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he history of fabric accompanied by wooden frames and mounted to poled goes back to the Ancient Orient. Floorlength curtains were used to protect the slumber of royalty and their courtiers from cold and draughts in nonheated rooms. During the Late Baroque era in the 18th century in France, this sensible item acquired importance as a décor element. A canopy decorated with exquisite ornaments, gilt and carving on the posts, and shimmery silk or sparkling brocade added to the luxurious look of the room.

CANOPY IN THE NURSERY Psychologists agree that children feel calm and protected when there is a canopy over their bed as it helps to avoid nightmares. The feeling of being protected and safe is extremely important for a child. The canopy also helps protect the little ones from

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air-borne infections. Of course the canopy does not offer complete protection but it may prevent some microorganisms and viruses from getting into the child’s system. The best fabric for a child’s canopy should be in soft solid colours or lightly patterned, lightweight and preferably breathable like calico, organza, or netting.

balance, depression, tearing, or irritability these fabrics are a “no-no,” and they will do much better with lightweight silks, muslins, or organza in pastel shades. To create an intimate air for the bed, use light, preferably semi-transparent fabrics: organza, tulle, voile, muslin, or silk.

SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE: CANOPY IN THE BEDROOM Some people like a canopy over their bed for a feeling of grandeur and affluence; others, for psychological comfort of their sleep; and others yet, wish to single out “a place just for the two of us.” Choosing the right fabric should be based on the canopy’s prescribed function. Those who have problems falling asleep because of the outside noise or light should invest in thick fabric in darker shades – for example: tapestry, drape, or velvet types. On the other hand, for people prone to emotional im-

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• Avoid a canopy in rooms with low ceilings – it will look incongruous and will make the space visually smaller. • When choosing the fabric for your canopy, give preference to natural fibers and look for ones that are dust-proof, antistatic and pleasant to the eye and touch. • Do not forget to vacuum and launder your canopy regularly. • Your canopy should match other décor elements of the room in both colour and style.

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pring is the time of renewal and refreshing your home decor does not necessarily mean a great outlay of funds – start with the windows. The same way that the eye is the reflection of the soul, our windows reflect the soul of our home. Try to replace the heavy draperies full of dust they collected during the winter with new lively curtains that can be sewn in just one weekend. All you need to do is search your storage closet for old curtains that you never got to throwing away.

REVIVE THE OLD You can give a new life to your old and forgotten curtains by trimming them with a flounce in the main colours of your decor. Vivid and contrasting country-style hues will do well in the kitchen, nursery, or even the bedroom, while the flounce for the living room will do better in a classic neutral colour.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OF CONTRASTS Curtains in neutral, subdued, or white tones look plain in the rooms with walls and furniture in similar shades. If vivid colours do not sit well with you and your preference is a coordinated room, try curtains with a pattern in contrasting colours. Even calm neutral hues look bold and interesting when used in a contrasting arrangement.

ONE OUT OF TWO Almost all of us keep some old curtains that have been banished to the storage closet for being out of style or for a frayed bottom. If you know how to hold a needle and have imagination, you can combine a couple of obsolete curtains to create new draperies.

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You can arrange colours either horizontally or vertically. For example, cut off the frayed edge on a neutral colour curtain and attach a contrasting flounce. Use decorative cord or lace to mask the seam. In fact, this method is suitable for lengthening drapes that are too short.

MINIMALISTIC APPROACH Who said that shades have to necessarily be floor-long? Try the unexpected solution with just a valance on top and a flounce along the bottom of short sheers. They will create a “fully dressed” window look but will not shield that long-awaited sunlight and the beautiful spring view.

IN TRADITIONAL STYLE You can make shades for a small window in the kitchen or nursery practically out of nothing. For example, use the quilting technique; for a more elegant look employ blocks within the same palette, for a vivid one – from contrasting ranges. Finish the bottom with a thick cord.

ADD COLOUR Do not be afraid of bold and unusual solutions. Why, for example, use only light-colour tulle for window dressing? Try using sheers in a warm or bright colour and you will see a fully transformed room that has become cozy and vibrant.

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FOR LADIES ONLY

vanity is the reflection of its owner because it allows a glimpse into her tastes, preferences, lifestyle, and even the area of her professional endeavours. Like a beauty counter in a department store, it holds dozens of various bottles, jars, tubes, and vials of creams, lotions, and tinctures, powder boxes, framed pictures, hairpins, accessories, jewellery boxes, flowers, and even favourite books. There can be no two identically looking vanities because it is not just a piece of furniture or a decor element but rather a work surface arranged according to its owner’s ideas of having a loyal ally in the art of beauty.

