12 great gift ideas for coffee lovers
Help your coffee lover enjoy 365 days of caffeine bliss with this beautiful wall calendar. 2016 Coffee and Tea calendar, Rifle Paper Co., $18 USD.
If a group gift for the family's coffee connoisseur is what you're looking for, then meet the GranBaristo Avanti by SAECO. This machine brews 18 drink varieties, has a five grinder setting and best of all - can be controlled by an app on your smart phone or tablet. SAECO GRANBaristo Avanti Bluetooth Connected Espresso Maker, Hudson's Bay, $2,999.
Combine cold brewed coffee, pure cane sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans and you get this all-natural vanilla coffee syrup. Perfect for everything from desserts to marinades or in a cold glass of milk! Dave's Coffee - All Natural Vanilla Coffee Syrup, Old Faithful Shop, $22.95.
Say goodbye to disposable filters with the Siphon Coffee Brewer from KitchenAid. It combines the richness of total-immersion brewing methods with the clean flavour profile of filter-brewed coffee, all without the need for a disposable filter. With its sleek design and onyx black details, it'll look great displayed on any Christmas-ready kitchen counter. KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer, KitchenAid, $279.99.
Wrap this tea towel up with their favourite blend of beans, or frame it for your java junkie to display proudly in their home. Distinctly Home coffee order print tea towel, Hudson's Bay, $9.99.
Help give your friend or family member that extra morning jolt with an all-natural soap bar made of extra-strength roasted espresso beans. Aaak lab coffee bar soap, CB2, $12.95.
Treat your coffee lover to some gourmet goodness this holiday season with this delicious blend of chocolate truffle coffee. GODIVA Chocolate Truffle Coffee, Hudson's Bay, $16.50.
Combine 2015's hottest metal trend with a must-have coffee brewing machine and you've got the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list. Bodum® Chambord Copper 34 Ounce French Press, Crate and Barrel, $79.95.
Give the gift of single-serve brewing with a coffee dripper! It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy fresh coffee at home, work or on-the-go. Coffee Dripper – Scream for Coffee, Indigo, $19.50.
If a red holiday cup is their go-to all season long, they'll love this festive ornament they can hang on their Christmas tree. Red holiday cup ornament, Starbucks, $7.95.
Cappuccinos, espressos and lattes - oh my! Create your own cafe at home with this fully automatic one-button machine. From an Americano to a peppermint mocha, they can have it all at the touch of a button. Tassimo T47 Multi-Beverage System, Canadian Tire, $119.99.
Any coffee lover is sure to enjoy this encyclopedia of the delicious world of coffee. From roasting beans to creating latte art, they'll learn the history, science and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado Tristan Stephenson. The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee, Anthropologie, $24.95.
DIY project: Vanity tray
9 ways to revamp your bathroom without undergoing a large-scale renovation.
According to designer Robin Siegerman, principal of Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc. and author of Renovation Bootcamp: Kitchens, bathroom renovations can be surprisingly expensive for the (generally) smaller size of the room, because so much of the expense is hidden in the walls, such as electrical and plumbing. But if your bathroom is in relatively good shape but uninspired from a design standpoint – often the case with condo units, for example – there’s much you can do to give it a spiffier look, with little or no professional help. Here are a few tips.
Replacing an ugly bathroom faucet with a pretty one has become a relatively simple do-it-yourself task, with many faucets now sold in kits that include all the fittings and complete instructions. Make sure you have the right type for the number of hole openings in the sink.
There are companies that will come in and reface your countertop with a ¼-inch veneer of granite, for the look of solid granite at a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, you can have a boring or worn laminate counter refaced with new laminate—there are ones on the market now that closely mimic stone, wood or other natural finishes, or go for something more fanciful if you like.
Replace a boring plate-glass mirror with a framed version you can hang like art. Scoop up an ornate frame at an antique store (or pick out a nice one at a framer’s) and have the framer make it into a mirror for you. Attractive framed mirrors in every style from Victorian to modern can also be found at thrift stores, antique markets and home stores.
If your bathtub or shower is tiled inside the enclosure but stops at the edge, and you can find matching tile, have it extended (or do it yourself, with new ceramic tile mounting kits available at box stores) the rest of the way around the bathroom to the 48” mark, like wainscoting. The advantage to doing this is more than aesthetic; it makes your bathroom much easier to clean, since you can wash the walls at the same time you do the floors.
