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Six ways to Simplify Your Home Life for More Romance

February 12th, 2019|0 Comments

This Valentine’s Day, eliminate romance-killing stress. This week most couples will make room for love and more romance. One of the best ways to do that is [...]

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Five Hidden Benefits of Decluttering

February 6th, 2019|0 Comments

It’s about much more than just ‘tidying up’ Decluttering has become a popular topic of conversation. Much of this can be attributed to Marie Kondo and her [...]

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Shopping at Costco: Surviving the Clutter

January 30th, 2019|0 Comments

For many families, shopping at Costco is a regular part of the grocery routine. Driven by the prospect of saving money by buying in bulk, or so [...]

A Dirty Little Secret About Kid’s Birthday Parties

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

One of the things you notice when you start helping homeowners declutter is the astonishing amount of stuff kids possess these days. How is this happening? A [...]

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Five Starter Steps to Simplify Your Home

January 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Welcome to 2019! A new year full of opportunity! Whether tackling new projects or finding better ways to manage the day-to-day, it’s exciting, but it can also [...]

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Best Gift for Mom this Holiday Season: Lighten her Load

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

The holiday season is meant to be a joyous time of year. But, for mothers (or those in this role) it is often full of stress. Moms [...]

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Unwanted Gifts that Generate Clutter and Stress

December 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Have you ever received a gift, feigned praise and thanks, but secretly wondered what you would do with it, or how you could regift it? Many have, [...]

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Five Top Consumable Gifts for Kids

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Kids love the holiday season! And most people I know love buying holiday gifts for children– it’s a fun way to show their love. It’s also how [...]

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Five Great Experiential Gifts for the Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Scientific research shows we find material objects exciting at first, but over time we adapt to their presence and the happiness they generate fades. In contrast, the level [...]

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Five Top Ways to Give the Gift of Time

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Most of us have too much stuff and not nearly enough time—and our stuff is increasingly eating up our time.  We spend more hours and minutes than [...]

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Five Top Useful Consumable Gifts for Adults

November 26th, 2018|0 Comments

What all of these gifts have in common is making the effort to tailor your choices. A fancy bottle of merlot will sit on the shelf when [...]

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Office Gift Exchange Ideas that Cut the Clutter and Boost Goodwill

November 21st, 2018|0 Comments

In the coming weeks there will be many office holiday parties accompanied by the traditional gift exchange. Let’s face it, it’s hard to buy thoughtful gifts for [...]

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Meaningful Gifts with Less Stress and Clutter

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s that wonderful time of year: many celebrate the holiday season with special foods, drinks, music, events, and of course, gifts. Gifts are how many show appreciation [...]

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Maximizing your Space for Holiday Entertaining

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s December and the holiday season is pretty much here. On top of attending parties, purchasing gifts, and planning a feast, it is the season where I [...]

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Well-Designed Spaces Make Holiday Entertaining Easy

December 4th, 2017|1 Comment

I love the holiday season. It’s a great time to catch up with friends and family, enjoy delicious foods and make merry. But, it can also be [...]



November 24th, 2017|0 Comments

A lot of people decide to renovate/rebuild their newly purchased home before moving in. While this may be appealing because you don’t have to spend any time [...]

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Hidden Gems: Toronto Laneways

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

This is another post in our new KAAV LIVING series providing tips from city dwellers about how to best enjoy urban life. Contributing authors are welcome. This [...]

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Four Reasons Not to Renovate Before Moving In

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

With the urban housing market these days, many people are buying homes with ‘potential’— homes they feel have good bones and can be transformed into a space [...]

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How to Enjoy a Car-free Urban Life

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

This is a new series of KAAV LIVING posts providing tips from city dwellers about how to best enjoy urban life. Contributing authors are welcome. Our first [...]

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September 21st, 2017|1 Comment

Continuing from Part I which focussed more on renovations, there are several misconceptions about renovations and rebuilds that often lead homeowners to make bad assumptions, causing them to [...]

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Four Tips to Achieve Clutter-Free Zen

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Most of us prefer the look of an uncluttered home. For many, clutter is distracting, so clear space makes us feel better. I call it Clutter-Free Zen. [...]

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Top Ten Bad Assumptions Homeowners Make About Renovations — Part I

August 16th, 2017|1 Comment

For many, home renovations are becoming a part of life. This is in part due to the countless HGTV programs we love, and the practical need in [...]

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Summertime Tips to Keep Cool and Save Money on Utility Bills

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

After a cold, dark, winter, most of us welcome the first warm days of spring with open arms. We happily open our windows and joyously shed those [...]

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Three Valuable Takeaways from Parkdale Renovation from Hell Tale

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

As much as Toronto Life’s article on the Parkdale renovation from hell inspired a big backlash on social media regarding housing affordability and homelessness, the cautionary tale [...]

Create the Home You Need to Build the Life You Want

A common question I hear from prospective renovators is: “Where do I start?” There are so many different elements to these reno projects that it is hard for the inexperienced homeowner to know where to [...]

Find the Voice of Reason in Emotional Home Renovation Decisions

You have a house which you plan to transform into your dream home. You’ve been fantasizing about it for a long time: watching HGTV shows, scouring design magazines and even crashing open houses for inspiration. [...]

Skip the School of Hard Knocks with Your Home

Get objective expert advice – just like you would for complex taxes and financial planning Your home is likely your biggest asset. Beyond the investment perspective, it has many facets that have deep effects on [...]

Renovating an Old Home is Like Surgery

Renovating an old home is like surgery: you are piercing through the protective outer layer and have to be mindful not to disturb the underlying systems and structures, unless careful thought and analysis has determined [...]

Tips for Selecting a Residential Property for Renovation or Rebuild

It’s spring– traditionally house hunting season! Time for Toronto’s already busy real estate market to swing into overdrive. This can be exciting and nerve-wracking, as it requires fast decisions on big commitments. People are afforded [...]

Where to Find the Money for Your Reno or Rebuild

Home renovation and rebuild projects are expensive affairs. Most of us are not in the fortunate position to use savings to cover the total expense. Where to find the money for your reno or rebuild [...]

Three Musts for an Adequate Renovation/Rebuild Plan

More and more people in the Toronto real estate market are finding themselves trapped in a starter home, unable to move to a larger house when more space is needed. Now they are looking for [...]

How Home Renos/Rebuilds Are Like Foreign Travel

I love to travel. Especially to places where the language, culture and landscape are so different that my regular points of reference are no longer valid. Believe it or not, renovating or rebuilding can be similar. [...]

The Trouble with HGTV: Entertainment vs. Education

HGTV is enjoyed by many Canadians. Programs about real estate, home and garden design, and renovations are favourites. I’ve watched many of these shows over the years, especially leading up to the rebuild of my [...]

10 Relationship-saving Tips for Major Reno/rebuild Projects

Reno/rebuild projects can tax a relationship as much as the pocket book. Why? They require a lot of collaborative decision-making, and the path to consensus is not always easy. Discussions can be fraught with emotion [...]

Tips for Getting the Big Home Renovation Purchase Right

Growing up as the child of immigrant parents who started with very little I was taught the value of money at a very early age. This was followed later by a tutorial on budgeting and [...]

Three Factors That Impact Your Reno/rebuild Timeline

Thinking about a major renovation or rebuild this year? Don’t dawdle. Projects of this nature typically take longer than expected. Based on our own experience, and my conversations with families considering major renovations and/or rebuilds, [...]



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