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omen of the past used to have a special place to attend to their look – a dressing room. This separate room has become very much the thing of the past and today it is usually integrated into another

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room, be it a bathroom or a bedroom. Nevertheless, one of its essential features has remained intact. Of course, we are talking about the vanity that keeps serving as a sentinel of female beauty. An old adage has it that the eyes are the reflection of the soul. In the same way, the

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Interior design in every time period has been governed by fashion and vanities always had their fare share of trends to follow. At the beginning of the 20th century, a vanity called psyche was the trendiest. It was actually a cheval glass – a tall framed truck-mounted mirror. Its ability to be slanted at various angles allowed people to have a good look at themselves from different points of view. Today’s vanities are not a throwback to a more opulent era. Manufacturers often include a vanity into a bedroom furniture

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set or make it a part of a set with a stool or a chair. Vanities are beautiful as well as practical and can be a real jewel of the room with their exquisite shapes and details. Each vanity has its own appeal, individuality and uniqueness. The only common trait to all of them is the presence of a large mirror, a working tabletop and an abundance of shelves and drawers for holding jars, tubes, notes, pictures, jewellery and knick-knacks. The more cubbyholes the vanity boasts, the better women like it.

BEAUTY IS WORK Any work surface needs to be first of all convenient. Cosmetics and accessories may be hidden in the drawers and shelves except for the most indispensible that will always stay on the tabletop. Accessories arranged with ergonomics in mind assist women in the fastest and easiest way to enhance their looks. So group all the objects on the work surface in accordance to their purpose: skin products in one group, makeup in another, jewellery boxes in the third, etc., while still keeping them handy. Try not to cover the entire surface of the vanity – leave some space free for makeup application. Beauty products arranged in a convenient and easy way inspire creativity. You may say that you are perfectly content keeping your jars and tubes in the bathroom medicine cabinet or in the drawer of your bedside table. This is true of course but such a simplistic approach may impoverish the act of making yourself beautiful into just another chore. To turn it into a veritable rite, any woman needs a real vanity.

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STEAMY CLEAN

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his device was invented to disinfect hospital floors but due to the simplicity and convenience of its use steam cleaners quickly became a consumer item. Such pollution-free cleaning with the help of hot steam (+120°С in the tank and 80°С on the outcome) kills up to 70% of bacteria, which is especially important for homes with growing children. To fight dirt on various surfaces, steam cleaners come with a set of attachments, including brushes for floors, furniture tops, and windows, nozzles for hard-to-reach places and corners, and terry cloths. A steam cleaner can be used to clean floors, sinks, a bathtub and a shower stall, plumbing, mirrors, windows, and even houseplants.

FLOORS Parquet floors are susceptible to moisture so try not to use your steam cleaner on this

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kind of flooring in order to avoid its cracking. Laminate floors are less sensitive but even with them, to avoid damage, fold the cloth for the floor attachment in half and do not turn on an uninterrupted steam supply. A linoleum floor is cleaned with a cloth lightly moistened with steam. It is not unlike mopping floors by hand except that a regular mop is dipped in water, which leaves traces on the laminate causing it to dull with time. This is not going to happen when you clean your laminate floors with a steam-moistened cloth.

KITCHEN Steam-cleaning of the kitchen sink and plumbing is not different from that of the bathroom. It can be also used on kitchen furniture and hard surfaces including enamel, ceramics, glass, metal, etc.

HOUSEPLANT LEAVES To avoid damaging the plant, keep the steam cleaner attachment 30 to 40 cm away from it. Cover the leaves with steam and then use a cloth to dust.

BATHROOM The worst problems with the bathroom are lime deposits, mold and dirt on the grout, and stained plumbing. These problems can be overcome with the use of a brush and chemicals and a lot of elbow grease. Another, easier, way to do it is using a steam cleaner that will easily rid your bathroom of all the unsightly spots and stains.

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that has lived in the home for a few years allegedly helps develop in its owner intuition, an ability to interpret dreams and even foresee the future. Japanese say that by taking care of your bonsai you gain the art of living in harmony with nature. Nevertheless, a hobby of growing a bonsai has a positive influence even upon skeptics, especially shut-ins, because it does not require too much getting out, time, or money. It is no worse a pastime than, for instance, traveling - in the sense that you will learn a lot while growing a bonsai tree. You can buy an expensive ready-made bonsai plant – or you can grow it from scratch so to speak. If you are patient enough to wait for the result for a few years, the tips below are for you. The first and most important step is planting a shortened tree cutting into a pot 8 to 9 cm in diameter and taking care of it. To shape the tree into the form you want, use special bonsai wire or any soft wire you have available. Carefully wind the wire around the trunk and branches as densely as possible to keep the plant flexible but prevent snapping. As your little tree becomes stronger, free it from this tight “girdle” and rewrap the wire a little looser so that the trunk does not get damaged. When the tree has acquired the needed shape, remove the wire permanently.

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Pinching the branch tips and removing unwanted shoots during the strengthening period helps shape the plant. In the spring after the second year has passed cut the root of your bonsai tree by a third and transplant it into a special bonsai container – you can actually use any container with punched holes. Add soil and decorate with moss, miniature animal figures, or anything your imagination tells you.

he word bonsai is Japanese for “a plant on a tray.” No matter what tree you want to reconstruct in miniature, it has to be an absolute replica of its real outside counterpart.

