10 ways to decorate with Pantone's Serenity blue
According to KitchenAid itself, it’s a happy coincidence that the company already makes an appliance colour that closely parallels the placid blue of Serenity. KitchenAid will also shortly release a mixer in a shade called Guava Glaze that will parallel Rose Quartz. KitchenAid stand mixer, Webstaurant Store, $350.
Perfectly petite, this settee is the height of French Regency-inspired elegance and customizable in French Blue, Restoration Hardware’s version of Serenity. It would be equally at home in a formal sitting room as in a more relaxed den or bedroom. Laurent Salon Bench, Restoration Hardware, from $1,595 USD.
A wool rug handmade from space-dyed yarn adds an organic warmth that is both traditional and unexpected. This vine pattern brings to mind a soft take on chevron and will add dimension to hardwood flooring. Vines Wool Rug, West Elm, $35 - $823.
If you feel that every kitchen needs a wall clock, then consider this simple retro-inflected blue one that evokes a lightened up version of Serenity. Newgate Cookhouse clock, West Elm, $167.
A geometric pattern in a palette of blues hints at Art Deco sophistication in the bedroom. Cluny duvet cover, DwellStudio, from $249 USD.
This dramatic version of Serenity blue lends an opulence to a dining area. Designed by Jannis Ellenberger, the cantilevered design and tufts make this chair stylishly contemporary. Roya chair, CB2, $299.
A digital reproduction of a watercolour painting of clouds with splashes of Serenity blue and lilac takes this wallpaper off the beaten path to soothing effect. It’s by Eskayel, a Brooklyn-based design studio. Watercolour Clouds Wallpaper, Anthropologie, $250 USD per roll.
We’ve heard from many stylists and decorators that Etsy is a great place to source pillow cushion covers when you’re looking for a very particular colour. This cornflower blue lattice print pillow cover is cotton and handmade. Cornflower blue pillow cover, Etsy, $36.
This softer take on Serenity means it will contrast beautifully against neutral backgrounds. The lamps gentle curves and nickel base can suit nightstands, foyers and sitting rooms. Alexis ceramic lamp base, Pottery Barn, $225.
A gauzy sheer drape in soft blue will cut the glare of the morning sun without totally obscuring it. This dusty, romantic version of Serenity blue is perfect for the bedroom. Plum & Bow Chloe draped window shade, Urban Outfitters, $44.
This whimsical whale trend is starting to make waves.
Forever fascinated by these inhabitants of the great blue sea, we’re whale-watching this month – even when we’re not by the water!
1 Ceramic Whale pitcher, Jonathan Adler, $98 US.
2 Denim and canvas Wally the Whale toss cushion, 12", Fait la Force, $32 US.
3 Whimsical yet subtle, this whale wallpaper is well suited for both small and large applications. Cole & Son Whimsical Melville wallpaper in Neutral, Lee Jofa, $250 per double roll (through designers).
4 The Whale print, Banquet Atelier & Workshop, $60 US.
5 Sweet Bella Whale stapler in Grey, Easy Tiger Goods, $35.
6 Melamine scrimshaw platter, All-Modern, $30.
7 With a fanciful cover, a literary classic becomes a coffee table-worthy art piece. Moby-Dick book by Herman Melville, Indigo, $39.
It's not hard to add style and storage to the bathroom. Here are seven easy ways to update your loo.
Updating your bathroom is not as daunting as you think - or as pricey! A few quick and easy decor ideas will give your space an instant makeover.
Since bathrooms are relatively clean-lined, neutral spaces, changing up your shower curtain and bath mat is a brilliant way to add a dose of bright colour.
If your room is short on square footage, opt for decorative space saving storage solutions, such as a wooden ladder and hooks for towels.
One of the best ways to add character to your bathroom is to change its lighting scheme. Consider installing sconces for task lighting and a chandelier for ambience.
A new faucet may be just what a tired-looking bathroom needs to achieve high style. Chrome and nickel are popular low-maintenance finishes; matte black and brushed bronze are trendier but also have timeless appeal.
The hands-down easiest makeover idea? Go shopping! A new tray, toothbruth holder or soap dish go a long way toward tidying an uplifting a bland bath.
