Break the taboo by committing to these home must-haves all year round.
No one really knows why you aren't supposed to wear white after Labour Day. One theory holds the wealthy wives of the post Civil War era responsible. The ladies at that time manipulated fashion to differentiate high society from the working class who couldn't possible adhere to such ludicrous, make-believe sartorial commandments. We aren't historians, and we also aren't high-society wives in a post Civil War America, so we say if you're willing to commit to white, why not invest in pieces you can treasure for 365 days a year?
This Kahn Counter Stool ($703) could look nice on it's own, or as a pair, or as one of three... where does it end? The stool features an industrial-style tractor seat, and is also available in bar height. Mint Interiors, Vancouver, mint interiors.ca
Stop the Presses
Finally, a way to make a few half-finished wine bottles look sophisticated. The Coast Marble Wine Stopper ($8) will bring a slight variation in tone to your all-white table theme—if your guests don't drink you dry, that is. EQ3, Vancouver, eq3.com
Despite its title, the Kaffe Mug ($12) from Edmonton store Plum Home + Design is qualified to hold any beverage of your choice. Plum Home + Design, Edmonton, plumhomeanddesign.com
The subtle pattern on this Imprint Square Placemat ($30) in Rustic Silver from Chilewich makes it the perfect base layer for clean, white dishware or even smaller, coloured placements if you feel like going totally off piste. Rothmans & Co., Vancouver, rothmanandco.com
At first glance, this Marin White Dinner Plate ($15) might look like any regular old dinner plate. But look a little closer to see carefully crafted pits and peaks in the ceramic then truly appreciate the subtle hand-antiquing on the freeform rims. Crate and Barrel, Vancouver, crateandbarrel.com
Lily of the Valley
Well, technically lavender of the valley. You might remember this Lavender Vase ($142) from our spring floral trends, but we loved it so much we had to include it in our list of must-have Labour Day accessories. 18Karat, Vancouver, 18karatstore.com
A white couch isn't always the safest of ideas—especially if you have children or pets—but this Belgian Linen Lyre Chesterfield Sofa ($,2698) in Hickory has us sorely tempted. Anthropologie, Vancouver, anthropologie.com
Marble Waits for No Man (or Woman)
This sleek Menu Marble Wall Clock ($384) from Danish design studio Norm Architects has been stripped of all "unnecessary features," (numbers?) leaving a simple marble and lacquered brass combination to compliment any room. Vancouver Special, Vancouver, vanspecial.com
If you haven't tried the new 100-percent cotton bedding line (Queen, $196) from Vancouver's own BedFace, you're missing out. Get the full set in Starlight White, of course, and enjoy the 100-night guarantee. BedFace, bedface.com
Yes, it's a ceramic pineapple ($65). But could there be a cuter centrepiece for your Labour Day table? Or perhaps your table every day, for ever and ever? We're all in on this one. The Cross Design, Vancouver, thecromssdesign.com