#AbstractNews – 3 Interior Design Trends to look out for this year! (As told by Yanic Simard)

As promised we are giving you two posts today! This one, however, is somewhat of a reblog that we had to share!

Yanic Simard – Principal Designer at Toronto Interior Design Group, who also bogs with the Huffington Post, yesterday posted about trends to look out for this year in the Interior Design world, after being given the privilege of attending the annual Interior Design Show!

We’ve chosen our favourite 3 from his list! And we’ve added some quotes from his article!

1. Gold & Green Combos

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One of the strongest trends I noticed throughout the show was a combination of gold with green. Warm metals have returned after years of chrome and silver, and cool greens are a classic counterpoint to this regal finish. This was especially well captured in the Cocoon scheme — the boutique is one of my favourite hidden gems.

We absolutely love love love this combination! Makes the room so much brighter without being too much!

2. Elegant Bathroom Fixtures & Appliances

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You know my love of kitchen and bath design, and I found two spectacular new faucets: Axor Starck Organic by Hansgrohe has the appearance of an organic branch or growing plant, while the Luna faucet by Graff (as seen above) uses a very long, elegant form hung from the wall to bring water down to the sink below while creating a statement wall feature.

The creativity is another level when it comes to bathroom fixtures and decor these days. Washing hands just became fun!

3. Antique Meets Modern 

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Their (IKEA) logo was rendered in beautiful gold foil on a soft grey — another key trend colour — and this sense of mixing regal glam with modern sleekness was present throughout. Embracing a love of excess, their kitchen included four dramatic crystal chandeliers (not part of their own collection), while in the living area an antique daybed contrasted with their iconic Swedish styles. Mixing their affordable pieces with your existing treasures is really the key to creating a complete look. Am I discerning a newly emerging trend here of antique meeting Swedish modern design?

We are READY to move into this space!!

It is refreshing to see people getting more and more creative with the design trends these days and we are definitely looking forward to even more great ideas! How nice it would have been to be at that show to see all those amazing designs.

You can check out the full article here! And don’t be afraid to stop by and tell us what you think! Who knows? Maybe you had 3 different faves from the show!

XO

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#PinTuesdays -Rosemary Mint Shave Cream

Do forgive us for not posting yesterday as we should! To make up for that .. you will get TWO posts today – SPECIAL TREAT!!

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Today’s DIY pin is all about the men! Whether you’re a male reading this post right now or a female looking to do something special for the guys in your life, this is an absolute great yet practical DIY idea!

Pinned through source thediyadventures.com, this DIY tutorial comes to us originally from foodformyfamily.com.

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Photo Credit – foodformyfmaily.com

Here’s the recipe! And be sure to check out the original post here for more insightful information.

ROSEMARY MINT SHAVE CREAM

1/3 cup shea butter (72.67 grams)
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil (72.05 grams)
1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil (54.88 grams)
10 drops rosemary essential oil
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Stir to mix.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon into a jar. Lid and keep in a cool, dry place.

Makes 8 ounces.

Happy Shaving

XO

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MAC – Fantasy of Flowers Collection Spring 2014

A Stairway To Fashion

Spring approaches fast so MAC prepared a new makeup collection – Fantasy of Flowers Collection – for Spring 2013. The new products will be available for purchase starting January 30th online, the beginning of February at MAC stores in USA and March at all MAC locations worldwide.

Mineralize Blush – Limited Edition – $ 25.00

  • Azalea in the Afternoon Mid-tone cool pink
  • Petal Power Coral pink with gold shimmer

Mineralize Skinfinish – Limited Edition – $ 30.00

  • Perfect Topping Pale pearlized pink (Repromote)
  • Stereo Rose Copper bronze (Repromote)

Creemsheen Glass – Limited Edition – $ 20.00

  • Nectarsweet Soft pink each
  • Flare of Fantasy Mid-tone pink beige
  • Pagoda Frosted cool pink (Repromote)
  • Playful Petal Electric magenta
  • Star Quality Bright orange-coral (Repromote)
  • Galaxy Rose Mid-tone violet pink

Brushes

  • 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending ($32.00)
  • 159 Duo Fibre Blush ($35.00)
  • 187 Duo Fibre Face ($42.00)

Lipstick – Limited Edition – $ 15.00

  • Fleur…

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Stop for a minute & appreciate Earth’s beauty!

Stop for a minute & appreciate Earth's beauty!

The Marmora Mines (Ontario). Photo Credit via Bing

Soothing Souls One Paint Stroke At A Time – Introducing Tamarra Kirkpatrick

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Hey Abstract Lovers, we have a new feature in store for you – Behind The Name

The aim of this feature is to do a sort of profile story on individuals who we think represent the true ideology of lifestyle and its many facets. Our first feature focuses on a young woman who goes by the name of Tamarra Kirkpatrick, known for her sweet soul and her love for art ( she manages to find a way to blend both to make her mark in this world). We got a chance to hear from her and find out a little about her life and passions.

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Do you have any college degrees and what is it in? Yes I do it is A Bachelors of Fine Arts focused in Fine Art and minoring in Art Therapy

Where do you currently work? Currently I am volunteering at a school for children with special needs called Genesis Academy.