A bonsai requires regular watering while the soil is drying until the moment the soil is so saturated that the water starts oozing through the draining hole. Every third day spray the leaves with water and dust them.

People with New Age inclinations believe bonsai possess special energy capable of absorbing thoughts and feelings of the home inhabitants and react to them in its own way. Its cosmic mission is to preserve the spiritual, maintain ties with Nature, and draw humans out of their obsession with things material. A bonsai tree

During warm months, your new plant will be happy to stay outside for a few hours. Make sure it gets uniform sunlight everywhere. Yet, try not to disturb your fussy plant in bad weather. Excessive heat or cold, as well as draughts, may damage even the most healthy bonsai plant.

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FLOOR CUSHIONS

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n some cultures, floor cushions are seen as full-blown furniture like sofas and armchairs in Western societies.

For example, in Japan floor cushions have long been the most popular element of furniture for dining and guest seating. The main purpose here is simplicity of life and practicality, which floor cushions definitely promote. Therefore, Japanese styles look very modest – solid fabric or woven-grass cushions, not fluffy but rather resilient. Arabic Middle East, on the contrary, has always appreciated luxurious and leisurely style. Their brightly-coloured cushions are easy to move from the sofa to the floor and back. All shades of red and sunlight tones, floral ornaments, and stripes – these have always been characteristic of the Arabic way of life. Arabic cushions are usually very fluffy and come in various sizes. You will not see floor cushions in India as often as in Japan or, say, Morocco but the

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ones that they do have are characterized by their rich and intricate ornaments and deep gemlike colours. They have been used as foot ottomans for centuries.

PLACING YOUR FLOOR CUSHIONS There are a few rooms that can benefit from the beauty and comfort of floor cushions:

THE LIVING ROOM: Try to place them around your coffee table to define a relaxation zone, combine with or replace the sofa, or throw them on the floor by the fireplace. An extra large welldefined cushion will easily function as a coffee table. The best living rooms to decorate with cushions are those with as little tall furniture as possible so that the eye is drawn to the floor level. Do not forgo a rug on the floor. Lounge style calls for as many cushions to use for rest and relaxa-

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tion as possible as well as for the absence of firm-framed seating.

THE NURSERY: Toddlers and teenagers alike spend a lot of time on the floor for conducting various activities and communicating with friends. The colours of floor cushions should conform to the tastes of the young occupants of the room.

IN THE GARDEN OR ON THE PORCH: Resting means, first of all, relaxation, and this is exactly what floor cushions provide. Since you are looking for this “soft furniture” for the outside, you do not have to be confined by a certain style of the interior. Use pillowcases to create any colour scheme or style you wish. What is important when selecting floor cushions for the outside is the fabric and the filler: they better be waterproof.

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DISTRESSED AND AGED

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ntique furniture has been the pride of many collectors for the last century. People like the feel of history in their homes, and there is no better way to provide it than furniture that has been around for centuries. Nevertheless, not everyone who likes the classic forms of the past had the means of paying big bucks for them – until some smart manufacturers came up with a great idea of distressing or aging perfectly new pieces. Today, a furniture set that looks like something from the old times can be found in any modern furniture showroom. Before looking for the most economic set, think of how long it is going to serve you and whether it will have the same splendid look after a few years of existence. When buying such a “fake antique,” use the following criteria: • It should be manufactured by a known and trusted company; • It should meet the criteria of a furniture piece with a certain functional purpose: the wardrobe has to be capacious and

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the coffee table – stable. The looks should not be paramount think practicality; • It is important to make sure that the aging and distressing has been technologically correct. Architecture-wise, the prevailing style of such furniture is French Provincial. Provence style furniture has come a long and winding way. The style has started defining itself as far back as the end of the 16th century and was fully developed by the mid-1800s. Provence style furniture has a classic look yet an everyday feel and function: dining tables and chairs, beds, console tables, chests of drawers, and china cabinets. To save time, woodworkers of southern France would cover their furniture with regular oil-based paint without preliminary treatment. Long and hot summers in Provence made the paint fade and crackle – these were the beginnings of French Provincial style; initially as a local style and later, with the Cote d’Azure gaining popularity, the trademark of the South of France. It has been a few decades that many respectable designers around the world have started employing the technique of the old French furniture makers. They also complete the style with new elements and more modern features and boldly experiment with combining Provence with other styles. For example, Provence has put roots into the Victorian style; it lives in peace with the purity of classic lines and, of course, can easily become an integral element of eclecticism. Distressed and aged furniture is a beautiful and fashionable way to improve your décor and demonstrate your unique taste.

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BUYING PROPERTY – CONDO VS. FREEHOLD

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ello, I am Natalia Slobidker!

