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Industry news and events

CLEAN AIR

Ikea is committed to healthy living, that’s why it’s launching its own air purifier. The FÖRNUFTIG air purifier is not only well designed to filter out common household pollutants, it’s affordable, too. “At IKEA, we believe clean indoor air shouldn’t be a luxury for the few, and that’s why one of our main priorities in developing the FÖRNUFTIG Air Purifier was to achieve a low price for both the air purifier and the filters,” says Mathias Karlsson, director of Home Smart at IKEA Canada.

Available April 1. ikea.ca

CHAIR CARE

If you’re working from home, it’s important to have an office chair that will keep you comfortable and supported. The tCentric Hybrid Task Chair, with airless cushion technology, is sleek, breathable and ergonomic, making it a great fit for your work-from-home space.

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HAND-CRAFTED CHARCUTERIE BOARDS

We love this collection of locally hand-crafted charcuterie boards from First Wood Furnishings. The beautiful epoxy designs create a unique finish. The best part? All the wood is sustainably sourced from Ontario Wood partners, with a tree planted for every board sold.

firstwoodfurnishings.ca

SMART MUG

Extend the longevity of your morning brew with Ember mug. This smart mug allows you to set an exact drinking temperature, so your coffee is never too hot or too cold. Use the app to set your desired temperature, customize pre-sets for your favourite drinks, receive notifications when your desired temperature is reached, and more. Ember maintains your selected temperature for 1.5 hours.

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Fresh start with seven spring looks to love

7 spring looks to love

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7 spring looks to love

Soft earthy paint palette

COOL CURRENT 6199-42 by Sico. sico.ca

TRANSCEND (DLX1079-4),

BIG CYPRESS (DLX 1062-5),

MINTY AQUA (DLX1147-3) by Dulux. dulux.ca

Light wood accents

Monarch BED. $1,149. eq3.com

Redonda wood upholstered DINING CHAIR. $579. crateandbarrel.ca

Voxlov dining TABLE in light bamboo. $300. ikea.ca

Coloured sofas

DALU SOFA in hibiscus pink and oak. $1,149. article.com

Fany tufted 3SEATER SOFA in yellow. $499. structube.com

Morabo LOVESEAT in light green and wood. $600. ikea.ca

Natural elements

Rudy VASE. $30. eltemkt.com

Rattan PLANTER with wood stand. $35. homesense.ca

Turquoise druzy KNOB. $20. cb2.ca

The hand-crafted look

Linen throw PILLOW. $59. zarahome.ca

Pink seagrass BASKET. $35. homesense.ca

Stoneware SERVING BOWL. $15. hm.com

Delicate floral print

Mini floral DUVET COVER. $99-$139. zarahome.ca

Statement rugs

Patterned COTTON RUG. $35. hm.com

Colca WOOL RUG. $300-$1,800. westelm.ca

OMA RUG. $500. article.com


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Ikea art event 2021

Ikea art event 2021

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Ikea art event 2021

Since 2015 Ikea has been collaborating with contemporary artists and designers worldwide to bring art to the masses at affordable prices. This year Ikea has teamed up with five artists who explore the line between art and functional design. The artists this year include Daniel Arsham, Gelchop, Humans since 1982, Sabine Marcelis and Stefan Marx. These visionaries have taken recognizable objects and added their unique artistic spin, shifting our view of what a simple clock or lamp, torch or throw, vase or picture can be. Each of these pieces has a vision of its own, elevating the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The collection is available in store and online starting May 1, 2021. For more information visit ikea.ca.


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Trend Watch: Opposites attract

Pantone Colour of the Year

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Pantone Colour of the Year

Every year, the design world and decoristas everywhere await the announcement from Pantone declaring the Colour of the Year. Pantone’s astute colour selection influences product development and design decisions from fashion to home furnishings.

For 2021, Pantone has chosen not one but two colours to encapsulate the new year: The calming shade of Ultimate Gray 175104 and the vibrant yellow colour Illuminating 13064. These two colours could not be more opposite, and that is precisely the point. “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rocksolid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Whether you plan to incorporate both colours or just one, here are some simple ways to infuse the hues into your lifestyle.

