When There’s a Delay in the Renovation Timeline

When I am asked by my clients to manage the renovation for them, I create a construction calendar to ensure a renovation timeline is set and shared with all trades as well as my clients.  Last week, I posted a live Facebook video about a renovation curveball that was thrown my way. Renovation Timeline A Little Background Information As each renovation is different…

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Full Service Interior Design: What does that mean?

Every week I attend breakfast meeting with myself and 30 plus other business owners get together to help grow each other’s business by passing referrals.  Every week, we also get the opportunity educate our group, as well as all of the guests, as to what we do.  A couple of weeks ago, we were all challenged to use a verb…

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My Love Hate Relationship with IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

I am currently working with property investors renovating an entire bungalow.  If you’ve been following my business Facebook you will have seen some updates on this property.  One of the many decisions that were made for this property was to use IKEA kitchen cabinets and then customize them.  By customizing, the following will be added: Nice, solid crown moulding (not…

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Timeless or Trendy? The Great Subway Tile Debate

It wasn’t too long ago that I had a conversation with some property investors about subway tile. I was directed to not use subway tile as I was told it was too trendy and they’re sick of it.  Well if you have followed my blog you will know that I am a huge fan of subway tile!  There are huge in my…

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Colour Trends for 2017: My Personal Thoughts

This past week I was treated to an evening with Sherwin Williams to hear all about their colour trends for 2017.  While my design style tends to be more ‘timeless’, it was interesting to hear about the 4 trends and form my opinion. Colour Trend: Noir Noir means night, and just as you may think, the majority of these colours are…

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Holiday Recharge: back from holidays and back to the grindstone!

Two years ago I made the committment to blog every week.  There has not been a Monday that I have not posted a blog and tomorrow is no different.  As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon, the day before I publish a new blog, I am finding that I am still on holiday mode.  I have been away for…

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Light Bulb Guide: Before you change to LED’s

Recently in Alberta, our Provincial government announced a new energy program called The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program.  If you sign up for this program, the government will send an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer to your home.  They will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. While some may argue that you,…

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Curbless Shower: What You Need to Know

This past week I posted the following picture on my Facebook account with the words: “More and more of my clients seem to be requesting a curbless shower. One that has no step up into it. Would you be requesting one for your bathroom? “ Image source It was very interesting the feedback that I received.  Here are a few…

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The Link Most Investors Miss: Hiring An Interior Designer

I was recently forwarded an article by property investor Kristal Heise, who owns Mahalo Properties.  Kristal sent me an article that she thought would be an interesting read for me. The article was titled: 7 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Flipping Houses.  While the article hit many great points, as I read through it there was one thing that…

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Having found asbestos does not have to mean the end to your renovation.

When meeting clients for the first time to discuss a possible renovation, I typically ask the age of the home.  When someone tells me their home was built prior to 1987 I know the swear word asbestos is going to come up. How do I know?  Because I ask the question: “Has your home been tested for asbestos?”  What typically…

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