780-986-8407 Royal LePage Gateway Realty

Your Moving Checklist: 15 Things to Do Before Moving Into a New Home

Fri, 16 Mar by rlpgateway

Welcome to the ultimate moving checklist—a list of all the things you should do before moving into your new home.

Let’s face it: With all the excitement of new digs, it’s easy to forget some important tasks. Plus, certain things are best done while the house is still vacant, long before your boxes and furniture are parked in the place. Put these things off, and it becomes all the harder to tackle them later.

So before you move—or in case you have moved and are wondering how many of these you hit—check out this moving checklist to know what should be done long before you settle in.

1. Turn on utilities

Electric, gas, water—don’t assume they’ll be on and operational when you arrive. Instead, get all your utilities set up ahead of time.

“Chances are the seller will be turning them off as of the closing date,” says Greg Beckman, an Annapolis, MD, real estate agent.

2. Set up internet and cable service

Plan on having a “Property Brothers” marathon while you’re unpacking? Have your home wired for service before you arrive, advises Julie McDonough, a real estate agent in Southern California.

3. Order an energy audit

One of the best ways to cut your energy bill is to order a home energy audit, says Rachel Foy, a real estate agent in Newton, MA.

An energy audit is a professional assessment of your new home’s overall energy performance. This will show you how to make your house more energy-efficient (think insulating the attic, weatherstripping windows, sealing air leaks in crawl spaces), so it’s best to have one done and make related repairs before moving in.

A home energy audit costs, on average, about $215 to $600, but some utility companies will do them for free.

4. Do a deep clean

“It’s never easier to do a deep clean than when the house is empty,” Beckman says. A cleaning service costs around $150. Don’t mind cleaning the home yourself? Check out our House Cleaning Guide, with tips on how to clean a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and beyond.

5. Change the locks

This is a basic safety measure; however, “it can’t be done until after closing,” says Chris Dossman, a real estate agent in Indianapolis.

6. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Make sure these are functioning properly to protect your new home from fires and other emergencies. Also, read our recommendation of the best type of smoke detector.

7. Set up the alarm system

If the home already has a security system installed, call the provider to confirm that service is set up, says Jennifer Baxter, associate broker at Re/Max Regency in Suwanee, GA.

8. Tackle major home renovations

The last thing you want to do is have to tiptoe around a construction zone after you move in. So, if you want to repaint the home, resand floors, or make any other renovations, do them in advance.

“These projects are best done when the house is empty and usually don’t happen once the furniture shows up,” says Foy.

One caveat: “You have the right to bring in vendors for quotes, but work cannot start until you own the home,” she adds.

9. Make repairs

Before moving in, Baxter recommends hiring a handyman to do any repairs that the seller didn’t agree to make. Check out our tips on how to hire a great handyman (or woman).

10. Get a home warranty

Imagine waking up one morning to a busted boiler or leaking washer in your brand-new home. A home warranty covers the cost of repairing many home appliances—and basic coverage starts at only about $300, says Shawna Bell of Landmark Home Warranty.

11. Buy fire extinguishers

Get one for every level of your home, make sure you know how to use it, and plan an escape route in the event of a fire.

12. Get to know your new house

Figure out where the circuit breaker box and main water shut-off valve are before moving in, so you know how to turn off the electricity or water in an emergency. Also, consider labeling your home’s electrical panel.

13. Childproof the home

Have kids? Every year, millions of children are hospitalized because of accidents around the home, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. So, before your bundle of joy starts toddling around the house, take steps to fully childproof your new home.

14. Forward your mail

Don’t forget to update your address with the United States Postal Service. (Visit the Official Postal Service Change of Address website.) The postal service charges a $1 fee to verify your identity when changing your address online, so you’ll need a credit or debit card.

Note: The postal service will stop forwarding periodicals to your new address 60 days after you move, so alert magazines and newspapers that you’ve moved.

15. Update your billing address

Alert your credit card companies, banks, or any other financial institutions of your new address. Also, if you frequently buy anything from a website, you can avoid a future headache by updating your profile with your new address.

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/move/moving-checklist-things-to-do-before-moving/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest

Gallery Wall Layout Ideas You’ll Love: Ways to Hang Like a Pro

Thu, 08 Mar by rlpgateway

Need some gallery wall layout ideas? To be sure, filling an entire wall with art, museum-style, can seem daunting: What should you display, and where? Look no further than this guide on how to hang a gallery wall, which will walk you through various ways to achieve a gallery wall layout you’ll love.

