Holiday Gift Guide – For the House Proud

This week we thought we would share a gift guide for those who love to decorate, adore home decor and are always looking for that perfect piece to add to their living space. Here are some gift ideas for the House Proud:


All of these gifts are now available at Above & beyond. Click HERE for the full-sized gift guide. Happy shopping!

Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2017 Has Been Announced

Benjamin Moore just announced that Shadow 2117-30 is their Colour of the Year 2017. As 2016 starts to come to a close, we always anticipate the design institutes’ new colours of the year. We simply love the rich, moody hue of Shadow 2117-30. A far cry from last year’s Simply White, Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, saturated amethyst purple that will add sophistication to any space.

“Emotional connections with this color evoke nostalgic memories of light on space and color.”




We think Shadow 2117-30 would make a beautiful addition to an entryway or a living room. It pairs beautifully with gold accents and luxe textures, such as the newly-popular velvet. Pair Shadow 2117-30 with white trim to create a contrast and make a room seem more modern, as in the room below. Or, for a dramatic statement, paint your baseboards and trim with Shadow 2117-30 as well.


As we discussed on the blog last week, dark tones are making a comeback in colour palettes for your walls. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with dark walls. “Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year, Shadow 2117-30, is allusive and enigmatic — a master of ambiance.” Dismiss the age-old rumour that dark colours make a room seem smaller. This regal plum is the perfect tone for all of you who are sick of all greys, beiges and ‘greiges’.

We would love to see Shadow 2117-30 paired with dark wood and beautiful, dark sofas for an inviting and sophisticated living space. This colour will also pair well with neutrals to add drama to any room.

To choose the Colour of the Year, the design team at Benjamin Moore took inspiration from art, cultural influences, and lighting. They studied colour usage to identify key colour families and emerging trends. Watch this video from Benjamin Moore’s designers to learn more about the decision-making process:

We can’t wait to see this gorgeous hue appear in decor pieces and accent pillows. So what do you think? Will you be incorporating Shadow into your decor?

An elusive participant in a theatre of light, a profile, a silhouette, a SHADOW.

Gleaming with Gold.

The new trend in home decor is gold. Yes, it is back. The old saying is true..”If you wait long enough every trend will return.” We are still waiting for the plaid bottoms on jeans. If you remember this trend from the Bay City Rollers era then we now know your age.

The decor magazines and the top designers are certainly showing off lots of gold this year. One of the things you will notice is that it’s a nicer look than previous years. It’s all about glam. Placing something gold and gorgeous in a spot in your home that needs a boost it exactly where the gold should go.

If you are going for gold know that you don’t have to put your silver away. Mixing gold with silver is very trendy right now. Not to mention practical. I love my silver and I am not prepared to get rid of it. I hope you feel the same. I also wanted to mention that you decide to go gold you don’t have to change out all of your light fixtures, door knobs, etc. Show off your gold, and let it stand alone.

We have been bringing in gold home decor for spring at Above & Beyond and it has been selling as quickly as it comes in. Just remember if we don’t have what you are looking for in store mention it to us as it might be on its way or we may be able to order it in for you.

I have added a few photos for you so that you can see how great mixing gold and silver really looks.

Happy Decorating,