1. Yellow GEO ROUND GICLEE on canvas. $399. thebay.com

2. Original moustache BOBBLE HAT in lightening yellow/grey. $35. hunterboots.com

3. AJ FLOOR LAMP, dark grey by Arne Jacobsen. $1,666. finnishdesignshop.com

4. Portofino four-burner DUAL FUEL RANGE in yellow by Smeg. $9,499. cookstore.ca

5. Ormhassel THROW in yellow. $19. ikea.ca

6. Goopglow microderm instant glow EXFOLIATOR by Goopbeauty. $58. sephora.ca

7. Sven briar gray SOFA. $1,449. article.com

8. Nolita yellow KETTLE by Kate Spade New York. $100. thebay.com

9. Sunnuntai MUG by Birger Kaipiainen. $24. finnishdesignshop.com

10. Lithic BOWL. $99. eq3.com


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Home Finds - Is 2021 your year to get organized?

Home Finds

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Home Finds

Our Editor picks her favourite home finds this season.

Is 2021 your year to get organized? It can be overwhelming to think about whole home organization. So, take it one room at a time. Since many of us are working from home these days, why not start with your office space? Create an environment that is streamlined and inspiring to work in every day.

Gold wall STORAGE UNIT $39. | Blue WALL CLOCK $29. Grey wash WOOD DESK with built-in outlets. $299. | GOLD FRAMED LETTERBOARD $24. | Grey tufted OTTOMAN $99. | RATTAN STORAGE BASKET $29.99. Velvet office chair. $99. | Grey DESK LAMP. $39. | FRAMED ART PRINT $149. homesense.ca

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WFH

Even if you don’t have a dedicated room to work in, you can still have a functioning space that gets the job done.

1. Pratt READING/DESK LAMP in brass by Globe Electric. $129. bedbathandbeyond.ca | 2. Cubist multi-shelf WALL DISPLAY by Umbra. $119. amazon.ca | 3. Fantol DESK in oak. $1,099. article.com | 4. Nordmarke WIRELESS CHARGER. $19. ikea.ca | 5. WEEKLY PLANNER cali coast. $16. indigo.ca | 6. Meow & you MUG. $14. indigo.ca | 7. Soundlink around-ear WIRELESS HEADPHONES II in white by Bose. $269. bose.ca | 8. Felson TASK CHAIR by Langley Street in flat white. $314. wayfair.ca | 9. ACRYLIC CASE with three large rows. $39. muji.ca

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Book worm

Need a little inspiration to meet the organization goals you set for 2021? Here are five books to spark the expert organizer in you!

1. BEAUTIFULLY ORGANIZED: A Guide To Function And Style In Your Home by Nikki Boyd. $23. amazon.ca | 2. THE DECLUTTER CHALLENGE: A Guided Journal For Getting Your Home Organized In 30 Quick Steps by Cassandra Aarssen. $20. amazon.ca | 3. THE HOME EDIT LIFE: The No-Guilt Guide To Owning What You Want And Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. $38. indigo.ca | 4. JOY AT WORK: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein. $30. indigo.ca | 5. ORGANIZING: The Manual For Bringing Order To Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart. $35. amazon.ca

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Bird watching

Bird motifs are trending this season

1. Flight block print BIRD PILLOW with down-alternative insert. $65. cb2.ca | 2. Miles MARBLE BOWL. $52. cb2.ca | 3. Metal BIRD PLANTER. $44. crateandbarrel.ca | 4. Pjatteryd GOLDEN BIRD PICTURE. $19. ikea.ca | 5. Red BIRD SCULPTURES with metal feet. $29 for set of two. structube.com | 6. Ibis TABLE LAMP. $945. elte.com

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Nifty storage

Keep your clothes and bed linens secretly stored in the drawers of this bed. Danielle queen channel headboard with upholstered storage base in Van Gogh fog. $3,098. crateandbarrel.ca

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Fresh air

Breathe clean air indoors with one of these air purifiers. When buying an air purifier, look for one that contains a HEPA filter – these filters are effective at removing ultra-fine particles such as dust and dander.

