(NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruce up your interiors with these design ideas.


Play with paint. One of the most budget-friendly ways to change up a space is with paint. You can use it to refresh antique or dated furniture, or you can create a whole new ambiance with a new wall colour. For the cooler months, try dark, nearly black walls to add depth to a room. Keep it warm and inviting with lighter furnishings and décor; the deep shade will accentuate their silhouettes for a striking finish.


Re-theme a room. Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen or living room, switching up the style of a room can dramatically improve the overall look and feel. Try a new colour palette, or a different aesthetic like rustic, contemporary or cottage to create a renewed environment. For an affordable makeover, focus on smaller but impactful elements like textures, accents, furniture and décor.


Frame your view. Transform a boring basic window with gorgeous shades that do more than add style and polish. Hunter Douglas’ innovative custom window treatments offer light control for the perfect amount of natural sunlight, elegant performance fabrics for energy efficiency and UV protection, and intelligent shade operating systems for convenient smart home integration. Purposeful, polished window coverings give any room a finished look.


Organize chaos. Improving your home’s organization can make your entire living space feel fresh and welcoming. So take some time to clear out the clutter and use drawer and closet organizers to find an out-of-sight place for every trinket. If you have a small space, choose smart storage solutions that work double duty. And don’t forget your entryway. As the first impression of your home, it’s essential to keep neat and tidy. Use a coat rack and bench that doubles as shoe storage for an organized and seamless appearance.

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(NC) Looking to update your home but don’t have the time or money for a full-on renovation? Not a problem. With the right application of paint, you can breathe new life into your home, inside and out.


Consider these five painting projects to boost your home’s appeal:


Reimagine your space. One of the easiest ways to add personality is to refresh the walls by adding bold and contemporary colours. Try highlighting a focal point or niche with a fresh pop of colour, or paint an accent wall to command the eye’s attention.



Make a statement in your bathroom. People generally limit the amount of time they spend in their bathrooms. But what if you could make it a room you actually want to spend time in? With a coat of paint in just the right colour, anything is possible. Turn your bathroom into a statement room with a dark shade. Forgoing the usual neutral finish, this bold approach catches the eye and can create a sense of class and drama.


Revitalize tired cabinets and furniture. Bring old cabinets and furniture back to life with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a colour theme that complements the rest of your home or room. You can accentuate little details, hide imperfections and create great conversation pieces. I recommend using Para Paints Ultra melamine hybrid cabinet and furniture paint in a neutral colour that complements your style.


Captivate with a stylish doorway. The front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, so you want it to look as good as possible. If yours is looking a little tired and a new one isn’t in the budget, a coat of paint is a terrific option. A brighter hue can add energy, while a more subdued one plays up a traditional feel. Top it off with some stylish hardware and accessories and you’re good to go.


Update exterior trim and accents. There’s a connection between outer upkeep and what a visitor can expect inside. Painting your exterior windows, trim and shutters with the right colour palette can greatly boost your home’s curb appeal and make it more inviting for you and your visitors. Experiment with colour to create a playful welcoming effect or opt for a more subtle palette to create a formal or classic look. Remember, first impressions matter.

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(NC) For many of us, the aesthetics of our home –– a colourful garden, new furniture or trendy appliances –– often become our primary focus. But this can leave little time for unseen elements that can become a safety hazard.


Something overlooked like a loose or frayed cord can spark a house fire, and this happens most frequently during the winter months, according to the Canadian Red Cross.


