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Did you know that having a sign in front of your home and an MLS listing is not enough to attract the ideal buyer? All serious buyers - especially ones who have already sold their home - work with a realtor and don’t cruise the streets looking for a “For Sale” signs. Do you know how to devise a pricing strategy that will net you the best price possible? Do you know that how people live in a house and how they should present their homes for sale are two different things? Do you know how you can present your home in a way that is proven to be attractive to potential buyers?

What are you doing to create a “WOW” factor for potential buyers? Do you have a marketing plan in place?

Do you know how to “level the playing field” before an Offer comes in?

In the May issue of this magazine we started Do you have a strategy to generate a bidding war on your home? discussing an issue of selling a property on your own Are you aware of all the dangers you and your family may be exversus using the services of a real estate agent. posed to by letting a total stranger into your home under the preToday we continue this valuable discussion. text of being interested in buying? Before you decide to sell your house on your own, here are some of the questions you should consider:

Will you accept an offer conditional upon the Buyer selling his own home? Do you know what the “pros” and “cons” of such a condition are? Could you negotiate an offer on your home without getting emotionally involved? Who would hold the deposit cheque until the closing date? How could you verify whether the buyer is qualified for the price you are asking? Do you know that statistics show that there are over 50 problems that sellers could encounter during a real estate transaction? Yes, anyone can sell a house if they have all the necessary tools in place. But do you have them?

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When we encounter medical, mechanical, financial, or legal problems we seek out a professional to help us solve or mitigate our problem. We could probably manage on our own, but we recognize the fact that the professional brings knowledge and experience to the table that we could not duplicate in an efficient or timely manner. A good realtor is a professional. One who knows the answers to all the questions listed above and more, who will work tirelessly to ensure your home sells for the highest possible price, and who will ensure that the entire process of selling your home is as painless as possible. For any questions you may have you can reach me by email or by calling me directly at (416) 410 SOLD (7653) Rose Printz is a Sales Representative with Royal LePage Partners Realty, and has been practicing real estate full time for the past 20 years




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SECRET EFFECTS OF COLOUR It happens quite often – the size and shape of the room feel wrong to the homeowner. Various colour and tone combinations used on walls, floors, and/or ceilings, may help correct the problem. • To visually narrow the room and lower its ceiling, create the so-called tunnel effect. To achieve it, use a light-toned floor covering and paint the back wall of the room a soft pastel colour while coating the ceiling and other walls in a darker hue. • A small room of nine feet height or more creates an uncomfortable feeling. To



correct the situation, paint both the floor and the ceiling in darker tones and use lighter hues for walls. • A room where the walls, the ceiling, and the floor are painted in the same dark colour looks shapeless. • In order to visually narrow the room but make the ceiling look higher, paint the walls on both sides a little bit darker while leaving the back wall and the ceiling lighter. • A dark-coloured floor ideally matches light walls and the ceiling and makes the room look higher and more spacious. To complete the decor, use dark furniture and vivid accessories.


• Dark walls and floors combined with a light ceiling will create a cellar effect. • To correct an uncomfortable impression created by a narrow room, paint the far wall dark colour and the side walls, calm lighter tones. • Remember that a cool palette visually enhances the space. If you wish to make the room look more spacious, use lighter colours on everything – the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. On the other hand, too much of calm colours in the room may make it look bland. • To visually decrease the dimensions of the room, paint the walls dark while leaving the floor and the ceiling light.

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Stunning, suitable for any type of family bungalow w/loft. 3+1 bdrms, 4-wshrms. Excellent layout. 9-ft ceilings. Hardwood & limestone floors. Master bdrm w/ensuite on main floor, bdrms w/semi-ensuites on 2nd. Custom kitchen with builtin brand name S/S appliances, granite c/top. Professionally finished basement w/kitchen, family room, bedroom, bath. Located in desirable area - lots of parks, lake, ice arena, new community centre.

Large & bright CORNER unit in prime Thornhill location! About 1350 sq.ft, 2+1bdrms, 2 full wshrms. Unobstructed view from windows. Excellent layout. Laminate floors throughout. Large eat-in kitchen w/window & pantry. Large master bdrm with his/her closet and ensuite w/ separate shower. Solarium can be used as 3rd bdrm or office. Maintenance fee includes everything. Well maintained building w/excellent facilities: gym, sauna, outdoor pool, 24-hr security. Close to Promenade, excellent schools, parks, transit.


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Asking $309,900


Great area in demand!! Large unit, very bright. Excellent layout. About 1350 sq.ft. 2 bdrms+den+solarium, renovated 2 full bathrooms. Laminate floors throughout. Large eat-in kitchen w/window. Large balcony. Master with his/hers closets and 4-pc ensuite. 2-parking spaces. Den and/ or solarium could be used as 3rd bdrm. Maintenance fee includes everything. Well maintained building w/excellent facilities: gym, sauna, outdoor pool, 24-hr security. Close to Promenade, excellent schools, parks, transit.

Spacious & bright upgraded luxury condo in South Richmond Hill. About 1100sq.ft. 2 bdrms, 2 full wshrms. Laminate floors throughout. Upgraded kitchen w/granite countertop, undermount sinks. large master w/4-pc ensuite & walk-in closet. Large balcony with unobstructed view. Parking. Locker. Excellent facilities: indoor pool, gym, sauna, security guard & more. Close to hwys, Go station, Hillcrest Mall.

YONGE/16th AVENUE (Richmond Hill)

Asking $519,900

Bright and spacious freehold end unit townhome - like a semi - in great residential neighbouhood. 3 bdrms, 3 wshrms. Hardwood floors throughout, new oak stairs. Large eat-in kitchen w/breakfast area. Large master bdrm with W/I closet & 4-pc ensiute. Professionally finished ground level. Family room with W/O to a very private backyard, direct access to garage. Close to Hillcrest Mall, schools, transportation.