Mix in striped, polka-dotted or brightly hued towels to match your bath's scheme. But, if you're going for a hotel-style look, you can't go wrong with pure white.
Fixtures, fittings, lighting and mirrors provide the perfect opportunity for adding glamorous opulence to your lavatory. Swap builder-basic fixtures for brass, and use a Venetian glass mirror to inject old-world glamour.
The 10 dirtiest things in your house
Keep your house healthy and clean by learning how to eradicate germs.
What are the 10 dirtiest, grimiest, germiest, stinkiest, grossest things in your home? We spoke to cleaning expert Anne, from Toronto-based Homestead Maid to get the lowdown on the most common, worst-offending messes in Canadian homes.
Here's the thing: Not all these trouble spots are obvious. In fact, many look clean. The good news is it doesn't take a lot of elbow grease – or harsh chemical cleaners – to ensure they truly are clean.
Here's what to look out for and how to get it squeaky clean.
"When it comes to dirt and germs, first and foremost are the actual rags, sponges and scrub brushes you clean with," says Anne. Cleaning 411: • Run sponges through the dishwasher, or microwave them on high for a couple of minutes. • Nylon and stainless-steel scouring pads and brushes can go in the dishwasher. • Rinse, wring out and hang dry kitchen rags after use; launder them either every couple days or when they begin to smell. • Always toss rags into the laundry after they've been used to mop up spills from raw meat.
Don't just clean the toilet bowl and seat. The real mess is usually on the rim, toilet base and surrounding floor. "Especially when you have small children – or men – in the household," says Anne. Cleaning 411: • Always wipe down the toilet rim and base when cleaning the toilet. • Wipe or mop the floor around the toilet base as needed or at least weekly.
"All kinds of food debris gets caught in the drain and causes bad smells," says Anne. Left to build up too long, clogs can develop. Cleaning 411: • Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar, let sit for a minute, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, for an inexpensive, eco-friendly once-a-week disinfecting/deodorizing treatment.
If you leave it dirty, you risk your pet ingesting spoiled food. You may also attract ants, roaches or mice. Cleaning 411: • Promptly wipe up spilled food or water. • Wash bowls regularly. • Protect flooring by placing bowls on a washable placemat or charger plate.
After all, where does kitty step right after she's done her business in her loo? Cleaning 411: • Vacuum, then wipe down/mop with vinegar and hot water. • Alternatively, lay a washable car mat by the litter box. Wash with hot water and dish detergent as needed.
"This actually depends on how vigilantly people in the home wash their hands," says Anne. Cleaning 411: • If you have small kids, wipe down knobs as needed or weekly (use a rag and hot soapy water or wet wipes). • Otherwise, wipe down knobs whenever you clean your baseboards (more frequently on bathroom doorknobs).
"In fact, everything you touch during and after changing baby and before hand-washing needs to be cleaned," says Anne. PRO TIP: Don't use harsh anti-bacterial cleaners in the nursery. Regular wet wipes – yes, the same ones you use during diaper changes! – are perfect for nursery spot-cleaning. Cleaning 411: • Wipe down the diaper pail exterior with a wet wipe, daily. • Clean the interior as per manufacturer instructions, or with hot soapy water as needed.
"People forget to clean the inside of the microwave, so it gets pretty dirty," says Anne. Cleaning 411: • Clean the interior surfaces with hot soapy water and a sponge (a nylon scrubber is also fine, but never use a harsh metal scouring pad); rinse and wipe dry. • If there's crusty food residue, run the microwave with a bowl of water or wet dishcloth for a couple of minutes. Steam softens dry food residue so it can be wiped clean.
Especially near the toilet. "It's the pee factor again," says Anne. Cleaning 411: • Hot vinegar-y water with a rag will clean and deodorize.
We tread on them daily, right? Cleaning 411: • Protect your floors (and children's health) by always removing shoes at the door to avoid trekking in dirt, pollution (yes, lead dust can travel in on shoes!), and germs. • Sweep or vacuum as required or at least weekly. • Mop up spills immediately, spot-clean dirty spots. • DON'T go overboard with harsh cleaning chemicals, says Anne. "A lot of flooring surfaces are very sensitive and hot water mixed with vinegar is safest for the finish. And always really wring out the mop so it's damp, not soaking wet," says Anne.