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New Project: Dempsey Road, North Vancouver

June 28th, 2012
1406 Dempsey

I am thrilled to be working on this new project - not only is the structure and layout fresh, modern and different, it reminds me a lot of Frank Lloyd Wrights FallingwaterFallingwater was designed in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run - it was modern beyond it's time back then and still is.  It got endless accolades and priase for bein ...

Get Book Smart

June 28th, 2012
I am not the crafty - nor color coding type, but when you have sisters, moms and a girlfriend around you are constantly being introduced to new home ideas.

Check out this article on ways to freshen up your bookshelf...

Blog - Books

Cheeky "Area Map" Of Vancouver

June 27th, 2012
It has been said that Vancouver's areas  are very separated, and I couldn't agree more myself.  It is like a mini New York with Yaletown, Gastown, Eastside, Westside etc.  I know we all have our own opinions on what kind of people live in these "areas" and what these "areas" are called so I found this map pretty funny.  Please note: I did not make this up but I couldn't agree more with "Yuppi ...

Vancouver vs. Los Angeles Housing Prices

June 24th, 2012
My sister's really good friend is in the market for a home in LA.  When I was told this all I thought was, "Good for her, but how expensive is that".  After seeing countless homes, in amazing areas, from 3-5 bedrooms my mind is blown...

For a 3,750 square foot home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles that has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a pool and a front gate - it will set you back $1,200,0 ...

Tile Pick of The Week!

June 7th, 2012

Lush® 3x6 Subway Tiles

Blue Glass Subway Tables

Lush® 3x6 glass subway tiles are a gorgeous option if you are looking for a bathroom tile, kitchen backsplash tile, fireplace tile, or even a pool tile. The 3x6 subway tile size is classic, and still a popular choice for any tile backsplash idea you might have.

These 3x6 glass subway tiles are sold by the square foot sheet and tiles can be laid stacked joint ...

Easy Weekend Projects to Try This Summer

June 7th, 2012
I stumbled across this article while scrolling through Design Blogs and sites.  There are some really easy and simple ways to update your current look and breathe some new life into a room.  Whether it is re-staining your hardwood or painting an existing bookshelf there are always DIY (Do it yourself) and affordable ways to re-fresh your abode

Update your look blog

Click here or the above image to see these great ...

15 Ways to Shade

June 1st, 2012

It seems the biggest fad these days with women is this book series "50 Shades of Grey".  I personally have not read it, but every female in my life has, and it influenced this blog post. 

With the sun coming out, and people seeking shade to read, Below are 15 (50 was rather daunting) ways to get shade this season while indulging in that summer read you can’t put down:

Under $15 ...

Real Estate Market Update - May 2012

May 31st, 2012

Spring activity remains balanced in the Greater Vancouver housing market

VANCOUVER, B.C. – June 4, 2012 – The number of properties listed for sale continued to increase in the Greater
Vancouver housing market in May. The number of sales decreased year over year, but remained relatively constant
compared to recent months.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residentia ...

5 Hot Design Trends in New Homes

April 13th, 2012

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

(Original article can be read by clicking here)

Creativity and cost-savings are the main themes driving new-home design trends today, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Here are some of the latest new-home design trends, according to NAHB:

1. “Pocket offices.” More space is being added to popular family gathering places li ...

Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report for 2011-2012

February 21st, 2012
Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report for 2011-2012 found that the trend right now is replacement over remodeling-swapping out the old for the new rather than doing a total gut job, which can be much more costly. Exterior replacement projects-such as new garage doors and a new entry door-offer some of the best returns at resale, allowing home owners to recoup close to 70 percent ...
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