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Five inspirational sources for interior design ideas

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Five inspirational sources for interior design ideas

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. Interior design is no different, and if you like to play with colors, decor, and fashion, then getting inspiration for your interior design ideas can be as simple as stepping out of your home and into your nearest shopping plaza, concert arena, or upscale restaurant. Truly, you can get design ideas from anywhere, so let’s look at some great ways to get you inspired.

Design with sound

Listening to music is a great way to gather inspiration for your designs. By listening to unique music you wouldn’t normally favor, you can put yourself into a different frame of mind and start thinking differently about the look and feel of a room. You can start to hear the color, see the layout, feel the overall aesthetics. It sounds surreal, but if you’re designing for someone else, make a playlist of some of their favorite songs. Get yourself in their mood and let the sound of the music flow through you and into your work.

Let fashion be your passion

Patterns, colors, styles, and textures are all part of the fashion world. Just go to your nearest shopping mall and look at all of the different, vibrant trends that exist. We’re living in unique times where fashion trends from the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties can all be seen in any given place all at the same time. Use these colors, textures, and styles to inspire you to design something unique and superb for your home.

Sparkling designs

Take a visit to a jewelry store and look at all of the unique and elegant designs. Gems combined with precious metals can provide interior designers with brilliant ideas. For example, a one-of-kind piece of estate diamond jewelry can inspire the design of an equally distinctive chandelier, custom lamp, or other elegant fixtures for a room. Complementary arrangements of gemstones with gold, platinum, or silver can also serve as the inspiration for home decor ideas like upholstery patterns, paint color combos, and tiling.

Take a vacation

Want to add something exotic to your interior designs? Visit other places, other countries. Step outside of the routine and go do something you’ve never done before. Then think of how the sights, sounds, and how you feel can be incorporated into one of your designs. In other cultures, you’ll find different uses for raw materials. You’ll notice creative space-saving designs that are only found in those areas. You’ll inevitably be inspired when you visit a place you’ve never been to before.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a long vacation, go on a road trip and go visit some unfamiliar local places. Better yet, rent a motorcycle or a convertible car and feel the wind rushing through your hair as you travel down new roads and take in your surroundings. See that rustic barn over yonder? Notice that historic tucked-away mansion? How can these be incorporated into your designs?


Crafts and hobbies

Another unlikely source for interior design inspiration is crafts and hobbies. Visit toy shops, crafts stores, art suppliers, and other places that dabble in various crafts and hobbies. Look at the colors, shapes, and textures of materials. Get a good feel for how the different materials and concepts work together. Visualize what a room would look like based on these concepts.

You could even take all of these ideas and mix and match them or put them all together. Your designs are unique to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from somewhere else. Let these ideas make their mark on your subconscious. Let them flow through you. Pretty soon, you’ll wake up truly inspired, and this will show in your unique designs.


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Emergency plumbing – should you call the professionals?

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Emergency plumbing – should you call the professionals?

Everyone has dealt with a plumbing problem at least once in their life. Some issues are minor, so you can fix them yourself, and other times you need a professional. And yes, hiring a professional implies paying for their services, but if you neglect the problem it can lead to greater damages.

How do you decide when it’s the right moment to call a plumber? It all depends on your experience and skills. So if you worked together with the contractor to build the house, and you know where each pipe is located, you probably know how to handle a plumbing emergency. However, you may want to think twice when dealing with a complex issue. Even if you don’t have the skills and experience you can still fix some problems. But it’s important to identify the cases when you need a professional.

This article will list some of the most common plumbing-related situations homeowners can experience, to help you determine when to call an expert.

Slow drainage

When it takes longer for water to drain in the sink, you should have no doubts that something isn’t working. If the usual flow of water doesn’t move, something may be clogged in the pipes. For a kitchen sink, the main factor is grease, but sometimes even insoluble leftover food can stop water from reaching the drainage system. Grease tends to harden in pipes and if you don’t clean it properly it can lead to slow drainage. In the bathroom, hair combined with gels can form balls that are difficult to remove and destroy. Most of the times in bathrooms, the build-up is located around the walls of the pipes.

If you are noticing that water is taking longer than usual to drain, you should contact an expert.

