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5 Tips for Using Inspiration Photo Boards

So, you’ve got your board on Pinterest labeled ‘Interiors’ and your idea book on Houzz, both full of pictures of amazing interiors that make you glow inside. Now what? How do you turn all this inspiration into reality in your home… and on a budget that feels microscopic? Or maybe you found that one inspiration photo that made your heart sing, you copied it as best you could, but your room still doesn’t look like the picture. What are you missing? Here are five simple ways to use those inspiration photos to help turn your space into something you love!

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Up-and-Coming Kitchen Trends

A renovation is a big investment and making the right choices can often be paralyzing. How do you know your selections will stand the test of time while at the same time meeting today’s rapidly changing trends? I recently attended Interzum in Cologne, Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for interior design, where I saw some of the latest up-and-coming trends. Here are some of my takeaways.

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Do I need a Building Permit for my Home Renovation?

You dream of removing a wall in your kitchen to redesign a beautiful room with space for cooking and entertaining, but do you need a building permit? Your living room gets dark in the afternoon so you’re considering hiring a contractor to add another window, but do you need a permit. If so, who’s responsible for getting one? What about building a deck in your backyard? Often, a building permit is required when a renovation changes the structure of a home. Here’s what you need to know about permits before you get started on your own renovation.

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Renovating by the Numbers - How to Set and Stick to a Budget

While creating a renovation budget isn’t rocket science, it does require skill, knowledge, and flexibility. Ensuring the task list is checked off (known as labour) and making sure the functional design is pretty (known as sourcing) are essential to a successful, on-budget renovation. While it is common for first-time renovators not to have a good grasp on what things cost, they usually do have a very good idea on the investment they wish to make in their home. It’s important to make sure the design plan falls in line with the desired investment!

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