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5 Cozy Living Room Accessories You Need This Winter

5 Cozy Living Room Accessories You Need This Winter

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design: House Seven Design

The winter weather is officially here, and while there’s always a part of us that is dreaming about warm summer days, there is something so welcoming and cozy about this time of year. It’s the season to curl on up the couch with a blanket, a hot drink, and your favourite show, and we’re not mad about it!

We love making a few tweaks to our decor around this time of year to really amp up the cozy factor, and we’re sharing them here in today’s post! The tips range in pricing, so you can choose the one’s that fit your budget.

FOCUS ON MOOD LIGHTING

mia mitzi lighting

fizture: Mia by Mitzi | photo: Lea Johnson

Harsh overhead lights have no place in a cozy living room set up, so we recommend accessorizing with cute table lamps to get that warm, homey glow. If you’re looking for the perfect table lamp for your home, check out our favourite styles here.

ADD DECOR LAYERS

Just like we layer on our clothing to stay warm and cozy during the winter, layering on our decor can help to create the perfect hygge style. Adding in extra throw blankets, throw pillows, and coffee table books is a simple way to instantly make your space feel welcoming and cozy.

GET YOURSELF A FIREPLACE

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photo: Dimplex

We feel fairly confident in saying that there is nothing cozier than a fireplace. Spending a winter evening by a fire is just pure wintery heaven, and we think no home should be without! Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a fireplace already in our homes, but with Dimplex’s line of electric fireplaces, you can easily add one in to any room in your home. They have a variety of styles too, so you can choose the option that best suits your decor including stoves, wall mounts, and mantels.

See Dimplex’s entire collection of electric fireplaces here.

BRING IN NATURAL TOUCHES

A really simple (and free!) way to make your room a winter haven is to incorporate some natural touches. A bowl full of pinecones, a vase filled with boughs, or some sprigs of fresh holly are just a few ways that you can bring the outdoors into your living room. You’ll get an instant log cabin vibe without having to spend a dime!

SWITCH TO WARM LIGHTING

It’s amazing the impact that the right lighting can have on your decor. Bright, white lighting definitely has its place, but to get that cozy glow, you need warm lighting. You can buy warm light bulbs, or you can check out the Smart Bulbs from DAL’s Lighting. These bulbs allow you to switch between cool and warm lighting, dim your lights, and completely control the bulbs all through the app on your phone or your smart home assistant (like Amazon Alexa). These bulbs are super affordable and help to create the perfect ambiance (they make a great stocking stuffer too!).

Learn more about DALS’ smart home collection here.

To shop any of the products we rep, head to our Where to Buy page!

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5 Accent Table Lamps to Instantly Upgrade Your Decor

5 Accent Table Lamps to Instantly Upgrade Your Decor

Zen Lamps Troy Lighting House Seven Design

photo: @housesevendesign

In the lighting world, ceiling fixtures tend to get most of the glory, so we wanted to dedicate a post to an equally attention worthy fixture- table lamps! Far from being purely for function, table lamps can be a true decor piece, and in this post, we want to give them their moment to shine! We’ve rounded up five of our lines’ must-have light fixtures that will instantly upgrade your home decor!

To find any of our lines at a showroom near you, head to our Where to Buy page!

PIPER – MITZI LIGHTING

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Photo: @cottageandsea

Okay, seriously, how cute is the Piper? We love this little guy as a bedside table lamp or bar cart decor, but really, it’s cute just about anywhere! It’s available in two sizes and two finishes, so you can get the perfect style for your space.

See the Piper lamps here.

HENLEY – HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING

Henley Hudson Valley Lighting
If you’re in search of glam, look no further than the beautiful Henley lamp from Hudson Valley Lighting.

Available in two sizes, the crystal base and aged brass finishes make this lamp truly show stopping.

See the Henley lamps here.

ZEN – TROY LIGHTING

Zen Troy Lighting peteandselena
We have a full on obsession with the Zen lamps from Troy Lighting. Earthy, minimal, sleek, and oversized, it makes the perfect neutral statement piece. They’re styled above in @peteandselena‘s heavenly Nova Scotia home, and the look speaks for itself!