I am a professional full-time realtor; I specialize in real estate pre-sales, sales strategy development and keeping real estate transaction risks at a minimum. My mission: minimum stress – maximum benefit, in any real estate transaction. Today, my article is intended for those who plan to purchase real estate. Regardless of whether this is your first purchase or one of many; you have to have a very balanced approach. Today we will talk about how a condo (abbreviation for condominium) is different from a freehold. I have seen that many mistakenly believe that condo is synonymous with apartment. Therefore, I want to first of all clarify some definitions. In Canada, the most common forms of ownership are the following: 1. Condominium 2. Freehold 3. Freehold with common elements

WHAT IS A CONDOMINIUM? Condominium is a form of ownership of the apartment complex in which each apartment is privately owned by a single owner and common areas (staircases, hallways, courtyard, technical floors, etc.) are co-owned by all residents. The condominium can be issued as a single apartment building or as several adjacent buildings with a common outdoor area.

WHAT IS FREEHOLD? This is when you own the structure and the land on which it stands.

WHAT IS FREEHOLD WITH COMMON ELEMENTS? This is when a house (usually townhouse) adjacent to, for example, a piece of land, a park or a

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road, is privately owned. Then all of the houses adjacent to this site support it through a small monthly fee, which constitutes the “common elements.” The house itself and the land it stands on are in freehold.

yet, once again, turn to the property manager or the Board of Directors for permission so as to keep from making a mess. Otherwise, the corporation can rightfully demand for you to pay to undo these changes.

So, life in the condo: Main PROS and CONS

According to one of my clients who lived in a condo-townhouse for many years, the most unpleasant aspect of condo life is limited individual control over how the corporation’s money is spent. Of course there is legislation that has general provisions, but the actual control of the funds lies with the Board of Directors, supported by the manager. That is, if you need roof repair, the Board of Directors expects that the manager finds several companies they see as respectable (usually the property management company has a list of companies with whom they already have an established and developed relationship). Once these companies provide their estimates and terms of contract, the Board of Directors decides who to hire. The remaining owners are not entitled to vote on the decision of whom to hire and how much to pay.

When discussing living in a condo, I would like to single out two areas which, in my opinion, are fundamental to deciding whether the condo lifestyle is right for you. The first is a limitation you will have to live with and the second is a very weak control over the fate of the corporation. Each Condo Corporation has a Declaration and By-laws for the condominium. The importance of these documents is that they describe the policies, rights, and obligations of condominium owners. Even with just this basic definition, it is clear that these documents carry a limit of what one can and cannot do, and each owner buying a condo should be familiar with the contents of these documents; otherwise, they may accrue unnecessary trouble and financial costs. Buying a condominium after the conditions of the Certificate Status (a declaration and by-laws of this package of documents) are removed, the buyer is automatically signed and committed to follow these rules. Different types of condos have different rules and restrictions. For example, often a Condo Corporation strives to maintain a certain standardized appearance. In multi-storey buildings, it can be expressed in the requirement that all window treatments (curtains, blinds, etc.) are white on the side facing the window. Or they may prohibit door mats outside of your apartment. It is unlikely that you will be able to paint the outward side of the apartment door a different color. In condo townhouses, these restrictions may relate to changes of your garden. Or you, according to the declaration and by-laws, may not have the right to change the lamp on your townhouse wall at all, or only to what has been approved by the Board of Directors. Perhaps it will be necessary to ask specific permission. In general, all of the changes concerning the condo’s appearance should be done cautiously or better

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That is the fate of funds, and in fact everything that concerns the corporations’ cases is really in the hands of 3-7 people (depending on the size of the corporation). Can one count on the fact that they will make the same decision that you would have? Even if you are on the board, you may be in the minority, so the final decisions are ones with which you might disagree. Decisions that directly affect the people are based on the financial condition of the corporation and the property resale value. The catch is that you can move into a condominium with exceptionally competent people on the Board of Directors and in condo management. However, everything flows and changes, so that after a couple of years you may find that the people who have come to power hold views contrary to yours in terms of what should be done/spent. Of course, the condominium’s rules and the actions of its directors can be lawfully challenged (Condominium Act). In general it is not such a simple life, although living in a condo has, of course, its advantages. So, when deciding whether to buy a condo, it

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is good to be well-informed and approach the matter in a pragmatic, realistic manner. Nevertheless, condominium life has a positive side, too. Living in a condo is convenient in that all home care (usually studs-out), as well as landscaping, is the condo’s responsibility. This means that the owner does not need to prepare finances ahead of time or deal with costly unforeseen work for roofs, windows, and doors. Your lawn will be trimmed, trash removed from your territory, trees and bushes trimmed in a timely manner, dead trees removed and new ones planted. If a storm caused damages, then your manager will likely come to the territory of your condo the very next day to assess the scale of the disaster and organize the necessary repairs. All this can be very valuable for people who have little time, desire, and opportunities to engage in all of this hassle. In this sense, condo-townhouse combination can be quite harmonious. Multi-storey buildings, besides lacking the need for exterior house maintenance, often have the added advantage of various facilities’ availability right in the house. A set of additional services vary from condo to condo: these include sports

rooms, swimming pools, saunas, tennis courts, guest rooms, billiard rooms, etc. Maintaining these services is taken out of monthly fees. This is often much more convenient, paying a little more instead of being tied down by a schedule and the need to spend time on the road. Further, the extra level of security that you get living in a condo seems to me worthy of mentioning. Often one cannot get onto condo territory without going through security and/or Concierge. In multi-storey buildings, entrances are canvassed by cameras. Of course, locks only work on honest people, and no security can give any absolute guarantees but still, it is an additional obstacle for unwanted persons. Digression: Maintenance fees Often people living in freehold are under the impression that the fundamental difference between condos and their housing are the monthly maintenance fee. This is both true and false simultaneously. Of course, the owners of freehold do not formally have such fees, but freehold also requires one to think about the fact that the roof, the windows, the doors, the walls, and the basement all have a lifespan. One needs to be prepared for the fact that the 20- year-old

