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Home&Garden 2019 Regina Spring


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EDITOR Jeannie Armstrong WRITERS Carol Todd Jennifer Jacoby-Smith Hilary Klassen Michele Tyndall

Five easy fixes


How to improve kitchen workflow


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Realizing the dream


Enhance your landscape with native plants


DESIGNER Lesley Cockburn

Savvy renovations to renew your kitchen



The hottest bathroom looks this year


Explore new styles in flowers and plants


Regina Spring Home Show welcomes celebrity presenters Colour cues to transform your home Regina Spring Home Show guide Organize and declutter room-by-room

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Five easy fixes by Carol T odd

Up g ra d i n g y o u r h o m e doesn’t have to mean a floorto-ceiling overhaul and months of living in a construction zone. Here are five quick renovations that can transform your home in a matter of days, while being easy on your budget. a N EW FaC E o N I T

If our home is our castle, then surely our kitchen is the heart and hearth of our home, the gathering place for warmth and sustenance. Yet, this frequently used part of the home is often the area where a quick fix is needed the most. Dwayne Hipkiss, coowner with wife Deborah, of Renewed Kitchens & Countertops, says it’s possible to renew the kitchen without a lot of fuss, mess or expense, by redoing the cabinetry that’s already in place. “Nothing is ever quick and easy, but we’re the closest thing you’ll ever

find. The secret is to use the same structure and skim the outside with a laminate,” Hipkiss said. The company re-faces the existing cabinets and can add new internal components, such as drawer glides, all based on the client’s needs. “We’re really customer focused. We recognize that the kitchen is the heart of your home and we want to ensure you can function and still have a beating heart while you’re doing things,” he said. The cost and length of time needed all depends on the extent of the project, Hipkiss said, adding the projects can last anywhere from six weeks to six months. There is a bit of mess involved, especially the dust from sanding down the existing cabinetry, but the company cleans up as it goes. “We don’t leave a huge mess for the homeowner,” he said. Mor e i n f o rmatio n i s available online at and by visiting the Renewed Kitchens

& Countertops booth at the Regina Spring Home Show. baT H ro o M M a K E oV E r

The smallest and likely most used room in the home is the bathroom, and the main fixture is usually the bath tub. Yet, with the need to ensure there’s no water leakage and the weight of some of the materials involved, like porcelain enamelled steel, improving or upgrading this room can be one of the more difficult and costly renovations to undertake. It doesn’t need to be that way, says Randy Shalovelo, the Regina Bath Fitters franchisee. “With most installations, we can be finished in one day,” he said. There’s no demolition or invasive construction, as the custom tubs and showers are installed directly over existing units and backed by a lifetime guarantee. He says there are a number of options available, from the basic tub liner to full rebuilds, with prices

ranging from low to high. “The options are endless with custom shower and tub replacements,” Shalovelo said, adding there are “great options” for people with mobility issues. More information is available online at and at the Bath Fitter Regina booth at the Regina Spring Home Show. SHINE a lIGHT

It’s not necessarily something homeowners think about when considering home improvements, but a change in lighting can make a big difference. From steps as simple and inexpensive as changing a lamp shade to changing the fixtures themselves or completely redoing a room’s lighting, the amount and quality of the light can make a big difference. Even new light bulbs can make a home look different, said Crystal Morris of Luminesque Lighting. “One of the biggest things that

A fast and easy way to update your kitchen is to reface, not replace, your cabinetry. Renewed Kitchens & Countertops gave this 80s-style kitchen a modern update. Photos: Renewed Kitchens

Whether you want your bathroom renovated for style or to address mobility issues, Bath Fitter has a variety of quick and affordable options. Photo: Bath Fit teR Re gina

we recommend to people if they’re wanting to make an investment into the home that works well for resale as well, is to change light bulbs to LED. It can really change the look.” In addition to providing a crisper light than conventional light bulbs, light-emitting diode (LED)

are also available in a range of colours, and, better yet, use less electricity than the old style bulbs. Morris said it is not necessary to change the fixtures, or even the bulbs, in every room at once. “You can change out some of the more common areas and that can change

An update to your home’s lighting fixtures will not only enhance its style, you can realize energy savings. Photo: lUminesqUe lighting

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A fresh coat of paint not only adds beauty to your home, it gives a layer of protection to the surfaces it covers. Photo: qUeen city PainteRs

the look of the entire home.” More information is available online at and at the Luminesque Lighting booth at the Regina Spring Home Show. a N EW C o aT

Most homeowners will know that one of the quickest ways to improve the appearance of the home, inside or out, is the application of a coat of paint.

