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February 28, 2010 NORTH SHORE NEWS

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BATHROOMS PLUS- A FRESH LOOK FOR YOUR HOME If you’re thinking of giving your home a fresh look, there’s an alternative to gutting the interior and re-building. Pick a specific area and do a makeover. Two of the areas that can have an immediate impact to the look and feel of your home and add real value to your investment are the kitchen and the bathroom. North Vancouver’s Bathrooms Plus, at #103-828 Harbourside Drive, has been solving people’s kitchen,plumbing and bathroom design and installation problems since 1992. With the North Shore’s largest kitchen and bath showroom and design centre, Bathrooms Plus has gained a reputation for selection, expertise and above all, service. With a full range of selections

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We offer you a complimentary in-home consultation Beyond the selection, however, it’s the time their product and design specialists spend with you exploring options, setting realistic budgets and working with your contractors that’s the Bathrooms Plus difference. The process begins with

making a wish list and putting your needs and wants, clearly identified, down on paper. “Spending time with a design professional could cost you from $50 to $100 an hour,” says Bathrooms Plus’ Mary Vasilopoulos. “We offer you a complimentary in-home consultation, detailed quote and a kitchen or bath design absolutely free. Even our competition agrees that service is what we are all about, as they often send us customers with problems seeking a solution.” It’s that level of personalized service that makes Bathrooms Plus a valuable partner in reinvigorating your home’s look and feel. “We’re here to help you make

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Defining community Metro Vancouver’s growth strategy includes increasing density in urban areas. Do you like your neighbours? More than what colour the master bedroom is and whether or not it has granite countertops, how close you can live to your neighbours will be a key question for Lower Mainland residents when they are choosing a home. That’s because, like it or not, the new buzzword for housing is “densification” – fitting more people onto less land – and that will affect all Lower Mainlanders. The region is expected to have another one million new residents in the coming few years, another million people on a limited land base. The 2006 Census showed 2.1 million people live within Metro Vancouver boundaries. Even those who can afford a single-family detached home may find they end up living next door to four houses on what was once a lot with one home. Much of how the region develops is being decided now, as Metro Vancouver, the regional district that is a federation of 22 municipalities, one electoral area and one First Nation, plans for the area’s growth over the coming decades. The current discussion builds on the regional district’s 1996 Livable Region Strategic Plan.

The latest plan, called the Regional Growth Strategy, looks ahead to 2040 and has five main goals: • create a compact urban area; • support a sustainable economy; • protect the region’s environment and respond to climate change; • develop complete communities; and • support sustainable transportation choices. To do this, Metro Vancouver wants to set out which areas will develop for residential uses and which will be industrial, commercial, or green space. How about waste? Where’s it going to go in the future, and how will clean drinking water get to people’s homes? “This plan builds on what we have achieved over the last 20 years and confirms that, in broad outline, we have been heading in the right direction,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Land Use Planning Committee, “but it also attempts to address issues which have either arisen since the last plan was drafted, such as climate change, or are issues which we now recognize needed more attention than we gave them, such as the regional economy and the dispersal of employment to areas that are not well served by transit.” It’s all part of the planning, and the Metro Vancouver board expects to approve the regional strategy this summer after a 120-day consultation period with affected municipalities. Langley City, for instance, is questioning Metro Vancouver’s plans for industrial lands near the City’s downtown core. The City has an ambitious development plan for its core that involves industrial lands adjacent to downtown becoming more like working artist space. Some of the public reaction to the strategy is on the Metro Vancouver website. Like others, Vancouver resident Janine Bond questions the planning. “Why do we have to keep on growing, expanding, bursting at the seams?” she wrote. To find out more about the Regional Growth Strategy, go to www.metrovancouver.org.

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Last year, Leger Marketing conducted an online survey for the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Of the more than 1,200 respondents, 80 per cent were classified as disorganized. Kristie Demke, POC president and a professional organizer, said respondents were classified as disorganized if they considered themselves to be at least “somewhat disorganized” in at least one of the three areas of their life: home, work or time management. “The same survey that found eight in 10 Canadians are disorganized also found that seven in 10 disorganized Canadians who work say their workplace is disorganized,” Demke said.

enjoy activities with your family, and do the basics like put together a quick meal or get on top of laundry, getting organized can remove these roadblocks by setting up systems that will streamline the space and the process,” she said. For example, if the amount of stuff in a particular space is what is getting in the way, getting organized would include sorting through the clutter, grouping similar items together, determining where they belong and how best to house them. Demke said the process would also include assessing how that particular space is being used and how you want it to be used, according to your family’s priorities.

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Once complete, a room, or entire house, will become more orderly, more peaceful and more efficient.

