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Entrepreneurs are using shipping containers like huge Lego blocks — they can become anything.
Just the way we play with new looks and don't always jump in both feet wet, same goes with eco-fashion.
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New Circles offers gently worn clothing for free to students who face financial challenges.
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Is spring really here? Hmm? One minute the barometric shift appears to be tilting in our favour, the next it's raining cats and dogs, the mercury dipped by ten degrees. Undeterred, we're currently setting our decorating targets to 'bright,' with a project that helped our clients escape the stresses of their fast-spinning world.
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When the weather keeps me cooped up indoors, I like doing creative projects that keep me busy and beautify my space at the same time. One project that's been languishing since last summer is refinishing an old cabinet. I have a big soft spot for anything retro or vintage. Because I love the inherent history in old items, I rarely refinish them. The scratches, the dents, and the chips are all part of their stories. But upcycling old furniture is quite trendy now, and I've seen so many beautiful ideas. I wanted to try it.
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I tend to spend a little more on a great coat, which I treat as an investment piece. The only glitch in this plan is that after a couple of years, I might get bored of pulling out the same old coat time after time. So, how do you make an old coat new again?
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Ever sensitive to finance, we thought we'd touch, today, upon ways in which to conserve dollars around the home. Call us "frugalistas," tight wads or simply canny Scottish gents, but be assured: wherever possible, we won't overspend.
So your kitchen cabinets, decoratively speaking, are on their last legs. What, if anything, could save them from the waiting jaws of a hungry dumpster? You face facts. It's time to whip 'em out and start over. Allow us to step in. Your trusty old kitchen, whilst it might appear caput, could actually be a suitable candidate for surgery.
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These cool DIY projects won't break the bank!
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Think reuse before recycle!
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The holidays are a notoriously wasteful time of year with an estimated 300,000 additional tonnes of garbage created by Canadians between mid November and New Years' Day. With an excess of gift wrap, consumer packaging, and food waste, that's not hard to believe. Here are five ways you can give the gift of green this holiday season.
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Have your in-laws ever offered you some old night stands or a side table? Or maybe you saw a chair on the side of the road? Don't dismiss this stuff as junk. You may have a perfect candidate for upcyc...
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Redecorating a child's bedroom can be a lot of fun and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. With some creativity and a glue gun, you can upcycle old furniture or items around your house to personalize y...
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Four months of extreme nail biting. The appraisal of several hundred pages of property details and appointments to view perhaps 45 cottages. Yup, the search for a new cabin was arduous. Just as we were about to throw in the towel, Rob emailed one last prospect: a 1980s A-frame. But it was clearly a bag of problems...
One future. So let's make the best of it, huh? We've long since championed this mantra and, whilst appreciative of regular Canadian furniture outlets, we reserve space in our creative veins for reclamation outlets and salvage yards. Aye, we love to mix past and present.
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."
Cashing Out is The Huffington Post Alberta's look into lives of Albertans who are trying to make their dollars stretch a bit further. We'll examine people who are spending less, cutting back and bucki...
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Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. In an attempt to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us, this list provides useful suggestions and inspires others to have a less scary Halloween (since, boycotting the holiday altogether is a little ambitious and un-spirited -- for this year anyway).
Across a half hour of high impact telly, we attempt to prove that second hand doesn't mean second best by undertaking a TV experiment to show that a seriously stylish home can be created on a seriously shoestring budget. And can it? In a word: yes. But only if you play by the rules.
The New Year is here and this is the time that many of us decide to make positive changes in our lives. No matter what shade of green you may be, the following list will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make some eco-friendly changes for both your family and the environment.
TORONTO - With an eye for affordable finds and a shared passion for restoration, Shannon and Dean Acheson's home showcases several pieces they've refurbished with a touch of creativity — and plenty of...