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    Basements can be dark, drab and all-around just not nice places to spend time in. But they don’t have to be that way. With a few renovations, basements can be transformed into bright, pleasant, liveable rooms. Need some tips on how to brighten up your basement? Try a few of these ideas and see what a difference it can make.

  • Buying a condo? Planning to renovate or redecorate that condo once it’s officially yours? Well, you might be surprised to know that there are many costs associated with condo renovations that aren’t necessarily applicable to house renovations, warns Mary Stanton, of Stanton Interiors. Stanton specializes in condo and small space décor and says that the factors involved in condo renovations often take clients by surprise.

  • There may be no easier and faster way to transform your space than by changing your colour scheme. That could mean something as dramatic as repainting an entire room, or something as simple as updating a few accessories to add a new splash of colour. But where to begin and what colour to choose?

    First off, figure out the mood you want to create with your colour scheme.

  • When it comes to home decorating, you need to consider more than just colours and accessories; you also need to consider your furniture layout, which can have a huge impact on the overall mood.

    Janet Stone, of J.L.S. Design in Port Perry, Ontario, describes the perfect layout as appealing to both function and harmony. “Traffic flow is essential,” she says. “A good practical furniture layout will dictate how people move about each room and into other spaces in the home. If this is not harmonious, then the whole home will feel disjointed.”

  • Say you have some really great antique pieces that you want to hold onto – but you want to merge them with your new, slick home décor. How do you do it? Is it even possible to merge the old with the new without looking too eclectic?

    Marla Makowski, of Panache Home Decorating Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, admits that it’s a hard look to pull off if you don’t know what you’re doing. “Merging the old and new is a talent,” she says. “If you’re not careful, the décor can, very easily, become kitschy – like you collected all the items from a garage sale or hand-me-down.”

  • Written by: Natalie Senko

    October is a month where we transition from warm weather to cool weather and watch the last leaves fall from the trees. Since many find this to be a depressing time, it’s nice that we have one of the most fun and exciting holidays falling on the last day of the month. Some may argue that Halloween is only fun for youngsters, but we believe that this is an equally enjoyable holiday for adults who love decorating.


    Whether you are a homeowner dreaming of updating your home, or a professional designer seeking inspiration for your next project, these award winning projects from the across Canada are a must see. The nine interior makeovers are standouts for creativity, thoughtfulness and design skill. They also show you what can be done with a small, medium and large budget. 

  • Each year, the DDA Canada holds its Decorating and Design Competition, an industry event geared towards giving established and upcoming decorators and designers a chance to show off their work. 

    Entrants in this category were working on interiors, and winners were selected in five categories: Over $100K, Over $45K and Under $100K, With Construction Under $45K, Without Construction $10K to $45K, and Challenging Budget Under $10K. Take a look at these entries submitted by both DDA Canada members and by students. 

  • Each year, entrants in the Decorating and Design Competition get to show off their fresh ideas for improving living spaces at every budget.

    These nine interior makeovers showcase what's possible at three different budget levels. No matter what your current space looks like, there's room for improvement in atmosphere or functionality. See how Canada’s top decorators and designers transformed home interiors this year. 

  • When it comes to selling your home, there’s much more to it than hiring an agent or putting up a “For Sale” sign. You also need to prepare the home to be more appealing to potential buyers. This means putting on your marketing hat and figuring out what will sell – and what won’t.

    “When selling a home, first impressions really do count and just as one would dress appropriately for a job interview, it is critical for home sellers to present their home to potential buyers in its very best light,” says Lesley Arnould, of Embellished Interiors in North Vancouver, British Columbia. “Statistics show that staged properties sell more quickly and for more money than those that are not staged.”

  • From sheer, wispy curtains to heavy drapes, the window coverings you choose can have a strong impact on the room of a mood. But more than that, it can also affect the physical feeling of the space, making it lighter or darker, or warmer or cooler.

    “Drapes have been a source of insulation for centuries and the same is still true today,” says Nancy DeVries of Urban Aesthetics in North Vancouver. “Using a thicker lining helps to increase the insulation value of drapes, as well as making them blackout for better sleeping.”

  • You’ve decided to overhaul your lighting system, perhaps to make it more modern, more visually appealing or more environmentally friendly. But where do you start and what tips should you keep in mind as you embark on such a project?

    Mary Kyd, a lighting specialist with Atlantic Lighting Studio in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, says that your top considerations can be broken down into three areas: function and form, structure of your home and electrical issues. “Good lighting design is both an art and a science,” she says.

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    Photo: Sandra Cross Interiors

    Thinking of changing your colour scheme? That’s great, but don’t move too fast, says Nancy DeVries of Urban Aesthetics in North Vancouver. Consider what you have already–existing furniture, colour tones of flooring, art pieces, etc., and work from there. Without considering these things first, you could end up with a colour scheme that doesn’t work with your space.

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