First things first: What is a gallery wall, anyway?

Photo by Kimberley Bryan

one right, a gallery wall tells a story about your life, family, and travels—so take some time to collect and consider your pieces carefully. Not sure you have enough to display? A beautiful gallery wall can be created from clutter—whether you have mismatched paintings, old photos, or a bunch of empty frames, points out Darla DeMorrow of HeartWork Organizing and author of “Organizing Your Home With Sort and Succeed.”

What’s the best place for a gallery wall?

Photo by Hado Photo

A wall gallery arranged over a couch is the classic approach, but you can also branch out to other spots in the home.

“Target one area to fill—or you can choose a defined space, like a slice of wall along a staircase,” explains DeMorrow.

Other places for a picture gallery include the wall behind your desk in a home office, above the baby’s crib, over a bar cart, or above a fireplace mantel.

How to hang a gallery wall that won’t look like a mess

You can keep your display cohesive by grouping the same types of frames, similar artwork, color theme, or subject matter, notes Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP. Or if you’re arranging an eclectic mix, you might want to start by picking a picture or object that’ll be the center of your gallery.

“This focal point could be a large mirror, a clock, or the biggest picture you have,” she says.

Once the star has been chosen, the center of the piece (or the whole gallery) should measure around 60 inches from the floor.

“This can be adjusted if your ceilings are high or your family members are tall,” says Liz Toombs, owner of PDR Interiors.

She suggests starting at 60 inches and then seeing what looks right with the scale of your room, but notes that more often you’ll hang your work higher, not lower.

Gallery wall layout ideas: Start with frames on the floor

Move pictures from the floor to the wall.
Move pictures from the floor to the wall.Pottery Barn

Toombs likes to lay out all of her pieces for a possible gallery on the floor first.

“Once you find an arrangement you’re happy with, measure the overall height and width of the grouping to make sure it’ll fit on the wall where you plan to hang it,” she explains.

You can make adjustments by adding or subtracting pictures as needed. As for spacing around your pieces, the experts suggest allowing 3 to 4 inches between them.

Use the paper method

Photo by Mosby Building Arts

Want to be a bit more precise with your gallery wall? Grab some butcher or craft paper from the kids, suggests Toombs.

“Roll out the paper on the floor, and place your pieces on top,” she says.

Place them according to the design you like, and then outline the pictures with pencil or pen.

“When the lines have been drawn, remove the art from the paper and hang the sheet on the wall,” she continues. This drawing will show you if you need to adjust the spacing between the pictures, or if you need to change the entire grouping.

Trace and cut

By Sarah Dorsey

If you’re crafty, take this project a step further by tracing the outline of the pieces on the paper and then cutting them out.

“Tape your shapes on the wall and move them around until you find a design you like,” suggests Toombs.

You can even make a mark on the pieces where the hook or hanging mechanism should be so you can nail right though the paper.

“This way, you eliminate the possibility of placing the nail in the wrong spot,” she says.

Go high-tech

Photo by Emily Ruddo

Yup, there’s an app for hanging a wall gallery, reports Beverly Solomon of the eponymous design firm.

“With some apps you can upload the framed art into the program and then see a virtual layout,” she explains.

Or consider picking up a laser picture hanging tool for pristine measurements.

“This $20 gizmo projects level lines both vertically and horizontally,” she adds.

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/gallery-wall-layout-ideas/

Looky-Loos: 7 of the Most Stunning Bathroom Design Trends of 2018

Fri, 16 Feb by rlpgateway

It’s no longer just about taking care of business: The bathroom is having a major design moment.

“With much of our focus now on wellness, eating healthy, and meditation, the bathroom is becoming more of a sanctuary,” says designer Tina Ramchandani. For proof, she points to her clients, who are increasingly installing free-standing and soaking tubs. “Taking baths is becoming more popular—instead of quick showers—and I’m seeing more and more renovations including bathtubs in homes.”

So what else is on tap (pun intended!) for the Year of the Bathroom?

Experts predict homeowners will experiment with color, texture, and materials as they rethink their bathroom’s aesthetic. Expect to see a mix of transitional and contemporary styles with some unexpected twists, and a whole lotta technology to make your morning self-care routine a little more streamlined.

Excited yet? Read on to discover more about the beautiful things happening in bathrooms in 2018.