Established neighbourhood with luxury houses throughout. Executive home on a premium RAVINE lot 79 ft x 217 ft, backing onto conservation area. About 3800 sq. ft., 4 bdrms + den, 4 wshrms. Beautiful and bright. Classic design. Open concept layout with impressive architectural details, superb craftsmanship, finest finishes‌ Absolutely stunning and luxuriously upgraded, including custom dark hardwood, soaring 12ft ceilings on main, cornice mouldings, potlights, glazed porcelain floor tiles, all custom vanities throughout, custom wood garage doors, custom front entry door with 20-ft entryway; extended windows and interior doors. Exquisite gourmet dream kitchen w/granite counters, S/S B/I appliances, custom backsplash with glass inserts. Breathtaking panoramic windows in dinette with custom sliding doors; floor to ceiling windows in family room. Façade newly completed with mouldings, stucco, keystones, pillars, all custom made by Desano Stucco Systems, 9 ft ceiling & 7 large windows in basement & much more to list. This home is a true showpiece!

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Generally, the first possibility to explore when considering an installation is mounting solar PV arrays on an existing roof.

We all know that as the planet Earth rotates on its axis the Sun appears to rise in the east before passing overhead and disappearing again into the western horizon. The actual track that the Sun follows depends upon the time of year, lower in winter and higher in summer. A Solar tracking system has the PV array mounted on a structure capable of following the Sun’s path throughout the day and therefore optimizing the output throughout daylight hours. These are usually ground-mounted, and each array can be between 5 kW and 10 kW depending on the application. In a two-axes tracking system, a light sensor is used to direct the array towards the brightest light source, which is not always directly towards the sun, especially on a cloudy day. The annual output of tracking installations can be as much as 35% higher than a fixed installation thus providing for an increased financial return even after the increased cost of the unit.

• The roof should be preferably South facing, have a clear horizon and not be significantly overshadowed by trees or other structures throughout daylight hours. • The roof of slates, tiles, corrugated sheets, or similar material must be in good condition, having an expected lifespan of further 25 years or more. Installing a new PV system over a roof that requires substantial maintenance within a few years can prove to be very expensive. The pitch of the roof is usually not critical since the angle of the array can be optimized for the maximum light using angled brackets in the mounting arrangements. Even flat roofs and vertical walls can be suitable and are frequently used. Much larger roofs like cattle or sheep sheds, barns, chicken houses, and grain storages can offer an area sufficient for 20kW up to 250kW PV systems. For larger projects, the capacity and rating of the local main electricity connection is an essential part of the survey and subsequent planning of the project.

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Eyesight is the first of the five senses that sends signals to the human brain. A baby starts receiving the first impressions of its surroundings through her visual experiences. Therefore, the colours used when decorating a nursery are extremely important for your child’s psychological state. Of course, it is always advisable to listen to what professional psychologists have to say about this but you can also receive some help from an unexpected source – your own children! Listening to their wishes and watching their reactions can help you create a unique decor that will promote your children’s well-rounded development. The main thing is to remember that children’s outlook for the world is different from that of an adult. Whatever you may find cute may bore your kids to tears. Childhood - that happiest time of our life - demands vivid colours.

NURSERY IN RED: ENERGY AND VITALITY The colour red brings joy and excitement. It generates energy and stimulates a desire to win and progress. This colour may help persons who are uncertain of themselves over-



come their difficulties and show achievements in schoolwork and sports.

NURSERY IN YELLOW: INSPIRATION AND INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION The colour yellow embodies intellect, joy, and curiosity. It widens horizons and improves memory and concentration. It also enhances obedience, develops intuition and ability to listen. This colour is universal for children of any age, from a newborn to a teenager.

NURSERY IN WHITE: LIFE AND HEALTH The colour white gives a feeling of calm, promotes higher self-esteem, and is generally beneficial for human psyche. This colour is the symbol of purity, goodness, and success; it imparts hope, healing, vitality, and strength, helps reticent children overcome their shyness, and energizes the body. Yet, too much of white colour in the surrounding decor may create a feeling of sterility, foreboding, and dominance over the others. White should be used sparingly and in combination with other colours.

NURSERY IN GREEN: LEARNING AND NEW BEGINNINGS The colour green provides calm and promotes relaxation. It helps increase concentration, self-analysis, grows, development, and new searches. This colour is capable of normalizing blood pressure, augment the eyesight, and add courage and self-assurance.


NURSERY IN ORANGE: WARMTH, COZINESS, AND FAMILY VALUES This colour brings joy and vitality and relieves loneliness and fears. The colour of a fragrant orange, it possesses all the positive qualities of red but without its aggressive connotations.

NURSERY IN BLUE: THE SKY AND THE DEPTH The colour blue, deep and attractive encourages contemplation of the meaning of life. A mysterious evening shade encourages imagination and yearning for faraway worlds.

NURSERY IN PINK: ROMANTICISM AND LOVE Pink immerses into a dreamlike state and promotes a feeling of comfort, rids of dark thoughts, depression, and stress. This is the colour for sensitive persons with a delicate soul. The colour pink is capable of dissolving negative thoughts and concentrating on love and passion. The notion of vivid is manifold. It may mean shiny or it may mean a bright palette, rich and vital summer look or fuzzy and softened fruity impression. What is important is to learn how to balance and distribute colours in a given space. Nursery decor needs to conform to the age of the child, be done in preferably light tones, and have bright accents and balance, and – and this is paramount – create the feeling of comfort in the room’s inhabitant.

