Home & Garden Category

by Janice Henshaw –  Have you unearthed your boxes of decorations and sentimental treasures? How do last year’s Boxing Day specials look? If, by chance, things are not quite working out as well as you had hoped, and you need to spice up your holiday decorating, look no further – we have some sparkling tips from design experts for you! We also share some holiday thoughts and traditions, and Christmas decorating requests from kids under 10. Wendy White, Interior Designer & Architectural Technologist at Trudi Jones Interior Design, says thatRead More

Posted On November 30, 2018By seasideIn Home & Garden, Regulars

On Design – Light Up Your Life

by Tracey Jones & Stacey Kaminski –  It’s here … the most wonderful time of the year! But wait; what? No outside lights up? No giant blow-up Santa in your winter wonderland? If you’re sweating the holiday light chaos, you’re not alone. So many options; so little time! Here’s a rundown of just a snippet of what is available for exterior lighting these days and also some ideas for thinking outside the box (and off the ladder perhaps!) for festive décor that will light up your holiday home. “Old school”Read More
by Matt Hall, Red Feather Horticulture –  For many of us, the holiday season is a time for reflection upon the past year. This introspection may also apply to the successes and failures of the past gardening season. Perhaps it’s even time to draft some New Year’s resolutions in the hope of dragging us into green-thumbed betterment. 1. “I will not impulse buy a plant that I don’t have a place in the garden for.” You’ve bought so many that you secretly think that your collection of potted plants mightRead More
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