Design Talk: Adding Personality to a Room

Looking for ways to reinvigorate your home decor? Our Richmond Hill Design Team is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to decorating! And if you’ve always wanted to pick their brain for some easy design ideas, look no further. In our Design Talk series we’ll share tips from our Design Team  that can help you bring your home decor to the next level.


Our first question for the team, and one they get a lot, is how can you change a cold, bare looking room to one that is warm and comfortable with lots of personality?

Here’s what they had to say!

The best way to add personality and comfort to a room is by layering it with accessories and furnishings to make the room come alive. Layering a room can provide visual interest, texture, depth, and a sense of luxury. Try mixing different design styles into a modern interior to create a timeless look that is both luxurious and comfortable.

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Area rugs are a great place to start to inject colour and texture into a room. With so many styles including graphic, classic, tribal and textural, rugs help to create a design style as well as define an area.


Layer in artwork by hanging large canvases or by creating a gallery wall above a sofa or up a stairway. You can use different frame shapes in similar colour tones or the same frame in different sizes. Switch out pictures during the year to suit your mood or the season.

Adding in mirrors and metallic accents are a great way to bring light and glamour to a space. Feel free to mix metals. Coppers and golds are very hot right now!


Use a generous amount of throw pillows in different colours, textures and shapes. Don’t forget about the floor where you can introduce poufs and large box cushions for extra seating.

Thanks for the tips ladies! Stay tuned for next time for our next round of design ideas!


Neighbourhood Roots: The History of Fort York

As you may have seen if you’ve visited the Minto Westside site, we’re located right across the street from Fort York. There is fascinating history surrounding this unique site, and what better way to get to know your future neighbourhood than to learn about its historical roots!

Fort York View from Minto Westside

The site itself is made up of military fortifications and related buildings. Inside the buildings, you will find Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, and it was the site of the battle of 1813.
Fort York Minto WestsideThe York Barracks, 1804. 

Fort York was built by the British Army and Canadian military troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its purpose was to defend the settlement and the new capital of Upper Canada, “York” (what is now Toronto), from the threat of a military attack from the newly independent United States. During the early years of our city’s history, Fort York played a significant role in the economic and social development of the community.

Fort York saw a lot of action during the War of 1812, when the Americans declared war on Canada and invaded. In 1813 the Americans attacked Fort York twice, burning down many of the barracks and buildings. Shortly afterwards, the Fort was rebuilt into the structure that remains today.

Fort York Map Minto WestsideMap of Fort York during the Attack of 1813. 

Fort York was designated as a ‘National Historic Site of Canada’ in 1923.  On Victoria Day 1934, Fort York opened as a historic site museum. The City of Toronto designated the site, along with the nearby Fort York Armory, as a Heritage Conservation District in 1985.

Today, Fort York is conveniently open year-round and offers a fantastic opportunity to take part in tours, exhibits, and seasonal demonstrations. During the warmer months, the site is busy with ceremonies of the Fort Guard. The fort houses various exhibits, such as restored period rooms and traditional museum galleries, and the site hosts arts and cultural festivals on it’s grounds as well.

Fort York Guard Minto WestsideThe Fort York Guard.

Fort York is another great reason to enjoy the King West neighborhood, not just for its vibrant culture and exciting shops and eateries, but for the rich history as well!

Find out more about Fort York at Or visit to learn more about living in this fabulous neighbourhood!

Welcome Home to Minto Longbranch!

Minto Longbranch is welcoming our first move-ins next week!

Before everyone moves in, we got to tour the Minto Longbranch site and take a sneak peek at the completed homes. Even though it was a grey and rainy day, the homes are looking shiny and brand new! PDOs have been completed in Blocks 3 and 4 and these Blocks are now ready for home owners to move in to. See for yourself the photos of our walk through of Blocks 3 and 4 – the suites look stunning!

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We can’t wait to welcome our first homeowners in next week!

If you’re interested in living at Minto Longbranch, we have a new release of suites coming up at Minto Longbranch 2! Register today to find out more!

Department of the Interior: Decor Tips from Our Design Team


How should you plan for your Design Centre appointment? What should you start thinking about?

SB: Spend some time reviewing your floorplan and start thinking about how you plan to use each space in your suite. The more we know about your lifestyle, likes/ dislikes, the more we can help you achieve your desired living space. One of the best ways is to flip through magazines and photos online. While looking for images that inspire you, focus on spaces that are similar in size and style to your new condo.

