• Bedrooms,  DIY & Improvements

    5 Home Improvement Jobs Best Left to the Experts

    You might think you’re a DIY expert, however, with 220,000 of us turning up at hospitals with DIY-related injuries, and the risk of finishing a job sub-standard, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts.  Here are five good examples.   5. Wall Papering Wall papering is one of those tasks everybody thinks they can do themselves.  The reality, however, is that as with most home renovation projects, it’s best left to the experts.  Lining up the edges of wallpaper sheets is easier said than done, particularly when you’re covered in wallpaper paste and have been working for a full day. In contrast, painters and decorators will have years…

  • DIY & Improvements

    Matching Vs. Coordinating And How To Customize

    When it comes to decorating, I hate to see a completely store bought room. I really hate to be able to identify the store. To feel loved, a room needs personal touches. That doesn’t actually mean everything has to be hand built or made, it just means put more effort into your selection than buying the entire sofa set just because it is a set. Matching Vs. Coordinating Good design coordinates, it does not often match. Matching means that two things are essentially the same. The mirror attached to your dresser matches. The three piece living room set matches. Matching is boring. Coordinating is bringing together two things that do…

  • DIY & Improvements

    How to Know When It’s Time to Get a Home Security System

    Everybody wants to feel safe in their home. It doesn’t matter if you’re simply renting an apartment on a month-to-month basis or you’ve purchased a home for your family, safety is likely a top concern for you. However, many people are still unprotected and don’t have a security system, or at least one that will protect them from harm in a variety of emergencies. If you’re not sure whether it’s time for you to get a home security system, there are certain times when homeowners and even renters should consider installing a home security system right away. You Just Purchased a Home When you’ve just purchased a home, especially in…

  • Living Areas

    6 Things to Consider When Shopping for Home Insurance

    Home insurance is a must-have. In fact, homeowners with a mortgage are usually required to carry home insurance. After all, the bank wants to protect its investment. Homeowners insurance is a lifeline when disasters occur, like fires, hail and storm damage, or flooding. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for home insurance. How Much Are Premiums? Obviously, the monthly or annual premiums are a key consideration when you’re purchasing home insurance. Premiums vary based on coverage options, the state you live in, your home’s condition and its replacement value, as well as whether your home is in disaster-prone areas, like a flood zone. Homeinsurance.com is an excellent resource…

  • Décor

    Interior Decor Touches Inspired By Canada

    ARTICLE SUMMARY It is not hard to style your home the Canadian way. Think bold, think outdoors, think sophisticated but rustic. Canadian designers have a way that is all their own. We have rounded up a few choice ideas for you to choose from. Canadian Inspired Styles In 2013, the Canadians are embracing colour and pattern in much the same way the rest of the world has fallen in love with the bold and striking designs that are found in modern home decor. Some ideas are global and others have a special locality about them. Colours lean towards classic, slightly old-fashioned shades with hues in violet and cobalt blue standing…