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The cost of buying a home doesn’t begin and end with your mortgage. Here are 5 common home buying costs that you should also be aware of. After scouring real estate listings and touring any number of potential homes, perhaps even losing a bidding war or two, you’ve finally done it –you’ve purchased your very first house. Read More
Thinking about taking on a home renovation project? Congratulations. Investing in home improvement is always a good choice. Before you start shopping for fixtures, flooring and furniture, you’re going to need to nail down a realistic home renovation budget. Read More

2017 Holiday Decor Trends
Ready, set, decorate! The holidays are here. So, if you celebrate the season, you’re probably getting ready to add some festive cheer to your existing décor … assuming you haven’t been set up since right after Remembrance Day (not that we’d know anything about that sort of thing).
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Darla Grant-Braid

A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Firewood Storage
If the meteorologists are right, Canadians are in for a particularly daunting winter. Reports of extreme cold and tons of snow are in the air, all destined to arrive sooner than usual. But that’s ok, we’re Canadians. No one has to tell us that winter is coming. The question is, are you properly prepared?
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Darla Grant-Braid

Design Expert: The WOW Factor
  Celebrity designer, Glen Peloso discusses designing a powder room with "pow" factor. The smallest space in the home is the perfect place to unleash your most daring design desires When I design a powder room, I think of the “pow” factor. Homeowners often are worried it is going to be “too much!” Fortunately, it is the one place in the house that you are allowed to take your design ideas to the edge,
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Reno and Decor Magazine

5 Healthier Holiday Food Swaps
The holiday season is right around the corner and the time has come to relax, let loose and eat (relatively) freely.  Big meals, baked goods and rich beverages all tend to be holiday staples, so it should come as no surprise that people tend to put on a few pounds over the holiday season.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH

Return of the Black Bathroom
Tis the season to begin planning next year’s home renovation projects. If a dream bathroom renovation is on your wish list, you’re probably pouring over photos of gorgeous spaces. That means there’s a good chance you’ve noticed that black bathrooms are quietly making a return.
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Darla Grant-Braid

When your wool rug sheds more than your cat
We wanted to title this article “The care and feeding of your pet rug”, because honestly, there are times when you find yourself walking around with little shed-fibres stuck to your black pants, and it feels like you’ve added a new fur baby to the family. Does that mean a switch to synthetic area rugs only? Of course not! What is does mean, is that like a pet, your wool rug may need special care.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Intro to Reno: Brazilian Hardwood Flooring
If you’re in the market for durable, show-stopping, premium hardwood floors, you might want to consider going with Brazilian Hardwood. Made popular by their reputation for exceptional hardness, density, and good looks, Brazilian hardwood flooring can withstand Canadian climates and is excellent against the wear and tear delivered by busy households.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Know Your HVAC Warranty This Winter
How familiar are you with your HVAC warranty? Contractors taking advantage of ignorant homeowners is an increasingly common trend in the HVAC service industry and it’s something you really need to be aware of heading into this winter season.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH

How Do You Use a Convection Oven?
Whether you’ve gone out and splurged on a new oven that features some fabulous bells and whistles, or you’ve gained a higher end range through the purchase of a new house, there’s a good chance that you aren’t quite sure about how to use a convection oven, or even why you need one. So, we’re taking a top down look at this very popular kitchen innovation.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Floor Heating Systems’ Pros and Cons
Before you invest in anything in your home, it’s always smart to weigh up the pros and cons. Floor heating systems are generally preferred by modern homeowners because they provide an efficient and consistent source of warmth from the floor up heating the entire room.
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Reno and Decor Magazine



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