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Dinner is Served

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eople who are always happy to have company over often have a huge table in their dining room that is conducive of festive gatherings, delicious food, silver utensils, and delicate china. The table is probably the most frequently used piece of furniture in our homes; we exploit it at least once every day. The dining tables of today often look like works of designer art. Their special features are lightness and portability. It is important – from a decorative point of view – to choose the right shape of the tabletop. Square or rectangular tabletops are of course the most customary and popular as

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they are very convenient for seating. You can find tabletops of this shape in almost any material including, but not limited to, wood, metal, or glass. They often become part of designers’ dining sets because they look great with any style of seats – from classic stools to captain chairs. Nevertheless, many people prefer round or oval dining tables that create an aura of goodwill and promote a leisurely dialog. Whether it is a gourmet dinner accompanied by quality wine or a shared pizza with soft drinks or beer, any kind of meal seems better if it is partaken at a round table. The only problem is that a table of this shape needs more space; therefore, it is suitable for larger sized dining rooms.

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Oval tabletops are considered the most capacious and can be placed in separate dining rooms or spacious kitchens. A solid base made of two double-jointed bearings can withstand even considerably sized extensions. Chairs to use with this table are usually of a standard design, upholstered in leather or fabric. Even though it may sometimes seem that family dinners are becoming a tradition of the past, there are certain families that remain loyal to this custom with respect to even the smallest details such as family china, table silver, several courses, intimate conversation, and the warmth of people dear to one another’s heart.

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WHEN DOING BATHROOM RENOVATIONS…

… follow these important rules.

ter boxes. Leave apertures in walls to ensure access to major valves and units.

1 Use Only High-Quality Fixtures and Workmanship Trying to save money on plumbing is false economy. No matter how beautiful your renovated bathroom looks, it is not going to last if after a few months some hidden joint springs a leak because of poor workmanship. On a different note, make sure that hidden joints are equipped with noise insulation.

2 Hide All the Pipes All pipes and other technical fittings should be hidden either inside the walls or in plas-

3 Mirrored Walls Mirrors make a small bathroom look more spacious. Glue huge mirrors onto one or two walls, preferably from the floor or the counter all the way up to the ceiling. Make sure you use moisture proof mirrors or make them heated.

4 Niches and Built-In Shelves For storage of bath products, make small niches or larger built-in shelves. They look much better than hanging plastic or metal shelves.

5 Avoid Monotonous Surfaces To prevent bathroom walls and floor from looking dull, use different patterns when tiling. For example, insert diagonal or diamond patterns into a regular one. Spots for such inserts should be chosen based on the wall’s geometry. Another way to solve the problem of monotony is to buy top of the line tiles that can be interspersed with tiles of the same type, size, and colour, but decorated with images or moulding. If you wish to use your creativity instead of stereotypes for bathroom décor, try to come up with a unique design of your own.

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TV Room

Furthermore, we should consider wallmounted sets. The optimal placement is when a straight line connects the centre of the screen and your eyes. If, for practical reasons, you have to mount the television set higher, make sure the angle does not exceed 30 degrees. Before mounting your TV set, figure out the extent of peripherals that are going to be connected to it, including speakers, a DVD player, cable and digital boxes and decide where you are going to hide all the wires. You may prefer, after all, to place the set on a narrow TV stand or integrate it into furniture. From the esthetic point of view, the television set needs to be part of the whole décor scheme of the room. If the television is meant to be the focal point of the room, it can be handsomely positioned within a nice set of furniture. If the room is made in light colours, and the TV set looks against them like a huge black blot, it is possible to soften the effect by repainting the wall behind it in a different tone. It can be either a contrasting hue or the same colour but three to four shades darker. Another effective solution for a room painted in lighter colours is to create a charming setting for your TV set; turning it into part of the darker furniture around.

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he best TV set may turn out to be wrong for the room intended to contain it. There are certain rules for a TV set placed in the family room, the playroom, or the living room for all members of the family to enjoy. Follow these rules to make sure that the TV set matches the rest of the room and is convenient and pleasurable to watch.

A television set may be blended into its surroundings with the help of framed pictures – create a composition with the set being its central element. Another option is to hang several rows of shelves adorned with knick-knacks on the sides and above your TV – just make sure there are not too many of them.

Often, people base their choice of the family TV set on its size – buying the largest they can afford. However, the choice should be based on the size of the room where the TV will be displayed.

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A modern television set may look like a foreign body in a classic style room. To change this feeling, place a large object next to it that will divert attention from the TV. It can be a tall floor vase or a potted tree. Placing the TV set over the fireplace is the best solution for rooms containing one. In this case, the fireplace will be the exact object diverting attention from the TV set.