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Large & bright CORNER UNIT, 1350 Sq.Ft, 2 bdrms, 2 wshrms, plus solarium that can be used as 3rd bdrm. Large windows with nice unobstructed view. Very practical floor plan. Wood floors throughout. Painted in neutral colours. Spacious hall with oversized double mirror closet. All rooms are large. Separate eat-in kitchen with breakfast area, large pantry & window. Large bdrms. Master bdrm with ensuite with separate shower. Large laundry with side-byside washer & dryer. Parking. Very well maintained building with gym & sauna. Outdoor pool, tennis court. Parking. Excellent area. Steps to Promenade Mall, library, excellent schools. Maintenance fee includes all utilities including cable TV.

YONGE & 16th

Gorgeous CORNER unit, 2 bdrms, 2 wshrms in high demand area. Perfect split-bedrooms layout. Hardwood floors throughout. Large master bedroom with W/I closet & ensuite. Large kitchen with granite countertop, pantry, breakfast area and W/O to balcony. Large living/dining with W/O to balcony. Maintenance fee includes all utilities. Locker, parking. Indoor pool, gym, sauna. Walk to Hillcrest Mall. Bus stop at the door. Close to schools and all amenities.

Asking $328,000


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Completely renovated top to bottom 3-bdrm, 2-wshrm CORNER unit, about 1,400 Sq Ft, with two large balconies and stunning south view of golf course! New windows. New wood floors. New large kitchen with granite countertop & window. New baths. Maintenance fee includes all utilities and membership to Orchad Club with access to indoor pool, sauna, gym, tennis court. Walk to park, schools, shops.

Asking $337,000

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Stunning, comletely renovated CORNER 3-bdrm plus solarium, 2-wshrm, about 1500 Sq.Ft. unit with great view from windows. New wood floors throughout. Freshly painted. Potlights. Large kitchen with new cabinets, S/S appliances, breakfast area & window. Very large master bedroom with W/I closet with custom organizer and ensuite. New washrooms. New doors. Parking. Low maintenance fee includes all utilities, including cable TV. Gym, sauna. One bus to Finch station. Close to park, schools, shopping.

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Asking $328,800


Exquisite freehold townhome, 3 bdrms, 4 wshrms in high-demand neighbourhood. Very spacious & bright. Nice layout with open concept. Hardwood floors. Family room with gas fireplace. Modern kitchen with gas stove. Large master bdrm with walk-in closet & ensuite. Professionally finished basement. Direct access to garage. Tastefully landscaped and interlocked b/yard.

Asking $487,90

YONGE & 16th

Rarely available END UNIT FREEHOLD TOWNHOUSE, 3 bdrms, 3 wshrms in excellent location! Great layout. Excellent condition. Hardwood floors throughout. New oak staircase. Large eat-in kitchen with breakfast area with new S/S appliances. Large master bdrm with W/I closet and ensuite. FINISHED WALKOUT BASEMENT WITH SEPARATE ENTRANCE. Direct access to garage. Nice b/yard. Close to Hillcrest Mall, Hwys 7 & 407, good schools & transportation.

Asking $519,900


RAISED BUNGALOW! 3+1 bdrms, 2 wshrms in prime MILL POND location! Large & bright with hardwood floors throughout. Completely renovated. Large eat-in kitchen. Huge Living/Dining. Mostly new windows. SEPARATE ENTRANCE to apartment in completely finished basement with bedroom, living room, kitchen & laundry. Completely rented: 1st floor - $1650, basement $900. Close to Yonge St, schools, shopping.

Asking $583,000


Luxurious 4+1-bdrm, 4-wshrm, about 2400 Sq.Ft detached house situated in the best part of Richmond Hill. Fantastic open concept layout in excellent condition. High ceilings. Hardwood floors. Crown mouldings. Family room with gas fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with extended cabinets, central island & S/S appliances. Large bedrooms. Finished basement with bedroom, bath & sauna. Interlock. Too many upgrades to list… Close to park & all amenities.


Asking $639,900


4-bdrm, 4-wshrm, about 2500 Sq,Ft, completely renovated detached home in high demand area, close to excellent schools, transit, shopping. Very practical layout. Family room with fireplace. Large bedrooms. $$ spent on reno. New hardwood floors on both levels. New windows, roof, high efficiency furnace, appliances. FINISHED BASEMENT. 2-car garage. Patio. Large b/yard.

Asking $699,000

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About 1900 Sq.Ft, 3+1-bdrm, 4-wshrm semidetached with 1-bdrm apartment in professionally finished basement with separate entrance. Bright & spacious, with lots of windows & den on 2nd floor. Very nice & practical layout with 9’ ceilings. Hardwood floors. Freshly painted. Family room with gas fireplace. W/O to balcony from bedroom. Nice kitchen with breakfast area and W/O to large b/yard. Close to all amenities.

Asking $528,800


PRIME THORNHILL LOCATION!!! 4+1-bdrm, 4-wshrm detached house. $$ spent on upgrades. Excellent floor plan with open concept and beautiful decor. Hardwood floors on both levels. Huge master with W/I closet & 4-pc ensuite. Family room with gas fireplace. 2-car garage. South facing large backyard. Area of the best schools, including French school.



