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Small Space. Big Impact.

It can be difficult to know how best to lay out a smaller outdoor space in order to maximize its use and style possibilities. ... READ MORE

 
 
 
 
 
 


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Bottled Sunshine.

There are colour palettes that come and go (remember the lime green craze of 2012?), and others which boast a more timeless appeal. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Curb Appeal.

With home design shows, blogs, vlogs, and media more popular than ever, you’ve probably heard the term, “curb appeal” thrown around a lot. Though it’s an easy concept to explain, it’s much harder to articulate how exactly it is achieved. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Your Spring Check List.

Though we still suffer from the occasional wayward snowfall (winter’s way of bidding us farewell until its return at the end of the year), spring is officially here, and as always, it is most welcome. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


An Apartment To Call Your Own.

Many of us do, or have lived in, an apartment at one time or another. Maybe it’s your own perfect corner of the world— a low-maintenance abode where you can lock the door, live your busy life, and come home to minimum work requirements. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Pin-Spiration.

With an estimated 40 million active users per month enjoying Pinterest, odds are that you’re familiar with it. The image-based site categorizes it’s more than 30 billion “Pins” with home décor ranking as the third most popular category (food and recipes take first place, followed by DIY projects and crafts in second). ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Renos With Return.

Renovations are always on the radar of a homeowner. Aside from adding to the comfort and enjoyment of your property, they should also increase its market value if you’re considering selling. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Year Of The Kitchen.

Every year, designers eagerly anticipate what the home trends ahead will be, particularly when it comes to kitchens, because the appliances, storage ideas and needs for this room are always evolving and changing.... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Pantones Latest Leap.

Since the year 2000, Pantone, a subsidiary of X-Rite (a company who creates, communicates, and strategizes colour), has been releasing a colour of the year. Selected by a prestigious group of international experts hand-picked from areas of fashion, home design, popular culture, international travel, technology, and even automotive design (among others).. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Window Shopping.

When it comes to your home, one of the most important but oft-overlooked areas to take care of are your windows. They can be a point of strength or weakness, yielding major physical effects on other structural elements of your house. This is an investment you want to make. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Simply White.

In an age of fads, where there are so many trends that half of them are over before you've even looked up the corresponding hashtag, Benjamin Moore has made the bold decision to step away from the white noise (pun intended) in choosing their 2016 Colour of the Year. They revealed Simply White OC-117 as their selection. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Tips For Seasoning & Burning Firewood.

While I’m all for modern improvements, there are some technicalities of heating a home that have remained pretty much the same since people started building houses. It’s comforting in a way, to think that this process or this way of doing things was something we refined long ago, something we got right and despite the latest and greatest technology, have found no cause to significantly change. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Getting Your Home Holiday Ready.

Although holiday décor trends are something retailers and designers have long concerned themselves with, it’s with the advent of blogs, vlogs, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media platforms that the average consumer has started paying more critical attention to as well. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Deck Your Halls In Style!

Although holiday décor trends are something retailers and designers have long concerned themselves with, it’s with the advent of blogs, vlogs, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media platforms that the average consumer has started paying more critical attention to as well. ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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To Rent Or Not To Rent

Let’s be honest—owning a home is expensive. There are taxes, insurance, a mortgage, and it seems unexpected repairs and replacements are always cropping up. Being expensive doesn’t diminish the worth of owning a home, which is after all an investment, but more and more, home owners are looking to make their house a source of income to offset some of the cost—this is where renting comes in.... READ MORE
 
 
 


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Fall For Your Lawn

Evenings are getting cooler, the leaves are just beginning to turn, and summer has officially ended for another year. However, this doesn’t mean caring for you lawn is done for the year, but the good news is that if you take proper steps now, you’ll save yourself work in the spring and have a lovely, luscious lawn to show for it.... READ MORE
 
 
 


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What's up?

Your roof is a part of the house that is easy to take for granted until there’s a problem, and trust me—you do not want there to be a problem. One of the best, most important things you can do to prevent this is a yearly inspection, and the great news is that this is the exact right time of year to do that!... READ MORE
 
 
 


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10 Tips for Weed Control

Weeds are an unwelcome resident in most lawns, but they are also a great indicator about the overall health of your grass and soil. They are a symptom of other problems ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 


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The LVT/LVP Flooring Craze - Why Homeowners Love It!

LVT – Luxury Vinyl Tile; or LVP – Luxury Vinyl Plank. If you follow flooring trends, these are the two flooring styles currently making a big splash in the design world. Buy why? The answer is simple. Incredibly realistic good looks and simple installation... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Ready, Set, Grill!

Even if your BBQ has been housed in a garage or shed all winter, chances are you didn’t clean and maintain it before you put it away last fall! To keep it in good working order, and ensure safe operation, it’s important that you spend a little time... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Giving Nature a Helping Hand

As hard as this long, snowy winter has been on us – it’s been a lot harder on our resident birds and migratory species returning home. Because of the deep snow, birds are struggling to find food, and many are dying... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Tips for Post-Winter Lawn Recovery

It’s been a tough winter… in fact, it’s still a tough winter. But, eventually, the snow and ice will melt… and just how tough this winter has been will be fully revealed by the state of your lawn. Giving your lawn a little TLC will help it return to good health quickly ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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What I’ve Learned About Starting a Garden from Seed

The first time I planted an indoor seed garden I thought it would be easy. And, in some ways, it was. In others - definitely not. I read the instructions. Went on the internet and read what the experts had to say. Picked the perfect exposure. Thought I did everything correctly. ... READ MORE
 
