5 Fast Fixes

You don’t need a complete renovation to add impact to your home. Easy weekend DYIs will spruce up your abode. If you have some spare time this weekend here are 5 fast fixes:

  1. Paint it: The quickest and cheapest way to totally transform your home is with a fresh new colour
  2. Curb Appeal: changing your front door is like a facelift for your home
  3. Petal Power: fresh flowers and plants scream summer and cozy up any space
  4. Deep Clean: give carpets a shampoo clean for an instant update
  5. Pillow Talk: change up throw pillows and cushions to update furniture

Have a great long weekend!!

How To : Maintain a Wooden Floor

In recent years, wooden flooring has reached further than it ever has before, namely into traditionally tile-only areas like kitchen and entryways. Driven by people’s desire for a seamless flow from room to room, this trend means hardwood is subject to increased wear and moisture. Depending on the level of exposure, water and other liquids can cause wood to discolour, warp, crack or rot.  You should minimize direct moisture, using water very sparingly when cleaning and wiping spills promptly. The good news is that hardwood, weather solid or engineered, is protected this days with a plastic-like polyurethane coating. However, scratching can compromise the finish, so keep surface dirt in check and avoid wearing shoes (particularly high heels) inside.

Atmospheric Pressure

Wood is easily affected by the air around it, so aim to keep the temperature and humidity levels in your home as consistent as possible. Avoid a change of more than 3 degrees Celsius on any given day and use a central or stand-alone humidifier in the winter to replicate the moisture-rich air of the warmer months.

Choosing a Cleaner

Overly acidic or alkaline wood cleaners that may ruin your floor’s finish, while oil-based products can leave a filmy residue and actually attract dust. Look for pH-neutral, residue-free solutions.

Care Schedule

Follow the timeline below to keep your wooden floors looking great long term:

  • Daily: Remove surface dirt before it causes scratching by vaccuming with a hard-floor attachment or sweeping with a dry microfibre mop.
  • Weekly: Mop with a specialty cleaner in small sections to avoid moisture sitting on the surface for too long.
  • Every 3 months: Bring back shine and fill in little scratches by polishing with a water-based product.

 

From Style at Home February 2016 (producer Mary Levitski)

Summer in the City : Table for Two

Turn your balcony into an outdoor oasis with stunning furniture and great barbecues designed for spaces just like yours.

Even the smallest balcony or patio can become your private retreat. A small table and two chairs gives you the opportunity to dine and relax outside in peace. Indulge your love of outdoor cooking with a scaled-down barbecue or grill. (If you live in a condo, make sure you check your buildings bylaws)

 

 

 

Bringing Home the Trends

People often ask me what trends I’m seeing in home decor. Here are my thoughts (for whatever they are worth)

One of the biggest things I have seen this spring is mixed metals. Yup, I’m as shocked as you are. I always thought you wanted to stick with one, but nope – platinum, gold, copper and steel – as long as they’ve got a metallic sheen they go together.

Pastels, which we knew was coming from the Pantone colours released last fall, but they are all over! Whether it’s accessories or the wall colour, there are so many ways to bring these colours into your home. Don’t be nervous, start with the accents and build from there into a warm and energetic space.

We have been seeing this trend for awhile, but WHITE! Clean, crisp and fresh – white is making a name for itself this year.

Bringing the outside in with plants and greenery. Nice pops of green in rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms – choose whatever fits your home decor.

As always, I encourage to support local! So get out there and shop, adding these trends to your home today.

And she scores… the Road to Rio!

For those of you that know my family, we have been involved with the soccer program in Calgary since we moved here in 1990!  I was lucky enough to play little league soccer with Erin McLeod on the WillowRidge Tigers team. While I was chasing butterflies, she was headed towards becoming the Canadian Women’s soccer goalie.  Although she is out of the Olympics this year due to a knee injury, I still follow the team and their “Road to Rio” run.  Coming up …. Canada vs. Brazil June 4th in Toronto.  Make sure you catch all the action!

According to several sources, soccer is the most popular team sport in every region of our county! With more than 750,000 players under 17, and nearly half of them are GIRLS! Canadian soccer experts say that the main drivers behind the growth are: immigration from countries where soccer reigns supreme, the popularity of our national teams (Go Canada Go) and the low cost to participate.

Visit www.canadasoccer.com to follow the girls and cheer them on to another Olympic medal!

Housing supply swells in cool spring market

Calgary’s housing inventory was on the rise once again in May as new listings climbed and sales slowed to 1,923 units.

“While recent oil price gains may have some feeling optimistic, weakness in the labour market continues to impact housing demand,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Job losses are spreading into other sectors, wages are declining and unemployment levels remain high. At the same time, we’re seeing housing supply levels rise in the rental, new home and resale markets.”

Inventory levels rose by 14 per cent in May to a total of 6,148 units. Every product type is experiencing these gains, but the largest inventory growth has occurred in the apartment and attached categories. Together, these sectors represent half of all resale inventories in Calgary.

“The resale apartment market has been the most difficult for sellers,” said CREB® president Cliff Stevenson. “They are competing with improved selection in the lower price ranges of the detached and attached markets, and facing increased competition from the new home sector, where builders are offering incentives to attract potential buyers.”

While apartment resale supply remains 22 per cent below the May high of 2,055 units in 2008, the combination of rising supply in the apartment sector and steep declines in sales activity has elevated months of supply to nearly six months.

The apartment sector of the market has experienced buyers’ conditions for more than 10 months, so the impact on pricing is more dramatic, compared to the detached and attached sectors.

In May, the apartment benchmark price totaled $278,500, a monthly and year-over-year decline of 0.7 and 5.6 per cent. In the detached and attached markets, home prices totaled $500,500 and $332,100, a year-over-year decline of 3.4 and 4.3 per cent.