Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle Print, Purposeful Printables on Etsy.
Boost your productivity while working from home with these inspiring office essentials.If you work from home, carving out a quiet space to concentrate is important. But this space doesn’t need to simply be functional. It should also be inspiring and motivating. It should encourage you to do your best work. How? We’ve rounded up a selection of home office essentials that will help to spark your creativity!
Need a few words of encouragement to get you through the work day? When you’re running low on motivation, simply remind yourself that ‘Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle’. This charming print will not only look great hanging on the wall of your home office but it’ll give you that extra incentive to get stuff done. Best of all, this print is an instant download so why not download and print it right now? Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle Print, Purposeful Printables on Etsy, $2.59.
Add a burst of colour and whimsy to your home office by wallpapering a feature wall using Schumacher’s ‘Birds and Butterflies’ wallpaper. This popular pattern is a revival from a 1960s pattern in the company’s archives. Brought back to life for a modern era, this wallpaper will inspire your own flights of fancy as you work. Schumacher Birds and Butterflies Wallpaper, Schumacher, see website for details.
If wallpaper is too permanent a choice, opt for something temporary like a wall decal. This motivational wall decal is just the thing to inspire you in your creative pursuits. Easy to apply and easy to remove without leaving damage to your walls, this wall decal comes in 40 different colour options. Motivational Wall Decal, TweetHeart Wall Art on Etsy, $18.21.
Bring your Pinterest boards to life with this metal photo clip string set. Featuring 12 photo clips on a five-foot string, this set will help you keep all those tear sheets and inspired ideas front and centre in your home office, instead of buried under a pile on your desk! Metal Photo Clip String Set, Urban Outfitters, $14.
It’s not uncommon to hit a wall during a long work day. When you need a break to get your creative juices flowing, try colouring! Adult colouring books are all the rage these days and when you sit down with one, you’ll understand why. More than just a throwback to your childhood, this beautifully illustrated book is bound to unleash your own creativity. Animal Kingdom Colouring Book and Coloured Pencils, Indigo, $25.34.
Hang sturdy shelves on your home office walls to display favourite items. Not only will they add visual interest to your space but they’ll provide room for photographs, books and other odds and ends that you draw inspiration from. These shelves, made from reclaimed pine, will look right at home in almost any space! Reclaimed Wood Shelving + Brackets, West Elm, starting at $69.99.
Research indicates that fresh plants and flowers aren’t just pretty additions to your home. They are said to boost your mood, spark creativity, reduce stress and promote concentration. And on top of all that, they’ll add a beautiful touch to your workspace. Seems like there are plenty of reasons to add a vase of fresh blooms to your desk!
An oversized chalkboard is perfect for jotting down notes, to-do lists and ideas that come to you throughout the day. Even use it as a jumbo doodle pad! Just don’t ever let your best ideas slip away because you didn’t record them. Framed Chalkboard, Pottery Barn, $99.
2015 paint colour trends
The biggest names in paint share the colour trends that will dominate Canadian homes in 2015.
Paint has long been touted as one of the easiest ways to update a space, from treating the walls to a fresh coat in a new hue to giving an old piece of furniture a new lease on life with a few strokes. Just pop that can open, and voila – in a few hours, your home can be transformed into an entirely new space. This year, paint companies are all about promoting serenity and calm, introducing colours that provide an escape from the stresses and hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Read on for the hottest palettes gracing Canadian homes in 2015 from the biggest names in paint, like homegrown masters CIL to across-the-pond traditionalists Farrow & Ball and environmentally friendly local paint manufacturers Homestead House. Icy blues, vibrant teals, pale greens and even spicy yellows – colour is on the horizon for 2015 paint trends in a major way.
