“Great, but where do I go?”

Probably one of the most common things I hear when discussing the value of someone’s home in today’s market is “that’s great, but where do I go?” My response to this is always “where do you want to go?” If you have lived in your home for the last couple of years then you will have built up some pretty good equity since the market has really taken off. Use this as an opportunity to reinvest your equity and do whatever it is that you want; I will explore some scenarios here with you. Continue reading

Creating a Space for You

The Man Cave. The Woman Cave/She Shed. These dedicated spaces to the men and women of the home are becoming all the rage and ever more popular. These types of spaces are even becoming part of essential search criteria when house hunting, as we yearn for a space in our homes to call our own – a getaway from the kids’ toys, the dishes in the sink, and the piled-up laundry. Continue reading

A Simple Basement Transformation

Is your basement used to its fullest potential or is it a place where furniture goes to die and storage boxes collect dust? The basement can often be the last to receive design attention, however, with the right touches, it can be an amazing space to enjoy. I have lots of great design tips but I’ve only incorporated a few of these ideas myself into our basement, mainly due to budget. I will say the few ideas I have incorporated have had a huge impact and help it to feel less like a dungeon! Continue reading

Tiny Living

Would you do it? Would you live in 500sqft or less?

My answer is no; I mean come on, I have 2 kids and a husband and we enjoy our space. I would, however, downsize, by a 1000sqft. In fact, I would like to downsize by that much in our next home. I love to watch all those shows on HGTV about “tiny living” because they inspire small living solutions, and that’s what this blog post is all about: Creative solutions for living in smaller spaces (not necessarily 500sqft and less, but smaller spaces in general). Continue reading

Why I Expect My Dream Home to be Ugly

Some people might think we live in our dream home right now, and we almost do. I’d say we are now one home away from our dream home. I really do love my home and so much about it. We live on a quiet street, our backyard backs on to a field so we have tons of privacy, we have an amazing back yard, great neighbours, a layout that works for us, and lots of space. However, it’s not my dream home. My ultimate goal is to move just 5 minutes south from here to a beautiful neighbourhood that I have fallen in love with.  I know we won’t be moving anytime soon and I’m okay with that. It will take time to reach this goal, but knowing where we were just 5 short years ago, and where we are now, I know our goal is attainable. Continue reading

How to Renovate Your Kitchen Without the Renovation

Nobody loves a good renovation project more than me but in today’s blog I want to discuss how to go about getting that “renovated” look in your kitchen without actually doing a renovation. A kitchen renovation will earn you the best ROI (return on investment) and it’s commonly said that kitchens are the most important room in a house to help it sell. So, if you’re getting ready to sell, and have limited time and budget, you can still make improvements to your kitchen without doing anything major. Continue reading