Wednesday, 13 February 2019

DESIGNER OBSESSIONS: YELLOW ACCENTS

The color of sunshine, lemons and daffodils, yellow is a bright exuberant hue that has the potential to give any space a jolt of cheer.  A hit of yellow can go a long way so we prefer to use the color sparingly as a bright accent. It’s the perfect color to brighten upholstery or even to draw attention to architectural details, like doors or window frames. It can take a little bit of courage to get started using such a bright color, but once you see how far a little yellow can go, you’ll be hooked!



YELLOW SOFA



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By keeping the other furnishings neutral in this loft, the yellow sofa is able to really take center stage.


YELLOW CANVAS PAINTING

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YELLOW DOOR

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YELLOW PAINTED WINDOW FRAME

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YELLOW FRENCH CHAIRS

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YELLOW DINING CHAIRS

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YELLOW PENDANT FIXTURE

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Metro Vancouver home Price Changes Jan 2019 vs Jan 2018


Earlier this week, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver issued its monthly stats report on home sales and prices, revealing that benchmark prices were sliding at an increasing rate.
The Charts reveal that the vast majority of areas within the wider region saw significant benchmark price drops in the detached sector, with Vancouver West’s (West Side, Downtown West and West End) typical single-family home prices having lost more than half a million in value from a year ago.
Condo values, however, largely held their own around the region. Ten of the 21 areas examined (some of which fall within the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board) saw typical condo prices increase year over year, while 11 saw price declines. However, all the condo price changes, whether a rise or a fall, were relatively modest compared with the detached market.


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Monday, 11 February 2019

20 HOME DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2019


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Rose gold, subway tiles and exposed lighting were some of the top home decor trends of 2018. With a new year comes new decorating patterns, stylish, timeless pieces to fresh takes on old styles. 2019 is going to have some fantastic home design trends. Read on and watch out for the trends that will make their way into your home.

ARTISANAL FIXTURES

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Like velvet pieces many designers have noticed a shift and that more decorators are partial to fixture from local artist and small businesses, especially lighting. Artisan fixtures personalize your home, and like natural elements, helps shifts homes focus from the tech world to the natural world.

NATURAL ELEMENTS

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Stepping away from the tech-obsessed decor we saw dominate the 2018 design trends, 2019 move towards fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete, and granite. These elements will help bring an organic and serene ambiance to any space while reflecting the world around your home. 

VELVET FURNISHINGS

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Believe it or not, velvet was seen as old fashion and stuffy, now viewed as a luxurious yet funky. This multi-dimensional fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention, leading many designers to believe velvet decor will be one of 2019’s most sought-after trends. 



FLORAL PATTERNS

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This decorating trend has been around for awhile, in the upcoming year. However, we will see floral patterns in a new light. Decorators expect to find exaggerated proportions and contrasting colors used for this timeless decor pattern.



COPPER ACCENTS

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Rose gold was one of 2018’s most used decor trend, yet for 2019 we are expecting to see less rose gold and more copper accents, along with a mixture of other metals. With it’s red and orange tones and overall earthy hue, copper is a much-needed breath of fresh air for the new year. 

RICHER COLOR PALETTES
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Though muted colors can help you avoid making spaces feel overwhelming, designers believe that 2019 will be a year where bolder colors are preferred. Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative decor pop. Lookout for dramatic reds, statement pinks, bold yellows and organic greens.

BRASS DECOR

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2019 is setting up to be a year where we wave goodbye to stainless steel and polished nickel, and welcome brass accents back into our homes. Brass is a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents.

BLACK & WHITE DECOR

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A truly timeless design trend, black and white furnishings will want to be on your list of trends to incorporate into your home’s decor this 2019. The visual contrast of black and white will provide a sense of balance and boldness to your home’s space. 


MILLENNIAL PINK
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A massive hit in 2018, this trendy hue is getting a lot of attention. We’ve already seen this pink shade make its way into home decor and fashion, but for 2019 get prepared to incorporate this hue in new creative and unique ways, as an easy way to update any space.

