Home & Garden Category

by Dan Adair, Island Savings Brentwood Bay –  It’s hard to turn on the TV nowadays without getting roped into the latest and greatest renovation show. These shows usually leave us with grandiose ideas on how to make our homes look incredible while adding to the value of the home. Although the shows make it look very easy, profitable and quick, they can be anything but. Before you pick up a hammer and a bucket of paint, you should do some research to ensure that the repairs you are undertakingRead More
by Katie Kroeker, Pacific Ridge Landscapes –  It is the nature of landscapes to change and evolve over time. As you reflect over this past season and think ahead to next year’s garden, here is a checklist of design fundamentals to keep in mind. A Plan. The best landscapes are thought out in fine detail, resulting in a welcoming, easy feeling. It becomes evident that everything in it has been arranged with care. A landscape plan will ensure that practicalities are attended to so that the focus can shift toRead More
by Rosemarie Root, Macdonald Realty –  The importance of a properly staged home is crucial!  You want to highlight your home’s strengths while minimizing its weaknesses, transforming the house so it’s appealing to potential buyers.  Here are a few helpful tips for a great first impression and a top dollar sale. Stage where it counts. Not all rooms are considered equal. Focus your energy and efforts on the rooms with the biggest potential to influence buyers. Living room, master bedroom and kitchen are more important than the basement bathroom. SpendRead More
  story by Janice Henshaw | photography by Marion Every and Nunn Other Photography –  A gorgeous home filled with light, intriguing art, a courtyard for shade, no grass to mow and a fantastic ocean view. Was it the luck of the draw to buy this place or a manifestation of the owners’ desires? Marion Evamy and Bobb Hamilton own the Red Art Gallery, formerly located on Oak Bay Avenue. Now, their beautiful home on Surfside Place in Sidney doubles as their new gallery space. Friends from Oak Bay asked themRead More
by Tracey Jones & Stacey Kaminski –  Our number one question from clients when we first meet is “Why can’t I get my space to look finished?” Our answer is always the same. A home requires not only furniture that fits in terms of scale, colour and style, but more importantly it requires the detailed layers of accessories, art and décor to pull it all together and “feel” right (and done!). The styling can be the most important piece of the puzzle! It’s not about styling “secrets” … we aren’tRead More