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Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and freshen up your home -- as well as your decor. From deciding on what colour to paint your bedroom to finding the best deals on your favourite art pieces, decorating a home can be an exciting process for many homeowners and renters alike.
Many of us are a little (OK, a lot) obsessed with home design so it's only natural that it comes up in dinner-party conversation or during a girl's night out. Or at the bus stop, or in the dentist's chair. Sometimes, however, we're stuck for a quick way to sum up our aesthetic. Here are 10 ways to communicate your home decor style succinctly -- so you can even do it on an elevator ride.
I love watching all those home improvement TV shows. They show how with a few improvements here and there, you can really bring some brightness to your home.
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High-end style isn't all about having a high-end budget. To achieve true sophistication, it takes a little thought, a little panache -- and a little careful accessorizing (and de-cluttering!). Sound easier said than done? To help you achieve your full potential, here are some of my top tips for getting haute-couture style in your home.
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Taking time to slow down and treat myself to new stories, perspectives and ideas, feels incredible. As someone with a naturally anxious mind, reading is my go-to reset button. Whenever things get foggy in my brain, I can always focus on someone else's words for a few minutes. Re-set. Repeat.
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Now is the time for homeowners interested in selling and looking for ways to catch the eyes of potential buyers to capitalize on above average market levels. If you're one of those people looking to sell and get the most value possible for your home, here are a few investment ideas worth considering before you put your property up for sale.
The time is coming to prepare your outdoor living space for the fall. The fall means colder and wetter weather but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy your outdoor living space but just in a different way.
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I recently had to repair a pathway along the side of my mother-in-laws house. Originally they tried to use large chunks of rock to define the garden bed and to allow for access to the side of the house. Unfortunately, the large chunks of stone all started to break down after a few harsh winters.
Having jacked our cottage off the ground (in association with a qualified house lifter) we elevated ceiling height before dividing the new basement space into seven neat zones, two of which (a guest bathroom and a laundry) we revealed last week and three more of which we're showcasing today.
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This concept of the outdoor room has been very popular for years in warmer climates because homeowners can use these spaces for more months throughout the year. Historically, it makes the initial cost investment easier to justify. We are seeing people spending money in their backyards to create outdoor extensions of their homes.
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Make your 2,500-square-foot home grow to 3,000 square feet just by painting the walls a lighter shade. That's the spring 2016 home décor trend. Sure, it's an optical illusion. But does that matter?
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Designing (what we hope will prove to be) two perfect bathrooms, we pushed the envelope, wherever possible, to create wildly generous accommodation with ample proportions for washing, showering and associated bathroom ablutions. Oh, and more than a smattering of serious luxe cottage style.
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How do you bring spring into your home and get a designer look on budget? Here are a few tips and tricks get the look you are after without breaking the bank.
The average cottage weighs, according to Canadian house shifter John Purdy of Almaguin House Lifters, around 18 tonnes. Our new cottage, the ongoing subject of Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure weighs more -- around twenty tons, in fact, give or take a few kilos.