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Kondo Living

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author of four books on organizing, which have collectively sold millions of copies around … Read more

Comfort Comes First

By Melanie Orr Living comfortably has always been an underlying goal in my decorating, but popular styles have not always supported my … Read more

Edible Décor Traditions

By Heather McCallum Traditions bring people together. With Christmas fast approaching, I’d like to share one of my Christmas traditions with you, … Read more

Merry Christmas!

One of the traditions my daughter and I do is to be especially charitable this time of year. We contribute goodies and … Read more

The Search for a Bathroom Mirror that Reflects YOU the Best

By Heather McCallum Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all share is their key components; a mirror, … Read more

Cushion Comfort

I love cushions. I use them in my own home and cottage, as well as in clients’ homes, and as a valuable staging … Read more


by Heather McCallum Let me tell you about the benefits of bamboo products for the home, including building materials, decor and so … Read more

How To Choose Wall Colours

A paint fan travels with me everywhere I go. It’s one of my most valued tools, and gets used pretty much every … Read more

Project: Install A Backsplash

Recently, I spent a day on a do-it-yourself project that reminded me how much satisfaction comes from doing it yourself. My cottage … Read more

6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Dining Room Space

By Michelle Martin, Detroit Free Press June 2018 Photos by Interiors by Melanie In some homes, dining rooms are reserved for formal … Read more

Reduce, Reuse and REDECORATE

By Heather McCallum Have you ever truly loved a piece of furniture only to get bored with it or no longer have … Read more

A Flaming Home Obsession

By Heather McCallum Fireplaces come in all different shapes, sizes and designs but one thing is certain, they all can add exceptional … Read more

The SciEYEnce of Colour

By Heather McCallum When it comes to your home, taking the effects of colour into consideration can result in more functional and happy spaces. … Read more

Pick Your Favourite Season For Easier Home Décor Decisions

Do you feel stuck in a colour rut, lacking confidence to tap into the dazzling array of new shades that could transform … Read more

Shopping Tips From This Shopping Pro

Shopping for my clients is one of my favourite tasks, yet highly time-consuming. Online shopping sometimes reduces searching time, but delivery time … Read more

8 Spring Steps Which Will Shake Away The Winter Doldrums

  Take down heavy draperies, wash the windows, and let the sunshine in. Switch up the rug, artwork, and cushions for lighter … Read more

Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Décor

By Melanie Orr Do you know where you fit on the generational demographic? Dates seem to differ a bit, however generally anyone … Read more

Great Décor Brings Many Benefits Beyond Being Pretty

Not to diminish the value of pretty and the power of a beautiful space, which can make us feel awesome, and even … Read more

Enjoy Good Health

As we start this New Year, full of promise and unknowns, I wish you plenty of joy and success and good health. … Read more

Fresh Trends for a New Year

What’s a New Year without a few design trend predictions? Pinterest is a popular haunt for interior design buffs searching for inspiration. … Read more

Resolution: Kitchen Comfort

By Heather McCallum For most people the New Year begins with a goal or resolution of some sort. To ring in this … Read more

Tree trimming tip from my home to yours…

As you might guess, the many bobbles and sparkles in the stores at Christmas time can be difficult to resist for a … Read more

Create a New Room for the New Year

Every year when I take down the Christmas tree, I put the furnishings back in a completely different arrangement. Before I started … Read more

Online Ordering: Ominous Or Easy?

Online shopping is on the rise. Most retail stores now offer an online option, and we’ve seen the rise of online buying … Read more

Gold is Back

I bet you’ve seen the gold tones popping up in furniture, lighting, hardware, frames, and even faucets. Following years of replacing gold … Read more

New Trends in Furniture

Attica is a Halifax based furniture store offering high quality in contemporary and modern styles. If you haven’t already, visit their beautiful … Read more

Easy Fall Changes to Cozy Your Home

Summertime, with its long days of sunlight, open windows and outdoor living, is coming to an end. The fall and winter months … Read more

Staging Stats

Canadian statistics on the results of staging can be hard to find. The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) has been accumulating data … Read more

Dressing an Executive Suite: Is It Staging or Decorating?​

There’s an exciting new condo development on the Halifax waterfront. The Avery is a five storey luxury building offering beautiful common areas, … Read more

How to Determine How Much Paint You’ll Need

Are you about to embark on painting project? Check out this handy guideline to calculate how much paint you’ll need from the … Read more

7 Things That May Surprise You About Home Stagers

I bet you know that stagers are great at getting homes ready for sale: understanding what buyers are looking for and giving … Read more

The Pendulum is Swinging: Minimalism to Maximalism

Includes excerpts from an article by Karen McCartney, Interior design: the new trend for decorating with ‘lots of stuff’ Beautifully proportioned minimalism, inside … Read more

Team Power

About a year ago I was hired by homeowners to provide a staging consultation for their house before it hit the market. … Read more

Refreshing a Kitchen

With the intent to sell within 2 to 3 years, and wanting to enjoy the changes until then, this kitchen recently underwent … Read more

The Biggest Online Decor Shopping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

by Kate McKenna (originally appeared on The internet is a mecca for home-decor lovers. When you’re shopping online, it doesn’t matter where … Read more

No Intent to Insult

My home staging instructor 13 years ago suggested that the hardest part of being a good stager may be telling people their … Read more

Are Colours Coming Back?

