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  • Travelling opens the mind to exciting new decorating ideas

    Travelling opens the mind to exciting new decorating ideas

    We are fortunate today to have so many inspirational designs, styles and all their essential elements literally at our fingertips. We have unlimited access to architecture and decoration from around the world through the Internet, magazines and books. There is nothing like physically being in another country and culture, soaking . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Functional flair

    Make your home office productive and comfortable
    Functional flair

    Whether you work from home or want to create a stylish study space for your children, choosing the right office furniture is key to maximizing your productivity and ensuring you stay on task and work comfortably.Your home office should be "an environment where you want to sit down and work, . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Organized chaos lightens housework load

    Organized chaos lightens housework load

    You plan, you paint, you organize. Then life steps in and messes everything up.Your carefully laid out accessories get pushed aside for kids' toys and your new sofa slipcovers are forever wrinkled and askew.What can you do when your decor just won't stay the way you pictured it would be?Well, . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Taking SIDES

    Western red cedar a DIYer's dream material
    Taking SIDES

    Is western red cedar a DIYer's dream siding?Bruce Morrish pondered this question when it became obvious that his 20-year-old home needed a facelift.Originally sheathed in three-eighths-inch ranch wall, a paintable or stainable plywood with an embossed figure with incised parallel lines to resemble solid wood planks, the house's thin veneer . . .

    August 30, 2014


    Great for cooking, warding off fungal diseases

    "In the natural world everything has its place with flavour."So says Jon Royal, executive chef of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Red River College."Between onions and garlic in the plant kingdom, both have such a beautiful aroma and versatility. You can eat garlic fresh or . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • A case of mistaken crawl-space odours

    A case of mistaken crawl-space odours

    Question -- I came across one of your 2013 articles in the Winnipeg Free Press about possible asbestos contamination resulting from attic insulation. This led me to wondering about my basement crawl space. We have lived in our 1914 North End home for 16 years. Early on, I removed most . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Best way to beat oak tree borers

    Best way to beat  oak tree borers

    In September of last year I wrote an article on the ongoing problems bur oak trees are experiencing. I am definitely seeing a worsening of the oak situation in southern Manitoba on the basis of the volume of calls and visits I have made to see stressed oak trees this . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Is a kitchen reno ever DIY?

    A few reasons you might need to call in the pros
    Is a kitchen reno ever DIY?

    Whether you plan to go the DIY route or hire a designer, general contractor or kitchen company, staffing a kitchen renovation depends on what you plan to do.If you're just replacing the kitchen cabinets, a professional kitchen cabinet company will do. But in most cases, by the time you need . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • Make your appliances do all the work

    Consider personal needs and preferences when outfitting kitchen
    Make your appliances do all the work

    Ever hear the saying the devil is in the details? When it comes to your new condo, that's certainly true. And if you can properly accessorize, the excitement, rather than the devil, can occupy your details.Many condo buyers want to make their lives easier. Those who have been renters until . . .

    August 30, 2014

  • River of DREAMS

    Eye-catching cubist house in natural setting fulfils a fantasy
    River of DREAMS

    Thirteen years ago, a scenic drive and the happenstance viewing of an unusual home led to a couple making the spontaneous decision to relocate.Suzanne and Marc (the couple prefer their surname not be used), discovered their house when Marc deviated from his normal return route after an outing. While driving . . .

    August 30, 2014