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Wednesday, August 25, 2021   /   by Earl Gaddi

What You Should Always Baby-Proof at Home

Bringing a baby home is a magical moment and, once that baby is placed in your arms, there’s an undeniable urge to keep them as safe as possible—especially in your own home. So how do you keep your baby happy, safe, and away from mischief? Baby-proofing!
The best time to baby-proof a home is before your newborn has arrived—trust us, there will be very little time to dedicate to the task once they’ve arrived! If you’re moving into a new house with baby in tow, have a plan mapped out for what things you’ll need to baby-proof once you take possession.
Cutting the clutter and eliminating hazards around the home is not only important for the safety of your baby, but for you as well. There may be many sleepless nights during the first few months, so make it easy on yourself to navigate your home safely during the wee hours of the night or on little sleep. Slippery floors, unstable furniture, or inconveniently placed home accessories can quickly turn into ...

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Monday, August 23, 2021   /   by Earl Gaddi

Painting Techniques and Trends

Spending more time at home this year has inspired many to roll with it and address spaces that no longer felt meaningful. In Life is Good: The Book by Bert and John Jacobs (the founders of the Life is Good brand), it’s suggested everyone ‘minds their space,’ whether it’s home, office, home office, tight quarters or open-floor. The entrepreneurial brothers believe “your physical space is also your mind space” and why not take “a few fresh chances?” It’s a no-brainer that safe colours are synonymous with beige, but “beige surroundings can foster beige feelings and ideas. Who wouldn’t cancel a full day with beige to go to a meeting with green, or a party with yellow?”
Even though we’ve cruised through the midway point of 2021, it’s not too late to capitalize on the colours of the year, as the mood they invoke is inspired and comforting—we’ll introduce some ideas to help brush up your painting ...

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Monday, August 16, 2021   /   by Earl Gaddi

Floral Arrangements 101

There are a few things in life more enjoyable than coming home to fresh flowers! A beautiful bouquet can bring a touch of nature indoors and make a space more inviting. Putting together a floral arrangement on your own can take a bit of time, but with a bit of practice you can create your own bouquet to rival the pros! If you feel empowered to try your hand at arranging—whether it be a bold and colourful centrepiece arrangement or even a subtle side table bouquet—read on to learn how to create your own DIY floral arrangements.

Picking your flowers
When it comes to choosing your flowers, in-season blooms will be less expensive and suit the time of year, while other varieties, such as roses and orchids, are available year-round. When selecting your blooms, you want to create a mix of complementary colours and varieties and add greenery for texture and a pop of colour. Don’t be afraid to play around with brighter colours, either! Floral arrangements can be  a gr ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2021   /   by Earl Gaddi

Extravagant Playsets to Inspire Your Backyard

With summer in full swing, the days are longer and the weather is nicer, which means you and your little ones will want to spend as much time outside as possible. A great way to pass the time can be finding outdoor activities that double as exercise! Your kiddos will be wiped by the time they’re done, and you’ll get some well-deserved down time. While spending an afternoon at a local park serves as a great way for the kids to have some much-needed fun in the sun, why not consider setting up a backyard playset offering the kids a multitude of things to do like climb, swing, and slide from the comforts of home? 
If you’re up for a good old-fashioned summer DIY project, read on to learn about some unique playsets you can use as inspiration to build your own dream setup!

How much do elaborate playsets cost?
While you could surely hire a professional to build a backyard playset, it can also be a fun DIY project a handy weekend warrior could tackle. Plus, when you ...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021   /   by Earl Gaddi

How to Make Your Own Live Edge Table

If you have a passion for building, and you want to take on a unique project, we’ve got just the thing for you: a DIY live edge table. Live edge furniture is a great way to add beauty to your home and create a unique talking piece for future entertaining.
What’s a live edge table? 
Remember that beautiful table at your family cottage? The one they seemingly stole from a fairy tale? Yup, that’s a live edge. These tables incorporate the natural edge of a piece of wood directly into their design. They’re rustic, raw, modern, and chic, not to mention sophisticated and built to last. A traditional live edge table will have tree bark on its sides; however, some people choose to remove it to avoid the bark possibly becoming brittle and breaking over time. In recent years, live edge tables have grown in popularity among furniture and design enthusiasts everywhere. Here’s what you need to know to build one.

How can I build my own?
For such a beautiful pi ...

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