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The $238-million apartment

Back in January, news came out that a hedge fund manager has forked over the highest price ever for a home in the U.S. – $238 million (about $320 million Canadian). Granted, this “apartment” covers 24,000 sq. ft. of penthouse space of an under construction tower overlooking Central Park. At a shade under $10,000 per square feet, it’s not the most expensive unit per foot. That title is still held by another comparatively miniscule 6,744-sq.-ft. New York condo that sold in 2012 for $88-million, or $13,049 per square foot.

The half-million dollar mall

In February, a largely vacant shopping mall in Scotland sold for 310,000 pounds, or about $550,000 Canadian. With online shopping taking a big bite out of bricks-and-mortar retail, only seven of the building’s 21 shops had tenants.

A shocking fine

Early this year a contractor named Leonard Shanker, of M J Construction in Dundas, Ont., plead guilty to 13 violations under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. The charges include six counts of not having an electrical license, six counts of failing to apply for an inspection, and one count of unsafe electrical conditions – a live wire was left dangling in a client’s basement. The company was fined $25,000, plus a $6,250 victim fine surcharge. In 2017 the same company was convicted of similar violations.

Blitzed on a Bobcat

In February, two men stole a Bobcat from a construction site in Scarborough, Ont., and took it for a drunken joyride. The stunt ended when they crashed into the side of a home, leaving a gapping hole in the building’s brickwork. Somewhat surprisingly, the individuals were not charged with drunk driving as, according to police, the machine was not considered “a motor vehicle.”

Wear your colours with pride

Patriotic painters take note: Home Hardware has teamed up with Canadian Living magazine to create the Beauti-Tone “Coast-to-Coast Colour Collection.” With 55 colours in 11 palates, there’s a themed scheme for every province, plus the territories, ranging from reds, blues, and greens reminiscent of St. John, Newfoundland’s famed Jellybean Row, to serene whites, soft greys, and greens to evoke the B.C. outdoors.


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Simon Chang launch of 2019-20 trend colour collection with Home Hardware and Beauti-Tone paint

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Simon Chang launch of 2019-20 trend colour collection with Home Hardware and Beauti-Tone paint

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In this video, Simon Chang discusses the launch of his new 2019-20 trend colour collection with Home Hardware and Beauti-Tone paint. Also, learn about the colour of the year and take a look at his collection.

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Colour Trends for 2019

Colour trends for 2019

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Colour trends for 2019

Announcing the choices for 2019 Colour of the Year from three of the top paint brands in Canada.


BENJAMIN MOORE

Benjamin Moore named Metropolitan, a stylish grey with cool undertones, as its Colour of the Year.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes beauty and balance,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens.

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quiet in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

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PPG

The most impactful colour trends for the upcoming year will be closely tied to nature, according to the colour experts at PPG, and the PPG paint brand’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Night Watch is leading the way. Hand-selected by PPG’s global colour experts, this rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green will be at the forefront of design trends in 2019, and it allows homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces.

“The restorative power of nature is important in society now more than ever,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager. “Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through colour. The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.”

“Night Watch’s ability to invoke a deep connection to nature is universal, which allows the hue to be versatile for a variety of spaces and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design,” adds Schlotter. “The colour can be incorporated into interiors as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room, and it pairs nicely with gold or brass accents and décor. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. For exteriors, Night Watch is a gorgeous alternative to the trending black or deepest blue-black, and it works well as an accent on doors and shutters.”

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BEAUTI-TONE

Beauti-Tone is taking a more dramatic look at 2019 with the release of its Simon Chang 2019-20 Trend Colour Collection. Made up of 24 hues, some traditional, some contemporary — and some that are downright edgy — this collection features many shades that are even deeper, richer and more intense than on previous Beauti-Tone trend colour cards.

“Much like the way we Canadians are embracing our individuality and flexing our muscles when it comes to our independence, this colour collection sets the tone for being different and setting yourself apart. Out of the ordinary is the new normal,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores.

Canadians are embracing luscious, saturated colours, experimenting more and finding joy and excitement when it all works well.

“Nothing helps the psyche more than to add a bit of edginess, and to love the result,” adds Bell.

While many of the colours can be used to paint an entire room, others, like Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, Tropic of Conversation are fun to play with, either as an accent wall, on furniture pieces and interior doors, or hidden spots like inside closets or drawers.

“This bold colour choice is an homage to our positively powerful state of mind,” says Bell.

Tropic of Conversation is full of warmth, joy and positive energy. This vibrant orange hue is easy to engage with.

“I just love this colour because it is saturated in positivity,” enthuses Bell. Not intended to stand alone, it is a very social colour, beautiful to pair with softer or muted tones for maximum impact.

This is the sixth colourful collaboration between Canadian style icon Simon Chang and the design experts at Beauti-Tone, one of Canada’s largest Canadian-owned paint manufacturers. “Finding influence from the runway and taking inspiration from decor trends such as natural wood, classic whites, luxe high sheen fabrics and metal finishes,” says Simon Chang, “we created a collection of fashion-forward hues that are approachable, full of character and meant to expand your comfort zone.”