1. Concrete

Photo by Mosaic Interiors SF
We love this trend so much that we’ve already devoted time to uncovering ways you can use it all over your home. If your opinion isn’t yet cemented (yep, we went there), then the bathroom’s a perfect place to sample the concrete craze. From polished countertops to soaking tubs, this easy-to-mold composite is durable and sophisticated, and pairs well with marble and wood.

“Concrete has become one of my favorite building materials—it reflects a larger trend toward organic and naturally inspired materials,” says Denver-based real estate and architectural property expert Peter Blank.

“The imperfections create depth and character to surfaces” adds Blank, who used concrete extensively in the recent renovation of his own home. “And it can be warm or cool and mixed easily with organic materials like seashells, quartz, and stone.”

2. Funky wallpaper

Photo by Clare Gaskin
No, not the goofy floral kind you had in your bedroom in the ’70s and ’80s. Today’s wallpaper is cool, inviting, and visually intricate. It’s making a big comeback in living spaces and bedrooms this year, so why not the bathroom, too?

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this trend re-emerging,” says Christina Harmon, a Washington, DC–based designer and owner of luxury home goods site Epitome Home. “I love a bold-print floral wallpaper in a bathroom, or a cutie pie Dalmatian print with gold metallic accents.”

If that’s a bit extra for your taste, consider a more durable, practical alternative: ceramic tile that’s manufactured to look like wallpaper, like that of French company Novoceram.

“These tiles can offer a pop of color along with a lot of style and personality,” says Leigh Meadows-McAlpin of Charleston, SC, design firm Dwelling.

3. Heavy hardware

Photo by Drummonds Bathrooms
What’s old is new again: After decades of downplaying bathroom plumbing (looking at you, minimalist chrome fixtures), we’re going back to ornate hardware that takes center stage in this most important of rooms.

“I love high-quality, traditional hardware in a bathroom,” Harmon says. “Think separate taps for hot and cold water, a detachable shower head in polished copper, or a bathtub faucet that feels high-quality and heavy when you run your end-of-day soak.”

4. Trough or bucket sinks

Photo by Designstorms LLC
Like it or not, farmhouse chic is still the darling of interior design—and it’s no longer limited to the kitchen. Expect to see lots of trough or bucket sinks in bathrooms this year.

“Traditionally, these sinks are seen in the glossy white finish. But you can even get the farmhouse look as a copper sink, a modern nickel or chrome, or even a black composite granite,” says Kayla Hein, creative director at Modern Castle.

Another plus? Trough sinks are fairly durable—meaning they’re great for high-traffic bathrooms.

5. Brass or black fixtures

Photo by Spazio LA
We hope you’re nostalgic for the ’80s, because brass is back in a big way—and designers say it’s better than ever.

“Put it everywhere,” says Chicago designer Rae Duncan. “Statement brass faucets and major lighting fixtures bring a touch of the past to a bath while still keeping it warm and contemporary.”

If brass ain’t your bag, consider black fixtures instead of the predictable chrome or nickel.

“These fixtures provide a simple, beautiful option that can be used in a wide variety of home decor styles,” says designer René Dekker. What’s more: “They need far less cleaning than their metallic brethren, because they don’t show water spots in the same way.”

6. Mind-blowing technology

Photo by Kohler
As smart technology continues wiggling its way into the American home, the bathroom is not being forgotten. Think digital shower controls and bath fillers, faucets that sync with your smartphone, and $7,500 smart toilets with heated seats and deodorizers (among other choice features).

Manufacturer Kohler leads the pack after unveiling a series of uber-cool smart bathroom products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. Chief among them is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which pairs with your Amazon Alexa device and allows you to control lighting, listen to the news, or choose some jams to rock out to in the shower.

We also dig Kohler’s PerfectFill bath feature, which allows you to program your preferred bath stats so your soak fills automatically. And then there’s the Numi toilet, a holy grail of smart bathroom technology that warms your tush, plays music, and automatically flushes when you rise.

“You can have exactly what you want, whenever you want, at just the right temperature, all by the touch of a button,” Duncan says.

7. A fresh take on tile

Photo by Architect Your Home
See ya, subway tile! The ubiquitous trend will take a back seat to larger formats, unique patterns, and bold color in 2018, experts say.

Alena Capra, interior designer and spokesperson for Coverings, the largest tile and stone trade show in North America, predicts more homeowners will gravitate toward larger tiles on both floors and walls.

“It imitates the look of a luxurious marble slab, but with a more budget-friendly price,” she says.