WINDOW DRESSING – THE RIGHT CHOICE When planning decor changes for your home, remember the tremendous role window dressing plays. Often, people delay the process of curtain selection to the last minute not even realizing that it can either make or break the overall design. No one doubts the role of make-up in enhancing the female face’s strengths and hiding its drawbacks. The fabric you select for your curtains plays exactly the same part in decorating a room. When making you decision, do not neglect even the smallest detail – everything is important, including the size of the window and its location, the height of the ceiling, and the general decor of the room. It is a well-known fact that contrasting horizontal stripes visually widen the room while vertical stripes make the room look higher. Cold blues and grays visually cool the room down while red and reddishbrowns seem to warm it up. Vivid curtains may seem like a good idea at first and considered a bright spot in your decor but after a while you may get tired of them. The following rule can help you avoid a common error of havking your window dressing blend with the walls: your curtains need to be either a lighter or a darker tone than the colour of the walls. They should also match the upholstery, especially considering that you expect your furniture to serve you for a number of years. When selecting the texture of window dressing fabric, base your decision on the upholstery, bedspreads, and cushion covers in the room. Solid fabrics match their surrounding much better than patterned ones, but they can




be interesting by their colour of texture. If you still prefer printed fabrics, you will need to pay more attention not to the colour only but to the pattern and size of the print as well. Do not get carried away in terms of variety of colours and texture of the curtains for a smaller room. In this case, select the main fabric that matches the rest of the room even though some fabrics may still contrast with the main one, adding some interest to the decor. The style of curtains and sheers is as important a consideration as their fabric. For a dwelling with high ceilings and wide windows use long curtains with pleats two-and-a-half to three times wider than the length of the rod. If the ceilings are not too high, do not use gathered draping and valances. As always, the main rule of design is not to overdo it. Even the simplest of tricks, including an overthrow, a knot, or a pleat may transform not only your window but the whole look of the room. If you strive for something unusual, try such designer ideas as, for example, layered sheers. Don’t worry about the number of layers – you can use as many as you like as long as they are made of semi-transparent fabric except for one, the heaviest, to be used as a night shade. The principle to guide you when combining lightweight and heavyweight fabrics is to keep the right balance of harmony and contrast. You can create unusual window dressing by joining together squares of different colours of the same fabric. Attach these curtains to the rod using rings and clasps. The weight of the elements has to be the same thoughout. Such window dressing will become an interesting decor element. If you are still not sure of your choices use professional help.


Sometimes all that’s needed to freshen up a room is to work on the accessories and this can make a HUGE difference! This was a low budget makeover. We brought some chairs from downstairs and created a nice cozy seating area near the window. Put a big area rug to add texture and define the space. We hung crispy white linen drapes on a high-installed rod to impart more height and elegance to the space. Cushions, pillows, a throw, flowers, lamps, etc..

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AROMA OF FRESHNESS: Before vacuuming, drop a small amount of lavender oil on a cotton ball and let your vacuum suck it in. The delicate Provencelike scent will follow your vacuum cleaner all along the way.



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Pour a couple of drops of a lavender and lemon oil mix onto an aroma stone diffuser (which is basically a porous clay brick) or a piece of gauze and place on a shelf in the fridge door. Replace essential oils regularly, more often if gauze is used instead of a brick.

DEODORIZING YOUR TRASH CAN Wash and dry your trash can. Drop a small amount of lavender and tea tree oil mix on an aroma stone, a piece of gauze, or a cotton ball, and place on the bottom of the can.

REFRESHING YOUR MICROWAVE OVEN: Pour three drops of a lemon and mint oil mix into a microwaveable container of water. Place the container into your

oven and microwave on high for three minutes.

REFRESHING YOUR WASHROOMS: Install a small shelf that would hold two to three cookie-sized aroma stones. Drop on them some lavender, ylang-ylang, or pine nut oil. Add essential oils often – at least once a week. This simple procedure will not only fill the room with a delicate aroma but will create a healthy atmosphere as well.

oils to the water you pour into the steam compartment. Since essential oils are not greasy they will not damage your bed linens.

Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of mint oil. Shake to blend and spray around the room.


CLEANING AND DISINFECTING SURFACES: Add 30 drops of a lavender, tea tree and/ or lemon mix to 1 litre of alcoholic vinegar. Shake well to blend. This simple and inexpensive solution effectively cleans and disinfects all surfaces regardless of their material.

AROMATIZING BED LINENS: Adding essential oils during laundry is becoming a popular way to add freshness to bed linens. Do not limit your choice of scents. There are two ways of doing it, the first being placing a terrycloth mitt into your dryer together with the freshly-laundered linens, after dropping on it some lavender, mint, rose, or eucalyptus oil. Actually, you can use any essential oil whose fragrance you prefer. If you iron your items after drying them, you can add the same


ELIMINATING LIME IN SINKS, BATHTUBS, POTS, AND KETTLES: Use the abovementioned solution for cleaning surfaces. Alcoholic vinegar is the best for eliminating lime. It is more effective when heated; therefore, you can safely add the solution to the kettle of boiling water and leave it for up to an hour. Thanks to the essential oils in it your kettle will be in perfect condition, and all the bacteria – gone!

Instead of using foul-smelling insecticides that are harmful for human and pets’ health, spray lavender, cedar, or eucalyptus oils into the air.

NO MORE MOTHS: Drop cedar and lavender oil (five drops of each) onto an aroma stone, a wooden cube, or a piece of gauze before placing it into a fabric pouch. Place on a shelf in your closet or linen chest. Replace regularly.

GOOD-BYE ANTS: Add five drops of lavender oil and ten drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle containing 250 ml of water. Spray along the ants’ preferred routes, especially in the spot where you suspect the anthill to be. Repeat several times a day for a few days.

