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Sunday, February 27, 2011 - North Shore News - A21

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• For bug bites, mix baking soda with a small amount of water. Apply the paste to the bites.

• If you burn the inside of a cooking pot, sprinkle the pot with baking soda and half fill with water. Place the pot on the stove and let the water boil for five minutes to help loosen the burnt contents.

Must Go On Event • Cabbage will be more tender if you add half teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water. • Sprinkle baking soda on the fat of pork chops to help make them crispy. • Pour half a box of baking soda into your dishwasher’s soap dispenser to give the dishwasher a good cleaning. • Deodorize the bathroom by mixing baking soda with bath salts. Leave the combination in an attractive open container on the toilet tank or counter. • Sprinkle baking soda on your dog and brush him/her to remove odours. • You can extend the life of fresh flowers by adding baking soda to the water in the vase. • Use baking soda instead of fabric softener in the rinse cycle.

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A22 - North Shore News - Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Get inspired at the show This winter feels like a long one — and it’s not over yet. If you’ve spent these past few cold months planning how you will prettify your indoor and outdoor spaces once warmer weather arrives, the BC Home + Garden Show arrives to help at the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 2-6. This year, celebrity experts on hand to offer a host of ideas and tips include Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Disaster DIY, who is to share The Dos and Don’ts of Home Renovation. Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan of HGTV’s Home Heist will dish all the details on design trends for 2011.

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Brighten up with blooms Those buds peeking though justdefrosted soil are often the first sign of spring around here. One surefire way to bring the new season indoors is to add fresh flowers to any room, and it doesn’t have to involve complicated arrangements or an expensive vase, says Kristin Ames of Posy in Lynn Valley. Like home design, floral trends take their cues from fashion. After several years of neutral and muted, the Pantone color institute is predicting that vibrant color is making a comeback.

tips Here are Ames’ favourite tips for working current trends into your own floral arrangements. • Repurpose items you already have around your house to take the place of a traditional vase; anything that can hold water or foam can hold flowers. Look to your entertaining serving ware for pitchers, bowls, compotes and even teacups. Look at tag sales and garage sales for inexpensive options.

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• Customize plain glass vases with paper, fabric or ribbon, adding interest to monochromatic arrangements by adding different textures. Involve the kids by creating vases as a craft project, use repositionable glue that won’t damage the containers and change them up as often as you change your flowers.

faded plant them outside to enjoy in your garden the next year. • Cut spring branches in bud and let them flower inside • Use the same colour flowers throughout the various rooms of your house to create a more designed and harmonious look.

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A26 - North Shore News - Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trend watch 2011 SAMANTHA PYNN

Ten years ago, it was easy to get a handle on decorating trends. A little faux wenge wood, a set of sky blue and brown graphic bed sheets, and a whole lot of beige and you were in style. But whose house was that anyway? And where was the personal stamp? Admittedly, the many (sometimes conflicting) trends these days will make you dizzy. Plus, with websites and blogs reporting on the latest at warp speed, it’s hard to decipher what was last year, five years ago or even five minutes ago.

stylist and trendsetter Arren Williams. Shop for things that will last — items you can touch, hold and sit on — things that feel real. “Be inspired by the trends, not a slave to them,” he says. I love seeing what’s new. Trend stories were my editorial beat for a long time.

Patchwork Patchwork is popping up on chairs, carpets, and quilts. While today’s version features the hand-hewn details of yore, it’s completely fresh and modern — not old granny like in the movie How to Make an American Quilt.

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No need to start from scratch. What I’m suggesting is that you add a couple of cushions, a new entryway bench, or perhaps wallpaper in the powder room. “But no theme room decorating and steer clear of blatant knock-offs or anything that looks cheap,” says

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But take a look at all the fabulously eclectic homes in magazines for 2011 and you’ll see that this broad spectrum of trends is a good thing. We’ve come a long way in the past decade, and it’s simply pointless to worry about any one single trend trajectory: It’s all about the mix. More important, it’s how you play that mix in your home.

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Flooring goes green Ethical flooring choices are becoming more plentiful as many homeowners become more conscious of the environmental impact of certain products.

According to Shawn Gibson, co-owner of the often ahead-of-the-trend retailer Teatro Verde, we’re going to see a deliberate stirring of time periods, from antiquities, mid-century, ‘70s to postmodern.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011 - North Shore News - A27

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Big colour Hello bright, clear, cheery colours. Think of the saturated colours in the rainbow (just don’t use them all together!).

Belgian farmhouse linen On the flip-side of colour and pattern, the Belgian farmhouse or linen look is still going strong. It’s just become a little more gilded with elements such as gold lamp bases and metallic linen. The look is moody with deep sand-coloured walls, linen upholstery and unfinished and raw-looking woods. It’s easy to live with and ideal for anyone who wants a neutral backdrop for brightly coloured and patterned pillows, throws and accessories.

Vintage accessories and toys for kids’ rooms Parents are looking for toys and accessories that remind them of their childhood, so vintage-inspired and retro children’s accessories and toys are a big trend, such as Gary Taxali for Indigo’s line of inexpensive wooden toys. This look feels like a time capsule of my childhood playroom.

Wood has been a huge trend on the rise since Fall 2009. The relaxed look and ecological aspect of wood tempers the gloss of lacquered furniture and accessories.

Dark and moody We’ve started to see black and navy rooms featured on the covers of magazines and we’re going to see plenty more. In response to greige and pastel colours, navy, black and slate-grey paint is going up on walls. White, gold and colourful accessories (a mix of mod and trad) keep the look fresh.

