Colorful Ways to Make Over Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 2.13.34 PMTry these inspiring color updates to spice up your kitchen a little — or a lot

As much as we love white kitchens for their timeless versatility, bringing in color with the cabinetry can add a wow factor or brighten up a tired scheme. If you are a renter or want to introduce just a touch of color, you can add it subtly with hardware or occasional furniture. And if you’re ready to go bravely into a more permanent change or a bold new look, you can splash color in or on cabinets. See what a difference color can make in the kitchens below.

Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

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Top 10 Native Plants for the Pacific Northwest

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 12.27.03 PMMore than just gorgeous and adaptable, these standout plants convey a sense of place

The Pacific Northwest might just have the most accommodating gardening climate in North America. From coastal British Columbia to Northern California, it is possible to grow a wide variety of plants, from tropical-looking, cold-hardy palms and bananas to plants that require a significant chill to perform, including peonies, tulips, lilacs and apples. We are lucky indeed. Why, then, should we grow natives when we have so many exotic options?

Native plants have inestimable value in the landscape. They provide essential habitat and food for birds, pollinators, and all varieties of other creatures. Properly placed, native plants are naturally beautiful and grow lustily, with minimal effort on our part. Given the many microclimates and varied conditions in a typical garden, there’s a good spot in virtually any garden for Northwest native plants.

That said, some Pacific Northwest natives really stand out from the crowd. These are gorgeous plants: adaptable and uniquely able to evoke a distinct sense of the Pacific Northwest in a garden. With beauty, wildlife habitat and versatility in mind, here are 10 of the Pacific Northwest’s best native plants for regional gardens.

Kitchen Confidential: Go Bold on a Budget

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 12.24.47 PMDiscover 5 ways this black and white beauty broke the mold but not the bank

Looking like a million bucks doesn’t have to cost it. This design philosophy helped guide Lori and Dennis Kroeker’s approach to their kitchen makeover. The Kroekers wanted a kitchen that was sleek and modern, but one where they could restore many of the Victorian period details that had been lost over the years as a result of past remodels to their 1880 home. Toronto interior designer Kirsten Marshall made many clever choices to craft a kitchen that makes a bold statement on a family-friendly budget. Here are five of our favorite features.

The sound of silence: how to soundproof your house

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The Difference Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Some Highlights:

  • Even a small increase in interest rates drastically impacts your budget.
  • Securing a mortgage now while rates are still low means you can get more house for your money.
  • Spend your money on your dream home, not on interest.

How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 2.33.00 PMLearn the difference between 8 different styles of bathroom sinks and how to find the perfect one for your space

“Eight,” I hear you say. “She can’t possibly be serious. Isn’t a sink just a sink?” But yes, I am serious — and my clients are often baffled when trying to choose from the available options. The truth is that choosing one can be a bit overwhelming, but only when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. First, you need to consider which room you are shopping for (master en suite, family bathroom, powder room), who will use the room and how much space you have.

So before you head off to choose your new bathroom sink, grab a coffee, have a read and then go out armed with the information you need to help narrow down the best options for you and your space.

Top tips on how to use technology to change your space

When there is greater natural light? Have you ever considered how you could modify your generated lighting to improve or enhance your living and work space? Research supports ever more subtle ways that lighting can affect us and how lighting products, including light therapy and color changing light systems, can significantly enhance our environment to promote learning, productivity and relaxation…

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8 Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your Room

A variety of furniture in the room greatly affects the style of decoration as well as appearance the rooms. Move it or make a few changes to some of the furniture by repainting using our favorite colors are smart way to decorate the room as well as inexpensive. If you do it right as a whole will give a new look room decor and refreshing atmosphere. Including repainting some photo frame also makes viewing your photos look charming in the room…

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