In addition to a full range of colours, many of today’s paints are environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based products and don’t contain the chemicals that can affect the air in the home. To offset the numerous choices in finishes — from flat (or matte) to highgloss and everything in between, many paint suppliers now offer paint and primer all in one. Tejinder Singh, owner of

Queen City Painters, says new paint can not only update the home’s décor, it also is actually necessary for the two most used areas of the house, the kitchens and bathrooms. He recommends repainting washrooms with a moisture retarding paint every three years and to redo the kitchen ceilings after seven years. He says even more extensive painting can be done relatively quickly and inexpensively. “It’s possible to do a smaller

project in four to eight days. A quick remodel won’t break the bank,” he says. From a touch of colour on a feature wall, to repainting the entire house, adding a coat of paint not only looks nice, it gives a layer of protection to the surfaces it covers. Learn more at dECK THE HoUSE

Adding a deck can be an easy way to create extra living space while adding value


A new deck is an easy and inexpensive way to add value to your home. Photo: Ultimate de cK shoP

to your home. And, with today’s new materials, you can also help the environment. While pressure-treated wood decks, with their ongoing need for paint or stain, are still an option, and perhaps the easier way to go for do-it-yourselvers, plastic or composite decking material can eliminate maintenance chores. Unlike wood, they won’t deteriorate over time, and the composite materials can be made of up to 98 per cent recycled materials, keep-

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ing plastic bottles and even sawmill debris out of landfills. Shane C hapman and Wade Laurent, who own the Ultimate Deck Shop, believe a new deck is an easier and less expensive way to increase your home’s value. “It costs less per square foot than an interior renovation, and the value of these new decks adds resale value to the home especially if you’re using a low maintenance product that doesn’t require work,” said Chapman. For example, they say the cost of a 200 sq. ft. addition to be used as interior space can be $250 per square foot, while that same size deck will cost $40 to 50 dollars a foot. “Generally people get nearly every penny out of their renovation at the end when they go to sell the house out of a composite deck,” said Laurent. The Ultimate Deck Shop specializes in providing everything that might be needed for homeowners looking to add some extra space, and the two provide expertise in addition to supplies. More information is available online at or at their booth at the Regina Spring Home Show.

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Regina Spring Home Show adds outdoor adventure component by JEaNNIE arMSTroNG

From the great indoors to the great outdoors, the Regina Spring Home Show has something for everyone! Taking place March 28 to 31 at the Canada Centre Complex and International Trade Centre at Evraz Pace, this year’s event is actually two shows in one. The Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association (RRHBA) doubles the fun in 2019 with the addition of the brand new Outdoor Adventure Show. Both shows are taking place at the same location and the same time – with the same admission ticket. R E G I NA S P R I NG H O M E S H OW

“It’s our biggest show ever!” said Lynn Walkington, manager of operations with the RRHBA. “We’ve increased the square footage from last year’s show by over 83,000 square feet for a total square footage of more than 234,000 square feet. You’re sure to find plenty of ideas to refresh and renew your home and yard.” Your new experience starts as soon as you enter the show, she adds. “We’ve relocated and revamped our entrance space this year.” As you explore the show, you’ll find a diverse range

of products and services on display, offering fresh inspiration and ideas to help you re-imagine your living space – whether you’re researching a renovation project or thinking of building a new home. The Spring Time Market Place is an exciting discovery zone, brand new to the 2019 show. It’s a one-of-akind shopping experience, featuring a wide variety of artisans and vendors. A visit to the Regina Spring Home Show is not only inspiring, it’s informative. The Speakers’ Corner has been redesigned for 2019, showcasing experts speaking on a variety of topics. Two celebrity presenters have been invited to this year’s show, to round out the roster of local experts: TV personality and outdoor lifestyle expert Carson Arthur and City TV garden expert Frankie Ferragine, better known as ‘Frankie Flowers.’ First introduced last year, the Garden Area returns to the show with a fresh new vibe. The popular Kids’ Zones are also back for 2019, with a wide range of entertaining activities, exhibits and shows. OUTDOOR A DV E N T U R E S H OW

Your ticket to the Regina Spring Home Show includes

admission to the first-ever Outdoor Adventure Show, also at Evraz Place. You’ll find a variety of exhibitors to do with the great outdoors at the Outdoor Adventure Show. Plan fun family outings by checking out displays from a variety of resorts, parks and destination areas, including Saskatchewan’s new ‘glamping’ resort. See the latest watercraft and marine accessories, including boat lifts and docks. An exciting addition to the show will be the Canadian Rescue Hovercraft Pilots which will display one of their hovercrafts. All of this exploring is sure to whet your appetite. Good thing there’s a new Food Court to visit while you’re at both shows! EVEN MORE IN STORE!