1. PURE HUMIDITY + COOL PURIFIER. $999. dysoncanada.ca | 2. AIR – AIR PURIFIER. $1,199. molekule.com | 3. INTENSE PURE AIR AUTO PURIFIER with HEPA filtration by Rowenta. $459. bedbathandbeyond.ca

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Listen up!

Do you want to do your part for the environment while listening to your favourite music? Sounds good, right? The Nest Audio is covered in sustainable fabric and is made from 70 per cent recycled plastic.

NEST AUDIO. $130. store.google.ca

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Create a gallery wall

Have you ever wanted to create a gallery wall but don’t know where to start? It can take a lot of time to choose the right images and organize the layout just right. Desenio has a great line of gallery wall posters in a variety of colours, decor styles and finishes to suit your distinct style. Just select the gallery wall that you love, and voila the images are already organized for you according to size and style. desenio.com

Living Room: Monochromatic dreams gallery wall
Living Room: Monochromatic dreams gallery wall

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Stylish storage solutions

Keep a multitude of items (kid’s toys, shoes, magazines, mail, skincare) organized with these options.

1. BAMBOO STORAGE BASKET. $34. homesense.ca | 2. Fjallbo SHELF UNIT in black. $69. ikea.ca | 3. Marie Kondo CERAMIC BULK CANISTERs in cloud white. $25-$34. containerstore.com | 4. Mod SMALL LOCKER. $749. cb2.ca | 5. Large WIRE BASKET in gold. $59. hm.com | 6. Hardage MAGAZINE RACK by Mercury Row. $393. wayfair.ca

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Japandi style

A marriage of simple Japanese aesthetic and modern Scandinavian design, the Japandi style brings together the best of these two design worlds. The look is minimal, functional and inviting. Think neutral colour schemes and non-fussy decor. This style started gaining popularity in 2020, and Pinterest (and its 400 million users) predicts this design trend will be big this year, as well. We couldn’t agree more! Here are some of our favourite items to achieve that Japandi look at home.

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Face time

Line-drawn portrait decor items are the perfect touch of whimsy for any space.

1. Line drawn PILLOW COVER face by Oui. $34. indigo.ca | 2. Faces multicolour ART PRINT. $15. indigo.ca | 3. PLANT POT with graphic design in beige. $19. hm.com | 4. Ceramic SCULPTURE. $34. hm.com


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Store in style

Top ten coffee tables with storage

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Top ten coffee tables with storage

Choose a coffee table with storage to keep your space looking spick and span.

MID-CENTURY ART DISPLAY round coffee table in walnut. $674.

westelm.ca

MODERN coffee table with storage and magazine holder in white faux marble/gold. $179.

walmart.ca

MIKA coffee table in brown with ceramic top. $329.

structube.com

LEONA coffee table. $1,613.

potterybarn.ca

VECTOR coffee table in in walnut. $189.

structube.com

MID-CENTURY STORAGE coffee table in pebble. $749.

westelm.ca

VITRI coffee table in walnut. $459.

article.com

WINSLET wood and marble coffee table. $1,049.

crateandbarrel.ca

VITTSJO nesting tables in black-brown/glass. $79. for set of two.

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Carlton modern SCANDINAVIAN SIDE STORAGE coffee table in white lacquer. $900.

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Eternal Spring

Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

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Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

Just like we count on seeing the first tulips in our garden emerge as a sure sign of the arrival of spring, floral motifs seem to sprout every year around this time in fashion and decor as well. We covered the oversized, tropical-inspired blooms trend five years ago here on the trend page but there has been a shift in the type of floral print we are seeing. From large-scale, edgy-looking flowers to small, delicate ones that look like they took root in the ’80s – this is not your grandmother’s tribute to the dated floral theme though; mixed with modern and traditional pieces, the minute petals breathe new life into a space.

Maria Raco, founder of exclusive designer wallpaper showroom NewWall, talks about the current take on the sought-after springtime trend. “The oversized floral trend had its shining moment a few years ago but the current trend is definitely smaller, very real-looking and bursting with colour,” says Raco. She affirms the popular posies reflect our incessant need to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our interiors. “Flowers represent beauty and installing a floral wallpaper is the perfect way to achieving this in your home.”

Of course, seeing the delicate blossoms after a Canadian winter evoke feelings of hope and happiness as we anticipate imminent real-time outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty first-hand. The flowers may be smaller and echo another period in time but they keep us in an eternal spring frame of mind.

