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Lego toying with new materials for its iconic bricks

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Lego toying with new materials for its iconic bricks

Lego is trying to reinvent its iconic product. The company started in the 1930s as a manufacturer of wooden toys. The plastic bricks were first introduced in the 1950s. Currently made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – better known as ABS – Lego is experimenting with different materials in order to have all the bricks and figurines made of recycled or plant-based materials by 2030.

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Too much wood

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Too much wood

Back in July, Peel Regional Police Tweeted out this image of a DIYer with some 10’ or 12’ foot lengths of lumber hanging out of the drivers’ side windows! The driver was slapped with a $160 fine for driving with an insecure load. If they figure that’s a safe way to get the material home, we can’t imagine the shape of whatever they plan to build with it will be.

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Paint by number

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Paint by number

This time of year is brimming with fabulous colour. The late summer and early autumn hues have inspired many cozy interiors, vibrant and ripe for the picking. Which is a good thing, because this time of year is ideal for a “colour makeover” in the home. Now don’t feel overwhelmed. Refer to the 60-30-10 rule.

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Now, I’ll be the first to admit this, there are no hard and fast rules to interior decor. But the 60-30-10 ratio for colour coverage serves as a very good guideline. Start with a couple of complementary colours and add a third hue that “pops.” The dominant colour should occupy around 60 per cent of your room – typically the walls. The secondary colour then represents the 30 per cent of your room that include mid-sized items like a feature wall, a sofa and a rug. Last but not least is the accent colour – often a contrasting hue, covering 10 per cent of your space. Good in small doses, accent colours come alive in small pieces like artwork, accessories and window treatments.

The looming change in season is a good time for a semi-annual switch up of accessories, too. While looking at new hues to showcase in your space, also think about different, seasonal textures. A cozy high-pile rug, oodles of pillows and knits make a warm, welcome addition when the winter chill sets in. Opt for rich colours and textures, like the classic faux fur and velvet. When the spring makes its long-awaited return, pack away those wooly winter wares in exchange for crisp whites and a fresh, pale palette in lighter, natural materials like cotton and linen.

Whatever the season, regardless of your reason, bringing the right colours into your home will change how you feel – and live – in it.

lazier_blog_oct217_2Toronto-based designer Daneyka Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto and the GTA, and US.

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How Home Hardware PRO Contractor Services can help

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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.
  • Keep informed with quarterly newsletters emailed straight to your inbox. With the click of a button, you can stay up-to-date on leading-edge products that contractors trust. Save money and time with email alerts on special deals.
  • Designed with the project in mind, you can learn how Home’s PRO Contractor Services team offers you the support to fuel your projects. Provide a list of materials needed for a job and we’ll look after it. It’s easy and worry free. Focus your time on building and not on estimating the supplies required.
  • Get your materials fast and eliminate time spent in-store. Through our easy to order process, contractors can replenish stock by ordering through email, phone, or fax. No need to come to the store as you can re-order from the jobsite or home office. Orders are always accurate, limiting down time.
  • PRO Contractor Services also include a home plan service, package pricing, and credit services. For more information, visit HomeHardware.ca

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