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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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Five tips for small spaces

Five tips for small spaces

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Five tips for small spaces

Let’s face it; whether by choice (downsizing) or geographical location (downtown Toronto), so many more of us are living in smaller spaces. I delight in designing small spaces because slight square footage means every decision you make is that much more important. Here are five tips I use when designing small spaces you can implement in your home:

1. Be consistent

If you have a small space, too many colours and patterns can create visual clutter, but if you’re looking to create a homey space, multiple patterns and colours work well to help make the space feel smaller and cosy. If you entertain a lot, stick to a consistent colour palette throughout your home as this will help make it feel larger. When planning your colour scheme, treat your whole home as one large space. If you’re looking for more variety between your spaces, consider using pops of colour and pattern in each space instead of changing up the whole colour palette room to room.

Photography: Bigstock.com
Photography: Bigstock.com

2. Get organized

This one is two-fold. First, get yourself organized and use this opportunity to get rid of things that either don’t serve a purpose or make you happy (I mean REALLY happy, not mildly pleasing). There are so many charities that would be happy to receive items that you no longer need, or many items can be recycled (less to store means more room). Second, think about closed storage. Clutter always makes things look smaller than they are, so for major pieces of storage, look for items with doors and resist the pull of chachkas or knick-knacks for the sake of decor. In small spaces, keep items that are meaningful to you or make you happy.

3. Less is much more

The less-is-more adage also extends to furniture. In locations where space is at a premium, the perception of space in a home is a luxury. This means that in small spaces you need to resist the urge to pack a room with the furniture you would normally put in a larger space. Make sure items are in proportion to your room, and always ask yourself these two questions: Do I need that or do I just want that? And second question: How much do I use that? Remember to measure the space and the furniture you’re bringing in before you buy! I never just look at a piece before I purchase it for a client, I always check that it fits the area as well as the other items going into the space.

4. Do double duty

When possible, choose furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes. One great example is seating that also provides storage or beds that lift up with storage area beneath, or ottomans that double as storage. Do you really need a bed for guests or will a sofa-bed or a sofa long enough to sleep on do? Maybe you could get a murphy bed that doubles as a desk in your office, a bed for guests when you need it, but doesn’t clutter up the space when you don’t.

5. Choose “light” furniture

I mean, what does the weight of the furniture have to do with anything? When I say light, I mean visually. Choose sofas and armchairs that are off the ground on legs, the space under the sofa makes it appear lighter. It’s also easier to clean under. Choose tables that are open on the sides with legs or a slender frame. The more floor you can see, the more spacious the room seems. You can also use glass or acrylic in larger pieces, like coffee tables or dining tables. This is always an easy way for these pieces to disappear visually and help create the look of more space.

Melissa brings a “white glove” approach to every project she handles, taking pleasure in project coordination, interior design, permit drawings and submission, and everything in between. She enjoys pushing clients past their comfort zone to design and execute spaces they love with custom designs tailored to her clients and their tastes and lifestyle.

Melissa Tossell, NCIDQ, BCIN, ARIDO Owner and Registered Interior Designer of Sanura Design.

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Successful permit-applying strategies

Successful permit-applying strategies

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Successful permit-applying strategies

Projects vary in size and scope. No matter your role in the design and construction process, permits can be a stressful part of the operation. I’ve had years of experience pulling together permits of all kinds. I also have a passion for efficiency that has boded me well, and, in turn, has helped me to acquire knowledge and experience as it relates to the acquisitions of said permits. I sincerely hope that your permit process will go smoother, after having heard some of my hard-learned lessons.

Do Your Research

This may seem obvious, but I’ve learned how important it is to do my research before I go through the process of permit drawings and submissions. It’s paid off every single time, especially if I’m submitting for someone else’s design.

I always ask the following three questions:

  1. Are there any previous permits for this property?
  2. Are there existing drawings available?
  3. What are the permit requirements for this specific project’s scope of work?

By doing so, it saves on unnecessary work, and also gives you a heads up on what you might be missing when you do apply.

Be Clear and Concise

Only submit permit drawings of the plans that the examiner needs to see in order to pass your project. If it’s not necessary, there’s no need to show them millwork elevations or drawings of the finishes.

It’s very tempting to put all of the information on one drawing, and let them sort it out. Trust me, everything is easier when you keep your drawings and designs easy enough for all to follow. Don’t make the plan’s examiner hunt for information.

Submit in Person

Some municipalities, including Toronto, will accept submissions by email, which is far more convenient. However, you want a relationship with the people who you’re submitting to. Developing a rapport with the employees at the desk is paramount. If you submit by email, your submission either gets rejected (just one of many in a queue), or you’ll get a refusal letter if something is missing. Stuff happens. If you submit in person, you get direct feedback as to what you may have forgot. And, by doing so, you may even have time to go back and make the changes, and re-submit the same day.

Hire a Professional

When in doubt, hire a professional, especially if you’re stressed out and overwhelmed. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, so it’s often worth your time, and budget, to hire a professional – someone who’s specialized in keeping everything on track, so that all goes smoothly.

I may be somewhat biased, but for residential projects, hiring a registered interior designer can be a beneficial asset. If you’re the client, or on the construction side, find someone who’s aware of the building code and zoning when they’re preparing the designs. This will help to avoid potential headaches.

Other types of design professionals, who understand your vision, can be of assistance when defending your project to those who are in charge of permits. If they get it, they can help you to accomplish it.

MELISSA TOSSELL, NCIDQ, BCIN, ARIDO is the owner and registered interior designer for Sanura Design and co-chair of the Residential Committee of ARIDO.

Article provided courtesy of ARIDO.


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HomeFest 2018

RENO & DECOR Presents “Design Intervention” at the new HomeFest 2018

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RENO & DECOR Presents “Design Intervention” at the new HomeFest 2018

HomeFest runs from Friday, November 2nd, 2018 to Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Reno & Decor is thrilled to be offering Design Intervention at the first ever HomeFest. Whether you are looking for holiday decorating ideas or thinking about doing an addition to your home, Design Intervention is your one-stop-shop for all of your design dilemmas. Our design and décor specialists will be on hand each day from 11am – 6pm to offer you a FREE 15 minute consultation to help get you started on your next project. So be sure to come prepared with your photos, floor plans and samples to ensure you get the most out of your time. Consultation appointments can be made in advance at the Design Intervention booth #350.

We look forward to seeing you at HomeFest! Click here to get free tickets to Homefest.

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