Getting all up in your ceilings

January 29, 2018

Few things date your home more than the craggy, pockmarked facade of an acoustic – or popcorn – ceiling. The spray-on technique for finishing ceilings was made popular in the 50s and fizzled out somewhere in the late 80s. Once the standard for bedroom and residential hallways, it was favourited for its ability to hide…

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Are your floors made for cold weather?

January 22, 2018

You turn up the thermostat in the winter to keep your house warm & toasty. In the summer, you crank the AC to keep from melting. But did you ever stop to consider how these changes in temperature could affect your wood floors? Regardless of composition, floors contract with cold and expand with heat

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Hygge: The Art of Getting Cozy

January 18, 2018

Hygge. If you heard someone nearby say the word out loud, you’d likely be tempted to offer a “bless you!” or “gesundheit!” in return. And who could blame you? Hard to spell and even harder to say, hygge (pronounced HEW-guh or HOO-guh) is the Scandinavian word for the feeling of or desire to seek coziness

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In memory of Dr. King

January 15, 2018

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s a holiday here in the US, in honor of a great man and inspirational figure; a leader in the movement…

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The sunsets are better in Florida

January 11, 2018

While half of team Merenda shivers and endures the cold back in Toronto, a few of us are here in Naples…working, yes, but after 5, all bets (and phones) are off. The photo above was taken near old Naples Pier – a magical and well-known relic dating back to 1888. It was originally used as…

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Keep your furry friends protected

January 8, 2018

Here in Toronto, we seem to be enjoying a bit of a reprieve from the vastly cold temps we’ve been experiencing for the last few weeks. It’s definitely been the time to stay indoors and cozy up by a fire or with a blanket.

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The Colour of the year

January 5, 2018

In December 2017, the Pantone Color Institute released its spring 2018 colour trend report, predicting the shades we can expect to see from fashion designers in upcoming collections, and interior design trends and accessories.

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Cheers to 2018

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful and wonder-filled holiday season. January 2nd feels entirely too early to be back to work, doesn’t it? No matter, shake off the post-holiday fog, dig in your heels and get right down to it.

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Home safety tips for holiday travellers

December 27, 2017

The days immediately following Christmas are common destination days, with people and families opting to ditch the cold for warmer climes. To keep your family and property safe until your return, her are a few tips that can help deter thieves and lurkers from targeting your home.

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Like a good neighbour

December 25, 2017

It’s currently snowing in Toronto on Christmas Eve, and we’re about to get inundated with anywhere from 10-20 cm of snow (that’s four to eight inches for our American readers) of the white stuff. Canadian winters can be brutal.

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