Small changes that make a BIG difference


Small changes that make a BIG difference

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

In Nova Scotia, a great party usually starts and ends in the kitchen. It’s where friends gather over a glass of wine and yummy nibbles; where children learn to bake that perfect chocolate chip cookie; and the perfect starting point for a romantic home cooked dinner for two. With so much time spent in this […]

Prep Your Home for Summer

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Summer? Is that you? This week on the blog we’re giving three cheers for sunshine and sharing a few simple ways to say bye bye to heavy layers and heated blankets and hello to sun hats and flip flops. Kick winter remnants to the curb. If you’re really ready to embrace the summer season, the […]

June Home Checklist

Monday, June 5th, 2017

During the month of June, we say goodbye to another school year and hello to fun in the sun. Make sure your home is ready for the upcoming summer season with this month’s home checklist. Clean grill grates. Barbecue season is upon us! For those who don’t grill year-round, make sure your grates are clean […]

Create the Ultimate Home Office

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Check out our top tips for creating the ideal home office. Location. Location. Location. Location. A workspace smack dab in the middle of your home’s hustle and bustle is not ideal, especially if clients will be stopping by. That being said, if this isn’t the meeting place for clients and you work well with slight […]

April Home Checklist

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

April is the perfect time to give the inside and outside of your home a bit of a refresh. Check out this month’s top to-dos. Amp up your curb appeal. The outside of your home offers that all-important first impression. Step back and examine what could use some work on your home’s exterior. Are your […]

Freshen Your Home for Spring

Monday, March 20th, 2017

The calendar says spring! To get out of that winter rut, we’re sharing some of our favourite ways to freshen your home for a new season. Don’t block windows. Your windows are there to provide natural light. Tall items in front of windows, such as bookcases and large plants, block natural sunlight. Move larger items […]

February Home Checklist

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Happy February! In honour of Valentine’s Day, this month’s checklist is all about giving your home (and loved ones) some extra TLC. Check out our top to-dos to keep your home clean, cozy and clutter-free. Keep driveways and walkways clear Winter weather can be unpredictable and overwhelming. Once hit with a fresh coat of powder, […]

Comfortable & Cozy

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When the temperature drops, there’s nothing better than gathering by the fire, getting under the blankets and enjoying a cozy night indoors. While spring and summer are all about creating a fresh, airy feel, fall and winter calls for a different mood. This week, we’re sharing our top tips on how to make your home […]

November Home Checklist

Monday, October 31st, 2016

November is the perfect month for pre-planning and outdoor grooming. December is sure to fill up quickly so now’s the time to be proactive and attack those tasks that will make for a smoother transition into the winter months. Safety first. As the temperature continues to drop, ice and snow becomes a serious hazard. Clear […]

Decor Trends for Fall

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Besides the leaves changing colours, the crisp morning air and the pumpkin spice lattes, fall also brings some fabulous design trends. Check out a few of our favourites and try them in your own home this season! Mix and match We love when homeowners think outside the box and experiment with multiple design trends in […]

June Home Maintenance Checklist

Monday, June 6th, 2016

June waves goodbye to another school year and hello to fun in the sun. Make sure your home is ready for the upcoming summer season with this month’s home checklist. Clean grill grates. Barbecue season is upon us! For those who don’t grill year-round, make sure your grates are clean before the first cookout of […]

Laundry Room Revamp

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

There’s nothing we love more after a long day of hard work than pouring ourselves a glass of wine, putting on our favourite comfy sweats and doing a few loads of laundry…who’s with us?! Anyone? The reality is that laundry day is not the most exciting of days, but if you loved the space where […]

WOW Factor with White

Monday, May 16th, 2016

When it comes to choosing the colour palette for a room revamp, some homeowners shy away from white as they feel a white room is boring, unwelcoming and not relaxing. We politely disagree. The way we see it, beige can be boring – white is not. Check out our top tips for creating a crisp […]

May Home Maintenance Checklist

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

With the unpredictable April weather behind us, we’ve got our fingers crossed that May will bring plenty of sunny days and warmer nights. This month, our checklist focuses on giving the outside (and a bit of the inside) of your home a good spruce. Clean windows and doors. April showers can turn your window panes […]

Kitchen Revamp

Monday, April 25th, 2016

For many, the kitchen is the heart of your home. A place to unwind with loved ones, whip up a delicious meal and toast amongst friends. With so much happening in this one space, homeowners are looking for fun and creative ways to update their culinary oasis. This week, we’re tackling dated kitchens with some […]