You’ve completed your tour of the Regina Spring Home Show and the Outdoor Adventure Show, but it’s not time to go home yet! The Spring Home Show has also partnered with Shop Kiddoz + More, a huge consignment sales event, which saves you money from head-to-toes for all ages including clothing, toys, shoes, sporting goods, home décor and much more, in a separate area at the show.

Head to the Canada Centre Complex and International Trade Centre at Evraz Place March 28 to 31 and you can take in two shows for the price of one: The 43rd annual Regina Spring Home Show and the new Outdoor Adventure Show. Photo: RRhBa


Show dates and hours for the Regina Spring Home Show and the Outdoor Adventure Show are Thursday, March 28 from 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 29 from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult and student admission is $14.00 at the door; seniors (60+) admission is $12.00 at the door. Children, ages 12 and under, are admitted free. The price of admission includes parking at Evraz Place. For more information, visit

Spring bursts into bloom in the Garden Area at the Regina Spring Home Show. Photo: RRhBa

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Regina Spring Home Show welcomes celebrity presenters by JENNIFEr JaCoby-SMITH & HIlary KlaSSEN

A visit to the Regina Spring Home Show is always a learning experience. The show, taking place March 28 to 31 at Evraz Place, has a strong educational component, featuring informative presentations on a variety of home-related topics by local and national experts. This year, the newly redesigned Speakers’ Corner, located in the Canada Centre Complex and International Trade Centre, will welcome two celebrity guest presenters. Returning by popular demand to this year’s show is Carson Arthur, Canada’s popular outdoor design and lifestyle expert. During his 15-year media career, Carson has taught homeowners how to boost the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. Making his first appearance at this year’s Regina Spring Home Show will be Frankie Ferragine, better known as ‘Frankie Flowers’

to his loyal TV audiences. A best-selling author and award-winning weather personality, Frankie is known for his ability to combine practical gardening advice with humour. MEET FRANkIE F L OW E R S

When your name is Frankie Flowers, it stands to reason that you spend a lot of time in gardens. In fact, Flowers’ family owns a garden centre in Barrie, Ontario, which was voted as Canada’s Best Garden Centre. They also grow ornamental plants at another greenhouse to supply stores like Canadian Tire, Loblaws, and Sobeys. He’s written about gardening, including his most recent book Food to Grow which came out in 2016. He also serves as the weather person and gardening expert on Breakfast Television on CityLine in Toronto. “It’s great, because I get to show my passion for horticulture and gardening,” says Flowers.

Gardening expert and author Frankie Flowers loves to share his passion for the outdoors. Learn how to get the most from your garden space when Frankie Flowers speaks at the Regina Spring Home Show. sUPPlied Photo

It’s his passion for gardens that brings him to the Regina Spring Home Show to talk about various gardening topics. Flowers will speak on two topics while at the show. The first talk will focus on general gardening questions: What food should you grow? What is the best value for you to grow? How much should you grow? “So you have a family of four, how many tomato plants do you really need?” explains Flowers. “And then how to design that garden so that in a minimal amount of space you can get the maximum output with the minimal amount of work.” He also likes to add “information with a smile” and include some fun folklore such as something called the

bare bum test that centuries ago would have determined when it’s warm enough to plant. The second talk will focus on the medicinal plants you can grow in your backyard. The information comes from the book, Power Plants, that Flowers co-wrote with homeopath Br yce Wilde. The book even got the attention of Doctor Oz and Flowers appeared on his television show twice. There are lots of home remedies in the book based on ingredients you can grow yourself, such as mixing basil with yogurt as a topical application for acne. Both talks will be followed by a Q&A time. Flowers encourages questions from the audience. His personal mis-

sion is to encourage everyone to “grow, eat and live outdoors.” “Grow, eat and live is the way that we can live a really fantastic life. And I believe touching soil and working on your own plants really has so many benefits. Most times people talk about property values and esthetics, but it’s just really good for the soul,” Flowers says. cA R S O N A RT H U R R E T U R NS

Not only is the world a bit greener with Carson Arthur in it, it’s also a lot richer on the landscaping front. During his 15-year television career, Arthur taught homeowners how to enhance the value of their homes through outdoor

renovations. His TV programs can be seen around the world, on HGTV, Global and Hallmark, while his byline appears in numerous newspapers and magazines. Recently, he starred as the gardening expert on HGTV’s blockbusters, “Home to Win” and “Home to Win 2”. Arthur’s new book, “Vegetables, Chickens and Bees: An Honest Guide to Growing Your Own Food Anywhere”, just hit book stores in Canada and the U.S. He’s currently developing an innovative garden centre in Prince Edward County in southern Ontario that will take a different approach, specializing in seed packs, vintage and heirloom vegetables, imported tools and more. A key topic Arthur will ad-

