Ottawa Citizen




Those of us who excelled at sports or placed in competitio­ns were often awarded medallions and trophies; they’re proudly displayed on our walls or shelves to remind us of our conquests. Not all of us can be successful athletes, so for those of us who take pride in making the perfect cup of tea in the morning, consider investing in this nickel-plated hanging trophy of a gorgeous tea pot. You won’t be disappoint­ed. Find it at Bombay & Company at Train Yards for $35.


There are a few things that remind us of childhood: Water Snakes, Socker Boppers, Cabbage Patch Kids and even Super Soakers. And while it’s amusing to try to explain to the younger generation that you used to play with a weird tube filled with water (and sometimes glitter), it’s even more fun to talk about the ’90s craze of bubble solution that filled every childhood goody bag. Now you can have permanent bubbles in any room in your home. Just hang them up and let the light do the rest. Find it for $35 at BoConcept in Laval, Que.


If you have a large wall space to cover, consider decorating with paint: With a plethora of colours and finishes available, you’re bound to find something that fits in perfectly with your needs. If you’re looking for something with texture and multi-dimensiona­l shine, consider Dulux Venetian Silk. It has the charm of old world Venetian plaster with a gorgeous multi-toned finish. Find it at your nearest Dulux Paints in Ottawa.


From pendants to floor lamps and everything in between, lighting can become a statement in any space. And, for those of us who want to forgo LEDs and fluorescen­t bulbs, there’s a gorgeous sconce available that uses candles. Whether you want to add a little glitter to a rustic room or add some gold to a traditiona­l space, this wall candle sconce will do the trick. Find it at Bombay & Company at Train Yards for $49.


Spring brings feelings of happiness and warmth: You can embrace the outdoors, trek the riverside pathways and experience nature at its best. Flowers pop up in every grocery store and stall in the ByWard Market. And while real flowers are lovely, wall art flowers offer a little more permanence in your home. These white porcelain Magnolias from BoConcept can be painted or hung as is in your home, adding a touch of spring without the maintenanc­e or allergies. Find it at BoConcept in Laval, Que., $70.

Wall art provides an amazing design opportunit­y: It can offer an instant colour palette, create a focal point and finish off a space. It brings a sense of completene­ss to a room — and it needn’t be limited to artwork. Embrace your inner decorator and give those plain walls some vibrant personalit­y, writes S. Evelyn Cimesa.

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