Homeowners are embracing texture, too. Capra’s clients are increasingly requesting metallic tile finishes to complement (also on-trend) matte faucets and fixtures. And she’s noticed an uptick in owners playing with patterns to create a more intricate look.

“Geometric tile patterns are taking center stage as a focal point in kitchens and bathrooms,” agrees designer Stacy Garcia. “We’re seeing a shift toward simplistic yet bold patterns that stand the test of time.”

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with color in your powder room.

“People want more than just white marble and beige travertine now,” Duncan says. “And with so many artisans popping up online, it’s never been easier to have a bathroom that is truly one of a kind.”

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/bathroom-design-trends-2018/

Fun Family Day Events

Wed, 14 Feb by rlpgateway

Fun Family Day Events Near You!


Bring your family and have some Family Day Fun!

There will be an indoor petting zoo, face painting, an indoor axe-throwing booth, inflatable obstacle course, family fun photo booth, carnival games, hot dogs, and so much more! The best part is this is all FREE!!

Where: Gateway Family Church

When: 11:00AM – 2:00PM


Activities will include:
Wagon rides, Cabane a Sucre, Magician shows at 1pm & 2:30pm, Mini golf, Glitter Tattoos, Giant Janga, Kids Craft, A.I.M.B.O.T. LEGO Building workshops, Fire pit outside with s’mores, loose part workshop, BBQ sponsored by Sobeys.

Where: Beaumont Community Centre

When: 12:00AM – 4:00PM


Everyone is welcome! 7th annual Family Ice Fishing Day @ Wizard Lake.

There’ll be fishing, sledding, chilling around the campfire and general shenanigans! An added bonus is no license is required! Bring any ice fishing gear you have, and warm clothes.

Campfire, Lunch, drinks (both hot & cold!) and full equipment provided!

Where: Wizard Lake Jubilee Park (50 Street 50 Ave, Calmar)

When: 10:00AM – 3:00PM


Where: Heritage Museum
5007 50 Ave

When: 10:00AM – 5:00PM


Try a 20 minute led session of snowshoeing, cross country skiing or nature trail walking. Relax around the campfire while cooking bannock, play a giant game, visit with a therapy dog, build a snowman, or go on a scavengar hunt!

Where: Devon Lions Campground
1140 Saskatchewan Ave E

When: 1:00PM – 3:00PM

What’s Cooking: These Will Be the Year’s 7 Hottest Kitchen Design Trends

Fri, 09 Feb by rlpgateway

It can be dangerous to blindly follow a trend. And that’s a tough pill to swallow when it comes to interior design; gotta-have-it features that once burned brightly can turn so yesterday fast.

But in the kitchen—arguably the definitive focal point and gathering place of your home—experts agree it can pay to take a chance on a white-hot trend.

“The kitchen is the room in every house now,” says Chicago interior designer Rae Duncan. As a result, “our clients are lavishing details on their spaces. Elaborate moldings, spectacular lighting, and high-quality art now have as much a right to be in the kitchen as the refrigerator and stove.”

Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate scoop on what’ll dominate kitchen trends in the upcoming year—whether you’re looking for an easy way to freshen your space or have an eye turned toward a major reno.

1. Bold colors

Photo by Loop Design
“Neutrals still have strong appeal with our clients, but we’re beginning to see more emphasis on color,” says Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Evanston, IL–based Morgante Wilson Architects. (She predicts blue will be hot this year, especially on kitchen islands.)

Embrace the trend by using different colors for your island and countertops, or choose complementary shades to highlight the lower cabinets from the upper ones.

“This concept really helps the kitchen feel more integrated with the rest of the home by connecting the color palette of the kitchen with the colors used throughout the home,” notes Leigh Meadows-McAlpin, a designer in Charleston, SC.

2. New twists on white-on-white

Morgante Wilson Architects
Morgante Wilson Architects

People still love a white kitchen (guilty!), but the all-white schemes that have reigned supreme in recent years have some obvious limitations: They’re hard to keep clean and can appear a bit, well, sterile.

To mix up the monochromatic vibe, designers are introducing vibrant lacquers and bold countertops. Or, for a more nuanced fresh take, pair painted gray cabinets with large expanses of white countertops and walls.

“This will evoke the same clean, fresh aesthetic of a white kitchen—without actually using white cabinets,” Morgante says.

3. Anything but stainless-steel appliances

Photo by Terracotta Design Build
Speaking of sterile, the stainless steel that’s long dominated our kitchens is also expected to see some competition in 2018. As today’s homeowners lust after color and flair in their kitchen, they’re trading in their metallic appliances for ones in vibrant colors or unique designs.

