Not to mention the rest of your drapery, your wallpaper and even your cookware. Pantone’s colour of the year – emerald – is fresh and glam, writes Sarah Richardson . Incorporated judiciously, it can also make your neighbours you-know-what with envy
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FRENCH TWIST: Most fanatic foodies can count at least one piece of Le Creuset cookware in their stable of kitchen basics. Now, fans of the iconic French line can also be on trend as they whip up their hearty winter stews. Made of enamelled cast iron, this lidded French oven in the appetizing shade of “fennel” can go from cooktop to oven to table, looking effortlessly elegant along the way. Le Creuset Round French Oven in Fennel, $270 to $395 at The Bay (www.thebay.com).
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ROCK SOLID: Want to add a touch of élan to a room without making a big commitment? Dial up the chic factor on a favourite table lamp by screwing on an unusual finial made from a slice of green agate, a one-of-a-kind accent guaranteed to make any fixture lovelier. Money Finial by Hillary Thomas Designs, $55 through www.chicshopla.com .
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SITTING PRETTY: They may be often copied, but authentic Danish-modern Egg chairs, which date back to 1958, are unparalleled classics. Make your licensed repro stand out even more by accentuating its minimalist lines with a perky shade of emerald. Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, approximately $6,300 at select furniture stores across Canada (visit www.fritzhansen.com for retailers).
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BIN THERE? DO THESE: For anyone who has vowed that 2013 is the year to get organized, these are for you: Available in a variety of sizes, Serena & Lily’s groovily patterned storage bins made of tightly woven plastic can be used both indoors and out, offering visual pop and practicality in equal measure. Best of all, you can rinse them clean. Serena & Lily Cabana Bins, from $11.99 each through www.serenaandlily.com .
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ARCH ‘MARBLE’: A fresh coat of paint is a low-cost, high-impact way to enhance bland walls, but why not take it a step further by treating them to show-stopping sheets of marble-patterned wallpaper mimicking giant slabs. This easy-to-install trompe l’oeil paper is pre-pasted and scrubbable, so, while it may look exotic and exquisite, it’s also durable and very kid-friendly. Allen + Roth Bright Green Marble Wallpaper, $44.98 per 56-square-foot roll at Lowes (www.lowes.ca).