Most recent Home blogs and columns

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    Homemade Natural Shampoo: Simple Yet Effective

    I so wanted to be on the wash-your-hair-with-baking-soda train. I really, really did. I gave it my honest-to-goodness best effort. The results were wonderful at... Read more

  • Chairs designed by French designer Philippe Starck displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. Seven designers, including Starck, Sebastian Bergne, Sam Hecht, and Kim Colin, have designed “naked” furnishings—chairs, tables, sofas—for an inaugural collection of a new brand concept dubbed Tog, short for together. Consumers can choose from colors and combinations offered by the Tog designers themselves. April 8 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Take-Home From the Largest Furniture Show in the World

    MILAN—Collaboration drove invention during Milan’s annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with... Read more

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    How to Reupholster a Computer Chair: A Weekend Project

    I got this chair for $5 from a college student on Kijiji. It probably wasn’t even worth that much, but I wanted a computer chair... Read more

  • Designer Brian Patrick Flynn furnished this Atlanta loft strictly using vintage seating found at flea markets. Flynn suggests paying no attention to the existing upholstery, instead focusing solely on the lines of each piece. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/Flynnside Out Blog, Sarah Dorio)

    Ask a Designer: Tips for Flea-Market Shoppers

    The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods... Read more

  • Quinoa

    Quinoa Recipes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    You know what’s really, really good for you? Quinoa. You know what I keep buying and then forgetting in the cupboard because I’m totally uninspired to... Read more

  • Hardwood or laminate flooring gives a room a sleek look. (TORLYS)

    Your Flooring Questions Answered

    I want to get rid of all the carpet in my home but I find it safer on the stairs for children. Would it look... Read more

  • Updating your window coverings is a quick and easy way to add colour to your home. (Hunter Douglas)

    Hot Trends in Window Coverings

    This year’s hottest trends in window coverings are all about improving your space—adding interest to your home with colour and pattern, improving your sleeping habits,... Read more

  • An air plant in a glass globe that is ventilated on the sides to facilitate good air circulation needed by the plant. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Bel Fiore Is Keeping It Small

    OTTAWA—If you want to bring nature indoors but lack the space to accommodate full-sized plants, consider growing some of the many available smaller plants at... Read more

  • A prairie dog is a type of ground squirrel that is a common visitor to urban backyards in Canada. (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images)

    Welcoming Nature While Protecting Our Homes From Wildlife

    OTTAWA—When they are climbing trees or sniffing flowers in our yards, raccoons can be very cute to watch. But when they start eating our garbage,... Read more

  • Sage

    Growing Sage? Learn More About Its Uses and Fascinating History Here

    Does Sage grow abundantly in your garden? According to old English and French folklore this means either business is thriving or the lady is ruling... Read more

  • Hugelkulture

    How to Make a Lasagna Your Garden Plants Will Love

    Once you’ve finished with pruning and spring cleaning in your garden and you’re wondering what fruitful things you could do with your branches and other... Read more

  • Honey

    Honey: The Miracle Face Wash

    When I was in grade eight, my skin-care knowledge amounted to a vague idea that clean skin was clear skin. Not having access to the Internet back then, nor... Read more

  • Homemade Deodorant

    Homemade Natural Deodorant–That Works!

    I’ve always found that deodorant and/or antiperspirant didn’t work for me. No matter what kind, what brand, or how often I put it on, after... Read more

  • Peter Comyns PMA Brethour Realty.

    Home Design Adapting to Modern Life

    “People right now are looking at price, and they understand it’s more expensive to live in the city, but they are drilling down more on... Read more

  • An easy to grow, flamboyant red orchid cactus, in New Paltz, New York, on March 10. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

    Orchid Cacti: Easy to Grow, Beautiful in Bloom

    The biggest problem with growing orchid cacti is figuring out just what they are. They are cacti, but are not spiny. Their spectacular blossoms are... Read more

  • Sharp, clean lines give a modern feel while keeping the simplicity and cleanness of the contemporary style. (hermul75 Photos.com)

    Contemporary Hearth Design

    The fireplace mantel, or hearth, is designed to be a major focal point of your home. Because of this, it’s important to decorate the hearth... Read more

  • Choose storage-friendly furniture to make your rooms more functional.(Ikea)

    5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Condo Space

    How do you organize your urban home? When it comes to big-city living, more and more people are choosing to settle in condominiums. Condos are... Read more

  • A dramatic colour scheme of grey, white, and red creates an inviting space. (Brandon Barré)

    Design Solutions

    Living Room The Challenge: Yawn… beige-on-beige just doesn’t cut it for a formal living room. An uninviting, boring room does nothing to encourage lively conversation... Read more

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    How to Start a Vegetable Garden

    Ryan tells us about some of his favorite memories growing up gardening alongside his dad and grandmother. Ryan demonstrates how he starts some of Martha’s... Read more

  • The NEOREST 750H high tech toilet. Toto’s top-of-the-line toilet, a tankless wonder with all the gizmos, comes out this fall priced at around $10,000. (AP Photo/TOTO)

    High-Tech Toilets: No Hands or Paper Required

    NEW YORK—Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and... Read more