Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada’s Favourite Street?


Niagara is well represented in an ongoing contest to name Canada's favourite places.Queen St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake is leading the competition for Canada's best street. The popular tourist destination, with all its specialty shops, historic architecture and seasonal flowerbeds, was clobbering the second-place street, Icefields Parkway in Alberta, by 654 votes, 797-143, as of Friday afternoon.Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Dave Eke said approximately three-million people visit the town … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Home for Sale

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Home improvement projects, regular maintenance and renovations are often times necessary requirements in increasing the value of your home.  There are many studies that show the return on investment (ROI) that certain projects will provide to a homeowner, but keep in mind that these returns are very generic and are nationwide. Local real estate markets can vary drastically when it comes to actual sale prices, and when you take into account labour costs that often vary by area as well as material … [Read more...]

Decorating A Contemporary Dining Room


Dining room decorating can vary greatly from home to home. Factors that establish the overall design of a dining room include the formality of the space and how many people need to be accommodated. Many homes feature a casual eating spot or breakfast nook located near the kitchen along with a more formal dining room for entertaining family and friends.Making the Most of Dining RoomsWhen considering various dining room ideas, it’s important to think about the size of the room compared to … [Read more...]

Do-It-Yourself Tips for a Luxury Kitchen


The kitchen is known as the heart of the home. It is here where families convene, friends converse and memorable holiday cuisines are prepared. An attractive kitchen is also a reliable source for enhancing the overall value of your property. That’s why when selling your home, many potential buyers view the kitchen as the most important room in the house, and an area that may serve as a make-or-break factor in whether or not this is the place for them.A major kitchen overhaul can be very … [Read more...]

Adding a Patio Spa to Your Backyard


If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the amenities of a spa retreat without the costly expense, all you need is your own backyard patio. Although you may typically use your patio as a place for cooking outdoors and entertaining guests, why not recreate a spa-like atmosphere in the privacy of your own backyard?“I generally use my patio for entertaining, but for a spa treatment, that’s special,” says garden designer Jill Slater. With simple embellishments from around the house and purchased … [Read more...]