Get ready for the new school year with these popular items!
We've put together our list of cool products that will make this school year even more stylish and productive!
Love it or hate it, back to school season rolls around like clockwork each year! And as you prepare to send your kids back to school this fall, you’ll want to make sure they’ve got everything they need for a successful start. We’ve rounded up 9 of our favourite back to school essentials that are as functional as they are fabulous!
1 Cloud Nine backpack
Back to school means a new school bag! This super stylish ‘Cloud Nine’ nylon backpack from Sol and Selene is just what your style conscious student is looking for. With interior compartments to keep everything organized, adjustable back straps and light gold hardware finish on its exterior, this backpack is as chic as it is sensible. Cloud Nine Backpack, Sol and Selene, $90.
2 iPad Pro
Available in 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models, the new iPad Pros are lighter and more powerful than ever before. Boasting the brightest, least reflective screen on the market, this is way more than a fun gadget for kids. It harnesses all the power of a personal computer and will be any student’s BFF this school year. iPad Pro, Apple, starting at $799.
3 Expander File Folder
Keep chaos and disorder at bay by investing in the right tools to get the job done. This expanding file folder is the perfect solution to loose leaf paper. On top of a student’s desk, it will help them keep paperwork organized and will help create a tidy, calm environment in which to study. Expander File Folder, Indigo, $12.60.
4 Triple C Power Card Ultra Thin Charger
The main reason your teen has a cell phone is so that you can keep in touch with them, are we right? Well, the phone does no good when it’s as dead as a doornail! This super thin portable phone charger will help make sure that their phone always has juice and you can always reach them. Triple C Power Card Ultra Thin Charger, Anthropologie, $36.
5 Sushi Cat Notebook
Students need notebooks, obviously and we just can’t think of any reason not to get these ones. They feature cats dressed up as sushi. Enough said! We think you might win the ‘Parent of the Year’ award if you surprise the student in your household with a set of these adorable notebooks. Sushi Cat Notebook, Urban Outfitters, $8.
6 Mixit Lightning to USB Leather Tassel
A USB drive is always handy to have, whether for downloading homework assignments or to share music and photos with friends. This leather tassel hides the lightning and USB cables within its leather straps but also keeps them easily accessible at all times. Just attach to your school bag and go! Perfect! Mixit Lightning to USB Leather Tassel, Belkin, $19.99.
7 Aqua Greek Key iPhone 6 Plus Speck Case
A smartphone case is an essential. You don’t want to run the risk of shattered screens or worse, a completely ruined phone. This stylish iPhone 6 Plus Speck case designed in Jonathan Adler’s signature style of bold pattern and confident colours is just the solution to keep your teen’s phone protected. Aqua Greek Key iPhone 6 Plus Speck Case, Jonathan Adler, $55.
8 Les Femmes Calendar
This gorgeous desktop calendar is perfect for the sophisticated teen who has an eye for style and an appreciation for all things Francais! Plus, perhaps a paper calendar will get her to look up from her phone every now and then! Les Femmes Calendar, Tictail, $12.
9 Nom de Plume Ballpoint Pen
We know, we know … students today do the vast majority of their work on computers but surely that doesn’t mean that actual writing instruments are obsolete! This gorgeous pen will not only come in handy in class but is a signature item that she’ll hopefully cherish for years to come. Nom de Plume Ballpoint Pen, Kate Spade, $36.
Image by: Tracey Ayton / Design: Kerrisdale Design
Get the inside scoop on the year's most popular design trends.
Every year brings with it hot new trends and this year’s design trends are sure to get you excited about making some changes at home. Whether you’re thinking about something small scale like painting your powder room in one of the year’s hottest shades or going bigger with beautiful architectural features, these ideas from designers are sure to inspire!
