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April 2014 - Posts

Paint your outdoor retreat in beautiful colours
Canadians live for patio season, often gathering outdoors at the first sign of warm weather. Patios, decks, terraces and front porches are an extension of the home, giving us an opportunity to expand the beauty of the interior into our outside space. Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert at Benjamin Moore, explains how this can easily be done Read More...
A healthier lawn gives you a healthier home
A thick, healthy lawn is lot more than nice looking green space. Well-maintained turf, for example, cools our atmosphere, reduces erosion and is better able to withstand the extreme heat and drought conditions of late summer. Like all living things, plants, including grass, need food for optimal health. Thicker, healthier lawns with deeper root structures make a bigger contribution to the environment around your home. Read More...
Splash your rooms with colour and patterns
Are you all about neutrals when it comes to home décor? Style icon and award-winning fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi, encourages home owners to get inspired by their surroundings. “Let the blooming flowers of spring inspire you to incorporate pattern and colour into your home,” he suggests. “Don't be afraid to take a risk, you might love the result. For example, I love mixing prints, my den is a mixture of floral and stripes.” Read More...
Property planning advice for the retirement boom
Things are looking up for Canadian boomers. Compared to the generation that precedes them, they are healthier, living longer and many will work past the age of 65. This changes how retirees need to should look at their retirement property. Read More...
How to bring the spirit of Easter to your décor
The Easter holidays are not only about the mad dash for hidden chocolate treasures, they're also about decorating your home in the season's vibrant colours in preparation to host and spend quality time with family and friends. “The holidays are a perfect time for families to get together and get creative,” says Shelli Gardner, CEO and cofounder of Stampin' Up, a crafting company. “Whether you're decorating your house prior to the festivities, creating a perfect table setting for your holiday meal or gathering all of your memories in a scrapbook, there are a lot of opportunities for you and your family to get inspired by this special time.” Read More...
Lawn fertilizing tips from the pros
Choosing a lawn fertilizer shouldn't be difficult, but many people wonder what to buy and when to apply it for a great result. The Canadian Fertilizer Institute says they make it their business to know fertilizer and offer us the following tips for application and to keep our green space healthy... Read More...
Help improve child safety in the home
Safety is a concern for everyone, especially parents. An important part of raising children is careful supervision of their activities in the home. Parents need to be aware of their children's surroundings at all times in order to anticipate and prevent potential injury. Here are few tips from Sally Morse, designer and creative director of the window fashions company Hunter Douglas, which offers a wide variety of products that eliminate window covering lift cords or substantially reduce access to them: Read More...
Have you done your 'lawn health' check-up?
After a long winter's nap, your lawn and garden are starting to emerge – and guess what? They're hungry. Read More...
How to pinpoint the right paint finish for each room
When refreshing your home with paint, choosing the perfect colour is not the only consideration to be made. A growing trend among designers, now being adopted by homeowners, is selecting a paint finish that complements the aesthetic look and the functionality of the space. Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, offers practical tips on how-to choose the best finish for any room... Read More...
How to refresh your home quickly this spring
This spring, channel all the new-found positive energy into your home, as well as into yourself. Designer Sally Morse, the director of creative services for window fashions company, Hunter Douglas, gives us her favourite four tips – and some of them will surely strike home... Read More...