Welcome to HUES

Our brand new lifestyle magazine that we’ve put together especially for you, our Dulux Club members.

Whatever you’re interested in, whatever you ‘always wanted to know’ or see, just let us know and we’ll do our best to bring you the stories and information you would like to see.

Seeing Red

It’s more than just a colour.

Colour, being the essential part of our lives that it is, is used in many different ways. In our everyday life we use colour to distinguish ourselves, and our environment, to set a difference between each other and to distinguish the world around us.

There isn’t another colour in the spectrum that evokes as much diverse emotion as the colour red. We, members of the human race, find red fascinating, although why we take red seriously is a mystery. For centuries red has proven it can excite and alert, unite and divide, hush and humble us. From love and passion to rage and anger, red is leader of the pack when it comes to conjuring up emotions.

Red Around The World

Red represents different things in different cultures. In Chinese cultural traditions, red is associated with weddings (where brides traditionally wear red dresses). Red is considered the colour of prosperity, joy and happiness. A red front door assures prosperity and happiness to all who live there and to all that enter. Special red packets are used during Chinese New Year celebrations for giving monetary gifts. On the more negative side, obituaries are traditionally written in red ink, and to write someone's name in red signals either cutting them out of one's life, or that they have died. Which means watch what you do with your red marker better still toss all your red ink pens out. Stick to blue or black.

Red Dulux Paint
In Japan, red is a traditional color for heroism or a heroic figure. Most Japanese children draw the sun as a big red circle. A red kimono is the happiest of garments symbolizing joy and good luck.

Pakistan red is considered an auspicious color for marriage, and is frequently represented as a symbolic color for married women. Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris. The colour is associated with purity, as well as with sexuality in marriage relationships through its connection to heat and fertility. It is also the colour of wealth, beauty, and the goddess Lakshmi. Women have been adorning their hands with henna paintings or mehndi, for centuries as part of wedding celebrations. The delicate filigree patterns created are beautifully detailed and considered very romantic.

In the red / Caught red-handed / Red light district / Red in the face / Red herring / Red flag / Red tape / Red square / Red hot / Paint the town red / Red letter day

In the western world red symbolizes boldness when used in decorating or clothing, it is also a colour often associated with a warning, stop, be cautious, proceed slowly or stop as in the ‘STOP’ sign.

Red lipstick is sensual and women that wear it are often considered strong and assured.

Native Canadian and American Indians were often referred to as red Indians because of the colour of war paint they wore when going to war, and not, as many folks believed, because of the tone of their skin.

The Physical Effects of Red

Red is said to have a stimulating effect on us humans. It is believed to influence heart rate, adrenalin levels and blood pressure, thereby affecting and encouraging alertness, and even prompting action. Studies among some college students revealed an increase in reaction time when in a room lit with red light, rather than one lit with regular white light. People have estimated the temperature in a room painted red about 6 degrees centigrade higher than the temperature in a blue room although both rooms were exactly the same temperature.

Is room colour an easy way to save money on your heating bills? It could be, just think of the possibilities in a can of red paint! Save money on heating bills, stay more alert and have a more efficient heart rate. Although scientific testing does indicate that there are certain physical effects that surface in a red environment, it is important to point out that most often these effects, rise of blood pressure and adrenalin increases, are temporary. There is rarely a room that is entirely red, and there will always be mitigating factors; the colour of the ceiling, the floor and the woodwork the colours of the furnishings and of course the chosen shade of red.

Red room

Red can be used to create a variety of different environments from cozy and warm to fresh and kind of funky.

Scheming in Red

What do we think of when it comes to red?

The average reaction of a person to red is a superlative. Red catches our attention more than any other colour. Because of its high attention value stop signs, traffic lights, brake lights and fire equipment are red. People associate red with passion, energy, strength, leadership and power. The other side to red is the association with aggression, anger, danger, and blood.

Red Meanings

A red sunset is one of the most romantic things a couple in love can witness. A red sunset allows us to show or present our poetic, wise and tender side to our beloved. It tells them we know how to appreciate beauty and are connected to nature. It says we are great partner material!

Buddhist Red

In Buddhism red and in particular coral red is an auspicious colour said to turn the empowering force of passion into the wisdom needed for meditation.

China Red

In China, red is the color of fire, the sun, but also joy, good luck, happiness and prosperity. The warming aspect of fire is considered more important than its destructive power. Red lanterns symbolize union, reunion and harmony. In Shanghai you can find a good luck tree, its branches covered in red ribbons with wishes attached. To scare off evil, the New Year is ushered in with an eardrum chattering roll of – you guessed it – red firecrackers.

