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Cozy Up For Fall

Tracy Wharton

Feel like making a few changes around your home to cozy up for fall and winter, but don't know where to start? Here are three versatile "looks" you can easily incorporate into your own home.  Up first is the most understated of the three. Using a palette of neutral greys and metallics, texture is the star here.  I started with some wallpaper and paint picks. While nobody I know redoes their walls seasonally, these are selections that will work year round, but also can be incorporated into seasonal styles if you so desire. A grasscloth and metallic "leather" wallpaper by...

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Bedrooms: Making the Most of Your Most Personal Space

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Making your private space comfortable and personalized is a nice way of taking care of yourself, so you can recharge and be ready to face the next day.  I find bedrooms are one of the most neglected spaces in our houses. At least, it seems to be the case in many Calgary homes. Designers are often called in to work on kitchens, bathrooms and other large expensive projects, but bedrooms are frequently neglected. Fortunately, compared to a kitchen renovation, making your master bedroom feel like a getaway is a walk in the park.  Starting from the basics, I recommend first...

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Last minute Christmas shoppers rejoice!

Tracy Wharton

Still looking for a few last minute gifts?  Did you mean to get to the Holiday markets, but just got too busy? Looking to buy local and find items for the hard to buy for or the "already have everythings" on your list?  Passion for Glass (1534 17th Ave SW) has just made it all easy for you by hosting a last minute Calgary artist pop-up shop. The shop will be open: December 22 11-6pm December 23 12-7pm December 24 closed December 30 12-8 pm Check out work at a variety of price points from painters, carvers, glass artists, textile artists...

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When to save and when to spluge on your interior decorating project

Tracy Wharton

A popular magazine article genre is the "Splurge and Save" photo essay. It's fun to see how you can get a high end look for less, but what is often not addressed is the functionality of the items.  There are pieces of furniture that need to be able to stand a pretty significant amount of wear and tear, and not buying a quality piece in those cases may lead to a false economy. One of the items in your home that really needs to stand up is the dining chair. If you think about it, the chair must support your...

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DIY Cabinet Door First Aid

Tracy Wharton

If you are reasonably handy, and your cabinetry needs a pick-me-up, here are a few options to consider.  Take a look at the three cabinetry door/drawer fronts. The small drawer front is our before. It's pretty standard 80s stuff, but it can be spruced up in these two easy ways. Some general notes: Do a test patch on an inconspicuous spot so you can see how you will like your new finish. Also, confirm in advance if your chosen finish can be applied directly over oil or water based varnish. I don't know what you have on your doors, and...

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