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Spruce up your yard for fall Chunky sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and multi-coloured leaves — some things are simply quintessentially fall. Others like giving your home an outdoor face-lift may not necessarily be top of mind, but rich fall colours open up a realm of possibilities for creative yard decorations. Not just for the summer and holiday seasons, outdoor décor help create a warm and welcoming exterior. Drawing inspiration from the season is the best place to start. A simple harvest wreath made from leaves, berries and twigs uses the gorgeous reds, oranges and browns of autumn. Accent it with a burlap bow for arustic touch. If you want to add some farmhouse charm, repurpose household items to breathe new life into them. The opportunities are endless — an old door that used to have windows on it is the perfect way to display fall blooms in hanging flower pots. A chair missing its seat can act as a rustic flower pot stand. An old set of shelves is ideal for showing off vintage watering cans. And if you don’t have these hanging around, you can always pop by a local used furniture outlet, like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which has been raising funds to invest in local communities for 25 years. For added pops of colour, place pots of burgundy chrysanthemums, purple asters or ornamental cabbage along your walkway. Flowers always freshen things up, especially when the temperature starts to drop. Create a country aesthetic by placing decorative gourds and pumpkins in between the flowers. These will transition well into late autumn, and you can even repurpose the pumpkin for carving a jacko-lantern on Halloween. www.newscanada.com


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How to keep your kitchen reno headache-free The thought of a kitchen renovation may cause your eye to twitch and your sweat to trickle. You’ve heard the horror stories — work costing more than expected, lasting too long, or not ending up the way you expected. While you can’t predict everything, there are ways to keep the road to a shiny new kitchen relatively stress-free. Robin Saxberg, principal designer at Hamilton, Ontario’s DESZA Design, advises that leaving the project to a professional may save you headaches in the longrun. “Occasionally, the client will want to do the demolition themselves either for cost-savings or for fun, which it is. However, there may be a risk of accidently damaging something important,” she reveals. “Most demos require the rental or purchase of tools, safety equipment and waste bin rental which could eliminate much of the potential savings.” If you’re thinking of taking on the demolition yourself in hopes of saving a few bucks, look at other options. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore to see if they are able to remove your old kitchen for you. Also keep in mind that the contractor you hire usually includes this in their quote. If you feel like you’re drowning in sawdust, Saxberg says to keep in mind that your kitchen won’t always be gutted. “Though your renovation may seem overwhelming at times, it is temporary. Any stress and chaos will pass and when the dust settles, you’ll have a beautiful, perfectly unique space that functions the way you need it to.” In the meantime, follow her five tips for a smooth and successful kitchen reno. 1. Get everything in writing: Read and understand all contracts with designers, contractors and anyone else you hire. 2. Keep an emergency fund: Set aside around 10 per cent of your renovation budget as a contingency fund. If a pipe bursts or the electrical needs to be rewired, you won’t panic knowing you have enough to cover it. 3. Plan as much as possible: Lay out your renovation roadmap before the project begins, and don’t be afraid to ask your contractor or designer lots of questions. Placing orders before work starts will also cut down on wait time for deliveries. 4. Invest in key pieces: Putting money into a quality stone surface countertop and Canadian-made solid wood flooring will ensure your kitchen will stand the test of time. 5. Reduce, reuse, recycle: Do some good by donating your old kitchen items to a local charitable organization, like Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Many contractors also work with them. This will keep your old kitchen out of the landfill and help others in the process. newscanada.com


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5 steps to prepare your home for cold weather Fall has begun and it is time to start thinking about how to get your home ready for the winter season. Preparing now will ensure you’re ready whenever the first snow decides to hit. Below are some tasks that don’t require a ton of time or money, so you can get them done in a morning and then continue on with your favourite afternoon activities. 1. Upgrade the gutters. Get rid of the leaves and debris in the gutters to make sure that water flows through them properly and doesn’t turn your walkway into an ice rink that is more advanced than any NHL player can handle. Consider upgrading with a gutter extension that leads further away from the house to prevent any mishaps. 2. Fix concreate cracks. Stop pretending you don’t see the crack that runs the length of your driveway — this 10 minute chore will save you a huge headache in the spring since water that freezes in the cracks will only force it wider. Use a little elbow grease to clear debris out before applying concreate crack sealer to fill it. Throw on some knee pads over a solid pair of Denver Hayes Tencel straight leg jeans from Mark’s that are flexible and easy to wash. 3. Double check the furnace. Nothing is more painful than waking up cold on a below-freezing day, so make sure your furnace is working properly. If you haven’t changed its filter in a few months (we’re all guilty of this one), now is the time. Old filters can get clogged and prevent your furnace from functioning at full capacity. The filters trap dust, debris and bacteria and can reduce your utility bills if taken care of properly.

