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And the winner is…

Voters chose a denim-like colour as their top choice in paint

Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores Ltd., recently asked Canadians to choose the brand’s 2016 Colour of the Year from a list of four top contenders. The winner is French Charming, a cool blue reminiscent of a well-worn pair of jeans. Canadians chose that comfy fresh denim-like colour as their favourite. “French Charming is

Create a getaway in your home for your partner to enjoy.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Here's some around-the-house ideas to show that you care

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so why not add a little romance to your décor? A few small touches will show your significant other how much they mean to you. It doesn’t take much to show that you care. After a long day your loved one may enjoy relaxing in a bathroom decorated


Create cosy rooms in your house this winter

Try a few decorating changes to help get you through those long, cold months

Winter will soon be upon us. Plan now for decorating changes that will get you through the cold months with warmth and comfort. A few updates are all you need to take you through the winter season. Warm fall colours and cosy textures are great additions to take you from summer to winter. This doesn’t

Try a textured wall surface

Around the House: Lots of different products available to create an interesting look

Textured wall surfaces are a current popular trend. Walls adorned with brick, barn board or other textural products bring a sense of warmth and interest to any room. As you can see in the photo, the worn wooden wall treatment behind the bed provides lovely detail. Textured wall treatments can bring a feeling of history,

This muted shade of orange can work well in a bedroom.

Colour can affect learning

Start off a new school year with a shade that can boost confidence, relaxation and productivity

Back to school is an exciting time — new markers, binders, lunch bag and that all-important “first day” outfit. A successful school year begins at home, and bedroom colours can inspire confidence, relaxation, productivity, and a positive outlook. “Knowing a colour’s character can provide more than just a beautiful space, it can help a child


Centrepieces were created from items from the thrift store and silver lids from take-out food containers.

Stylish, affordable entertaining

Around the House: Decorating for a special event doesn’t have to be expensive

My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, and our decorating ideas were stylish and affordable that could be used for any special event. Invitations I didn’t want to invite guests by email or text to this event. At the dollar store I found a wedding invitation set embossed with a silver design.

Create a floor mat as well as a fun and useful hall tree.

Do-it-yourself projects for the home

Around the House: Read on for a couple of how-to ideas to get you started

Here’s two projects to brighten up your home: FLOOR MAT Create works of art for your floor with a canvas drop sheet and paint. Materials: One 5×12-foot canvas drop sheet No-Sew Glue Painter’s tape Beauti-Tone Designer Series Paint in chosen colours Beauti-Tone Designer Series Silk in a clear untinted base Instructions: Cut the size of

Try to find a picture of a finished room that includes decorating ideas that you might like to try.

A photo can help you make decorating decisions

Seeing some of your ideas in a finished room will help you decide if they are right for you

So you think you know what you want for your décor but can’t quite make the final decisions. Try to find a photo with similar features that you’d like. Seeing your ideas in a completed room will help you decide. The featured photo is a good example for me. The wall colour is very similar


Decorating your home with white need not be boring

Here’s some tips to create a warm and relaxing room

Do you need to create a serene oasis in your home to get away from the busyness of life? A white-on-white palette is calming and subdued and easy on the eyes. To keep it from feeling too institutional, follow some of these suggestions: Choose a warm white A stark white with blue undertones can make

Using everyday items for decorating

With a little imagination almost anything can be repurposed

I love using things for purposes other than the intended, and everyday items can be modified for decorative purposes. Shelving for display All kinds of items can be used as a shelf for display purposes. An old skateboard can be mounted to the wall of a den or child’s room with L brackets to display