The Healthy Home… 2017

We tend to make new-year resolutions for our bodies, but rarely for the environments we live in. The resolution I made for my home this year is to: 1/ Organize, organize, organize (that will mean having a HUGE yard sale this spring and 2/ Clean, clean, clean… this might be the year I finally hire a regular cleaning person to help keep the dust under control!

I recently embarked on a national broadcast media tour throughout Canada; highlighting some interesting and innovative products and ideas to keep our homes clean and healthy. Here are the 6 products highlighted on my Healthy Home Tour:

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day:mrs-meyers-clean-day-household-cleaners-giveaway-open-to-canadians

Now available nationally (Metro, Sobeys and Canadian Tire, etc), these hard-working cleaning produts are derrived from plant-based materials (like coconut, corn and aloe) and are being introduced in 4 springtime garden scents such as lavender, lemon verbena, basil and honeysuckle (WAY better than most harsh-smelling cleaners on the market). I was very proud to introduce Canada to this wonderful new cleaning program which has now become a personal favourite of mine!

SodaStream POWER:sodastream-power-black-review_zpsvbpyjobq

The original SodaStream is now even more powerful! More carbonation, less effort… and a fun way to consume more water during the long, dry winter. I like to add citrus peel in my fizzy water to give it a fresh scent without the calories of fruit juice. Did you know that carbonated water is also good for rinsing clorine from your hair when swimming indoors during the winter?

Cosentino’s Silestone ETERNAL stone counters:silestoneSilestone’s ETERNAL  countertop material is man-made of quartz yet looks like natural stone. This stone also has a surface protectant called N-Boost Technology (specific to Silestone) which helps repel liquids and is virtually scratch, stain and impact resistant. This is such great innovation; certainly something worth considering when adding or replacing countertops in your home!

iRobot ROOMBA 620 Vaccum:roomba-620-4

This roaming vaccum is the perfect companion for someone who hates to do housework or, has back/hip issues and cannot push a vaccum cleaner around. The iRobot ROOMBA 620 provides a full 2x cleaning process in any given room and is great for carpet, tile or wood flooring. AND… its available for a very special price of $398 exclusively at Walmart Canada.

Lampe Berger Paris:cantiknya-lampe-berger

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Desinged and patented in the late 1800’s,  Lampe Berger Paris was invented to kill odurs in Parisian hosptials. Simply fill the lamp’s base with the home fragrance liquid (there are many scents to choose from and also non-scented), add the wick; light the wick for 2 minutes and then blow the flame out… the heated wick then gets busy removing odours out of the air! I tested it at my own home with the Fried Fish test… worked like a charm in only 20 minutes! There is a very large variety of lamp styles to choose from and they make wonderful house-warming gifts.

Nespresso’s capsule recycling program:nespresso-recycling

Exclusive to the city of Montreal and Laval, luxury espresso company Nespresso has introduced at-home recycling for their used aluminum capsules. Fill the bright green bag (which Nespresso will mail to you with your orders, or you can request the bags at the Nespresso boutiques/cafes for free) with your used capsules then place with your weekly recycling. The aluminum capsules and espresso grounds are sorted and separated, with the aluminum being recycled into other uses such as aluminum water bottles and cell phone cases while the grounds are made into composte pucks to help enrich the soil. To the rest of Canada; FEAR NOT! Nespresso Canada has a recycling program in place to allow you to recycle your capsules too!

Here’s one of my television segments: The 2017 Healthy Home Tourhealthy-home

Look for me on your local television morning shows this spring ’17 as I embark on my Spring Refresh Tour; good things that will refresh the look of your home for spring/summer! KL

 

Note: This blog is unsponsored. Images are not mine.

 

 

 

 

Its A Decorating Jungle In There!

One of the biggest trends in home decor for spring ’17 is the colour green. Whether it be in a jungle, floral or garden theme, you will be seeing more of this leafy trend growing over the next months to come.

