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TREND ALERT: SHOW-STOPPING TILES
We've been seeing gold and brass finishes in light fixtures and hardware for a while now, but my heart skipped a beat when I saw brass incorporated into floor tiles at Montreal-based Surfaces & Co. These stunning examples from Mosaïque Surface combine metal with natural stone to create jaw-dropping geometric designs. They would make a chic statement in a small foyer or a powder room.
WE TRIED IT: SCRIGIT SCRAPER
If you think peeling stickers and price tags off household items is a pain (and you want to preserve your manicure), the Scrigit will be your new best friend. The pen-size tool has both a at edge for at areas and tight spots, and a rounded tip for curved surfaces and crevices. It not only safely and quickly scrapes away labels but also works on dirty metal stovetops and opens shrink- wrapped packages.
Scrigit Scraper, $10 per pack of two, leevalley.com.
OFF THE WALL
Australian wallpaper company Milton & King recently launched its Tastemakers collection, a collaboration with four Canadian design experts: Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson of design blog Poppytalk; Pinterest influencer Paula Coop McCrory; and Love It or List It Vancouver's Jillian Harris, who designed my favourite pattern, The Parlour, which gives the timeless look of wainscotting without the effort—or the expense.
The Parlour Wallpaper, $217 per roll, shop.miltonandking.com.
When I moved into my new house with my boys two years ago, I promised myself I would always have fresh flowers in my home—the colours and texture they add bring me joy. To maximize their impact, I place blooms where I can get the most enjoyment out of them— on the dining room table or by my bed—and I always display them in a white vessel. I have a huge collection of white pitchers, jars and drinking glasses that can hold arrangements of all sizes and double as decor when not filled with flowers. (Grouped together on a shelf or a sideboard, they have graphic impact.) If you're looking to grow your own assortment, don't worry about breaking the bank— secondhand stores and antiques markets offer no shortage of choices. If popping out for blooms doesn't fit into your schedule, arrange to have them delivered on the same day each month.