Western Red

In Western society red is more real and less myth than the rest of the world. Flamenco dancers are an emotional lot and the costume they wear is predominantly red. You wouldn’t get the impact of a passionate flamenco dance if the costume were a soft yellow or a baby blue now would you? A red and white tablecloth almost immediately reminds you of an Italian restaurant, or a cozy little cafe and red lipstick and nail polish are often the only accessory a woman needs when wearing her favorite ‘little black dress’.

Red cupcakeRed is the ultimate cure for whatever ails you. We don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel better after eating a red velvet cupcake.

O Canada

Forget ‘O Canada’, we think our national anthem should begin with ‘O Wow Canada’.

We’re pretty sure there isn’t another country in the world as perfectly beautiful as Canada. Perhaps we’re a bit biased, just a bit though. Canada is truly extraordinary, both as a place to live and a place to experience. From coast to coast there is barely an inch of our country that doesn’t impress and often take your breath away.

Canada is 9,984,670 sq.km and 6 time zones; it’s one very big country!

Natural beauty aside, although our natural beauty is hard to put aside, Canada is a culturally diverse country with representation in the form of new or generational citizens from every corner of the earth. It’s not surprising that along with the diversity of our citizens comes the diversity of cultures those citizens represent. Take a stroll down any street in one of our major cities and you’ll most likely hear at least a dozen languages spoken. Our two official languages - English and French, are joined in the language-mixing bowl, by over 200 more languages spoken as home language or mother tongue.

We Canadians appreciate the richness in the diversity that surrounds us and we celebrate what makes each of us different. All those different cultures translate into all kinds of different styles and tastes in music, clothing, decorating and food. We are a nation of difference, and we all love it. Canadians are proud of and embrace our multiculturalism, and because of that pride, ethnic groups and immigrants are encouraged to maintain their distinct cultures.

Every issue of HUES will feature one of the many cultural groups that live in our great country. Because this is our first issue, we chose to feature First Nations through the art and design of architect and designer Sabina Hill.

Sabina Hill

Sabina’s work, imbued with the spirit of her shared Pacific Northwest culture, showcases First Nations motifs, extending their cross-cultural appeal, and demonstrating a powerful and poignant legacy of cooperation between two cultures.

Inspired by the past, creating the future

Canadian designer Sabina Hill, in collaboration with aboriginal artists, creates original custom furniture art and installations, which merges the rich mythology of West Coast native culture with a contemporary design aesthetic. Sabina skillfully integrates Native motifs into her work creating a unique, contemporary expression, one that evokes the natural beauty of the Pacific.

Northwest and celebrates the convergence of two distinct design cultures. Her work tells a visual story rooted in First Nations iconography, presented through contemporary design, materials and an aesthetic informed by her artistic and architectural education. Dr. George MacDonald, former president of the Bill Reid Foundation and current director of Simon Fraser University’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, hails her work as ‘demonstrating the next phase in the development of North West Coast art and design’.

Born in Vancouver, BC, Sabina is inspired by First Nations imagery, which is deeply-rooted in Pacific Northwest regional culture. Sabina graduated in architecture from the University of British Columbia and in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba. After founding her studio in 1993, she began to connect professionally with the First Peoples in 2000, as she sought to create works with a distinctly regional design aesthetic – envisioning a collaboration with those who have been bringing the spirit of the land to surface through art for thousands of years.

Sabina’s collections feature native motifs created in collaboration with local artists: Andy Everson, Mark Preston and Steve Smith, Corinne Hunt, and recently, Jessica Silvey. Her work is handcrafted locally, utilizing unique material combinations and leading edge technologies.

Sabina's collection

Colin and Debra

Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath know more than a bit about comedy.

Deb, is a veteran of the Canadian small screen, (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and theatre, and Colin is the quick-witted castmate of shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The Toronto twosomes have been happily married for twenty-five years. They met at Toronto’s Second City in the ‘80s, and married in 1989, and have been laughing ever since. They even played a show biz couple in the series ‘Getting Along Famously’.

Colin and Debra

hues: What do you love about Canadians? Or What do you love about being Canadian?

Debra: I love the winter in us and the humour in us. I love the fact that humour has a u. People say that we have no identity. I don’t agree. I think to be a Canadian is pride without pomp, gratitude for what we have and who were are.

Colin: I agree with Deb about the humour, not so much with the winter. I love that we are quite a tolerant people and are a little edgier than we are given credit for.

hues: When it comes to working together are your collaborations easy and natural?

Debra: For the most part, very natural and easy. Colin hates the beginning when we are figuring stuff out. He just wants to get on with it. I don’t blame him. But once we are rolling, it’s just fun and creative.

