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Jul 2, 2008
Shopping in BC: Molly's Furniture Salad
Stores We Love
Jul 2, 2008
Shopping in BC: Molly's Furniture Salad
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Give your study space an update before it's time to head back to class!
Give your study space an update with these stylish decor accessories.
Help put the student in your household on the track to a year of straight As with a study space that’s organized and super functional. With any luck, they’ll head off to do their homework without you having to breathe a word! We’ve rounded up 8 great items that will add both style and substance to any study space.
1 Polar Bear Faux-Fur Wingback Chair
Who said studying had to be boring? Inject a little excitement into homework time with this faux polar bear fur chair. It has an adjustable seat height and rolls on casters. Plus, because it’s so soft and fully cushioned, it’s super comfy for those all-nighters! Polar Bear Faux-Fur Wingback Chair, PB Teen, $414.
2 Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone
If Jr. has an iPhone and Apple Watch, he’ll need to keep them charged and ready to go for school the next day. This streamlined charger duo from Belkin charges both devices simultaneously and eliminates unsightly cords. Available in silver and rose gold. Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone, Apple, $144.95.
3 Gumball Desk Lamp
As its name suggests, this stylish desk lamp is inspired by a gumball machine, which gives it a mid-century modern appeal. Made from metal and brought to an uber shiny finish, this desk lamp will not only provide a hint of style to a modern student’s desk but add excellent task lighting as well. Gumball Desk Lamp, Urban Outfitters, $49.
4 Colour Pop Office Accessories
Getting homework done is so much easier in a space that makes you smile. Help your studious child get (and stay!) motivated with these chic desk accessories that will not only keep her work space organized, but will look great doing it! Set includes an accessory tray, a ‘bits + bobs’ tray, a single letter tray, grip grass, pen cup, ruler, stapler and tape dispenser. Colour Pop Office Accessories, West Elm, starting at $5.
5 Magnetic Message Board
Sometimes kids need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing and they shouldn’t have to look too far to get it. This magnet board features the message ‘Life is wonderful’ and provides the perfect spot to keep and refer back to things that inspire. Or, use it as a place for reminders about things just need to get done! Magnetic Message Board, Indigo, $79.50.
6 Klimpen Table with Drawers
If it’s time to update the desk in your son or daughter’s room, look to IKEA for stylish but inexpensive options. Available in black, white and a chic black and white combo, this desk is small but functional and comes with a palatable price tag for parents! Klimpen Table with Drawers, IKEA, $158.50.
7 Riley Bean Bag Chair
When it’s time to take a break from studying or just move to someplace more comfortable to read, this bean bag chair is just the spot. With a durable polyester cover, it’s up to the challenge of taking whatever your kids can throw at it! Riley Bean Bag Chair, Wayfair.ca, $173.99.
8 Geometric Cast-Metal Bookends
The organizer’s mantra ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ is especially applicable to most kids’ rooms. Tools to keep things where they’re meant to be (meaning they’re easier to find), makes mornings before school easier and less stressful for everyone! These gorgeous bookends are crafted from polished cast brass and will help your student keep their books in one easy-to-find spot! Geometric Cast-Metal Bookends, RH Teen, $69 US.
Buying guide: The truth about thread count
Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can't wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There's no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn't entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets.
What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp"). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called "picks" and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn't really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, "depends on the mill you deal with," it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.
What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it's Egyptian cotton, where it's woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. "The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality," Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, "though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian." When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the "master weavers of the world" due to their "long tradition of weaving" and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it's all about preference!
What to avoid when buying sheets
Joanna's one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, "you always get what you pay for." The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you're buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. "A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250," says Joanna.
What do you prefer?
After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you're looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It's also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.
Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don't let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you're unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you'll be having sweet dreams!
Find out how to keep your new linens crisp and clean with our tips to whiter-than-white sheets.
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.
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.