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roof can leak instead of being taken aback by it. In other words, maintenance fees are always present in one form or another. The fact that these monthly fees increase every year is not a secret and it is often used arguing against condos. Yet, an undeniable fact of life is that nothing gets cheaper over time. So, in time, any sort of residence will become more expensive. I feel that I have highlighted the main pros and cons of living in a condo. However, if you have any other questions, for which you would like to get utmost honest answers, evaluate your property or start looking for a new one, call me and I will be happy to help you!

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must admit, as a designer I tend to see things differently than others – sometimes it’s a positive difference, and other times it means complete dysfunction. Let me explain. If I am out at dinner with family or friends at a new, posh restaurant, the food does not even cross my mind. I am so distracted by the design and layout of the space, that I can’t enjoy the plate in front of me, never mind the conversation. I will fixate on the crooked painting on the wall or the chipping paint. I have been known to get up and straighten the art. Even the positive design elements deter me from my meal. I will try to figure out the height of the floor lamp for example, while wondering if I remembered to put my tape measure in the car; or better yet, I will have an internal debate as to whether or not my

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company would be embarrassed if I were to measure it, or turned it upside down to see if by chance the supplier had put their logo on the felt below.

check-in desk and touches the material on the feature wall, trying desperately to figure out what it’s made of, how to better it, or reproduce it.

When I travel abroad it’s even worse. I am like a sponge trying to soak up as much visual and tactile information as possible while storing it away in the design files of my brain. The result is too much water for the little sponge, and I don’t pay attention to the items everyone else sees. I am the “weirdo” who arrives at the hotel lobby’s

As we age however, we learn to accept our oddities and work with them. Hopefully the people that love me have learned to do the same. The fact that my design brain organizes visual footnotes like a bride does her tear sheets for her wedding binder, has afforded me the ability to travel, or eat out for that matter, simply for the design. Nice to

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be paid for your oddities rather than be ostracized by them. Now let’s get to the point. Paris, France is home to the latest 5-star boutique hotel Le Narcisse Blanc. Three letters could describe this gem: WOW! Admittedly, it is not often that I am speechless yet that’s exactly what happened when I stepped into their foyer. This venue, as of now anyway, is unsurpassed in my opinion in its branding, architecture, design and decoration.

Take inspiration from this must-see hotel, as I often do myself. Use these tips in your own home décor by following their lead: - use a relevant colour pallet & marry it with modern clean lines -add moldings, texture & patterns to create extra rich interest -repeat themes like the flower in the different design elements - layer & mix “like” fabrics together - use lighting to enhance the design not just illuminate it

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hether you are building a new home, upgrading or renovating your existing space, including hardwood floors in your design plans is a must! When renovating there is no greater pleasure than ripping out those old dingy carpets and replacing them with clean, durable flooring materials. Did you know that if you suffer from dust or pollen allergies or are simply looking to refresh the air in your home, installing hardwood floors may be a better option. This is because, unlike carpet, hardwood floors have a sealed surface that is quick and

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eople 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 is when panic started and everyone rose to the fight with 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 do not carry diseases but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.

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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 meter 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.

Skin cells and scales, commonly called dander, 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.

Let’s revisit 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.

Dust mites do not have a thermoregulation system. Besides, they absorb moisture from the air. Therefore, the average temperature of 18 to 25°C 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,

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additional filters capable of catching the tiniest particles of dust but there is no direct evidence that this measure diminishes the mites’ population in your home. Do not despair though – there are a few recommendations drawn after many studies of the dust mite problem. Here is what experts suggest: • 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. • Wash your sheets, pillows, and blankets in very hot water at least biweekly. Wash your pillow every week or put a dust miteproof 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 will not 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. • Keep the thermostat in the house below 20 oC.

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• Replace feather and down pillows with those having synthetic fillings. Replace wool 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. • Do not 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 relative humidity below 50 percent. Try to forsake humidifier use during winter periods or limit it to the bedroom only at night and 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 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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PROS AND CONS OF BUILT-IN KITCHEN APPLIANCES

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urrently, our lives are developing so rapidly that sometimes it seems that we are not able to keep up. Therefore, especially valued qualities of any item are comfort and ease of use. If speaking about the dÊcor in our home, such nuances are especially important in terms of kitchen appliances, as often we have very little time to prepare a meal yet we want it to be delicious and healthy. There is no point of discussing the cleaning process as the times when hostesses thoroughly washed and scrubbed all kitchen appliances are steadily becoming a thing of the past. Built-in kitchen appliances are becoming increasingly popular – we de-

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cided to investigate whether it is as good as it sounds by examining the pros and cons.

be completely invisible while enabling you to accommodate a variety of appliances.

