April 2019

Spring Influence

What can we say, spring has definitely sprung! The frigid days seem to be a distant memory as we start to soak up the sun on dare we say it… a patio. With brighter days and warmer weather, a refresh should be in order. Time to swap out some of those dark tones for something a bit more fresh and less reminiscent of the gloomy winter days. Keep reading for what we’re eyeing this season!


Move over porcelain! We’re seeing a push for a little more warmth with a touch of texture and ceramics is the new way to go. There is something about it that makes it so personable and inviting. Picture this – your favorite tea steeping in the palm of your hands within a handmade ceramic mug. We’re loving these generously sized hand-made mugs from local Vancouver retailer Nineteen Ten. Why not pair it with a beautiful ceramic French press as well? This matte sand colored one from Old Faithful Shop has a cute copper pull detail. For those who appreciate a beautifully plated meal, the ceramic tableware from Kinto is a must. They are made entirely by hand in a traditional pottery village in Nagasaki, Japan! Level up your packed lunch or leftovers with a Porter Bowl. The light blue ceramic is fun and your food is protected by a silicone wrap, rigid plastic lid, and snap-tight silicone strap!

A Touch of Nature

What better way to inject some life back into your home than with a nod to nature. If you are in the market for some new furniture pieces, might we suggest considering some with a touch of wood? There is something fun about these old-school looking Soft Edge 10 chairs from Hay that are reminiscent of childhood. Prefer something a bit more grown-up? The Soft Edge 12 chairs offer a more neutral and sophisticated look that is sure to pair well with a simple white dining table. Looking for something that is a little less typical? The Form Rocking Chair from Normann Copenhagen would be perfect for those who have little ones, but can still stick around even after they have grown. Ikea celebrates their iconic bookcase “Billy” turning 40 years old with a new name, bright new colors (like sunshine yellow), and accessories.  Of course, we can’t forget about the addition of some real foliage. We love these crafted solid oak plant stands from Old Faithful Shop that quite literally elevates your plants. Add a few of these to your home in various sizes with some large-leafed tropical plants and watch your space come alive! For those of you who have the budget, splurge on a bundle of fresh flowers and keep them in a simple glass vase to add some oomph into any room. Living in a concrete jungle? Ikea offers some options on bringing greenery indoors in their inspiration board. Why not try hanging plants with their Bittergurka if you lack floor space?


Simons dares us to shock our wardrobe with electrifying colors like ochre, yellow and sienna. Woven bags are one of the biggest spring trends from  Club Monaco,  Shopbop and Aldo just to name a few, and at every price range. You are sure to find one the bag that best fits your personality. Nordstrom offers us a world alive in color – especially that inspired by sunshine.


Sherwin Williams and West Elm have paired up to recommend a dozen Spring 2019 colors. Ranging from Banna Cream, Rosemary to Ravishing Coral to name a few.  Cloverdale Paint included Yellow Umbrella, Elk Skies, and Perennial Garden among others in the 2019 Trend guide. Broken down into four color palettes read about the inspiration behind each one.


What are your spring influences? Let us know with the hashtag #area3springinfluence

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It’s Blooming Blue – Spring Colour Trend

Well if you are lucky enough to be a Vancouverite, then you realize we have welcomed spring with a bang. This last month has felt more like summer weather and we are loving it!  Along with the blue skies and bike rides along the seawall, we are noticing a lot of blue in the design industry. In this blog post, we are going to elaborate on just one very popular colour trend at the moment. From dinnerware, furniture, fashion, and cars, you can’t help but find the palest of blue to the deepest indigo in any showroom. We have captured a few ideas on how you can incorporate this trend in your own home.

For the timid may we suggest experimenting with smaller pieces like dinnerware? Available online at March is the beautiful Italian stoneware collection by Rina Menardi’s in deep blue. Over at Crate and Barrel, you will find multiple lines in shades like navy and denim. Even Ikea is getting in on the action with their everyday value sets like Dinera for $34.99 in gray-blue. Or how about layering the bed or adding some toss cushions? Who doesn’t love linen? Check out the Belgian flax linen melange bedding set at West Elm.

Feeling a little braver? You could always paint a single accent wall in your home. Benjamin Moore included 4 blue versions out of 15 shades in their 2019 Color Trend Forecast. We particularly like the more muted versions like Black Pepper 2130-40 or Hale Navy HC-154.  For a statement furniture piece, you need to look no further than one of our favourite lines Blu Dot. Founded by two Architects and a Sculptor who make beautiful, affordable and functional pieces. The Clutch Lounge Chair in Edwards Navy and Ash is sure to be the most popular seat in the room. Or another navy option is their Strut coffee and end table collection. Perfect for the minimalist home.

Fashion-wise we suggest a few pieces from Club Monaco like the Robetta Skirt in Marfa Blue or the Yolande Pant in Canyon Blue. Forbes tells us how to shop denim in Spring 2019 top trends. Who What Wear names midnight blue as one of the hot colours for spring/summer 2019.

Be sure to tell us how will you incorporate this colour in your space? #Area3blue

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