Hvac Repair Contractor?
Apr 27, 2015 / Dream Homes /
While you surely have the entitlement to try your hand at DIY HVAC repairs, it's normally not the smartest idea. Even if you are pretty handy, heating and cooling systems are complex, and if you do not know that's what you are doing, you could end up making things much worse. Or it is possible that a poor repair job will make your system run more inefficiently, costing you money and shortening the lifetime of the unit. Simply put, if you do not have extensive experience ...
How To Decorate Your Dorm Room
Aug 11, 2017 / Interior Design /
So you are preparing to move away to college or university for the first time. This is certainly an exciting milestone in your life, though it can also be a nerve-wracking one for many people. One thing that can often make the transition better is to live in the university dorms, where there are many other people who are in the same boat. They can sympathize! When you have your room, however, it often looks quite boring and bare. Make the space fit you and ...
3 Strategies For Designing Small Spaces
Aug 04, 2017 / Interior Design /
Whether you are trying to design a new apartment, room, or your house, designing small spaces can be quite challenging, even for an experience designer. After all, there are certain necessities regardless of where you live, and you will still have to make sure everything you need fits in the space. To that end, here are three effective strategies to keep in mind when you are designing small spaces: Choose Colour Carefully The colour of your walls plays a significant role in the size of the space. ...
3 Elements of Minimalist Design
Jul 28, 2017 / Interior Design /
One of the most popular styles people use for their home these days is a minimalist design. The trademark for minimalism is clean, simple designs throughout your entire home. Some may only put this into practice with the interior design and decoration of their home, while many others will also extend this to their wardrobe and personal items as well. Does minimalist design interest you for your home? Here are three key elements to keep in mind: Let Building Material Stand If you already have your home, what ...
How to Deal With Your Neighbor’s Barking Dog
Jul 24, 2017 / Other /
We all try to peacefully co-exist with our neighbors, whether we live in a house or an apartment. If you happen to make a bit of noise outside of regular hours, it is entirely forgivable when your neighbor does the same. Give and take, and simple diplomacy usually leads to a happy living experience. This falls apart when one neighbor creates noise on a prolonged, and even daily, basis. One of the main causes of such a disturbance is barking dogs. Some canines are just naturally ...
What are the Best Ways to Pack Up for a Move?
Jul 18, 2017 / Other /
We all have to do it sooner or later. Some of us will do it several times in our lives, while others do it a least once a year. Moving can be quite challenging from a logistical standpoint, so why not use a little advance planning to make it easier to pull off? Here are some tips on the best ways to pack up for a move: De-clutter with a Vengeance Have you ever ended up moving things that you meant to get rid of? This is one ...
4 Smart Gadgets for Pets (that are Actually Useful)
Jul 17, 2017 / Other /
So you’re planning on welcoming a new furry friend into your home. Do you have everything you need? Better go over your checklist again. There’s the collar, food, toys, bedding…oh, and don’t forget to install that app on your phone. Smart home technology has expanded into just about every area of the house, from the bathroom to the backyard. That includes an entire market of smart tech tailored to prudent (or obsessive) pet owners. Pet tech ranges from the mundane (like smart collars) to the absurd (like ...
Is Smart Furniture a Wise Purchase?
Jul 13, 2017 / Furniture /
We’ve always adapted furniture to meet our needs and lifestyles. But for the most part, this has meant adjusting a few basic designs to fit the style trends of the time. Take the coffee table, for instance. We saw solid teak tables in the 60’s, those gaudy glass-topped tables in the 80’s, and the rise of affordable MDF with those sleek, modern design sensibilities. But overall, there hasn’t been much innovation in that realm over the years. Could it be that our basic four-legged, tried-and-true coffee tables ...
5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Make Your Home Feel Happier
Jul 10, 2017 / Interior Design /
Interior design is about more than aesthetics. You may not realize it, but the design of your home has a significant impact on how you feel each day. We explain the science behind five simple ways to boost happiness and reduce stress through interior design. Adjust Your Lighting According to this study, the lighting and colours of a workplace influences how workers feel during their day. Rooms that were too dark brought down the moods of their occupants, but so did rooms with excessively bright lighting. The same ...
Downsizing to an Apartment
Jul 05, 2017 / Other /
Apartments tend to be way stops. Most of us do not spend many years of our lives living in apartments. When you are away from home, finished school, and on your first job, you often live in an apartment. However, you eventually reach a place in your career where you can put some money aside. At that point, it makes better economic sense to buy a house or condo, rather than continuing to pay rent. However, there also comes a time for many when a house ...
Do You Like Inspirational Quotes? Here are Some of My Favourites
Jun 23, 2017 / Other /
Some people consider inspirational quotes silly, but I really think they have a power to influence to help us strive harder and achieve more. Here are a few of my favourite; feel free to share some of yours in the comments. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." –Florence Nightingale “You need to ...