We have had much of a winter this year, but since it has arrived a little bit I thought I would share my favourite things about winter.
I love fall, it's my favourite season. So many great occasions happen in the fall, including my birthday. Here are my favourite things about this season.
This past weekend we spent visiting family in Ottawa. This is my birth city and my home for my whole childhood, so I know it quite well. We had a wonderful weekend, and got up to lots of fun activities. Just thought I would share with you some of my favourite things to do and eat in Ottawa.
Top 5 Things To Do In Ottawa in the Summer
My Favourite Ottawa restaurants
Just thought I would update you on our Nest. It's been a few months and we have gotten used to it and it us. So far, my favourite function is being able to change the temperature from bed using my cell phone. No more getting up in the middle of the night to turn down the heat. It also lets you know when you are saving more energy than other Nest users around you with the green leaf symbol. Overall we are quite satisfied with it. The Nest is basically just a thermostat, but with some extra fun features. Here are a few of our favourite things about our Nest!
Top 8 Things We Like About the Nest
Spring is finally here, and that means practically living outside for us! Since this is the case, in order to keep us out there it has to be just as comfortable as inside the house. Here are a few ideas to make your outdoor living space as appealing as your living room. Just add sun!
Top 5 Tips
Here are just a few ways to make more use out of your yard or outdoor space. We even did this on our balcony at the condo, which created an extra room for us during the warmer months.
No matter how good the furniture looks out on your deck, if it's not comfortable no one will linger for long. Try out lots of chairs and couches before buying any. Decide if it's something you can sit on for long periods of time. Just because it's outside furniture doesn't mean you should be giving up comfort.
Add details to your deck, balcony, yard to make it look decorated. Once you have your main pieces of furniture picked out, add lots of decor and lighting to create ambience. Fun lanterns, string lighting, potted plants, throw pillows, and blankets for cooler evenings.
3. Inside Outside
Think of your outdoor space as another living room. Pick furniture that resembles inside pieces, such as couches instead of folding yard chairs. Or a nice dinning table, instead of a plastic alternative. Keep this idea in mind when decorating, and you will have a wonderful outdoor oasis.
Despite all this talk of creating an inside space outside, the furniture used is different than your pieces inside the house. Your furniture from inside won't stand up to the elements. If your space is covered from rain you can be a bit more flexible, but I would still bring it inside for the winter months. Outdoor furniture is made of materials meant to be outside, and the good news is there are so many great pieces to choose from these days.
5. Have Fun
One of the great things about decorating an outdoor space is you can use more fun patterns and colours then you might inside your house. Bright colours and big patterns go well with the summer sun and the green of a garden. Decorating an outdoor space isn't a serious experience. Just have fun with it!
5 Tips To More Appealing Shelves
# 1 Minimal
Keep items to a minimum! A cluttered shelf is never going to work visually. There are just too many things for your eye to register, that it just ends up looking like a big mess.
# 2 Angles Are Your Friends
By tilting certain things on an angle, instead of keeping everything one direction, you create visual interest.
# 3 Groupings
There is the magic number three for groupings that works well. However, you can group objects together in other numbers, such as, two different sized items, taller in the back and short in the front, or four objects about the same size in a neat row. As long as you can see the objects in specific separate groups you can play with any number.
# 4 Visual Objects
Pick items that will stand out when your eye just glances over at the shelf. Colour contrast works well for this. For example, place white or colourful objects on a black shelf. The sharp change in colour will draw the eye.
# 5 Mix It Up
Mix in different types of objects on the shelf. Even if it's a book shelf, add a few objects to break up the monotony of the books. Also, place similar sized books together, and even try stacking books up instead of keeping all of them on their sides.
Just have fun and play with shelving arrangements! If something looks good to your eye, think about why that is, then continue the same concept elsewhere. Then you will be creating visually appealing shelves in no time!
When looking at houses for sale, you see everything! From the professionally staged to the hoarder type who insist they don't need to do anything to attract a buyer. To tell you the truth, it's the people in between that are the most appealing to a buyer. The house should be clean, uncluttered, but feel homey and lived in at the same time.
By nature I'm already OCD (and get made fun of for my perfect organization all the time). However, for the selling process it came in handy for staging. And it must have worked (along with other factors too, like location and price), because we sold our condo in one day! In fact some of the people who came through our place thought it was professionally staged, there was no way people lived like this! Oh well, I guess I'm unique individual, with liking my pillows arranged just so. Here are a few tips on staging we gathered up from our experience selling.
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