In particular, vintage-inspired, European-style ranges—complete with metal-wrapped accents—will be big this year, Meadows-McAlpin predicts.

“They’re typically available in a variety of colors and are somewhat reminiscent of an early-1900s steamer trunk, although much more beautiful,” she says.

Ready to take the plunge with a statement piece? Consider a retro pink range from appliance maker Smeg or a jewel-toned piece from BlueStar.

4. Durable materials

Photo courtesy of Cosentino
Photo courtesy of Cosentino

Balancing form with function is tough, especially in the high-traffic, well-used spaces like the kitchen. That’s why the No. 1 request designers get these days is for durable surfaces that require zero maintenance, says interior designer and architect Daniel Germani.

My clients “hate the idea of investing in something that will inevitably stain or requires constant sealing,” Germani says. “People are busy—they want their kitchens to keep up with everyday wear and tear without the hassle of maintenance.”

Germani likes quartz surfacing such as Silestone (he recommends the “truly stunning” Eternal Calacatta Gold, which resembles the look of Calacatta marble) and Dekton, a stain- and heat-resistant surface he bills as “the most durable option on the market.”

And he’s in good company. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2018 design trends report, a whopping 94% of respondents named quartz as the top surface trend for kitchens in the coming year.

5. Geometric tiles

Photo by Trevor Brown Architect
Sayonara, subway tile! Designers across the board predict a shift to larger-format tile (and even slab-size sheets of porcelain) placed in a geometric pattern.

“We’re seeing a shift toward simplistic, yet bold patterns that stand the test of time,” designer Stacy Garcia says. “These patterns help improve the perception of kitchen spaces—they create a layer of contemporary sophistication.”

6. Workhorse islands

Photo by j witzel interior design
A customized island that incorporates everything (including the kitchen sink)? Sign us up! This new darling of kitchen design promises to offer the ultimate blend of style and function.

“Everything from bar seating and open shelving to dishwashers and wine refrigerators can be found tucked into a well-designed kitchen island,” Meadows-McAlpin notes.

But resist the urge to order online and call it a day. Instead, study your space carefully before committing to a does-it-all solution.

7. Farmhouse looks (yes, still)

Photo by Caesarstone
Love it or hate it, farmhouse chic is here to stay—at least according to the 800 U.S. and Canadian pros surveyed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual trends report. Designers and homeowners alike have yet to tire of the back-to-basics look, which uses natural materials, like reclaimed wood, and rich, polished metals for kitchen plumbing fixtures, lighting, and hardware.

“Farmhouse style has an inviting ‘sit down and stay a while’ quality that resonates with people from all walks of life,” Meadows-McAlpin says. “Its friendly, unpretentious nature makes it well-suited for those who want their homes to be both a retreat to unwind and a gathering place for friends and family.”

“Farmhouse is always in,” adds Tina Anastasia, a partner at Mark P. Finlay Architects. But she predicts the look will shift in the coming year to incorporate more clean and contemporary lines.

“The totally-reclaimed look has been overdone, and we’ll see a more simple cabinet face with less hardware,” she says.

To keep your farmhouse look fresh, pair your wood-topped islands with quartz or stone counters and modern metallic hardware.

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/kitchen-design-trends-2018/


Wetaskiwin’s Taste of Canada

Tue, 06 Feb by rlpgateway

Enjoy an evening of food and local culinary artists.

Link: http://www.931theone.ca/events/calendar/event/83/


How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home That You Won’t Regret

Tue, 30 Jan by rlpgateway

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a paralyzing decision. There are hundreds of hues to wade through, and if you choose wrong, it could ruin your home’s ambiance and be expensive and/or time-consuming to fix. That’s a whole lot of pressure!

All that said, choose you must. (Apologies for the Yoda speak.) And don’t worry, selecting the right colors is definitely a task you can handle. One way is with the help of an interior designer or color professional, but you can also pick yourself with a bit of guidance. Here’s some advice from the pros on how to choose paint colors for your home that you won’t regret (and have to paint over).

Know what ‘mood’ paint colors exude

Photo by Lucy Interior Design

Here’s one rule of thumb when it comes to paint colors: Light colors make spaces feel bigger and brighter. Dark or intense colors (like fire-engine red) make spaces seem smaller—however, these colors do have their place and purpose in a home.