The best distance between the television screen and the eyes of the watcher is the one that allows the screen to be seen in its entirety without noticing the pixels. There are several formulas to calculate the optimal distance, the best of which is to place the set at a distance that is at least twice the size of the diagonal for LCD models. If you watch television for a considerable amount of time, add one or two diagonals to this distance. For instance, a screen 32” in diameter should be placed 3.25 to 4 metres from the eye.

tween the screen and the eyes is more than five diagonals.

Another problem may come up if your TV set has a small screen. Even a person with 20/20 vision will get tired if the distance be-

An additional important consideration is the angle of viewing, which should be no more than 30 degrees.

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A television set and the seating furniture facing it make this section the most comfortable and relaxing in the whole house. You can make it cozy even when there is not enough space for a sofa and chairs to accommodate everyone wishing to watch TV at the same time. Try to use floor cushions, ottomans, and thick rugs. Give reign to your imagination – and your TV room will be the favourite room for your friends and family.

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At Lux Trim, we are driven by the look of happiness and satisfaction on a client’s face when they walk into their newly decorated home. The key to creating this magical moment is to perfectly understand the person - their aesthetical preferences, daily routines, and what sort of environment would bring comfort and joy into their lives. We aim to create something beautiful and unique with every project. In this article, we will take a look at some of the main inspirations behind our work, and showcase which styles we excel in. Over time, we have studied designs from across the world and developed a respect for the different styles of architecture and decoration. Our biggest influences reach back to the eighteenth century; the times of Louis XVI and the subsequent Neoclassicism. We also draw plenty of inspiration from modern interpretations and up-and-coming trends. NEO-CLASSIC A modern take on greek and roman classics

BAROQUE The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles

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NEO-BAROQUE A revival of 18th century baroque and rococo

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Decorating with Crystal

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rystal is this season’s trend in jewellery. Its elegant look adds special charm to necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. You can add the same charming and luxurious look to your home with the help of this wonderful decorative glass. Of course, the most common way of using crystal in interior decorating is installing a crystal chandelier. Nevertheless, crystal elements can brighten up your dÊcor regardless of their size. Even a small amount of crystal may create an astonishing effect if used properly. Below are a few suggestions of how to add fashionable accessories to your home. Replace your old cabinet handles with crystal ones. Crystal combined with other materials creates an interesting and eclectic overtone.

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t Install shimmering crystal handles on the bathroom taps. Such a small detail draws a lot of attention. t Use crystal finials on your staircase handrails. Crystal globes may likely not help you to predict the future but they are an exquisite accessory that will not go unnoticed. t Display any crystal dishes you own. Com-

bined with regular plates and glasses, they will add an interesting eclectic touch. Consider a towel holder incrusted with crystal. Even the most mundane objects are able to contribute a zest to the interior.

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real lead crystal is outside your budget, consider an artificial one. Hang artificial crystal garlands in places that are lacking some lustre, like at the sides of a mirror or over the fireplace.

t Use crystal accessories. t You can intensify the impact of your crystal

chandelier and other crystal accessories by placing them against a mirror, which will disperse their reflected glitter all over the room.

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alls usually take up the greatest surface area in an interior. Accordingly, they need to be decorated with special care and taste. It is very important to strike the right balance between completely empty walls and walls that are overdone.

Solutions for Empty Walls

Art in the form of paintings, prints and photographs is the most common way to embellish walls. Pictures as a décor element help bring out the style of the room. They can be used in an interior of any style – from classic to minimalist. A picture is not just an ornament; it carries certain emotional charge. Choosing the right theme for a collection of artwork is extremely important and of no less importance is its correct placement which will reveal beauty and uniqueness. In order to place an element of art in the right spot, draw an imaginary rectangle that needs to be filled. Remember some rules as to how to place objects on the wall. For example, avoid the mistake of decorating a large wall using many small objects distributed all over it. Small decorative elements look better when grouped together in the centre of the wall thus creating a balanced composition. Use larger objects to visually enhance the space. Pictures are not the only way to decorate walls. Living and dining room walls can be adorned by tapestries or hanging plates; nursery walls – by posters and children’s drawings; walls in the home office – by photographs; and those in a country-style bedroom – by a quilt. For the bold and determined among you, we suggest experimenting with colours. For example, it is too garish to have all the walls in the room painted vivid rich colours but you can paint just one wall in your favourite tone or try brightly coloured stripes. Using different colours and hues, you can create a unique look by dividing the wall into separate rectangular sections of different dimensions. These rectangles can be easily painted in different colours using a roller. Such an unusual wall will become a decorative element all by itself. Another solution for boring and empty walls is the use of stencils, decals and decorative picture frames of various sizes and shapes grouped into a composition. Stencils are great for any room. Besides, they come in different designs, and using and combining them is just the matter of your imagination.

