Every Halloween, Lisa Thornbury and her family transform their home into a haunted house worthy of the title “Scariest Digs in the ’Hood.” “My kids don’t actually care if decorations come from Martha Stewart or the Dollar Store,” says Thornbury, the Toronto-based mother of two and blogger for the Yummy Mummy Club. “They just like it […]

Timeless advice on accents, window treatments, finding the right-sized rug and more.   1. Keep investment pieces neutral Stick to creams, beiges and greys for your sofa and headboard. Get trendy with less expensive items, like pillows and accessories.   2. Use dimmer switches Add dimmers to light switches wherever you can to soften a […]

Get inspired to do something different with your decor this holiday with these easy ideas. 1. Use blankets and faux-sheepskin throws. Not everyone has the luxury of spending Thanksgiving dinner at a beautiful barn, but if it’s a nice day, try hosting your party outdoors. It’s easy to re-create this cozy, rustic look — simply throw blankets in autumnal colours […]

Put on your Marie Kondo hat. These hacks for your bedroom, kitchen and office will have your home organized in no time (and help keep it that way).   1. Always start by purging the things bringing clutter to your space. This will save you time in the long run, as you won’t be organizing […]

We debunk five real estate myths to help you become a more informed home buyer (and offer one that’s a fact, but should be taken with a grain of salt). 1. The agent representing both the seller and the buyer is working just for you. Myth. No matter where you live in Canada, real estate agents and […]

Make the most of summer by turning your patio into the ultimate getaway with these simple solutions. 1. Forgetting an outdoor rug. A rug brings the indoors out and is an essential part of tying a space together. Most outdoor rugs are made out of durable, fade-resistant material that’s easily cleaned with a hose. Bonus: A lot of today’s […]

The Chatelaine Kitchen’s Amy Rosen transformed her duplex into a show-stopping home with a few splashes of colour and a dash of pattern   Eight years after she bought it, Chatelaine’s acting food editor, Amy Rosen, decided it was time to say goodbye to her tenants and take over both floors of her duplexed century-old […]

Mary Elizabeth Williams, author of Gimme Shelter, shares how her search for the perfect home changed her perspective on love, life and happiness. Q: Why made you want to buy a house? A: There were a variety of factors. I had my second child at the peak of the housing bubble, and the desire to […]

Buy the right home for your family with these smart tips It’s not unusual for parents of young children to find themselves on the hunt for a new home. Here are five key questions parents should ask when deciding whether or not to buy a particular house. Are there child-related amenities nearby? This includes community […]

Follow these easy tips to get your bedroom in tip-top shape quickly and efficiently. Some people will argue that the bedroom is the most important room in your home. After all, we spend lots of time in that room and a restful sleep is key to optimal health. And there’s nothing like the smell of […]