Many bathrooms are cursed with a single light fixture directly above the mirror, which creates unflattering shadows. If you don’t want to have side sconces wired in, look for a fixture with two lights side by side, which will at least direct the light a little more to either side of your face.
If your bathroom floor is ugly, cover it with a small pure-wool area rug. Unlike synthetics, wool is moisture and mildew resistant, resists dirt (and can be cleaned relatively easily), and if you choose an Oriental or Persian style, adds a touch of class. If it gets very wet, hang it up to dry.
It’s amazing what a beautiful bathroom wall colour will do to add interest to the plainest room, and a small room takes only a day or so to paint. Be careful choosing colour, though: some blues and greens can be cold and unkind to skin tones, while too bright a colour may be overwhelming in a small room like a bath. At the very worst, if you choose a colour and don’t like the effect, it’s easy to paint over again.
Making your own shower curtain is an easy job, even if you’re not a sewer. Measure the shower opening and purchase a few yards of beautiful fabric from a fabric outlet store. Finish the edges with iron-on hemming tape and sew curtain rings along the top. Buy a plastic curtain liner from a bath shop, and hang.
Think scale with bath accessories, but don’t think you have to display only small things. One beautiful vase or piece of artwork (a sealed print is best if your bath gets very steamy) can have fabulous impact in a small space.
Easy tips for findingi the perfect rug for your home
Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg explains how to track down the perfect rug.
Finding the right rug can be overwhelming. To help, Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg provides some key information for narrowing down your search and scoring the perfect one.
Rug benefits 1 Defines a space 2 Enhances your decor by introducing colour, pattern and texture that coordinate with the rest of the furnishings 3 Softens hard surfaces and provides warmth underfoot Best for high-traffic areas: Wool, cotton, grasses, synthetics Best for low-traffice areas: Silk, chenille Tip: A flat-woven natural-fibre rug is the perfect base to layer a slightly smaller patterned or textured rug on top.
Consider your space's use and traffic level to determine the optimal rug material. Here are some options. Wool Pros: Durable; soft; repels water and stains Cons: Fades; absorbs humidity; sheds for a period of time Best for: Living rooms, dining rooms Silk Pros: Luxurious surface; offers subtle sheen Cons: Expensive; sensitive to moisture; less sturdy than wool Best for: Bedrooms Cotton Pros: Strong; easy to clean; affordable; versatile Cons: Doesn’t wear well over long periods Best for: Kitchens, kids’ rooms, casual spaces Grasses Pros: Very strong; affordable; neutral Cons: Can be coarse to the touch; difficult to clean Best for: Living rooms, hallways, sunrooms Animal skins Pros: Long lasting; soft; available in many designs Cons: Not good for damp or humid areas Best for: Living rooms, offices, dens How is cost determined? "Simply put, labour (time) + materials + experience (who made it) determines quality and, ultimately, the price of a rug." -Jamie Metrick, rug buyer, Elte
Some designers like to have all the furniture sitting within the outer perimeter of the rug, while others place only the front legs on the rug – it’s really a matter of preference.
The table and chairs should all rest on the rug, with about 24 inches extending beyond the table so there’s plenty of space to accommodate chairs when they’re pushed back.
It’s most common to have the rug cover the bottom two-thirds of the bed; you want to ensure you’re stepping onto the rug when you’re getting up in the morning.
IKEA’s neutral jute rug goes with just about any setting, making it a go-to for designers and decor enthusiasts alike. Its renewable natural material, beautiful knotty texture and earthy warm tones make it a durable, low-maintenance option that also feels great underfoot. But the best part about this rug is that it’s extremely affordable. Tip: If a standard-sized rug isn't working for the dimensions of your space, have one custom made.
1 Dream collection bamboo silk DRm7B rug in light Grey & Dark Grey, Imperial Carpet & Home, from $2,399. 2 Antique Finish collection silk amal-6 rug, 9' x 12', Elte, $12,695. 3 Wool anadol Vintage rug, 4' x 9', eCarpetGallery, $320. 4 Jute ticking rug in Indigo, Dash & Albert Rug Company, from $105 US. 5 Viscose and chenille calvin rug, 5' x 7', Urban Barn, $329. 6 Wool and cotton Reverb rug in Blue-green, CB2, from $349. 7 Wool anja rug, Pottery Barn, from $249 US.