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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 […]

August Home Checklist

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re already sharing our August home checklist! As we soak up this last month of summer, we’re staying ahead of the game and taking care of those tasks that will ensure a smooth transition into a new season. From back-to-school basics to fun in the summer sun, check out this month’s […]

Commercial Renovation Tips

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Is your office space feeling a little drab? Considering a commercial renovation to breathe new life into an old space? Keep these tips in mind before the renovation begins! First impression First impressions are everything, and your commercial space may be a client or customer’s first introduction to your business. Its appearance and overall vibe […]

Decks by Design

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The deck days of summer have arrived (finally!) and we’re sharing some of our favourite design trends for the sunny season! Treat your outdoor space as a bonus room If you’ve got the space, a deck is essentially an extension of your home. Outdoor furniture and rugs, sun and rain shields and grills and outdoor […]

July Home Checklist

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Inspect and repair driveway. Examine your driveway for any cracks and/or holes that may have appeared following the winter months. Use a proper sealant or caulk for small fixes or consider resurfacing the entire length of your driveway for a full makeover. Repairing cracks and holes will prevent rainwater from seeping through and undermining the […]

Deck Planning 101

Monday, June 26th, 2017

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” We’ve all heard this old adage used when emphasizing the importance of planning. And we firmly believe detailed planning is the key to a successful renovation – whether big or small. That’s why we’re sharing our top planning tips for each space in your home. To […]

Kitchen Trends

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Are you considering renovating your culinary oasis? Read our top trends for the kitchen before the work begins! Bold fixtures Kitchen lighting options are endless. Besides the always reliable pot lights and under-cabinet lighting, homeowners are also opting for eye-catching light fixtures. Industrial pendants hung over a culinary workspace make a serious statement in 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 […]

Open-Concept Compromise

Monday, May 15th, 2017

We get a lot of requests for open floor plans. There’s something fresh and airy about a main floor that feels spacious and fluid. And while this design style is still preferred by many, others are starting to explore the “broken floor plan.” Read on to discover how you can create that open-concept feel without […]

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 […]

Entertaining Oasis

Monday, March 27th, 2017

If you’re someone who loves to host, then this week’s blog post is for you! Check out our top tips to transform your home into an entertaining oasis. Open concept Closed-in spaces are not ideal when entertaining. That’s why we love a well thought-out open floor plan. Creating flow between the kitchen and living area […]

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 […]

March Break Checklist

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It’s March Break. The kids are home for a week, and instead of packing your bags and hitting the road, you’ve decided to stay in the city. If you’re gearing up for a staycation this week, we’ve got a list of fun activities both you and your kids can enjoy. March Break at Pier 21 […]

March Home Checklist

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Spring is in the air! This month, we’re gearing up for a new season by giving the inside (and outside!) of your home a little TLC. Check out this month’s top to-dos! Inspect and repair roof. Once the ice and snow melts, it’s the perfect time to inspect your roof for any cracks, leaks or […]

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, […]

January Home Checklist

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Happy 2017! Kickstart the new year with i love renovations’ January home maintenance checklist. From de-cluttering 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 […]

Countdown to Christmas Checklist

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Christmas is just days away (insert shouts of joy here!) and many are crossing off their final to-dos to ensure a holly jolly holiday. To cut down on the stress and because we love a good list, we’ve compiled a checklist of final Christmas preparations to make sure you don’t forget a thing. Clean and […]

December Home Checklist

Monday, December 5th, 2016

To prepare for December, i love renovations is making a list and checking it twice. Our home maintenance tasks are fun and festive, and ensure you’ll be warm and cozy all winter long. Check attic insulation The attic tends to fall victim to the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.” But proper insulation […]

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 […]

October Home Checklist

Monday, October 24th, 2016

We love October. The leaves are changing colours, scarves and boots are peppering the sidewalks, and the morning air has a hint of crispness that makes you want to stay under the covers just a few minutes longer. Enjoy your home to the fullest this fall by checking these October to-dos off your list. Rake […]

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 […]

September Home Checklist

Monday, September 12th, 2016

September is a time of transition. The kids head back to school. There’s a crispness in the air. And you slowly ease back into a routine after enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Take your home into the new season with September’s home checklist. Chimney and furnace maintenance. While you may not even […]

Basement Planning 101

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A growing family, frequent visitors from out of town and in-laws moving in may have you searching for more space in your home. Before considering an addition, one of the most cost-effective and time sensitive solutions is to renovate your unfinished basement. With a blank canvas, the potential in that sometimes neglected space is endless. […]

Kitchen Planning 101

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” We’ve all heard this old adage used when emphasizing the importance of planning. And we firmly believe detailed planning is the key to a successful renovation – whether big or small. That’s why we’re sharing our top planning tips for each space in your home. This […]

August Home Checklist

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Where did the time go? We can’t believe we’re already sharing our August home checklist. While summer 2016 isn’t in the books just yet, we’re staying ahead of the game and taking care of those tasks that will ensure a smooth transition into a new season. Check out this month’s top to-dos. Get your home […]

July Home Checklist

Monday, July 4th, 2016

A new month means a new checklist! Check out our top to-dos for July. Inspect and repair driveway. Examine your driveway for any cracks or holes that may have appeared following the winter months. Use a proper sealant or caulk for small fixes or consider resurfacing the entire length of your driveway for a full […]

Deck Planning 101

Monday, June 27th, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” We’ve all heard this old adage used when emphasizing the importance of planning. And we firmly believe detailed planning is the key to a successful renovation – whether big or small. That’s why we’re sharing our top planning tips for each space in your home. To […]

Backyard Oasis

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Summer is finally upon us and we can’t wait to spend as much time as possible outside with friends and family. For those who thrive on hosting a backyard bash or two during the warmer months, we’ve provided a few of our favourite ways to create the ultimate backyard oasis. Take advantage of the summer […]

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