It’s not unusual to read an article these days predicting a shift from the safe, easy beige and gray neutrals we’ve been … Read more

10 Lessons Learned from my Stair Adventure

When I started this project in May, I estimated a month or so to have my two sets of stairs redone. Six … Read more

What are the Goals of Home Staging?

If you are selling a home anytime soon, you’ll want to maximize your sale price, sell quickly, and get into your new … Read more

Choosing a Countertop

If you’re considering a new countertop, the myriad of choices may be somewhat overwhelming. For a kitchen countertop in particular you may … Read more

I Love this Story…

A REALTOR® I work with told me she had shown her brother two pictures and asked him to compare them. Each picture … Read more

Sad to See the End of Summer?

Here’s something to tide you over until spring. The Pantone Color Institute has announced its spring fashion colours. We usually see décor colours … Read more

Décor Tips for Renters

I’m currently working with three clients who are transitioning from home ownership to renting. Each of their situations is different, however they … Read more

Assisting Aging Parents in the Family Home

The last few years I’ve been immersed in the care of my aging parents. I have a great deal of experience with … Read more

SMART Homes on the Rise

Using smart products to automate the home is well on its way to becoming a standard feature expectation. More than just a … Read more

Discover the Calm of Colouring

Life can be fairly stressful. For me, dancing, yoga and walking the dog help, but people keep suggesting meditation. Well I had … Read more

Quick Fix for a Scuffed Countertop

Living in our homes we tend to overlook small deficiencies until we get around to a fix. Something like a damaged, scuffed … Read more

Changes to a Church

One of my favourite projects of 2016 Bedford United Church is a welcoming, all inclusive, modern day community-oriented church beloved by its … Read more


Happy New Year! January 28 marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster or Red Chicken, leaving behind the … Read more

Table Settings that Set the Stage

Preparing the big dinner, whether it’s for 2 people or 20, whether it’s turkey or vegan, is a lot of work. Set … Read more

The Psychology of Floor Colour

Guest Blog: The Psychology of Floor Colour by Wood and Beyond The colour of a floor can have a dramatic impact on … Read more

A Joyful Approach to Holiday Decorating

Are you tempted to get some help with your holiday decorating, but something is holding you back? Every year I hear this … Read more

4 Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make

As a decor stylist/ stager in numerous houses and condos every week to give advice or roll up my sleeves and rearrange, … Read more

Tips to Cool Down your Home

Are you looking for ways to cool down? Besides a trip to the beach, a dip in the pool, or hitting the … Read more

Consultations: Maximize Your Value

Consultations, properly given and received, are a very valuable service. In this cost-conscious and do-it-yourself time, consults are a great way to … Read more

Stairs, stairs and more stairs

Last week I wrote about my upcoming stair project and revealed the awful condition of my existing two stairways. Thanks everyone who … Read more

I’m Recreating a Stairway and You can Help!

I’m about to start on a project to redesign the two stairways in my own home and would welcome any suggestions on … Read more

Vignette Staging: Yay or Nay?

Vignette or light staging for vacant properties is when a corner of the room is dressed, or small bits throughout a space … Read more

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

A Reflection of You One of my favourite décor elements is the mirror. I just did a quick count of mirrors in … Read more

Just in time for Spring, it’s time for Curb Appeal

Spring is a great time for great curb appeal. If this is the year you will be selling your home or this … Read more

What All Home Sellers Need to Know

A professional stager will help you address the specific goals for preparing your property for sale. Your home’s colors, arrangement, personality, flow … Read more

Making the Transition from House to Condo

There are so many benefits to condo living. Gorgeous, well-appointed units, often with stunning views; Condo buildings are often surrounded by culture, … Read more

Dominican Decor

I’ve just spent a week in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, with my daughter and two wonderful friends. This was not an ordinary … Read more

Whimsical Musings

Many considerations and factors go into the making of a great space. One of the important ingredients of a successful room is … Read more

The Dining Room: Is it Still Valuable?

Designated dining rooms are not as high on the priority list of Canadian homeowners as they used to be. Homes are getting … Read more

The Making of a Crystal Forest

I spent the last couple of weeks immersed in the creation of a Holiday Home in support of the Junior League of … Read more

Add some Light to your Life

One of the most fun, most effective, and potentially most expensive elements of home décor is lighting. Home and businesses need a … Read more

What’s New?