Go Green

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Did you know Friday, April 22, 2016 is Earth Day? This week on the blog, we’re sharing what you can do to make your home more eco-friendly. When diving into your next renovation, consider these “go green” tips.   Soak up the sun. Open blinds, drapes and shutters for a two-fold eco-friendly solution. Natural light […]

Ten Tips to Brighten Your Home

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Despite the recent snowfall, we’re setting our sights on brighter and warmer days. To get you in the spring spirit, we’ve compiled a list of 10 simple and effective ways to brighten up your home’s interior. Light furniture. Too many dark accents can make a room feel small and closed in. Select light-coloured couches, tables, […]

What to Ask Your General Contractor Before the Work Begins

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Spring has officially sprung! Around this time of year, many homeowners begin to re-evaluate their abode and make a list of any areas which are in desperate need of improvement. If you’ll be hiring a general contractor for projects big or small, ask these 10 questions first before signing on the dotted line. What is […]

Bedroom Design Trends

Monday, March 21st, 2016

On a stormy Monday, there’s nothing you would rather do than grab a cuppa, curl up with a good book and just relax. In honour of what we hope to be the last “storm day” of the season, we’re talking how to create the ultimate bedroom space. This year, bedrooms are not just for sleeping. […]

March Home Maintenance To-Do List

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Despite this weekend’s fresh coat of frosty powder, we’re still thinking happy thoughts and looking forward to the first sweet signs of spring! Our March to-do list focuses on your home’s post-winter condition. Cold weather and large snowfalls can wreak havoc on a home’s exterior and inner workings. Once the temperature begins to rise and […]

Bathroom Trends

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Bathrooms are drifting away from being just a practical space with a sole purpose. This year, a little more thought is going into bathroom design and we’re seeing transformations that ooze relaxation and softly scream serenity. Check out a few of our favourite bathroom trends for 2016. Cool and calm These are two commonly used words […]

February Home Checklist

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Happy February! In honour of Valentine’s Day, this month’s checklist is all about giving your home (and loved ones) some extra TLC. Check out our top to-dos to keep your home clean, cozy and clutter-free. Keep driveways and walkways clear Winter weather can be unpredictable and overwhelming (brief flashback to last year’s “snow-mageddon”). Once hit […]

True or False?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

What’s the final word on permits? Are there right and wrong colours for a small space? From debunked myths to hard-and-fast rules that stand the test of time, we’ve got it all in this week’s true or false roundup. True or False: Avoid dark colours in small spaces. False. Dark colours sometimes get a bad […]

January Home Maintenance Checklist

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Happy 2016! Kickstart the new year with i love renovations’ January home maintenance checklist. From decluttering your space to protecting your home from the outdoor elements, our first checklist of the year is filled with fun and practical ways to beat those winter blues. Clean and organize closets. The start of a new year is […]

The Home Office

Monday, December 21st, 2015

When someone tells you they work from home, what do you envision? A couch and a coffee table that also turns into a living room once the laptop shuts down? Or maybe a spare room with a desk randomly plunked in the middle that is shifted to the side when guests need a place to […]

Open Concept Living

Monday, December 14th, 2015

An open concept renovation is a popular request and the transformation is always beautiful. When multiple rooms are converted into one large, open space, the home tends to feel larger and brighter. If you’re considering open concept living, keep these tips in mind. Load-bearing walls There are several structural considerations when planning for an open […]

Company’s Coming!

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Delicious food, fantastic company and a warm and inviting space are all ingredients of a successful party. But before the guests arrive and the merriment begins, ensure your home is host-ready with the i love renovations holiday entertaining checklist. Home well-lit and easy to find When guests reach your block for an evening soirée, are […]

Power of Paint

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Cabinets in great condition but screaming for a spruce? Basement feeling dark and dingy? Bathroom outdated? Paint is the perfect solution to breathe new life into a space. When it comes to choosing a paint colour, green, yellow, blue and red just don’t cut it anymore. These days, you’ve got options. Victoria Plum. Royal Breeze. […]

November Checklist

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

To kick start a new month, i love renovations’ November home checklist is all about preparing your home for the cooler months ahead. November is somewhat of a transition month for homeowners. Now’s the time to tie up loose ends on the outside and begin to draw your attention to the cozy inside. Let’s get […]

Fix Now-Save Later

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Putting off simple home maintenance tasks now could mean major and costly repairs in the future. Just like your body needs regular checkups to make sure everything is in good working order, your home needs that same TLC.  Consistent upkeep and care is all it takes to ensure a safe and comfortable home. Deck boards […]