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OF INTERIOR DESIGN For any person, their name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language. D. Carnegie Words… They bring joy or distress, they help express feelings and thoughts, and they make our lives richer, more beautiful, and intelligent. Besides many universally known functions, letters, words, and sentences have one more – they can become a great decorative element. Decorating with letters takes its roots in the American culture where “caring for number one” has long been the basis of nurturing the sense of confidence in a child. Awareness of the importance of one’s name leads to positive attitude towards one’s ego, which, in turn, shapes healthy mentality. Alphabet decor is universal – it suits any style of interior design, as long as its material, colour, and font have been chosen correctly. Letters can be three-dimensional or flat, play a solo role or be part of a composition, represent the Latin alphabet, Arabic curlicues, or Oriental hieroglyphs. Ceramic, wood, or metal letters can be decorative elements on their own. Vinyl or plastic stickers serve to decorate house fronts, room walls or even ceilings. Fabric letters can be made into cushions or drapes, napkins or bed linens. Even furniture can be represented by letters. Chests, closets, shelves, and chairs in the shape of letters may even inspire one to write a novel!

certain living zones, or call for certain actions. Place the letters at eye level. When our eyes “stumble” against a certain sentence, we receive an emotional or inspirational charge. Letters from unfamiliar alphabets draw attention and entice a wish to try and solve the puzzle by composing them into words and phrases. According to Feng Shui, the correct use of words and sentences in certain zones is even capable of changing your life. Letter decor is most popular in nurseries. Names made of decorative letters can be displayed on children’s room doors, incorporated into sentences, or divide the nursery into separate zones. They can also support the kids’ preferences or increase their self-esteem. Your children will enjoy them even more if they do it with their own hands – with your help of course. You can cut the letters out of cardboard, decorate with brightly-coloured craft paper or paints, model them out of clay or play putty. It’s not serious, you say? Fine – what could be better when children are concerned? Add some humour, positive air, and kindness to your surroundings with the help of letter decor. The enchantment of simple words may bring some magic into your life.

When letters are used as part of a composition, they usually make up proverbs, worldly wisdoms, good wishes, citations from favourite books, kitchen recipes, and any desired words or phrases- as long as the surface available for alphabet decoration is sufficient for what you wish to write on it. The words may have a special function, for example, an apt expression might evoke desired reactions, reflect the function of


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RESTORING FLOOR VARNISH Glazed floors are practical and functional but the top layer of varnish tends to wear off with time, showing dull spots, chips, and cracks.

The original sheen and smoothness can be brought back either by partial or by full restoration, depending on the extent of the damage. If we need to fix just a few spots, partial repair is sufficient. In the case of too many marks, full restoration is the best way to go.



Full recovering is the easiest in that you don’t have to deal with many small sections of your floor but just remove the old varnish completely, sand the floor, and, after having prepared the surface, apply a new layer or two of varnish of your choice. The only problem is that this is associated with moving all the furniture out of the room. In this respect, it is easier to resort to partial recovery if the damage is contained to a few places. First of all, remove old varnish in the places to be redone using special solution. When


doing it, wear gloves, goggles, and a mask, and keep your windows open for protection against caustic smell and vapours.

Sand all the cleaned spots using zero-grain sandpaper. Use solvent to remove any grease, and then add some wood filler and spread it evenly. Leave to dry for 36 hours and sand again with zero-grain sandpaper. Wipe processed spots with solvent and cover the prepared surface with a new layer of varnish. Leave to dry. 24 hours later apply the second layer of varnish. Your floor looks great again!


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However, the truth is that there is legitimate scientific evidence of the environmental impact of our immediate surroundings and you don’t have to spend your children’s education fund to change that. Everything starts from a fresh new perspective and a willingness to “clean out your closet” and move towards improving the relationship that you have with your “inanimate” surroundings. A person living in a 300 square foot log hut in Alaska may be experiencing a much richer relationship with their environment than a multi-millionaire living in a 30,000 square foot mansion in Toronto. So the idea is to tilt the balance in the relationship towards a dynamic wherein your environment is serving YOU and not the other way around.


If you were to pull the average person off the street and ask them about the state of their current relationships, most people would respond by considering their family, partner, friends, and colleagues. Most people would not even consider the relationship they have with inanimate objects, the things that we usually call “stuff”. Your car, wallet, clothes, the pavement you walk on, buildings we walk in and out of, etc. However, it can be argued that our environment impacts our lives just as much, if not more, than our relationships with fellow human beings.

The blessing and the curse of being human is that we have strong ties with our psychological form, more so than any other living beings. And that form is adaptive, changing and, by and large, reactionary. Whether we do so consciously or unconsciously, the truth is that we are in a constant state of reacting to our environment. Most people spend great deal of their time either at work or at home. These two “environments” rep-



I encourage anyone who finds truth in my assertions to seek out and work with an interior designer, once you have committed and found your suitable nest. If the process of finding and selecting a professional seems daunting, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to connect you with a professional in your area. Enjoy your summer everyone!

resent anywhere from 16 to 22 hours of all of the environments that we experience in an average 24-hour period. Have you considered how this relationship is impacting your life and your psychological state? In my line of work, I get to see a lot of different living and working environments as we demolish and construct a variety of spaces throughout the GTA. I get to see a lot of people’s homes and typically I play a large part in transforming that space for people. You could say I delve into relationships and transform them. In doing so, I always operate from the position and perspective that the one should always be at the service of the other and not the other way around. In other words, your immediate “space” should be serving, providing, and giving, not detracting from and taking. Technically speaking, you could probably call any structure with four walls, door and a roof a house. You could pile your belongings in it and even call it home. However, what I have found out is that most people have yet to experience the bliss, ease, and comfort that come as a result of a balanced and rewarding relationship with their home. Now you may see such talk as nonsensical jibber-jabber or as merely the whims and privileges of wealth.


Peter Khatami

Peter is Senior Project Manager and Co-Owner of Nostco Construction, a Design/Build company serving residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. Peter prides himself in working tirelessly on his clients’ behalf to bring vision to construction reality.