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Wall-to-Wall Solutions

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ven though wall-to-wall carpeting has lately been considered passĂŠ, many families select this option even in newly-built homes for an obvious reason: it keeps the warmth much better than other types of floor covering, which is especially important for rooms above the garage and in houses with small children who like running around barefoot. Besides, carpeting is a great sound insulation, relatively inexpensive, and replaces costly floor rugs.

this opinion is erroneous – in reality, taking care of your broadloom is much easier than you think.

Many people would be happy to have wall-to-wall carpeting in their homes but are hesitant, being certain that cleaning it is too complicated and requires specially designed tools and chemicals and as such can be done only by professionals. Well,

An easy way to improve the look of your broadloom is dry treatment done with the help of powders. Distribute the cleaning powder evenly all over the carpeting, let it stay for a while, and then vacuum.

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There are various products on the store shelves to assist you in cleaning the carpet on your own. Among those are creams that eliminate dust and dirt, liquid stain removers, and antibacterial powders. Remember that wall-to-wall carpeting needs to be vacuumed regularly because dirt that has settled in damages the carpet and shortens its lifespan.

Stains have to be removed right away. Wet

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a sponge or a cloth with a special solution and carefully clean starting with the edges of the stain; thereby preventing it from spreading. Dry the cleaned spot with a hair dryer. Use only solutions designed specifically for carpeting and never soap or laundry detergent because they will not do a good job while taking too much of your time. Old stains or stains of unknown origin may present a problem even for carpet cleaning professionals. You can try to do chemical cleaning that is performed in several stages using special devices and solutions. Eventually the stains will be gone. One more important thing: rid your wall-towall carpeting not only from stains but from microbes and bacteria as well, especially if you have small children in your home. Use dirt repelling antibacterial solutions.

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The Role of Interior Design and Staging in Real Estate REAL ESTATE

4. Be There; Be Present

The field of Real Estate is one of the broadest in today’s employment world. It can consist of buildings or land, which in turn consist of farmland or other commercial property, making it one of the most profitable fields to go into. However, Real Estate is no easy business. One of the key elements of successfully selling a property is designing the interior and staging before listing. While it can be a very difficult task, a successful staging can make your property a real success, and earn you, as the realtor, a healthy profit.

Real Estate is a full time job. It requires you to always be there and ready to go. A good place to make yourself heard is social media – the more you are there, the more profit you earn.

Basics of Real Estate Like any other field, success in Real Estate requires one to be able to learn, adapt and adopt many useful skills and abilities. Here are some of the basics:

1. Learning Something New Working in Real Estate always means learning. Nothing ever stays the same. Every property, commercial or private, is about adapting yourself to the property, your target market and your clients. Therefore, learning new skills, strategies and techniques is key.

2. Know and Target Your Customers You always have to know your customers – we cannot say that enough. Identifying one’s needs, wants and worries can put you on the right track to best solve your client’s’ problems. Knowing your customers will help you solve these issues quicker, and keep your clients happier.

3. Keep in Contact with your Clients Always, always, always keep in contact and maintain a good relationship with your previous clients. This will be of tremendous help to your business. Through those clients, you will be able to generate great revenue through their future investments, whether from them or from their friends who they may refer to you.

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the eyes of your potential buyers. It involves redesigning, depersonalizing, renovating, refurnishing and updating your property to make it look more appealing and eye catching. Think of it as a smart investment - your “new” design will make for a great financial retribution when the property is sold.

INTERIOR DESIGN Real Estate largely bases itself on your expertise in interior design. Most of the time, it is the intelligent design that makes or breaks a deal, rather than the property itself. Once again, your main focus is your customers. When building a property, always remember the problems, needs and demands of your potential clients. For example, having features such as a garage or a spare bedroom will have a great effect on your business, especially when these features are demanded in your target area. It’s all about research – know what will work for your customers. Here are some of the basics:

1. Study The very basic of all basics. Just like you can’t ask a monkey to write you a book, you can’t ask someone with no designing experience to design you an over-asking property. Learn the basics of interior design, and see immediate cash return coming your way.

2. Research Just like mentioned before, it’s all about research. Know what will make your property successful, and do just that.