1 Anthropologie Home Floral Stoneware VASE, $68; thebay.com

2 Kate Space New York Protective Hard-shell Floral Galaxy S10 Plus CASE, $54.99; thebay.com

3 JÄTTELILJA DUVET COVER AND PILLOWCASES, white, floral-patterned, Full/Queen, $79.99; ikea.ca

4 Floral A-Line MAXI DRESS, $24.99; marshalls.com

5 KitchenAid 5-qt. Floral CERAMIC BOWL, $119.99; thebay.com

6 Vale Floral PLACEMAT, $16.95; crateandbarrel.ca

7 Villeroy & Boch Petite Fleur Floral Porcelain SALAD PLATE, $25.59; thebay.com

8 Rosetta Verdigris, $395 per roll; newwall.com

9 Majorelle Azure, $395 per roll; newwall.com

10 Large Floral 34″ SUITCASE from Herschel Supply Co, $259.99; thebay.com


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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

INSPIRED COLLABORATION

The SYMFONISK collection by Ikea just came on the market on Aug. 1. SYMFONISK is a collaboration between Ikea and Sonos, inspired by Ikea’s knowledge in home furnishings and Sono’s in-depth knowledge of audio. This has created new ways of blending sound into the home. The product line includes a shelf speaker (shown here) and a table lamp.

IKEA CANADA

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MID-CENTURY-INSPIRED

At Shelter Furniture they never put out a design just to appeal to a wider audience. They recognize their client’s individuality and are sensitive to the space the buyer envisions for their home. The Jackson chair is an example of a classic design created by Shelter and inspired by mid-century design that is ideal for any decor.

SHELTER FURNITURE

FUNCTIONAL, CONTEMPORARY & AFFORDABLE

The Chesterfield Shop, in business since 1948, has five convenient locations in North York, Scarborough, Newmarket, Mississauga and midtown Toronto. With a huge selection of contemporary leather and fabric seating, The Chesterfield Shop specializes in sofa beds, which are ideal for smaller spaces in need of functionality. Available in multiple sizes, shapes and designs, with a great choice of mattress options and upgraded mechanisms, The Chesterfield Shop’s sofa beds are always comfortable for both sitting and sleeping.

THE CHESTERFIELD SHOP

HUNDREDS OF TOP-GRAIN LEATHER OPTIONS

The Gallin Stationary Chair has hundreds of top-grain leather options. It comes with Spring Down-Cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom… It’s worth the drive to Acton.

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Product Showcase: Indoor/Outdoor

Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

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Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

Hundreds of top grain leather options

The Gallin stationary chair has hundreds of top grain leather options. It comes with spring down-cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom. It’s worth the drive to Acton.

Hide House

Beautiful solution

Aura deck and balcony tiles are a high-quality and beautiful solution to update concrete patios, balconies, porches, and any other surface that is in need of a little TLC. They are inspired by true wood products, and their natural colour variance, wood grain texture and streaking give them a realistic wood feel.

HOME DEPOT

Make the most of summer

Make the most out of summer weather and your outdoor space with this attractive seating group from DOT Furniture. The aluminum frame showcases a contemporary “string” arm detail and coordinating olefin cushions. Add this set to your backyard patio for the perfect place to enjoy after-work drinks with friends, family board game nights, or al fresco snacks.

D.O.T. FURNITURE

Sleek glass heater

With a sleek, Schott Nextrema black glass finish, the DIR Series indoor/outdoor infrared heaters look beautiful and produce low visible light as they heat. Built using extruded aluminum and made for all climates and conditions, DIR heaters are designed to enhance comfort and extend outdoor living throughout the year.

DIMPLEX

Lifestyle objects that create a stir

Looking for a table with a lot of personality? The ADAN Collection from Vondom in Spain provides a shape faceted like a diamond yet responsibly made from recycled resin. This multifunctional architecture piece can be used as a seat or side table. ARD Outdoor offers lifestyle objects that create a stir, fitting in with any style and made from materials that allow for both outdoor and indoor use.