“Dark or intense colors are great for adding drama,” says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors.

Another consideration with your paint color is whether it exudes “warm” or “cool” undertones. Basically “warm” undertones are in the brown/tan/beige range, “cool” ones in the gray/green/blue range.

“There are benefits to both tones, but in general, warm colors exude a cozy vibe, and cool ones offer a clean, tranquil feel,” says Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors.

Match colors to the space

Photo by Paul Moon Design

Not sure whether to go warm or cool on your paint colors? Certain types of rooms tend to look better one way or the other.

“Bathrooms tend to look better with cool colors, both because of the connotation of water as cool and the color in nature is blue or blue-green,” says Bly.

Never paint a bathroom yellow, says Toombs. “It makes you look sickly, and it’s difficult to apply makeup,” she explains.

Kitchens can be painted cool or warm, depending on the cabinets, flooring, and tile. “Cherry cabinets have red tones, some floor stains are orange-y, and pine has yellow undertones,” Bly adds.

Kids’ rooms can be brighter or richer, so pick hues you or your kids love.

Let a neutral paint color anchor your home

Photo by Canon & Dean

You know how the staples in your closet are often in “neutral” shades such as white, gray, and beige because these colors go with everything? Your home is no different, and needs a dominant “neutral” shade, too.

“It often looks best to have a main neutral as your base to carry throughout the home,” says Dessie Slickers of Slick Designs. Keep your base color in the common areas, and add coordinating colors and accents as desired.

The main or dominant neutral color should cover 60% of your home, leaving 30% for secondary colors (trim, ceiling), and 10% as the accent shade, explains Sara McLean, a color specialist at Dunn-Edwards Paints.

Most color schemes settle into a range of three to six colors, say experts. But the dominant neutral is your anchor, tying your home together.

Consider your furniture, carpet, and floor

Photo by Modern Traditions Interior Design LLC

There are a million paint choices, but you have only one Oriental rug and a single settee. So if you’re stumped on what colors to choose, check your furnishings as a starting point.

“By looking to your textiles and furniture, you can build a foundation for the room, which allows the paint choices to become more obvious,” points out Toombs.

Consider adding secondary and ‘accent’ colors

Photo by Charlotte Crosland Interiors

Once you’ve pinpointed your main neutral paint color and its overtones, you can choose secondary colors, ideally in the same temperature range: warm goes with warm, cool with cool. Cool colors include blues, greens, and purples, while warm ones are shades of red, orange, and yellow, explains Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.

Got that ironed out? Then consider adding a third, more daring “accent” color. It can be a contrasting color, or a darker or lighter shade of the main or secondary color, explains Toombs.

The thing you want to avoid is colors that clash. This occurs when pairing colors of different saturations, like a pastel and an energetic bright.

“Clashing also happens when two colors are together from the same family but with different undertones: think bright red with rusty red,” says Toombs.

Paint a small swath to test how the color looks

Photo by Fisher Group LLC – Search basement design ideas

Don’t go buying gallons of paint and putting it up based on one tiny paint chip! Instead, order a small can so you can paint a 3-foot-square swath on your wall, or paint butcher paper and tape it to your wall instead.

The point is to get a decent amount of wall space covered so you can actually see how it’ll look, and observe it over time, in different lights. Making sure you’re sure before you paint the entire place will leave you with colors you love (and won’t be itching to repaint).

Updated from a previous version by Ginny Gaylor and Anne Miller.

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/confidently-choose-color-scheme/

10 Closet Design Ideas So Inspiring You’ll Want to Get Organized ASAP

Thu, 25 Jan by rlpgateway

Looking for closet design ideas to start the new year off on an organized foot? Whether you have a spacious walk-in or a slim space with a single rod for clothing, keeping your closet neat and clutter-free is a problem everyone can relate to.

The good news: With some clever planning and creativity, you’ll no longer have to brave the deluge of stuff every time you open the closet door. Check out these tips from home design pros to see how it’s done, regardless of how much space you have (or don’t have) inside your closet.

1. Stop and reflect

Contemporary closet design

“Mirrors are the best way to add a bit of glamour as well as create the illusion of a larger space,” says Dawn D. Totty, a designer based in Chattanooga, TN. “When it comes to mirrors: the bigger the glass, the larger the impact.”

Try a free-standing, framed mirror, which will let you view an outfit from head to toe.