It doesn’t take much for a fire to start in your home, but it doesn’t take much to prevent one. That’s why around this time of year, it’s crucial to take small, precautionary measures that will keep your family out of harm’s way. Here are four easy steps for a fire-free home:


  1. Develop a fire escape plan. Should a fire occur, it’s important to evacuate the home as quickly as possible. Creating a fire escape plan and practicing that plan twice a year will help ensure the safety of your loved ones in the event of a fire.
  2. Check smoke detectors frequently. A functioning smoke detector can be the difference between a false alarm and a life-threatening scenario. Install them on every level of the house and take the time to test them monthly, replacing batteries at least twice a year; daylight saving time always serves as a good reminder.
  3. Store and recycle batteries the right way. Once you have changed the batteries in your devices, be sure to recycle the old ones. Used batteries that are disposed of or stored incorrectly or damaged can be a safety hazard. Keep your home and the environment safe by recycling all your old batteries. Call2Recycle Canada has more than 8,000 drop-off locations across the country, so one is bound to be close by. You can visit their website at call2recycle.ca and plug in your postal code to find one closest to you.
  4. Pay attention to detail. Have an eye for the little things. Make sure your home’s heating sources are clean, as many house fires are started by poorly maintained furnaces or stoves, or chimneys with buildup. Check wiring and cords and fix or replace any frayed extension cords, exposed wires or loose plugs. Finally, make sure to store combustible materials in open areas and away from heat sources.
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I have listed a new property at 4805 55 AVE in Stony Plain.
Welcome to this updated bungalow home with a warm, inviting layout. Upon walking in, you'll find the living area bright and open with a spacious kitchen, living room and dining space. All windows have been upgraded and modern laminate floors extend through the main floor including the three bedrooms and full bathroom. Downstairs, the basement is also fully finished with two more bedrooms, another full bathroom and a large entertainment/rec room area with carpeted floors and a unique, classy bar table. Outside, a newer deck looks out over the massive fenced back yard. There's a spot here to park your RV while barely making a dent in available yard space. All this plus a new furnace in 2015, an attached garage, newer kitchen, central A/C and more. Centrally located in the growing community of Stony Plain within walking distance of playgrounds and the elementary/junior high school. Don't miss this opportunity.
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(NC) Whether you’re building a home from scratch or replacing the roof of an existing home, it’s important to consider the range of materials available and build a budget based on your needs. With a variety of styles and colours to choose from, you can easily find a look to match your home at an affordable price.


Jack Rende, senior merchant of building materials at Home Depot, suggests asking the following questions when choosing your roof materials:


  1. How long will the roof last? The climate you live in is one of the most important factors here. When selecting roofing materials, choose one with better durability to withstand mother nature.
  2. Does the type of roofing complement the style of your home? Bring your personal style to the exterior with a wide range of roof colours, looks and architectural shapes. The appearance of a roof can dramatically affect the look of your home, so it’s important that the material be suitable to its aesthetic.
  3. Is this roofing material within my budget? The cost of a new roof can vary drastically depending on the type of material and cost of installation. An asphalt roof is the most commonly used. It’s also the least expensive and requires minimal installation. The complexity, height and steepness of your roof can also affect the installation costs. 

Find more information online at homedepot.ca.

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(NC) Sometimes you want to create a major change in your home, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive renovation. Fortunately, you can use these tips to makeover any space.


Kitchen. Instantly make this room look sophisticated and transformed with a new backsplash. Since it’s a relatively small surface area, you can splurge on more luxurious tiles to create the aesthetic of your dreams, whether it’s sleek and modern or rustic and country. Finish off the room by swapping out cabinet hardware for a fresh and polished look.


Living room. The right window coverings can add value, style and ambiance to your main living area. Frame the space with custom-designed window treatments from Hunter Douglas that let you choose the perfect fabric, size and style, whether you have patio or sliding glass doors or a bay window. Their shades offer both natural light and privacy, as well as energy efficiency and smart-home operating systems that move the shades automatically to their perfect positions throughout the day.


Bedroom. Switching up the bed linens can have a major effect on the mood in your bedroom, whether you want to go for chic and cheerful or eclectic and bohemian. Just be careful not to be too matchy-matchy with your comforter, sheets and pillows — it screams bed in a bag, which lacks style and personality. Instead, add your own flair with a variety of colours and patterns for space that is unique to you.


