The Grey Zone

Screen-Shot-2014-07-28-at-9.18.36-AMBy Mickey Foulds

Colour trends come and go with dramatic frequency. Every year Pantone declares a “colour of the year” which is often a vibrant and dynamic shade (eg.  2014 Radiant Orchid , 2013 Emerald, 2012 Tangerine Tango) -  and which is subsequently seen everywhere in fashion and design. It is no coincidence that, when walking through the mall, all the vendors seem to have similar colours in their windows. This is planned years in advance by a committee of experts and the choice reflects social and global circumstance. This information enables manufacturers to start preparing and supplying fabric, art and accessories in these colours to meet market demand.

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Year-Round Comfort

Dyson-AM04-Hot-and-Cool-Fanby Stephanie MacDonald

Last summer, July was one of the hottest on record, and coincidentally my family happened to come into possession of a Dyson Hot + Cool Air Multiplying Fan. Originally, we were more enamoured with the vacuum we obtained at the same time and the fan just sort of sat there, but as the heat continued to make our home into a sweat lodge the fan was plugged in and our lives were changed. Cool breezes prevailed against the heat, and the quiet, gentle cooling effect made our home habitable again.

In the winter, this fan proves even more indispensable, it can actually heat our main floor in less time than either the gas fireplace or the electric heat, and it's so portable we even take it to the cabin up in Whistler. Like all Dyson products, it's a bit expensive, but worth every single penny - you'll save more in electricity in a year than it costs to buy, so it's a great investment.

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Colour crush: Stiffkey Blue No.281 by Farrow & Ball

StiffkeyBlue2014Trend-easy-living-12nov13_pr_b_426x639-1By Sara Duck

I'm seriously colour-crushing on this gorgeous, rich, blue hue called Stiffkey Blue No.281 by Farrow & Ball. F&B are known as paint perfectionists and have created some of the most iconic paint colours used by designers and homeowners alike! I think this shade would work great in a powder room with gold finishes, an at-home office or boys room. This moody colour works well with contrasting neutral tones. For more information visit farrow-ball.com