Day Trip to the Countryside to Choose Exterior Selections

Last week Debbie and I went on a day trip and had an amazing time. No it wasn’t the shopping-dining-sightseeing kind of trip you might expect. It was a drive out of Calgary to the beautiful Alberta countryside. We were going to view the progress of our client’s new home. Alberta doesn’t get called ‘Big Sky Country’ for nothing. For the entire two hour drive, there wasn’t a moment that…

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Here’s A Trend That Everyone Should Follow

You probably can’t believe that I have a blog saying to follow a trend. My regular readers know that I usually recommend to NOT follow the trends, like I do in the Un-trendy List. But this is one trend that’s showing up everywhere this season and it’s really worth following. The trend is…drumroll please…Using Plaids and Tartans. Yes, suddenly the world is going mad for plaids. From…

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Quick and Simple: End Of Summer Outdoor Decor Ideas

It’s hard to believe that summer’s coming to an end. It goes by so fast. This year it’s over even sooner as the kids are back to school before Labour Day. Honestly, I’d like to know whose idea this is. It’s not right to start school  before Labour Day. I don’t want to say goodbye to warm weather and living outside. Now that the School Board has officially ended…

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New This Week: Cottages Brimming with History

It always fascinates me how our country’s buildings differ based on geographical location. Think sod houses, log homes, and the strikingly bright colourful facades of Newfoundland and Labrador. Canadians are resourceful people and we use what’s available to build with and to decorate with. A recent trip to Silver Islet, Ontario, showcased some beautiful decorating done with wood and rocks. The majestic scenery of Lake Superior provides a stunning back drop for…

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Hip Interior Design is Embracing 16th Century Old Dutch Masters

There’s a trend developing in the design world that started last year at hipster flower shops. Well… it didn’t exactly start there. As a matter of fact, it can be traced all the way back to 16th century paintings. Young, hip urbanites are borrowing from the Dutch Masters and embracing this artfully imperfect style. Flower arranging was once considered an ‘old ladies’ past time. Nowadays its all the rage and the…

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