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Karl Lohnes: Easy bathroom upgrades so you can pamper yourself

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I love the trend of small round penny tiles. They add a graphic element, especially when the grout is different from the colour of the tile, and pay homage to the classic water-closet tile. Make it modern and fresh by using it with a punchy colour (like fun pool blue) or black to add drama.

Want to add wallpaper? Textured vinyl is super-hot in prints of stone and marble look. And don’t forget the ceiling: wallpapering the ‘fifth-wall’ can make a tall room feel more intimate for that spa-like experience.

White grout will give penny tiles a traditional feel, while dark grey or black grout will lend a modern edge. Hudson Penny Round Matte Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $15.98 /sft., homedepot.ca
White grout will give penny tiles a traditional feel, while dark grey or black grout will lend a modern edge. Hudson Penny Round Matte Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $15.98 /sft., homedepot.ca

Add a little tech

Technology has infiltrated every area of our homes and the bathroom is no exemption. Look for mirrors with built-in lighting or hidden

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5 easy Thanksgiving decor ideas that you can put up right now



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We don’t think it’s ever too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving decor ideas – well actually July might be too early, but the end of September? Totally fine. Also, you’ll find that these ideas are perfect for Thanksgiving but they could go up in your home now as fall decor too. We have kept things really easy here, just quick and effective looks that won’t have you crafting all weekend to achieve – most of these could easily be done in under an hour.

So keep scrolling if you want to feel just ever so slightly festive and for more fall decor ideas head over to our gallery. 

1. Hunt in your own garden for Thanksgiving decor

It doesn’t get easier than going into your back yard and finding a load of leaves and branches to bring inside and whack them in a

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Easy, cheap tips to organize and upgrade your kitchen – Lifestyle – providencejournal.com

I bought a plastic-bag organizer recently, and the other day, as I was shoving a grocery bag into its neat confines, I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. It was an emotion that was hard to place, one that resided somewhere between calm — all too fleeting these days — and, dare I say it, joy?

So maybe you don’t have the energy for a full Marie Kondo-style purging of your household, but if the novelty of home cooking has worn thin as the pandemic continues, consider a kitchen overhaul.

Here’s a roundup of cheap — mostly free — tips for inspiration. If they sound like no-brainers, well, maybe they are. But both my husband and I have noticed how these minor adjustments have made our lives noticeably better — and easier. And who couldn’t use an easier life right now?

Do a deep cleaning

It may sound like a

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Home Decor Tips You Should Use For Easy Revamping

With every passing year, the interior designers bring in new decor trends, and 2016 is not any different. With advancements in every field, interior design has probably not been left behind. As we all know, changing your entire household decor after a year is a cumbersome process and one that is not always affordable for everyone. So how do you keep your interior decoration up to date without putting a hole in your bank account? But let’s get back to the topic at hand, and that is, what are the changes in the home decor trends.

The Kitchen

A kitchen’s look is made through its cabinets and cupboards. So following the trends, you should aim for contrasting hues and colours. Instead of opting for a single colour theme, go for two shades. Also, when it comes to the appliances, the look has changed from the typical white coloured, metallic look. … Read More

5 Quick and Easy DIY Home Decor Tips for 2017

It’s a new year, and with it came the call for a little shake up in your home decor. I am personally big on DIY home design projects, and I have compiled a few of my favorites for 2017.

1. Floating Leaves

If you want a little piece of nature into your home, how about going for floating leaves?

This easy DIY home design project involves making use of old clear jars. Fill them up with water and lay the leaves in the jars to create unique displays of art.

2. Plant Drapes

Want something different as a window treatment choice? Go for ‘plant drapes.’

Creating ‘plant drapes’ involves getting rid of your good old drapes and filling up your window space with assortments of plants. Not only does this open up the room to natural light, but it is a creative way to purify rooms as well as dress … Read More

Halloween Decor Ideas – Easy Tips for a Spooky Home

Entry: The entry to your home is the first impression visitors get of your home. Too often we forget how much impact this can have when decorating for the seasons.

  • Halloween Display. Make the most of it by creating a simple display of Halloween figurines set on a small table covered with a black or orange tablecloth. The 4 to six inch figurines are inexpensive enough to even use outside if you have room enough for a small table by your door. Inside, you can go with this same concept, even adding spooky lights and garlands available at dollar and discount stores.
  • Animated Items. Animated Halloween figures can add instant festivity to a boring entry table. These figures can move, have sound, and some are even motion activated. A great way to make your entrance one to remember! With increasing popularity, these items are now appearing in dollar and
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Create A Synergistic Vegetable Garden In 10 Easy Steps

Vegetable gardening shouldn’t be hard work. Look at all of the abundance that mother nature grows, do you see her out digging, weeding, pruning, fertilizing? No, of course not! Natural systems do all of the work and synergistic vegetable gardening puts those systems to work in your garden, producing a bountiful harvest the natural way.

So how do you get started building a synergistic vegetable garden?

#1. Build raised beds. You don’t need to build wooden frameworks and fill them with soil. Just create long mounds of soil about 4 feet wide and 10 – 30 inches high. Flatten the top of the mound.

#2. Cover the mound with mulch. This can be a mixture of materials – straw, shredded cardboard, sheeps wool, leaves, sawdust, shredded branches, newspaper etc.

#3. A few days before you are ready to start planting open the mulch on top of the bed to allow … Read More