4. Get that outdoor furniture inside. Pro tip: your outdoor furniture isn’t meant to stay outside throughout the winter. Remove the cushions, take down the umbrellas and give the furniture a good clean. Packing it away will keep it in shape for the warmer seasons, keep bacteria and mold from growing, and prevent fabric fading and metal rusting. 5. Test alarms and detectors. Protect yourself and your family from any disastrous situations by checking your alarms. Holiday decorations, fireplaces, candles and some cooking attempts can be hazardous. Be prepared by testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Also double check that your fire extinguisher is not expired and that the pressure dial is in the green range. newscanada.com


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4 tips for increasing the value of your home You know your home is an investment and with the recent rise in property values you may be considering selling in the foreseeable future. Professional stagers are experts at making changes that will appeal to the most general home buyer. But you don’t need a pro to achieve this effect in your own home. Staging your home doesn’t have to be complicated — clean up, depersonalize and keep it feeling light. Your potential home buyer will feel right at home in no time with these four project ideas that’ll get you the look for less. 1. The power of paint. No other home improvement project delivers a higher return on investment than a fresh coat of paint in the perfect colour. Clean and brighter colours inside will give your home a spacious, airy feel while a neutral exterior increases curb appeal. Consider Para Paint’s Princess Cut PF 57 or Jo Jo Whitewash PF 17 for indoors; and Humberstone PF 74 for exteriors, a modern option for your trim, garage door or front door. 2. Focus on the kitchen. More than any other item in your kitchen, cabinets take up the most real estate as they are the largest visual feature. But you don’t always need to replace them —simply paint or re-stain the door and drawer fronts. And don’t forget about hardware as this simple switch can change your look and pull together the room’s style. Change, add, or update lighting, as it will

make all the difference in the overall viewing of the space, especially after a fresh coat of paint. Buyers always favour a clean, fresh looking kitchen. 3. Cut the clutter. Your goal should be to make your home as clean and airy as possible. Remove personal elements and tidy desks and shelves to exude an easy, elegant feel. To truly pull in the highest bids you’ll want to make visitors feel as if they can live there and move in right away. 4. Light and bright. Proper lighting is key so replace all missing pot lights and burned out light bulbs. Layer lighting so that there is no single point of light. Before visitors come in, open the shades and turn on the table lamps and chandelier. Mirrors are a great way to reflect your multiple light sources and make your space look larger. After that, keep your furniture and accessories minimal and bright. If you have the opportunity to paint older wood furniture, white or light grey will do the trick. On the day of your showing don’t forget that smell is very important, so air out your home, light candles or use air fresheners scented as baked goods or vanilla that are sure to create a homey feel and allow buyers to see your home in their future. newscanada.com


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What’s trending in home décor this fall?

With the warmer months coming to an end, look inside and give your home a few strategic updates to stay on-trend this fall.

Artisan goods. Home experts say the popularity for unique artisanal goods is only set to increase. This trend is fueled by the desire to support local independent makers and to showcase interesting one-of-a-kind pieces. Artisan goods make great conversation starters and are easy to find at a neighbourhood market or craft show. Look for mixed metals, especially brass and copper, for bonus style points. At the window. Tailored designs that fit the form and function of the room are key, such as room darkening shades for the bedroom and vertical blinds for sliding patio doors in the living room. Hidden cords and a wireless aesthetic help create a seamless aesthetic while offering improved child and pet safety. Fabrics. Rougher textures like linen and tweed work well with the natural vibe and organic glamour trending this season. Granny florals are also making a comeback, as are bold graphic and geometric prints. Colours. The subtle pastel hues that were all the rage at the beginning of year make way for richer, warmer, darker shades like elegant jewel tones. Feature fashionable colours in easy-to-replace accessories like accent pillows, and stick to timeless neutrals or more subdued versions for staples like window treatments. Smart tech. The connected smart home is set to become the standard, so get in

on it early for extra chic cred. New tech solutions are seamless and convenient — imagine being at work and having the ability to go online to close your window shades, turn on lights or change the temperature within your home. Now you can adjust your shades remotely with PowerView Motorization, available on a wide array of Hunter Douglas window treatments. Find more décor inspiration and a local retailer online at hunterdouglas.ca. newscanada.com


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