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Amazing opportunity to live on a quiet, tree-lined street in one of the best neighbourhoods! This sprawling home has over 2700 sqft of developed space, with 7 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms. Loads of “elbow room” for your large, growing or multi-generational family. Entering the home, you are greeted by vaulted ceilings, stunning staircase, an eye catching stone fireplace & gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen was opened & redone with a huge quartz island & a gas range. Entertaining would be a joy in this home. The upper level has three bedrooms & a main 4pc bathroom, the large master has it’s own 3pc ensuite. The lower level was freshly painted & features a great rec room, an updated 3pc bathroom with steam shower & a large bedroom. The basement level has 3 more bedrooms, all with egress windows, another family room & a small kitchenette. Gorgeous landscaping, interlocking brick walkways, new composite deck, & a heated double detached garage. This home is everything you have been waiting for!

 

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2019 Design

20 Home Design Trends for 2019

Rose gold, subway tiles and exposed lighting were some of the top home decor trends of 2018. With a new year comes new decorating patterns, stylish, timeless pieces to fresh takes on old styles. 2019 is going to have some fantastic home design trends.

Published in DECORMAG

ARTISANAL FIXTURES

Like velvet pieces many designers have noticed a shift and that more decorators are partial to fixture from local artist and small businesses, especially lighting. Artisan fixtures personalize your home, and like natural elements, helps shifts homes focus from the tech world to the natural world.

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Stepping away from the tech-obsessed decor we saw dominate the 2018 design trends, 2019 move towards fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete, and granite. These elements will help bring an organic and serene ambiance to any space while reflecting the world around your home.

VELVET FURNISHINGS

Believe it or not, velvet was seen as old fashion and stuffy, now viewed as a luxurious yet funky. This multi-dimensional fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention, leading many designers to believe velvet decor will be one of 2019’s most sought-after trends.

FLORAL PATTERNS

This decorating trend has been around for awhile, in the upcoming year. However, we will see floral patterns in a new light. Decorators expect to find exaggerated proportions and contrasting colors used for this timeless decor pattern.

COPPER ACCENTS

Rose gold was one of 2018’s most used decor trend, yet for 2019 we are expecting to see less rose gold and more copper accents, along with a mixture of other metals. With it’s red and orange tones and overall earthy hue, copper is a much-needed breath of fresh air for the new year.

RICHER COLOR PALETTES

Though muted colors can help you avoid making spaces feel overwhelming, designers believe that 2019 will be a year where bolder colors are preferred. Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative decor pop. Lookout for dramatic reds, statement pinks, bold yellows and organic greens.

BRASS DECOR

2019 is setting up to be a year where we wave goodbye to stainless steel and polished nickel, and welcome brass accents back into our homes. Brass is a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents.

BLACK & WHITE DECOR

A truly timeless design trend, black and white furnishings will want to be on your list of trends to incorporate into your home’s decor this 2019. The visual contrast of black and white will provide a sense of balance and boldness to your home’s space.

MILLENNIAL PINK

A massive hit in 2018, this trendy hue is getting a lot of attention. We’ve already seen this pink shade make its way into home decor and fashion, but for 2019 get prepared to incorporate this hue in new creative and unique ways, as an easy way to update any space.

TONAL REDS

The past few years we have seen designers and homeowners gravitate towards cooler colors such as blues and greens, so we are excited that warmer tones are going to be in for the new year. Tonal reds are a great way to add complimenting contrast while providing the warmth that makes your home more inviting

GEOMETRIC PATTERNS

Similar to floral patterns and brass decor, incorporating geometric patterns is no new trend. Yet for the new year geometric patterns are expected to become a dramatic presence. Colors will be bolder with oversized patterns. This is a trend that will help make a bold statement in any room. A chic and easy way to incorporate this pattern into your home decor is adding geometric throws.

CONCRETE ACCENTS

Some may wonder why concrete has left the construction zone, yet 2019 will be the year it steps into many homes decor. Providing a crisp, clean look that’s easy to compliment Concrete isn’t just for countertops. Geometric concrete tiles will become increasingly popular and pair two of next years hottest design trends into one stylish piece.

VINTAGE LIGHTING

A trend that many will be shocked to see making its way back into the new year. The vintage lights we are expecting to see will be less exposed lighting and more of vintage pendants and sconces, in brass and copper finishes. 2019 will be a year where trending designs come together in unison.

BUCKET SINKS

Also known as Trough sinks, bucket sink joins the list of vintage design trends that are predicted to make a massive comeback in the next year. Farm-house inspired, these pans are family friendly and will add personality and a touch a nostalgia to any kitchen or bathroom.

