Home & Garden Category

by Dan Van der Vlugt, B.Sc.DFH Real Estate Ltd. – Before you begin, ask yourself, “Why am I renovating?” Is it to gain additional income by adding a rental suite? To prepare the home for sale? Or perhaps to expand on your existing living space? Whatever it is, have a plan in mind before you start. Compare quotes from multiple trades, then begin writing a realistic budget. You should shop around to educate yourself on the pricing of the items you plan to upgrade. And give yourself a healthy cushionRead More
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by Linda Hunter – Those familiar with the minimalist movement will know Joshua Becker, his website, Becoming Minimalist, and his best-selling books devoted to a lifestyle of modern simplicity. And while many celebrate the Marie Kondo art of tidying, still more support a growing multi-million-dollar storage industry. Part of living simple for me is living smaller. Living smaller includes living with intention and asking myself what I actually need rather than simply what I want. And while some might believe that more is more, I would argue that having more includesRead More
by Janice Henshaw – When you think of modern office design, do you think of smart acoustics, living walls of green plants, control over your own level of lighting and heating, hammocks for hanging out, used gondolas for meeting rooms? Or do you think of people fixated on their computer screens in rooms with no windows, sound problems, and an aesthetic that largely resembles a large closet? Or how about rows of fluorescent-lit, beige cubicles with people filed anonymously away until they depart for the day? Flexible work arrangements, technologicalRead More

Posted On October 1, 2019By seasideIn Home & Garden, Regulars

On Design – Art Enhances the Home

by Wendy White, Trudi Jones Interior Design – Art is defined as the expression of creative skill and imagination in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, appreciated for beauty or for the emotional power evoked from it. In the home, generally considered our “haven,” it’s especially important to consider how works of art, whether it be painting, sculpture or even furnishings, are used. As designers, Trudi Jones and I often look to special pieces for clues about the client to use as design inspiration or as a “taking-off”Read More
by Muffet Billyard-Leake, Muffet & Louisa – In our busy lives today, we often find that less is more. As we fill our days with work and activities, there is a nostalgia for simplicity and comfort. We hold small intimate dinner parties rather than big parties, making time to see family and friends without a whole lot of time to prepare. Obviously, the food and the company are the most important things, but a well-thought-out table can add elegance and comfort.   We are so lucky to live in aRead More