Stains or deposit build-up on faucets

Depending on where you live, water can include certain additives and minerals that can affect your faucets differently. Sometimes, a high concentration of minerals can cause white, brown or even green build-up. Depending on the materials of the faucets, it can get permanent stains. However, this is not the only cause that can lead to a change in water’s colour. Damaged pipes can change the flow and colour of the water. The best solution for the homeowners who are living in an area with poor water quality is to install filters or purification systems.

However, if you haven’t managed to do it until now and you are noticing stains and deposit build-ups on faucets and fixtures, you should hire a plumber to check the entire system.

You hear running water

As you can expect, when you are hearing running water but you cannot identify the source, it’s the moment to call an emergency plumber. If you are hearing running water when you don’t use the plumbing system, it’s the sign of a leak. Make sure the plumber comes ASAP because a leak can always cause a more serious problem.

You hear gurgling water

Gurgling water is the sign of a complex plumbing problem. Most of the times, it’s the result of water trapped in the dishwasher, pipes, laundry machine or in the faucet of the toilet. A clog can also lead to gurgling water so you should ask an experienced plumber to check the entire system.

As soon as you hear the noise, you should turn off the water because it could back up the house. Do not turn on the water until the plumber fixes the problem.

Water damage

Water damage is a serious problem for any homeowner and you definitely need the help of an expert. If you checked your house and the roof or one of the windows is not the cause of the water damage, then one of the pipes can be. Do not wait for the water to flood your house, discoloration on the walls and floor are also signs of water damage. Sometimes a damp carpet or a soft spot on the wall can point you out that there’s something wrong with the plumbing system.

Your house is not the only victim of water damage. Many times, your yard or house exterior can also get flooded. When you mow the lawn, be sure to check for mushy spots, as they indicate possible underground pipe leaks. Call an emergency plumber in Boca Raton to trace the leak and determine how they can repair it.

Low water pressure

You cannot miss this problem. Have you noticed low water pressure when you are washing dishes or taking a shower? You tried to turn the faucet handle multiple times but the water pressure doesn’t get better, and you cannot properly wash your hair. Well, there’s probably something in the faucet that is preventing water to travel the pipe. You may think that it’s simple to check the pipes and the faucet to see what’s holding some of the water back, but you can damage the entire system, so you should call an expert.

A plumber can easily identify the problem and fix it. Sometimes it’s a minor build-up in the aerator of the faucet, other times it can be a leak. A complex problem is more than you can handle, even if you are a handyman.

A bad odour

Sometimes there is no water damage inside or outside the house, the water pressure is great, and there are no strange noises, but you can feel a bad odour the moment you enter the house. Bad smells are always a sign of a dysfunctional valve, and the solution is to repair or replace it. Don’t try to do it yourself because it’s more complicated than it sounds. If you break the valve or the surrounding pipes, you can flood your house or cause extended damage. Call the plumber and they will ensure that your house no longer smells like rotten eggs.

This article analysed some of the most common issues a homeowner can experience with the plumbing system. Do not try to fix them yourself, call an expert and they will help you save worry and money.


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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

As fall brings changes to the weather, it also inspires us to make improvements in our homes. Whether you’re looking to do a big kitchen renovation, a small bathroom revamp or convert your laneway into a livable space, the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will help make this a reality.

With more than three decades of experience helping homeowners, condo dwellers and renters restructure, reorganize and restyle their spaces, this year’s show is set to once again bring the best experts to the GTA.

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show is a source for consumers to connect with the right people and find the right solutions for their living space (even ones to help you get rid of ghosts).

Here’s a peek at what will be featured:

Tiny Village

With rising real estate prices, there’s a tiny movement happening in Toronto. Small space living is becoming more of a reality for most people, with an increase in small condos, container homes and even laneway/infill housing. There are 47,000 lots on laneways that exist today, which can provide homeowners ample opportunities to supplement their income. Still, small space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The Tiny Village brings together the best of small space design, with units from True North Tiny Home and Eva Lanes.

Bad reno or paranormal activity?