See the Zen lamp here.

MIA – MITZI LIGHTING

mia mitzi lighting

photo: Lea Johnson

Forever one of our favourites, the Mia by Mitzi Lighting wins us over with it’s marble base and unique shape. Available in aged brass, polished nickel, and polished copper, you can perfectly match this cute piece to your room’s decor.

See the Mia lamp here.

CAMPORALE – EGLO 

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The Camporale from Eglo features a stylish geometric design and bold tones.

It’s available as both a table lamp and a floor lamp, so you can combine them for a cohesive look.

See the Camporale lamp here. 

 

 

 

 

 

To shop any of these fixtures, head to our Where to Buy page!

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6 (More) Designs from Our Local Influencers

6 (More) Designs from Our Local Influencers


This week we’re back with another local collab roundup! We’ve had so many amazing opportunities to work with our talented local designers, creatives, and influencers, and we wanted to take a moment to recap some of our recent projects. For more on our past collabs, you can check out our roundups here and here.

To find any of the products we mention below in a showroom location around Atlantic Canada, just head over to our
Where to Buy page.

SHORT PRESENTS

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A few months ago, we collabed with Kayla on her gorgeous bathroom reno, providing both white and Satin Bronze wall plates from Legrand’s adorne collection. We love how the bold look of the plate by her vanity adds such a stylish and unexpected pop! We’re currently collabing with Kayla on another project, so stay tuned for that!

See the adorne collection here.

A-FRAME ON FLETCHER

In our last influencer round up, we shared the beginning stages of our collab with Katlyn on her beautiful A-frame, @aframe.on.fletcher. The reno has come a long way since then, and we were so excited to see how amazing the Asime pendants from Mitzi look in her stunning space.

See the Asime pendants here.

THE LADY SLIPPER BLOG

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We set Mallory up with some white wall plates from Legrand’s adorne collection, and they were the perfect finishing touch for her elegant foyer.

See the adorne collection here.

BRICKS AND BIRCHES

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We always love seeing our products pop up in Robyn’s amazing designs and renos, and seeing the Clara from Mitzi in this cute little nook was no exception.

See the Clara wall sconce here.

LINSDAY MCMULLEN

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This one is a bit of a throwback, but we loved collabing with Lindsay McMullen on the show stopping Raef fixture from Troy Lighting. She installed the fixture in her apartment, giving her rental a gorgeous and personalized touch.

See the Raef chandelier here.

QE2 HOME LOTTERY

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Earlier in the fall, we got the chance to collab with Homes by Highgate and Wadden Electric on the QE2 Home Lottery. We set up the entire home with wall plates from Legrand’s adorne and radiant collections, and the results were just stunning! We recapped the entire project in a blog post here.

See more from the adorne collection here.

To shop any of these fixtures, head to our Where to Buy page!

And for more gorgeous fixtures and lighting inspo, make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook!

5 Rattan & Woven Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

5 Rattan & Woven Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

huxley troy lighting

Light: Huxley | Photo: Cara Loren

From pampas grass to jute rugs, nature inspired decor is having a serious moment, and one of our favourite aspects of the trend is, not surprisingly, the gorgeous rattan and woven light fixtures we’ve seen popping up all over Instagram. We adore the warm and calming vibe the fixtures bring to a space, and we can’t see this trend going away any time soon.

One of our lines, Troy Lighting, recently released a collection of stunning fixtures made from natural materials, and we have been obsessed since they came out. In this week’s post, we’re sharing five of our favourite styles from the collection so you can find the perfect rattan and woven pieces for your home.

As with all of our lines, you can find a list of all of the Troy showrooms throughout Atlantic Canada on our Where to Buy page.

HUXLEY

Huxley Troy

This stunning woven fixture is available in three different styles and adds an organic, textured touch to any space. The chandelier comes in three sizes, and the fixture is also available as a smaller pendant and a wall sconce.

See the Huxley family here.

HUNTERS POINT

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Design: Joinery & Design Co.