ARD OUTDOOR

Adding a creative twist

The new FÖRNYAD collection from IKEA is all about introducing fun into our homes. Last year, IKEA joined forced with Sarah Andelman (Creative Director of Collette*) and Darcel Disappoints designer Craig Redman to create an exciting line which embraces a creative twist into our workspaces and home. The collection highlights simple shapes which includes an egg, one eye, and a monocle which is repeated throughout the entire product line. IKEA also features the iconic KLIPPAN sofa, the side table or LED work lamp which includes wireless charging.

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Best sleep possible

The Polysleep mattress, Canada’s best mattress- in-a-box, offers consumers the ultimate quality mattress at the most affordable price in its category. Pushing its limits to offer customers the best sleep possible thanks to its unique support frame, liquid repellent cover and antimicrobial hybrid foam, Polysleep is revolutionizing our perception of mattresses all over North America.

POLYSLEEP

Help plants thrive

Delta Faucet Canada has some great ideas on how to care for your plant babies using the Touch technology, TempSense Indicator and H2Okinetic hand shower that provide great mess-free and stress-free solutions to help your plants thrive.

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Room To Spare: Creating a Great Guest Room

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Room To Spare: Creating a Great Guest Room

Checklist for a great guest room

It’s easy enough to imagine how to make a guest in your home happy. Simply envision replicating a well-designed hotel room— essentially a clean, functional, uncluttered box with a comfortable bed, efficient lighting, and useful, good-looking accessories.

“In reality, that may be a challenge to create in most homes,” says Kathy Davey, head of interior design for Ikea Canada, “in part because the vacant bedroom, whose sole purpose is serving guests, is now an anomaly.”

A convertible daybed turns any space into a guest quarters. This one is Brimnes, IKEA.

“It’s become a catch-all, used for fitness, storage, or work—a real multi-purpose space,” says Davey, adding that such a room will have to be flexible if it’s going to accommodate visitors.

FREE UP SPACE

For Davey, that starts with organization. She suggests putting what guests won’t need into short-term, functional storage—an ottoman that can serve as a footstool or bedside table, or pretty but sturdy boxes that can stand in a corner and hold a lamp with wireless charging or a small-charging station. At the very least, free up a wall outlet so guests can charge their devices.

Discreet and handsome hooks help guests stay organized.

GUEST-FRIENDLY PRACTICES

Blackout liners for curtains will help jet-lagged guests adjust, and an inexpensive full-length mirror is a nice touch.

Wall hooks keep guests organized. For these and other clever accessories, check out the sleek, subtle line from New York-based Good Thing, which recently launched at select EQ3 stores.

A daybed that pulls out into a queen delivers the flexibility Davey likes in a spare room. Ikea’s own Brimnes bed, which functions as chaise, sofa, storage unit, and single or double bed, fits the bill.

Twin mattresses can separate for flexible sleeping arrangements.

If there’s room for a full-time mattress, new “bed in a box” models are convenient and affordable. Made-in-Canada Endy, for example, ships in a package about the size of a hockey bag (you have 100 nights to decide if you like it). For a spare room, consider getting two extra-long twins. Pushed together, they measure the same as a king size, making them a flexible choice.

REFRESH & RENEW

Older beds can benefit from a topper (also available at Ikea), and remember that while inexpensive pillows may be suitable for decorative purposes, or to prop oneself up for reading, each guest should get one good-quality sleeping pillow. Linens don’t need to be extravagant, just seasonally appropriate and freshly laundered. Lightweight wool blankets and quilts (aired on an outdoor line for a day before use, if possible) will be easier to store than bulky duvets.

Mattress toppers make even sofas suitable for sleep.

If the only space for guests is a condo living room, a daybed or a memory-foam mattress that can be rolled up and stored are good options, says Davey. To increase privacy, don’t put guests in high-traffic areas, and consider using a room divider or open bookcase as a visual barrier. A bar cart can be emptied to do occasional double duty for a night table/storage space.

“Little touches make a space feel special,” says Davey, so place hand cream, a water carafe, a bar of good chocolate, and a room spray or scented candle on a tray to add to the five-star environment.

Vicky Sanderson

SOURCES Ikea.ca, EQ3.com, Endy.com, cardeaauset.com, supergoodthing.com

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