North American favourite Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green as their Colour of the Year for 2015, a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles seamlessly. "Homeowners are ready to experiment with colour and are more confident with making unique design choices for the home," says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with colour schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.” Where to use this colour Versatile in nature, Guilford Green can be used in a number of rooms in the house, but also on a number of surfaces. “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Colour of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” says Ellen. “When used on a ceiling or trim against a more saturated colour like in the photo shown here, it reads almost white, so it’s really a fresh approach to neutrals in the home.” Guilford Green HC-116, Benjamin Moore
For 2015, classic British paint company Farrow & Ball chose to highlight colours that offer up a sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living, like Light Blue. A soft blue with a silvery quality, Light Blue is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape, transforming the home into a serene and calming space. Where to use this colour Combined with cool greys like Blackened and Lamp Room Gray, Light Blue works well in kitchens and bathrooms to give these spaces a feeling of relaxed movement. Pair with chrome and white accessoriesto get the most impact out of this icy blue. Light Blue No. 22, Farrow & Ball
PARA’s colour of the year is the rich, celestial navy blue Spectrolite (shown here on the wall next to the fireplace). Radiating feelings of serenity and clarity, Spectrolite’s deep hue is inspired by the universe and its powerful, awe-inspiring colours. Where to use this colour Bold and dramatic, Spectrolite would look great as an accent colour on the front dooror an interior wall, juxtaposed against softer, more neutral colours like PARA’s delicate off-white Princess Cut (PPF57). Because of its dark, serene hue, consider Spectrolite for a space used to relax and unwind, like the den or bedroom. Spectrolite PF73, PARA Paints
This year, yellows take a turn away from the softer tones of 2014 and move towards bolder and more dramatic hues, like CIL’s Curry Spice. “This standout shade works wonderfully as a unique hit of colour to liven up a room, especially when combined with grey, white and soft blue,” says Susan Forint, CIL Colour & Design Expert. Where to use this colour “Curry Spice is fabulous as an accent colour on a feature wall or on a single piece of furniture, such as a sideboard in a family room, a dining tablein a kitchen or on a nightstand or in a child’s room,” says Susan. Curry Spice 45YY 62/805* DL19, CIL
From the Deep Dreams palette of Behr’s 2015 Colour Trends comes Essential Teal, a vibrant and profound green-blue in a rich jewel tone. “Essential Teal expands on the turquoises and aquas we have seen in recent years,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr Paints Director of Colour. “This dark peacock blue works well with gray and brown neutrals, and accents like fuchsia, purple or yellow.” Where to use this colour “Essential Teal can transform a bedroom into a dreamy and energetic landscape,” says Erika. “When used on a wall, whether it’s as a feature or all-over colour, it contrasts well with clean white trim and dark brown furniture.” Essential Teal T15-3, Behr
Techies by day need a retreat at night, and Sico’s colour trends for the year create a calm, serene environment and much-needed respite from our busy lives. The soft, washed-out Intrepid Blue provides a welcome balance to the energetic colours of 2015 and is associated with minimalistic styling, clean lines and simplicity. Where to use this colour “Tranquil and grounded in nature, Intrepid Blue would be best used in the bedroom or bathroom, providing a calm, serene environment and much needed retreat from busy days,” says Mylene Gevry, marketing manger for Sico. Intrepid Blue 6022-31, Sico Paint
Canadian paint brand Homestead House Paint Co. offers up a number of beautiful colourways for furniture makeovers, and their trendiest for 2015 is Inglenook, a blue grey from their environmentally-friendly, 100% acrylic Fusion line. Named after a recess in the wall near the fireplace where families would have a settee or dining table, Inglenook is meant to evoke the feeling of warmth and coziness that comes from the small “nook” close to the fire. “It pairs well with white and neutral linens, but can also provide an interesting contrast against charcoal grey and deep, rich blues and browns,” says Jennylyn Pringle, manager of Homestead House Paint Co. Where to use this colour “Inglenook works well in a bathroom or kitchen where it can be used on the cabinetry or accent furniture,” says Jennylyn. “Pair it with a Carrera marble countertopfor an elegant, sophisticated look. It adds a touch of modern farmhouse that fits in with the city or country.” Inglenook, Homestead House Paint Co.
As part of Style at Home’s Country Colour Collectionwith Beauti-Tone, Junction is a casual classic colour that fits your home as perfectly as your favourite pair of jeans fit your body. This deep denim is a member of the ‘York’ palette, a combination of blues, beiges and taupes reminiscent of the large Tudor Revival homes in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. Where to use this colour Try using Junction on the walls of a hallway or a dining room, accented against wainscoting painted in Beauti-Tone’s Kingsway, a warm neutral. Junction FD094-4, Beauti-Tone, available at homehardware.ca
Bright and cheerful townhouse
Designer Orsi Panos gives this townhouse a colourful facelift on a modest budget.
