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Restoring your property after a long winter One of the best things about the dawn of spring and the return of warmer weather is the chance to get out of the house and get some fresh air. (WMS) — For homeowners, this is the perfect opportunity to assess any damage the previous months did to yards and develop a plan to restore properties. Don’t jump the gun though. The first warm day of spring might seem like a great time get out in the yard and get your hands dirty. But it’s best to wait until the grass has completely dried out before getting to work. Raking on wet grass increases the risk of tearing it out, which can cause bald spots and the growth of weeds down the road. In addition, stepping on the grass while the ground is still wet can compact the soil, which can slow drainage
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stones and even trash can accumulate in a yard, putting those who spend time in the yard at risk of injury once the warm weather returns. For instance, bits of twigs and pebbles that are blown across the yard during a windy winter can be embedded in the yard, making the yard less of a haven and more of a hazard. Once the grass is dry enough to walk on, walk around the property and remove any debris that’s piled up over the last few months.
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should consider applying a preemergent weed killer around the beginning of spring. It’s important to do so around the end of March or early April, when the weeds have not yet had a chance to grow. When applying, follow the dosage instructions provided by the product’s manufacturer. Such instructions often recommend a second application right before summer begins. Remove thatch. Once the grass has dried, you can begin to remove thatch that’s built up over the winter. Thatch is potentially very harmful to soil, blocking sunlight, air and moisture the soil needs to ensure a lawn
looks lush and healthy. Thatch removal does not necessarily need to be an annual task. If thatch buildup is insignificant, then it can be done every other year. Just use a dethatching rake to make the job much easier. Aerate, particularly if the yard is a heavy traffic area once the warm weather arrives. If your yard transforms into a child’s wonderland upon the arrival of spring and summer, you might want to revive the soil by aerating. When the yard gets heavy
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It’s getting HOT in here Bring the family together with this season’s best warm hues SYDNEY LONEY POSTMEDIA NEWS Understanding paint colours is as simple as turning on a tap, says Brad Elkins, senior brand manager for Dulux paints. “Red is hot and blue is cold.” As for which end of the paint colour spectrum you pick for your walls, it really comes down to personal preference. “The colours that work best in your home are those that work with what you already have,” Elkins says. “I can tell you what the hot colour is for 2012, but if you put it on your walls and hate it, then it’s not so hot. “Fortunately, within the spectrum of hot and cold there are a lot of options in between – whether it’s red, yellow or orange at the warm end or blue and violet on the cool side.”
Of course, there are rooms where warmer walls really work, and others where it’s better to paint it cool.
in living rooms because they stimulate conversation and encourage people to sit around and talk.
Technically speaking, warm colours have longer wavelengths and cooler colours have shorter wavelengths,” says Sharon Grech, colour and design spokeswoman for Benjamin Moore. “Green is midway along the spectrum and is the most neutral of the colours since it consists of both blue and yellow. It can be warm or cool, depending on which undertone is dominant.”
“In general, warm colours advance and cool colours recede,” Grech says. “So a large, open space can feel more intimate and much cozier with a warm colour scheme.“ Warmer hues also tend to be livelier and are ideal in rooms where you entertain, says Mylene Gevry, marketing communications manager for Sico. “For instance, warm tones are great
“Picking paint colours is really a matter of deciding on the mood you want to set in a room. “There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing warm or cool colours,” says Alison Goldman, marketing communications manager for CIL. “It’s more about what you love most and the emotions you expect to feel when you walk in a room.” Rich, warm colours
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tend to be more traditional and are often found on the walls of libraries, dens and intimate dining rooms where people like to gather and linger. “Dining rooms are often done in reddish tones, which increase appetite,” Goldman says. “Warm colours are generally conducive to food, family and bringing people together.”
The key when working with warmer tones is to bring balance.
The key when working with warmer tones is to bring balance to the room to prevent it from feeling too suffocating. “Using the airiness of a cool colour as an accessory or accent is a good idea,” Goldman says. “That way you don’t walk into a room and feel as though someone’s thrown a heavy blanket over your head.” For instance, in a room with a coral red shade on the walls, she recommends adding an accessory like acid green throw pillows to provide contrast. You can also tone down the intensity of a warm room with furnishings and trim, says Nancy Bollefer, Canadian marketing manager for Behr. “Creamy-toned furnishings offer visual relief against the warmth of a wall colour, especially when paired with a cooler-toned window trim.” Lighting also makes a big difference to the look of a warm room – the wrong bulbs can suck the warmth out of even the reddest walls. “Everyone is moving toward energy efficient lighting, which is great, but sometimes it can completely change the colour of a room,” says Neil Jonsohn, a principal designer at Union31 in Toronto. While an incandescent bulb is a toasty 2,700 Kelvins, eco bulbs are often bluer and colder, reaching up to 4,000 or 5,000K. “If you’ve chosen a warm colour for your walls, it’s best not to go cooler than 3,000K,” Jonsohn says.