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dress at the Regina Spring Home Show will be how to navigate Regina’s current housing market. In Regina, people are very focused on how to increase the value of their homes, he says. If they’re thinking about selling in the next five to 10 years, they’re asking how they could improve the outside to set it apart, to make it look nicer and at the same time enjoy it while they’re in the space. Curb appeal is the number one contributor to first impression value, says Arthur. “I’ll talk a lot about the value of curb appeal and the value of outdoor living areas like decks and patios and how they’ll improve the value of your home and what the actual numbers are in Regina.” A piece of advice Arthur has for people looking to

refresh their yards for resale is, when possible, choose things for your outdoor space that you don’t have inside your home. “Do you have a dining room? Do you have a fireplace?” Put items outdoors that complement what you have indoors. “That really leads people down the right path to creating beautiful outdoor spaces that not only meet their needs but increase the value of their home,” he says. When it comes to the outdoors, Arthur is currently seeing new trends that are driven by environmental impact. More people, especially the younger demographic, want to get rid of their lawns. They’re trying alternatives to grass, like clover and even wild flowers. “They’re looking at how

their lifestyles impact the world around them, especially because during their time working outside with the soil and the rain and with plant material, they feel more intrinsically linked to Mother Nature,” he finds. The concept of environmentally friendly is showing up in retail. “We see more and more portable gardening spaces and self-watering planters and that type of idea that you can have plants and grow vegetables anywhere and that’s really being driven by that millennial movement, and retailers like the box stores want to capture them as customers.” To check out the complete list of presentation topics and times at the Speakers’ Corner, visit


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HGTV outdoor living expert Carson Arthur will entertain and inform audiences at the Regina Spring Home Show. sUPPlied Photo


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colour cues to transform your home When you look at your home’s interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there’s no better time than spring to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of colour. Colour is a key component of interior design and a useful tool for updating any space. What’s more, colours can convey many emotions – from calm to energetic – helping you create rooms that are perfectly reflective of your personal tastes. Even though the possibilities are endless, colour can be intimidating. While you may like the use of colour when you see it online, in magazines or other people’s homes, the uncertainty about how to incorporate it into your own home may hold you back. Fortunately, a few simple expert tips and tricks will have you using colour like a pro in no time. L i f e s ty l e e x p e r t a n d EasyCare Paint brand ambassador Camille Styles knows the power of colour in transforming spaces from bland to beautiful. She uses colour throughout her home to create rooms that are stylish and unique and you too can transform

your favourite spaces by using her top tips to bring colour into your home: Paint an accent wall: An accent wall commands attention and creates depth in the space, becoming the focal point of the room. The colour you choose can be any hue that’s different from the other walls in the room. Whether it’s slightly different or drastically different is up to you. “I’m really into EasyCare Paint’s French Coast colour,” says Styles. “Its strong blue hue makes a bold statement without being too harsh or overpowering.” Add a rug: Transform a room in an instant with a vibrant rug. It will add the perfect touch of colour and can even be changed out seasonally to bring new hues into the space. A rug with a bright colour or pattern can help create the illusion of more space so don’t be afraid to use one in a smaller room to open it up and make it more inviting. Start small: Ma ny people are timid about colour, so you can start small and incorporate a new, bold tone with items like a coffee table accessory or oversized pillows. You may find that your choice

quickly becomes a favourite piece in your home, plus you’ll gain the confidence to add more colour to other rooms, too. Introduce textures: Bringing in different colours and textures, such as a plush throw blanket or a woven basket, takes your space up a notch and adds another visual layer. Since these aren’ t permanent fixtures in the room, they offer an easy way to play around with colours to see what works best in the space. Embrace the unexpected: Bring in a bold pop of colour by doing something unexpected, like painting the trim instead of the wall. “Black can take a room up a notch with its rich tone. “EasyCare Paint’s Crow colour will really wow your guests whenever you entertain,” says Styles. Whether you’re looking to do a quick update or a complete interior design overhaul, colour makes a room more dynamic and energized. From simple décor pieces to bolder accent walls, bringing colour into your home is a great way to refresh in the New Year. For more colour inspiration, visit (BPT)

Lifestyle expert Camille Styles uses colour to take any room from bland to beautiful. Photo: BPt

