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Oct. 18, 2013 | Donna Balzer

Garden "To-Do" List - October

With winter's approach growing ever more imminent, CREB®'s garden guru has compiled a list of tips and tricks aimed at helping Calgary green thumbs cope with the cold and snow.

Oct. 09, 2013 | CREBNow

Mural, Mural on the Wall

Trends come and go. Feature walls, blackboard paint and wall to wall surface treatments have been popular for so long now that you might want to consider something a bit more individual. Why not try a wallpaper mural to brighten your space?

Aug. 22, 2013 | Donna Balzer

The Yellow Patch Problem

When I got my first — and only — dog Kepla, a friend insisted, "training a dog to pee on demand is perfect when you are in a hurry during the morning walk."

As I have since learned, a number of dogs and their owners do not know this basic skill and dogs continue to pee on lawns instead of back alleys or gravel pads. In lieu of dog training, new products are still being released to "solve the problem".

Aug. 14, 2013 | CREBNow

Greening Your Home

We all want to do our part for a healthier earth. Recycling, considering energy efficiency and cutting back on wasteful practices comes naturally to Calgarians. Have you ever considered decorating greener? For most of us building a LEED certified, solar powered home filled with eco specific products will never be in the budget. Luckily there are decorating options that will enable you as a homeowner to make wise environmental and ethical choices. Those quick thrill decorating shows and design magazines are fun to look at but for most of us, decorating a home is a much longer process. Read further for tips on planning and decorating your home with thought to budget, quality and longevity.

Aug. 01, 2013 | Donna Balzer

The Good, The Bad and The Bugly

July 17, 2013 | CREBNow

Putting You and Yours On Display

Buying large-scale art can be expensive. Since I know most of my clients invest in family portraits, I try to convince them to display them prominently. The trick is to get family portraits done in such a way that kids won't cringe with embarrassment, especially as they grow older. I have seen some really fun family portrait sessions online lately. One of my favorites was the family dressed as zombies in their mid-renovation home. They were able to make a real mess and not worry about it.

July 10, 2013 | Donna Balzer

Sunny Suggestions

Under layers of sunscreen, a hat and long sleeve sun protective clothing I am on holidays, kayaking in 30-plus heat. I know how to protect myself from the heat of the sun but back home; the plants in patio pots can't be left to their own resources. Luckily there are a few things gardeners can do to help plant pots thrive through weather extremes this summer.

July 04, 2013 | Donna Balzer

Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers

Some tips and shortcuts for beautifying your yard with planters

When potting plants for your yard and garden there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a couple different scenarios:

June 17, 2013 | Donna Balzer

Dabbling in the Garden

When I saw the tomatoes flopping over in the greenhouse, I went to grab a roll of string to hold them back. On my way to find the string, I saw the wilting mint and decided I should plant it in the ground, so I went to get my favourite transplant spade. My husband admitted to leaving the spade out front in the new pumpkin patch. When I got the spade, I spotted a nest of emerging baby spiders on a hosta leaf so went indoors to get my camera. In case you're at a loss — there is definitely a lot of dabbling in garden this week.

June 05, 2013 | CREBNow

Be Your Own Barista

Interior design trends come and go but some styles have staying power. For example, the hotel bathroom influence of the past decade is still a great idea. Lately, I've noticed a trend towards incorporating café/coffee shop style into residential kitchens. It's a trend I really like and not just because I am a coffee addict. For the couple or family who loves to entertain, the café materials and design elements make for a durable and crisp kitchen/dining room style.

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