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Once again, and I cannot reiterate this enough, know your customer and know your market. Think about what can make the property appealing to any new customer that is coming for a showing. If you are able to stage the property according to your customers’ needs, they will pursue and purchase it.

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he home as a patrimonial nest, the heritage of generations, and century-long family traditions may have lost some of this meaning in the eternal movement and hurry of our time, but it can never truly disappear. Much like great artwork, a home filled with family traditions and history of past generations causes a feeling of warmth and admiration. Furniture exudes the aroma of wood and amazes with the skill of the artist and unimaginable luxury. This luxury has nothing to do with the screaming style of the nouveaux riches nouveau riche broadcasting to the whole world their wealth; rather, it is of a humble style and possesses qualities such as dignity, quality, impeccable beauty and harmony. Every element is made with

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the gentle and loving touch of skillful hands. By surrounding yourself with exquisite items you become accustomed to beauty and instill in your family and relatives a sense of style and respect for the quality of life. The most outstanding masters of such immemorial articles were Italian artists – art does not enter our lives solely through paintings, marble sculptures and beautiful music, but also through elements of the interior; its furniture and design. Without a doubt, the transformation journey of your home will begin in the kitchen – the heart of the home. Simultaneously, the kitchen serves as a functional space and the “reflection” of the owners. The kitchen – an energy centre of the home – is always a focus of the family.

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How did Castagna Cucine gain such popularity? - Ideal quality of kitchen furniture - High functionality – the products have numerous modern German and Italian mechanisms and accommodations for the storage of groceries and kitchen accessories. - Exquisite and comfortable mechanisms of angular constructions, enabling you easily extract the contents - The manufacturer prefers natural materials: wood which is often walnut or oak, glass, marble, granite, and others - Durable surfaces are able to withstand high temperatures and dampness - A unique design, from classic to modern, which amazes with its perfection and attention to every small detail: the façades, fittings and décor elements.

The ultimate goal of the search for new solutions is to ensure the homeowners well-being. Special attention to the role of every separate element and the combinations of colours and elite materials highlight individuality; create a particular atmosphere, mood and a complete interior. Biasiolo Mariarosa, the leading designer of Castagna Cucine dreams to create a kitchen in “Harry Potter’s closet” which speaks for itself about the endless opportunities of this company, the flight of a thought and the inspiration of the artist.

The collections stand out due to their elegance and the wonderful Italian style; a modern combination of the glorious past from classical to deco styles. Attentive care to details and materials, a strict yet intelligent design, and the work of designerartists with clients are all characteristics of Castagna Cucine. You can experience the perfection of Castagna Cucine in the salon Italian Art Interior, the owners of which are Elena and Oleg Gromov – famous Russian gallerists, patrons and collectors, devotees to art and culture. Their many years of experience with modern art, sculptures, and puppetry around the world enable them to appreciate the artistic value of everything that surrounds them. In their gallery, Elena and Oleg feature unique articles of Italian furniture, design, artwork and sculptures from

world-wide famous artists and creators. Perhaps one of the noblest productions is by the company MOBILI BERTELE’ where the artist creates his own story on a daily basis. Every object, be it a library, table, panel or a doorway, becomes a true element of art. MOBILI BERTELE’ models fit ideally into every interior in a variety of different styles whether it is classic, art-deco, the 60’s style or the modern style. They all share good quality, carefully selected natural materials and a unique design which combine the vision of the customers, craftsmanship, traditions, and design flexibility. Furniture from Castagna Cucine and MOBILI BERTELE’ will bring its traditions to your home, will become the source of the family collection and will allow your home to acquire an individual style, character and atmosphere.


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ello, my name is Natalia Slobidker and I am a professional realtor, interior designer and a certified specialist in staging..

Before I get into details regarding home staging, it is important to understand what it is; home staging can be defined as the preparation process of real estate for sale. It is analogous to a field of science; encompassing the customer’s psychology, interior design and real estate expertise. The purpose of home staging is to maximize the value and rate of sale of the property while investing minimal time, money and effort.

2. Neglecting the Importance of House Cleaning The internal appearance of the home is no less important than the exterior. This is important not only for the photographs, but also for customer visits. Entering a messy – or worse yet, a dirty – home is an unpleasant experience that one wishes to quickly escape. If you have doubts about whether your home is ready for showcasing today, take some time and do not put the house up for sale just yet. If you rush, a potential customer may ask to come the next day but visiting an unprepared home diminishes the chance that a visitor will seriously consider the purchase.

In this article, I will do my best to highlight the ten most common mistakes made by people when they prepare their home for sale independent of professional help. To illustrate my points, I provided photographs of real cases that I encountered.

