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Interior design tips, trends, how-tos and features.

Your chance to be on TV and get a professional home reno for less

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: you could be on television. If you are a homeowner in the GTA with a renovation project you are desperate to do, you could be the person HGTV (Home and Garden Television) is looking for to appear in one of two new shows. The Corus Entertainment specialty channel has created the two shows for next spring’s season and is currently casting and filming them around the GTA. One is called Save My Reno, the other Backyard Builds. Save My Reno sounds like a great idea. HGTV calls it an “upbeat” new series, hosted by former CFL player and builder on another HGTV show, ... Read More »

Robotic furniture makes it easy to reconfigure small apartments

We’ve seen the very cool concept demonstrated before, the clever use of shape-shifting furniture, movable walls and multi-functional spaces. Treehugger founder Graham Hill, for example, showed off his prototype micro-apartment (420 square feet) in New York City a few years ago, with its many very smart design features that make it possible to live in the small apartment as if one were in a much bigger space. A table appears out of nowhere, it seems, and stretches out to seat twelve for dinner. The bed folds into the wall. The wall moves to create an office. And so on. The trouble is, it cost him a small fortune to build ... Read More »

Home renovation spending to increase, emphasis on basic maintenance: CIBC

Fewer Canadian homeowners plan to renovate in the next twelve months than did in 2015, but they will spend more on average than renovators did last year. More than one-third (37 per cent) of homeowners, roughly 4 million individuals, will spend around $13,000 each this year, says CIBC, around $52 billion in total. The big renovation spending continues a trend that has been gaining strength for about ten years now. According to Scotiabank Economics, home renovation is the fastest growing component of residential investment in Canada, faster even than new home construction and home re-sale spending. People’s reasons for renovating vary, of course, but broadly fall within two categories: preparing ... Read More »

Algae-based packaging, multi-purpose garments win Lexus Design awards 2016

The world’s oceans are filling up with plastic garbage, so it is fitting that a possible replacement for plastic should come from those same oceans. A gelatinous material called agar, derived from algae and used mainly in food, could provide the solution to the world’s insatiable appetite for packaging. A trio of Japanese designers have won this year’s Lexus Design Award, announced at the Milan Design Week 2016, for their Agar Plasticity prototype. The team, known as AMAM, were mentored in the process by British designer Max Lamb, seen in the photo above. Their project uses agar, which is commonly used as a thickener in Asian foods. The team’s work ... Read More »

Electrical safety and design tips for renovating the kitchen

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and designer Kimberley Seldon are reminding homeowners that home renovations involving electricity need extra care to ensure safety. They have collaborated to set up a program called Power Your Reno to help Ontarians better understand the risks and the proper procedures for working safely with electrical wiring. Faulty wiring causes more than one-quarter of all electrical fires in homes, the ESA says, but barely half of Ontarians are aware that anyone hired to do electrical wiring in their home must be a licensed electrical contractor (LEC). It is illegal to do paid electrical work without a licence, and it is illegal to hire an unlicensed ... Read More »

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