Pantone's 2016 Colour(s) of the Year

Last month, Pantone announced their colour of the year and for the first time they selected 2 colours: Rose Quartz and Serenity. I’ve always loved blush hues so it’s no surprise that Rose Quartz would be something that I would gravitate towards. I still have an urge to paint one of my rooms Pink Ground and I’m wondering if Spring might be the time to take action. What do you think about Pantone’s choices for 2016?

Fresh Start

It’s that time of year again.  A time to reflect on 2015 and to set goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been all about eating healthier and de-cluttering (via the Konmari method). I’ve started with my closet and will be working my way through the rest of the house. I cannot wait to get my office space and kitchen in order — I’m betting I will be discarding at least half of the things in my kitchen! And what better way to stay inspired than with the pairs I’ve pulled below.  Can you spot the similarities?  What are your goals for 2016? -Amy

Giveaway - Kristin Sjaarda Photo

In this final week of gift guides, I have something beautiful to giveaway courtesy of photographer Kristin Sjaarda. If you aren't a follower of Kristin's instagram feed (@ksjaar) you will be after you see her moody images based loosely on Old Master paintings. 

Kristin is giving away the print below of roses and oranges:

It measures 20" x 30" and is printed on archival hot press, bright paper in a matte finish. The matte finish gives the blacks a lovely rich, velvety feel which lends itself well to the dark tones of the photographs. To enter head to Kristin's instagram feed and follow her, then tag two friends. The contest is open to anyone in North America. The winner will be announced on December 23rd. Here are a few more of her dramatic photos.

If you think you've used up all your luck for 2015 there are two ways you can purchase Kristin's prints. The first is through Kristin directly. She has a few options available on her website in three sizes (Large - 22" x 33", Medium -  16" x 22.5", Small -  8.5" x 11"). Please contact her through her site for more information.

The second way is in person at Home Smith's, a new interior store on Roncesvalles Avenue.

Owner Jennifer Jackson and Creative Director Annie McDonald have layered Home Smith with beautiful things for every price point - from decorative porcelain to lighting, antique Moroccan rugs and custom-furniture. They also carry a selection of Kristin's prints.

So head over to Kritisn's instagram feed and enter to win a print today. It will be the perfect present for yourself or someone else. 

Gift Guide - Too Fifteen

If you want to win the prize for "most unique" gift-giver head over to Too Fifteen. All of their super-cool products are made from Tyvek -- a sustainable material that looks and feel like paper but is way stronger. It's one of those materials that gets better with age. The more you use it, the more it wrinkles and softens into its own personality. The set of three pouches would make a great hostess gift while the bins would be perfect for the neat-freak in your life. I promise that everyone will be asking where you found such awesome presents.