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When is the Best Time to Sell?

16 April 2014, written by SIRC

  The weather is finally starting to warm up and the snow is melting. The clean-up from the cold and messy winter months has begun. Thus marks the beginning of one of the busiest times of year for the real estate market. If you speak to any real estate agent, they will tell you that there are two seasons when the market tends to “heat up”: spring and fall. Traditionally, these are considered the ideal times of year to sell a home. While it’s true that these seasons can see a dramatic increase in real estate activity, determining the best time to sell can be more complex than you may have originally thought.

At Home with Glen Baxter

2 April 2014, written by SIRC

Montreal-born, Toronto-based Glen Baxter is an accomplished bilingual broadcaster specializing in fashion, design, arts and entertainment. He is perhaps best known for having hosted CTV’s IN FASHION during its 10-year run and has interviewed the likes of Valentino, Tom Ford, Frank Gehry, Piero Lissoni, Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders and many others.

Trends in Outdoor Furniture

26 March 2014, written by SIRC

Although many Canadians get to enjoy their home’s outdoor space for only three to four months of the year, we love to take advantage of that time to experience outdoor living to its full potential. The right furniture and design scheme can enhance your lifestyle during the spring and summer months and should be considered with as much care as for any other room of your home. If properly taken care of, outdoor furniture can last a lifetime and make your outdoor space a true extension of your home.

How to Style: Home Office

19 March 2014, written by SIRC

Home offices can be tricky to style. They need to feel comfortable, but not too cozy and spark creativity without being distracting. Take your time, see what works best for you and the space and have fun!

Spring 2014: Housing & Economic Outlook*

18 March 2014, written by SIRC

In Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s latest report, key economic, demographic and market indicators predict promising momentum in the residential real estate markets of the country’s largest metropolitan centres this spring and into 2014. The Housing and Economic Outlook analyzes macro-level factors that anchor the health of the national real estate market, including the U.S. economic recovery, strength of the Canadian dollar, Canadian transfer of wealth, unemployment rates, immigration numbers and interest rate trends. The report also examines year-over-year market data that anticipates the trajectory of local market performance.

Trends in Rugs

12 March 2014, written by SIRC

Area rugs are the perfect way to anchor or divide a space and add warmth and colour to a room, but there are many considerations to take into account: pile, durability, size, shape, patterns, textures, weight, cost, dye, practicality, manufacturing processes and design.

Trends in interior design can change very rapidly, but luckily trends in area rugs generally seem to last for a few years. Since area rugs vary in pricing depending on the above-noted considerations it is nice to know that if one spends a significant amount to invest in a rug it will be in style for at least a few years.

How to Style: Bedroom

5 March 2014, written by SIRC

While creating a stylish bedroom is key to wanting to spend time there, bedroom design should be about so much more than design aesthetics. We should also be creating a bedroom design that easily accommodates our morning-to-nighttime rituals. If the design doesn’t suit our day-to-day habits and needs, the space will feel uncomfortable, regardless of how beautiful it may be. Before you set out to redesign your bedroom, take a few minutes and decide what you really need in the space— then design around that.

2014 Colour of the Year

26 February 2014, written by SIRC

Pantone Inc. is the authority on colour and every year they choose a colour of the year. Radiant Orchid is the 2014 colour of the year. According to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, it inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.

This is a colour that works beautifully to perk up neutrals so it is relatively easy to incorporate to any room. We love the idea of painting a dining room ceiling!

How to Style: Bathroom

19 February 2014, written by SIRC

Bathrooms and washrooms are usually the smallest rooms in a home. Often times, we want to make them feel larger and more open so it is very typical to paint them white and keep the styling minimal. However, bathrooms that are designed and styled often make a strong impact because it is unexpected.

2014 Design Trends

11 February 2014, written by SIRC

At the start of every year, the best of the best in the interior design world set the tone for what we can expect to be popular in the year to come. In 2014, a few classic trends have returned to the “what’s hot” list. This means that you likely already own pieces that are on trend and can simply reintegrate them into your decor while storing items that were previously stylish. Fashion and interior design trends are very cyclical, so it’s best to purchase smaller items and accent pieces to bring your home up-to-date so that you can store or donate them without a lot of hesitation as the seasons change.

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