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Splurge or Scrimp 2

Splurge or Scrimp 2

  • 27th August 2017
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Scrimp on these if you have to scrimp. If you want to scrimp on home decor, you should also be a bit of a DIY-er. It’s amazing what a little bit of paint, or a staple gun and some fabric can accomplish.       1. Book cases. If you…
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Splurge or Scrimp? Part 1.

Splurge or Scrimp? Part 1.

  • 27th July 2017
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Sometimes it’s necessary to break open the wallet. These are my top five things you should NOT scrimp on — but as a savvy consumer, you need to be educated. Don’t fall prey to the pressure of the shelter magazines, or the nice guy at the furniture store.      After…
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How to Feel Cooler in the Heat

How to Feel Cooler in the Heat

  • 2nd July 2017
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  The thermometer at 41 degrees is from my niece in Kamloops. On Wednesday the 6th. For my American readers, that's about 110 degrees. IN CANADA FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD! This is a bit of a departure from my typical decor-related column, granted, but if this column helps you live…
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Decorating or Styling?

Decorating or Styling?

  • 26th May 2017
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Decorating or styling? Ok. I get to put on my slightly snooty decorators hat for this one. Decorating a book case, or a coffee table, or a shelf or the top of a dresser means painting designs on it, or adding tassels or  nail-head trim, or adding some wood trim.…
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Five Things About Solar Shades

Five Things About Solar Shades

  • 7th May 2017
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I know some of you have been thinking about the summer sun and how to protect your furniture, floors and yourself against it this year. I know because every year, in June, I get the slightly panicked phone calls: “The weather has turned and it’s going to get hot, after…
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Call me at 250-833-1120 for a FREE in-home consultation.

Call me at 250-833-1120 for a FREE in-home consultation.

  • 27th April 2017
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One of my clients took my advice on her window treatments, did the installation herself, and ended up turning off her air conditioning.  Another lady said she was able to sit in her living room -- with the drapes open --and enjoy her front garden for the first time EVER.…
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Summer Sun Blackout Window Covering Sale

Summer Sun Blackout Window Covering Sale

  • 9th April 2017
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I can solve this problem for you. You CAN have decent black-out or light-filtering window coverings which will keep the sun under control at 4:30 in the morning. Give me your email address or phone number in the comments, and I'll call you within 24 hours. Except on Sunday. And…
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Modern Farmhouse. What?

Modern Farmhouse. What?

  • 2nd April 2017
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I don’t think we’ve had a real new design style emerge in years. I don’t count Shabby Chic — it was an offshoot of French Country. I don’t count Bo-Ho — it was an offshoot of Eclectic. I don’t consider Transitional a design style because it’s, well, transitional. But now…
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A New Home!

A New Home!

  • 27th March 2017
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Hello Friday AM readers. I’m so very tickled to be here; some of you may recognize the by-line and mugshot of me from another newspaper column. Well, bless Lorne’s heart, my words and I have found a new home over here. ( And the image, by the way, is a…
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The Last Column

The Last Column

  • 11th March 2017
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Column # 224, The Last One The first Design Dilemma column published on August 29, 2008; it was about outdoor fabric. Today is column number 224 and it’s the last one in the Lakeshore News. I’m sad. The Lakeshore News is being absorbed by the Market News and they don’t…
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