Beauti-Tone’s Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint & Window Coverings

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint & Window Coverings

by Rise Levy

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Sun-Brite Drapery recently introduced two new wireless shade systems by Lutron, battery-operated and a low voltage system, offering remote-controlled shades that are fully motorized and reasonably priced. The Serena system is a stand-alone product, which makes it more affordable for homeowners who cannot afford to fully automate their homes. Serena roller shades can be installed with or without wires, and come in a wide variety of colours and fabric textures.

SUN-BRITE DRAPERY

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MAXIMUM PROTECTION

Paint that powerful rectangle, your front door into a stunning design statement with Beauti-Tone. Formulated for the Canadian climate, providing maximum protection for years on your exterior. Exclusively at Home Hardware and Building Centres throughout Canada.

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BENJAMIN MOORE INTRODUCES NEW CENTURY

Benjamin Moore has launched CENTURY in Canada –a new dimension in paint that builds upon the brand’s legacy of craftsmanship, precision and beauty. Formulated to exceed the creative desires of the most exacting designers and environments, this innovative paint comes in a curated collection of 75 brand new colours that are brought to life with the first Soft Touch Matte finish. Shown here, Bittersweet Vine.

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THAT SPECIAL AMBIANCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Homes offer a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels. These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself and speak to one of their experienced window treatment experts.

SHADES OF HOME

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LOOKS NEW LONGER

Providing superior physical and esthetic qualities, Behr’s Premium Plus Interior Sateen Kitchen and Bath Enamel makes use of Nanotechnology. This 100 per cent acrylic latex paint doubles as an impenetrable safeguard against mildew and stains in high traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen and bathroom. Water resistance, excellent scrub-ability, easy stain removal, superior stain-blocking resistance, and improved application properties are all benefits of the product. The finish is formulated to retain its luminous sheen for extended periods of time. Over 2,000 colours, available at The Home Depot stores nationwide.

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Beauti-Tone: Steal Home with Toronto Blue Jays™ colours

Beauti-Tone: Steal Home with Toronto Blue Jays™ colours

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Beauti-Tone: Steal Home with Toronto Blue Jays™ colours

Steal Home with these winning paint shades, courtesy of your very own Toronto Blue Jays

Nothing says summer in Canada better than beautiful weather and Toronto Blue Jays baseball. To celebrate the season and, of course Canada’s Team™, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores Limited and the Official Paint of the Toronto Blue Jays, has released a collection of baseball inspired colours that will help you hit your décor right out of the park.

With three iconic Toronto Blue Jays team colours, blue, navy blue, and red, and another seven complementary colours, including the nostalgic powder blue hue of the 1977 to 1988 Toronto Blue Jays uniform, there’s a colour combination worthy of a starting position in your home. “The Toronto Blue Jays colours are such saturated and rich shades they are a lot of fun to work with,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Whether making over an entire room, or paying homage to your favourite team in a subtle way, any Blue Jays fan will love playing with these colours to create a winning look.”

Not to chirp the other teams, but we are blessed to partner with a team with great colours. To give you some inspiration, here are a couple of standout plays:

Create STRIPE ZONE! by painting different widths of horizontal stripes starting with the widest stripe at the bottom and narrowing each stripe as you move up the wall.

To create the BALL BEARING ball board, simply paint or stain a pine board cut to desired length before screwing baseballs in place through the back of the board.

Beauti-Tone’s Toronto Blue Jays colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division

This Division of Home Hardware Stores Limited is headquartered in Burford, Ontario and is one of the most modern paint manufacturing facilities in North America. The Division distributes a full range of private label products, including Beauti-Tone paints and a wide range of aerosol and cleaning products such as our most popular and environmentally friendly line of Natura cleaning products. Beauti-Tone is the #1 Canadian-owned and Canadian-made retail paint brand, exclusively sold at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre stores across Canada. Beauti-Tone is part of a family of both water based and solvent based formulations that includes Designer Series, Signature Series, Natura, Weather Shield, Wood Shield and Professional paint. Beauti-Tone has made top quality paints and home products since 1980, and by providing expert advice and designer results, has earned Home Hardware a reputation as Canada’s Paint Experts. Beauti-Tone’s Designer Series paint was one of five winners from the 2015 Chatelaine Institute Approved program, where readers and a team of industry experts rated products for value and quality. More information about Beauti-Tone and Home Hardware is available at homehardware.ca.

For further information, to arrange an interview with Bev Bell, or for high-res paint chip or room images, please contact:
Judy Murdoch for Beauti-Tone
(905) 853-5744

TORONTO BLUE JAYS™ and all related marks and designs are trademarks and/or copyright of Rogers Blue Jays Baseball Partnership, used under license.


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Colour Trends for 2018

Colour Trends for 2018

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Colour Trends for 2018

by Samantha Sannella

Colour is light, travelling to us in waves. When light strikes any object, the object will absorb only the wavelengths that exactly match its own atomic structure and reflect the rest — which is what we see. As such, colour is inescapable.

Science has always recognized the link between colour and human behaviour and there are numerous studies that detail the subject, but many are inconclusive. It is important to understand that there is a great difference between colour psychology and colour symbolism. As well, cultural differences can effect how people determine their reactions to colour.