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Organize and declutter room-by-room Clutter can be a major source of stress that affects how individuals feel about their spaces. Psychology Today indicates messy homes and work spaces can contribute to feelings of helplessness, anxiety and overwhelming stress. Clutter bombards the mind with excessive stimuli, makes it more difficult to relax and can constantly signal to the brain that work is never done. Tackling messes no matter where they are lurking is not a one-time project. Much like losing weight and getting healthy, clearing a home of clutter requires dedication and lifestyle changes. With these organizational tips and tricks, anyone can work through their home room-byroom and conquer clutter. • Find a place for everything Clutter creeps up as people accumulate possessions over the years. Over time, failure to regularly go through belongings and thin the herd can lead to the accumulation of clutter. But clutter also can accumulate if people fail to find a place to put items. Racks for garages, organizational systems for closets and furniture with storage capacity, such as storage ottomans, are some storage

solutions that can help people find a place for their possessions. • Utilize vertical space when possible Getting items up and off the floor can maximize square footage in a home. Bookshelves, hanging wall shelves, hooks, cabinetry, built-ins, and other storage solutions that rely on walls and ceilings are simple and effective storage solutions. Unused space behind cabinet or closet doors are some additional places to store belongings. Hang razors or toothbrushes on medicine cabinet walls and curling irons and other hair tools on the interior of cabinet doors in bathrooms. • Find a place for everything Clutter creeps up as people accumulate possessions over the years. Over time, failure to regularly go through belongings and thin the herd can lead to the accumulation of clutter. But clutter also can accumulate if people fail to find a place to put items. Racks for garages, organizational systems for closets and furniture with storage capacity, such as storage ottomans, are some storage solutions that can help people find a place for their possessions.

• Create a coding system Home offices can be some of the more disorganized rooms in a house simply due to the volume of electronics and paperwork within them. HGTV suggests using a colour-coded system for important files to keep them organized. Label important items, whether they’re paper or digital files, in accordance with your system. • Put it away When you finish using an item, return it to its storage location. This eliminates piles of belongings strewn around the house – and hunting and pecking for missing things. If you can’t put it away immediately, have a few baskets on hand labeled for the different rooms in the house. Pop the items in the requisite baskets and then routinely take each basket around the house to return the items. Investing in custom cabinetry and organizational systems also can help people organize their belongings. Tackle rooms such as the garage, basements, bedroom closets, and pantries, or those areas that tend to accumulate clutter the fastest. (MNS)

How to improve the workflow in your kitchen Bathroom and kitchen makeovers are some of the most coveted and profitable improvements that can be made to a home. Installing new cabinetry, countertops and appliances can transform the look of a kitchen, but homeowners also must consider the functionality of design when renovating. The National Kitchen and Bath Association suggests applying the kitchen “work triangle,” which is a concept used to create efficient kitchen layouts. The triangle comprises imaginary straight lines drawn from the cooking appliance, sink and refrigerator. These are where much of the work in the kitchen takes

place. The general idea is that when the work triangle is positioned accordingly – with the three components in close proximity to one another – the kitchen is easier and more efficient to use. Homeowners will be able to move freely among these elements when they are placed at appropriate distances, reducing wasted steps. The NKBA suggests following these guidelines to create efficient kitchens: • No major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle. • The sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet. Each portion of the

triangle should be between four and nine feet. • Avoid cutting through an island or a peninsula. • If the kitchen has only one sink, it should be placed between or across from the cooking surface, preparation area or refrigerator. The work triangle is a suggestion, not a law of design. As kitchens evolve and more people use them simultaneously, designers may take certain liberties – even having multiple triangles at play. Homeowners should also design their kitchens so they function best for their own individual lifestyles. (Metro)

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REALIZING THE DREAM How can an interior designer bring your renovation dream to reality? by MICHElE TyNdall

Home renovation shows on TV would have us believe that you can magically transform your home in one episode, with a few dollars and a throw cushion. In reality, interior designers are trained professionals who can help you make your dream home a reality, while working realistically with products and professionals that will fit a wide variety of budgets and tastes. “TV budgets aren’t real budgets – they often skim over the cost of the contractors and designers. The timeline is probably the most outrageous part of the TV experience. A designer doesn’t design one day and have construction start the next. And most home renovation TV shows do not even have qualified Registered Interior Designers working on them,” said Sarah Turnbull, Interior Designer at Bespoke Interior Design. This doesn’t mean that your dream renovation is out of the question. Renovations can add great value to your home as well as making it a welcoming and comfortable environment for yourself, friends and family. This is where the interior designer comes in. “A Registered Interior Designer is a professional that has met the requirements of

education, experience and examination. An interior designer in Saskatchewan is part of the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan (IDAS), and is required to carry professional liability insurance, complete continuing education requirements and follow a professional code of ethics,” said Turnbull. Construction projects and home renovations are often some of the costliest investments a person is going to make, and an interior designer can make all the difference to the project. Construction decisions can be very stressful, and having an interior designer on board helps relieve that stress as they will work hard to get the most from any budget. Their extensive knowledge of the options available, from start of construction to the final flourishes, will make sure the job is done right the first time, and can also lead to viewing the space in a new way, finding home solutions that are new and unexpected. The interior designers at Bespoke Interior Design are with their clients from the first day to the completion of the project, making sure that the renovation goes smoothly and that their clients understand the process, from start to finish. “The first step for us is to understand the client, es-

