Must be what they meant.
If you’re huddled on a bed of pine needles under the bright, pitiless glare of holiday lights you still haven’t taken down, wondering why the hell your home looks like such crap, welcome to the New Year. Don’t pull your hood up, life’s too short to hide! Just grab who u wit, do a shot of espresso and read how to make your house beautiful in 2016 – from the windows to the walls.
It’s a colour emergency, dammit!
The atmosphere at teb was euphoric when we heard the Pantone Colour Institute has declared a colour emergency for 2016. Okay, so maybe they just declared ‘the emergence of colour’ but we’re not English majors, we design awesome shit. To combat the dank, dark Toronto winters, there’s nothing we like more than bright and beautiful colours on your windows – and the design gods seem to agree with us. While primary colours and vivid patterns like stripes, floral and abstract are trending window treatments for 2016, we tend to prefer custom design. Want a picture of Marilyn Manson biting the head off your ex? No problem. We can put that on your drapes – or on a custom pillow you can punch whenever you want.
Oh yes please, deeper.
That ratty couch has seen a lot of adventures, and if it’s too far gone to reupholster, there’s no time like the new year to put ‘er out to pasture. When shopping for a replacement, don’t get caught up in all the ‘condo sized’ hype: sure, you’ll save a few bucks and get a sofa that’s supposedly built to scale for today’s smaller abodes, but do you really want to nap (or do other fun stuff) on a couch that’s built for wee folk? And as uncomfortable as is it to watch TV with your legs hanging off the end, it’s even worse to feel like you’re going to fall off that narrow seat.
That’s where teb comes in. We are officially giving you permission to go deep when it comes to your sofa: that’s right, a full 42 inches. Can’t find anything you like that’s big enough? We do custom furniture, too. If you’re a shortie, just stack the aforementioned custom pillows behind you until you’re sitting pretty; if you’re leggy, you’ll love finally sitting on a sofa that’s built for you.
Bonus: your drunken friends are less likely to accidentally roll to the floor next time they crash on your sofa.
Do heavy metal and granola mix? Apparently so!
Sometimes we just want to throw everything out and start over. Before you pull the pin on that hand grenade, think: does this piece of furniture/tchotchke/framed photo of my mother-in-law still serve a purpose? The interior design trend in Toronto for this year is toward minimalism and clever use of space. There’s simply no room in our cluttered lives for more stuff unless it’s functional and gorgeous at the same time.
So what should all these useful yet attractive items be made of? Natural materials like wood and marble are really big this year, as are metals like brass and copper. So whether you want to glam it up or tone it down, choosing these natural materials can bring harmony to any room. Nothing sends a message like a big brass bed with an upholstered headboard in a rich, decadent fabric like silk or velvet. And while pink and other ‘meat’ colours are popular for walls this year, you can calm down any room with a wall palette in shades of blue and green reminiscent of throwing off the shackles of city life and heading to the beach. Don’t forget to use a primer to cover up the crunk juice you splashed on the baseboards.