SPOTLIGHTS Spotlights are small fixtures used for either general lighting or illumination of certain parts of the room. They can be used anywhere – in living rooms and bedrooms, kitchens and hallways, in residential places and offices, swimming pools and restaurants. Spotlights have many advantages over larger light fixtures and play an important role in creating stylish decor. In the area of use spotlights fall into two categories: decorative and functional. Functional lamps ensure the needed level of illumination while decorative, especially those that have reflective built-in elements, serve mostly as decor features. Usually spotlights use energy saving, halogen, or LED bulbs. Spotlights with halogen bulbs are typically quite small while the bulb’s longevity exceeds that of a regular incandescent bulb three times. Often, spotlights may have moveable parts and are popular for installation in drop ceilings because the angle of the light beam can be changed.

ADVANTAGES CONCENTRATION OF ILLUMINATION. Accentuating a certain spot or a special object becomes easy with the use of a potlight supplied with a device that can turn the light in the right direction. MOISTURE PROOFING. Many types of spotlights come in a waterproof aluminum case making them safe for use in highmoisture places like bath houses, bathrooms and saunas. SMALL DIMENSIONS. Huge ceiling-hung chandeliers that “swallow” a considerable part of visual space have long become the thing of the past. Today, spotlights are the way to go. These tiny devices are especially popular for suspended ceilings because they create a cozy atmosphere, are easy on the eye, and favourably modify visual space.


ECONOMY. Many people think that spotlights are an expensive proposition but it is not so in the long run. Such fixtures pay off very fast due to considerable energy savings and extended use (a potlight may last up to 4000 hours). CONVENIENT PLACEMENT. Spotlights will help improve the surroundings by easily becoming an integral part of any decor. Their design allows installing them into furniture, on the staircase, on any wall, or in a ceiling.

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People had walked on carpets, luxuriated on feather beds and pillows, and generally enjoyed themselves for centuries – that is, until they were shown something utterly horrible. That’s when panic started, and everyone rose to the fight with dust mites!

Fighting dust mites House dust mites are too small to be visible to the naked eye because they are just 250 to 300 microns in length and have translucent bodies. It takes at least a 10X magnification to be able to correctly identify them. Dust mites are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets. Dust mites are generally harmless to most people. They don’t carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. Skin cells and scales, commonly called dander, are often concentrated in lounging areas, mattresses, frequently used furniture and associated carpeted areas, often harbor large numbers of these microscopic mites. Since the average human sheds about ten grams of dead skin a week, dust mites have a lot to eat. Cats and dogs create even more dander for dust mites to eat. Dust mites do not have a thermoregulation system. Besides, they absorb moisture from air. Therefore, the average temperature of 18 to 25°we maintain in our dwellings is ideal for them. If their environment is too dry, saprophytes may go into hibernation but as soon as the level of humidity rises, they wake up and produce new generations of mites. Therefore, it is not surprising that mattresses and pillows are their favourite habitat. A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands



of dust mites. Nearly 100,000 mites can live in one square yard of carpet. A single dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings a day, each containing a protein to which many people are allergic. Depending on the person and exposure, reactions can range from itchy eyes to asthma attacks.

tiniest particles of dust but there is no direct evidence that this measure diminished the mites’ population in your home.

But back to the start of the war on dust mites. Stop panicking. Panic causes stress that is often more harmful for your health than dust mites. Microorganisms that accompany humans throughout their lives come in millions. They have always lived and will live forever in our homes. We can only make sure that their number does not become the crucial factor of our everyday life. Some microorganisms are rather aggressive and may cause chronic conditions. As far as saprophytes are concerned, even though they carry a rather common name of dust mites, they actually do not belong to the class of ticks who subsist on blood of humans and animals but are distant relatives of arachnoids, i.e. spiders.

• Put an airtight plastic or polyurethane cover over your mattress. Take a dust-mite impervious cover along for when you stay at hotels or other people’s homes.

Riding on the popularity of the issue, some companies started manufacturing insecticides for treating bed linens against mites. Nevertheless, consumers quickly realized that such chemicals might cause worse allergies than the mites themselves. Later, many models of vacuum cleaners acquired additional filtres capable of catching the


Do not despair though – there are a few recommendations drawn after many studies of the dust mite problem. Here is what experts suggest:

• Wash your sheets, pillows, and blankets in very hot water at least biweekly. Wash your pillow every week or put a dust mite-proof cover on it and wash once per year. Your pillowcase goes over the dust mite cover. The water used to wash your sheets and blankets should be at least 130 °F (54 °C). Set your washing machine to its hottest setting. Pop the fabrics that may not be washed in hot water into the freezer for 24 to 48 hours to kill dust mites. Remember: cold and warm water won’t kill mites. Also wash curtains. Freezing and sunlight kills mites but does not remove their residue. In addition to freezing temperatures and hot-water, extended exposure to sunlight and low levels of humidity also destroy the mites. • Change pillowcases and sheets and vacuum the bed base and around the covered mattress weekly.


• Replace feather and down pillows with those having synthetic fillings. Replace woolen blankets with nylon or cotton cellulose ones. • Remove carpeting and install laminate flooring, wood, tile, linoleum, or vinyl floor covering. Remove cloth drapes and blinds. Vacuuming your carpets and upholstery every week can help. • Don’t forget stuffed animals - regularly place soft toys in the freezer for 24 hours before you wash them, or wash them in hot water. Removing them, or at least reducing the numbers of them on the beds, will help, too. • Keep the thermostat in the house below 20oC. • Keep relative humidity below 50 percent. Try to forsake humidifier use during winter periods or limit it to the bedroom only at night, and then ventilate the room during the day. It will help to use dehumidifiers during high-humidity periods or use central air conditioning. • Clean or replace the air filters on your furnace and air conditioner at least once a month. • Use a damp mop or rag to remove dust. Never use a dry cloth or broom, since this just stirs up mite allergens. • Damp dust the plastic mattress cover daily. There are a few other and quite unexpected suggestions that go against what’s we have been taught for years - for example, a study by Kingston University in England shows that simply by leaving your bed unmade each morning, with the sheets exposed to the air allows them to dry out, and substantially reduces the numbers of dust mites. What a great excuse!