Credit: Amber Interiors
1 "I think that a top design trend will be spaces that are more relaxed and casual with nothing too fussy or sparkly. Call it a restrained and tailored boho aesthetic; think Amber Interiors. Linen or velvet seating (in performance fabrics, of course), a mixture of woods and textures and nothing matching or contrived. Worn, antique area rugs, handmade block print fabrics and a real plant or two add to the layered yet edited feel and give a home soul." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Tracey Ayton / Design: Kerrisdale Design
2 "Look for interior finishings to take centre stage in 2017. While decorative elements like furniture and wallpaper have traditionally set the trends, increasing attention is being paid to the bones of a house. Applied mouldings, interior doors, archways and window casings are becoming more elaborate as homeowners discover that architectural features can make bold statements too." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
3 "Today, forest green has made a comeback and is seen mixed with deep woods and black hardware and punches of brass to make it pop. Go bold and paint a powder room green. Pair with an antique chest turned-vanity and some brass pulls and brass faucet." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Stacey Brandford / Design: Jessica Claire Interiors
4 "My favourite design for 2017 is wallpaper that mimics a wall mural. There are some incredible designs on the market where wallcoverings depict designs like large scale florals or hand painted landscapes. The dramatic impact is pretty incredible, and I love how it adds a bit of a handmade influence to any room." - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Colette Grand Cafe
5 "One top design trend is to introduce unconventional design elements into our homes. Whether your inspiration is a sensational bar shelf suspended from the ceiling at Colette, the stunning floor to ceiling glass walls at The Chase Toronto, or the metal trim detail between floor tiles at most commercial spaces, 2017 is the year for innovative ideas so why not be inspired by our favourite restaurants or the beautifully designed stores as we shop for the holidays?" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
6 "Loft-inspired design has been around for few decades but we're seeing a resurgence of this trend with the black steel factory door. The large black grid of these elegant beauties are not only attractive but they provide great sight lines to the outdoors, further forging the relationship between indoor and outdoor living. They can easily elevate any modern or traditional home whether as a patio door, room divider or shower door. With this much versatility, it's easy to see why the black steel factory door is expected to be a big winner in 2017!" - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
Photography: Michael Graydon / Design: Sam Sacks Design
7 "Give way to lighter woods! We’re seeing a move towards a blonder, natural looking wood from floor to ceiling. Wider plank hardwood with an oiled/ matte finish is a great choice in creating visual interest and providing a neutral backdrop for furniture and other interior elements. Natural, rift cut oak is a great option for cabinetry, pairing well with walnut and darker woods and even painted finishes. Light wood is extremely versatile and a great way to add warmth and texture throughout a home without it feeling overpowering or heavy." - Interior Designer, Nyla Free.
A wooden dresser transforms into an ultra-stylish statement piece.
Put your DIY skills to the test with these simple and stylish IKEA furniture transformations.
Style at Home's talented design team puts their own unique spin on IKEA's VITTSJÖ nesting-style coffee table with three personality-packed rooms to match.
Discover how all three looks came together and how you can create the same look in your home.
We created a customized office desk for this cozy home office nook.
Using IKEA's ALEX desktop you can create the same look at home.
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
Using IKEA's TARVA three-drawer chest get this look at home.
Glam up a plain pendant light with a coat of gold spray paint.
Using IKEA's HEKTAR pendant light get the step-by-step instructions here.
Add some stylish storage to your space with this gorgeous do-it-yourself cabinet featured in our high/low: chic dressing room.
Using IKEA's SEKTION wall cabinet get the step-by-step instructions here.
Create your own free-standing island like the one featured in our Parisian-style kitchen. This budget-friendly accessory can be customized to suit your style while adding an extra prep area to any size space.
Using IKEA's KARPALUND base get the step-by-step instructions here.
Refresh your living quarters by incorporating 2017's hottest colours into any room in your home.
This year’s interior design trends are fun and edgy — and that includes 2017's most covetable hues. The four colours topping the charts? An enchanting purple, a lush green, a smooth caramel and a lavish navy. These fantastic four possess a cocooning quality, whether you opt to paint a whole room or accent it with a piece of furniture or an accessory. Seek decor inspiration from 2017's top colours below.
Editor's Note: A saturated purple makes a bewitching backdrop.
Image by: Benjamin Moore
Our favourite purple paints:
Shadow 2117-30, Benjamin Moore.
Starry Sky 70BB 21/147, Dulux Paints.
Premier Infinity Lilac Feather PR16T38, Canadian Tire.
Beauti-Tone You Look Mauve-lous SC169-0, Home Hardware.
Editor's Note: Call it forest or hunter, this green packs a punch.
Image by: Farrow & Ball
Editor's Note: This soothing tan is a balm for sore eyes.
Image by: Canadian Tire
Editor's Note: A perfectly inky blue is sure to bring the drama.
Image by: The Home Depot