Colin: I hate working and Deb loves it. But once we are into a project, I enjoy the give and take and the building on each others ideas.

hues: How do you two decide how your home will look? Does one person get more involved than another in the decorating?

Debra: I take the lead in decorating but I run everything by him. He mostly just cares about the kitchen.

Colin: What Deb said. I only ever wanted an island in the kitchen. I have it so I'm happy.

hues: What are your favorite colours?

Debra: My favourite colours are different in decorating and my personal style. In decorating, I love blues and turquoise, greens, silver, soft gold. In personal style, blacks, greys, reds, whites, blues!

Colin: Blue, though green has been seducing me lately.

hues: How would you describe your decorating style? Is it a shared style or do you both have different tastes?

Debra: Colin (bless him) does not care enough that I have to worry. I like traditional with a modern bent and some whimsy thrown in. I love cosy nooks and window seats and fireplaces. We have three of them. I could have ten! I love lighting. Everything has a dimmer on it, except the fridge!

Colin: When I was single, my decorating style was movie poster and superhero toy chic. Now I let the Mistress take care of it.

hues: What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?

Debra: Read. Eat great meals with my family. Write. Listen to music. Skate.

Colin: Just spending time with Deb and our son Luke. Cooking, reading.

hues: Which room are you most ‘at home’ in?

Debra: Our little nook at the back of the house which overlooks the garden is our favourite. It used to be exclusively for dining. It has a window seat and round table and chairs with a lovely fireplace. But when our son moved out we were lonely for each other in our offices on opposite ends of the house so we turned that area into our shared desk. We still use it for dining on occasion.

Colin: Absolutely. And my secret hideout that Deb doesn't know about...I may have said too much.

hues: When you collaborate on a project are there ‘unspoken’ ground rules, or is it a creative free for all?

Debra: The ground rules are to let Colin noodle on the fifty ideas I bombard him with. He goes away and sorts them out and then we scale them down from there. Not a rule as much as a recipe for a good marriage!

Colin: As I may have mentioned, I'm lazy. It's a gift to work with Deb, the idea machine. My strength is editing. Once we have an idea that says something to both of us, we just bounce off each other till we are done.

hues: Which of these expressions would you say describe your styles (personal and home). If none fit - what are your styles?
1. Higgelty Piggelty
2. Slick and Sophisticated
3. Mundo Bizzaro

Debra: None of these fit really. Sophisticated but fun. Warm and relaxed. I like to think that our home is very welcoming. We love being in it.

Colin: My style is Fortress of Solitude.

The McGrath Mochrie team are hard at work creating new and funnier than ever material. Colin has written a book titled, Not Quite the Classics, which is now available at Amazon.ca (hardcover)! He also is doing selective book signings - watch twitter & facebook for updates.

Meet Donna Dooher

Chef and Proprietor of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

The moment you walk through the door of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen you feel a warm, relaxed and welcoming invitation to dine. That feeling is, according to Donna Dooher Executive Chef and Proprietor of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, exactly what she was going for when designing the restaurant. The colour palette and lighting play a very big part in the restaurant’s overall look and feel. Mildred’s is a large, open, modern, light filled space that manages to feel intimate and cozy. Everything about Mildred’s is beautifully inviting including the food. I asked Donna if she subscribed to the ‘eat with your eyes first’ culinary philosophy and she answered quickly ‘it’s very important to us’. At Mildred’s nothing is just put on a plate or in a bowl. Every item on the menu is prepared to perfection and presented with inviting in mind.

There’s a Renaissance afoot in our society today, Donna referred to it as a ‘Return to the Table’ movement. More and more people are entertaining at home, cooking for family and friends. Much of this movement has been sparked by the plethora of cooking shows on television and online. There are whole networks dedicated to culinary experiences from cupcake baking to the best of diner dining, cooking shows to suit the ‘inner chef’ in all of us. Armed with our new-found ‘chef’ type knowledge we believe that a roast chicken can’t just be a roast chicken, it has to be a chicken ‘a la’ something or other.

According to Donna we have a tendency to over achieve in the kitchen, setting the bar higher than we need to. When I asked Donna what her favourite meal to prepare for her family was, fully expecting her to describe some sort of big time complicated culinary effort, she said that she would probably prepare some sort of a roast, a vegetable and a salad. Enjoying a meal together as a family is what is important as far as Donna is concerned, the meal itself is the stage. I asked about her own personal kitchen, visions of a perfectly tuned in space with a spot for everything was what I had in mind, and she said her kitchen is evolving and she’s happy with it at the moment.