When planning your furniture layout, remember to work with furnishings that are sized to suit today’s condo spaces. While most furniture pieces should be compact in a smaller space, an occasional large piece will amp the drama. Use large artwork against a dining area wall rather than a piece of furniture, for example.

Multifunctional use of space is increasingly popular with people who want to live larger in small spaces. If you rarely use a dining table, but occasionally want to host a dinner for several friends, consider using a table pushed against a wall to serve as a desk when you’re not entertaining. If intimate dining for two is more your lifestyle, a multifunctional table that changes from dinner to cocktail height is a great idea.

What are the hot colours this season? What’s the best way to use colour in a suite?

SB: Extreme colours and trends are much less prevalent today in the fixtures and finishes that are selected in the Design Centre. When we create spaces with our homebuyers, we find that most people are conscious of the value of their investment in the resale market. We’re seeing people use flooring in a wide range of neutral tones, including whitewash, blonde, taupe, deep brown, and charcoal. In fact, we have more included choices with the purchase of a condo today than ever before. This allows you to personalize the depth of the colour in your home according to your preferences.

In the last two years Benjamin Moore has featured neutrals for their Colour Of The Year. In 2016 it was OC-117 Simply White and in 2017 it’s a deep graphite colour named 2117-30 Shadow. Think of these colours like the neutral backdrop for your home and consider whether your accent colours are softer shades like mocha, sky blue, sage; or vibrant colours like lemon, tangerine, or honeysuckle.

Soft finishes and accessories are the ideal place to express yourself through accent colour, including an area carpet, upholstery fabric on an accent chair, throws, cushions, floral, and artwork. These pops of colour will bring your neutral fixtures and finishes to life.

Where is the best place to invest in optional upgrades?

SB: My first advice is to give consideration to how you’re going to use your space and make any power or data wiring changes pre-construction. After the concrete is poured, it’s not feasible to relocated your dining area ceiling fixture outlet, or to wire the suite for motorized shading. Plumbing changes such as tub-to-shower conversions should also be done pre-construction to ensure they’re feasible and warranted.

The next option I typically recommend is to upgrade the kitchen design to include fullyintegrated appliances with matching cabinet panels. However, Minto Yorkville Park already includes this premium design feature! So, the next option on my list would be surface finishes. Surface finishes like flooring, cabinetry, countertop, floor tile and wall tile are those most people consider enhancing.

At Yorkville Park, engineered hardwood flooring is included with the suite, so the optional upgrades include features like thicker wear layer, glue down installation, exotic decorator finishes, and herringbone installation pattern.

Some of our homebuyers are upgrading their bathroom wall tile to match the Italian porcelain floor tile, while others are recreating the Presentation Gallery bathroom vignette complete with marble tile and gold plated faucets. There are Caesarstone counters included standard at Yorkville Park as well as several optional upgrade Caesarstone selections from their premium natural stone line. Slab backsplashes are also available and these have become more popular in recent years.

Regardless of palettes and finish level, suites at Minto Yorkville Park will be at the neighbourhood’s chicest address! Visit our website to find out more about #24KaratLiving at Minto Yorkville Park.

Best Smoothie Places around Toronto to Fight off the Cold!

A cold refreshing smoothie or freshly squeezed juice is not just the ideal summer thirst Quencher- these immune boosters are even more beneficial in the colder months ahead of us!


Our list of juice bars have got you covered with everything from fancy cold-pressed concoctions, blended smoothies, concentrated shots, and a variety of nut milks, hearty enough for the coming winter!

Juice Box


Juice Box is one of Toronto’s best juice bars. This popular juice bar is located right in the middle of the Bloor-Church Village. It is a small take-out destination that makes fruit and vegetable juices on the spot- so you know it has to be ‘fresh’! This is the place to go if you live or work around the area. They provide customers with fast – fresh service so stop by for something ‘freshly squeezed’ today!

Location: 491 Church St.

Greenhouse Juice Co.

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This boutique bar sits in a little white house off Yonge at Macpherson Ave. which makes this uptown spot a hit! Aside from cold press juices, nut milks, super-food shots and chia seeds, they are soon to offer Cleansing programs and an expanded food menu. As they experiment, new juices will be added to the already solid roster of flavors. The handmade nut milks are truly amazing and well received by customers who keep going back for more!  Their almond milk alone is magical a blend of cold pressed almonds, alkaline water, vanilla bean, Medjool dates and coconut oil, and blankets the mouth in a gently sweet and creamy way. Greenhouse provides an inspiring heaven for enjoying a luxurious array of fresh flavors.

