Flowers are such a cheerful addition to a home’s decor. But if you struggle to keep fresh blooms alive, there’s an alternative. Flower-themed accessories can brighten your home year-round and require no maintenance! We rounded up 10 of our favourite products. Check them out here: 10 floral decor ideas for your home.
Design & Decor Blog
If you’re heading down to the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, January 23, be sure to stop by the Style At Home booth! Style At Home’s Senior Design Editor Margot Austin and I will be on-hand from 2:00-4:00PM, and we’d love to meet you! Speaking of which, Margot will be guest blogging from the IDS right here on Style Sleuth, beginning tomorrow night after the lavish Opening Night Gala! Stay tuned to Style Sleuth for all the glamour, guts and gossip!
Next up for my series of “Ones to Watch” at the Interior Design Show are twin woodworkers Jason and Lars of Brothers Dressler: up-and-coming “upcyclers” who are turning salvage into a whole lotta sexy.
Name: Brothers Dressler
Home base: Toronto
Claim to fame: Eco-chic custom furniture crafted from repurposed and salvaged objects and responsibly-harvested materials.
Style Sleuth:Â What does the Interior Design Show mean to you?
Brothers Dressler: “It’s a great opportunity to show our work to a new audience, but more importantly it allows Canadian and local Toronto designers to be exposed to the Toronto market and beyond. It’s an opportunity to bring our small-scale local craft level work to an industry that’s dominated by large scale manufacturing.”
SS: What are you debuting at IDS 10?
Brothers Dressler: “Our limited line of salvaged School chairs, updated and refurbished for the contemporary market as part of Limited Edition in Studio North. We think the elegant and simple constructions from the past are worth saving, so we use the existing strength and function of an old chair and add to its form to reinforce and transform it. We came across a number of chairs saved from a defunct felt factory in a salvage store in the Junction. We saw the potential in these well-used chairs and took all 93 of them. They’re tubular steel frame school assembly chairs with flat maple plywood seats and curved plywood backs. Many interpretations of this chair will come out of our workshop. The frame, seat, back and legs will be old and new, added-to and reinforced to create chairs that will begin again, and avoid a premature end.”
The salvage chairs Lars and Jason bought… (All 93 of them!)
…And after the Brothers Dressler transformation!
Lars and Jason have reinforced the old institutional icon with solid wood braces as new legs. The brothers are offering the legs in a number of solid woods, including Douglas fir (salvaged from a factory torn down in the west end of Toronto), reclaimed elm (from a barn north of Toronto) and walnut (sourced from local, responsible suppliers). By adding braces of different sizes, they can make the chair into a standard 18″ model, tall 24″ dining chairs, 24-30″ bar stools, chairs with arms, and even 4-8′ benches!
SS: What was your last home purchase?
Jason Dressler: “My latest home purchase was an environmentally-friendly California king mattress — the first mattress that I can actually stretch out on!”
SS: Where is design going in 2010?
Brothers Dressler: “Although we don’t subscribe to trends, we’re happy to see more people becoming aware of sustainability and timeless design. We see the direction of design continuing to focus on conscious design, where prospective clients are aware of the impact of where their furniture is built and what it’s made from. Factors like responsible and reclaimed sources, fair wage and local manufacturing and longevity of design will continue to gain value.”
SS: What’s your fave colour of-the-moment?
Brothers Dressler: “We’re always partial to natural colours, and we also appreciate the creative use of bold colours. Warm, woodsy tones combined with the natural green of plants can make any interior fresh and inviting.”
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Plastic bags, out. Reusable totes, in.
Old news by now, right? Well, here`s what`s new: Trendy, earth-friendly totes for the stylish socially responsible shopper to storm the market in style. Below are just a few faves from Australian-based Envirosax, offering a proverbial grab bag of totes in various styles, fabrics and prints.
Size: 19.5″ x 16.5″ (unrolled), 4″ x 1.5″ (rolled)
Available at: www.envirosax.ca
A picture wall is a bold statement. Add some instant drama to your home with a wall of photographs that you love. Perfect Picturewall offers all the tools you`ll need to create a designer look at home. In just 10 minutes, you`ll have a gorgeous gallery wall to gaze at. Sounds easy enough, right?
Available at: supermarkethq.com
I’ve started using the Bluelounge Refresh charging station, and let me tell you, it’s a lifesaver. Instead of rationing the battery on my gadgets for the second half of the day, I can plug everything into the charging station at my desk and not worry about using up the juice of my laptop. It comes with two iPod/iPhone connectors and other generic device outlets so you can charge your Blackberry or other cell phone. With a sleek design and available in several colours, this charging station keeps my gadgets and desktop organized.
$90 US, available from Bluelounge.
Good morning, sunshine! Chase away the winter blues with Philips` innovative new Wake-up Light, which simulates dawn, has FM radio and nature sounds. Thirty minutes before the alarm goes off, the light grows brighter, preparing your body to wake up. Not a fan of bright light in your eyes? Adjust the light setting to a level that suits you. Wake-up Light, $190, philips.ca.
Say goodbye to the clunky jugs and embrace something far greener: Method`s powerful, eco-friendly laundry detergent. Having landed in Canadian stores just this week (Shopper`s Drug Mart, Loblaws and Canadian Tire among many more), Method laundry detergent is well worth foaming over.
The Science-y Stuff
Method`s unique â€˜smartclean technology` turns detergent molecules inside-out, leaving surfacants (or cleaning agents) exposed, using less water in the detergent, but working harder to get rid of stains.
â€¢ it`s hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, made with 95% natural and renewable ingredients
â€¢ it`s 8x concentrated, requiring only Â¼ the dose of leading national brands
â€¢ the patented bottle and pump system doesn`t allow you to “overdose” on detergent
â€¢ the packaging is sleek and easy to store, not to mention environmentally responsible (recyclable and made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic)
Price: $17/600 mL bottle, $9/300 mL bottle
Available at: (in stores) Shopper`s Drug Mart, Loblaws and Canadian Tire among many more (online) www.methodlaundry.com
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Method is offering an eco giveaway pack for one lucky reader! Want to win? Comment below and tell us how you plan to â€˜go green` this year.
Contest closes Jan. 31, 2010 at 12 a.m. EST. Open to all residents of Canada, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families, or any other persons with whom they reside.