PROS

2. WIDE VARIETY OF CHOICES

1. AESTHETICS AND LACONICISM

There are no impossibilities when it comes to choosing built-in appliances. Everything depends on your imagination and the size of your kitchen. Built-in appliances do not necessarily have to be large items such as the dishwasher or fridge; they can also be of a smaller-scale such as a toaster, coffee maker or blender. Moreover, since there is no pre-determined placement of built-in appliances, you can arrange them exactly how you like. For example, you can place the fridge directly into the bar stand and you will not have to travel far for a snack!

Built-in kitchen appliances are aesthetically pleasing and ideally complete any kitchen. Regardless of what style is your favourite, in a strict minimalistic interior, such devices will not interrupt the general austerity while in a baroque interior, it will not contrast with luxurious decorations. Rather, it will play a leading role. Hence, you will have the opportunity to literally create the kitchen of your dreams, where every detail will be in its place. The built-in option can

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3. EASE IN CLEANING After acquiring built-in kitchen appliances, the time that you spend on cleaning will dramatically decrease. Judge for yourself: only several surfaces remain on display so you will not have much to clean from cooking stains or regularly wash the fridge. Also, you will not have to worry about cracks or slits between the appliances that would have been filled with oil and dirt. With builtin appliances, they simply will not exist and consequently, neither will the problems.

4. ERGONOMICS Built-in appliances sufficiently conserve space. Furthermore, they can be displayed in the most un-standard manners –

according to your will. This is especially important for small spaces or studioapartments; some of the appliances can even be places in the zone of the dining or living rooms. Built-in appliances can be hidden in the bar stand or kitchen islands, thereby not overcrowding the space.

CONS 1. PRICE Built-in kitchen appliances are quite expensive as compared to the regular option. Of course, everything depends on the chosen design and quantity of items; however, often the price is more than half as much. An option to consider is making only half of the appliances built-in.

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2. DIFFICULTY OF REPAIRS If one of the kitchen appliances starts malfunctioning, it will be a challenge and expensive process to replace it. Therefore, you should choose the best quality appliances in advance and treat it with care to avoid repairs for as long as possible. Generally, the design of the kitchen is decided on once and does not change much thereafter. As such, when deciding on how to create your dream kitchen with modern built-in appliances, you should carefully consider all of the pros and cons in order for the result to simplify your life and make you genuinely happy.

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SCHEDULE

2017

SAILING ADVENTURE CRUISES DATA 4-11 March

Destination BVI, Caribbean

Vessel Lagoon 450

Year

Captain

Description

2016

Dmitriy Smetanin (MCL)

Romantic and adventure sailing tour with a special entertainment program on March 8th

Luxe-Super Premier 1-8 April

Grenadines, Caribbean

Oceanis 48, Beneteau

2012

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Advanced Offshore sailing tour for improving day and night sailing skills. Mileage builder program only for sailing crew.

10-17 April

BVI, Caribbean

Lagoon 42 Luxe-Super Premier

2017

Stanislav Lishnevski (MCL)

Adventure sailing expedition to the Treasure Island.

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Diving, fishing, shopping and special SPA treatment on a board. Caribbean Full Moon party. VIP pocket.

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Kite boarding tour in the best places for advanced riders to polish their skills and for beginners to start up with a certified instructor.

2016

Lagoon 400 S2 Super Premier 3-13 May

BVI, Caribbean

Lagoon 400 S2

2016

Super Premier

10-17 June

Cote D’Azur

Lagoon 450

Nautitech 40 Open 17-24 June

French Riviera

Andreiy Reounov, Kite boarding Instrucror 2016 2014

Lagoon 42 Luxe-Super Premier

2016 2014

Nautitech 40 Open June

Georgian Bay

July

Ontario

Catalina 32

1998

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Exclusive sailing itinerary: Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, Monaco.

Stanislav Lishnevski (MCL)

French life style program.

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

New project – Traveling around the World with “Friends” - French Riviera

Dmitriy Smetanin (MCL) Oleg Nakarikov and members of Captain’s League

Greece

Lagoon 42 Luxe-Super Premier

2016 2016

Lagoon 42 Luxe-Super Premier September

► Day sailing tour ► Mileage builder program

August September

► Introduction to sail

Albania

Lagoon 400 S2

2016

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Adventure sailing tour on the Odyssey places.

Stanislav Lishnevski (MCL)

Greek- gourmet tour.

Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

Sailing expedition to the undiscovered Albania

Super Premier

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Detached Houses For Sale

Innisfil

$1,498,000

Welcome To This Brand New Executive Custom Home That Sits On A 100 By 360 Ft Lot, Located Minutes Away From Cook’s Bay Marina. This Home Features A Grand Open Concept Interior With Cathedral And Waffle Ceilings, Plank Oak Flooring, Finished Oak Staircase And Rod Iron Pickets, Gourmet Kitchen W Granite Counter Tops And Breakfast Bar, Servery, Large Pantry, Oversized Laundry On The Second Floor And 3 Bedrooms With Ensuites. 9 Ft And Smooth Ceilings On Main Floor, Pot Lights, Upgraded Bathrooms And Balcony Overlooking Breakfast Area, **Under Tarion Warrenty**

Innisfil

Stouffville

Keswick

$896,000

pprox. 3500 Sq.Ft. Incl. Finished Basement. 4 + 2 Bdrm Brick Home In Very Quiet Desirable Area In Keswick - Cedarwood Estates. Pride Of Ownership Extremely Well Cared For Home. Walk-Out Professionally Finished Basement.

$1,188,000

This Is A Fabulous 3437 Square Foot Brand New Home With Finished Basement Adding An Additional 1330 Sq Feet Of Finished Space Too Many Upgrades To Mention 10” Ceiling Main 9” Ceiling Basement With W/O To Yard. Very Comfortable Family Home Minutes From Toronto.

$2,980,000

Bedrooms:5+3

This Traditional Luxury Estate Boasts A Highly Functional Traditional Manor Floor Plan, Multiple Areas For Dinning, Socializing, Entertainment And Luxurious Living. 5215 Sq Ft.(Per Mpac) Approx 7000+ Livable Space On 10 Acres Irregular Lot, 6 Bedrooms. 10’ Ceiling Height On Main Floor, Separated Coach House, Pond W/Waterfall,Gazebo,Mature Trees,Backing Onto Golf Course, Extra Large Driveway.Great Craftsmanship,Plenty Of Storage. Coach House: 1 Bdrm Apartment With Kitchen& Bathroom Great For Income, In-Laws, Or Guests. 4 Car Large Garage. Beautifully Landscaped Front And Back, S/S Built-In Appl, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Pot Lights, Hardwood Flr. All Elf & Window Covering.

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Condos For Sale

Over 1300 Sq Ft

CODE

CODE

GH5

$394,900

GH6

$469,800

Finch / Mccowan (Toronto)

Warden / Steeles (Toronto)

Bedrooms: 3 Parking: 2

Bedrooms: 3+1 Washrooms: 2 Parking: 3 Maint:$846.06

Washrooms: 2 Maint:$960.00

Luxury Condo By Monarch, Corner Unit With Unobstructed South West View, 2 Separate Parking Included, Large Ensuite Storage Room, Eat-In Kitchen With Window, Easy Access To Public Transit, Walk To Woodside Square, Minutes To Scarborough Town Centre, Very Motivated Seller, Fridge, Stove, Washer And Dryer, B/I Dishwasher, Window Coverings And Drapes.

Luxury Tridel Condo,Approx 1380 Sqft, Bright And Spacious Corner Unit With Unobstructed Views.A Fantastic Layout! 3 Bedrooms+Solarium+2 Washrooms(4Pc);2nd Bdrm Can Be Used As Fam Room With Glass Blocks Separating Kitchen.3 Parking Spaces Including 1 Tandem.Walking Distance To Chinese Supermarket, Shops,Restaurants, Library And High Ranking School: Dr Norman Bethune Ci.24Hr Gatehouse, Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pools,Tennis Court. Ideal Choice For Family! Extras:Existing Appliances Include Fridge, Stove, Exhaust Fan, Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, All Window Coverings, All Elf’s. Heat/Hydro/Water/ 3 Parking Space Are Included.

Over 1300 Sq Ft

CODE

CODE

GH7

$399,900

$448,000

GH8

Mccowan & Finch (Toronto)

Kennedy / 401 (Toronto)

Bedrooms: 3 Parking: 2

Bedrooms: 2+1 Washrooms: 2 Parking: 2 Maint:$534.44

Washrooms: 3 Maint:$864.29

Monarch Built Luxury Condo Townhouse. 9 Feet Ceiling On Main Floor. Open Concept, 24 Hrs Concierge. Great Residential Facilities Include Outdoor Tennis & Indoor Pool, Sauna, Exercise Room, Steps To Ttc, Close To Schools, Malls, Highway Parks Etc. Extras:Fridge, Stove, Built In Dishwasher, Brand New Washer And Dryer, All Window Coverings, Al Electrical Light Fixtures.

Tridel Ventus 1 - Den Can Be As Office ) With Spacious Living Area. Walk-Out Balcony With Sun-Filled West Facing Unobstructive Park View. Ensuite 3Pcs Master Bedroom With Walk-In Closet. Excellent Facilities : Gym With Steam Sauna, Billiards, Party/Meeting Room With Kitchen & Bar. Minute To Ttc, Hwy 401/404 Scarborough Town Centre, Schools, Restaurants And All Amenities Close By. Unit Comes With ******Two Side-By-Side Parkings & Extra Large Locker*.