Bathroom. It’s wise to keep plumbing where it is, as moving the location of your sink or tub can be a pricey move that isn’t worth the expense. For a more affordable makeover, focus on decorative elements that can give you that home-spa feel. Add a bold frame to the vanity mirror and invest in open storage shelves. Store personal items in drawers or textured baskets, and line shelves with plush towels, candles and live greenery for a lush, comforting ambience.

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I have listed a new property at 1081 BARNES WAY in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous home on a quiet street in desireable Blackmud Creek. Upon entering, you'll notice the bright, open feel of this home with vaulted ceiling, plenty of windows, art niches and display ledges. The living room features a cozy gas fireplace surrounded by windows. The spacious dining room offers access to the two-tiered deck looking over the large yard. The kitchen comes complete with stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboards and counters as well as a corner pantry. This floor also offers two bedrooms and a full bathroom along with main floor laundry. Upstairs, is the master suite with his and hers closets, a massive ensuite with separate soaker tub and shower as well as vanity. And just off the top of the stairs, unwind with a good book in the unique loft nook. The basement is also fully finished with family room, theatre/den, 4th bedroom and extra access to the attached garage. Upgraded furnace, hot water tank, A/C and so much more. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 224 2503 Hanna CRES in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous, Carrington-built, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home. Walking in, you'll immediately notice the bright, open, floorplan. There is no lack of space here, including room for a full size dinette set. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space including a large pantry, black appliances and an island with seating room. Gleaming hardwood floors stretch through the dining and living room. Cozy up to a corner gas fireplace or enjoy a morning coffee or BBQ on the deck. The master bedroom is spacious enough for a king bed and extra furniture, yet still has a massive walk-through closet. The full ensuite is complete with his and hers sinks. A second bedroom, washroom, large laudry room with full-size washer/dryer and A/C complete the suite. Enjoy the convenience of heated underground parking and an extra storage locker. And this building is packed with amenities including a gym, car wash, movie room, games, room, social room and rentable guest suites. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 107 12050 17 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this lovely home at The Solaris in the quiet neighbourhood of Rutherford. Up the stairs from the spacious entrance, you walk into the bright, open main floor with living room, kitchen and dining room. The kitchen features a large island and there is a spacious dining area with access to the first of two balconies. There is also a handy 2-piece washroom on this level. Upstairs, you will find 3 good-sized bedrooms including the master bedroom with 4-piece ensuite and walk-in closet. Enjoy the convenience of upstairs laundry. Spend time outdoors on the unique, private, covered balcony also located on this floor. Stay warm in the winter with an attached garage. And the basement gives you plenty of extra storage space. This fabulous home is located near some of the city's newest schools, parks, shopping and great restaurants. Plus, there is easy access to public transportation and the Henday. Don't miss this great opportunity!
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Please visit our Open House at 81 Aspenglen PL in Spruce Grove.
Open House on Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM No