Location: 5 Macpherson Ave.



Fresh is better known for their tremendous selection of healthy and hearty vegetarian entrees! Wither you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, you can always count on it being slightly crowded, and rightfully so!  This chain also has a variety of nut milk shakes, hearty fruit and veggie smoothies, and recently a new favorite, their wide selection of cold press juices! One bottle of a cold-pressed juice contains approximately 3 pounds or 10 servings of fresh organic produce. These little packages come with big benefits! A single serving of juice is a powerful, blood detoxifier, immunity booster, and promotes tons of energy!  Something that good for you, is worth at least one try!

Various locations around Toronto, visit their website for one close to you:

Bolt Fresh Bar

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Recently opened just steps from The Drake Hotel, this place is never short, of a long line-up!  From classics like the Chocolate Thunder that pleasantly consists of whipped dark ChocoSol froth, organic peanut butter, raw cacao, banana, flax and chia seeds, agave and almond milk. Or go for fan favorite;  their Greena Colada which is a new exotic addition to the menu, and stands out for its’ melody of pineapple, shredded coconut, kale, agave nectar, and flax seed, smoothed together with coconut milk and raw cashew. Again like most smoothie place offerings, smoothies aren’t the only drinks on tap at Bolt; their pressed juices are also terrific, and hugely revitalizing.

Location: 1170 Queen St. W

With this many reasons and places to try out something that’s good for your mind, body and immune system, what are you waiting for?

Holiday Shopping near Minto Longbranch!


The festive season is upon us and it’s time to get holiday shopping out of the way. Take a trip to Sherway Gardens, a major hotspot in Long Branch that will help you cross off everyone on your shopping list.

Saks Fifth Avenue


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Originally from New York City, Saks Fifth Avenue is the swankiest new shopping destination in Toronto, offering high-end style from designers such as, Céline, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and the Saks’ Fifth Avenue Collection. Long Branch residents now have a new place to find their favourite designer attire. Find the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life or pick up something special for yourself.

Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s


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What could be better than an 18,500 square foot food hall attached to luxury shopping? Pick up all your holiday party dishes at Pusateri’s. They have a large selection of gourmet, premade meals and an assortment of cheeses and cured meats for the ultimate charcuterie board.

Frank + Oak


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For the stylish man or woman on your list who appreciates the art of a sleek button up shirt or knit sweater, head into Frank + Oak. With an emphasis on simplicity and quality means your Frank + Oak purchase will become a staple in your loved one’s wardrobe.

Pottery Barn


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Do you have a friend or family member who has an eye for classy home décor? Pottery Barn is the perfect place to pick up their gift. Offering items for any room of the home, a gift from Pottery Barn is sure to impress. While you wander, you may even be tempted to pick up something for your own humble abode.

Hudson’s Bay


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A classic Canadian shopping destination, Hudson’s Bay is a great one-stop shop for everyone on your list. With sales like their iconic “Bay Days” you can find anything from designer shoes and apparel, to brand name household appliances.

Nordstrom (Coming Soon)


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After it’s Canadian debut at the Toronto Eaton Centre, Nordstrom is slowly making its way into major malls across the province, including Sherway Gardens. With an increasingly competitive luxury market, Nordstrom has no problem standing out amongst the rest. With a licensed bar and knowledgeable staff, this nationally renowned store will have shopping mavens throughout Long Branch eagerly waiting for the grand opening in fall 2017.

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A Lot is Happening on Site at Longbranch! Take a Look…

Even with the colder days hovering over the Longbranch site, construction continues to move along on Lake Shore Blvd. W. in south Etobicoke.

We have some exciting photos of the progress to share with you!

As you can see the upper Terrace model kitchens  with optional islands are turning out to be beautiful and perfect for entertaining family and friends!


The upper Terrace model washroom looks great with tile flooring, fixtures and the shower installed! These ensuites are almost complete and the everything is looking seamless in these units!


Here is a look at Block 3 looks from outside. Wow- the community is really shaping up!


Meanwhile, the terrace walls that align the parkette to the South of Block 1 are also nearing completion as shown here.


Lastly, we can start to see that the drywall work is progressing in Block # 2 and and we are hoping to achieve this for Block 1,5 and 8 in the next few weeks.


We hope these updates get you as excited as us here at Minto!

Minto homeowners with questions should contact MyMinto Customer Experience at 416-913-2119 or email

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Stay tuned for more updates!