For the first year ever, the Toronto Fall Home Show is bringing its very own paranormal activity expert, so you can figure out if the creaks in your floorboards are just your pipes… or if they’re ghosts! Chat with paranormal investigator Glenn Laycock for tips on what to do if you have an unwanted guest from beyond in your home, or take a Ghost Walk through the haunted Horse Palace.

Designer Pumpkin Patch

Ditch your plastic Halloween decor for chic and stylish pumpkins to give curb appeal a whole new meaning, with tips from the exquisite Designer Pumpkin Patch. Let designer Nicholas Rosaci inspire your own posh pumpkin design, make one yourself or purchase a pre-styled option, with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation.

Kitchen stage

The kitchen is the focal point of a home, and the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will be no different. Sit back and enjoy some of the city’s top chefs cooking up a storm on the kitchen stage and pick up tips from several expert speakers, including Ramsin Khachi, Marie Kondo Way expert Effy Nicopoulos, Rebecca Hay, Emmanuel Belliveau and Chef Christopher Woods.

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre

If you’re getting ready for a DIY project and want to learn a few skills or just don’t know where to start, stop by the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre. Here, you’ll get hands-on advice and practical tips from fan favourites such as Canada’s Handyman Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and, new at this year’s show, Mark Rason.

Project Jump Starter

Presented by RenoMark, this show feature will give you a one-on-one professional consultation, guiding you on where to start with your renovation and give you all the tools you need for success. Check out more than 100 award-winning, quality projects to get inspired for your next renovation.

The Toronto Fall Home Show runs from Oct. 4 to 6 at The Enercare Centre. For more information visit the website.


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4 things you can do to change the look of your house

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4 things you can do to change the look of your house

You may feel the need to renovate your house every once in a while to make it look more beautiful and comfortable. Even some simple changes in the exterior and interior can make your house seem new.

Changes as simple as upgrading moving the furniture around or hanging a new picture on the wall can dramatically change the atmosphere of your place. For a more drastic change, you can consider some structural changes such as changing roof structure and replacing windows.

Here are some creative ideas to give your home a brand new look without spending too much money.

Upgrade the lightning

Brighten up your home with new light arrangements to update your home’s style. Replace your old light fixtures and wall mounts with decorative lighting. Install light switches with dimmers to control the lighting according to requirements. Use stylish metal can up-lights to brighten up the dark corners of your home.

It may be a good idea to choose LEDs as they are a good investment. They last longer than typical lights and also help save energy.

Restyle your bookshelf with a decorative lamp to brighten up your bookcase. Decorate your artwork, pictures with string lights.

You can use a variety of styles that blend well with the overall theme of your house.

Update your front door

If the idea of a new exterior is overwhelming, consider upgrading the front door only. This is the easiest way to freshen up the overall look and feel of your home.

You can replace the door, paint it new, or use a mix of accessories to decorate it. Choose the right option according to your budget and requirements.

Decorate your walls with artworks

You can get creative while decorating your home with your family photos and framed artworks. It can give a nice personal touch to your home and also leave a message. Anyone who visits your home would know you love your family.

If the idea of pictures sounds bland to you, then it’s time to get creative. Choose attractive frames and set up the photos in a creative manner. Plus, you may also show a bit of your creativity by hanging your own artwork.

Other than this, murals from MuraleDesign can also enhance the overall look of your home. You only need to find the right way to use them.

Declutter and rearrange all the existing stuff

Deep clean your house by cleaning the windows, light fixtures and doors. Every corner of your room should appear neat and clean. It will not only make the house look better but more spacious as well.

Also, consider getting rid of items you don’t need. You can hold a garage sale to sell them. This way, you can make a little money that you can use to buy new items for your home.

Follow these tips and enhance the look of your house.


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That’s Entertainment! Comedy club-themed bedroom makeover

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That’s Entertainment! Comedy club-themed bedroom makeover

Photography By Larry Arnal

I’ve never considered the mandatory criteria for a well-designed home to include the trendiest sofa, perfectly tailored drapery treatments, or the most seasonally stylish accent pillows. It’s also never meant over-indulging the budget on ultra-luxe items to the point where the homeowners are afraid to peel the plastic wrap off the new lampshades, or actually put their feet up on the new footstool for fear of ruining the perfectly curated space. For me, if a home doesn’t feel good, function well, and act as an extension of the dweller’s personality, it doesn’t matter how great it looks!