Bouclair is now offering a furniture line including dining tables, couches, and more through their online Atelier catologue.  View at The exciting new … Read more

Creating a cohesive interior style

Creating a cohesive interior style can be a challenge. It’s easy to get off course from your original plan due to the … Read more

Adding Pizzazz to Your Space

Think back to the last time you felt really alive. You may have felt jazzed, motivated, inspired, or simply in love with … Read more

Staging for an Aging Population

It used to be that homes sold in very much the same condition they were lived in. A little tidying and cleaning … Read more

The Art of Hanging Art

Is there a magic formula for hanging art? I often get asked what is the right height for artwork. A rule of … Read more

Is Wood Panelling Holding You Back?

I recently did a facelift for a condo corporation on two lobbies. The buildings were relatively new and in good condition. The … Read more

Can Your Personal Items Get in the Way of a Sale?

If you are planning to sell and have been listening to the great advice available on effective home preparation, you have undoubtedly … Read more

Choosing the Right Paint Colors

One of the critical variables in effective staging and decorating is the use of colour. Colours evoke feelings. Calm, excitement, fun, formality, … Read more

Decorating Your First Room on a Budget

Are you starting from almost nothing with almost no budget, yet wanting a cool space for your first home? Maybe you have … Read more

Does Everything Need to Match?

If you are choosing a new light fixture, or bedding, or art, how important is it that everything match? I would suggest … Read more

Decorators Tend to Walk the Walk

A friend told me lately that I am an exception to the rule. You know the cliché that painters’ houses never get … Read more

The Power of Rugs

I love rugs. Rugs can be the inspiration and starting point for a whole room. They can also be the last item … Read more

Wishing you a Safe and Sensible Holiday

Over Christmas I love the glitter of lights, sparkle of ornaments, festive colours, aromas of delicious meals shared, and time spent with … Read more

“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”

I have found myself immersed in Pinterest more than a few times lately. Ohhh, the Christmas décor! The new trend towards themed … Read more

Light Up Your Life, Choosing the Right Lamps for Home Decor

How do you choose the right lamps for your space? Step 1: Identify where you need added lighting for functional reasons. Different … Read more

Holiday Decorating for the Home-for-Sale

Is your house going to be on the market over the holidays? Don’t despair. As a Realtor I sold many homes during … Read more

Choosing the Right Hues for your Home

If you are a person who takes pride in your home and wants to feel good just being there, then choosing the … Read more

Is Staging Expensive?

I hear sometimes that staging must be so expensive. You might be surprised by how affordable it really is. Not only that, … Read more

Tip #4 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Post a To-Do List

In a client’s home last week I noticed a list on the fridge which had four groups of chores for her four … Read more

Tip #3 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Use less

I often tell clients that the kitchen and bathrooms are going to be the most work to keep ready for showings. These … Read more

Tip #2 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Purge First

Last week we covered the use of portable bins to hold the necessary small stuff of life so that you can easliy … Read more

Tip #1 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: The Joy of Baskets

Let’s face it, living in a house that is on the market for sale is not fun. Presenting a clean, orderly, tidy … Read more

The Trick of Texture

Have you noticed how some rooms feel flat while others appear multi-dimensional? A main determining factor is whether the room has a … Read more

Selling? What to do with the Family Pets

You are getting ready to sell and doing everything you need to do to ensure that you show your property at its … Read more

How To Live in a Staged Home

Minimize the stress and work of being on the market Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice … Read more

Main Floor Family Room For Sale

Home Staging: Why do we do it? This is the family room from a home I recently staged, before and after. A … Read more

Staging a Vacant Condo

Staging rentals for a condo bedroom I’ve participated in some lively discussions lately about the benefits of staging rentals for vacant properties. … Read more

The Continuing Debate: Artificial or Real Tree?

Remember this from my last newsletter? “If you had asked me a year ago whether I would use an artificial tree, the answer … Read more

Reclaim Your Space

I stole some time over Christmas for my annual edit of closets and file drawers. This process reminds me what is there, … Read more

Does our decor really matter?

Recently I spoke to the members of The Group Halifax about how décor can affect each of us differently. I used a … Read more

The Strength of Team Work

In my work I often experience the joy of team work. Here is a great example. A real estate agent brought me … Read more

Meeting the challenges of selling vacant space

Getting ready to sell often involves renting a storage unit and removing excess furniture, boxes, personal items, off season clothing, and the … Read more

Dressing Open Shelves

Have you wondered how to make a shelf unit, single wall shelf, or bookcase look better? Whether it’s holding books, toiletries, electronics, … Read more