“The POC survey found, and I have certainly found this true with my clients, that those who are Demke said the first step for anyone feeling disorganized and disorganized feel stressed, frustrated and like overwhelmed is to determine what’s not working. “Identify the a failure as a result of being disorganized,” she areas of greatest frustration and what is getting in the way of said. “This might be reflected in spending your goals,” she said, adding if there are multiple areas additional time looking for items, causing a feeling of being overwhelmed, set some struggling to complete projects, not priorities. Demke said being able to effectively manage Step two is to figure out what the space or a household, not keeping to getting organized, process should look like if you could wave a any kind of schedule — in other whether it is at magic wand to help visualize the game plan. words, just being overwhelmed by home or work, can disorganization.” “Once you have a plan, it’s about getting make life seem started, keeping focused and scheduling “If being disorganized has time to do the work,” said Demke, a selfsmoother. turned your home into a hostile described “born organizer” who’s been doing it environment where you can’t relax, professionally for over a decade.

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You’re not alone — many Canadians are feeling disorganized these days; but there’s no better time to start cleaning up your life.

As with many aspects in life, sometimes calling in a professional is the best route. Demke recommends consulting a professional organizer if: you don’t have the time, inclination or skill set to tackle the job yourself; you have tried in the past to improve the situation and found yourself unsuccessful; you don’t know where to start but you know you don’t want the situation to continue.

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“We intend to conduct business as Sheryl and Eggert Rasmussen did successfully over the past 11 years,” says Joanne. “They have been very supportive of our ownership transition. They provided us with the same great service in taking over their business as they did for their customers. We would like to thank all Couch Potato clients for their business over the years and invite them to come down and meet us.” If you need to freshen up the look of your home’s interior, a trip to Couch Potato is always a great place to start.

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a range of colours inspired by the trend toward healthier and more artisanal foods and the increased popularity of farmers’ markets. Colours like Tomato Puree and Beaujolais are lifted by Super Lemon, Apple Green, or the more exotic colours of Dijon, Paprika and Chutney. “Gatherings” is a palette of warm, earthy browns and golds inspired by the continent of Africa. Those who prefer some moodiness in their colour scheme will love “Galaxy,” a palette that illustrates the harmony of hue found in the nocturnal sky. More information about the other palettes is available at www.pantone.com. By Deana Lancaster

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Lighting: Bye-bye ugly light bar above the mirror and hello sleek, streamlined wall sconces. “Updating the lighting is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate a bathroom,” says designer Dean Large. Besides adding a stylish look to the room, two fixtures on either side of the mirror provide more even light. Cost: from $200.

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Adjustable shower: A drizzling rain shower head is not a practical choice for daily showering. Large recommends pairing a fixed shower head on an adjustable bar with a handheld shower to make it easy to wash down the tub or rinse off your legs while shaving. Cost: from $200. Bathtub liner: If your bathroom is from the 1960s, the tub is likely dusty rose, mint green or mocha beige. Rather than rip it out, Bath Fitter (bathfitter.com) sells a moulded, acrylic tub and wall liner that fits right over the existing eyesore. It can be installed in just one day. Cost: $2,200 to $3,200, depending on style, colour and ceiling height.

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Understated luxury is on the list for styles we’ll see in 2010

Last year, we embraced safari style in our living rooms, Hollywood regency mirrors in every bathroom of the house and groovy fabrics on granny furniture. This year, it’s all about downplayed luxury: velvet-clad pillows and couches; wallpaper in unexpected places; upholstered walls with funky fabric and making sure that one room has a spotlight piece — like a self-standing tub in the bathroom. When it comes to design styles, understanding how to create “the mix” — blending old with new — is still all the rage. Traditional interiors don’t work unless they are relaxed with leather and chintz sitting side by side; girlie glam has found its way into warehouse spaces where chandeliers and concrete are becoming friends, and farmhouses have turned industrial with marble counters and exposed bulb lighting. It’s confusing, but it works. “Trends are about modernizing older styles. A year ago, industrial chic was all the rage,” says Margot Austin, the senior design editor at Style at Home magazine. “You know, lofts with exposed beams and lots of stainless steel. This year it has given way to a touch of country with soft shapes, white painted walls, apron sinks.” Part of a team that determines the Top 10 list for Style at Home, Austin weeds through many hot looks for interiors and pares them down to a simple list that readers can translate into

their homes. She doesn’t expect a whole room makeover, rather, she suggests figuring out which looks are for you and which ones you should ignore. “Lighting is still factory-like and industrial,” she says, as an example. “But that doesn’t mean you need to have exposed light bulbs dangling from every ceiling. One fixture in a statement room like a dining room or a kitchen would look great.” In addition, she says neutral colours are still here but they are richer and warmer. Furniture remains traditional with a twist, with camelback shapes, button tufting, nail head details and modern fabrics. No need to dive into a total ovrhaul though. “At first, just take it all in,” Austin says. “You know what you love and what your style is. Think about what trend might be right for you. And it’s important to figure out [how far you want to take it]. If you are decorating a whole house, being too trendy might not be right. Instead, just indulge in a few [key items].” All experts agree that the best way to be trend-savvy is to not take any of them too seriously and to walk on the wild side with accessories. And if that advice still scares you and your wallet - a velvet pillow, modern mobile or an embroidered throw blanket will definitely make your decor happen for 2010. By Tanya Linton Canwest News Service

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