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  • Textured look adds warmth, panache

    Textured look adds warmth, panache

    Textured wall surfaces are a current trend. Walls adorned with brick, barn board or other textural products bring warmth to any room. As you can see by the focal wall in this bedroom, the worn wooden wall treatment behind the bed is stunning and dramatic. This is a lovely architectural detail . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Table talk

    Renovated Crescentwood home allows family to get close during mealtimes

    Eating meals at a long countertop that faces a wall is not conducive to sparkling conversations or creating a close-knit family. That's one reason Jenny and Trevor MacVicar decided to renovate the kitchen in their century-old home on Kingsway in the Crescentwood neighbourhood. "When we bought the house in 2003, we were . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Shades of great

    Plenty of plants thrive away from the sunshine
    Shades of great

    On a hot and lazy summer afternoon, a shady area can be the most desirable part of the garden, if only to cool off. Successfully establishing plants beneath the shade cast by a tree, fence or neighbouring house, though, can be challenging. Ken MacDonald, landscape designer and owner of Prairie . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Public wants knowledgeable, friendly staff

    Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a planning session hosted by the Western Retail Lumber Association. The board of directors and invited guests were led through a daylong exercise in analyzing the association and the industry for the road ahead. The program facilitator introduced a number of . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • What to do when leather furniture fades

    QUESTION: We have four light tan leather chairs and the sun has yellowed parts of them that were not shaded by a table. What can we do to restore them so they look uniform? George, Winnipeg   ANSWER: Discolouration is most prevalent on dark colours. Leather-repair kits are available online or in . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Trust your instincts

    Sometimes they're your most powerful tools
    Trust your instincts

    Some of the best tools every homeowner has are their instincts. How many times have you been in a situation where a voice tells you, "This isn't right. Do not do this." That voice becomes very important as you move forward with home renovations and repairs. I talk a lot about . . .

    January 24, 2015

  • Check with plumber before building basement bathroom

    Check with plumber before building basement bathroom

    Question:I read your article on getting rid of a cold-storage room, so I thought of writing you about my three-year-old house. I am planning on finishing my basement and am considering building a washroom in the cold room. We think if we place the washroom in the current cold-storage area, . . .

    January 17, 2015

  • Wax works to unstick stubborn desk drawers

    QUESTION: We bought a homemade wooden writing desk. The drawers don't slide easily. What can we use to polish the slides? Linda(Steinbach, Man.)ANSWER: Your best bet is to rub the wood with some type of wax, either paraffin or carnauba. Use a candle if nothing else is available. Rubbing . . .

    January 17, 2015

  • Plenty of good advice at renovation show

    The Kitchen Bath and Renovation Show was last weekend, and it was a tremendous success with excellent crowds and a buzz of excitement in the air as the RBC Convention Centre was full of attendees with renovation projects in mind. Important information was shared throughout the weekend, so I wanted . . .

    January 17, 2015

  • Choose colour from what catches your eye

    Choose colour from what catches your eye

    The vivid colour palette in our feature photograph certainly catches your eye. The berry-pink upholstery is a bold choice and is surprisingly lovely against the rich, golden walls. Although this particular colour palette isn't for everyone, it certainly has its place in the design world.I rather like this room. The . . .

    January 17, 2015