3. Retaining Personal Elements

1. Failure to Observe House Appearance First impressions matter – this is as applicable to homes as it is to people. Much like the first date, potential customers wish to see an ordered and well-kept house. As the saying goes, “first impressions come from clothes and the like.” Nevertheless, in the image below we see an unkempt lawn, messy porch, poorly painted front door and garbage bins in full display. Apart from the fact that this is simply unpleasant scenery, I cannot prevent myself from thinking about how “neat” the inside is, given the appearance of the outdoor area. More important, however, is how much trouble and time – both money and effort-wise – it will take to renew this home and bring it up to living standards. Not surprisingly, I have witnessed situations where customers did not hesitate to refuse such a home from merely the first impression.

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Our home is an extension of our personalities, preferences, tastes and character; hence, it is often filled with framed photos of friends, family, vacations and souvenirs. These factors all contribute to making the home yours; however, to the buyer, it is no more than a collection of a stranger’s items. Such details distract the buyer from experiencing and inspecting the property itself – they will have a hard time “positioning” themselves in the home.

ate colour harmony boil down to using a single colour or tones very similar to each other for the entire room. You can judge the effect for yourself:

5. Poorly Chosen Paintings and Accessories Accessories and paintings are one of the most important elements of décor. They add a unique accent to the interior, complete the style of the interior and finalize the atmosphere. Which accessories we choose to incorporate and in which combination has a great impact on the overall impression. Poorly selected accessories distort a harmonious interior. Surprisingly, this task is harder than it seems. Misinterpretations of designer tips (for instance, the advice for accent colour in three of its manifestations) can often lead to very sad results.

6. LEAVING PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS IN VIEW

4. Inappropriate Colour Scheme Besides the fact that people often choose the wrong colour, I often notice that attempts to cre-

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When a person sees someone’s personal hygiene items, they get the general hint that they entered someone’s deeply personal space. As a result, the visitor begins to subconsciously feel like they are crossing an invisible border and have the desire to create distance. Many people dislike seeing these items since if in the “shoes of the owner,” they would not like someone interfering with their personal space. This is especially

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applicable to bathroom bins without lids or covers. I think you get the point and thus, this factor will be left without an illustration.

7. Items that Obstruct Room View in a Photo It is entirely obvious that these make it hard to see what is actually being offered to the potential buyer.

8. Counting on Potential Buyers Not to Check All Drawers and Closets As part of the home evaluation, potential buyers assess the logic and sufficiency of storage

systems. It is very important to remember that an overloaded cabinet gives the impression of inadequate storage space. If on top of that, the cabinet is a mess, I think you can imagine the problem in this situation.

9. Aromatization Some people believe that the house must necessarily be equipped with aromas, whether of apple, fresh pastries, coffee or some other pleasant smell. However, the reality is that it is impossible to please the odour preferences of every stranger that enters your home. Moreover, it is impossible to predict what associations or physiological reactions (such as headache or allergic reaction) any given smell may cause. The owners may find the smell light and enjoyable, but not the buyer. There have even been cases where potential customers refused to enter the house for this reason.

10. The Use of Amateur Photos The majority of potential clients become acquainted with the real estate through online postings; this influences their decision to see the property. If the images are not attractive and

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memorable, the appearance of the home in real life will make no difference. If the images do not spark an interest in the buyer, they will not even look at the property. The point is: hiring a professional photographer is well worth it, especially since they are not extremely expensive. Losing a potential buyer is a much greater loss. I hope that you found these tips helpful in preparing your own home for sale. If you feel that this serious endeavour is best left to a professional, you have questions about sales preparations for your home, you simply want to evaluate your property or start looking for a new one, call me and I will gladly help you! .

NATALIA SLOBIDKER Real Estate Sales Representative,

Top Producer Pre-sale Renovation expert Canadian Certified Staging Professional Upperside Real Estate ** All information in this article is the opinion of a private citizen and cannot be regarded as legal advice

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child of a preteen age already has a particular personality which encompasses certain likes and dislikes, passions, and opinions. Therefore, it is the age of 10 to 11, when the nursery needs to be updated according to the newly emerged person’s specifics. It is hard to pinpoint the exact time to do it but the reference point can be the time when the child stops being happy with stuffed animals and cartoon characters on the walls. When this time has arrived do not delay – or else your youngster may see the old décor as a sign of being considered a baby, and this could lead to frustration. Difficulties in family relationships with preteens and teens are well known. Children of this age tend to vehemently defend their opinions and their right to do as they please. The youngsters at this stage see their room as their castle that protects them from the “hostile” outside world, and they expect that room to be decorated the way they want it to be. To avoid a conflict, suggest that the youngster chooses the style and colour scheme for their room all by themselves. When the child feels that