Bespoke Interior Design transformed this outdated 1980s-style kitchen into a fresh, modern living space. Photos: BesPoKe inteRioR design

pecially how they use their space and what their style is. We want to know what they love, dislike and picture for the future. We address function first and aesthetics second. The second step is to understand the home or building where the project will take place. Does the building have any immediate issues we need to look after? Where are the structural elements, etc.? Then we set to work on design options that address our clients’ needs, and present them as 3D models. Once we have a plan, we make a budget and then prioritize a client’s needs. Then we move on to construction details, finishes and equipment selection. Sometimes we tender the construction, other times a construction company is already on board. During construction we collaborate with the contractor to make sure everything is going as envisioned. After the space is built we may then help the client with styling, which is furniture and decor elements,” said Turnbull. It can be a challenge to find

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the right professional for your project. The interior design profession is often misrepresented by “designers” and “consultants” who may not be Registered Interior Designers and may not follow the same requirements. “My advice to someone looking for an Interior Designer would be to go to www. and select from the registered members in our province. I would also look at an interior designer’s portfolio to make sure you like their style. It is important to have a conversation with a potential designer before hiring them to make sure you have a connection, because designing your home is very personal,” said Turnbull. Finding the right interior designer for your project may take some time, but the results will speak for themselves as you work with a pro-

fessional who will make your space perfect for you, your brand and your lifestyle. The work will be rewarding for everyone involved. “The most rewarding part of a project is when it is complete and the client is using their new space. In a commer-

cial project that might be a grand opening and in a home it might be when we come by for one last inspection. It’s really good to see a happy client living in their dream environment. It’s bitter-sweet though, because we develop such personal relationships

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Enhance your landscape with native plants by Carol T odd

On the prairie, one can see the colour of the air, said Emily Murphy, one of the Famous 5 who fought for women’s rights. Looking down from that living sky reveals the living colour in the prairie landscape – look even closer to see a myriad of native plants, many of which can be incorporated into the garden. According to the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, this province has more than 1,300 plant species, including over 200 grasses. Yet, the amount of land devoted to native prairie plants continues to decline. Research done for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada found that, as of 2015, 8.2 million acres of grassland remained in the province out of the historical 60 million acres the Prairie ecozone once encompassed — that’s only 13.7 per cent remaining. Preserving prairie native plants is an important way to help protect the prairie eco-system for the next generation, says Shelley Heidinger, president, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS). “I want to be able to play a part in saving or rebuilding prairie or native plant spaces for our future generations. It’s important to have a good level of education and awareness now, so we don’t lose what we

have. We need to look to the future and what am I going to leave for my children and my grandchildren,” she says. Besides providing habitat for diverse plants and wildlife, grasslands help absorb greenhouse gasses and reduce erosion, and their roots store carbon. The Canada Parks and Wilderness Society estimates that 2 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon per hectare lies within the first metre of uncultivated grassland soil in western Canada, which is the equivalent to removing approximately 150 cars from the surface of the Earth for one year. Heidinger says incorporating native plants into urban gardens or areas on farms not only preserves plant species, it helps continue that positive environmental impact, while also helping maintain the province’s bio-diversity. “The advantage is, we are faced with such a loss of native plants and bio-diversity throughout the West that you’re assisting with bio-diversity and you’re assisting with pollination and providing those little pockets of wildlife friendly areas,” she says. While the greatest impact comes from larger areas of native plants, even the city gardener can get involved by incorporating a few native plant species into their existing flower beds. Heidinger says

that gardeners can take the next step by devoting an area solely to native plants or go even further and do an entire yard in xeriscaping (gardens with no or minimal water requirements) featuring native plants. “It is possible to go from one extreme to the other in town,” Heidinger says. Native plant species are especially suited to xeriscaping as many, though not all, are drought-tolerant. As in any type of gardening, the trick, says Heidinger, is to put the right plant in the right location. “So people do have to be careful when selecting species for their projects that they are getting the right one. [Native plants] are more adapted to our eco-regions, so if you’re selecting the right species, you are getting the most suitable species,” she says. Acreage owners or farmers can go even further yet by planting large areas, including wetlands, to native plants. “They can turn that into a landscape that is more suitable for increasing biodiversity and creating space for wildlife habitat creation,” Heidinger says. Building these “corridors” provides a way for wildlife to move around the prairies. “Because what we’ve had happen in Saskatchewan has been segmentation and loss of those native areas.