 
 


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Simple Solutions for a Great Play Space

Every experienced parent know that with children comes a lot of stuff! And, no matter how much you guard against it, it takes very little time for that “stuff” to end up ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 


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Pro Tips For Perfectly Painted Walls

If you’ve ever wondered how pro painters get that flawless finish on less-than-perfect surfaces, here are some of the tricks of the trade! Follow these, and your paint jobs will ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 


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Unleash Your Inner Gourmet

In an earlier article, we spoke about kitchens and bathrooms being two of the highest return-on-investment improvements a homeowner can make.
Today, we’re taking a look at what’s trending in kitchen renovation projects ... READ MORE

 
 
 
 


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2015's Hottest Bathroom Renovation Trends

Kitchen and bathroom renovations are two of the biggest “return on investment” projects homeowners can undertake. Not only do upgrades and updates add immeasurably to your home’s functionality and comfort ... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


Tips for a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

The holidays are here, bringing with them festive fun, good food, visits from family and friends and lots of wonderful gifts – all of the excitement makes it easy to forget that safety is an important part of making sure your holidays are the happiest ever... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Spring 2015 Colour Trends & Ways to Use Them

The colour experts at Pantone® have announced their spring 2015 colour trends – cooler, softer shades with subtle warm tones that follow a minimalistic ‘en plein air’ theme, taking their cues from Nature. En plein air, or ‘in the open air’ includes... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Quick Holiday Spruce-Ups That Make a Big Impression

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are nearly upon us. If you’ve got family and holiday guests coming, here are some quick and easy home spruce-up ideas that don’t cost much in terms of time or money, but make a big impression in your home... READ MORE
 
 
 
 


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Deck the Halls with Seasonal Style

It’s hard not to feel that thrill of excitement when you start hearing Christmas music in the shops and the shelves begin to be lined with gift ideas and decorations for the holiday season... READ MORE
 
 
 
 
 


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Warm Up To Winter

Keeping your home warm during a Nova Scotia winter is not an inexpensive undertaking, but there are more and more options available to help you take the heat off of your wallet and put it into your house!
One of the biggest ways that home heating can cost you money... READ MORE

 
 
 


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Escape in Your Shower

It seems like the world is speeding up every day, with people getting so busy and their schedules so hectic that we’re all getting stressed and overwhelmed. With this increase in the demands being placed on us, there is a growing trend of people investing in their homes to make them into a sanctuary, a place where they can escape to at the end of a long and grueling day.... READ MORE
 
 


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Storage With Style

Anyone who spends time on Pinterest and home design blogs has probably noticed that garden sheds are doing double duty nowadays, and are being transformed into visually appealing storage, mini studios, and even little indoor/outdoor rooms just for hanging out in.... READ MORE
 
 
 


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Dorm Room Do's & Don'ts

Over the past week, almost certainly you or someone you know moved into a dorm room. There are a lot of stigmas surrounding dorms, but honestly, they can be a really important part of the whole post-secondary education experience. Some of the best friends you’ll leave university or college with will be ones you made in dorms ... READ MORE
 
 
 


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From The Outside Looking In

You're standing on the curb (or driving by, or walking past) and you look at a house near you and think, "That house is so beautiful! I wish I lived there." That, my friends, is curb appeal. Technically speaking, it's the level of attractiveness of your home and property as seen from the exterior ... READ MORE
 
 
 


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Asphalt Maintenance – Why, When & How

Although asphalt driveways are not the most exciting topic, they are an important but easily overlooked part of regular home maintenance. Keeping your driveway in good shape will let you continue to take it for granted, so let's look at what need to be done. Filling cracks and sealing your driveway are the maintenance you can expect to do. The first step is ... READ MORE
 
 


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Which Counter Is Tops For You?

When it comes to choosing the right countertop for your home, the selection can be a little overwhelming. Apart from the aesthetics element, you also have to select the kind of material your counter will be made of. This comes down to a question of function, budget, and personal taste. The four key types of countertops available today are granite, quartz, solid-surface, and laminate (also known as postform) ... READ MORE
 
 


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Keeping Your Summer Bright

During the warmer months, most of us tend to use our outdoor spaces at night in addition to in the day. Not much beats sitting on your patio in the evenings after work, or having your friends round for a barbecued dinner and hours of good conversation under the stars. Because you'll be using this part of your home in the dark though, you need to provide lighting, both for safety and aesthetics ...READ MORE
 
 


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Grilling Days Are Here

It's grilling season (let's all take a minute to give thanks for the months of grilled ribs, burgers, and steaks coming our way), and that means it's time to talk barbecues.
Barbecues have come a long way and there are now a ton of styles and varieties for you to choose from. There has been a noticeable shift in the market where buyers are now tending towards mid-to-high end grills, indicative of the fact that people are ...READ MORE

 


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Get Your Deck Summer Ready

Hard winters (like the one we've just sent packing) are tough on decks, so before you start enjoying yours, there are some important things you need to do to get it ready.
Safety is the top priority. People have been seriously injured and even killed due to unsafe decks, therefore it's imperative that you inspect and repair yours ...READ MORE

 
 


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Green With Envy: A Lawn Worth Coveting

A hard winter like the one we’ve just escaped can cause major damage to your lawn, but you can counteract that with a few relatively easy steps now. One of the most damaging things to your lawn in the winter is having people walk on it. After the first freeze of the year, grass plants go dormant, which gives them protection against the snow and cold but makes grass more vulnerable to being crushed underfoot ...READ MORE