TONAL REDS
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The past few years we have seen designers and homeowners gravitate towards cooler colors such as blues and greens, so we are excited that warmer tones are going to be in for the new year. Tonal reds are a great way to add complimenting contrast while providing the warmth that makes your home more inviting

GEOMETRIC PATTERNS


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Similar to floral patterns and brass decor, incorporating geometric patterns is no new trend. Yet for the new year geometric patterns are expected to become a dramatic presence. Colors will be bolder with oversized patterns. This is a trend that will help make a bold statement in any room. A chic and easy way to incorporate this pattern into your home decor is adding geometric throws. 

CONCRETE ACCENTS

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Some may wonder why concrete has left the construction zone, yet 2019 will be the year it steps into many homes decor. Providing a crisp, clean look that’s easy to compliment Concrete isn’t just for countertops. Geometric concrete tiles will become increasingly popular and pair two of next years hottest design trends into one stylish piece.

VINTAGE LIGHTING

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A trend that many will be shocked to see making its way back into the new year. The vintage lights we are expecting to see will be less exposed lighting and more of vintage pendants and sconces, in brass and copper finishes. 2019 will be a year where trending designs come together in unison.

BUCKET SINKS

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Also known as Trough sinks, bucket sink joins the list of vintage design trends that are predicted to make a massive comeback in the next year. Farm-house inspired, these pans are family friendly and will add personality and a touch a nostalgia to any kitchen or bathroom.

BURNT YELLOW

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Previously this shade of yellow was seen as too overwhelming and dramatic, yet in the coming year, the bolder the better. Yellow is a color that exudes happiness, confidence, and cheer. Whether used in accents or statement pieces, burnt yellow is sure to make your home feel joyous in 2019. 

70’S CHIC

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With many old design trends coming back in style this 2019, such as velvet and geometric patterns, our designers are expecting to see many nods to the 70s era. 70’s chic decor is all warm palettes, funky textures, and abstract silhouettes. Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out amazing personality into every living room or bedroom design.

AGATE WALLPAPER

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Many seem to stay away from wallpaper in general, yet 2018 was a year that saw wallpaper used in more homes. 2019 will be no different, and it is all in print. Agate wallpaper is making a splash for its pops of colors, and its natural ununiformed lines and colors perfectly marry both the bold and natural trends we expect for 2019.

MATTE FINISHES

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From beauty products to customized cars, technological advancements have made matte finishes all the more alluring and viable. Compared to the dramatic effect that high-shine finishes conjure, matte finishes lend furnishings a more relaxed, however, futuristic appeal.
Take this sleek console brought to life by a sensational yellow and periwinkle color combo. In a more traditional color combo it would have come off as standard. And if it were finished with a high-gloss effect, it would come off as overly loud. Instead, thanks to its matte patina, it’ll lend any room a quiet sense of dignity and grace while remaining ultra-cool.
For a similar effect, look for matte finished furnishings that boast unexpected hues and silhouettes, or go for classic styling as when a piece is finished with a matte technique, it will remain forever-cool.

CANOPY BEDS

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Though they haven’t been in vogue since the late 80’s, we’ve seen a steady rise in clients requesting updated takes on grand canopy beds. It could be because hotel inspired bedroom suites have been all the rage over the past decade, or it very well could be that people are seeking out the ultimate comforting oasis.
Whatever the case, minimally minded canopy beds are readily available in an endless array of options. And since they usually boast a slim silhouette and elements, they can now fit in almost any room with ease without coming off as overbearing and unnecessary. To make one work in your bedroom, follow suit and source a canopy bed that is quiet and slim to ensure that it won’t take up too much space or ever go out of style.

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Tips To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Most people focus the inside of a house when staging, however, the exterior is just as important for making a sale. Improving your curb appeal can help increase the value of your home and impress buyers the moment they step foot on the property. Meanwhile, poorly maintained exteriors can deter anyone from even wanting to go inside.
It's not all just about looks either. Make sure the exterior of your home would pass a home inspection to avoid any unpleasant surprises before your REALTOR® puts it on the market.
When it comes to improving your curb appeal, what's actually worth repairing and upgrading? Here's a list of four key areas that will give you the best return and help you put your proverbial best foot forward.

