Five Top Useful Consumable Gifts for Adults

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 given to a chardonnay lover. Finding out what the recipient would choose themselves will make it highly likely the gift will be consumed and appreciated. Here are the [...]

By | November 26th, 2018|Creating Your Ideal Home, Decluttering Your Home|

Maximizing your Space for Holiday Entertaining

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 often transform my family home into a hotel and banquet hall. Sound familiar? It isn’t always easy, but here are a few things I would do, before we [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|Creating Your Ideal Home, Urban Living Tips|

Well-Designed Spaces Make Holiday Entertaining Easy

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 really stressful if you have to convert an already cramped home into a hotel and banquet hall. I know, I’ve been there. So, when we rebuilt our house, [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|Creating Your Ideal Home, Renovation vs. Rebuild, Why Rebuild|


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 living in a home that doesn’t work for you, there are important reasons why it is not advisable. So, how can you make your home more liveable and [...]

By | November 24th, 2017|Creating Your Ideal Home, Planning for renovations|

Hidden Gems: Toronto Laneways

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 one was prepared with Sandro Zamparini, designer at Private Studio, who enjoys exploring Toronto’s laneways.   One of the most hidden, yet interesting things about Toronto is its [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|Creating Your Ideal Home, Urban Living Tips|

Four Reasons Not to Renovate Before Moving In

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 they will love. The prospect of living in a house that is not ideal or in poor condition means most want to renovate before moving in. Other motivations [...]

How to Enjoy a Car-free Urban Life

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 is Faith Seekings of Rapport. She lived, went to school and worked right downtown for many years, and recently moved to the Beach neighbourhood in Toronto enjoying a [...]


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 end up in uncomfortable places. Remember, your home is as much about living your life today as it is about a financial asset that helps you pursue future [...]

Four Tips to Achieve Clutter-Free Zen

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. It's definitely part of why we ooh and ahh during the big reveals at the end of various HGTV shows. Clutter is often a challenge in real life, [...]

Top Ten Bad Assumptions Homeowners Make About Renovations — Part I

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 places like Toronto. With aging housing stock and high property costs, more and more Torontonians need to fix, improve and update their house to create a home. Unfortunately, [...]