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3 ways to refresh your home for spring

3 ways to refresh your home for spring

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3 ways to refresh your home for spring

Looking to update your home for the season but don’t have time or budget for a major renovation? Do it right with these three easy DIY paint projects that can each be done in just a day.

“The seasonal transition from winter to spring is the perfect time to freshen up,” says Sharon Grech, colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore. “If you’re like me, you don’t have unlimited time to devote to working on your home, which is why small weekend projects are perfect because they’re quick, easy and affordable.”

DOOR: Night Train 1567, Aura® Grand Entrance, Satin TRIM: Plantation White, Aura® Grand Entrance, High Gloss EXTERIOR WALLS: Grant Beige HC-83, Aura® Exterior, Satin
DOOR: Night Train 1567, Aura® Grand Entrance, Satin TRIM: Plantation White, Aura® Grand Entrance, High Gloss EXTERIOR WALLS: Grant Beige HC-83, Aura® Exterior, Satin

Hit refresh with paint

Nothing says refresh quite like bringing new life to a tired piece of furniture. A fresh coat of paint is the perfect solution to make old, dated furniture seem trendy and new. Look for pieces that have solid construction and interesting shapes. Grech says headboards, wardrobes, chairs and side tables are all great pieces to transform. If you are unsure of the condition of the furniture or how to paint it, visit a local paint retailer to ensure you get the product that is right for your project.

Amaze with an accent wall

Feature walls are a great way to make an impactful change to a space. “Many people think accent walls need to be very bold and vibrant hues, when they can be neutral to create a more cohesive and harmonious feel,” says Grech. Explore painting the fifth wall, otherwise known as the ceiling, for a unique and modern look that can add dimension to a space.

Front door décor

The front door has the ability to instantly create an inviting impression before guests enter your home. “Applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door is a great DIY project that can be done quickly and can invigorate the look and feel of your home,” says Grech. “Because it’s so easy, you can even change your door colour seasonally.” Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance collection, inspired by European enamel finishes has more than 42 curated colours.

Find more informaiton at benjaminmoore.com.


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Cool and colourful cooking space

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Cool and colourful cooking space

Photography by Heather Dunbar Photography

Designing a modern kitchen for this busy family was truly a joy. But, with every project, there are also design hurdles to overcome. Since the main floor flowed from the kitchen into the living and dining rooms, achieving the right flow was key. I never view a challenge as a pain point, but rather an opportunity to create something truly unique and reflective of our homeowner’s combined tastes.

The starting point came when the homeowners agreed to have their upper cabinets painted in a vibrant hue, Benjamin Moore’s Fair Isle Blue. From there, it was just a balancing act of transitioning one design element to the next. I chose darker walnut-stained lowers cabinets that would stand up to the vibrant upper cabinets. A subtle off-white and veined backsplash and countertop paid homage to the white colour applied to the walls. Playing off the bold upper cabinets, we added richness and playfulness by incorporating warm and confident brasses and golds within the lighting choices.

A key component in pulling the room together was finding moments where I could add a natural fluidity. This was especially effective with the pendant lights and their subtle ombre fade from brass, silver to clear. Having a strong metallic accent with this finish added depth and softness to the room’s overall palette, balancing polish with organic elements. This principle of harmonious dichotomies is one of my design philosophies.

The open concept dining room directly adjacent to the kitchen required flexibility between both formal and casual settings, with three rambunctious girls in the household. Starting with a matching bold and brass light fixture, I added a beautiful English brown-stained white oak dining table with clean and natural lines. Mixing the table with mid-century modern inspired leather dining chairs hit the perfect amount of tempered luxury. Adding a matching bench on the opposite side of the table allowed us to emphasize the space without creating a break in the flow.

Lastly, adding an oversized area rug underneath the dining area helped define the space while also echoing the kitchen cabinets’ familiar blue and teal accents.

From the project’s inception, we knew the kitchen would be the home’s natural focal point with its confident hues and bold accent metals. By choosing slightly lower height furniture pieces throughout the space, this seamlessly leads the eye back towards the kitchen from every vantage point of the floor.