Hand-harvested rattan is stripped by artisans into fine pieces and dyed in an espresso finish; these pieces are then tied tightly around the metal frame, the form of which complements the oblong shape of the thick glass shade inside. The result? Natural lighting perfection. The fixture is available as a chandelier in two sizes and as a wall sconce.

See the Hunters Point family here.

BALBOA

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The thickness of the Balboa’s sustainably harvested rattan gives this fixture a bold yet natural design that has made it a favourite among designers. Available in a variety of styles and sizes, the Balboa is a true showstopper.

See the Balboa family here.

KOKORO

KOKORO troy

Design: Martha O’Hare Interiors | Photo: Jenny Terrell

Add a dose of drama to your space with the gorgeous Kokoro fixtures. Available as a chandelier, a pendant, and a flush mount, you can’t go wrong with this one.

See the Kokoro family here.

BREUER

Breuer troy

A tight weave and polished finish gives the Breuer a natural-meets-glam look that we just can’t get enough of. The hand-harvested malacca, a naturally green material, is skillfully woven and makes for a great textural layer to add to your space.

See the Breuer family here.

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Win a Matteo Lighting Lineare Light Fixture (worth $740!)

Win a Matteo Lighting Lineare Light Fixture (worth $740!)

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We haven’t done a giveaway in awhile, so we thought we’d kick off the holiday season (it’s not too early to say that, right?) with a Matteo Lighting giveaway! If you’re not already familiar with Matteo, it’s a Canadian line that we rep, offering gorgeous minimal fixtures at a surprisingly affordable price. You can learn more about the line here.

Giveaway prize

One lucky winner will receive this beautiful Lineare chandelier from Matteo Lighting. This gorgeous and minimal fixture has adjustable arms, so you can set it up in whichever position you like. It also features integrated LED lamping.

Fixture dimensions are 49″L x 1 1/4″W x 7 1/2″H.

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How to enter

All you have to do to enter is..
  1. Follow us, @catalystelectrics, on Instagram
  2. Tag as many friends as you’d like (in separate comments) on the Instagram giveaway post- the more comments, the more entries you’ll get!

It’s that simple!

Content rules:

1. Contest runs from Tuesday, November 5 to Friday, November 8 at 9pm
2. Winner will be announced on November 12 at 9 am.

3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in HRM.

To find a Matteo showroom near you, head to our Where to Buy page!

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This Canadian Sustainable Lighting Line is Changing the Game

This Canadian Sustainable Lighting Line is Changing the Game

aaline sustainable lighting canada
The demand for environmentally friendly home products has exploded in the last few years, as both consumers and companies have recognized the need for a more sustainable way of living. Lighting is no exception, and the innovations in the sustainable lighting world, which began with the LED bulb, have expanded to include all aspects on lighting. Sustainability in all areas of our industry has become a huge focus for us here at Catalyst, which was one of the reasons we were so excited to sign on our newest lighting line, aaline.

Based out of Toronto, aaline is one of the most sustainably sensitive architectural lines on the market. Their sleek and minimal designs add a cool sophistication to any space and this, coupled with their commitment to creating truly sustainable products, has made them a natural leader in the industry.

Made from 100% FSC certified hardwood sourced from Canadian forests and high-grade stainless-steel hardware, the units are natural and recyclable. With ultra-low consumption and high performance replaceable LED tubes, the aaline collection is ideal for LEED certified buildings and compatible with Living Building Challenge and Well Certification.

Aaline carries both lighting and acoustic solutions designed to be used in commercial, residential, and institutional spaces.

(As with all of our lines, you can find aaline at a showroom near you on our Where to Buy page.)

LIGHTING

Aaline’s lighting collection includes a series of linear suspension fixtures, wall mounts, and a floor lamp. All of their fixtures have a short lead time and are highly customizable. Each piece is carved from a single block of FSC certified Canadian hardwood and is equipped with replaceable, energy-smart LED tubes for ultra-low consumption, perfect for environmentally low-impact architectural projects in line with LEED™ Platinum standards.