Tried-and-True Design Formula

My formula for creating a well-designed home has always been quite simple:

Equal parts functionality, personalized creativity, and affordable quality.

Over the years I’ve worked with countless clients to achieve this balance, and create unique spaces that can truly be lived in and loved. BUT, nothing could have prepared me for the challenges I faced with my most recent client. He was demanding… he had little care or consideration for function… and he had a completely unrealistic budget and timeline. “He” was my eight-year-old son, Everett!

Growing Up Is Fun

Everett had requested a room redo for quite some time, and wanted to transform his “hand-me- down” nursery into a “cool-dude” space that reflected what he wants to be when he grows up… a stand-up comedian!

He specifically asked for a “Comedy Club” room, complete with a brick wall, stand mic and stool, and a desk to “sit and write his jokes.” Esthetics were much more important to him than function, and of all the items on his demanding wish list, he noted that an actual bed was a low priority!

Not Just For Laughs

Although I typically loathe designing overly “themed” rooms, I agreed to take on the challenge of creating a space that blended his humorous personality with functional design solutions (including a bed), all on a limited DIY budget.

I started by sourcing a faux-brick vinyl wallpaper that I installed myself using a DIY-friendly DIF wallpaper application kit, and for under $150, I was able to create an affordable feature wall that set the tone for the comedy club design.

When Inspiration Strikes

I then removed the original panelled closet doors and replaced them with a set of flat bi-folds that I scored at the Habitat Restore for $25, and with a quick coat of RustOleum’s spray Chalkboard paint, they were transformed into a giant creative canvas for doodles and one-liners. A perfect pairing of fun and function!


Space & Budget Friendly

Everett specifically asked for a “big kid” desk, but I didn’t want to overcrowd the room with another freestanding piece of furniture, so I created a simple DIY waterfall desk using stock lumber, with a coat of Varathane stain that fit right over his new dresser. It was a stylish and affordable way to unify two pieces of furniture in one and saved on space.

Over his desk, I crafted a “Think Bubble” message board by using a jigsaw to cut the shape out of a $4 wood handy panel. I then basecoated the board with Chalked Paint in “linen white,” outlined the shape with a black Testors paint pen, and then topcoated the surface with RustOleum’s Clear Dry Erase paint to create a cute and quirky spot for Everett to jot down his creative little quips.

Function First

The final DIY dash of function that I added to the space was a set of super affordable shelves using galvanized pipes and fittings, and pine boards cut to size at my local hardware store. After washing the pipes with a degreasing cleaner, I primed all metal surfaces with RustOleum’s “Cold Galvanized Compound” meant for galvanized metal, and then top-coated them with Universal Metallic spray paint in “flat soft iron.” The pine was stained with a rich “Kona” colour to match the desk, and the shelves became the perfect place to display fun, comedy themed accessories, including a collection of inexpensive frames from Ikea, painted with colourful Painter’s Touch spray paint. This project ended up being so simple and cost-effective that I whipped up a petite bench for under the window to match.

As challenging as my client and criteria may have been for this project, it was so rewarding to be able to create a space that not only put the FUN into functional, but also perfectly exemplified my formula for a well-designed room that my son can enjoy and be proud of.

A self-proclaimed DIY ninja, Leigh-Ann believes that great design has little to do with how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. As an expert on CityTV’s Cityline, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF.” For more information, visit huelala.com @leighannallaire


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Weekend DIY

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Weekend DIY

Give your bathroom a wash of colour

Available in 36 mixable shades, Chalk Paint can be applied directly to fibreglass, porcelain or cast iron tubs without priming or sanding.

Ideal for beginners, soak your bathtub in colour with a single pot of paint, followed by a coat of Clear Chalk Paint Wax in just a matter of hours. For intermediate painters and upcyclers, a waterfall-effect ombré wall in a cascading ocean palette is the perfect weekend project. Start with your lightest colour at the base of the wall, then mix a little of your second colour into your first colour to darken it. Apply the darker colour above your first colour and then use a clean brush to lightly feather the paint while it’s still wet, blending each colour into the next. Repeat steps two and three until you reach your darkest colour at the top of the wall and then seal with wax. Paint dry? Dive in!