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you approve of his choice, suggest some well-founded corrections. Coming up with the design for a youngster’s room is not a difficult task. All that is needed from you is some adjustment but in no way full planning because the latter has to be done by the room’s occupant. One of the most important aspects is the colour of the walls. Finding a comfortable and functional bed, closet, desk, and other furniture is also important. The youngster will select accessories and décor elements according to his or her taste, and do not try to interfere if you want to avoid confrontation. If your child has a passion for a certain subject, try to come up with the room design together after having studied pictures of various looks on the theme. Cooperation on room design may positively influence your relationship with your child, and the most important thing here is to not usurp the initiative and let them make their own decisions. To make sure you trust his or her opinion, the youngster may try to provoke you offering the wildest schemes of style and colour combinations. One of the most popular answers on the colour question for

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difficult-to-deal-with youngsters is black. Do not get sucked into confrontation and do not get scared, especially considering that black is not the worst colour for walls. Besides, children like gluing posters on every free inch of their room walls, therefore, the dark background may become almost invisible after a while. Also, preteens tend to change their opinions often, and you will get a chance to add some white elements – like a fluffy rug, a bedspread, or curtains – to transform the look of the room. Thus, agree to the idea of black walls but offer to apply it to just one or two walls and to buy white furniture. You will have enough time to correct the situation later. No matter how outrageous the colour ideas of your child seem at the moment, stay calm. Let him or her know that you love them, respect their opinion, and support their individuality. This way you will stay on friendly and civil terms and this is much more important than painting their room your favourite beige. Remember that for youngsters decorating their room is the way of expressing themselves. Let them feel that they are the lords of their small castles.

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n emerging trend among newly built homes is a central island in the kitchen that serves as a working station. Often this section may include a cooktop, work counter and sink, but occasionally, it also comprises a dining table. For gourmet cooks such an arrangement is a great help in practicing their art. Meanwhile, guests or anyone entering the kitchen can enjoy viewing the progress of the culinary masterpiece. Since the kitchen island is in the most literal sense an island, it is accessible from all four sides and anyone can participate in the process of food preparation. A central island is possible only in a larger kitchen because it needs additional space around it to ensure freedom of movement and access to furniture and kitchen gadgets. Appliances and communications are placed in accordance with the location of various functional sections. It is crucial to install all the plumbing and electricity connections before the island is equipped with fixtures. It is also very important to install ceilingmounted lighting fixtures and range hood. The kitchen island requires special care. It needs to be kept clean and orderly at all times because this is the first place visible upon entry into the kitchen.

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PRO TIPS ON CHOOSING A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

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very year, more and more Torontonians choose to build their own homes rather than buy from the market, thanks to the unique realty market in the GTA, and a generous pool of high earners in the city. The trend of building custom homes will likely continue for at least another decade driving an increasing number of home owners to work with Toronto’s builders and general contractors. However, after hearing many stories about horrible construction experiences and unfinished building projects, many homeowners are afraid to follow this route. Even since we have heard many such stories, and helped some homeowners recover from bad construction situations, we developed some insight on the reasons re-

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sulting in negative construction experiences. We came to the conclusion that most contractors and homeowners begin the project with their best intentions in mind. However, misunderstandings developed during initial stages of communications, multiply over time, and grow into serious conflicts between contractors and homeowners during project execution. These conflicts can eventually culminate in emotional breakdowns and a project fiasco. For instance, we were astonished to realize that many home owners do not have a clear plan for how to evaluate and compare their potential contractors. Instead of closely analyzing qualifications and the experience of every builder or contractor against a pri-

oritized wish list, most people make their decision based on pure emotion. This often results in picking a less than ideal contractor, and is a huge contributor to the project failure. To help home owners navigate through the army of builders and general contractors, we came up with a few simple points to keep in mind before making a choice. All successful projects should begin with a carefully executed planning and drafting stage. The builder’s approach to this part of the process will tell you a lot about the company’s general organization, and is a direct reflection of your future experiences with the contractor. In particular, pay attention to the following:


1. Budget. Every contractor should supply you with a preliminary budget – the more details, the better. Pay close attention when comparing budgets provided by different contractors, as the quantity and nature of work items included in quotes may deviate. There is no standard in the industry on putting together a budget, so misinterpretations are common, and necessary tasks can be incorrectly estimated, or not even included in the budget. So make sure you compare apples to apples. You should also take note of the difference between the preliminary budget you initially receive, and the revised budget provided after house drawings are completed. The bigger the difference between the two budgets, the more alert you should be (unless you have been notified about price changes during the drafting stage with solid explanations of cost deviations). 2. Disclosure of additional expenses. Besides the expenses associated with physic-

al construction, there are additional or ‘soft’ costs that all homeowners face. The most common expenses include utility costs (this means not only electricity, gas and water consumed during the construction, but also the potential cost of new water and sewer service connections, charges from hydro companies to connect or disconnect the power, new water heater, etc.) and city or province fees (apart from the cost to obtain the building permit, the homeowner might be asked to obtain additional permits, such as for the street or sidewalk occupation, placing a site protection fence on the city property or curb cuts). The builder does not usually include these expenses in the estimate, as the homeowners cover them. However, it is the obligation of any responsible builder to make the homeowner aware of such ‘soft’ costs when calculating final budget numbers. Builder’s disclosure of cost will shed some light on the company’s transparency. 3. Quality of information from the builder. Even if this is the homeowners second or third project, their knowledge about all nuances of home building is very limited. As a result, there are numerous questions and notes to be discussed with the builder. We advise to pay attention to the way a builder approaches your request, the speed of answering questions, and the level of details and additional information included in the answers. Assessing the information quality should help you to decide if this builder is right for you. The aim of the three points listed above is to help homeowners narrow down the search to a few contractors for further comparison. By clarifying the builder or contractor approach to the project execution, we hope that you can reduce the number of contractors to just two or three.

HERE ARE SOME VERY IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER. : 1. Does the contractor have a team? Some general contractors hire sub-contractors for all types of work and act as a project manager, because they do not have their own crew. They rely on sub-trades and eliminate payroll costs, mostly because the annual volume of their projects is not big enough to justify having full-time staff. Other contractors, who handle more projects at one time, maintain team of full-time employees, and offer faster execution of the

project since they have full control over the jobs and schedules. Homeowners can also benefit from higher discount in renovation supply stores offered by bigger builders. The choice between small and big builders should be determined by the homeowner’s customer service expectations. If you are looking for the ‘tailored boutique’ approach to the project at the expense of higher costs and longer duration, then a sub-contractor/ project manager is the way to go. If you choose to be a part of larger scale construction, you should hire builder with his own crew, who can deliver on-time and onbudget results, but might not be able to concentrate on your project fully. 2. What would be the homeowner’s level of control over the construction process? What influence does the homeowner have over the project? What are the boundaries? Some builders insist on working only with affiliated suppliers, while others give you full control of the material supplies (interior finishes, in particular) some find a mixture of both. There is no right or wrong in either approach, you just have to choose whichever approach is more convenient for you. 3. Personal touch. Building a house can be a complicated, and sometimes very stressful process. Therefore, it is very important to feel comfortable with the contractor and his team. The personal connection you establish with a general contractor will positively impact the ability to communicate and work together over the life of your construction project, and will result in more satisfying outcome. 4. Referrals. References are valuable. They give homeowners an idea of what they are getting into by hiring a contractor—a glimpse into his competencies, work ethic and habits. We advise you to use all possible sources of obtaining references – from the ones provided by the contractor to the information from open sources (you can be surprised to see what a simple google search can reveal). We hope that the aforementioned points will help you to choose the right contractor, and to turn the complicated and sometimes confusing construction process into a truly unique and pleasant one-of-a-kind experience. Alexandre Ananiev

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MY GATSBY-INSPIRED STAY IN ARIZONA

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he more I travel, the tougher it seems for me to experience those gasp-worthy moments. I’ve been to a lot of hotels, tiny boutique resorts and mammoth mini-communities under the guise of a holiday retreat. It was a busy month leading up to my trip to Arizona this year, and I simply hadn’t had a chance to pour over the details of where I’d be staying. As the airport car pulled up to the Arizona Biltmore I looked up from my phone, clicked the off button to silence my work emails and I fully and audibly gasped. In an instant I knew this was going to be one of those trips that stay with me. I had arrived at one of the world’s most architecturally significant hotels. As a designer, our formative years are defined and refined by studying all the experts that existed before us. The architects, artists and industrial designers had an innate magic that we strive to emulate, and admit that it is simply bigger than us. The Arizona Biltmore – a Waldorf Astoria Resort – is one of America’s most iconic and storied resorts, a synonym for rich history and grand style.

