November 2018

Simple DIY Holiday Décor

It’s safe to say that the holiday season has begun now that it is past Remembrance Day. You have probably been bombarded with Black Friday deals at this point and are trying not to give in the consumer culture around Christmas. Instead of going out and purchasing some new holiday décor that is probably very over-priced. Why not try and create a unique DIY décor piece? Not only is it rewarding, but it’ll be a great conversation starter at your holiday party. Never tried to DIY something before? Here are a couple simple DIY Holiday Décor pieces we found that you can tackle this weekend!

Enchanting Table Decoration

Centerpieces can make a table stunning, but that doesn’t mean that you need to put in a ton of effort. With just a handful of materials which you can gather or probably already have at home and about 20 minutes, you can create this beautiful centerpiece that is sure to create an enchanting mood to your space. All you need is a recycled can in any size you want, wet sand, foliage cuttings, pine cones, some liquid glue, and salt.

Step 1: Make your branches and pine cones snowy by coating the edges of the leaves and pine cones with glue or Mod Podge. After doing so, take a handful of salt and sprinkle it onto the fresh coat of glue. Once the glue has been coated with salt, set it aside for 10 minutes to dry. Gently brush off the excess salt once the glue has dried.

Step 2: Put some sand into the can and add water so that the sand is wet and compact it. The key is to have more sand than water.

Step 3: Arrange your snowy branches and pine cones in the can. You may need to glue some of the pine cones to the branches in order for them to stay in place. As you arrange, make sure to step back and look at your piece from various sides to ensure that the composition is right.

Step 4: If you want to add a bit more oomph to the can, you can wrap some ribbon or twine around it and maybe add a tag. Then you’re done!

*Original DIY found here 

Evergreen Stars

Another simple décor piece are these evergreen stars. They really consist of three main materials and depending on the size, you can probably don’t need to go out and purchase any supplies. You will need 10 popsicle sticks, coffee stir sticks or basswood strips (12 inch), a craft knife, wood glue, cut greens and a hot glue gun with glue sticks.

Step 1: If you are using popsicle or coffee stir sticks, cut off the rounded tips.

Step 2: Create 8 spoke base by finding the center point of two sticks lay one over the other to create an X shape. Glue the two together using wood glue and repeat with another pair of sticks. Then arrange the two pairs to create 8 spoke base and them together. Let the wood glue dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: To create the star points, make a V shape with a pair of sticks and glue the point together with wood glue. Then glue the top of the V shape to two points on the 8 spoke base. Repeat until you have 8-star points.

Step 4: Cut your greenery to the lengths of each stick on your 8 point start and hot glue them down. And Voila! You are done!

*Original DIY found here

What DIY holiday décor will you be making this year? Let us know with the hashtag #area3DIYdecor

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How Does Fashion Influence The Home?

When you think about fashion what comes to mind? Probably one of your favorite fast fashion retailers such as H&M or maybe Paris Fashion Week. Perhaps your own closet just popped into your mind. You likely wouldn’t think that today’s fashion also influences the home. Don’t believe us? Think back to the Baroque era when classical music would float down enormous hallways lined with gold ornamentation, rosettes, enormous chandeliers, oil paintings, and intricate rugs. What were people wearing then? Dresses and outfits that were just as elaborate as their homes. We could use the 80s as an example, but we can spare us all those details! Keep reading for our take on the influence fashion has on home trends today!

Color & Texture

Have you ever stepped foot into an entirely pink bathroom? Then you would know the power of color trends of an era – the 1950s in this case. There is a source that all designers look to for the forecast on color trends and that would be Pantone. There is a Pantone Color of The Year which ends up becoming the color you see in trendy clothing, home décor, stationary… we could go on! Did you see a lot of purples this year? It’s because Ultra Violet was the 2018 Color of The Year! Keep a lookout for the 2019 Color of The Year if you want to stay on trend. Fabrics and knits are also influenced by the fashion industry. Wool with natural tones have been trending in fashion and have also become a staple in home furnishings. We love the heathered greys seen on fall and winter coats right now like this Cocoon Coat from Arizta. Camira’s Blazer line of upholstery fabrics echoes that trend perfectly. The creamy chunky sweaters and scarves that are making their way into your closet? Best believe that there will be a similar throw blanket on your sofa!