You won't find another home this new with this much finished space at this price anywhere else in Spruce Grove. This Pacesetter home sits on a quiet street in the family-friendly community of Aspen Glen, close to parks, playground and schools. Bright, open floorplan with large kitchen including island, plenty of cabinet and counter space and a corner pantry. The dining room has room for a large table and chairs, but there is even more seating available at the raised breakfast bar. The living room features an inviting gas fireplace and large windows look out over the private back yard and deck. A 2-pc guest bath and access to the double attached garage complete the main floor. Upstairs features new carpet throughout. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and full ensuite and there are two more bedrooms and a second full bathroom for the rest of the family. Downstairs is fully-finished, too, with an large, open rec room/family area. Plenty of room for the whole family. Don't miss this opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 610 9918 101 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome to Renaissance Place and this nicely updated, 6th floor suite with a gorgeous river valley view. The kitchen has been opened up to give a more spacious feel with bright white cabinetry and inset glass panels. There's even a high-end Bosch dishwasher. Engineered hardwood throughout the main living area. Large windows let in plenty of light. An absolutely massive 27' x 8' balcony with access from both the living room and directly from the bedroom. And this building is nicely maintained and loaded with amenities, including: a large indoor swimming pool and hot tub with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the city and river valley; well-equipped gym; sauna and change rooms; a rec room with pool table; an outdoor patio area. There is even a guest suite available for when friends/relatives come for a visit. All of this as well as a convenient heated underground parking stall. Don't miss this great opportunity.
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Please visit our Open House at 81 Aspenglen PL in Spruce Grove.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, July 15th - 1 to 5 pm
You won't find another home this new with this much finished space at this price anywhere else in Spruce Grove. This Pacesetter home sits on a quiet street in the family-friendly community of Aspen Glen, close to parks, playground and schools. Bright, open floorplan with large kitchen including island, plenty of cabinet and counter space and a corner pantry. The dining room has room for a large table and chairs, but there is even more seating available at the raised breakfast bar. The living room features an inviting gas fireplace and large windows look out over the private back yard and deck. A 2-pc guest bath and access to the double attached garage complete the mail floor. Upstairs, you'll find 3 large bedrooms as well as a massive bonus/flex room. The master includes a walk-in closet and a full ensuite with his and hers sinks and there is a second full bathroom for the rest of the family. Downstairs is fully-finished, too, with an large, open rec room/family area. Plenty of room for the whole family.
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I have listed a new property at 4412 Miller DR in Onoway.
Welcome to this fantastic warm and inviting home with space for your whole family. Upon entering, you'll immediately notice how bright and open the home is with soaring vaulted ceilings and large windows letting in plenty of light. The living room features hardwood floors and a stone archway leads you to the spacious dining room and kitchen with raised eating bar, corner pantry, stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinet space. From here, you have access to the raised deck and massive yard (with a gate and room to store your travel trailer). Upstairs is the private master bedroom with room for a king size bed and plenty more furniture. There's a full ensuite and walk-in closet here. Your own little retreat. The main floor also features two additional bedrooms and another full bathroom. Downstairs the basement is fully finished with a large family/rec room, a 4th bedroom and 3rd full bathroom. With the convenience of a heated double attached garage and more, you won't want to miss this opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 305 17003 67 AVE in Edmonton.