There are positive and negative associations with all colours. The slightest changes in tone and hue can greatly determine how colour is perceived. For example, gray can be neutral and calming, but also depressing. White can represent purity and cleanliness, but also sterility and coldness. Red can be seen as aggressive, but warm.

For 2018, colour trends from premier paint companies are inspired by nature, modernism and metallic sheens.

Beauti-Tone "Green Peace"
Beauti-Tone “Green Peace”

Beauti-Tone has chosen Green Peace as their colour of the year. A colour strongly rooted in nature, Green Peace is an interesting blend of an earthy camouflage green and a soft botanical green.

“As humans, we crave nature. It is there that we slow down, feel connection — become stronger,” said Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Since we can’t always get outside, the solution is to bring aspects of nature into our home to improve our well-being, productivity and creativity.”

PPG Voice of Colour "Black Flame"
PPG Voice of Colour “Black Flame”

PPG unveiled Black Flame as their 2018 choice.

“It acts like a black curtain, allowing your other decor elements to take centre stage,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager. “It’s a fantastic blend of black and indigo, two classic hues. Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness. The blend of two colours makes it incredibly versatile — use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, with high gloss on a naturally-lit staircase, on cabinets, interior and exterior doors and in many more places. The versatile hue can also provide strength and a modern luxe vibe to spaces with a lot of whites, blush pinks and soft pastels.”

 

According to the colour experts at Pantone, intense colours are back and there are eight palettes that will inspire 2018.

  • VERDURE: Vegetal colours like celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.
  • PLAYFUL: Think Minions. Bright yellow, lime popsicle and all other things fun come together for this colour scheme. “People need to stop and smile,” said Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman.
  • DISCRETION: Playful’s alter ego. Subtle hues such as elderberry and hawthorne rose offer a new sense of strength. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” Eiseman said.
  • FAR-FETCHED: With warm, earthy hues such as corn silk yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette embraces many different cultures.
  • INTRICACY: A palette of neutral metallics (the new neutrals) with accents of dramatic holly berry red and yellow sulfur.
  • INTENSITY: This is an eclectic mix of colours that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold.
  • TECH-NIQUE: Bright turquoise, pink and purple colours anchored with brilliant white and frosted almond are a nod to technology.

 

Benjamin Moore "Caliente"
Benjamin Moore “Caliente”

Benjamin Moore declared its Colour of the Year 2018 as Caliente, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment,’ said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads, signalling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

Sherwin Williams "Oceanside"
Sherwin Williams “Oceanside”

Sherwin Williams has focused on a relaxing shade of teal for their colour of the year. Oceanside is inspired by travel and the blue-green hue will add an air of mystery and elegance to any space.

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes. We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents,” said Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing. “Oceanside is the colour of wanderlust right in our own homes.”

For the past few years, whites and neutrals have ruled the world of paint colour. Behr isn’t one to follow the lead, which is why they named In the Moment as its first-ever Colour of the Year. In it, spruce blue, soft gray and lush green coalesce to evoke a sense of sanctuary and relaxation.

In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services at Behr. “It crosses multiple design styles — global, coastal, modern — and pairs well with other subdued colours to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”

SAMANTHA SANNELLA, BFA ID, M ARCH, is a designer, educator and principal at Urban Retreat Homes.

She is an expert in the field of design and construction and is a columnist for RENO & DECOR and editor of the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook.

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How Home Hardware PRO Contractor Services can help

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  • Home Hardware’s PRO Shows offer innovative home improvement products that will save you money. HH PRO Shows have exclusive deals on trade items with industry experts available to answer your toughest questions. Stay current with upcoming trends, products, and news that have the industry buzzing.
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Go PRO: Home Hardware’s PRO Contractor Services helps you get the job done

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Go PRO: Home Hardware’s PRO Contractor Services helps you get the job done

As a contractor and entrepreneur, you know that having quality materials delivered on time can make or break your business. So, what if you could rely on building materials being delivered hassle-free? What if you could spend your time managing projects rather than products?

Dan and Emily Moulton, of Hanover Home Hardware Building Centre in Hanover, Ont., know the impact of making sure their contractors are happy. They understand the difference that quality products, quick turnaround, and great service can have on the businesses of their contractors.

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If a client has an issue with building materials on-site, the PRO Contractor Services team makes it a priority to solve the problem, delivering the products on-site efficiently. In fact, if they are ever short staffed, Dan will personally deliver materials to the jobsite to ensure the project is completed successfully and on time for his contractors.

This approach is a winning formula and is a prime example of why Hanover Home Hardware Building Centre received the Walter Hachborn Store of the Year award for 2016. Home Hardware’s PRO Contractor Services helps dealer–owners do business the right way.

“With any sized project, our customers know we will always be there when they need us. We think of our contractors’ customers as our own. We have the equipment, we have the people, and we have the resources to deliver what they promised to their customer. That is the purpose of our Pro Sales Team, to supply contractors with the resources to make their business successful,” says Dan.

PRO Contractor Services is a nation-wide program where Home Hardware teams are dedicated to supporting the needs of contractors and their businesses.

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