The colourful gallardia is a drought-tolerant species that may be available at garden centres; check for the full Latin name Gallardia aristata to get the native species. Photo By c. neUFeld.

The wild geranium makes a pretty addition to flower beds. It may be available at garden centres; check for the full Latin name Geranium viscosissimum to get the native species. Photo: c. neUFeld.

Animals have trouble moving between spaces that are wide open, so if you can create cor-

ridors and sort of help them, it all comes together,” she says. A potential source for

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lings through the year using the waste heat generated by Shand Power Station, provides tree and shrub seedlings free to not-for-profit agencies, service clubs, conservation agencies and individual landowners for shelterbelts, wildlife habitat and reclamation projects. City folks looking to add a few, or many, native plants to their yards may be able to find some at their local garden centre; they’re often placed with the herbs. There are also sources available online, such as Richter’s Herbs out of southern Ontario. The NPSS has a wealth of information, including plant and seed sources, online at There’s even the option to request an Educational Activity Sheet for Kids on Native Plant Communities of Saskatchewan. When looking for native

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Golden alexander, Zizia aptera, is an attractive alternative to the invasive common tansy. Photo: c. neUFeld.

plant sources, buying a package of mixed seeds should only be done with care, as some mixes can contain seeds for invasive species at worse, or seeds for plants that are not suitable for our climate at best.

From one plant to many, from the living sky to the living landscape, there is much to be admired on the Prairies, from the air down to the roots of the native plants that help keep that air fresh and the land healthy.

While it may seem like an easy way to obtain native plants, wildcrafting, or foraging for plants in the wild, requires not only a knowledge of the plants and where to find them, but whether or not they should even be taken. While a number of native plants should be avoided (or planted in pots) because of their aggressive root systems or seed production, others are considered endangered or threatened and cannot be taken at any time anywhere. First to come to mind is the Saskatchewan provincial flower emblem, the western red lily, which is protected by law and should not be removed. There are numerous other species that

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Savvy renovations to renew your kitchen The kitchen is the heart and focal point of any home. But if yours is looking a little tired, a few simple renovations can change the feel of the entire space. W h e t h e r y o u’ v e j u s t moved in, have been meaning to update for years or are experiencing life changes, remember that a kitchen uplift doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. These smallscale projects could be the change your kitchen needs: 1. Brighten it up. Adding LED lights below your

cabinets will brighten your backsplash and counter and provide a warm glow. Place your favourite containers below to act as focal points – those copper canisters that are hiding under the island and the marble coasters you couldn’t resist can now all be on display. 2. Swap the old with the new. The backsplash is the first thing you see, so replacing it can be enough to give the space a whole new look. Try a unique shape or colour to

ing in an unused spot, such as above the sink or window, or next to the cabinets. Display your most beautiful dishes and add some decorative pieces to give the space a modern, airy feel.

change things up, like turquoise or patterned tiles, hexagon-shaped tiles or even a full slab of stainless steel. 3. Rework what you have. People often think new cabinets are necessary for a kitchen reno, but a lot can be done with what you’ve got. Repainting the cabinets and switching out the knobs to chic new handles will do wonders for a makeover. 4. Don’t hide away. Try adding some open shelv-

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5. Add new materials into the mix. Changing the island to a butcher-block counter adds warmth and practicality. Taking on a renovation can often feel overwhelming. But if you talk to your contractor about budgeting and spreading out payments through services like The Home Depot Project Loan, it can be easier than you think. The service allows you to finance any home projects, big or small and is available at locations across Canada. (News Canada)



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The hottest bathroom looks this year Thinking about renovating your bathroom this year? Whether it’s a simple update like a fresh coat of paint or new hardware, to a complete overhaul of your layout, there is a lot to consider when renovating. Read on for some of the latest trends. Bold colour choices. Similar to what’s happening in the kitchen, bold colours are making their way into bathrooms, from deep blues to forest greens and even black. If you don’t love painting, consider bold wallpaper. It works particularly well in powder rooms, as the smaller space is a great area to experiment in without overwhelming the rest of the house.

