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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiring a Decorator Can Pay for Itself

Have you ever thought it would be fun to have some professional help the next time you plan a room design, choose … Read more

For A Good Cause

Jamie and Lisa of the Lite 92.9 morning show recently raised $10,000 for United Way, with some help from me. This was Jamie’s temporary home … Read more

Inspiration for Design

Have you ever wondered where the ideas come from for good design? Or maybe you have struggled with getting a decorating project … Read more

FAQ: What is the difference between designing, decorating and staging?

It’s a question I get asked quite often. Different geographical areas use these terms differently, but here is how I would explain … Read more

Living Through Renovations

In the process of consulting with both decorating and staging clients, I often recommend repairs, upgrades, and renovations. Many have heard me … Read more

Featured Success Story: Old is New Again

I am very proud to have been part of this exquisite example of great design, excellent real estate services, staging, and all … Read more

Outdoor Living Space and Colour

I recently spoke at a lunch and learn hosted by Norma Laflamme of Royal LePage. The topic was extending living space by … Read more

Choosing the Right Paint Colours

Choosing paint colours for many seems to be high on the list of things that cause stress. Why? Probably because there are … Read more

How Colours Affect Us

Check out these descriptions of a few favorite colours and how they affect us: Blue is one of the overwhelming favourite colours, … Read more

Garden in an Environmentally Friendly Way

by Sasha O’Connor, Garden Coach and President of Sustainable Landscape Design, For to many people, the ‘perfect’ garden has come to … Read more

Maximize Your Curb Appeal

Surveys tell us that over 70% of buyers either check online pictures or do a drive-by before deciding whether to view a … Read more

If you don’t visualize well you are not alone

Recent studies tell us that 90% of the North American population do not visualize well. This means that most people see only … Read more

Top 10 Tips on How to Dress a Kitchen for Sale

Imagine your kitchen is being photographed for a design magazine. You’ll want it to be spotlessly clean, in excellent repair, and beautifully dressed … Read more

The Heart of the Home

The kitchen is truly the heart of a home. It is the room where we gather together to prepare and share food and … Read more

Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

2011 began for me by attending the largest home staging convention in the history of Home Staging. This international gathering of Home … Read more

A new way to achieve the home you want

Home decorating and the use of a specialist in home décor were for a very long time considered a luxury. A designer … Read more