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  • Re-staining readiness

    What to consider when prepping for the job
    Re-staining readiness

    I've received a number of questions and comments from readers concerning a July 5 column on how to prep a deck for re-staining. As a result, I've decided to return to the theme to answer the queries and respond to the opinions in order to share the information with other . . .

    July 19, 2014

  • Crepe expectations

    Tasty delicacies just the beginning at 'little slice of Europe'

    One of Manitoba's most unusual and charming attractions recently underwent an extensive renovation. The Whytewold Emporium, often referred to as "a little slice of Europe" on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg, is now 3, 000 square-feet larger due to an initiative by owner Karen Cote and her husband, Jan Cote. The . . .

    July 12, 2014

  • Multiple methods for fighting mosquitoes

    Multiple methods for fighting mosquitoes

    QUESTION: I tried your Listerine-based mosquito repellent and felt it was not strong enough, so I tripled the Listerine involved, as none of the ingredients should really cause any side-effects. It was better, yet still not as good as a DEET-based spray. My dog had 50-plus skeeters on him, and . . .

    July 5, 2014

  • Building rustic charm

    Decorating projects for your summer home
    Building rustic charm

    Ah Summer. Sandy beaches, pristine lakes, warm winds and long days. Want to create the carefree and relaxing charm of a summer getaway year-round in your home (without the mosquitoes)? Beauti-Tone has created a collection of projects, many using colours from the Colour Comes Home collection, to help put your . . .

    July 3, 2014

  • Outdoor wood projects demand careful thought, research

    Outdoor wood projects demand careful thought, research

    Now that it's summer many homeowners have outdoor projects on their minds. The most popular are decks and fences, and the most popular material for these types of projects is wood, by a long shot. When it comes to outdoor wood projects and materials, the three big contenders are pressure-treated or . . .

    June 28, 2014

  • Rustic chic

    No bull at these barn weddings
    Rustic chic

    There's no bull about it. A St. Clements DIYer couple has taken barn raising to a new and unusual level. Several years ago, Robert and Tammy Belanger purchased a dilapidated 1940s-era barn from a neighbour. They moved the rickety building onto their own property during the winter when ditches could be filled . . .

    June 28, 2014

  • Feeling cornered? Learn to use that space

    Feeling cornered? Learn to use that space

    Using dead corner space can be a great way to expand your home's storage and display capacity. Corners are often left empty, which is a shame because decorating them can add spice to your décor. Because corners are small on horizontal space but have lots of vertical space, they are a . . .

    June 28, 2014

  • Royal flush

    Some folks will shell out up to $6,500 for an ultra-fancy toilet
    Royal flush

    I was washing my clothes in a bidet in a pension in Paris when I heard a knock at the door. It was the concierge, a lovely older woman in her mid-30s, who asked me in English if the room was to my satisfaction. "Oui, " I replied. "And I really dig . . .

    June 21, 2014

  • Stacking the deck against style

    Woven, wood or aluminum chairs a nice switch from PVC

    QUESTION: We are considering replacing our outdoor, white, plastic stacking chairs. Hey, we needed something to sit on! Our four-year-old has no problem pushing one across the backyard, they're so easy to move around. I've noticed patio furniture going on sale now. Our house is a no-style, semi-detached with a . . .

    June 21, 2014

  • Black is the new black

    Add panache and character to a plain setting
    Black is the new black

    The vignette featured today is a good example of how a plain setting can be upgraded to dramatic by including a few simple design elements. What once was probably a simple window in a plain hallway is now a stunning focal point with loads of character. Basic black Just like a tuxedo . . .

    June 14, 2014