"Bright and cheerful." That’s what the owner of this townhouse in Courtice, Ont., was searching for in a new home. Since her previous abode was older, larger and surrounded by mature trees, she was struck by this 1,400-square-foot space with large windows, a well-designed layout and plentiful natural light. However, at 10 years old, the home’s decor was dated, and its cheap builder-grade finishes weren’t holding up – aesthetically or otherwise.
"We kept some family heirlooms that meant a lot to her," Orsi explains. "And her extensive art collection was pared down to what looked great in the space." When shopping for new pieces, "the focus was on keeping things bright, fun and cheerful," says Orsi. "That’s when all the yellow accents came in. Yellow is the ultimate sunny hue." Gold and brass accessories also provide a warm glow, while a generous selection of other accent colours gives the entire place a vibrant, happy persona. "The homeowner is such a busy and interesting person – her home is now a true reflection of that."
A navy sectional complements the colourful gallery wall in the living room. The artwork is a pared-down selection of the homeowner’s vast collection.
The ikat-patterned fabric on the living room armchair was chosen for its complementary yellow, navy and grey colour scheme. The black bookcase has a grey interior and houses the TV and treasured books and objets. Designer Orsi Panos turned the book spines inward so their multi-hued jackets wouldn’t overwhelm the already colourful space.
Small accessories, like candlesticks on the mantel, help blend the rest of the decor with shades of gold and black, tying the whole room together.
"We started the project almost from the first day she looked at the house in 2014," says designer Orsi Panos. And as soon as the homeowner, a retired teacher, took possession, the makeover began. Since the existing floor plan was wonderfully functional, no major construction or structural changes were necessary. "We did what was needed to update the finishes," says Orsi.
"The homeowner and I fell in love with this bold floral fabric for the banquette, so we decided to let it be the star of the kitchen’s eat-in area," says Orsi. The dining chairs, which she had refinished, were part of an old set.
Yellow chevron-patterned drapery brings a hit of bright, happy colour to the home’s living room. Because the space is an atypical size, Orsi opted to layer two rugs rather than splurge on a custom one.
Orsi helped the homeowner edit her belongings down to what would work in the new house – with less square footage, she definitely needed fewer possessions overall and wanted a fresh start.
The kitchen’s backsplash, countertops and floor remained the same, but new white Shaker-style cabinet doors give the space a major facelift.
The children on your holiday shopping list are sure to love these unique and interactive gift ideas.
Shopping for kids can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially during the holidays. To keep the little ones on your holiday shopping list happy, we've rounded up some of our favourite fun and interactive gift ideas. Perfect for children of all ages, these items are sure to bring joy and excitement over the holidays.
Colouring books will always be a popular gift. This year, gift your little Picasso with a unique spin on the classic colouring book - a puzzle they can colour themselves! Colour Your Own Puzzle, Winners, $12.99.
A toothbrush that gets kids excited about brushing is a win-win for parents and children. Featuring an interactive app you can sync to your smart device and customizable stickers - what's not to love! Philips Sonicare for Kids, Walmart, $59.99.
Perfect for the creative kid on your shopping list. This DIY marble maze allows players to design their own experience, challenge opponents and even features a fun virtual reality viewer. Seedling Marble Maze, Indigo, $74.95.
When it's just too cold to play outside, this fun caravan-style tent is the perfect for letting creativity and imagination flourish indoors. HEMMAHOS Children's tent, IKEA, $39.99.
How adorable are these wooden kitchen appliances? With realistic rotating pieces and turning clicks, your kids will enjoy hours of fun. Wooden Appliances, Pottery Bark Kids, prices vary.
This cookie cutter set is a great way to combine a young Jedi masters love for baking holiday treats and their obsession with all things Star Wars. Star Wars™ 8-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, Williams-Sonoma, $29.95.
Kids will love this fun, interactive, and imaginative way to learn math, language and shapes. Designed for use with your tablet, each subject has its own games and interactive toys. Tiggly Learner Kit, Best Buy, $99.99.
Add a new addition to family game night with a classic like Scrabble. Fun for the whole family, this vintage edition comes in a stylish, linen-wrapped book. Scrabble Vintage Bookshelf Edition, Indigo, $49.95.
Build-A-Bear Workshop's newest reindeer collection means from start to finish your children can put their own unique spin on creating the seasonal stuffed toy of their dreams. Glisten, Twinkle and Tinsel Reindeer, Build-A-Bear Workshop, prices vary.