What is your job description? I essentially am an art teacher, I assist with anything art-related, props they need for their shows or any school activity or class activities that they need artistic help with. AKA schools art pack-mule (lol).

What are you listening to at this moment? (Can be an album or a specific artiste)  I’ve been listening to the Lorde album, Mac Millers Blue Slide Park album and these remixes by RAC..

Name a song or songs that you think sums up your entire life. Uhmmmm ha that’s difficult but Blue Jeans by Lana Del Ray is my favourite right now, the chorus sums up my love life… sorta not really ha.

Name the one city/country you could see yourself spending the rest of your life? And why? I don’t want to leave this tropical weather but maybe.. Australia, because I dunno it seems interesting, stalking pictures of tumblr and websites of photos taken there they seem to have an interesting night life.. I mean minus all the poisonous animals that would be amazing.

If you could list three principles that you live by what would they be? Why those three? Don’t stress the small things.. or the big ones. Love yourself at all points of your life, believe in yourself like Kanye believes in himself. And have as much fun as you can, when you can, life is too short to spend it in tears. OH! And do what you love, and make money at it.

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Where do you see yourself going career wise? I’d love to be an art teacher, make a name for myself as an artist and hopefully one day opening up a space for contemporary artists work.

If you weren’t in the career field that you are in now, what would be your next pick? Culinary.. most definitely culinary. Baking is something I think I would like to take on as a full time job one day.

Who/ what inspires you? My inspirations never come form one specific places, it could be things I see while I’m out during the day or something I see online, an image that I can’t wait to draw up and use paint to depict how I see it. Music is a big inspiration too, it helps drive you through a piece of art.

What is your ultimate dream that you wish to accomplish? To leave a mark on peoples minds. To have helped them in a positive way and bettered both of us through the interaction. And I just to do something I love till I die.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Miss Tamarra Kirkpatrick.

Look out for even more great profiles!

XO

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#PinTuesdays – Beautiful Rustic Pebble/Rock Vase

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It’s TUESDAY!!!!! Which means it’s DIY Day!

Today’s pin comes to us from Engraved Gifts on Pinterest and was originally done by saifou.com

The best part about these DIY projects is that you will only need minimal resources AND you don’t have to be too skilled for anything you create to turn out beautiful.

Making this Rustic Rock Vase is SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE – If you really think about it, the most work you will be doing is to drive to the hardware store to purchase a can of  rubber coating! Sourcing a Pringles can is NO work (HELLO, FREE SNACKS) and gathering pebbles is super EASY & FUN (which can be done while taking a nice walk on the beach).

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So get to decorating folks and be sure to let us know how it turned out! Remember we want pictures!

XO

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Abstract Review – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Image taken from goodreads.com

Reading is  huge part of what we enjoy here at Abstract Square and recently we got our hands on John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.

Before we get into the review, here’s some facts on the novel. Published in 2012 by Dutton Books, The Fault In Our Star has been named the #1 New York Times bestseller, the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, the #9 The Bookseller (UK) bestseller, #1 Indiebound bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Some Reviews 

A blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true love…and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.” –New York Times Book Review

“A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy…it will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.” –USA Today

“John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.” –Washington Post

GoodReads’ summary on the book found on their website states:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

We came upon this book from a BuzzFeed list of books that turned that will hit theatres this year (yes, there will be a movie for this in June 2014). We were a little hesitant at first because of 1) the genre (teenage contemporary) and 2) the subject matter – cancer and the inevitable death which most times follow a cancer diagnosis … BUT THEN … there was that curiosity about wanting to find out what happens and so we decided to give it a try!

The story is centred around the live of a 16-year-old Hazel and her journey battling the C-monster. We are transported through her frustrations and disappointments, her happy moments, her sad days and the ones filled with romance (with Augustus Waters) that we all long for (sometimes you even forget that you are reading about teenagers and not adults).

The book is filled with so much humour and at the same time there are moments when you can’t help but shed a few tears. Mind you, this book is not one that constantly keeps you on the edge of your chair – there were more mellow moments. What might have kept us reading was the goal to find out how it would end (which most people had probably figured out/guessed). One particular part of the book that we enjoyed was the Amsterdam journey where Hazel and Augustus travelled to the Netherlands to meet the author of their favourite book, An Imperial Affliction, to find out how it ended (sounds very familiar if we might add). In this particular section, Hazel’s life takes a turn for the worst and yet it was probably the most memorable experience  (in a good way) in her entire life.

We must say we were a bit disappointed with the abrupt ending, which we assume John Green did to get a reaction out of us, but then we can’t say too much for the sake of those who haven’t read it as yet. We must agree with USA Today, even after reading, it still lingers in your mind and not many authors are capable of doing that. Maybe it’s the subject matter or maybe it’s the way it was written but he (Green)  has managed to use this book to give us all a new perspective on what many cancer patients (especially younger ones) have to go through.

All in all, this was a good read and we highly recommend it! Be sure to stop by and tell us what you think of the book!

Abstract Rating – 4.25/5 stars

Side note : If you’re interested in the other books that will become films this year, check out this BuzzFeed article.

XO

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