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The Upside of Downsizing

People downsize for a multitude of reasons. Some want to simplify their lives, some want to move closer to loved ones, and some just want to enjoy a little freed-up equity from their home sale. While many people are looking to upsize, there is a multitude of benefits that can come from downsizing. So what makes downsizing so great? Increased cash flow. If you’ve been in your current home for a while, it may have increased in value, and you …

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Art at Home – Curating Your Personal Art Collection

Often our art collections begin with personal pieces that hold memories, such as watercolours painted by a loved one, an heirloom photograph, or a child’s first finger painting – art often holds the spirit of memories. It personalizes our homes and adds a human touch to the collection of manufactured goods in which we live. As a child, it was pages pulled from a colouring book. Through my teens and early twenties, it was posters and glossy pages liberated from …

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Choose a Fabric for Your Sofa

How to Choose a Fabric for Your Sofa

The fabric you choose for your custom sofa matters as much as its size, shape and cushion choice. Each type holds its own unique characteristics – from stain and fade resistance to strength and style. When selecting the best materials, it is essential to take into consideration the attributes of each one and how they fit into your personal requirements and lifestyle. In this guide, we will help you choose a fabric for your custom sofa by discussing upholstery options, …

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How To Create A Calm Corner In Your Home

There’s no doubt about it: we all need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the end of a busy day. Whether you work from home or your daily commute is battling traffic, there’s nothing like being able to curl up and get a little peace.  We recommend you create a calm corner in your home that can be your refuge. If you have a hectic lifestyle, it can be challenging to find time to relax. …

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What To Consider When Choosing Dining Room Furniture

The dining room lies at the heart of your home. This is why choosing dining room furniture that’s right for your space is so important. As a natural extension of the kitchen, it tends to be the space where the family gathers after a long day to share a meal and where guests gravitate during celebrations and quality time. Even something as simple as catching up with a friend over coffee often centers around the table.   The dining room should …

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Bring on the Heat! – 4 Ways Refresh Your Space This Season

For many of us, the last year hasn’t afforded many opportunities to spruce up our spaces. Now that you’ve done your spring cleaning and summer is here, let’s take advantage of the season and refresh your space! Fun with foliage  While you can certainly use real plants and flowers, faux options are also great for keeping your space green year-round. These include permanent plants and trees; faux vines and greenery; and high-quality silk flowers. This faux fiddle leaf fig (pictured) …

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All About Gallery Wrap Canvas

A gallery wrap canvas is a great choice for major impact on large walls in a home or condo, and in large hotel or corporate projects. The look is clean, simple and less expensive than a large framed print with glass. What is a gallery wrapped canvas? They are designed to be displayed without frames for a sleek contemporary finish. Your giclée canvas will be professionally mounted on substantial 1.5″ or 2.5″ stretcher bars, with the image wrapping around the sides. …

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How To Choose The Right Picture Frame

Selecting the right picture frame will transform an image. Your choices range from thousands of profiles in wood, metal or poly each of which can create a distinct look. Choosing a colour to bring out the best in your image is only one of the decisions you need to make. Below we share the pros and cons of the materials when choosing a picture frame. Try out Larson Juhl’s interactive visualizer to see how your image will look in a …

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The Fine Art of Giclée

Giclée (pronounced zhee-KLAY) is a French word meaning “to spurt, spray or squirt”, referring to the way these high-resolution, typically large-format, printers work, and has since expanded to refer to the archival quality prints that fine art printing produces. The Term Giclée The term “giclée print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high-resolution digital scans or files and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art archival paper, and photo-base paper. The …

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How to Choose the Right Lamp

There are five basic types of lighting Natural lighting – also known as daylight, this is the light that enters your home naturally during the daytime. While direct sun shining through your windows will cause fading of natural wood and fabric surfaces, and can also damage fine art, natural light can also be indirect. Ambient lighting – also known as general lighting, usually this is the light attached to the light switch or dimmer. This is typically overhead lighting such …

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