Welcome to this great, 3rd floor, apartment condo. The living room features a cozy fireplace and sliding glass doors to the large west-facing balcony. The fully-equipped kitchen opens to the living room with a raised eating bar and a full dining room space. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-through closet to the 4-piece ensuite. There's also a spacious second bedroom and second full bath. Ceramic tile flooring in the front entry, kitchen, laundry room and both bathrooms. Large storage room contains the in-suite laundry. This well-maintained complex, built in 2004, keeps you close to amenities including public transit, schools, parks, rec centre, grocery, banks, restaurants and much more. A well-lit parkade helps ensure safety.

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I have sold a property at 4712 44 ST in Onoway.
Where else can you find a 1500+ sqft walkout bungalow for under $400,000? Not this close to Edmonton! A little TLC will make this home shine. Located in the quiet community of Onoway, you're just a 10 min drive to Alberta Beach, 20 min to Spruce Grove or 30 min to Edmonton. This large bungalow boasts a total of 5 bedrooms, soaring vaulted ceilings, massive windows to let in plenty of light, tile flooring through the main living area and a fully-finished walkout basement. The chef's kitchen includes a large centre island with raised breakfast bar area, raised built-in dishwasher, gas stove and corner pantry. From the dining area, you have access to the spacious upper deck. There are 2 bedrooms on the main floor, including a massive master complete with 5 pc ensuite and walk-in closet. Downstairs, the basement holds 3 more bedrooms, a second gas fireplace and a wet bar. Enjoy the convenience of a heated double garage and a private vinyl fence surrounds the yard. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have sold a property at 18630 61 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this great family home in an ideal location close to shopping, schools and quick access to Henday. This renovated 4 level split home includes a double attached garage, beautiful massive yard, covered rear patio deck and is fully-finished top-to-bottom, with a total of 4 bedrooms. As you walk in, you're greeted with a large, open living room/dining room with glass block wall, two bay windows letting in plenty of light, hardwood and tile floors and warm paint colours. Recent renovations include new shingles, fence, flooring, furnace, deck and more. Upstairs, you'll find two bedrooms, including the master and a full bathroom. Another two bedrooms and bathroom are located on the 3rd floor, with the 4th (basement) floor also being fully finished as a large rec room. There's nothing to do here but move in and enjoy. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have sold a property at 22024 99A AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous and ready-to-move-in home. Built by award-winning Daytona Homes, this Astra layout 1/2 duplex is guaranteed to impress. A large, open foyer greets you as you enter. Walking in, you'll discover the bright, spacious floorplan. The kitchen is perfect for preparing meals with an expansive island, all stainless-steel appliances, built-in dishwasher, microwave hood fan and plenty of cabinet space as well as a corner pantry. A dining room with space for a large dinette set and a warm, inviting living room with large windows to the yard, Hunter Douglas blinds, and hardwood and tile floors complete the main floor. Upstairs, you'll find three bedrooms and two bathrooms including the massive master bedroom with full ensuite and walk-in closet. You'll also discover the convenience of an upstairs laundry. The basement is ready for finishing and roughed in for a future bathroom. Outside, enjoy BBQing on the deck or gather around the firepit with friends. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 4712 44 ST in Onoway.
Where else can you find a 1500+ sqft walkout bungalow for under $400,000? Not this close to Edmonton! A little TLC will make this home shine. Located in the quiet community of Onoway, you're just a 10 min drive to Alberta Beach, 20 min to Spruce Grove or 30 min to Edmonton. This large bungalow boasts a total of 5 bedrooms, soaring vaulted ceilings, massive windows to let in plenty of light, tile flooring through the main living area and a fully-finished walkout basement. The chef's kitchen includes a large centre island with raised breakfast bar area, raised built-in dishwasher, gas stove and corner pantry. From the dining area, you have access to the spacious upper deck. There are 2 bedrooms on the main floor, including a massive master complete with 5 pc ensuite and walk-in closet. Downstairs, the basement holds 3 more bedrooms, a second gas fireplace and a wet bar. Enjoy the convenience of a heated double garage and a private vinyl fence surrounds the yard. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 224 2503 Hanna CRES in Edmonton.
Welcome to this gorgeous, Carrington-built, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home. Walking in, you'll immediately notice the bright, open, floorplan. There is no lack of space here, including room for a full size dinette set. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space including a large pantry, black appliances and an island with seating room. Gleaming hardwood floors stretch through the dining and living room. Cozy up to a corner gas fireplace or enjoy a morning coffee or BBQ on the deck. The master bedroom is spacious enough for a king bed and extra furniture, yet still has a massive walk-through closet. The full ensuite is complete with his and hers sinks. A second bedroom, washroom, large laudry room with full-size washer/dryer and A/C complete the suite. Enjoy the convenience of heated underground parking and an extra storage locker. And this building is packed with amenities including a gym, car wash, movie room, social room and rentable guest suites. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 81 Aspenglen PL in Spruce Grove.
Welcome home to this beautiful, spacious Pacesetter home located on a quiet street in the family-friendly community of Aspen Glen in Spruce Grove. Close to parks, playground and schools. Walk in to the bright, open floorplan with large kitchen including island, plenty of cabinet and counter space and a corner pantry. The dining room has room for a large table and chairs, but there is even more seating available at the raised breakfast bar. The living room features an inviting gas fireplace and large windows look out over the private back yard and deck. A 2-pc guest bath and access to the double attached garage complete the mail floor. Upstairs, you'll find 3 large bedrooms as well as a massive bonus/flex room. The master includes a walk-in closet and a full ensuite with his and hers sinks and there's a second full bathroom for the rest of the family. Downstair is fully-finished, too, with an open rec room/family area. Don't miss this great opportunity.
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