After 10 years in our location, we have decided to move….right next door! Many of our clients have struggled to find us because our new sign was not up but never fear we haven’t gone anywhere – we are now located at 227 12B ST. North. When you come down, you can check out our beautifully painted building (Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain) and new signage.
Speaking of new signage, you will see that our window now says PF Design Studio, which brings us to the new services that you will find in the showroom! Over the last several years, we have had an increasing number of clients mention that they wish there was somewhere to go outside of the big box stores that took care of every aspect of the renovation! while many people choose to go to an independent interior designer, we actually have those products here in our showroom. We have partnered with several awesome companies in town to bring you a huge variety of products and services. We are now able to offer a complete one stop shop for all renovation or new build clients including:
- kitchen cabinets
- plumbing fixtures
- home decor
- area rugs
- window coverings
- and more!
Accent walls can help turn a room into a stylish room that impresses all those who enter it. Are you thinking of doing one but are unsure of how to pull it off? Take a look below at some tips to help you create a stunning accent wall that is so much more than a painted wall.
The basics: Think of your accent wall as a showpiece. For a truly amazing look an accent wall should have texture, layers, and lighting. When creating your wall tie all these elements together. Moldings, art canvases, and shelving are all great additions.
Colour: Depending on which wall in the room you are accenting should depend on the colour you choose. If you want to paint the wall a separate colour than the rest of the room, keep in mind that warmer colours (red, orange, yellow) tend to give the appearance of something being closer than it actually is. You may want to use a more monochromatic theme if you do not want the room to seem smaller than it already is. Consider the amount of natural light in the room as well when deciding on a colour. Selecting a cooler colour (blue, green purple) may be the best choice for a room that sees a lot of natural light.
Keep it Simple: An accent wall should not be overcrowded. The more patterns, colours, decor and textures on the wall, the more overwhelming it will look.
Where: An accent wall should be a focal point of a room. In the bedroom an accent wall would be best behind the bed. In a living room generally the wall behind a sofa or a wall that has a fireplace are the best choices.
Be creative: If you want your accent wall to expose your creativity, let it! Make the wall striped, tiled or wallpapered if a plain background is not enough for your creative style.
Life is full of problems, below are some ways you can make your home less of one.
Problem #1 : Not enough space in your bathroom for storage
-Hang towels on rods placed behind the door
-Build a shelf above the door
-Add floating shelves on either side of the mirror
-Place an over-the-faucet shelf over the shelf
-Add an extra shower rod to the other side of your bathtub to hang baskets and caddies
-Screw a wine rack to the wall to store towels
Problem #2: Not enough space for a book shelf
-Insert corner floating shelves that reach to the ceiling
-Build shelving that is above eye level
Problem #3: Kitchen items that are too tedious to clean
-Blend liquid soap and warm water in the blender
-Pots and pans can be easily degreased using baking soda
-Heat a bowl consisting of water and vinegar in the microwave then wipe down for easy cleaning
Problem #4: Mats and rugs are constantly moving
-Spread lines of caulk onto the bottom of the rug
-Purchase double sided carpet tape and place on the underside of the rug
-Use rubber shelf liner as underpadding
Problem #5: Dents in the carpet after moving furniture
-Let ice cubes melt on the dented area then vacuum to lift fibers
-Place a cloth on the area and iron with the steam setting on your iron and use a spoon or fork to lift fibers
-Spray with a bottle of water and blow dry then use fingers to lift fibers
Problem #6: Too many mosquitoes in the summer
-Plant specific plants that repel mosquitoes
-Hang ribbons of lavender near doorways and windows
-While barbequeing place rosemary stalks on the coals
Problem #7: Pantry is unorganized
-Place a shoe organizer over the door to keep smaller items together and easily accessible
-Tack any bag boxes to the wall
-Organize items by zones, ie breakfast zone, baking zone, etc.
-Place baskets on shelves and label accordingly
-Add a Lazy Susan for corner shelving
Problem #8: Your child’s toys need to be cleaned
-Place toys that don’t require batteries in a laundry bag and into the washer
-Place toys that don’t require batteries in the dishwasher and run a cycle
-Baby wipes area great for quick cleans
Curtains, drapes, blinds….how do you know which ones to use on your windows? The key is to know what the purpose of the window treatment is for the specific window you are using. A covering that is for blocking out light is not going to be the same covering as one that is used for decorative purposes. Take a look below at the basic information regarding two main window treatments: curtains & drapes and blinds and shades.
Curtains & Drapes:
Knowing the mood of the room is what can help you decide upon which curtains to choose. If a room is more casual a billowy curtain will blend nicely and a heavy silk works well in a more formal space. Decide whether or not you want the curtains to blend in with the room or make more of a statement. That will help you figure out which colour to select. If you want them to blend with the rest of the room find curtains that are a few shades darker, but similar tone as the walls. Whichever colour you decide upon if the sun shines through the window it will place that colour’s glow on the room so make sure the colour is something you want for the room. Otherwise simply purchase a liner for the curtains. If you are going to use a bolder colour for your curtains consider if you may plan to change the look of your room in the future. Stay clear of patterned curtains if you have furniture that already has a pattern. Clean curtains monthly with the upholstery tool on a vacuum and yearly on gentle cycle in the wash if the fabric allows. Let the curtains hang to dry and iron where needed while they are still damp. Drapes main purpose is to block out light. These work best in bedrooms and recreational rooms where there is a television. For more information on sizing and placement click here.