Before you fully commit to making significant changes to your kitchen (whether it be bold and dynamic or subtle and modest), make sure to explore the depths of your own palette and understand its flavours. Because ultimately, with design being so subjective, there isn’t a right or wrong. It’s just a question of personal taste and, of course, balance.

Sources

Countertop + Backsplash by Baystone Quartz

Hardware by Richelieu Hardware

Faucets from Delta Trinsic

Barn Door from Urban Woodcraft

Upper Cabinet in Fair Isle Blue (CSP-715), walls in Silver Satin (OC-26), trim in Chantilly Lace (OC-65) by Benjamin Moore

Kitchen Pendant lights and dining room pendant lights from West Elm

Dining Table from Pottery Barn

Dining Chairs, Bench and living room sofa by from Crate & Barrel

Carpet by Brayden Studio

Counter Stools by George Oliver

Floor Lamp by Williston Forge

Designer Louis Duncan-He is Creative Director and Principal of Louis Duncan-He Designs. This Calgary- and Montreal-based boutique design firm offers complete residential design services throughout Canada. With a distinct timeless perspective, it creates unified authentic designs. @louis.dhe


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The hottest hues you can expect for 2021

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The hottest hues you can expect for 2021

We can all agree 2020 was not the start to the decade that any of us expected. With all its unpredictability, there’s been a renewed emphasis and appreciation for the power of the home. We now expect our home to do more for us than ever. They need to be schools for our children, a new workplace for parents and ultimately serve as a sanctuary, shielding us from the world outside.

At the core of it all, colour is an essential component in helping to form its metaphorical armour. It can change the way we think, impact the actions we take and significantly shift the way we feel. I can think of many moments where the colour of a specific space has lowered my heart rate and provided an extra hit of dopamine. Colour is one of the most natural and powerful ways to transform a space and temper our emotions.

The hottest hues you can expect for the new year

The desire for “spa-like” spaces has gained significant traction in the past year. At Louis Duncan-He Designs, we’ve had more and more clients ask for not just bathrooms, but also bedrooms to be designed with a focused Zen sensibility. And Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year for 2021, Agean Teal, demonstrates this trend. Our bedroom palette boards are filled with panelled and feature walls in soft teals, calming blues and subtle pastel greens. Clients want bedrooms that are designed to make it virtually impossible to carry any remnants of the day’s stressors into them, and this will surely be a trend that will transition into 2021.

As a result of more people working from home, we’ve also noticed a natural shift in common living and working spaces. Bold and energetic jewell tones have become staple choices for those striving to harness creativity and make a statement in offices, dining rooms and kitchens. Jewelled tones and yellows pair perfectly with Benjamin Moore’s 2021 palette favourites, Chestertown Buff and Potters Clay, to create the perfect mix of understated drama. They work incredibly well with natural elements such as moss, black iron and natural brick. Layering richer and more vibrant accents such as Pantone’s Marigold hue, add the perfect bohemian look, injecting life and personality. There will always be the desire to create vibrancy and depth; however, a more understated and thoughtful set of jewelled tones feed our senses and the soul.

Being housebound means bringing the outdoors in is exponentially more important, providing us with the calming effects of nature and wanderlust. A strong ode to nature has been a popular trend that the design community continues to embrace. Sherwin-Williams Colour of the year for 2021, Urbane Bronze, serves as the perfect backdrop for soft earth tones such as sand, and blues and greens, blending the timeless mix of elegance and organic. Pairing them with natural textures such as unfinished wood and touches of rattan and wicker help actualize the indoor/outdoor effect, creating spaces that are serene, meditative and grounded in the familiar.

We all eagerly await what the next 12 months will bring, and all we can do is try to fortify our homes in ways that will elicit joy, spark growth and ultimately make us feel safe. And that’s the magic of colour. It’s one of the few aspects in the world that can communicate everything we need without having to actually say anything. With a future that is currently so much in the grey, think of ways to reinvigorate your space and make sure to dream in full colour.

