is no one was injured,...

Monday, January 21, 2008, 3:38 AM

Making a tasteful family oasis

bernard weil/torstar news serviceColin and Justin decorated the baby’s room with emerald green, similar to this child’s bedroom, on this week’s episode of Home Heist.Kieron and Goretti, this week’s Home Heisters, may have been hip and urban on the outside, but their perilous pad looked more like a...

Monday, January 14, 2008, 12:51 AM

An oasis of muted colours

keith beaty/torstar news serviceColin and Justin used white sofas, like this one, to transform a gloomy family room in this week’s episode.Jasmine’s stifling suburban home looked like an Asian-inspired crack den: it was full of dated oriental detail and “plastic” gold plate. We were absolutely...

Monday, January 7, 2008, 1:40 AM

All about amethyst

frederick m. brown/getty imagesJeopardy! host Alex Trebek appears on Home Heist this week.Meeting this week’s homeowner, a 69-year-old actor named Frank Ruffo, was serious fun. His energy was that of a man half his age and, while he bears a face reminiscent of Tony Bennett, he possessed a youthful...

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 2:30 PM