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DesignTrends: NATURAL WONDER

We scouted this years' Toronto Interior Design Show to bring you the latest in interior design. Presenting House Proud DesignTrends DesignTrend 1 : NATURAL WONDER Nature's raw beauty is being being celebrated in 2012.  Primitive natural materials and textures invite us to rekindle a love affair with the environment. Shapes, sillouettes and patterns are organic, simple and oversized. Colour blooms bold and uninhibited. Where To Find It : Fire: Flame. Stone...

A Gift They'll Never Forget

Are there folks on your list who 'have everything'?  Are you looking for a truly unique gift that will be appreciated for years to come?  Worried about leaving gift giving to the last minute? Would you like to shop in comfort without the stress of holiday crowds?  Want to take the guesswork out of gift giving? Give a House Proud Signs Gift Card. And Relax. Our Gift Cards are a...

Create a Wonderful Winter Planter

  Sad to see your garden go?  This winter, take some comfort and joy in a sensational seasonal planter designed by YOU. Here are tips for creating a warm, welcoming and wonderful outdoor arrangement: The more plant variety and material you have, the better the look. Select 2-3 different greens for a mix of colour and texture. Greenery could include blue spruce, juniper or white pine.  Have some clippers ready...

Pop Quiz! What's Your Design TYPE?

It's back to school time!  How would you describe your decorating style? Do you crave the classic? Are you excited by eclectic? Moved by modern? This simple test will help you discover your true Style Type! Now, sharpen your pencils and take the House Proud Style Quiz.  Imagine you are designing your dream home. Choose the letter that best describes your preferences. 1. My Preferred Window Coverings Are: a. Linen...

5 Tips for Successful Home Staging

Are you planning to sell your home? Proper staging excites potential buyers and will raise your asking price. Anyone selling should consider hiring a professional stager which can offer a big return on investment. A good stager will appeal to buyers by maximizing the potential of your space using design know-how and ingenuity. Here are some before and after shots of a recent condo staging. Whether hiring a pro or...

Maximize Your Patio Potential This Summer!

The gorgeous summer weather is finally shining down upon us and that means one really important thing, patio time.It is so nice to be able to sit outside, read a book, have a drink, eat a meal or even watch a movie! Turn your backyard, deck or balcony into an extension of your home by creating a welcoming and comfortable space.  1. Decorate Your Deck as an Extension of Your Home...

5 Basics to Clean All Green

  Have you ever wondered how chemical compounds from everyday cleaners and surfactants may be effecting your home environment and our ecosystem at large? There is proof that the harsh chemicals found in common household cleaning products are toxic to plant and animal life and pollute the air we breathe. You can enjoy a naturally fresh and clean home without compromising personal and environmental health. It’s easy to create your...

Cottage Care Checklist

Cottage Season Is On! Give your getaway this complete check up to enjoy a relaxing and safe cottage season. Here’s a Handy Cottage Care Checklist from House Proud: First, do a preliminary walk around inspection of cottage. Check the power lines. Is there any evidence of fraying or any down wires? Check along foundation and chimney for cracks and water damage. Inspect outside and deck for rotten wood and areas...

Welcome Spring With A Fabulous Floral Planter

After a long gray winter, there’s nothing quite like getting your hands into some soil and planting bright, fresh blooms.  A front door urn or container filled with colourful spring plants is a great way to easily recharge your home’s appearance, and is guaranteed to brighten everyone’s day. Chase away old man winter with these beautiful and easy spring container tips. 1. Containers come in a variety of materials including...

Make Your Move Smooth

Moving day is here and you are beginning a new chapter in your life and putting roots down in a new home. You've been dreaming about the new space, envisioning what furniture will go where and what colour to paint the living room. Moving day can also be stressful. There is a lot to do and one always wants things to go as smoothly as possible. Whether you have hired...

A Fast & Fantastic Front Door Facelift

Want to dramatically improve your home's curb appeal in one day?  Join House Proud and Renovation Consultant Louise Green as we take a Front Door from Blah to Beautiful. BEFORE : DULLSVILLE   This small semi-detatched house had a drafty old wood and glass door and dingy broken storm door. The door hardware was worn and the mail slot was stuck open allowing cold air to blow in, and heat...

Amazing Slate

  Newfoundland is a rocky place. Back in the late '80's, Newfoundlnd native John Hurley Sr hatched a plan.  He figured he would revive an old abandoned slate quarry in the tiny Trinity Bay community of Burgoyne's Cove.  Some said he was a dreamer...that no one would ever buy rock coming out of Trinity Bay. But Hurley proved them wrong.  John Hurley Sr's seemingly harebrained idea has become a successful...