The Details

Detailing can make or break any piece whether it be an article of clothing, handbag, shoe, furniture or décor. Little things such as revealing or hiding the stitching or buttons can completely change the look. For a very clean and sophisticated look, we suggest looking for hidden stitching that matches the fabric and doing without extra ornament such as buttons. Are you a bit more brave and fun? Go for something more unexpected like a contrasting stitch in a bold color paired with a neutral fabric. We love that you can completely change up the look of the Yoom Soft sofa from Stylex by choosing one of their decorative stitches such as Blanket, Zig Zag or Bowtie in a matching or contrasting thread color. Are you like us and loving the simple forms and lines that are very on trend right now? Fashion-wise, we see these trends exemplified in pieces found at stores like COS and Oak+Fort. We also see these trends translated in home décor pieces also found at retailers such as Litchfield and Parliament.

What trends do you see in fashion and the home? Let us know with the hashtag #area3designfashionhome

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3 Great Vancouver Design Stores

Let’s talk home design stores! Surely you know that there is no shortage of them – especially the online retailers! Of course, there are also the affordable staples that we all flock too like  IKEA, CB2, EQ3, Article, and Structube.  What if you are looking for a more original piece? No, we are not talking about the KALLAX units from IKEA that I’m sure we all have. Let us point you in the direction of three of our favorite home design stores here in Vancouver! Here you will find a lot of great brands. I am sure you have seen many of these products scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram or reading that glossy home design magazine.

Design House

True to its name, Design House has everything well-designed that you would want for your home. I am sure you won’t be surprised to find out that many of the brands that they carry are European! If you are in the Yaletown neighborhood, make sure to pop by their store on Homer Street. You won’t miss it as it is adjacent to Marimekko Vancouver – the only Marimekko Concept Store in Canada! A perfect pairing we must say! Here you will find not only furniture but also lighting and accessories for your home and some quirky gifts such as this concrete desk set from Areaware. Some of our favorite brands which they carry select pieces off include Bludot, Alessi and Normann Copenhagen.

Vancouver Special

With the same name as the architectural style of homes that were built in Vancouver from 1965 to 1985, Vancouver Special offers everything, but cookie-cutter pieces for your home. The list of brands which they carry is extensive but curated nonetheless. Some of our absolute favorite Scandinavian brands are carried here and include Hay and Muuto. What else do we love about this store? Well, if you are looking for a modular sofa, you can custom order one like The Mags Soft from Hay and pick the upholstery you prefer. If you are looking for lighting fixtures or a few outdoor furniture pieces, make sure to take a browse through their selection! Not to mention they offer a great selection of design books, magazines, record players, toss cushions and modern succulent arrangements to name a few other items. A perfect Saturday afternoon shopping excursion.

Inform Interiors

If you have never paid Inform Interiors a visit at their showroom in Gastown on Water St., you must do so! The showroom is stunning with natural light from the skylight streaming down the central staircase which connects all three expansive floors. The pieces you find at Inform are unique, each like a piece of art – and with the quality and price tag to match. With one of the largest selections of design books and magazines, you could spend hours here. Their library is located right behind the staircase on the main floor. The shelving goes from floor to ceiling and is lined with design literature that you cannot resist. Some of the great brands you will find here are Bensen (be to check out the canyon sofa one of our favorites), B & B Italia, Bocci we could keep going……….. but better that you stop by and see for yourself.

What are your favorite home design stores in Vancouver? Let us know with the hashtag #area3homedeisgnstores

 

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