March 2017

Eternal Black and White

All of us here at Area3 love black and white for various reasons – it goes with everything, its timeless, compliments every other colour, and especially looks great paired with wood. Whether your style is Scandinavian, traditional, modern, industrial or edgy and fashionable, there’s a million ways to use this colour scheme!  Below we have provided some simple ideas on how you can incorporate the everlasting black and white in your own home.

By using black in specific elements, you can create a lot drama in your space. Some of the things we have been obsessing over are EQ3’s black flatware, add this to your next dinner party for a conversation starter. Are you looking for a new way to light your space? How about the Ambit or Unfold pendant from this cool Scandinavian line called Muuto? Vancouver Special happens to carry these along with many other great ones.

Recently we completed a project Park Station, where we used the HAY about a stool at the kitchen island to add excitement. Black dinnerware to set the mood, and black toss cushions to create the wow factor.

You can create a timeless office space and have a little fun by playing with the proportions of your black and whites. By using a lot more black you can create a more masculine space. For example pair a black wooden surface and a few antique objects. For something a little more feminine, keep the majority of the space light and bright, think polished hi-gloss white and lots of great textures.

Accessories like black blankets are not only cozy – but more forgiving as well. Want to spend hours dreaming? Think crisp white sheets. This color is more serene and calming which will let you sink into a cloud of no responsibility. Strong or soft no option is wrong, just remember to contrast the rest of the space carefully. Try not to overdo the black as it can become very loud and strong (unless this is your desired look). For a never ending supply of original and local sheepskins, plush throws, and down cushions head over to L’atelier st. George.

Do you have a great idea about how to incorporate black and white in your space? We would love to hear, share your thoughts using #area3black&white
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Spring Trends 2017

Ahhhh Spring, we are so glad you made it! After a long and cold winter (bundled up in far too many layers), we are very excited to make room for things that are lighter and brighter. We have been keeping an eye on fashion and décor trends for this spring and wanted to share our favorite ones with you. Yes, we will always love our neutrals, but it looks like something bolder is on the horizon. Keep reading to find out!

A Sea of Blue

A classic can never really go out of style and blue is definitely back for spring. Taking hints from the sea, you may want to start incorporating some color with a deep, sophisticated indigo blue. If you are looking to invest in a this trend why not try a beautiful throw, dinnerware or toss! Feeling bold? There are even furniture pieces in statement colors. For those who are more comfortable, try adding pattern! On the runway, we saw nautical stripes as well as pinstripes from head to toe. Perhaps it is too much to deck out your entire living room with but you can definitely swap in a few new solid blue wool toss cushions from Ferm Living!

Khaki

Yes, you read that right – khaki is in (one of my personal favorites)! Although its muddy disposition makes it appear a neutral, we love the many ways you can rock this utilitarian color. Who can tire of the classic parka or cargo pants? All you have to do is Google a few fashion bloggers or articles online to see the many ways fashion designers are sporting this color on their runways for spring 2017. Want to try and bring this masculine color to your home? How about a sheet set layered with neutrals from Litchfield or paint one accent color in your room? Try one of these variations from Cloverdale Paint’s Artisan collection: CA142 Bay Leaf, CA166 Deep Forest, CA165 Sea Stone or for a fresh approach, CA164 Wreath.

Greenery

Pantone’s 2017 Color Of The Year is Greenery – a fresh, spring-like color that evokes a sense of hope and rejuvenation. Although some may think that we have taken a leap back to the 60s, the color can act as a neutral. Don’t believe me? Take a look outside and notice that the fresh greens in nature are a neutral that pairs with just about every color. Pantone has also created a few palettes to prove this point! What better time to start incorporating Greenery than at the start of spring. For those who are brave enough, go ahead and use it on a focal wall. If its jus a a bold pop of color added to your space, why not look for a few accessories like a vase? Better yet, add some real greenery to bring life into your room! Plants will always be on trend no matter what the season is.

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Top 10 Smart Home Technologies

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 10 years since the first smart phone came out. Remember how we all coveted that sleek iPhone 3G? Since then smart technology has expanded to the home and much of it can be controlled by the smart phone you have attached to you at all times. Smart home technology is all about what your home can do for you and how it can improve or enhance your everyday life. We have done some research and created a list of our top 10 smart home technologies. From saving you time, money, or just giving you peace of mind. These technologies are sure to impress you and your house guests!

1.   August Smart Lock

Privacy and security is always a top priority for your home. Never worry about losing your keys again with the August Smart Lock. Your smartphone becomes your new key and you are also able to create virtual keys for guests. You can also keep track of who comes and goes and give guest access for a few weeks, a few hours or even a few minutes. No more worrying about forgetting to lock your door when you are in a hurry or when you are on vacation!