Picture here is an ombré wall by Felix, Annie Sloan’s son, using Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue (top) and Provence (bottom), and finished with Clear Chalk Paint Wax. Bath painted in Provence and finished with Chalk Paint Wax. Feet painted in Chalk Paint in Old White and finished with Annie Sloan Lacquer. Floorboards are a wash of Chalk Paint in Old White and finished with Lacquer.

Annie Sloan, the author of 26 books, is widely recognised as one of the world’s most respected experts in paint and colour.



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Video: DIY Cement

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Video: DIY Cement

You think mixing bags of cement is a pain? Try making it from scratch.


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Decor Expert: Suitcase Splurges

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Decor Expert: Suitcase Splurges

Souvenir shopping & packing tips during your summer travels

By: Kimberley Seldon

For many of us, marvelling at and sampling local crafts, furnishings, and foods is a major part of the whole travel experience. If you’re like me, you’ll agree that nothing compares with the satisfaction of buying at the source. Here are some of my favourite suitcase splurges—those little gems that pack easily and forever remind you of a favourite destination.

  1. ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be at the top of every traveller’s shopping list. Unframed works of art such as oil paintings and photographs are nearly indestructible, fit easily into suitcases, and carry fond memories for years to come. You may want to sign and date the back of the artwork; noting the trip’s purpose (a honeymoon, retirement, big birthday) and details about the purchase. This way you’ll maintain an accurate record of your experience that future generations will enjoy.
  2. POTTERY AND PORCELAIN are worthy (though fragile) take-home choices. French Barbotine, Spanish Majolica, and Japanese Aritaware (or Imari) can be called into practical service once home, or simply enjoyed on display. Wrap the more delicate pieces as carry-on items for travelling home.
  3. ANTIQUE BOXES made of wood with inlaid marquetry or fashioned from exotic materials, such as tortoiseshell or shagreen (shark’s skin), are widely available and easy to transport. Larger antique boxes were a precursor to the laptop; allowing travellers to keep stationery, ink, and quills close at hand when far from home. Today’s collectors look for boxes that once held toiletries, stationery or tea.
  4. SERVING TRAYS lay flat amid folded clothing and are always welcome gifts back home. Regional examples might be made of tole (painted metal), acrylic, wood, pewter, or silver, depending on locale. Consider a trip to the local grocery store where you may find good-looking trays at a fraction of the price of gift shops.
  5. VINTAGE TEXTILES and local fabrics are easily found at antique shops, markets and local shops. Once home, remnants may be framed or used to create decorative pillows.
  6. DISHTOWELS AND BEDDING fashioned of linen, cotton, or hemp are also readily available and easy to transport. Vintage examples often feature embroidered details or monograms and work beautifully as guest towels. When purchasing bedding, consider that European beds are typically smaller than North American equivalents. Consider adding a hem or cuff to the perimeter of vintage bedding, in order to increase its overall size.
  7. LOCAL DELICACIES such as jam, pâté, cookies, and tapenade can be savoured for weeks following a trip. I search for beautiful sugars wrapped in unusual packaging, infused with lavender, or decorated with fanciful details to give away as hostess gifts once I’m home.
  8. CHANDELIERS, SCONCES, AND LANTERNS from Europe, Africa and Asia can easily be re-wired to meet North American safety standards or converted to candle use. A large 10-light chandelier may set you back about $300 to re-wire; a pair of sconces, somewhere around $40 to $50.

Happy travels.

Photography By: Simon Burn


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How To Easily Repair a Cracked Wall

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How To Easily Repair a Cracked Wall

While many people see a crack in a wall as a mild inconvenience, it is safe to say that the vast majority of homeowners don’t like seeing a crack in the wall because it’s not aesthetically pleasing, and on top of that, it can be a sign of jeopardized structural integrity. Either way, the most important thing here is the fact that you can fix many wall-related predicaments yourself without having to hire a professional and spend a fortune on renovations.