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen has a heartfelt philosophy - We’re here because we love food, people and the simple pleasures of life: our temple is the place where we practice our devotion.

When asked for a piece of ‘kitcheny advice’ Donna offered this advice for the home chef – when purchasing pots and pans, never purchase a set. Your pots and pans don’t need to match they need to suit you and your needs. Often when you have purchased a set of pots, you end up using one or perhaps two of the set of ten. The rest simply take up space in your kitchen. Buy what works for you in terms of size and use value.

Donna is a recognized leader in Canada’s restaurant community. She is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, teacher, and TV personality. Her first restaurant, Mildred Pierce, established brunch as a culinary trend in Toronto. Her restaurant MILDRED’S Temple Kitchen, reflects commitment to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, simply and sumptuously prepared.

Like many in the restaurant industry, Donna’s career began as a student, when a part-time job at a restaurant convinced her to change her career path from engineering to hospitality. She graduated from the Culinary Arts program at Algonquin College and embarked on a career as an apprentice chef, gaining experience in the kitchens of the Ritz in Ottawa and the Parrot in Toronto.

Donna Dooher and her husband Kevin Gallagher, have enjoyed 25 successful years in the Toronto hospitality industry, beginning with their catering business, Avant-goût Catering, followed by the wildly successful Mildred Pierce Restaurant and Cookworks Cooking Studio. They went on to publish the award-winning ‘Out to Brunch with Mildred Pierce’ Cookbook and produced “The Cookworks with Donna Dooher” for the Food Network, which aired in some 60 countries around the world. A strong believer in giving back to her community, Donna volunteers for dozens of charitable causes every year, ranging from FoodShare’s Recipe for Change, to Porridge for Parkinson’s to the Kitchen Sisters benefit for at-risk women. In addition, she recently co-chaired a $20-million building campaign at George Brown College and volunteered as a restaurant business consultant on a month-long project in Columbia.

A kitchen should feel like your car, comfortable and reassuring.

Donna has played a role in the federal government’s Canada Brand promotions, showcasing Canadian food and agricultural products at the Vancouver Olympics and in Osaka, Japan. In 2011 Donna received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree in Hospitality Operations Management from George Brown College. Donna sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association and is a recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Gold Plate Award for Life Time Achievement.

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Gadget Must Haves

Everyone loves a good gadget or ten. I know we do.

Gadgets are those things you are absolutely positive you need to make your life and some of your everyday tasks easier.

Sometimes the gadget you can’t live without is worth your investment, but often it ends up being a tenant in your junk drawer. I wonder what the difference is between a tool and a gadget. Is a gadget something that runs on human power rather than electrical power? Is a tool something you need and a gadget something you can live without? Can a gadget ever attain tool status? The opposite, of course, does a tool ever drop to gadget status?

The answers elude me at the moment, and frankly aren’t all that important. What is notable is that we all have more than one gadget in our possession. The tool and the gadget are pretty similar in many ways. They can make our lives easier, they are often fun to use, and they almost always break down within a year or less of purchase. The speed with which a gadget enters obscurity doesn’t prevent us from purchasing one or a dozen in a year. It’s part of our DNA to want something handy dandy to help us get the choke out of an artichoke with lightning speed.

We have scoured the web, and quite a few junk stores, to find some of the oddest and most unusual gadgets around. You decide whether you love them or love to hate them.

Miracle Hammer

Miracle Hammer

Anything with the word Miracle as part of its name is always suspect as far as we’re concerned. The Miracle Hammer collects a number of workbench tools into one handy gadget. Multifunction tool contains a polished steel hammer, pliers, sockets, two saws, a knife, Phillips head and standard screwdrivers, and more. Miracle Hammer comes in handy for anyone who doesn't want to lug around a big toolbox. Keep one in your clutter drawer; never know when you’ll need this miracle tool and all its gadgets.

Condiment Slinger

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

I have a problem with the word slinger when it is used in conjunction with the word ‘condiment’. Slinging any kind of food is just wrong and slinging condiments conjures up some interesting visuals of a family BBQ.

Touted as a BBQ must have, the condiment slinger is not only a conversation piece it’s also very functional, makes a great gift, and is fun to use. We’re wondering if there isn’t some sort of holster for the condiment slinger. The host could score all kinds of cool points with a condiment slinger, and a holster, cowboy boots, and cowboy hat. EEEHAAA!!

For shopping information for any of these items visit: www.chefscatalog.com | www.bitsandpiecescanada.ca | www.thinkgreek.com

Meet Sandra Bauly

DesignStudio 143

Sandra Bauly

When we were choosing a designer to feature in our first issue of HUES we decided we wanted someone who took a realistic and practical approach to decorating, someone with an incredible design style and heaps of talent.

