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Monthly Archives: February 2015

    Simple home design ideas to impress the neighbors

    By Barry Evans | February 28, 2015

      If we walked into your house right now, what would we find? Would you sprint ahead to tidy up? Is there an uncomfortable lack of personal effects in your home? Like it or not, we are all judged by the homes we live in. So it’s important to know how best to utilize your... Read More

    Insulation Tips for Older Homes

    By Barry Evans | February 27, 2015

    Here in the Pacific Northwest we have exquisite old Craftsmen style houses, many of which have been standing for a century or more. Older homes have a particular charm and elegance, but keeping an old house warm can be tricky. Houses built before 1940 were not typically insulated and the type of materials used back... Read More

    Five Ingenious Homes at the Forefront of Small-Space Design

    By Barry Evans | February 26, 2015

    “A scarcity of space can trigger talent and creativity,” the Barcelona-based interiors architect Francesc Zamora Mola writes in 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas, a new book that profiles tiny homes around the world with a focus on the beauty and simplicity of their interiors. Architects and designers all have their own ways of trying to make... Read More

    Tips for energy efficient homes in winter

    By Barry Evans | February 25, 2015

    It is that time of year again: time to start heating the house. Many of us hold out as long as possible, but the old “put on a sweater” or “grab a blanket” routine will only last a few more weeks at most! Our lovely fall weather can’t last forever. Many people, especially homeowners living... Read More

    How to boost the price of your house: Tips and tricks

    By Barry Evans | February 19, 2015

    Interior accessories can make a huge difference to first impressions when a potential buyer is looking around your home. Although you want to avoid everything being completely coordinated, having a consistent colour pallet throughout a home can help to bring all the rooms together and create a more spacious impression. Lighting can play an important role in... Read More

    Interior design tips to get the kitchen of your dreams

    By Barry Evans | February 18, 2015

    With both Nigella Lawson and Samantha Cameron revealing the secrets to their kitchen style, we source the finest ingredients to create the hub of the home. Kitchens are for eating, drinking and socialising, but the heart of the home also speaks volumes about our taste – as a glimpse into the kitchens of Prime Minister’s... Read More

    Decorating tips for a warm, cozy feel

    By Barry Evans | February 17, 2015

    If you’re going to be home-bound for the remainder of this long, frozen winter, you might as well style your home to feel as warm and cozy as possible. “Accessories can really bring a fresh look into the room without breaking the bank,” says Bets Miller, co-owner of Nest Inspired Home in Rye. Check out... Read More

    Home Help: DIY home upkeep projects for every season

    By Barry Evans | February 16, 2015

    TIP OF THE WEEK Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst. Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor, offers maintenance tips to help homeowners save money: Spring •... Read More

    Easy money saving tips for enhancing your home’s interior

    By Barry Evans | February 15, 2015

    Not every home improvement project has to break the bank to make big improvements to the interior look of your home. This applies to the weekend home improvement enthusiast, as well as homeowners who are unable or unskilled to perform the work. The key is to keep it simple and not complicate the project. The... Read More

    First, there is light: Tips for keeping houseplants alive

    By Barry Evans | February 13, 2015

    There’s a lot to be said for growing indoor plants. There’s the beauty of a fern with its delicate fronds, or an African violet with a cluster of vibrant flowers. Some, like jasmine, add fragrance to a room. Others, like ivy, can adorn a windowsill with trailing glossy foliage. What’s more, you don’t have to... Read More

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