Designer Louis Duncan-He is Creative Director and Principal of Louis Duncan-He Designs. This notable Calgary-tand Montreal-based boutique design firm offers complete residential design services throughout Canada. With a distinct timeless perspective, they create unified authentic designs. louisdhe.com

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Quaint quarters

5 ways to make your pint-sized pad feel more spacious

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5 ways to make your pint-sized pad feel more spacious

Photos: Larry Arnal

Tiles

Add some spice with a patterned tile, maybe a mini-mosaic or even bold geometric design. Play with the application, why not bring them from the floor to the wall to create a full-on moment. Make sure you grab samples so you can try out some interesting patterns and configurations. Make it unique. A smaller space requires less product, so even if you’re designing something one of a kind, it likely won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is amazing with a capital A when it comes to creating a wham, bam, pop or pow in your small space. Our design firm believes you can never go wrong with a bold floral wallpaper. There are thousands out there to choose from. Try to think of some of the things you like the most, such as colour, style, pattern, material or texture, before you start to look for your perfect wall covering. You don’t want to get sucked down the wallpaper rabbit hole. Trust us when we say you will blink and it will be four hours later, you won’t know where you are, what your name is, or what you’re having for dinner. Consider this a friendly warning!

Paint

Splash that colour! If you have a pint-sized space, why not use it as an opportunity to splash a beautiful colour that makes your heart happy. We love to incorporate pops of colour on cabinetry, walls and even ceilings. Paint is the quickest and most cost-effective way to transform any space. Don’t be afraid of dark colours in small spaces – they can make a teeny-tiny space look even bigger, as long as there is contrast.

Wall decor

Don’t forget the earrings, and by earrings, we mean wall decor. Think of it like this: You aren’t going to get all dressed up but not put on earrings. They’re a must! Wall decor is important; however, in a small space, you have to be mindful of the scale of the piece you are putting up. Try using large white matting and a thin metal frame to keep your art piece simple, updated and stylish.

Lighting

This may seem like an obvious tip, but sometimes it’s overlooked. Make sure you are choosing lighting that will appropriately illuminate your space. Try to allow multi-layered lighting; we find that in smaller spaces, there are sometimes more shadow spots. Focus on how your room functions for you; keep in mind task, ambient and decorative lighting can all be used to create an amazing lighting scheme.

Don’t be afraid to take a few risks in a small space. More than likely you will be rewarded with a special little spot that packs a punch! Make it beautiful and make it yours.

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SOURCE: CONTRACTING AND MILLWORK by Hartley Built. Hartleybuilt.com | PAINT: FIRST LIGHT (pink), CHANTILLY lace (white), VINTAGE VOGUE (darker green), Hollingworth GREEN (light green) by Benjamin Moore. benjaminmoore.ca | FURNITURE by Article. article.com | DRAPERY AND ROMAN BLINDS, custom design | FAUCETS by Delta. delta.ca | LIGHTING by Kuzco. kuzcolighting.com | LIGHTING by Matteo. lightingcanada.com

Award-winning Designer Michelle Berwick is the Principal & Creative Founder of Michelle Berwick Design. This notable GTA firm has become sought after for providing livable, stylish and uniquely personal interiors.


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In living colour – Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year revealed

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In living colour – Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year revealed

Photos courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore, North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, has just revealed its Colour of the Year for 2021. Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing blue-green hue that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset. And, who doesn’t need a little reset after the year we’ve had?

“Amid uncertainty, people yearn for stability. The colours we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing,” says Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore director of colour marketing and development.

The beautiful calming tone would work well in any space in your home. We especially love how it looks in the kitchen and dining room – for a welcome pop of colour.

For more information, visit benjaminmoore.ca.


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The Painting Contractors Association’s Operation Covid-19 response

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The Painting Contractors Association’s Operation Covid-19 response

The U.S.-based Painting Contractors Association is hosting twice weekly online conferences from April 7 through May 28. Think Tank Tuesdays feature virtual panel discussions on topics including “Getting Your Finances in Order” and “Marketing in Slow Times,” followed up by Brain Meld Thursdays with peer-to-peer networking sessions on the week’s topic. Each event has separate residential and commercial segments. If you miss the live events, recordings are posted on the site once they’re completed.