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Condos For Sale

CODE

CODE

GH1

$289,800

GH2

$305,000

Sheppard & Kennedy (Toronto)

Mccowan / Steeles (Toronto)

Bedrooms: 2 Parking: 1

Bedrooms: 2+1 Washrooms: 2 Parking: 2 Maint:$850.25

Washrooms: 2 Maint:$632.60

Prime Location. The Camargue. Well Maintained Bldg. Tridel Built. Steps To Ttc, Mins To 401. Malls & All Amenities. Spacious Unit. Brand New Carpet In Hall, Entrance & Lr/Dr. New Front Doors & Hardware In E/I Kitchen. L Shaped Dr To Lr With Bright Windows With Gorgeous View. Large Balcony With View. Master With W/Through Closet Into 2Pc Ensuite. Good Size 2nd Bedroom, 4Pc Main Bathroom. Laundry Room.

“Must See” Very Well Maintained Condo In High Demand Location, Excellent Layout. Very Bright Open Concept.Steps To Schools, Public Transit, Shop, Extras:Fridge, Stove, Washer, Dryer, All Elf, All Window Coverings. Pls Note That 2 Parking Spaces Are Included (Tandem). 24 Hours Gate House Security, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Game Room, Gym, Tennis.

CODE

CODE

$350,000

GH3

GH4

$310,000

Birchmount / Finch (Toronto)

Warden / Finch (Toronto)

Bedrooms: 2+1 Washrooms: 2 Parking: 1 Maint:$597.10

Bedrooms: 3 Parking: 1

Bright / Spacious Upgraded 2+1 Unit W Ne View; Newly Renovated Kitchen, Baths, Laminate Flooring; Den Can Be Used As 3rd Room; Balcony Overlooking Park; Large Ensuite Storage And Laundry Room. Very Convenient Location, Steps To Park, Ttc, Hospital, Shops And Etc. Extras:Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Washer & Dryer, All Elf & All Window Coverings.

*High Demand Location, One Of The Lgest Unit With 3Bds And 2 Fl Size Washroom*Laminate Fl Thru-Out, *W/O To The Balcony, *Open Concept, Breakfast Area In Kitchen* Ensuite Washer, Close To The Bank, Library, Hospital, School, Shopping Mall, 24 Hours Finch Bus. Include: Fridge, Stove, Range Hood, Washer, All Light Fixtures. Excluded: All Window Coverings And The Microwave In The Kitchen.

Washrooms: 2 Maint:$641.00

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Code 1

• Richmond Hill • Leslie / Major Mac. • Detached 2-Storey • $1,899,000 • Bedrooms: 4 • Washrooms: 5 • Basement: Fin. W/O • Approx 3700 Sq Ft

Code 3

• Richmond Hill • Bathurst / Jefferson • Detached 2-Storey • $1,799,000 • Bedrooms: 4+1 • Washrooms: 5 • Basement: Fin. W/O • Open-Concept Layout

Code 5

• Richmond Hill • Yonge St. / 19th • Detached 2-Storey • $1,745,000 • Bedrooms: 4 • Washrooms: 4 • Smooth 9 ‘ Ceiling • 3,150 Sq Ft

Code 7

• Richmond Hill • Yonge / Tower Hill • Detached 2-Storey • $1,688,000 • Bedrooms: 4+2 • Washrooms: 4 • Basement: Fin. W/O • Premium Ravine Lot

Code 9

• Richmond Hill • King Road / Bathurst • Detached 2-Storey • $1,588,000 • Bedrooms: 4 • Washrooms: 4 • 10 Ft Ceilings • Ravine Lot

Code 11

• Vaughan • Hwy 7 / Bathurst • Detached 2-Storey • $4,218,000 • Bedrooms: 5+2 • Washrooms: 6 • 10 Ft Ceilings • 3 Cars Garage

Code 2

• Richmond Hill • Leslie / Major Mac. • Detached 2-Storey • $1,850,000 • Bedrooms: 5+1 • Washrooms: 6 • Basement: Fin. W/O • 18’ High Foyer

Code 4

• Richmond Hill • Bathurst / Gamble • Detached 2-Storey • $1,788,000 • Bedrooms: 5+1 • Washrooms: 5 • Basement: Finished • 3,400 Sq Ft

Code 6

• Richmond Hill • Yonge / Gamble • Detached 2-Storey • $1,699,000 • Bedrooms: 4+1 • Washrooms: 5 • Basement: Fin. W/O • 9’ Ceiling

Code 8

• Richmond Hill • Yonge St / 19th Ave • Detached 2-Storey • $1,588,000 • Bedrooms: 5+1 • Washrooms: 5 • Basement: Finished • 3,498 Sq Ft

Code 10

• Richmond Hill • Yonge / 19th • Detached 2-Storey • $3,498,000 • Bedrooms: 4+2 • Washrooms: 6 • Basement: Fin. W/O • 3 Cars Garage

Code 12

• Richmond Hill • Yonge / Weldrick • Detached 2-Storey • $3,998,000 • Bedrooms: 4+1 • Washrooms: 6 • Basement: Finished • 7,800 Sq Ft

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