“The fact that this year’s top warm colours are on the grey side makes picking paint colours easier because grey tones are less limiting and tend to go well with most decor, Elkins says. Here are some of the hottest warm shades for 2012:
• RED This year’s reds fortunately aren’t as intense as they were a few years ago, Elkins says. “The trend is luxury and refinement with a classic feel.” For instance, Dulux’s Stewart House Brown is a rich, reddish chocolate brown that adds drama to a room and also works well on an accent wall. New for CIL is Tea Dance, a coral red with hints of yellow that would warm up any living room, Ms. Goldman says. Meanwhile, Sico’s star colour is Ming Red. “It’s a contemporary coral colour inspired by social media, so it’s designed to showcase your personal warmth and charm through your decor,” Gevry says. While Behr’s elegant Bolero red illustrates how the colour temperature of a warm hue, especially a red, can be seen as a truly hot colour, Bollefer says. • GREY Smokey, warm greys are big for 2012. Dulux’s Raindrop is a warm neutral grey with a yellow tinge that’s ideal in a den or study, Elkins says. “It’s perfect for a room that doesn’t get a huge amount of traffic, but that you want to keep light and warm. On the other hand, O’Keefe Grey is a more traditional, beige-y grey that’s ideal for hallways and other high-traffic areas because it hides fingerprints.” Benjamin Moore also has rich new greys for 2012, including Stardust. “It’s a warm, earthy grey with a chameleon quality that co-ordinates with most every hue,” Grech says. • YELLOW Mustard yellows and smooth, creamy colours, such as CIL’s Golden Ember, are especially popular for 2012, Goldman says. For Behr, Basketry acts as a neutral, but imbues warmth because of its yellow undertones, Bollefer says. “And, because it’s a mid-tone colour, it provides the warmth many of us desire, without overpowering a room.”
When it comes time to test your paint choice on a wall, Grech recommends looking at all the colour aspects of the room, including flooring and furnishings. “All colours have an element of both warm and cool,” she says. “So when you view all your colour choices in one room, you can get a sense of their
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Don’t tweet your travel plans With the arrival of spring and summer rapidly approaching, people are gearing up for warm-weather getaways. With the emergence of social media blurring the lines between sharing personal details for fun, and putting yourself in danger, Weiser Lock has come up with these six easy tips for protecting yourself and your home on social media. "Social media has almost completely erased any notion of privacy," says Steve Kolobaric of Weiser. "Nowadays, when folks go on vacation, it's not just the five people in their office who know about it - it's their entire Twitter following. People often forget that a simple status update about their trip can act as a feeding frenzy for thieves, and can actually create a vulnerable and dangerous situation for their home, belongings, and also any family that they may leave behind."
Check out these simple tips for protecting your home on social media: • Don't update any statuses or "tweet" the dates that you are going away. Also, be sure to utilize the privacy settings on social media sites correctly to ensure that strangers are not seeing things you didn't intend for them to see. • Be careful when using the "check-in" feature on Facebook, and be weary of apps that share your location to others. The new generation of apps broadcasts your location at all times to friends - and in many cases to people you don't even know. And unlike the previous generations of applications that required you to check in to a venue, these apps are persistent
unless you pause them or turn them off. • Don't write about how frustrated you are because your front door doesn't shut properly, or about how you're getting new windows installed over the weekend. • Don't post photos of the new 52-inch TV in your living room or the vintage Harley Davidson in your garage. • Be careful to monitor what your children are posting (i.e.: "Parents gone all weekend! House to myself!"). • Go ahead and post updates or "tweet" about the great new security system or locks you just had installed. For more information on home security, visit www.weiserlock.com.
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Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, CCI has moved to a new larger location at #129–1305 Welch Street in North Vancouver where they have incorporated a number of current sustainable building practices into the design.
For CCI, giving back doesn’t stop at the end of the business day. Proud to be a successful North Shore company, John and his team volunteer, support and encourage North Shore athletics and events.
Their support of amateur boxing at Griffins Gym also extends to the Evening at Ringside in June which benefits Big Brothers. Working with the John Henry Bike Team the team’s goal is to give away 100 bikes and 100 one week bike camps to youths We set our new oﬃce in need each year.
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exuberant. A sleek and trendy city design became country chic." After relocating from South Africa to the North Shore, de Beer joined CFAC and really enjoys her time with the organization. "This year I will serve on the planning committee," she says. "I would really encourage anyone who loves flowers and is looking for a social creative outlet to visit or join the club." De Beer enjoys working with blooms but also uses other plant material in her arrangements. "I love using roots, grass and twigs to frame my flowers," she says. "I prefer the European style of arranging. Right now I can't resist contorted hazel branches." The World Association of Flower Arrangers awards
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"This year seems poised to be the year of dramatic and dark foliage. And even though it's still early in the year it looks like the beautiful Alocasia “Polly” is the front runner to be crowned superstar of spring 2012," de Beer says.
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Anyone interested in learning more about Floral Art can visit www.christinedebeer.ca The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meets every second Wednesday of each month (except July and August), at 7:30 p.m. at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Road, North Vancouver.
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