Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Home Staging Trends


Gold/Brass Accents
Gold and brass are back in style! Think framed mirrors and brass bar carts. Use these types of accents sparingly. 
Radiant Orchid – Color of the Year
This is a really strong color, so decorate with it in small doses. Use a purple orchid plant or accent pillow in a room. This color will add instant, current style to your home. 
Navy Blue
A much easier color to work with is navy blue, which is again gaining popularity. This is a strong, neutral hue to use as an accent wall. Navy blue looks great with yellow, tan and chartreuse.
Dining Room – No Matchy Matchy
Is your dining room an empty space? Do not worry about staging this room with a full suite of matching furniture. People are using unique pieces in their dining rooms. Chairs do not have to match the table. The side board can be an old dresser.
Kitchens – Bright and White
A new trend for kitchens is white and bright. If you are not willing to paint your cabinets (and we cannot blame you), perhaps consider showing off spare, white accessories that make your kitchen seem brighter.
Outdoor Spaces
Do you have an attractive “outdoor room” that needs to be highlighted? Show off how this space can be used for entertaining purposes. Set out a few dishes to set the table for an outdoor meal or barbeque. Stage the hammock with a book and a comfy blanket.





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Monday, 21 April 2014

Water saving tips to slow the flow


(NC) Did you know that it takes about 7,500 litres of water a day to support a standard North American lifestyle? This includes projects that are both mega (like running the power grid) and micro (like rinsing the conditioner out of your hair) – and it is double what folks elsewhere on the planet use. So how does one reduce an H2O habit? Consider some of these tips on how to conserve water:
Get A Load of This: If you throw a few pairs of jeans in your washing machine and forget to adjust the water-level setting from 'large' to 'small', you're wasting water. Since doing laundry accounts for almost 22% of indoor home water use, always set your machine to the proper load size.
Go with the Low-Flow: A low-flow showerhead can conserve 55 litres of water during a 10-minute shower. Try to take a 5-minute shower to double the savings. To do this easily, take a look at Delta Faucet's In2ition shower head with H2OKinetic technology. By sculpting the water into a unique wave pattern, these showerheads give you the feeling of more water without using more.
Fill 'Er Up: Here's a surprising statistic: Dishwashers use 15 to 20 litres of water per load, while hand-washing the same volume drinks up about 75 litres. So stack up the dinner plates, pots and pans in the dishwasher (but wait until you've got a full load before running it).
Feeling Flush: If you still have a standard toilet in your home, go buy a brick. Older toilets require a lot of water – about 13 litres per flush versus 4.84 litres for low-flow models. A brick in the tank can force some of the water to be displaced, which means you'll use less. Better yet, invest in a new water-conserving toilet. 


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Traditional advice holds true for non-traditional homebuyers


(NC) Today's homebuyer doesn't always look like the traditional nuclear family of the past. A recent survey for TD found that a quarter of Canadians who recently bought a home, or who are planning to buy one in the next two years, are doing so on their own, while 40 per cent think buying property with friends or family is a great way to get started.
Whether buying a home alone, or together with friends or family, the guiding principles remain the same. Michelle Snow, associate vice president for retail products at TD, offers some tips to help people navigate the home-buying process:
• Don't rush. Make an informed decision based on a realistic assessment of the budget, the down payment you can afford, and the type of property you want to buy.
• Set a realistic budget, taking into account all the costs associated with owning a home, like property taxes, insurance, utility bills and maintenance.
• Once your budget is set, test-drive the difference between rent and the monthly mortgage payment by making an automatic transfer of that amount into a TFSA or other savings account. This will help determine how comfortable you are with that commitment before locking in – and you'll be able to save for a bigger down payment at the same time.
• Talk to a mortgage specialist who can help you navigate the questions related to budgets, lending products and specific financing considerations related to solo and shared ownership.
More information is available at www.tdcanadatrust.com/homeownership.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Electricity needs should come first in kitchen renovations


(NC) - Close to 40% of Canadians say they will invest in upgrading their homes in 2014 – and kitchen renovations are a top priority.
This upgrade is popular for visual appeal, but also to increase functionality with new designs, layouts, and appliance options. Traditional kitchens are being updated to include dual ranges, separate cooktops, dishwashers, garbage disposal equipment, exhaust fans, and new electronic equipment. All of this requires careful planning, especially when it comes to your home's electrical systems.
Addressing the electricity requirements first, including repairs and upgrades, will ensure safe and reliable use of electricity for the immediate and longer term. This includes paying attention to outdated, damaged or improperly installed wiring, and upgrading panels or service to accommodate additional appliances. Finally, codes and standards are regularly updated to address electrical concerns and to adopt new safety technology and practices. Your home renovation must meet the requirements defined by current provincial electrical safety codes and standards.
A recent study conducted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International-Canada identified that electrical wiring has been modified or updated in 47% of homes. Decisions to undertake electrical upgrades were reported to be primarily influenced by homeowner concerns with ensuring safety, meeting insurance requirements, and updating to current codes and standards.
Electrical systems age, similar to other parts of your home, and require regular review and maintenance to ensure they are in good operating condition. If you are planning a renovation, take the time to talk to a qualified or licensed electrical contractor for support in making safe and responsible decisions. They can also provide you with information on new safety devices, panel and service upgrades, current codes and standards, and can assist you in identifying inspection requirements to make sure you have records to share with your insurance provider.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International Canada encourages you to share these safety steps to protect family, friends and neighbours. More information can be found online at www.esfi.ca.


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Enjoy the fresh flavours of this healthy vinaigrette


(NC)—The peanut, basil and balsamic flavours of this versatile dressing will inspire your meal menus for weeks – and the monounsaturated fats in the peanut oil are a heart-healthy type of fat. The dressing is excellent with a vegetable salad, coleslaw or noodles, brushed over grilled veggies, or even as a marinade.
Peanut Basil Vinaigrette
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes ½ cup (125 ml)
Ingredients:
⅓ cup (75 ml) basil leaves, lightly packed
2 tbsp (30 ml) peanuts
1 large garlic clove
2 tbsp (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 ml) peanut butter
⅓ cup (75 ml) peanut oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
Finely chop basil with peanuts and garlic, and place in a bowl. Whisk in balsamic vinegar and peanut butter until combined. Whisk in peanut oil until blended. Add salt and pepper if needed.
Additional recipes can be found at www.peanutbureau.ca.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Buying solo? Consider these house hunting essentials


(NC) The housing market remains active, with a quarter of Canadians either having recently bought a home or planning to do so within the next two years. And as a recent survey for TD found, a quarter of buyers are now doing so on their own rather than with another person, such as a partner or spouse.
“When making the decision to purchase a home alone, buyers need to give as much thought to the mortgage as they do their dream home,” said Michelle Snow, associate vice president for retail products at TD. “Talking to a mortgage specialist can help navigate details like the size of the down payment, amortization period, type of mortgage and payment schedule to make sure the decision is an informed one.”
A mortgage specialist can also help crunch the numbers to help solo buyers feel they can manage the associated costs of home ownership, like property taxes, insurance, utility bills, maintenance and the monthly mortgage payment, alongside their existing priorities like paying down debt and saving for the future.
“We recommend taking the monthly payments for a test drive for three to six months,” said Snow. “Find the difference between current rent payments and prospective mortgage payments, and pay it into a savings account. This way, potential buyers can see how comfortable the mortgage will be alongside existing expenses, while helping them save for a bigger down payment at the same time.”
More information and resources are available at www.tdcanadatrust.com/homeownership.


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Friday, 11 April 2014

My Top Wall Paint Selections for Spring 2014














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