Blinds & Shades:
One of the main draws to blinds is their ability to be adjustable. You can let as little or as much light in as you prefer, something that doesn`t quite look right with blinds and drapes half drawn. If you are selecting blinds for a bathroom window make sure they are waterproof. If the blinds are to go over top of a heater make sure they are at least 12 inches above and are not made of vinyl or plastic based materials. Wood blinds are ideal for kitchens where you may be cleaning them more and they are easy to clean if soiled. Shades in textured fabric require less maintenance as they hide dust and dirt better. When deciding upon a colour use the same discretion mentioned with curtains. Vertical blinds and shades should be used on windows that are wider than they are tall, such as a sliding glass door. The wider a horizontal slate, the bigger the window will appear. They are great for smaller spaces. If you have small children keep in mind the length of cord if you go with blinds or shades for your space. If you would like more information on different materials on blinds and shades click here.
Home renovation projects can be stressful. The noise, the mess, and the cost. If you are planning on doing home renovations but are worried about the frustrations that can come along, take a look at the home renovation tips below to help it go as smooth as possible.
Know your budget before the renovations have started. Your budget should also include a bit of extra in case of unexpected obstacles.
Have a plan in place for every detail of your renovation. Where are you going to get material from? How long until it will arrive? If you are renovating a kitchen or bathroom plan ahead how you are going to cook and bathe if your renovation is longer than a day project.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when renovating is accentuating the area’s assets. Do you have a beautiful view that could be hidden by those new windows? Are the new light fixtures as bright as the old ones? Ask yourself if what you are planning is better for the home in general or could it have a negative effect on the value or beauty of the home.
If you are hiring re-modelers for your project do some research first. Look at reviews, ask around and find out how long they have been in business for. Once you have made your selection on re-modelers do not be afraid to voice your concerns but do so in a courteous manner. The project will go smoother if everyone feels appreciated and respected.
Unless you discuss the details about your project, like which way you want your tiling to be placed, you may be disappointed. Make sure to communicate with hired professionals how you would like a project to look before they start on it. Do not make the assumption others will think the same as you.
Whichever area is being worked on, the valuable and breakable items should be removed before the project beings. Accidents happen and the last thing you would want is your inherited family heirloom in pieces from a misstep or brand new couches covered in sawdust.
Have you finally decided to replace your carpet for hardwood flooring? Or maybe you are changing the stained carpet for a new one? Whatever your reason may be, find below some tips and tricks to properly and efficiently remove your carpeting.
For the easiest process, remove everything from the carpet. This may mean carrying heavy items further than you would like, but it will make the removal process that much easier. Also, remove any doors that swing into the area of the carpet you are removing. Don’t forget about closet doors as well.
If you are planning on reusing the baseboard label each piece so you can remember where each piece goes. If the carpet is not underneath the baseboard, then removing the boards is not necessary.
Know where you are getting rid of your carpet before you start the removal. Whether your city will pick it up or you are bringing it to a recycling centre, have a plan in place.
Removing carpet involves a lot of dust so put a dust mask on before you start if you have allergies.
If you are removing carpet from stairs it is best to start at the top first.
Make sure you are wearing proper gloves to avoid cuts or stabs from staples or nails. If you are having a hard time seeing staples, they are always along the perimeter of the carpet padding.
If you do not have a floor scraper to remove the staples you can pound them down further using a hammer or remove them individually with a screwdriver.
Cut the carpet from the back as it smoother and easier to cut through. Always start the removal from a corner.
Most carpet pad warranties only work with the carpet it is paired with so if you are replacing the carpet for new carpet you will need a new carpet pad as well.
When the carpet is fully off take the time to check for squeaks or rusty tack strips. Remove any rusty tack strips and fix any squeaks before adding the new flooring.
Always roll the old carpet instead of folding it. This will make it easier to maneuver around and dispose of.
Do you despise cleaning? Would you rather take a nap than pick up a broom? You can avoid cleaning for as long as you wish, but the dirt will just keep piling up. Thankfully there are many different simple tips that can help you keep your home tidy and clean. Take a look at the 7 cleaning tips below and be encouraged that cleaning can be easier and less time-consuming than you thought!
1. Probably the biggest issue with cleaning your home is how easily you can get distracted. We have all been there: while dusting your bookshelf you come across a book you haven’t read in years and start flipping through the pages. Before you know it, an hour has gone by and you have only managed to dust one shelf. There is a way around this. To help keep yourself on task and not get distracted try setting a timer. You may find yourself pushing to get as much done as possible in the time frame you have selected, which means you may get more done than you initially set out to do.
2. Keep your cleaning supplies in one designated area. If you have to go from room to room to find different items you will be wasting time and will tire yourself out faster. Have all your cleaning products in one area for easy access.
3. Time to clean your shower? Get two things done at once. If you carry Eco-friendly cleaning products why not shower while cleaning the shower? You will be able to reach further and see dirt you may otherwise miss.
4. Four hands are better than two. If you know someone who despises cleaning as much as you, clean your homes together. You will be able to enjoy each others company, help each other out and get things done.
5. Some people believe pizza cooked right on the rack cooks better. If you are one of these people, the bottom of your oven can become quite filthy with cheese droppings, crumbs, and more. Make your cleaning easier by lining the bottom with a nonstick ovenliner that is dishwasher safe.
6. If you don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher doing dishes by hand can be extremely tedious after making a meal. Help it go faster by getting your sink ready with soap and hot water before you start prepping your food. After you are finished with a dish let it soak in the water. It will mean less scrubbing when you are finished eating and less prune hands.
7. For bathroom and kitchen surfaces make sure you are letting your cleaners soak before you start wiping them away. Follow the directions on the bottle to find out how long you should be letting it soak for. You may be surprised at how easily the dirt will come off without scrubbing when you let the product soak.