Military hues “I think we’re going to see a lot of military colour influences,” says designer Tommy Smythe, whom you may have seen on the shows Design Inc. or Sarah’s House. “Khaki, army green, beige and battleship grey — mostly (from) off the runways, but also because after the global recession, people are gravitating to the relative safety of neutral palettes,” he says.

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A28 - North Shore News - Sunday, February 27, 2011

Old cabinets, new look So you’ve fallen out of love with the country kitchen you were so smitten with in 2005, but you don’t have the funds to bankroll another complete kitchen reno so soon.

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◗ Recover a chair. If you have an old armchair that you love, but the fabric is looking tattered or doesn’t go with your trend-setting colour scheme, renew it. Pry off the staples holding the old fabric and layers in place and use them as a pattern when you start cutting the fantastic new (and durable) fabric you’ve chosen. Find instructions on your favourite home design website, or call in the professionals. Repaint the frame and voila! A chair that fits perfectly with your new dÊcor.

◗ Recycle an old dresser. Paint can put a new spin on a still usable set of drawers. It doesn’t take much to turn an ugly dresser into a stylish addition. Forget caustic strippers or heavy scraping — sand paper and paint will do the job. Finish by switching out old hardware for sleek new handles or knobs and you’ll love this functional piece of furniture once again.

◗ The dining room. Perhaps the biggest recycling project you can tackle is refinishing a dining table. It’s worthwhile, though, since it occupies such an important place. Be sure to strip the table of its previous finish to avoid a patchy, uneven result. And take your time while staining.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011 - North Shore News - A29 A D V E R T I S E M E N T

RENOVATEMySpace Window Replacement… a great renovation option you examine your options and point out the benefits and potential drawbacks of each window system. What people often miss when researching a project are the installation details. It’s not uncommon to receive two or three quotes with no mention about installation.

Replacing windows has become one of the most popular renovation projects home owners undertake. Whether you are replacing old energyinefficient windows or sprucing up a newly purchased or soon to be sold home, there are things you need to know. There are many options available in today’s market and the choices begin with what the windows are made out of. Vinyl and fiberglass windows are popular choices for their low maintenance and longevity, while wood offers the warmth and character found in so many homes on the North Shore . There are also options for increasing energy efficiency, different operating styles, hardware choices and more. Put it all together and it can be an overwhelming amount of information to sort through. A local company like Northshore Windows, which specializes in window and door replacements, can help

Make sure every proposal includes installation details as the installation is the most important part of the project. There is no point in getting new energy efficient windows if the window system allows for air leakage, or worse yet, water leakage. “When discussing Having a your job with a contractor knowledgeable or salesperson professional help make sure guide you through the subject of installation the process can be is brought invaluable. up. Don’t let the whole discussion revolve around the windows. If installation is a detail completely left out of the sales process and proposal, this should set off alarm bells”, says Darrell of Northshore Windows.

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We offer high flow, unfiltered gutter outlets with filters at the bottom of the downpipe for easy access. Downpipes in eighteen colours to match trim. Heavy gauge colonial gutter in four colours. Five year installlation warranty. Fully insured and registered with Work Safe BC. 655 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver • 604.876.4604

Help us kick off the 2011 BC Home + Garden Show in true country style with a Backyard Party presented by JRFM on Wednesday, March 2nd from 6 - 9pm. Get immersed in Home + Garden entertainment including food stations provided by the Vancouver Community College Culinary Arts Team, springtime country music by local artist Chad Brownlee and surprises sprouting from every corner of the show. Consider it our version of a tailgate party, tailored to every home and gardener out there. You’ll give it two green thumbs up!

• Facings • Landscape Walls • Stairs • Fireplaces • Patios & Walkways

TICKET PRICES Adults (online): $12.00 • (at door): $15.00 Seniors (online): $9.00 • Seniors (at door):$12.00 Seniors Thurs. & Fri. (only before 5pm): $5.00 Children 12 & under: Free

www.vancouverhomeshow.com

WIN TICKETS!

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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Just stop by the North Shore News at 100 - 126 East 15th, and we’ll give the first 10 people, a pair of tickets each, to the CERTIFIED OIL TANK REMOVAL & REMEDIATION SPECIALISTS BC Home & Garden Show! First come, first served. 604-328-1234 • TANK REMOVAL • TANK LOCATING • SOIL TESTING

• METAL DETECTIONS • VAC TRUCK SERVICES • SOIL REMEDIATION

Seniors Discount • Free Estimates

THE ROCK DOCTOR QUALITY INSTALLATIONS OF NATURAL AND CULTURED STONE

Builders’ Association (GVHBA) presents the ever-popular Renovation Gallery with 1,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing before-and-after photos of professional renovations that will educate and inspire. Pros will be on hand to answer all your renovation questions

Bros.

Roofing Ltd. The Company Homeowners Trust Samra Bros. Roofing Ltd. is a family owned and operated business serving the lower mainland for the last 40 years. We are specialists in cedar shake re-roofing and we also do cedar conversions to fiberglass laminate shingles. We use high quality products such as Malarkey and CertainTeed. All of our roofs come with warranties which are fully transferrable.

Call us today @ 604-983-0133 for a free estimate. Call us before you sign on the dotted line and see how much money we can save you.

604-312-7643

• Liability Insurance • WCB • BBB

www.rockdoctorstonework.com

www.samrabrosroofing.com

Spring SPECIAL

Save the HST Have Your Roof Done Between Now and March 31, 2011 AFFORDABLE QUALITY ROOFING LTD.

604-984-9004


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