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Team your leafy prints with black or grey for a sofisticated, masculine look. Havanna Duvet from the Tropical Collection, Walmart.ca
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Make a splash with floral colours in the bath. Romantic Floral Scarf Shower Curtain, UrbanOutfitters.comuo-romantic-floral-scarf-shower-curtain-49-uo

 

Even tough gys will appreciate this floral/leafy trend! Only The Strong leather jacket, Simons.casimons-only-the-strong-jacket-650

 

A punch of green instantly turns your dining table into a springtime affair. Leaf placemats (set of 4), BallardDesigns.com

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One wall,,, just one wall will do! Tropical Nature Leaves wallpaper, Wayfair.cawayfair-tropical-natural-leaves-wallpaper-5-square-foot

 

Treat yourself to the garden year round. Again, team it with black for a midnight garden look. The Rug Company’s ‘Ivy Trellis’ area rug, Avenue-Road.com

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The BIG’17 Decor Trends

Home Decor Trends for 2017

Every year we hear about new colours and styles introduced for our homes in the way of yearly trends. Some of the new styles are quick trends and others are longer-lasting. To find out what 2017 will bring us, I checked out CanGift’s 2017 Toronto Gift Fair (Canada’s largest wholesale house/giftware show) in search of the top 5 home decor trends for the upcoming year. Whether you are planning an upgrade, renovation or simply looking to refresh your home, here are the 5 biggest trends to look out for when decorating and renovating in 2017:

TREND #1:
PALE SOFT TONES

trend-1-paleFound at: INDABA exhibit (above)

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-Soft pale colours are a return from the 1920’s and 1980’s (remember peach and mint green?).  -Team these colours with lots of dramatic neutrals like deep grey, black or espresso so not to make them appear too girly. -Use pale blues and greens in naturally dark spaces; the cooler colours help to reflect and bounce light around. -The larger the space, the richer/deeper the tone of the colour will need to be; otherwise it will simply disappear. -These colours also work best in small spaces where not a lot of colour is needed. Imagine a robin’s egg blue powder room, a pale creamy yellow nursery or a peachy laundry room! -Not sure if you could live with this trend? Try incorporating them into your home as bed sheets, some coffee mugs or throw pillows. -Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #2:
OVERSIZED ART

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Found at: CELADON ART booth (above)

oversized-art-2-Large art helps the home decorator achieve one thing: a sightline or focal point in a room which is often needed when there is no artitecural focal point such as a fireplace or window with a view.-Big art also helps to create BIG-SCALE impact in a small space; without taking away any valuable floorspace. -Consider mirrors that same as art… keep in mind what they will be refelcting as that will be the subject matter! -It also helps to fill large, expansive wall spaces in spaces with very high ceilings. -Designer tip: when haning very large art, paint the back wall a dramatic or complimentary colour to the art; this trick will ‘grow’ the artwork even larger in the space. -Don’t add too many un-matched art pieces in one room. One. Focial. Point. At. A. Time. :) Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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TREND #3:
HANDMADE

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Found at: TIMBERS exhibit (above)

trend-3-handmade-2-The Etsy movement (handmade and handcrafted) has brought back the DIY trend from the early1980’s.-Mixing handmade items in a modern decor helps to soften the look and make it livable.-Simple touches of handmade can add charm and whimsy without costing a lot of money.-Designer rule: no more than 30% of your decor should be handmade! -Handmade items tend to have a lot of texture/colour/interest so keep the surrounding neutral as not to take away the uniquness of the crafted items. Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #4:
BRIGHT GOLD ACCENTS

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Found at: BOVI HOME (above)

gold-image-2-Brass has become a very popular metal tone over the past few years, now its brightening up to gold! -Keep your gold accents to a minimum; handles on cabinets, a small leg on furniture or a lamp; anything more will create the “Trump-effect”. – Teamed with dull colours like cream and grey; grey can look very special. -Designer note: this trend is not long-lasting. Look for bronze or ‘smoked brass’ (darker metal tones) as the next metal trend coming down the pipes… Short or lasting trend? SHORT
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TREND #5:
WHITE MARBLE

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Found at: CARAVAN booth

marble-image-2-From countertops to table tops to accents, white marble is all the rage.-White marble can look very elegant when teamed with black and white, can look pretty when teamed with pastels.-White marble is a classic for bath tiles and traditional kitchen counters; not such a classic for furnishings and accessories. -Much of the small white marble home accessories are made in India; the reason for the high pricepoint? Breakage in during travel. -The nice thing about marble is that it can be recycled; ground-up and used other stone-like products like tiles. Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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Isn’t it time to start decorating? Which of the 5 trends MIGHT you incorporate into your home this year? Have fun decorating… KL

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