1. Keep your lawn manicured




Taking care of your lawn should not be reserved for spring cleaning. Staying consistent with raking, mowing, watering and weeding will go a long way in making your home look cheerful and inviting. Having luscious green grass signals to potential home buyers that the house is well-maintained. Have a few patches that just won't grow? Lightly water and rake the area, then try reseeding. This is a tedious process but the results are well worth it.

2. Landscaping



Impeccable landscaping doesn't mean you need to blow your budget on flowers. Stick to low-maintenance perennial plants wherever possible. You'll also want to choose colours that match your home's exterior. Don't think you have what it takes to design a garden? Use containers or planters and scatter them around your porch and walkway.

3. Hardscaping



There are three things that should be in tip-top shape before listing your home: the driveway, walkway and porch. Fix any cracks, fill holes and make repairs as needed. It's worth getting a professional involved if you're not particularly adept at this kind of outdoor handiwork, doing it yourself could make the situation worse (and end up costing you more). Adding light along your walkway can also help make it safer and appear more inviting.

4. Front door



Your front door should be eye-catching at first glance. A fresh coat of paint in the right colour will make it pop. Replacing an old doorknob with new hardware is another easy way to make your door look brand-new. And for a more welcoming touch, add an ornament like a seasonal wreath.
Improving your home's curb appeal can be hard work but will make it more appealing to potential home buyers. Remember: a home that looks inviting from the outside will encourage people to want to take a peek inside.



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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Mudroom Ideas: How to Design a Practical and Beautiful Entryway

Made to weather the heaviest foot traffic and roughest messes in your home, mudrooms and entryways are often as congested as they are neglected. But they don't have to be. With a bit of style and a whole lot of resourcefulness, you can transform this multipurpose room into a functional and beautiful space. 

Start with a design theme


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Picking a cohesive style can help you make the most of a cramped yet crucial entryway. From a spick-and-span Nautical look to a Rustic or Farmhouse setup, the theme you choose should be closely tied to your outdoor needs and interests. 

Give mud the boot with brush and scraper

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Yes, it's called a mudroom, but that shouldn't be taken literally. Check mud and other unwanted muck at your door with a traditional (and adorable) hedgehog brush for that cute kitsch factor. If your style leans more on the sporty side (or if you track a lot of mud), opt for a thick and bristly coir-weave mat.

Double up on doormats

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Mud, grass, leaves, snow, slush and salt can accumulate all too quickly. Use an outdoor and indoor mat for double coverage. A good mat should be durable but it doesn't have to be dull. Colours and patterns camouflage splotches between washes and add a little pep to your step. Think fade-resistant wild meadow floral, preppy red coir-corded stripes, recycled lobster rope or even personalized greetings. 

Cover your tracks with an area rug 

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Dirt doesn't always stop at the door. Protect your flooring and add a pop of colour to the room with a runner or floor mat. Made with tough and sustainable natural fibres, jute or sisal rugs are a good option—especially since they can be paired with handy sisal or jute baskets. For added floor protection, don't forget a shoe rack or boot tray either.

Outfit with multipurpose furnishings

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Every mudroom checklist should include seating, storage, hooks and more storage. Space permitting, opt for pieces like benches offering storage, seats, drawers or cupboards. When looking for the right fittings, leave no bench unturnable. In other words, look for benches offering under-seat storage.

Turn fixtures into features



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Mudrooms must be as practical as they are small. Opt for double-duty d├ęcor by employing essentials as decorative objects, too. Snowshoes, skis and even skates can be mounted on the wall for added alpine appeal. For tykes-in-training, add a shelf to feature sports trophies, team photos and other memorabilia. If you're a gardener, hang your tools on a painted pegboard for easy access and add shelves for potted plants as desired.




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