Emmanuel Fonte Blog

Toronto Vs. Montreal

If you're curious about the differences between Canada's two largest cities, here's a great video. There are some pronunciations that will make some of us Québecérs cringe. Yet worth the watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M004hBLFR5s … [Read More...]

Music Notation Explained [Video]

Though for some, this might be simplistic, 12 Tone does an excellent job in this video explaining music notation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMedPk94Y_E … [Read More...]

10 Reasons to Consider 4-by-4-Inch Tile

Designers are embracing the once common but recently overlooked square tile in kitchens and bathrooms The heyday of 4-by-4-inch tile lasted for decades. At one point, it seemed as if the modest square was the only widely available tile option, so it’s no surprise that many people tired of it. But … [Read More...]

8 Elements of a Traditional-Style Bathroom

Evoke the past with furniture-like cabinetry, period-look lighting, ornate details and calming colors Good things can last forever. That’s why traditional-style decor, some of which has its roots in 18th-century England, is one of the most popular styles found in homes today. But defining what constitutes … [Read More...]

Existing Home Sales Point Toward a Good Time to Sell

Existing Home Sales dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June.Low inventory levels are still a factor in the market. The current supply of homes for sale is at 4.4 months, which is less than the optimal 6-month supply.Median home prices were up 4.3% from June 2018, … [Read More...]

10 Quick Decluttering Tasks to Support a Restful Summer

Follow this easy checklist to keep your house tidy this vacation season and beyond Summer is in full swing and it’s time to enjoy it. As a professional organizer, I’ve found that for my clients (as well as for myself), a clean, clutter-free, organized environment makes for a tranquil environment. One … [Read More...]

8 Unusual Ways to Display Your Indoor Plants

Houseplants add color and personality to any room. If you want to make yours even more unique, check out these crafty ideas to showcase your plants in style. … [Read More...]

Why Home Sales Are Falling Against a Strong Economy

Despite mortgage rates dipping below 4%, more jobs filled than ever before, and record-high consumer net worth, existing-home sales turned south in June, running at a pace similar to 2015 levels, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Tuesday. While economic indicators portend a strong housing market, low … [Read More...]

10 Essentials for a Gracious Guest Room

Stock the room with these basic items to make your overnight visitors comfortable Getting ready to host overnight guests? Let’s assume you have a bed (or air mattress) and coverings on all the windows. That’s a great start! This list will help fill in all the little things your guests will want to have on hand … [Read More...]

7 Ways to Pair Dark Kitchen Cabinets With Dark Counters

Dare to dive into the deep for a sophisticated look in your cooking space We often assume that dark kitchen cabinets need lightening up with pale countertops, or vice versa, but in fact a double-dark design can look dramatically stylish. Check out how these kitchens use dark cabinets and counters, and see … [Read More...]