BURNT YELLOW

Previously this shade of yellow was seen as too overwhelming and dramatic, yet in the coming year, the bolder the better. Yellow is a color that exudes happiness, confidence, and cheer. Whether used in accents or statement pieces, burnt yellow is sure to make your home feel joyous in 2019.

70’S CHIC

With many old design trends coming back in style this 2019, such as velvet and geometric patterns, our designers are expecting to see many nods to the 70s era. 70’s chic decor is all warm palettes, funky textures, and abstract silhouettes. Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out amazing personality into everyliving room or bedroom design.

AGATE WALLPAPER

Many seem to stay away from wallpaper in general, yet 2018 was a year that saw wallpaper used in more homes. 2019 will be no different, and it is all in print. Agate wallpaper is making a splash for its pops of colors, and its natural ununiformed lines and colors perfectly marry both the bold and natural trends we expect for 2019.

MATTE FINISHES

From beauty products to customized cars, technological advancements have made matte finishes all the more alluring and viable. Compared to the dramatic effect that high-shine finishes conjure, matte finishes lend furnishings a more relaxed, however, futuristic appeal.

Take this sleek console brought to life by a sensational yellow and periwinkle color combo. In a more traditional color combo it would have come off as standard. And if it were finished with a high-gloss effect, it would come off as overly loud. Instead, thanks to its matte patina, it’ll lend any room a quiet sense of dignity and grace while remaining ultra-cool.

For a similar effect, look for matte finished furnishings that boast unexpected hues and silhouettes, or go for classic styling as when a piece is finished with a matte technique, it will remain forever-cool.

CANOPY BEDS

Though they haven’t been in vogue since the late 80’s, we’ve seen a steady rise in clients requesting updated takes on grand canopy beds. It could be because hotel inspired bedroom suites have been all the rage over the past decade, or it very well could be that people are seeking out the ultimate comforting oasis.

Whatever the case, minimally minded canopy beds are readily available in an endless array of options. And since they usually boast a slim silhouette and elements, they can now fit in almost any room with ease without coming off as overbearing and unnecessary. To make one work in your bedroom, follow suit and source a canopy bed that is quiet and slim to ensure that it won’t take up too much space or ever go out of style.

JUST LISTED : 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW

Welcome Home to 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW, Calgary!

Quartz Counter tops. Check! Brand new kitchen. Check! Brand new GE Stainless Steel Appliances. Check! Trendy vinyl plank floor. Check! In-suite new laundry. Check! Low condo fees. Check! This place checks all your boxes, and for under $250,000? WOW!

This fully remodeled single-level townhouse is perfect for first time home buyers or the savvy investor. Open the front door and fall in love with the warm and welcoming feel of this home. The open concept living room is beautifully lit with natural light, and the kitchen is a showstopper. White shaker style cabinets, large subway tiles and under mount sink.

The bathroom has faux marble tile surrounding the deep tub and plenty of storage in the vanity.

The master bedroom is huge with a walk-in closet, motion-sensor light and custom built-ins. The 2nd bedroom also has a generous closet with built-ins!

Storage not a problem here, with a pantry and extra space in the furnace room. Did I mention a newer furnace/hot water tank? You’ll be the envy of your friends!

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JUST LISTED : 167 Douglas Woods Hill SE

Welcome to this show stopping family home in sought after Douglasdale.

This open concept home has been recently updated for a polished, modern look. You’ll be impressed as soon as you step inside this gorgeous home. It features hardwood floors, a spacious living & dining room, main floor laundry & a discrete half bathroom. The home opens up into a family room with huge windows and a corner fireplace. Once in the kitchen your eyes are drawn to the details which includes high end cabinets, stainless steel appliances & shining granite countertops.

Upstairs is your extra large dream master suite – a large 4 pc ensuite with corner jacuzzi tub & a walk in closet. There are 2 additional bedrooms & a kids/guest bath up.

The fully finished lower level is ideal for family entertainment. Space includes a supersized recreation room, built in office space, a 4th bedroom & storage space!

The backyard is enormous, did we mention there’s a POOL? The property is well manicured with a large multi-tiered deck. Welcome Home.

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JUST LISTED : 114 Covehaven Court NE

In the respected Covehaven section of Coventry Hills, family living has never been more comfortable. A stunning vaulted entry leads to an open plan living/kitchen/dining, perfect for entertaining or hanging out with family. Kitchen aesthetics have been newly updated to suit the modern palette, and an attractive half-bath sits conveniently right around the corner. Completing this level is a bonus front room perfect for media, hobbies or a home office.

