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Decor Diva – How To Plan The Perfect Room
February 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm 0
If you are design inspired but need to start laying out your furniture and ideas before you pull out your wallet this may be the pefect thing for you...an HGTV Room Planner that lets you create a space, move around the furniture and try out a bunch of ideas before spending a dime!

This is also a great tool to use if you are thinking about buying a house or moving and you don't know how the current plan fits your lifestyle. After spending a little bit of time you'll easily be able to gage if the space works for you as is, if you'll have to do renovations, how extensive they may be, or if there's so much work to be done that maybe the space doesn't work for you at all.

The kitchen room planner, complete with dinner guests and a puppy!

The kitchen room planner, complete with dinner guests and a puppy!

The room planner is really easy to use too. I tested out this kitchen concept that I've had in mind for a while. I've always wanted a kitchen with the stove in the island - that way you can cook and talk to people in the kitchen instead of having your back to them. Also, since the kitchen is such a social part of the house I put some big comfy chairs for people to sit and have a glass of wine while I'm cooking. It's so fun to design the fantasy life, and after this experience I'm ready to go house shopping again and find my new home!
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Life
What’s Your Home Style?
December 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm 0




Recently I discovered this super fun quiz by Ethan Allen to help figure out my house style, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Since I’m getting married next Spring I’ve been trying to find a place to live that my future husband and I will both like. As a part of my magazine project I’ve been clipping my dream houses out and also one’s that I think my fiancé will like. But every house I’ve chosen for him has been dead wrong! So now we’re going back to basics to try and figure out what style “category” each of us likes. That way we can figure out how to appropriately mix our styles. Hopefully we have it all figured out before we move in together!
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What’s Your Home Design IQ?
November 30, 2009 at 1:52 pm 0




Ever wondered if you are really as style savvy as you think you are? I think I'm pretty smart in the home decor category...but when I did this Style at Home quiz it didn't agree. I'll tell you how I did if you tell me how you did!
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Life
Home Design Obsessions
November 25, 2009 at 11:12 am 0


I love home decor and designs. I could spend weeks browsing through stores looking at nick knacks, paint colours, home accessories and design elements. I could go to open houses every weekend. I could buy all the coffee table books and magazines on beautiful houses and homes. If I had it my way I'd be changing my apartment design every month. But, clearly that gets a little pricey. So, for now I'll stick to my pink 377 square foot apartment, and keep the plan to redecorate in my back pocket. But even then, the styles of homes I like are so varied. Stone and wood detached homes look cozy, deep red brick square homes look traditional, and I love modern townhouses too. I just can't decide! I think I'll have to be a house flipper in the future so I get to experiment with all these different styles! Photo Credit: Young House Love Blog
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Life
Daring Decorating with Colour: Hot Pink!
October 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm 0
For every girl that's ever dreamed of living with bright colours and bold design this one's for you. Take the chance and make your dream place become a reality!

My wall before the colour explosion

My wall before the colour explosion



Like most girls I had a dream apartment in my mind, but just couldn't make it happen. Partly because I doubted that it would work out - would hot pink really look good? What if I hated it as soon as I saw it on my walls? Doubt crept in and every time I thought of painting I reconsidered. But also, the amount of work required to fix my apartment and decorate it just like I wanted seemed so huge and impossible. How long would it take? Would I be living in a construction zone for months? And then of course the cost was another factor. How much would it cost? Could I afford it? Was there a less expensive way to do it? In the beginning the plan was to hire a painter. But then my fiance (then boyfriend) told me that painters could be pricey and they wouldn't care as much as I did about the little details. And then he offered to help me paint. So we bought all the supplies and got down to some serious work.

The first strokes - it's too late to turn back now!

The first strokes - it's too late to turn back now!



The first pink coat looked amazing, but another coat was needed. The second was also great, but just not as hot as I wanted. So a third coat was put on...and it looked terrible! We used a tool that wasn't meant to paint a full wall, and there were streaks and stripes everywhere. I tried to pretend it didn't bother me, but I couldn't hide it - the wall was going to make me crazy unless it was fixed.

Applying the finishing touches - again!

Applying the finishing touches - again!



So we headed back to the hardware store and got more paint to cover up the last coat. We spent a few hours painting and then let it dry...only to notice the new coat didn't match the earlier ones. The earlier coats were from paint bought at a hardware store by my office, and the last can was from the store close to my home. And they weren't the same colour (I learned the hard way to make sure you buy all your paint from the same store!) So we headed back to the store by my office and picked up another can of paint. And after this coat I had the perfect pink wall!

The finished wall with decorative touches - a mini pink palace!

The finished wall with decorative touches - a mini pink palace!



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Life
Cool Design: The Wave Bridges in Toronto’s Harbourfront
September 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm 1
In Toronto there have been some very cool things happening on our Harbourfront over the last year. My favourite addition are three wave decks – pedestrian bridges designed to look like waves. They opened up at the beginning of summer and have added a whole new aspect to the waterfront. It’s fun to see everyone pointing at them, trying to see if they can climb up the steep inclines (it’s hard, I’ve tried), but best of all I love the fact the folks at Harbourfront Toronto incorporated this awesome design into the neighbourhood. They could have done a purely functional bridge (boooring) but instead they went out on a limb and set up these super fun, and functional, wave decks. Hooray for taking chances with design!
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Style
Ring Flings
August 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm 0
I have a confession. I love big rings…well not even big, more like HUGE rings. I think they really make a statement and they compliment the shape of my fingers quite well. Here are some of my favourites. ... Yup, my boyfriend knows he’s in big trouble.
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