Coffee, Tea or Access-or-ease?

Yesterday I dedicated my Design Centre column in Metro News Canada to some fun accessories to build a coffee and tea station at home. As the weather gets colder, I find myself craving more lattes and Americano-style coffees during the day and refreshing herbal teas at night. Although my dream would be to own a Euro-style cafe one day (with my imaginary employee “Franco” at the espresso-helm each day- see below), I’ll settle with setting up a few online accessories to serve myself and friends. If you missed yesterday’s column; here are a few of the fun things featured.




Netflix or a book… and this little tray of relaxation. Time For Tea Set, $



Custom grind your coffee beans whether they be fine grind for espresso or rough-chopped for cold brews. Custom Grind Coffee Grinder, $



Hotel style, all brass quality for a lifetime of serving hot bevvies, Alfi Thermal Carafe, $



A new way to press out the best flavour from your espressos. AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Brewer, $



Classic style seems cool again! This is the teapot for a lifetime. STAUB Basil Teapot, $




On a budget? Brew your own coffee at home and take it to work in a faux (ceramic/silicone) take-out cup. Got leftover coffee? Opt for an iced version the next morning! Lenox Park Thermal Travel Mug, $12, Bed Bath &




I think red is one of the best accessory colours for a kitchen and the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Cordless Kettle fits that bill perfectly. At only $70 for all that style!




This measure spoon ensures the right amount of grinds for your brew and then helps keep the leftover grinds fresh. Coffee Scoop Clip, $6, CB2




Time To Warm Up Those Floors!

Woke up today and realized that soon, there will be a need to get the furnace roaring to keep the house warm at night. As I walked into the bathroom I was immediately woken up by the freezing stone tiles on the floor- BRRR! Time for some heat and a few bath mats scattered around to warm up those chilly-toed mornings. Here’s a list of some whimsical mats featured today in my Design Centre column in Metro News Canada; which would you choose to have underfoot?

Bath mats

Empower yourslef every morning and remeber: You are a natural beauty! ‘I Woke Up Like This’ Bath Mat, $42, UrbanOutfitters

Shower yourself with the ultimate preppy bath accessory. Lacoste Bath Mat, $50, TheBay

Have a whale of a time while pampering yourself, Victorian Whale Bat Mat, $58, Anthropologie




design-centre-wash-bath-mat.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoBest trending hashtag for the day; Microdry Memory #WASH Bath Mat, $15, BedBathAndBeyond

This one’s a magnet for sailors. Marine Anchor Bath Mat, $20, Simons


Get your Darth-Vader clean. Star Wars Bath Rug, $35, Sears

My 20 Tips for Hanging Art

For all of you who’ve experienced a picture hung too high or too low – or looking insignificant on a wall – check out my top 20 designer rules for hanging artwork at home as featured in “Design Centre”, my weekly column in Metro News: My 20 Tips for Hanging Art

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