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With Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated style setting the stage, they opened in 1929 with socialites, titans of business and prominent politicians flocking to the “Jewel of the Desert,” ushering in a Gatsby-like era of extravagance and cachet that continues today. At the landmark resort, the spotlight shines on experiences that create a sophisticated and engrossing vacation lifestyle. A recent renovation to the historic main building strikes that all important balance between today’s contemporary and technological features while keeping tradition front-facing. All 98 original guest rooms, social spaces and main lobby have received a new layering of luxe in the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design. Custom details astonish from the first impression, with stained glass inspired lobby

carpets, a nod to the glamour of 1929. My favourite detail here is the spectacular lollipop lamps that add a gentle touch against Wright’s geometric patterning and color. Guests are invited to join an architectural tour of the property which offers an inside look at the ornate event spaces – the ball rooms of past eras. We were given a rare glimpse into what at one time was a “speakeasy” designed during prohibition-era. A series of doors of the otherwise intimate room allowed a quick escape. History and detail are abundant in every corner. Recently renovated guest rooms offer the perfect escape. All of the classic elements remain with a modern and elegant layering. I instantly threw open my terrace doors and let the warm dessert air fill my room. If taking an evening walk at the perfect timing, you can see the sunset giving all the sandy grey Frank Lloyd Wright detailing a new shadowy depth. Truly the definition of luxury, one can’t help but daydream about what life must have been like when these majestic grounds were built. The gold accents and blue-grey layering of fabrics was luxury perfection.

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f you have an appointment with the city of Paris, France for business or leisure this spring, there is no better waiting room then the recently debuted “unabashedly trendy” boutique hotel ADELE & JULES, located at 2 and 4bis Cite Rougemont. With the help

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Make no mistake; this is not your average fashionable urban neighbourhood with just a small stylish hotel. This private family owned dynamic duo is intentionally tucked on a cinematic side street among neighbours in classic residential Parisian flats. Unlike Haussmann’s mid 19th century standardized and impersonal model home approach to buildings, experienced hoteliers, the de Lattre family, along with “genuine Parisian spirit” challenge that approach in every way. This Mother and Son team have seen their fair share of over-night visitors, producing many successful hotel products,

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but the real focus of this boutique presentation never was just product. It was personal. ADELE & JULES was to be designed “as a pied -a-terre for dear friends.” Charged with executing this unique vision was the skilled Interior Designer Stephanie Poux. Successfully Poux took a feeling, and turned it into a hotel. Discretion, discerning taste, and genuine Parisian hospitality ultimately bridges the gap between the warmth and personal service found at a B&B, and the sophisticated, discerning amenities offered at the five star grand hotels. The resulting ‘realism’ in accommodation is what is appeals to a new and varied generation of travelers. It is a beacon for the firsttimer, and returning guests that seek true French immersion beyond the stale, predictable Paris hotel will be surprised. In addition, the cities iconic structures draw the masses. The reception foyer is a light hearted and confident statement for what lies ahead. Textures, patterns and materials dance effortlessly with the custom composed music, art, and woven kilims beneath the guest’s feet. An unapologetic bold mix of colours of strong purple, turquoise, cerise and greens are a clear adaptation of ‘des arts decoratifs’, abstract patterns, and styled motifs.

The juxtaposition of traditional taste and modernity continue to fascinate in the private guest rooms and suites. Regardless of size, high ceilings and terrace doors open to expose the courtyard below, echoing a classic light and airy Parisian apartment. Guests are introduced to a different, unpredictable energy, encouraging all to find their inner Bohemian, venture out, and explore the city of love and light. The crafted asymmetry assembled here is further promoted and celebrated in all the boutique amenities. A collaborative network of carefully selected partners in taste, art, sound, and food, represent a true microcosm of the French capitals thriving cultural scene. Like the Honesty Bar, just off the lounge ADELE & JULES is truly unique, confident, and trusting. It is a sophisticated model that appeals to almost everyone. When your friends ask you where you will travel next, tell them you’re going home to the old neighbourhood in Paris to visit the family. ADELE & JULES 2 & 4bis Cite Rougemont, Grand Boulevards 75009 Paris www.hoteladelejules.com

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2017

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Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

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Oleg Nakarikov (MCL)

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Townhouse For Sale 269 John West Way, Aurora (Bayview / Wellington)

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TWO STOREY TWO BEDROOM TWO STOREY 1305 BEDROOM square feet TWO

privacy screen

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1305 square feet

Terrace

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2 Years old 2 Bedrooms, 3 Washrooms 1 Parking Price: $639,000 1,305 SqFt, Two Storey Main Fee: $266 /month

Second Floor

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