Home & Garden Category

  by Janice Henshaw –  As the summer nights begin to shorten, we may discover that we can’t push and prod our expanded outdoor furniture and camping equipment into their winter storage slots. In houses with ample built-in cabinets and large garages, this may not be a problem, but for those of us who live in more minimalist housing, finding space for our treasures can be a real pain in the derrière. If we plan on staying in our current home, what can we do to create more storage? RenovatingRead More
by Tracey Jones and Stacey Kaminsky –  It’s a sign of the times. Home prices are skyrocketing. People are either downsizing and editing their “stuff” into a much smaller space, or renovating their existing home to create long-term solutions – optimizing their space without expanding their footprint. Storage in today’s world is big business. You may be frustrated with failed systems. You just want to feel good when you walk into your home. You are stressed. Sound familiar? The key to getting it right is really defining your family’s needs. WhoRead More
by Cam Oddie, Peninsula Landscape Supplies –  Clay is made up of very small, long, flat particles densely sandwiched together to form the deposits you have come to loathe in your garden. However, it’s these long flat particles that make clay an actual benefit to your soil and to your plants. These particles are negatively charged (ions), so you can think of them as little magnets that attract and hold onto positively charged nutrients (cations) such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, making them available to your plants’ roots. So, clayRead More
  story by Janice Henshaw; photos by www.nuttycake.com –  As with assessing peoples’ characters, snap judgments about other people’s homes can be misleading. Upon arrival at this month’s North Saanich home off Lands End Road, the first thing I saw was a brown hot tub sitting at the side of the gravel driveway. The live-edge siding was painted an older beige colour, the fascia boards had scalloped edges, and the trim boards around the windows were not yet stained. In decline? Or a renovation in progress? But once inside theRead More
by Carly Scholze, Carly Scholze Interiors –  If you are like most people, hiring an interior designer is a whole new experience. However, it can be a wise investment, particularly for those who do not have the time, skills or patience for creating functional and aesthetically pleasing interiors. Interior Design is not just about pretty colours and furniture arrangement, though these two do fall under the job description. Designers perform some of the same functions as Architects (though not quite as structurally involved); they produce construction drawings for permit, floorRead More