Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Canada Day


Sharing Canada Day with our family and friends has become a tradition for us and one the kids look forward to every year. Lots of games, food and fun for the whole gang!

Canada Day 2014


This Canada day long weekend we will be celebrating with our friends in beautiful Port Rexton, NL. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can enjoy a little fun on the water, warm fires, and fresh seafood. The Port Rexton Brewery has opened a new patio that will need to be tested out this weekend!

Here are a few items that may come in handy when celebrating Canada's 150th birthday this weekend. Rain or shine we will be celebrating our beautiful country and making memories along the way!

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Happy Canada Day 2017!!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Painting your front door is a great way to give your home new curb appeal. It is one of the easiest and quickest makeovers, costing as little as a quart of paint. Front door colours are highly personal but should work with the undertone of your other exterior colours.

Spring is a great season to paint your door because the weather is not to hot or too cold. Remember to read your paint can for temperature guidelines but usually if temperatures are above 15 degrees you are good to go. Have fun and be bold when selecting a colour for your door, remember colours read lighter in natural light.

I painted my front door black when we first moved in our house. I love the classy look of a black front door. After a few years I wanted a pop of colour and went with an orange which I still like today. 

This colour is Earthenware by Beautitone.

Behr- Fired up T17-19

Buttered Yam AF-230                          Bronze Tone 2166-30 

 Calypso Orange 2015-30

Here are a few more great colours to try if your looking for pop of colour!

Purple is not a popular colour when it comes to front doors, however on the right home, purple can look picture perfect. 


     Kalamata AF-630                                 Chambourd AF-645

Black Raspberry 2072-20

Yellow Door

Yellow Finch 2024-40                   Concord Ivory HC-12

Stuart Gold HC-10

Blue Door

                              Gentleman's Gray 2062-20                            Blue Danube 2062-30

Newburyport Blue HC-155

Green Door
 possible color scheme:        
Wasabi AF- 430                        Split Pea 2146-30

Agave AF-420

Black/Grey Door

Iron Mountain 2134-30                           Onyx 2133-10
Amherst Gray HC-167

Red Door

    Caliente AF-290                                  Bonaparte CC-64

Sun-dried Tomato CC-62

Just remember exterior paint colours will read lighter and brighter than you'd expect, so always test your paint sample first and remember you need an exterior paint. Check out this post on How-to Paint Your Front Door for some use full tips!

Don’t forget to paint the interior of the door, a bright door can brighten up your entryway!

5 more inexpensive ways to improve curb appeal:

1. Update front light fixtures
2. Buy new house numbers
3. Add new planters & door mat
4. Buy a new mailbox 
5. Add some sparkle with a door knocker or new hardware

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


No room is complete without good lighting. Lighting has often been called the 'jewels of the room' by designers but is often over looked by the average homeowner when designing or renovating a space. Choosing the right chandeliers, pendants and lamps can help set the style and mood of your home.  


Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room and an easy way to update a space. When considering your lighting options think about layering. Just as you would when accessorizing a room, its about finding the right layers. Always consider both natural and artificial light when designing your space. Consider how that room will be used and what is required for functional and ambient lighting. 

Task lighting gives off directional light which is important to consider when looking at the function of your room. If you read a lot in your master bedroom or on the sofa you will want functional task lighting like a good table or floor lamp. Installing a dimmer is a great investment when you want to switch to a softer mood light. 

Ambient lighting is a must-have for creating a soft warm glow. Floor lamps, table lamps and sconces all bring in additional light to rooms with poor natural and overhead lighting. Every room should be lit from at least two sources of light, one of which should always be ambient lighting. 


Make a statement with your light fixturesA beautiful statement light can work like a piece of art in a room. The entryway is a great opportunity to give a fabulous first impression of your home. 


There are more and more amazing, affordable sources for lighting these days. Here are just a few places to shop for beautiful lighting fixtures.

With more homes having open concept living and dining areas a person can get completely LOST trying to pick out island pendants and chandeliers. Finishes on light fixtures don't always have to match but fixtures close together should complement each other. You could choose a chandelier and pendant in different shapes but the same metal finishes or vary the shapes but match the finishes keeping it clean. 

Finding the right lighting for your room is the first step but its also important to know how to hang them. You don't always have to play by the rules but these guidelines are helpful. Here are some great tips from Studio Mcgee on lighting placement: 

Tips on Choosing Light Bulbs:

Choosing between cool lighting, warm lighting, incandescent lighting, LED lighting can be quite confusing! Here are a breakdown of the 4 main types of bulb used in homes.

1. Incandescent is a popular bulb used in homes because of the price. Certain types of incandescents have been phased out because they are the least energy efficient, with 95% of the energy used producing heat and only 5% producing light. Incandescent light bulbs last about 1,000 hours on average.

2. Compact Fluorescent lamp (CFL) lighting works by passing electricity through mercury vapor, which in turn emits ultraviolet light producing more of a cool light. CFLs cost less to operate than incandescent but cannot be dimmed. Fluorescents tend to be better suited for garages and basements where lights stay on a lot. CLFs on average last 10,000 hours or 10 times an incandescent.

3. LEDs bulbs are the best on energy savings but are priced on the higher side. There are lots of options coming out and most LED lamps are compatible with dimmersLEDs last on average 50,000 hours or 50 times an incandescent.

4. Halogen bulbs have more hours than a simple incandescent but energy consumption is still high with a typical halogen lamp. Halogen lights are popular in pot lights and installed under the upper cabinets to provide good task lighting. They are a great way to highlight areas of a room but do get warm to touch. 

Before going shopping for lighting make some notes on what color and brightness of bulbs you’re looking for and you’ll be able to narrow down the choices pretty quickly. 

Remember everything looks better in good lighting!

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