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~ formerly known as Feel at Home (2005 - 2011)
I am no longer teaching the redesign & staging course for CRDA.  For information on training or membership, please visit the Canadian ReDesigners Association directly.
I'm very proud to say that one of my recent graduates - Margaret Periera - won the award for BEST REDESIGN in our Association's annual photo contest. You can view the before and after photos HERE The contest was named in honour of our founder and my mentor, Val Sharp.
Now that the trees are bare, you can really see and appreciate the beauty of bark and the simplicity of a single branch.  I really love the look and texture of unfinished wood too.  In fact, I have 3 small birch tree trunks in my bedroom.            Some of these decor items are fun ! 
Did YOU remember to change your clocks back last night ? I'm so glad that cell phones and computers do that all on their own ... smart little things that they are! It was nice to wake up with a blast of sunshine in my face, but I'm not really looking forward to the early darkness this evening.  J...
While squeaky doors and creaky floors are just the right touch for a haunted evening of fun, they are annonying any other time.  Found this quick fix on my favorite HOUZZ website ... they really are an endless source of fabulous information. Creaking floorboards and stair treads are another major...
Quite often clients will ask me if they should set their table for open house and showings.  I try to explain that it should be done in a simple understated way so as not to detract from the room.  Here's an excellent example from one of my fellow AR stagers.  Very nicely done !Should You Set You...
Sometimes it's just fun to play up the season, whether you have little kids or are a big kid yourself.  These ideas from the great HOUZZ website should inspire you to go all out crazy ...Generally I'm not a huge fan of seasonal wreaths but the orange fabric one is so adorable !And if you just wan...
Drop in to see my friend and colleague Sherry Gostlin on Saturday October 15.  Bring your fabric swatch and room photo to the General Paint store at 670 Kingston Road in Pickering, Ontario.  You'll be so pleased with her helpful advice and great sense of style.  
It's hard to think of neutrals when there are so many colourful leaves around us at this time of year.  But our walls should be calm and comfortable to allow those occasional pops of colour in art and decor to really stand out.  Just remember - neutral does NOT mean boring beige !   ~ from Style ...
No no no, my American friends ... I haven't lost my mind or flipped my calendar forward.  We celebrate Thanksgiving in October north of the border, and what a glorious fall weekend we have.  Temperatures are expected to be about 25 C (77 F) with HUMIDITY today ! But nevertheless, the leaves are s...

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