With sponsor Benjamin Moore on board, the sessions are free for PCA members. Non-members can sign up for the conferences for $199, or join the PCA for an annual membership at $399 and get free access to the sessions.

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The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef's kitchen

The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef’s kitchen

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The prep kitchen – Empty nesters attain their long-awaited chef’s kitchen

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Undertaking a renovation project is an exciting endeavor, whether it is updating your first home or expanding your existing one to make room for a growing family. However, there is truly something special about renovating your home for a period in your life when you will have more free time; for most, this means preparing for retirement.

Grownup wish list

For the many families we have helped realize their home’s potential for retirement, their goals and priorities are of course different than those of young families. With the kids grown, and perhaps not living at home full time anymore, the concerns of aggressive wear and tear are a thing of the past. It’s time for parents to treat themselves to some of the finer things in life, and focus on that ever-growing wish list that has most likely been building up over the years.

Go-pro kitchen

In this semi-detached Toronto home, the homeowners decided on a two-storey rear addition, plus a basement addition that provided space for a potential income suite. The size of the addition was not driven by the desire to add a family room off the kitchen, which is a very popular feature for growing families. This open-concept ground floor has ample space for a formal living room/dining room and the chef’s kitchen they always dreamed about.

One side of the kitchen is completely dedicated to prepping, and the stainless-steel countertop and backsplash not only makes for easy cleanup, it also gives this space the look of a professional kitchen.

Open-shelving is another element you will find in a professional kitchen. In this space, we incorporated them above the prep counter, which makes it easier to find and grab what you are looking for. On either side of the range, floating shelves are not just decorative, but are used to organize the wide variety of oils, vinegars, sauces and spices that these talented cooks use on the daily.

Timeless & transitional

This timeless kitchen strikes a perfect balance between traditional and modern elements. The shaker door profile will never go out of style but in this particular design, we opted for a skinnier door rail, 1.5″-wide to be precise, to give the doors a sleeker look. The cabinetry hardware was also selected for its thin handles that combine both matte black and stainless-steel finishes.

Fixtures & finishes

The Blanco Culina kitchen faucet is one of my favourites, not only because of its professional look, but also for its ease of use. These faucets also include hints of black, that tie into the light fixtures and decorative cabinetry hardware.

On the range wall of the kitchen, brick-looking tile gives the appearance of a painted brick wall, but offers easy cleanup, unlike that of the real thing. Inspired by the backsplash tile, we selected our paint colours; Benjamin Moore OC-23 Classic Gray, and Benjamin Moore 2134-30 Iron Mountain for the island. Walnut accents on the custom hood, open-shelving and integrated breakfast bar add a warm, modern touch to this timeless white-and-grey palette that these home chefs can enjoy for many years to come.

Sources

CABINETRY: Merlo Woodworking

INTEGARTED BAR AT ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Pionite, Absolute Acajou WY160-TL Timberline, through Merlo Woodworking

STONE COUNTERTOPS: Caesarstone Frosty Carrina, fabricated/installed by Stone Design

STAINLESS-STEEL COUNTERTOP & BACKSPLASH: Perfect Stainless Steel

BACKSPLASH: CeraGres

FLOORING: Value Wood Flooring

SINKS & FAUCETS: Blanco through Roman Bath

APPLIANCES: Caplan’s Appliances

HARDWARE: Shaub And Company through Upper Canada Specialty Hardware

LIGHTING: Universal Lighting

CABINETRY PAINT: OC-23 Classic Gray, Benjamin Moore

ISLAND CABINETRY: 2134-30 Iron Mountain, Benjamin Moore

Natalie Venalainen is a senior designer at Men At Work Design Build Ltd..

She has over 10 years of industry experience and has won several awards including the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s top 30 under 30 design professionals across North America.


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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

remodelcanada.com

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Home Show: Home Improvement

Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

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Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

The Home Show: Home Improvement edition takes place at the International Centre this Feb. 14 to 17. Don’t forget to visit the Reno & Decor booth 263 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floorplans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

remodelcanada.com

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win an amazing new faucet from Blanco, valued at $785!

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11:30 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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