You’ll need some masonry tools and various other components such as sandpaper, adhesive tape, utility knife, and etc, depending on the material you’re trying to fix or patch up. In this particular guide, we will cover the process of fixing drywall, concrete walls, patching of plaster walls, and repairing deep cracks.

Fixing drywall

You’re lucky if you run into issues with drywall because it’s the easiest thing to repair on our list. The first thing you need to do is cut a V-shaped notch along the crack with a utility knife and vacuum the dust and debris. Once you’ve done that, cover the whole crack with self-adhesive fiberglass tape or mesh tape. Bear in mind, if you decide to use mesh tape, apply some joint compound before because it’s not self-adhesive.

Now that you’ve covered the crack with tape apply a layer of joint compound over the area, and extend it for 2-3 inches on either side. The reason behind this is simple – you have to make sure you’ve covered the whole crack as well as the freshly applied tape.

Allow the area to dry for at least 12 hours before you sand it and prepare it for painting.

Patching a plaster wall

The method of patching a plaster wall is quite similar to the aforementioned process of fixing drywall. However, that only applies to minor cracks. In case the plaster is pulling away from the lath, you’ll need to take additional steps in order to fix it properly. First, you need to drill a couple of holes that are going to go through the plaster but won’t damage the lath. Drill holes at approximately every two inches along the crack. Clean the area of dust and debris and make sure you vacuum the holes so that there is no leftover dust because that will affect the adhesive’s ability to hold.

Once everything is clean, spray the adhesive conditioner into the holes. Subsequently, begin applying the adhesive once the conditioner dries. It’s a good idea to attach plaster rings immediately after using the adhesive so that it pulls the plaster as tight as possible against the wall. After it cures, remove the rings, cover everything with joint compound and let it dry. Once it’s finished, sand it smooth. While this isn’t rocket science, some people simply don’t want to go through all the hassles.

Concrete walls

Messing with concrete walls is probably the most complicated process on this list. The good thing about it is the fact that you don’t need a pallet of different materials in order to fix it. Instead, all you need is an epoxy kit. These kits come in two parts, usually abbreviated as A and B. Before you start mixing the components, use a few 3-inch finish nails and tap them into the crack, keeping a 12-inch distance between the nails. Mix the epoxy and apply a small amount to every port tab. On top of that, fill up the crack with epoxy as well. Use a simple paintbrush to smooth out the rough epoxy edges. Let it dry for at least 8 hours.

Once it dries out, inject liquid concrete by using a caulk gun. Remember to start from the bottom and plug each port before moving to the next one. Let it dry for at least five days and cut the excess with a hacksaw.

Painting the cracks

When it comes to painting the cracks, it’s tricky. You can opt to paint just the crack, and to use tools like paint rollers, brushes, or you can do the next reasonable thing – paint the whole wall. The easiest way to do that is with a good paint sprayer and a little bit of patience. Just choose the perfect color for your wall and paint it. Don’t forget to take your paintings of the wall, though.

As you can tell, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on professionals, especially if you’re dealing with minor interventions. All you have to do is follow the instructions, and you’ll end up fixing the matter by yourself. On the other hand, if you stumble upon particularly large cracks, it’s a good idea to call for inspection and make sure the place is safe for living.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome


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Shape your space at the Toronto Fall Home Show

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Shape your space at the Toronto Fall Home Show

Get the inspiration and tips you need to organize your space at Toronto’s 29th annual largest Fall Home Show at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto) beginning Friday, September 15 and running until Sunday, September 17.

Discover ideas and answers to overcome household challenges and find innovative products for your next project — whether big or small — plus shop great deals from over 300 retailers. Everything you need to shape your space is waiting for you at the Toronto Fall Home Show featuring industry pros and experts including Sharon Grech, Carson Arthur, Leigh Ann Allaire Perrault, Jo Alcorn, Yvonne Tremblay and many more.

“Become inspired and informed with helpful advice at the Toronto Fall Home Show,” says Denise Hayward, show manager. “Organizing your space, whether it is big or small, a house or a condo, is everyone’s goal. Visitors come to the Toronto Fall Home Show to get ideas and tips for tackling their reno challenge, discovering small space inspiration and choosing the right technology for their home.”