2. Color-block your closet

Photo by California Closets Southdale
Organize your clothes not just by type, but also by color, says Laura Stein, owner of Laura Stein Interiors in Toronto. Not only will it make your closet space look neater, it will also “help you find what you’re looking for faster,” she adds.

3. Take off the door

Contemporary closet design
Contemporary closet designCreative Arch

Taking your closet door off its hinges can make even the smallest space appear much bigger. “’Open concept’ is trending for closets and a great way to open up a small space,” Totty says.

4. Create a center of attention

Contemporary closet design
Contemporary closet designSigmar

“If you have the space available [and yes, we know that’s a big if], an island or sitting bench—or a combination of the two—can give a walk-in closet an upscale, dressing room vibe,” says Sarah Eppard, owner of Closets by Design Minneapolis. These seating areas can also be useful for storing shoes or other accessories.

5. Don’t forget the door

Eclectic kids design
Eclectic kids designAbaca Interiors

“A closet door is typically unused real estate,” says Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets. Why not add hooks and storage bags to make the most of the vertical space? A faux leather storage bag ($34.99, target.com) from Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ Target line should do the trick.

6. Add eye-catching paint or wallpaper

Contemporary closet design
Contemporary closet designHSH Interiors

Nowhere does it say that your closet walls have to match the walls of the room it’s in. So why not fill your space with a color—or better yet, add a trendy removable wallpaper. But how on Earth do you choose the right shade or pattern?

“Evaluating what clothing items are your go-to staples will help inform you of the colors you find most appealing,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG, a global supplier of paints and coatings.

For instance, if you live in dark denim, consider a rich navy shade. Fancy yourself a bohemian at heart? Try an airy, floral pattern like the one above.

7. Light it up

Traditional closet design
Traditional closet designBeau-Port Kitchens

Many closets in apartments and older homes don’t have individual lighting—or electrical outlets. If you’re accustomed to using your flashlight app each time you look for a sweater, LED light strips (battery-operated, no less!) may be a game changer for you. Choose from a basic peel-and-stick, drill-mount, or motion-sensor style.

8. Build a home office

Contemporary home office design
Contemporary home office designMercedes Corbell Design + Architecture

A closet that’s far wider than it is deep is the perfect layout for a closet office. Remove the door and hanging bars, add shelves, and move your desk and chair in. Suddenly, you’ve got a quiet nook where you can get stuff done. Plus, repurposing your closet into a space for creativity will add versatility to your home when it comes time to sell.

9. Paint a pretty picture

Modern closet design
Modern closet designClayton&Little Architects

Not every square inch of wall space needs to be filled with shelving stacked with sweaters, shoes, and other doodads. Those fortunate enough to own a nice-sized walk-in closet should hang a painting or framed photograph on a blank wall to add some interest.

“Art can be a fun and inexpensive way to add color and personality to any space,” Totty says. “It’s least expected in a closet, which makes it more impactful.”

10. Class up the joint

Transitional closet design
Transitional closet designjodi foster design + planning

Don’t settle for that single hanging lightbulb in the closet. Jazz it up with a chandelier or pendant light fixture.

“Chandeliers are a cool way to introduce personality and a touch of class to your closet,” Totty says. “Think of lighting as the jewelry [of your] space.”

Source: realtor.ca

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/closet-design-ideas/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest


3rd Annual Frostival

Wed, 17 Jan by rlpgateway

WHEN: Feb. 2 – 4 2017
WHERE: Civic Centre, Kinsmen Outdoor Arena, William F. Lede Park

Celebrate all things winter at the third annual Frostival. From Feb. 2-4, take part in a variety of free, family-friendly activities happening throughout the city.

Winter Activities, Civic Centre, Feb. 3 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Skating
  • Art show and demonstration
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face paint

Frostival Frolic 3 or 5km fun walk/run

Sno-Pitch Tournament, William F. Lede Park, Feb. 3-4

Spectators are welcome at Slo-Pitch National’s (SPN) annual Valentine’s Sno-Pitch tournament in William F. Lede Park. If you’re interested in registering a team, contact SPN at 780-999-6245.

Frozen Four, Kinsmen Outdoor Rink, Feb. 2-4

Bundle up and head out to the Kinsmen outdoor rink to cheer on Leduc Minor Hockey at the Frozen Four outdoor tournament.