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The Grande Dame of Design “If you were to ask me the overall thing about Rose Cumming, I think I would say she was totally, incredibly unusual. Every now and then someone comes along who goes beyond training, background, or whatever and they have this mysterious talent and that places them with”the Best“whoever judges things. Some of them have an extra bite that makes them really special. It’s a sense of drama. Rose Cummings’s talent was like Garbo’s face.” Jeremiah Goodman, Artist

(1887-1968) Rose Cumming was born in Australia, made a New Yorker by fate, and became one of the world’s most revered interior designers through serendipitous chance. She was a self-created artist at the very dawn of the interior design profession, known then as interior decorating. Rose Cumming worked together with the best designers of her time, but defined interior design on her own terms. While travelling from her native Australia to Paris during the Great War in 1917, she was



stranded in New York because of wartime restrictions on travel, and, not knowing how to occupy herself, she asked her friend Frank Crowninshield, the editor of Vanity Fair at that time, for advice. He suggested to her, perhaps she would like to consider becoming a decorator. Rose Cumming replied, “Perhaps I would, but first tell me what it is?” Soon after, she opened a decorating business and an antique shop in New York on Madison Avenue near Fifty-Third Street. It came to be known as “the shop” and she ran it for forty five years... The shop was visited by many movie stars and celebrities, such as Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Jacqueline Onassis, and even royalty – the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She was known to be eccentric and fond of collecting anything that could catch one’s imagination. “The shop” was filled with the most unusual and beautiful things: crystal chandeliers, birdcages, Gothic, Venetian and Austrian Baroque antiques from the 18-th Century and early Oriental furniture; “frogs, mice, monkeys, horses, dogs, cats, fruits and vegetables (ornamental ones, of course),” she would say. She was also known to be the first retailer to leave her store lights on overnight to lure customers to peek at the merchandise inside. “I have no time for boring furniture, boring fabrics, or boring people,” she used to say, and that was the essence of her style. She couldn’t stand ‘pretty decorating’.

“Rose was a nonconformist,” observes Ronald Grimaldi, president of Rose Cumming, Inc., the guardian of her legacy. “Even her furniture placement was ori-

An example of it would be the sitting room in Cumming’s brownstone house in New York. She decorated the wall above the sofa with prints representing animals of prey; the fireplace was adorned with plates of snakes; the curtains were Indian saris and the lampshade was an Indonesian parasol. Like or dislike it, but it’s never boring, and is, in fact, unforgettable!



ginal: she would put it all in the middle of the room. “Then I start . . . dragging everything back and forth . . . until I find the exact place . . . where this or that piece looks best—and there it stays forever,” she said. Cumming’s bedroom was decorated in the 1920’s style. Blue curtains worked quite beautifully with the blue-mauve metallic walls painted to resemble a mystical sky. An 18th Century Persian child’s bed was used as a low table. All these ‘lush things,’ as she would say, created space to tickle your senses and elevate your being above everything else.

In his book “The Finest Rooms”, Mark Hampton wrote, “... her dislikes were as extensive as her likes: faux beams on ceilings; figural wallpaper (unless it was a silver paper or old Chinese); and coffee tables. Oh, and wall to wall carpeting too, unless it was in a bedroom or on a staircase.” She will be remembered the most for her unique ability to mix bold-colored chintzes. Her own library had emeraldgreen walls, scarlet japanned chairs and a peacock-blue satin sofa. “Parrots are blue and green,” she remarked. “Why shouldn’t fabrics be?”

‘Miss Rose’ as she was also known certainly marched to the beat of her own drum. In the book The Great Lady Decorators she was honoured as “a visionary and the woman who defined interior design. Her work gave us the timeless, essential principles of modern interior decorating.”

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LIVE WATER Miracle water... It has been the subject of fairytales for centuries. Unfortunately, when we grow up we stop believing in miracles. “Dear colleague, could you kindly stop your shamanistic rituals,” the Chief of the orthopedic department loudly addressed his most experienced surgeon. Nevertheless, shamanism had nothing to do with the case. The orthopedic surgeon in question, an all-around erudite and highly skilled physician Yuri Zazimko created a sufficiently effective water ionizer based on some 50-year-old scientific studies and blueprints published in a youth-oriented magazine for amateur engineering. At the time, I was a novice orthopedic surgeon who watched these experiments in both surprise and awe. Terms “live water” and “dead water” used by Dr. Zazimko sounded out of place in the country where the atheistic and harsh Soviet regime had been the thing of a very recent past. Our trauma department dealt mostly in fractures and vast wounds with their possible complications translated into bone infections and osteomyelitis. Generally, the treatment for these problems is quite extensive, with many months of antibiotic use while the treatment provided by Dr. Zazimko took hardly a few weeks. He used “live”, i.e. alkaline water with the pH of 9.5 as drinking water, and “dead”, i.e. acidic water with the pH of 2.5 to treat wounds and fistulous tracts. His patients recovered without antibiotics and several times faster than those undergoing traditional treatments. The first thing we would notice in connection with his method were good “side effects” of using ionized water: hypertension patients experienced reduction of a blood pressure; diabetics, decrease of

