An unexpected renovation delay

This past week I received some disappointing news regarding an unexpected renovation delay.  I want to state right off the bat, this post is not a ‘blame-game’ post.  What this post is about is letting you know about this entire scenario, what options were given, and what my advice to my clients was.  You just never know when you might stumble upon…

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Women Build: A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

One of my favourite days of the year is Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Day.  This initiative started in 1991 and is a great opportunity to get involved.  The Women Build Week is held over three weekends here in Calgary.  This event invites women to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. “Any woman who wants to learn…

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2 Words you should never say in a renovation!

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been helping some clients select fixed elements for their upcoming renovations.  There are 2 words that I never want to hear clients say: I can live with it. This is good enough.  I Can Live With It With all the product that is available, you should never have to say, “I can live with…

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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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