Feb. 2:

  • 5:00 p.m. First game
  • 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies

Feb. 3

  • 9:30 a.m. First game
  • 1:00 p.m. Novice exhibition game
  • 4:45 p.m. Last game

Feb. 4

  • 9:30 a.m. Finals
  • 11:15 a.m. Finals

Link: https://www.leduc.ca/frostival-0

Window Treatment Ideas: Drapes vs. Curtains, Shades vs. Blinds, and Beyond

Fri, 12 Jan by rlpgateway

Need window treatment ideas for your home? If you aren’t sure about the difference between drapes and curtains or shades and blinds, we’ve got your back! This rundown of various types of window treatments will give you the inside track. Because despite its light and fluffy connotations, “window dressing” can have a dramatic impact on a room, and not just in terms of decor.

“Window treatments often serve as a way to provide privacy for those inside the building, while also helping to control the levels of natural light,” explains Christine Burdick, owner and lead designer at Christine Burdick Design in Burlington, VT. “Window treatments can also help with the cooling or insulating of a room.”

To help you figure out which type of window treatment is best for you, check out the various styles below, and the pros and cons of each.

Window treatment ideas: Shades vs. blinds

Shades are soft panels of fabric that are attached to a frame. They come in various lengths, widths, fabrics, and textures, and a cord is used to manipulate them up and down.

If you’re looking for shades, you’ll find lots of options. Roman shades will pleat when drawn up, while balloon shades jut out, providing a puffy appearance. Tie shades must be tied on each end to remain up.

“Shades fit into the window frame, not above the frame like curtains or drapes,” says Dawn Stafford, interior designer and CEO of Gathering Souls in Washington, DC.

“To allow light, the shade must be lifted entirely,” Stafford notes. That means if you need privacy, you’ll have to sacrifice natural light in the process.

Modern bathroom design
Modern bathroom designAlice Lane Home Collection

Blinds, on the other hand, are window treatments that open and close with a cord. Unlike shades, they’re not made from one piece of fabric. Instead, blinds have louvers or slats, which open and close. This lets in light but can help maintain privacy at the same time.

Blinds tend to be made of wood, vinyl, bamboo, or aluminum, and they come in a variety of sizes to fit various windows. Another consideration: The size of the slats in the blinds. Typically you’ll find half-inch or 1-inch miniblinds, and 2-inch slats called Venetian blinds, which are a bit more durable.

Contemporary bathroom design
Contemporary bathroom designShaw Floors

Window treatment ideas: Curtains vs. drapes

Curtains are one of the most popular types of window treatments on the market. Typically sold in pairs, these panels come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, and they can be installed alone or over blinds or shades. Curtains hang from curtain rods, which are installed with supports above or beside the window frame. They usually have tabs at the top, through which a homeowner can feed the curtain rod.

Traditional family room design
Traditional family room designThe Yellow Cape Cod

Drapes are often confused with curtains, but the two are slightly different, Stafford says. “While drapes are also fabric panels, drapes are lined, and typically the lining blocks incoming light, which makes them perfect to use in bedrooms,” she says. “Draperies most often are the length of the top of the window to the floor and many times allow for a puddling effect.”

Another difference? “Drapes are usually custom-made in luxury fabrics to fit exact window specifications,” according to Stafford, and they tend to have more of a formal appearance than your garden variety curtain.

Eclectic bedroom design
Eclectic bedroom designThe New Design Project

Window treatment ideas: How to pick a window treatment

Choosing the right window treatment for your home tends to come down to function, says Jessica Weigley, co-founder and designer at design firm Síol in San Francisco.

Weigley suggests asking yourself the following questions before deciding on a window treatment:

  • How much light or view do you want to allow through?
  • Does it also need to insulate or dampen sound?
  • What do the window trims, ceiling, and nearby walls allow in terms of mounting?
  • Do you want the windows to disappear or be a focal point for the room?
  • How does it create a composition with other aspects of the room?

Here’s which type of window treatment is right for you based on your objectives:

To let in light but maintain privacy: Blinds allow light in, but without sacrificing privacy.

To block out light: Drapes, with their added layer, block out light and are thus popular for bedrooms. They can also insulate against heat and cold.

To make a decor statement: Curtains tend to come in fabrics with patterns and colors that make them a focal point, and they can be used to cover up blinds or shades that are less aesthetically pleasing.

To save money and maintenance: For homeowners with a tight budget, roller shades are often the least expensive option, Burdick says. Depending on the size of a window, roller shades run from $20 to $100, and the flat surface makes them easy to clean.

Source: realtor.com

Link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/window-treatment-ideas-drapes-vs-curtains/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest

The data included on this website is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed to be accurate by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.