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2.   Nest Thermostat

Saving energy in the home is no easy task. How can you constantly monitor and control everything? The Nest Learning Thermostat helps you save energy by learning about what temperature you like throughout the day and builds a schedule around it. After using it for a week, it programs itself! With the app, you can see how much energy you use every day in Energy History or get a full report every month in Home Report. We love that it is simple to install, has a customizable ring to fit the style of your home and it will eventually pay for itself with the amount of money you save on your electrical bill!

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3.   Nest Protect Smoke Detector

No one really thinks about their smoke detector until it goes off and you’re left scrambling around to see if there really is a fire or if it is just another piece of burnt toast. We like the Nest Protect smoke detector because it is able to detect the problem – whether it is smoke or carbon monoxide – tells you what’s wrong and alerts your phone. You can also tell it to hush from the app on your phone, which means that we can say goodbye to the prolonged beeping sounds! Other features include automatic testing, so you don’t have to do it monthly and it lights up as you walk underneath it, so it doubles as a night light in your hallway.

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4.   Philips Hue

Most people tend to give lighting much thought, but it really helps to create the atmosphere you desire in your home! Can you really transform your space with a touch of a button? With the new lighting technology from Philips called Hue you certainly can, and all from your mobile device. Not only can you control your lights from anywhere, you can also customize it to create specific scenes such as ‘dinner party’ or ‘movie night.’ Want to have some fun? Why not try changing the ambiance or mood with various colors of light! Personalizing your lighting is as easy as screwing in a lightbulb, connecting the bridge to your router and downloading the app.

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5.   Belkin Wemo Switch

Not sure if you left the iron on this morning as you rushed to work? You can now check from your smart device using Belkin’s Wemo switch. Simply plug the Wemo switch into an outlet, then plug in your appliances or electronics into the Wemo and you are able turn it off or on from your smart phone. The Wemo uses your home’s Wi-Fi network so you can control electronics such as TVs, heaters, fans and lamps from the palm of your hand.

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6.   Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization

If you live in a large home with lots of windows (lucky you!), then you know the struggle of adjusting your window treatments throughout the day. The new PowerView Mortorization from Hunter Douglas is able to automatically adjust your shades throughout the day using the PowerView App on your smart device or their PowerView Pebble Control. Now you maximize daylight and create the perfect ambiance in your space without the hassle of manually adjusting each shade. Most of the PowerView window treatments are also battery-powered so it is very easy to install, use and maintain. We love that you can create pre-programmed room scenes – different combinations of shades and shade positions – so you can have the amount of light, privacy and ambiance you desire in a jiffy!

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7.   Kohler Numi Toilet

Some may argue that the toilet is the centerpiece of a bathroom; perhaps why it is dubbed ‘the throne?’ Needless to say, it is a key component so why not make it luxurious? The Japanese have embraced toilet technology for quite some time now, so it’s about time that we do too. The Kohler Numi Toilet offers top-tier toilet technology with a motion activated cover and seat, three bidet water spray patterns (pulsate, oscillate and wave), and multiple heating options (seat and feet). If that doesn’t already sound over the top, there is an audio system and you can cycle through seven different programmable color options for the illuminated panels. Did we mention that it is incredibly sleek and aesthetically pleasing? This toilet demands to take center stage.

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8.   Kohler DTV+ Digital Shower Interface

Ever dreamt of having that amazing multi-sensory shower from the last 5-star hotel you stayed at in your own home? It can be achieved! Kohler has a new digital shower interface called the DTV+ that combines elements – water temperature and pressure, steam levels, lighting and music – to give you the ultimate sensory experience in the shower. The waterproof touchscreen display allows you to have control over your personalized showerhead and steam systems. You can also preset up to six modes so everyone in the family can save their favorite combination. Take your shower to the next level by amping up your morning shower or help you relax and wind down after a long day.

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9.    Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

What is the first thing you check when you walk into your kitchen? It is very likely the refrigerator! The Samsung Family Hub smart fridge has a Wifi enabled touchscreen that helps you manage your groceries, connect with your family and entertain. With three built-in cameras, The Family Hub takes a photo every time the doors close so you can always know what you have and what is missing from your phone. On the touch screen you can keep track of schedules, leave notes and reminders, display photos, stream music and even mirror what you are watching from your smart TV! Amongst all these features you can be sure that your food will be kept fresh and organized. You can it in Canada at Home Depot for about $5,000!

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10.    Google Home

Everyone wants a personal assistant and the Google Home is your answer! This small voice-activated speaker is powered by Google Assistant. You can tell it to do things such as rescheduling your meeting, play music from Spotify or even ask it questions and get real-time answers including the latest weather and traffic. It acts as a hub to help you voice-control other smart devices in your home such as Nest, Philips Hue and Chromecast. Now you can shut off your music, turn on your latest Netflix show, bring down shades and dim the lights without touching a thing!

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