From home interiors, renovation advice, DIY, small spaces for the home, local experts and celebrities offer insight on all your home projects and challenges. Some of this year’s line-up on the main stage includes:

Carson Arthur: International landscape designer and outdoor expert, featured on Cityline, Critical Listing, Home to Win, presented by Gladiator Garageworks will reveal the 10 biggest landscaping mistakes we make in our homes and how to correct them.

Sharon Grech: Benjamin Moore paint expert will show key looks in home interiors and share her tips to help you navigate through common colour myths to choose the perfect paint colour.

Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur: The designer offer tips on creating the perfect bathroom.

Yvonne Tremblay: Food and Nutrition Specialist from Foodland provides fall recipes using in-season, local Ontario grown and raised ingredients.

Jo Alcorn: Host of HGTV’s Home To Win will show you how to make every inch count in your small space with clever solutions.

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault: Cityline design and DIY expert gives advice on upcycling without spending a dime.


Inspired by the latest fashion trends, celebrity and DIY experts are taking part in the Sixth Annual Upcycle Challenge with the them: Ultimate Runway to Room. Participants will choose a piece from any of the 10 Habitat for Humanity GTA ReStores and — taking their inspirations from the runway — will use their DIY skills to create an upcycled one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

“The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Runway to Room is the perfect way the experts show how easy it is to be creative with upcycling a piece of furniture to give it new life,” says Hayward. “Limited only by their imaginations, they will translate a look from the runway into the perfect accent piece for the home.”

Confirmed participants include: Allaire Perrault, Alcorn, Michelle Mawby, Anne Renshaw, Evelyn Eshun, Nicholas Rosaci, Erica Gelman, Janice Fedak, Lindsey Gerish, David White, Debra Norton, Fiona Debell, Cristina Barbosa and Anna Rocoski. An online voting contest will run from September 8 to 16 to determine the winning project. You can make an offer and can walk away with your favourite piece with all entries on display and for sale at the Toronto Fall Home Show from September 15 to 17, with proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity GTA.


Do you have a to-do list, but are not sure how to get those projects accomplished? Learn the hands-on skills you need to complete DIY projects alongside experts. From storage and organization to home maintenance, you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and try something new!


Nowhere to put your designer coffee mugs? Shoes strewn all about? Based on consumer feedback and suggestions, the Toronto Fall Home Show is going to build and solve three of the most common household issues as it relates to storage and organization.


You’ll find plenty of innovative products and great decor solutions to inspire a wide array of projects for your home. Find the latest ideas, trending and new products with Tina’s Favourite Fall Finds. Show manager, Toronto Home Shows, Holmes has selected a few of her favorites. Look for them at the show!


Wondering where to start on a home renovation? Visit RenoMark’s Destination Renovation to get all the tools you need. Complimentary one-on-one advice from expert RenoMark renovators will offer advice on how to select a renovator, insight on what the best renovation would be to deliver maximum ROI, and tips on how to ensure the project gets finished smoothly.


Interior designer Terry Edward Briceland brings decor inspiration and trends to life through vivid displays. Interior designers and decorators will be on hand offering tailored advice through complimentary, one-on-one consults. These consultations provide the opportunity to share design woes — including pictures, samples and floorplans — to get tailored advice on how to restyle your space. Book your free 15-minute consultation with Terry Edward Briceland (booth designer), Elaine Bergen, Glen Peloso, Jamie Alexander, Evelyn Eshun, Paul Semkuley, Kate Davidson, Linda Mazur, Yvonne Whelan, Erica Gelman, Janice Fedak, Karolina Adamska, Rosalia Fazzari, Kristiina Roosimaa or Catherine-Lucie Horber and have your design questions answered on the spot. Check www.renoanddecor.com for updated appearance schedules.


Craving the perfect outdoor space? Want to build a pool, deck or patio? Before you start, ask the experts. If you’ve ever had a burning question about your landscape construction project, they will have the answers. Get all your landscape questions answered with Ask the Certified Landscape Designer presented by Natural Landscape Group and Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine.


Shop, save and walk away with great buys on a huge selection of quality furniture and home furnishings from Stanley Furniture while you shop in support of Canadian HIV/ AIDS.

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Boulevard, Tloronto
September 15 to 17



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