  • Made in Canada
  • UL & ETL components
  • Suitable for LEED™ projects
  • Ultra-low consumption
  • 100% recyclable fixture
  • Plug & Play TRIAC dimmable
  • Short lead time
  • Highly customizable

ACOUSTICS

Aaline’s acoustic products are made from 100% natural materials (FSC certified Canadian Hardwood and 100% natural wool felt) and can be customized in 24 unique combinations. They’re available in both suspended ceiling and ceiling mount models.

  • Made in Canada
  • 100% Natural Felted Wool, Rapidly Renewable
  • FSC Certified Wood, Locally Sourced
  • Suitable for LEED buildings
  • Short lead time
  • Quantity pricing available
  • Highly customizable

Aaline delivers timeless style, sleek minimal fixtures, and an unparalleled level of sustainability. You can learn more about aaline’s commitment to sustainability here, and you can browse their entire collection here.

For more stylish light fixtures and designs, make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook!

The Halloween Accessory that Will Take Your Decor to the Next Level

The Halloween Accessory that Will Take Your Decor to the Next Level

dals lighting smart home

Halloween is almost here, and it’s time to dig out the cobwebs, witches hats, and trick or treat bags! But the best Halloween accessory of all? A light bulb from DALS Smart Home collection.

We’ve spoken before about our love for the DALS Smart Home collection, and the beauty of the bulb is that it can be moved around to any location in the home. But what makes a light bulb a Halloween accessory? It’s colour changing capabilities! Using just the app of your smart home assistant (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.), you can control any of the features of the bulbs, which include changing the bulb’s colour.

Set the bulb to purple or orange for an eerie vibe and you have instant Halloween ambiance. We especially love using the bulb in a front porch light, so visitors are greeted with a spooky glow.

dals lighting smart bulb

Of course, the bulbs aren’t just great for Halloween but also any time of the year. Here are just a few of the things you can do with them.

  • Change the bulb colour.
  • Change the lighting temperature (i.e. from warm light, great for the evening and ambiance, to cool light, great for mornings and during the day).
  • Adjust the brightness.
  • Set the lights on a timer.
  • Pair music with the lights (great for parties)
  • And more.

We also love using the bulbs in place of an alarm clock. You can set your bulbs to turn on and gradually brighten at a chosen time, allowing you to be woken by the light rather than a blaring alarm- a much more natural and peaceful way to start your day!

You can learn more about DAL’s Smart Bulbs here, and their entire Smart Home collection here.

And to find a DALS showroom near you, head to our Where to Buy page and search “DALS”

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Empowering Your Workforce: An Interview with Ron Lovett

Empowering Your Workforce: An Interview with Ron Lovett


This week, we got the opportunity to speak with Ron Lovett, the founder and Chief Alignment Officer of Connolly Owens. Ron is an entrepreneur, founder of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Atlantic Canada, five time winner of Atlantic Business magazine’s Top 50 CEO award, founder of VIDA Living, the author of Outrageous Empowerment: The Incredible Story of Giving Employees Their Brains Back, just to name a few. In our interview, we spoke to Ron about his unique and powerful approach to empowering employees and why this is crucial for companies to be truly successful.

Prior to being a business owner, you worked as a bouncer at night clubs. What lessons did you gain from your time working there that has helped you in your current ventures?

Dealing with tough conversations, no matter what the situation is. Dealing with customers here I dealt with some of the worst situations you could ever imagine, and it taught me that you have to totally approach these conversations from a place of understanding, empathy, and treating them like they’re your very best friend.

It also taught me how to read body language VERY well. in loud situations, loud music and noise, you really had to learn to read body language. It’s helped me in meetings, allowed me to listen to tone and body language and learn so much more than from just people’s words.

I had to learn how to separate business and friendships at a young age and make sure I didn’t mix both. Having friends working for me, I was able to hold them accountable and treat them well- work is work and off work if off work.

Back then it was so important to have things locked up in a proper contract vs a handshake deal, especially with night clubs being so notorious for not paying.

What sparked your passion for empowering your work force?