Compact design. New designs are embracing less square footage by combining features, with fewer double sinks and more shower/bath combos. In s t a l l i n g g l a s s d o o r s instead of using shower curtains creates a more o p e n l o o k . We t b a t h rooms are also growing in popularity and cre ate a show-stopping look while maximizing small spaces. Terrazzo time. Terrazzo is making a comeback with a modern twist. Today’s terrazzo comes in a wide variety of colours and uses an assortment of other materials to get its signature bitsand-pieces look. It’s a great alternative to stone and

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marble as it isn’t as expensive. Plus, it’s as durable as it is eye-catching, while requiring minimal maintenance. Statement mirrors and art. Many people see the bathroom as a functional room and not a place for statement pieces, but this space is an extension of your home. An easy way to change the appearance is to update the mirror. Round mirrors in particular are very popular this year. Don’t be afraid to move pieces from other rooms in your home here to achieve a more interesting look. Industrial chic. Exposed plumbing and hardware are being incorporated

Mixing metal finishes in your bathroom will lend industrial chic to your décor.

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Explore new styles in flowers and plants for your garden Today’s plant lovers want more than the traditional flowers to enhance their home. Rather, people want to enjoy the experience of getting in touch with nature, while also looking for unique flowers and plants to add a more creative, personal touch of colour and inspiration to their yards. This year, gardens will be more visually interesting, environmentally friendly and demonstrate the love and care provided by the families who tend them. Here are a few of the latest gardening ideas you and your loved ones can enjoy, from Ball Horticultural Company. • Gardening as an experience Detoxing from our daily dependence on digital distractions and tech gadgets is becoming not just a desire, but a necessity. What better way for you and your loved ones to take a break from screens than to spend time with plants, creating beauty, serenity and even a nutritious lifestyle? Make the process a group effort: from going to your favourite garden center and choosing your veggies, to caring for them and watching them grow, then harvesting and eating, the full experience is something to enjoy. Plant and grow veggies like the Snackabelle Red Pepper, a mini bell pepper that starts out green, then ripens red, with a rich, sweet flavour – perfect to have at home for

snacking as well as cooking. If you love natural fragrances, Lavender Blue Spear is a wonderful choice. They are easy to grow, and will achieve a height of nearly a foot. You can use the fresh lavender to make infused oil, soap, hand scrubs or bath salts. • New colour choices Look for unexpected colours to help you make a statement with your containers, window boxes or indoor potted plant garden this year. Striking new colours include the 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year, “Living Coral,” seen in the Gerbera Revolution Salmon Shades potted flower, also known as the African Daisy. Gerbera plants are easy to care for and provide great indoor decor, which also makes them perfect choices for gift giving. New Tattoo Vinca looks like a work of art, with gorgeous petals showing modern colours, swirled with soft strokes of black that make each petal look inked. The Tattoo Vinca is not only low-maintenance and heat-tolerant, but will attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to your garden. The Double Zahara Bright Orange Zinnia is another great choice for head-turning colour. Its double flowers bloom in vivid orange, and they are suitable for landscaping and container planting. This

Ornamental peppers are a unique way to add a variety of colours to your landscape. Photo: BPt

Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Living Coral, is captured by the Revolution Salmon Shades Gerbera daisy. Photo: BPt

flower is also a breeze to care for and pollinator-friendly. Or you can choose a unique plant with warm tones, like the bright and colourful Ornamental Pepper, with such attractive multi-coloured fruits that they are grown just for show. The Ornamental Pepper displays intense shades of yellows, oranges and reds in its fruit. Other flowers catch the eye with dynamic texture, such as the lovely Double PinkTastic Calibrachoa, a fully double flower with a dark pink eye and lighter pink petals. Its burst of blooms will cover the plant and spill over their containers, window boxes or hanging baskets. • Easy options for beginning gardeners New gardeners who want

choices beyond traditional flower options have great alternatives this year. If you’re looking for plants that are durable and colourful, the Echinacea Sombrero Tres Amigos produces a deer-resistant perennial flower that is highly attractive to butterflies and songbirds. Tres Amigos shows three colours, opening as a peachy-orange colour, then aging to rose and fading to burgundy. A great way to fill large spaces quickly is the attention-getting Big Blue Salvia, with spires that continuously bloom from July into the fall, with little care needed. This flower grows from 24 to 36 inches tall, with beautiful deep blue blooms that are attractive to hummingbirds and bees.

The Double PinkTastic Calibrachoa is a fully double flower with a dark pink eye and lighter pink petals. Photo: BPt

Beginner and experienced gardeners alike can enjoy the newest gardening trends by branching out into plants and flowers to attract pollinators, taking advantage of vivid new colour options and involving the whole

family in the process. To explore a whole new world of gardening options, visit your favourite local garden center this spring. Share your own style for 2019 by making your garden a personal experience. (BPT)

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