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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.
Leading décor and lifestyle maven Janette Ewen believes that you and I can craft a holiday-worthy home. While I appreciate her optimism, I'm uncertain about my skill set in this department -- but -- when an abundance of decadent chocolate is involved, hesitancy dissolves.
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Crave that unlimited budget style? The look of luxe ultimately is more about taste -- and a few tips and tricks -- than it is about never having to look at the price tag. For this edition of my Interior Inspiration series, I thought I'd share a few of the ways the Modern Millionaire gets that classic green-with-envy look.
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You can do better than just setting up some mood lighting.
And you can do it without getting rid of any of your furniture.
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Whether wide or narrow, an empty hallway doesn't have to become an empty space. The infographic below from Chadwicks and NeoMam Studios, shows us 12 tips and tricks to help make the most out of a hal...
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If you're planning to sell your home, you might want to take a good look at it first. In the slideshow below, Suzanne Lewis, of Lewis + Company (working with Keller Williams Advantage Realty) shares 2...
Consider, if you will, this bathroom: a veritable den of designer no no's. An ergonomic, stylistic and visual wash out, with little in its favour, it desperately needed to change. Petite? To the power of ten. Carpet? The devil's own harbinger of human excretions, toe nails and mouse poop. Are we painting a picture?
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Blimey! For the love of the holy paint chart: we've been run off our feet, of late. But that's good -- operating at full tilt is just how we like it. We run our social and professional race in tandem...
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Just because you're confined to a small space, it doesn't mean you have to live with little. When faced with limited living space, Apartment Therapy says there are three things will make a big differ...
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Think first about how your dream kitchen needs to perform. More than simply somewhere to rustle up a delicious Chicken Parm', the kitchen, nowadays, is a meeting and chattering space where social intercourse occurs. It's also, potentially, a community centre for local kids, a homework station or just somewhere to enjoy a cuppa with friends while gossiping about life and love.
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This New Year's resolution proposal is strictly art and culture related, and some of them you can knock off from your own home! (Others might require you to get in your car, and do a bit of legwork). But for the most part, these are things that will make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings in an 'art loving' way. Here we go!
Our grand master plans don't always materialize. But should we call it failure? Not necessarily. We prefer to think that sometimes, just sometimes, we birth plans that are simply too ambitious in the available time frame.
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You probably possess at least a few items with which you're tired? Or perhaps you've spotted a tempting piece of junk furniture in a thrift store that could be somehow transformed. As we oft' opine: "It's not how much money you spend, rather how you spend it that makes the biggest difference."
It's quite a compliment that you thought enough of that person that you ventured into that art buying territory, no? Again, can be scary, but personal and worth the effort. So whether you wish to add to a loved one's art collection, or maybe start one for your friend, keep in mind a few helpful tips to keep you in line:
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Visit any factory-inspired condo development, or hip-and-happening home store, and you'll almost certainly find yourself wading through design history from the '20s, '50s, '60s and even the '70s. The reality is that much of what we consider 'cutting edge' actually predates our parents.
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Although the finished product may appear almost the same, there are many reasons to consider going with a one-piece or two-piece toilet: A two piece model connects a separate tank and base/seat, which are bolted together on site, while a one piece toilet includes everything already attached seamlessly.
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Photography has been a popular medium for years, and continues to be prominently displayed in homes, in hotel lobbies, on condo walls, and office spaces. At the end of the day, don't be afraid of purchasing a photograph. It is a fine art medium worthy of your time and interest.
We held our breath as our brand new wooden dock arrived across our glistening lake. When all pieces were in place, the installation team dived underwater to connect and anchor the whole shebang.