With flurries cooling off the last of our autumn days here in Calgary, people are preparing to settle into autumn and get cozy. With this feeling comes the desire to nest--to make your home feel more like home in preparation for a new season. Whether you are new to your home or not, here are some things you can do to help you feel more settled following a transition in the seasons.
Finish unpacking. Everyone has at least one box in their home that they have neglected since moving. Friends, now is the time to unpack it once and for all. Finish moving into your home by unpacking any boxes you have. It will help you feel organized and in control. While you're at it, go through that one drawer you throw everything in and find a proper place for its
With the arrival of winter comes the need to prepare for the dark, snowy days ahead. It's time to get that dusty box out of the basement and unload your sweaters, long-johns, toques, mittens and fuzzy socks. Lawn chairs need to be replaced with shovels as flower pots get swapped out for snowmen. Hot soup is about to become your best friend, an electric car starter your most prized possession.
As you prepare yourself for winter, make sure that you also prepare your home for winter. Winterizing your property is incredibly important in making sure that it successfully survives the cold. If you neglect to properly winterize your home, it can get seriously damaged and won't help you stay warm, either. Here are some
With snow arriving and more to come, it is officially time to do all the little projects you have been neglecting so far this autumn. After all, no one likes to do hard labour in the freezing cold. The weather is going to reach a high of 16 degrees on Saturday, giving you the perfect day to complete everything on your to-do list!
Autumn is a great time for finishing renovation projects you started in the spring/summer and beginning new ones to prepare your home for winter. Remember that home renovations are an important part of keeping your property up to date and in the best condition possible. They may cost you upfront, but they add incredible value to your property. We highly recommend taking regular stock of your home and
There is no denying it, autumn has arrived and it is time to start preparing for winter. With warm weather expected this weekend, now is the perfect time to prepare your property for the long, snowy months ahead (don't get too sad, Calgary is a great place to live in the wintertime! But more on that later). We're going to miss green grass and leaves, but the autumn colors are beautiful--so lets protect them.
Winter can wreak havoc on your lawn if you do not prepare it properly. What your lawn needs most in the wintertime is Potassium so it can stay strong, just like us. Today's Homeowner writes, "Potassium is a very important nutrient in overall plant health. It works at the cellular level to strengthen and harden plants from top to bottom, making
Back to school is right around the corner! The commercials are on TV, people are flooding Staples and Walmart for supplies, schools everywhere are dusting off their desks and students are trying desperately to soak in every stray moment of summer. With back to school time comes a new dedication to keeping things organized, especially the house. Here are some creative DIY additions that will make back to school easier on your home.
1). Front Entryway Locker Room: Transform your front entry into a mock-locker room by installing little stalls with space for yourself and each of your kids. Put a shelf up for winter hats and gloves, a coat hanger for jackets and backpacks, and a basket for miscellaneous items. This will prevent everything from getting
As more people embrace minimalism and seek naturally-lit spaces, white has become the perfect color to accent design and keep rooms bright all year round. Pinterest and Instagram are dominated by photos featuring a white, luminous aesthetic. In many new homes, white cabinets, countertops and walls reign. If you look through the brand new infill homes for sale we have listed, you will see that home designers are embracing the color white and using it to craft modern, minimalist, high-end homes.
While white has become a hot trend in design, using it as not as simple as buying a can of pure eggshell-white paint. All-white everything is not a good idea. Even minimalist spaces need a touch of color and
Gardening season is upon us, and the secret to a great garden is great soil. What makes soil great? Compost!
Thanks to the City of Calgary, every home has a Green Compost Bin. You can regularly put compost waste in it for collection, or you can keep it inside your yard and do your own thing. If you choose to make your own compost, here is what you need to do:
Add Base: Food scraps are the base for your compost. You can basically compost any kind of food, except for meat & dairy products. This is because meat and dairy will attract rodents and maggots, but also compromises the nutrient balance of the compost. Have a mini compost container in your kitchen for easy access, then regularly dump it into your compost bin outside and clean it to reduce the
We have all heard the phrase "this house has good bones." Those of us who watch HGTV know that a house having "good bones" is often used as a way to convince buyers that the property could be something wonderful, even though it is in need of a major makeover. A couple will walk into a derelict home, the wall paper stripped, ceiling beams exposed, stepping around holes in the floor, and their HGTV expert will say, "I know, I know. But it has good bones!"
The reality is that most houses that look like a mess are a mess. Not every decrepit home has "good bones"; in fact, not every nice home has good bones! Rarely will you be able to tell what kind of bones a home has without the eye of a home inspector. These professionals see through the grime and
March 20th was the first official day of spring. Crazy, right? Since then we have had a number of snowstorms and cloudy skies, most notably yesterday when it snowed all day long. The good news? The snow was wet and heavy, and the heat of the sunshine today has already begun to melt it. While Mother Nature seems to want to keep winter around, the sun is on our side. Thank goodness!
Regardless of how high our snow piles still are, the beautiful reality is that it is, in fact, spring. Around this time is when our homes transition out of winter. We begin to pack away our snow pants and mittens (with a knock on wood), any remaining Christmas lights get taken down, moody blues and rich reds are replaced with pastels, and we decide to force spring into
They say there is nothing quite like home-sweet-home, and they're right. Our homes are where our families grow, our treasured possessions are kept, our pictures are on the wall and our memories are made. When we're not at home, we crave our bed and miss knowing just how much to turn the tap to get the perfect temperature of water. Our homes are deeply personal, a major part of our lives.
Perhaps we're getting sentimental. After all, Valentine's Day is just one week away. However, we are firm believers in the importance of a home, not only because so many people are not fortunate enough to have one, but because homes do play a major role in our lives.
We love our home! But do we always treat it with love? No. Sometimes we let it fall into
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