Category: House & Home

Google Home Mini – Your New Personal Assistant

What: The transition back to the classroom can be daunting for both students and parents alike. Luckily, the Google Home Mini, powered by the Google Assistant, can help make the return to school a little easier and a lot more efficient. From assisting with homework, managing extracurricular schedules and preparing back-to-school meals, the Mini is here to help parents and students get through this hectic time.

About: The Google Assistant has the power of Google Search, Maps and more built right in, so it can answer questions from the everyday to the out-of-this world … it has learned how to answer more than a hundred million new unique requests!

The Assistant also recognizes your voice, and up to five others in your home, so that you can all get a personalized experience. And the Mini works with 100+ home automation brands, allowing you to control more than 1,000 compatible smart devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, Wemo, August and more. Use your voice to turn up your thermostat, dim the lights and turn off the TV.

Bonus: The Mini delivers hands-free help in every room and comes in three colours – Chalk, Charcoal and Coral. Features a cover in a soft custom fabric with four LED lights that only appear when you interact with the device. Designed to project 360-degree sound, and the far-field microphones can hear you from anywhere in the room.

Cost: Available at The Google Store, all major Canadian carriers, Best Buy Canada and select retailers for $79. From August 17, 2018 to September 6, 2018 is on sale for $49. Unless otherwise specified, this offer cannot be combined with other offers.

Benjamin Moore Reveals “CALIENTE Af-290” as its Colour of the Year 2018

WALLS; Caliente AF-290, Aura, Eggshell DOORS & TRIM; White Opulence OC-69, Aura Grand Entrance

Benjamin Moore, North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, today declared its Colour of the Year 2018 – Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red. The highly anticipated announcement was recently unveiled to leading interior designers, architects and influencers at an exclusive event held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

The colour leader also unveiled Colour Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.

The Benjamin Moore Colour & Design team annually forecasts colour trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. The team of seven Colour & Design experts attended more than 20 industry shows capturing more than 42,200 photos that illustrate points of inspiration from the arts, design, architecture, pop culture, fashion, home furnishings, and more. Their collective findings demonstrated an emergence of red hues, embodying the change, strength, confidence and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world.

For more info visit  @BenjaminMooreCA

Benjamin Moore Delivers a New Dimension in Colour & Finish with Century

Benjamin Moore Blue Muscari U9

What: Benjamin Moore, North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, introduces Century in Canada – a new dimension in paint that builds upon the brand’s legacy of craftsmanship, precision and beauty. Formulated to exceed the creative desires of the most exacting designers and environments, this innovative paint comes in a curated collection of 75 brand new colours that are brought to life with the first Soft Touch Matte finish.

About: Benjamin Moore has developed the most sophisticated palette in its class through a complex alchemy of art and science. Skilled craftsmen and chemists applied years of experience to the making of this ultra-premium paint. The resulting formulation is so intricately balanced it is only made in small batches that will be pre-mixed and sealed to ensure the truest colour and experience in every can. The convergence of science and craftsmanship in Century produced the first-of-its-kind Soft Touch Matte finish, offering a tactile experience similar to that of a soft leather glove.

Bonus: Century is available in a palette of colours ranging from mid-tone to dark shades, intended to enrich the colour collection of interior designers. These quintessential hues offer an unrivaled depth and richness of colour previously unseen in the industry, enabling this paint to transform not only a room, but the entire colour experience. The colours of the Century palette draw inspiration from natural elements such as minerals, gems, spices, herbs and plants.

Where: Available in pre-mixed gallons and 118 mL colour samples at select Benjamin Moore paint and decorating retailers.  For more info visit  @BenjaminMooreCA

The 2017 GTA Home and Reno Show

The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road
When: February 17-20, 2017
Cost: Adults – $15, Seniors (65+) – $13, Youth (13-17) – $13, Children 12 and Under – FREE. Tickets can be purchased at

Details: The 2017 GTA Home & Reno Show will feature some of Canada’s best contractors, designers, and suppliers, who can help you upgrade your property in the smartest ways possible. In its 4th year, the event is the first home show of the year, with more than 28,000 people attending annually, seeking helpful advice, solutions and new products for in and around their homes

More than 300 home experts including W Network’s Game of Homes renowned design duo Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, TV personality and trusted renovation expert Damon Bennett presented by Haven Fire Safety, leading handyman Shawn Monteith, expert interior designer and handcrafter Chris Palmer will be on hand.

To get your home renovation plans off on the right foot, some of our GTA Home & Reno Show experts advised homeowners to thoroughly research and plan ahead before embarking on your home transformation journey.

More Info:  @HomeShowsTO  #GTAHomeShow

Holiday Gift Ideas from Home Depot

With the holidays fast approaching why not make gift buying easy. Home Depot offers some great gift ideas that will be sure to please – even for that person on your list who already has everything.




Milwaukee Heated Jacket
For the handyman that never quits, this heated jacket will ensure he stays warm and protected, even through the harsh Canadian winter. Now with a re-designed look and ToughshellTM Stretch Polyester Material, this jacket is both functional and fashionable, and comes in a variety of styles. $119.88 – $229.88







Sengled Pulse Solo Dimmable Led Light With Bluetooth Speaker
Dancing in the shower has never been so easy. The world’s first LED light with dual speakers in one bulb, twists into any standard light socket and is Bluetooth enabled for seamless control of both light and sound to suit any mood. It’s the perfect gift for the gadget lover on your list. $59.99





Philips Hue Colour Starter Kit
Dim the lights and set the mood. This kit allows you to control your light environment from wherever you are using your smart device. Whether you want to change the colour, tone or brightness in a space, this kit allows you to connect up to 50 Hue LED lightbulbs to a single system and uses as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. $199.99



For more info visit  @HomeDepotCanada

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