Sandra Bauly and her DesignStudio 143 fit the bill perfectly. DesignStudio143 offers an affordable, flexible approach to interior design and home staging. Owner and designer Sandra Bauly adheres to a “keep things simple” philosophy. Whether you want your living room completely redesigned or you’re looking for a bit of a change, Sandra offers decorating services to suit any budget. Often her clients just need to be pointed in the right direction in terms of their own personal ‘look’.

There is power in paint

From a one hour consultation or shopping suggestions to a design board filled with colour ideas, textures, lighting and accessories, DesignStudio 143 does it all. When we asked Sandra to sum up where a person could begin when decorating a space her answer was simple and quick, there is power in paint. We liked that a lot. Sandra believes that a new colour on the walls can make an enormous change and provide a terrific place to begin creating a new look for you home.

hues: What is your personal design style?

Sandra Bauly: I would describe my design style as transitional – there’s just something about the combination of traditional and contemporary (with a little industrial mixed in) that I’m drawn to.

hues: What constitutes, for you, a warm and inviting space?

Sandra Bauly: It begins with the right colour palette, which ultimately creates the backdrop into which textures and other beautiful things can be brought in. Accessibility is also important to me – I need to feel an ‘invitation’ into the space.

hues: Do you have a favorite colour scheme?

Sandra Bauly: As a designer I love working with so many different colours – but if I had to choose a favourite, I would choose warm grey colour scheme, accented with creams and blacks, and a little teal and gold.



hues: Are certain colours good for specific rooms or do you take an anything goes approach to colour?

Sandra Bauly: I have preferences for sure. I think bedrooms should be painted in soothing colours while dining rooms and kitchens should be a little brighter. Living rooms and family rooms should be warm and inviting - the colour red just wouldn’t work.

hues: Do you have a favorite room in your home?

Sandra Bauly: That’s a tough question to answer as I have many! My most favourite room would have to be my kitchen. I love how warm and calming it is - and the beautiful view I have from it - it’s a room I love being in - any time of the day!

hues: How can someone change the look and feel of a room or a home without spending a lot of money on new furniture and lighting?

Sandra Bauly: You’d be surprised at what can be done on a small budget - in fact I have based my business on this philosophy. It can be as simple as re-arranging furniture, choosing a new paint colour, decluttering, removing and/or repurposing items and adding up-to-date accessories.

hues: How does someone find his or her personal style?

Sandra Bauly: Finding one’s style is a process and I think it evolves with time. While some of us have a clearer sense sooner, others take more time and may not think they have any style at all. Fortunately, with the aid of the Internet, magazines and of course, interior designers, finding one’s style is not difficult. I encourage my clients to collect magazine clippings of looks they like and eventually their style emerges.

hues: Are there any rules in decorating?

Sandra Bauly: There is some, but even they can be broken! My own “rules” tend to be very simple. I always begin with being true to the architecture of the home. Then I establish a focal point in a room, incorporating scale/proportion and symmetry as much as possible. I believe a home should bean accurate reflection of the people living in it, full of all the things they love and cherish. I always encourage my clients to take some risks along the way.

hues: Do you have any tips you can share that would help folks when shopping for furniture and lighting?

Sandra Bauly: My number one tip is to love what you buy! I can’t say it enough. Have a strategy – decide whether you’re buying for the long term or the short term. If you’re buying for the long term, be sure to buy quality. Have an overall plan for your space - know the look and feel you’re going after. Be sure to consider scale and proportions when buying.


Visit Sandra’s website www.designstudio143.ca for more information and while you’re there, read some of the testimonials about Sandra. They’re sure to impress!

Colourful Communities

Our life improvement mantra is, “it just needs a fresh coat of paint”!

Perhaps our mantra isn’t that simple but the idea of a fresh coat of paint is. It is, after all, our stock in trade.

The Phoenix

With that in mind we have taken on many community improvement projects across Canada in the last few years. Whether it’s a fence that’s in need of a little TLC, a community centre, a senior’s home that could use a splash of colour, or a giant wall that could use a giant mural, we’ve done it all.

Our plan is to help brighten up communities across Canada one can of paint at a time. One of latest colourful endeavors is a building mural. Titled The Phoenix is a local community effort that we were proud to be a part of. The Phoenix, is so tall that it was submitted it to Guinness and now hold the record for the world’s tallest mural. Imagine that, we may have the world’s tallest mural right here in Canada, and as far as we’re concerned that’s a big old ‘wowwee’.

Local community effort

Community projects like the mural have taken place right across Canada and we’re very proud of our contribution to these projects.