Upstairs is made for relaxation with three bedrooms and two more bathrooms, featuring an enormous master with 4pc ensuite. More unique charm includes: a gas fire place in the living room, a large fenced yard with storage and space for 4 (!) cars, and a private backyard play structure that can only be described as awesome.

Add close proximity to exciting amenities like theatres, shopping, restaurants, the VIVO Rec Center and a short drive to the airport, and you’re sure to please everyone under your roof.

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How to Start a Remodeling Project

When the itch to remodel hits you, create a plan that works. The first step in all remodeling projects, large or small, begins with careful planning to ensure you get the most out of your budget.

From designing many projects over the last decade on HGTV and with my firm I can confidently state that you really need to stay focused on your design style and direction. Being consistent and following your path will ensure your project is seamless and less stressful.

1. Begin with Inspiration

Even your favourite travel destination might inspire you to remodel. Create a stylebook and fill it with photos of your favourite kitchen, decor and artwork. I often have design sessions with clients who just want some ideas, inspiration and rough sketches. This is a great opportunity to hone your style and colour palette while picking your designer’s brain for reno tips.

2. Define Your Goals and Priorities

Think about what you want to achieve from your remodel. What are your goals? Create a list and prioritize all the projects to complete and any major repairs. No matter what size your reno is, you have to consider all the details – from plumbing and electrical to HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). If your renovation includes any of these elements, ensure that you have a game plan for relocation and contingency.

3. Create a Budget and Timeline

Determine the money you have to spend and define a timeline for completion. Knowing this will help you stay on budget and ensure you reach your goal without steering down a path you didn’t plan for. I always tell my clients to put aside 15% for a contingency fund, not to be confused with overspending, it is used for unpredictable construction costs. Make sure to work and consult with a designer, and invest in floor plans.

4. Find a Contractor

Interview at least five contractors, and look for ones that work regularly in your area. This will avoid having them travelling across the city to get to other job sites and possibly abandoning your project for days at a time to complete others.

5. Set Your Plan in Motion

Allow your vision to take shape by researching paint colours, furniture, lighting, accent pieces and anything else you would like to incorporate into the design of the space.  Sometimes, choosing the right decor can be overwhelming. I often get called-in to help make colour suggestions and the right choices to match your budget and vision. A short design consultation can take a lot of stress of your plate.


Toronto-based celebrity and award-winning designer Dvira Ovadia, principal of Dvira Interiors, is known for her appearances and design work on various HGTV shows. Dvira and her team uses their profound understanding of design to create stylishly smart spaces. Servicing clientele throughout Ontario and Greater Toronto Area.

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Orange is the New Black

Ok – so maybe tangerine! But man this brazen, fire-licked hue has been popping up everywhere this summer.  Garden and home accessories, clothing and sunglasses, I even saw a cute bike in happy creamsicle.

Adding a dose of 70’s style to your home with a mid-century modern piece will be sure to wow your friends and family.  This colour is like adding a hit of spice to your summer. It’s hot, hot, hot!

Best Advice

“Add visual interest with bold pattern. Your main pattern should have no more than two colours. Then, bring in a multi-coloured patterns that harmonize without being too matchy. And don’t just think fabrics; pattern can come from accessories like lamps of vases” Richard Ouellette

Savour la vie en…mandarine!

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)

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.

Basement Windows : What you need to know!

Are you thinking of renovating your basement?

Before you start, you should be aware of all of Alberta’s safety code requirements.  You will require a Building Permit if your alterations are more extensive than cosmetic upgrades. A Development Permit may be required if your proposed renovations do not meet Land Use Bylaws requirements.

There have recently been building code changes to basement window wells. A window well is a space maintained partially or fully below the adjacent soil for a window – also known as below grade.

Basement windows can come in many shapes and sizes. If you are developing a recreation rooms, games room or office, the size of the window is not a matter of building code concern. However, if you decide to develop a bedroom, the size of the window is very important!

The Alberta Building Code requires that bedroom windows have at least 0.35 m2 (3.8 sq ft) of clear opening that a person could crawl through, with no dimension less that 380mm (15 inches). This requirement ensure that there is an alternative way to escape in case of fire or emergency.

Where basement windows are located partially or fully below grade, a window well is also required. These requirements have been in place for many years. In the 2014 Alberta Building Code, which became mandatory last November, the clearance in front of the bedroom windows increased from 550mm to 760mm. This requires a larger window well. These clearance also applies to any obstructions around the window, like overhead hazards that prevent a safe exit.

Any time code changes, it can present new challenges for the home building industry.  So I recommend that you used a trained professional for your installation and to ensure you are meeting these codes.  Check out 5.0 Stucco for your window and exterior needs.

Excerpt from Home and Renovations – April 2016 (By Vanessa Gash)