a blood sugar level, those who suffering from gastritis and stomach ulcers were also greatly improved. Remember that we are talking about patients whose chronic conditions had been aggravated by trauma. As was an almost unwritten law in the Soviet and post-Soviet system, research results stayed just what they were – research results, without anyone attempting to act upon them, while Japanese company Enagic having stumbled upon the Soviet results realized their potential. The company conducted a lot of additional studies, upgraded the prototype of the ionizers, and named the new product KANGEN, meaning “Back to the Origin”. This name is not only beautiful – it is proper. The water passed through the ionizer becomes clean and devoid of any foreign energy nodes; its pH is 9.5, meaning it is alkaline; it is structured and microclustered; and what is the most important is that this water possesses great regenerative potential. ORP or oxidation-reduction potential, measured in mV units, is the strength with which a substance either oxidizes or regenerates the body. Substances that give away electrons (including freshly-squeezed juices, vitamins, herb extracts, or KАNGEN water) restore the body and rejuvenate it. Substances that absorb our body’s electrons serve to oxidize it. Freshly squeezed orange juice has the ORP of minus 50mV, and the barley or spirulina extract, minus 70mV. Your tap water has the ORP of plus 450 mV! Store-bought bottled water and water passed through a household filter of Brita type has the ORP of +160 to +400mV whereas water passed through an Enagic device has the ORP of up to - 650mV which makes it the purest antioxidant devoid of any chemical additives. Oh, how happy I was to find out that these devices are available in Canada! What else I discovered was that devices of this type


come from manufacturers in the USA, Korea, and Japan. After going through an extensive research I stopped my choice on the Japanese technology. Machines manufactured by Enagic are considered medical devices in Japan and have been approved by its Ministry of Health. They are widely used in medical institutions of that country. You cannot expect electrodes which are made from medical grade 99.9% titanium coated with two layers of platinum to be inexpensive components. Upon careful perusal of the warranty card that comes with the US and Korean products you may be surprised by a fine print clause stipulating that “the warranty is not valid when the device is used in places with hard water” – and this is in the U.S.A. where water is hard in 90% of the places. Is this a joke? The Japanese manufacturer though, being confident of its product, offers full warranty no matter what kind of water the device is used with. The company confident in the quality of its product offers a one-month free trial at its offices located in Toronto and Mississauga. Take advantage of this offer! Try it and see the difference, after which, if your family’s health is important to you, make the purchase. In my opinion, every home needs a device like this – unless, of course, you live next to a clean mountain river or on Fiji Island.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me – I am here to answer them. Dr. Oleg Korbut, (647) 835-0978 June 2013



DECORATING UNDER THE STARS Some people believe in astrology, others, pooh-pooh the very notion. Nevertheless, decorating ideas using various signs’ preferences and tastes may make some sense. Why not try them on your bedroom design and see what happens? ARIES: Being energetic and fiery, they will feel their best in spaces decorated in warm tones, with abstract paintings and colourful posters on the walls. The best kind of furniture for such a room is simple, functional, and lightweight. TAURUS: A country style bedroom providing a sense of reliability and simplicity will help these people feel closer to Nature. Taurus people hate misbalance. Their preferable colours are earth tones - green, yellow, and brown.

decor of this sign. The best tones are gray,

and comfort. A well-balanced design will offset their quick temper.

able, a Virgo needs to be surrounded by traditional furniture and have a spacious room.

CAPRICORN: Ardent adepts of the classic style in decoration, they prefer calm neutral tones: beige, brown, gray, or white. A monochromatic bedroom with a comfortable bed and a soft rug is the best combination for people born under this sign.

GEMINI: The most important features are powder blue, and yellow. To feel comfortsimplicity and ease, comfort and modularity because Gemini people like changing their surroundings to match their emotional state. They will feel their best in a decor that offers them required variety.

CANCER: This water sign will enjoy calm and cool tones of blue, purple, and chestnut brown as well as a lot of transparent and shimmering fabrics and accessories that evoke a sensation of water. LEO: They of course love the best of everything, everything luxurious and noble. The preferable colours for a Leo’s bedroom are red, brown, and gold. A lush gilded chandelier, bright lights, and elegant accessories will give the bedroom its perfect look.

LIBRA: They like spacious dwellings, light walls, light furniture, and mirrors. Libras also like houseplants, therefore they have to be present in large quantities. SCORPIO: This sign’s representatives are strong and masterful and thus the best furniture for them is of fundamental design, made of wood and leather, as well as dark walls, heavy drapes, and a large bed as a centrepiece of the bedroom. Preferable colours are red, burgundy, and hunter green.

SAGITTARIUS: They are solid but quite VIRGO: Clarity, functionality, and ele- fickle, and as such will choose decor com-

gance reign supreme in the bedroom



bining all elements because they love style


AQUARIUS: These people lean towards unusual and advanced decor. Their bedroom can be any colour but preference is given to lemony yellow, purple, or pink, in their most unusual combinations. PISCES: Their bedroom decor needs to be based on cushions, satin, and abundance of accessories, often handmade. Pisces feel their most comfortable in cozy small rooms. A fish tank and houseplants will be a welcome addition to their bedroom’s decor.

CREATIVE RECYCLING Recycling old items can be a very rewarding and interesting hobby. For some people recycling is a way to save money, to others, environment-conscious, it is the means to save the surrounding world from some unwanted debris, while to people with vivid imagination it could become the channel of creative expression at a very low cost. You don’t have to start working on the projects described here right away, just look at them to realize where wild imagination can lead if you only dare to release it. A coffee table made of old packing crates.

An ancient TV set is used to create a pet house. Unwanted cushions stitched together make for an interesting sofa. Unless your house is decorated in hippy style, you can hardly have this item adorn your living room but it will look great in an informal playroom in the basement, especially when used by teenagers – they will appreciate this cool element.


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