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Updating the dated

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What do you do when you have dated finishes you can't tear out? Here's how to work around them and give your space a lift on a budget.  Looking at the picture above, what did you notice first? The sculptural deer head? The vases? The lamp? The toss cushions? The throw? What about the dated, 1980s seafoam carpet?  Yup, it's there, but it probably isn't where your eye when first. I am going to share with you the formula to work around a challenging colour in your space. I am using the example of flooring and seafoam as the colour,...

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Eco-friendly cabinet makeover

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Who doesn't love a makeover? This past weekend I took an underwhelming little cabinet in my daughter's room and made it into a fun piece that she loves. I've had this cabinet kicking around since I bought my first home. It was in left behind in the garage when I moved in. If I had to guess, it's probably an old kitchen cabinet and casualty of an earlier renovation. Back then I needed furniture badly and free furniture was especially welcome. If I remember correctly, I got together with my friend Heather and we each repainted an old piece of...

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Interior Designer Profile: Jonathan Adler

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Interior designer Jonathan Adler is author of the book, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living. Love his work or hate it, it is kind of hard to imagine how one could feel down in one of the quirky, colourful spaces he creates. I wanted to profile Jonathan as a designer I admire. Admittedly, he is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and I probably wouldn't want to live all the time in an environment that is as high energy as those he creates, but I still think he has a lot to offer as far as inspiration is concerned and...

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Hearth and Home: Updating your Fireplace

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Frank Lloyd Wright believed the hearth should literally be the centre of the home, so it's a good idea to make sure yours is ready to be the centre of attention. This is a great off-season project because, hopefully, our fireplaces will be on hiatus very soon. Looking at the insert or actual fireplace itself first, a common issue is outdated brass trim. I've pleasantly surprised a number of my clients by pointing out that the trim is often simply attached with magnets, or easily unscrewed and removed to reveal black metal underneath. That easy, free update is great, but if...

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