2015 Decorating Trends

I don’t know about you, but the new 2015 decorating trends make me want to run out and completely redecorate my entire house! The colours, patterns, decorating ideas…they all resonate with my taste this year!

But interior decorating is like clothing or hair colour: it’s really personal! So don’t feel bad if you don’t like 2015′s new offerings, and feel free to draw inspiration from some aspects and to leave the others aside.

This year’s colours

According to Pantone:

Marsala can be used liberally in a room without becoming overwhelming. It creates a very warm feeling and pairs easily with many other colours (Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year, for example). In my opinion, it can also be used for furniture and accessories, and it will age well. After all, just because it’s in style this year doesn’t mean it will be absolutely out of fashion next year!

According to Benjamin Moore:

Aquarelle is a colour you can use to add some freshness to your room. It is on the bright side, so make sure you really like it before you put it everywhere, because otherwise you could tire of it quickly. This has been one of my favourite colours for years, and I still love it!

A Mom, Hardworking, and an Informed Consumer!

A post written by Annie Lavigne, Director Human Resources and Talent Development at South Shore Furniture, and a mom with 2 kids.

Mom = hardworking + informed consumer. Yikes! Four little words that put my mind in “alert” mode. But that’s nothing new: a whole lot of skills are needed to stay on top of all this! I’ve been working with the human resources team at South Shore Furniture over the past few years, setting up skill profiles for all the jobs in the company… and let me tell you: the list of skills for the “mom-hardworking-informed consumer” profile would be U-N-E-N-D-I-N-G!

  • Client-focussed (be ready to listen to our kids or co-workers)
  • Performance management (make the right choices when shopping, and for our families)
  • Organization and planning skills (no need to explain this one!)
  • Good judgment, decision-making (on a day-to-day basis)
  • Teamwork (able to look for resources on hand)
  • Creativity (to achieve a goal by deadline and on budget)
  • Enthusiasm (whatever happens!)
  • Leadership (those who like me will follow me!)
  • Ability to balance (otherwise everything else could fall apart).

Double yikes! We often pressure ourselves (too much!) to excel at all these skills… Are my girls eating enough veggies? The older one didn’t see a mistake in her homework – she won’t get an A!

Get set for Halloween with your little ones!

I’ve always loved Halloween, as far back as I can remember: the costumes, the decorations, and of course the CANDY! No doubt about it, Halloween was meant to be for kids – and I’m still a kid deep down, which is most likely why I always want to enjoy this time of year to the max. (We don’t often get a chance to dress up in costume and decorate our homes!) The best way to get your kids into Halloween is to include them in the preparations. You can get them to make the decorations for your home, their costumes, Halloween themed meals, or even some cute little candy bags for the other kids who’ll come trick-or-treating!

Here are a few ideas that are very likely to inspire you as you and your kids get ready for Halloween.

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To enjoy Halloween properly, it’s important to remain a child at heart! :)

Declutter Your Home Office in Next 5 Steps

Piles of papers, office accessories, notebooks, stickers, cables, file folders, etc. It’s just stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis and it’s driving us crazy! How can we function properly with all those things laid all over our work space?! And it’s not just the mess – you have wasted God knows how much time trying to find that one piece of paper you had needed, yet you couldn’t find it as it was buried at the bottom of the pile.

Compact fit desk

It’s better to spend some time de-cluttering your office than waste hours trying to find what you’d needed. Cluttered workspace may distract you while you’re trying to get your job done properly.

Still, there’s no reason to worry about anything. We are giving you a de-clutter tutorial that will instantly help!

1. Do you really need all that stuff?  

Step away from your desk and try to get a bigger picture of your home office.  Discern every single thing that is placed on your desk and think whether you actually need it. You may even take a picture and print it, sit back in a comfortable chair and make a mental sorting out of (un)necessary items to have in your office.

Hello Fall!

Every season has its good side, but fall is probably my favorite! The cool weather, the return of boots and woollen scarves… The first red leaves on the tree in front of my home makes me feel like decorating the entire house for fall and leaving my deck for the comfort of my indoors! A note of caution: don’t confuse “Halloween decorations” with “fall decorations” Often, our fall decorations are part of our Halloween decorations, but the opposite isn’t necessarily true.

Here are two tips to decorate your home for fall.

Buy flowers in orange, red and yellow tones.

Dare to use artificial leaves to make a wreath or a centerpiece, or simply to replace flowers!

Use squash in a variety of ways.

Use candles to add atmosphere. (If you use perfumed candles, I recommend “Sweater Weather” or “Leaf” from Bath & Body Works).

Change the pictures in your frames to fall-inspired images.

Add a little touch of fall in your home, and say hello to fall!