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March 16, 2021 | Tyler Difley

Declutter for a cause: where to donate your unwanted household items in Calgary

It's time for spring cleaning, and while the excitement surrounding the Marie Kondo Method has died down somewhat since its peak, decluttering never goes out of style.

However, if you're ready to part with some of your stuff, don't just throw it in the trash. There are countless charitable organizations across the Calgary area that accept all manner of gently used household goods, from clothing and books to electronics and furniture.

Courtesy of Erin Rochon, Bluebird Upcycle

Nov. 09, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Upholstery painting: fun DIY project or disaster waiting to happen?

To paint or not to paint? With upholstered furniture, that is a complicated question. Social media, online blogs and video tutorials show that it can be a fun DIY project, but there are a few key considerations and great results are not guaranteed.

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Oct. 19, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Winterproof patios: how to equip your outdoor space for all-season enjoyment

As summer days give way to cooler weather, good times had on the patio or balcony need not end – especially, when outside is one of the safest places to be thanks to COVID-19. From simple additions to more elaborate fixes, there are many ways to winterproof outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment.

Courtesy of Brookfield Residential

Sept. 08, 2020 | Andrea Cox

Décor disasters: common design mistakes and how to fix them

How many of us have started a home redecorating project only to stop midway, frustrated because we just can't seem to recreate that magazine-worthy look? Well fret not, as we've identified some common design mistakes and asked local designers for their surefire solutions to get back on track.

Upcycling vintage or second-hand furniture can create a unique piece you'll cherish for many years to come.
Before-and-after photos courtesy of Dale Marie Wedge (bloomingdiyer.com)

Aug. 24, 2020 | Andrea Cox

"Upcycle" your vintage or second-hand furnishings for an affordable, environmentally friendly design upgrade

Adding an element of upcycled, vintage chic to a home's furnishings can create a rich and inviting space with a unique design aesthetic. Plus, it's great for the environment and easy on the pocketbook.

An example of a home that has been virtually staged. 
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July 27, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Virtual staging provides right mix of price and results for some home sellers

Real estate experts have long touted the importance of properly staging a property to look its best when selling, and now a high-tech option has joined the ranks of traditional home stagers.

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July 27, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Four local Instagrammers to follow for DIY inspiration and resources

When it comes to various projects around the house, the do-it-yourself route is appealing for many reasons – from saving money to the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. If you are looking for more info, or even just a little bit of inspiration, before you take the DIY plunge, these Calgary Instagram accounts are a great place to start:

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July 02, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Six easy ways to spruce up your backyard for summer

Despite the gradual reopening of businesses and other public spaces as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy, COVID-19 still loom large in our daily lives several months into the pandemic. As a result, the humble backyard might be where many Calgarians spend much of their time outdoors this summer – whether they're seeking sanctuary or a place for small, physically distanced gatherings with friends and family.

So, there's no time like the present to make the most of that space. Here are six easy ways to spruce up your yard and create the outdoor oasis you've always wanted.
Photo: Klassen Photography, Interior Design: Alykhan Velji Designs

June 10, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Alykhan Velji's hot design trends for summer focus on forgotten spaces

Alykhan Velji, principal at Alykhan Velji Designs.
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After an unusual spring spent mostly cooped up inside, summer's onset promises brighter days.

Summer is also a great time to notice the areas around the home that are especially in need of a refresh. This is where Alykhan Velji, principal at Alykhan Velji Designs, is focused for summer 2020.

Courtesy of Sean Young

May 14, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Four ways to make the most of your balcony

For many residents of apartment-style condo buildings, a balcony offers a small, private slice of the outdoors – a place to kick back with a book, sip your morning coffee, catch a few rays, or enjoy an al fresco meal or cocktail.

In recent months, the widespread adoption of social distancing and self-isolation to combat COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of private outdoor spaces. For those who have them, balconies and backyards provide a crucial refuge – a safe space to get some fresh air while avoiding contact with other people.

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