Houses & Homes

From real estate to home organization, design and more, you'll find everything you need to know about houses and homes from our expert bloggers.

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While organizing a space isn't rocket science, it’s not always intuitive either. I was with a client the other week who is whip smart, highly educated and has designed a beautiful home for herself, yet she continually beats herself up for  her lack of organizational skills.  

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Now more than ever, our outdoor space, regardless of size, is a place to escape, get some much-needed fresh air, and enjoy a change of scenery. With so much inspiration and choice available, creating a space that suits your needs, reflects your style, and meets your budget can be overwhelming.

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We all have inherently lazy tendencies. Well, at least everyone I’ve ever met does. It’s not necessarily a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. It just is what it is We all want to do less work with better results. And I think that's a really good thing. It is actually what drives my who…

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We are putting more time and attention (and money) into outfitting our backyards. After all, we have such a short-lived summer season that we want to make the most of it! So, here are outdoor furniture trends for 2021 that will add a punch of style to your exterior living spaces.

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Online shopping really simplifies things... it means we can sit on our laurels and, with the click of a button, have almost anything delivered to our front door, from groceries and gifts to school supplies, ready-made meals, clothes, toiletries, or anything else you can think of! It seems to…

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There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a recipe and having to spend 15 minutes searching through your pantry for the baking soda. Or buying a third box of cornstarch when you know you already have two open ones that you can’t seem to find.   Welcome to the black hole that most peo…

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Are we cleaning our homes, or are we poisoning them? Cleaning the home with conventional store-bought products like Windex, Mr. Clean, Glade and Lysol seem normal to most people. Afterall, they are cleaning products, right? Well, they may do the job well, but they also fill up the home with …

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More so, real estate has been at the forefront of many social media platforms and rightfully so. The Quebec market was faced with a lockdown at the beginning of 2020, followed by an integration of virtual means only and then, the final curtain call of getting back in the trenches – where the…

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A lifestyle broker caters to those in all walks of life, who are not just looking for a home - but, a lifestyle. It may seem that finding a home in the right location at a decent price point is perhaps like finding a needle in a haystack, however working with someone who listens to your need…

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What’s in all piles of paper? Delayed decision-making, visual (and often messy) reminders of what needs to get done, hope-in-a-stack that what needs to be done will be done on time. Fingers crossed. Fear not, here is a fool-proof system to get on top of your paper clutter and put an end to e…

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Pantone has announced what we’ve been waiting for all year long - its colours of the year! Yes, that’s correct, colours, as in plural. The experts on the rainbow have offered us a colourful mental respite as we close out a rather tumultuous year - selecting two standout colours aimed to set …

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Ah, winter. What is not to love about this magical, snowy season? OK, I’m obviously kidding, unless you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or you make your living plowing driveways, chances are you’re not exactly looking forward to the cold, sleet and snow. 

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We know what we need to do to feed our families healthy, well balanced meals while juggling everything else: meal prep! So we plan out the week’s menu, we grocery shop on weekends, and on a really good week we’ll even cook meals ahead of time. Except, despite all of those great intentions, w…

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It is no secret that the real estate market showed no signs of slowing down, as we have seen record breaking sales and continuous growth over the past few months. Vendors took in consideration the current market conditions and have opted to put their homes for sale as the sellers’ market con…

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I recently started taking a closer look at the time we spend looking for things. The studies I looked up which evaluate time spent looking for misplaced items vary between 10 and 55 minutes a day. This means that even if we are extremely conservative, 10 minutes per day times an average of 6…

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This year, the October Collection from IKEA Canada is inspired by dark moody hues, celebrates more sustainable products and welcomes in seasonal change, according to a recent press release. They’re spotlighting an earthy colour palette that includes neutral hues, rustic reds, muted greys and…

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With every change of season comes certain home to-do's, and this is especially true of fall - it's the one time we can prepare our houses and properties for the brutal winter conditions ahead. These 5 fall renovation projects you can do right now will help preserve the integrity of your home…

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Keeping the family organized is no easy feat, and as summer starts to wind down, you'll want to have organizational systems in place to stay on top of things from the get-go. There's social engagements to keep, sports activities and other extracurriculars, work obligations, birthdays, and more.

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I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects.  I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the same feeling that you get right af…

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Ahhhh, the tiny closet. I feel like it must be some kind of inside joke between home builders and architects. ‘Hey man, I finished the hallway. Crap, I forgot to build a closet! I’ll just carve out this miniscule one foot space in the corner... they won’t notice that the door doesn't fully o…

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2020 was predicted to be a great year for the Montreal real estate market, but once the provincial ordered shut-downs came into effect, many would-be buyers began to speculate that numerous homeowners would be financially-strained and have to sell their homes, easing prices and pressure on b…

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One of my bigger struggles as a Professional Organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and …

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My garage is a perfect example of the benefits of labelling. I organized the shelving units so that it would fit all our excess pantry items, paper towels, toilet paper, soaps, you get the idea. But I didn’t label any of it. And now it’s a disaster. And worse yet, it’s my fault.

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Organizing our kids keepsakes is generally quite a challenge, one that sinks its teeth into our own emotions. I work primarily with families with young children, and I find that the same questions surface over and over. What should we keep and how much of each category should be kept?

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Wayfair Inc. recently announced through a media release that singer, songwriter, trusted voice coach and TV host Kelly Clarkson will serve as the retailer’s first official brand ambassador in the U.S. The all-new, integrated partnership with Clarkson, which spans TV, digital and retail, aims…