Unfortunately I was at rock bottom, and I had no choice but to do something very creative and innovative that hadn’t been done in our industry. Reading and constantly consuming content and being involved in Entrepreneurs Organization allowed me to get inspired and learn from other entrepreneurs. Companies like Starbucks and Southwest stories inspired me.

What changes did you noticed in your own companies’ once you shifted the focus to empowering your employees?

We threw out the rule book completely and everything changed. Not just from our retention and our customer service- my own time became more strategic and proactive vs reactive… everything changed. We threw out all policy and procedures, and shifted to simple, scaleable systems.  Employees were given a simple three-pronged decision-making process (In short: Is it the right thing for the customer? Is it the right thing for the business? Are you willing to be accountable?) and were able to make decisions on their own. 

This resulted in front line employees making their own decisions then telling us what they did and why they did it.  We now had minimum wage employees acting strategically. I can’t TELL you how much that impacted our company. We grew 60% in a 24-month period.

What are the unexpected changes your clients have reported from implementing your strategies?

No decision-making bottlenecks, less bureaucracy, and better relationships with their staff (to name a few). Really getting in front of their human resources problems that had them pulling their hair out. They are now finally taking back control, enjoying it, and turning it into their company’s competitive advantage.

What is the single most important change you recommend companies make to empower their employees?

Get out of their way! I want to sneak 2 in here…One of the #1 things that happens over and over again is people add complexity and bureaucracy as they scale instead of making things simpler. Those things suck the energy out of not just the company, but the founders too.

What’s next for you?

Staying on my path. I am really enjoying what I’m doing with VIDA and Connolly Owens, and I want to focus on growing and scaling these companies

And trying to remind myself to not be in such a rush 🙂

You can find Ron online on his website, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And you can learn more about VIDA Living, which aims to revolutionize affordable housing, here.

5 Coastal Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

5 Coastal Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

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While we are always on board for new trends (hello, modern boho!), we also love a good timeless style. One of our favourites is the Coastal look, which is a natural fit for us here in Atlantic Canada.

There’s something so fresh and welcoming about Coastal decor, and it brings a piece of seaside living to any home, regardless of its proximity to the ocean.

In today’s post, we’re sharing five of our favourite light fixtures from Hinkley Lighting. Hinkley offers both an interior Coastal collection and an exterior Coastal Elements collection, designed to withstand harsh climates and elements, perfect for our Atlantic Canadian winters and salty ocean winds.

Head to our Where to Buy page and search “Hinkley Lighting” to find these fixtures in a showroom near you.

NASH
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The perfect Coastal pendant, the Nash is somehow both unique and classic at the same time. With hand panted stripes and jute rope, the details of Nash bring organic warmth and texture to any space.

See the Nash family here.

REPUBLIC
Hinkley Lighting Republic

Available in Satin Nickle and Oil Rubbed Bronze, and a variety of styles including flush mounts, pendants, and posts, the Republic fixtures add the perfect coastal vibe to any space in (or outside of) your home. Their resilient finishes feature a 5-year warranty and are resistant to rust and corrosion.

See the Republic family here.

NANTUCKET
Nantucket Hinkley

A Hinkley classic, the Nantucket features a timeless New England design for the ultimate in vintage nautical chic. The fixture is available in flush mounts, pendants, and posts, in an Aged Brass finish, clear seedy glass panels and durable solid brass construction.

See the Nantucket family here.

CREW
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The Crew pendant was one of our favourite new releases at this year’s Lightovation, and it’s easy to see why! Offered in crisp Polished Nickel, Black with Heritage Brass, or Robin’s Egg Blue finishes, the single or linear pendants enhance modern, rustic, industrial or coastal spaces alike. They suit so many spaces, but how cute would the Robin’s Egg Blue single pendant be in a cottage kitchen?? *swooon*

See the Crew family here.

FREEPORT

Freeport features a classic New England design constructed from a composite material for timeless, traditional style. The fixtures are available in a variety of styles and finishes, and the finish is resistant to rust and corrosion with a 5-year warranty.

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