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March 2015 - Posts

How to learn the total costs of home ownership
Half of Canadians who plan to purchase a home think they will only need to cover the down payment to move in. The “closing costs” however, can add as much as another four percent of the total purchase price of the home. Read More...
Calculate how money-smart you are
Do you have a household budget? Do you know how much you'll need to save to maintain your lifestyle in retirement? Do you know how to get your credit report? If you don't consider yourself particularly money-savvy, you're not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians taking part in the 2014 Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS) rate their own financial knowledge as poor. Read More...
Sell your home sooner with these effortless landscaping tips
Curb appeal is essential when selling a house. A well maintained lawn, for example, proves you care about all the details of your property and provides onlookers confidence that the house is well preserved. Read More...
Did you know that spring cleaning can help the economy?
As you clean out that garage or basement when spring cleaning this year, you'll likely find recyclable items like cardboard, glass, plastic bottles and metal cans. Most of us support recycling because it's 'the right thing to do.' But have you ever wondered if it's really worth the effort? Read More...
Spring cleaning! It's Good For Your Home and the Environment
It's that time of year again: spring cleaning. Organizing your basement or garage is a great way to free up space. Remember that cardboard, plastic, metal cans and glass bottles can be recycled. But that doesn't mean just throwing them all in the Blue Box. Read More...
Accent any room by blending one colour with another
Trends, more often than not, inspire the creative choices we make in our day-to-day lives. For example, maybe you were excited by something you saw in a magazine, in a friend's home, or on a Pinterest board and you adapted it yourself. It works the same for home décor. Translating a trend doesn't have to be daunting or an expensive feat. If you want something budget friendly that will still make a statement, an eye-catching paint project is an inexpensive solution with the biggest potential for change. Read More...
Paint your home passionately, the bolder the better
Out with the old and in with the bold. Rich, daring hues have been quickly invading spaces across North America and are becoming the go-to colours for design professionals, DIYers and home décor aficionados. Bordeaux reds, deep greys and invigorating blues are taking over, which make it safe to say that the bolds are sticking around. Read More...
Use this handy spring cleaning checklist
After the long Canadian winter, there's something about this time of year that inspires us to throw open our windows and let the fresh breeze in. Spring is an ideal time to de-clutter and infuse renewed energy into our living space. Read More...
Keep the spring thaw outside where it belongs
After winter's long deep freeze, most of us look forward to warmer spring weather and longer hours of sunshine. But not all aspects of spring are as pleasant. Melting snow can spell trouble, leading to leaky roofs and ice build-up. Read More...
Colour trends of the century are new again
When choosing colours for your next home décor project, a look to the past century can offer inspiration. From metallic silvers to dusty pinks to neutral beiges, paint colour trends have changed and evolved over the century, yet many colours stand the test of time. Read More...
How to create affordable 'cottage chic'
Spending time at a cottage is just as much a part of Canadian life as our legendary hockey. The cottage is where we unwind, reconnect, and escape the day-to-day routines. While it's important for the cottage to be inviting and comfortable, it's good to know that decorating it can be simple and affordable. Read More...
Downsizing is easier with a guiding hand
No matter whether you're an empty nester, a person looking to simplify your life, or someone who wants to help their aging parents move into a more functional space, downsizing can be a stressful experience. A little guidance goes a long way however. Read More...
Look what's trending on the home fashion runways
What's new and next on the home décor front and how to make it work for you? Karl Lohnes, a home interior and product designer who also dispenses decorating advice weekly on television, radio, in newspaper and magazines, says the following: Read More...
Clever little tips to quickly make your house a home
Is 'homey' the ambiance you would like to create for family and friends? Merriam-Webster's dictionary definition: Hom-ey (adjective) comfortable, or familiar like home. It is short and sweet but how exactly do we make our homes more comfortable and familiar for us so that they are truly a retreat? Read More...
How to create the ideal bedroom for a good night's sleep
Nothing is more important to our active, fun-filled lives than getting healthy, restorative sleep. Here are some tips for creating a bedroom to give you just that, from interior designer Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home. She is well known for her eco-friendly aesthetic with an eco-healthy focus. Read More...