Colour, Fabric & Style for 2013: Margot Austin

Our Colour, Fabric & Style 4 week guest post series ends with a fabulous bang, namely Margot Austin. While writing this post, I tried to remember the first time I came in contact with Margot, and I have come to the conclusion that we were first introduced on twitter. We would chat on and off, but mostly I think it started over our fondness of the show Parenthood. I have always loved the design stylings that Margot creates, so she was a no brainer when I chose my guests for this series of posts. I have since met Margot several times when visiting Toronto, and she is exactly how I expected her to be….she puts on no airs…she is just Margot, and that is such a breath of fresh air in this business.

Margot Austin is a Senior Design Editor at House & Home Magazine and a stylist who is equally adept at working with words, fabrics, furniture, flowers and tabletops. She grew up in Peterborough, Ont. and graduated from the University of Toronto. During her career in magazine publishing, Margot has covered fashion, beauty, entertainment, home renovation and design. Margot has appeared as a guest decorating expert on CBC TV’s Steven & Chris Show and CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. She is an engaging public speaker who can offer insider tips on many decorating subjects.

Margot has a particular interest in the history of design and fashion and is a French bulldog devotee. She divides her time between Toronto, Tweed, Ont. and Prince Edward Island.

Welcome Margot to the TBB Blog!



A plaid lover Halleluiah!! And I too love a leafy botanical print. I adore Farrow & Ball, and the names are just as decadent as the colours themselves! Love the palette Margot, it is full of warmth, life & history like a great comfort food.





Mary Anne says:“Margot, I am glad you have been converted to yellow. I love to use it for unexpected pops of colour in various colour schemes. And your use of orange, instead of the more predictable red, as a compliment to the tartan is just genius!”

Donna says: “Hands up over here for another tartan lover!  Could be my Scottish heritage, but there is just something about a good solid tartan that draws me in!  This colour palette is refreshing in the absence of gray, which I like but has been a tad overdone of late.  Thank you Margot!”


Maureen says: “So enjoy learning how others find their colour inspiration. Wonderful, original palette. Margot, if you end up doing ANY of this, please let the TBBs know! ”


Lisa says: “This is pure deliciousness and warmth. Like Donna my Scottish heritage makes me love a pretty tartan and this one is so pretty!  I am so with you with some of the overdone fabrics, just like the latest “pop hits” on the radio…enough already. And as a recent yellow convert, I am in the process of choosing a colour to paint a hutch at my cottage and I’ll be taking a look at Babouche.”


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Shauna @Satori Design for Living - June 6, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Love the moody blue-greens and the pops of orange and yellow combined with the freshness of that dwell studio fabric. Very pretty!

Anne - June 6, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Love, love, love that tartan plaid! And I would never have thought to combine it with a light floral….lovely!

Inspire Me Heather - June 8, 2013 - 8:54 am

What a great guest post, thanks for the inspiration and I’m loving the greens!

Heather, Mmm... is for Mommy - June 8, 2013 - 11:30 am

I love plaid (Scottish/Irish and live in NS… it’s manditory) and love green, but don’t think I’m ready for it’s return yet.

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