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SHARING THE KIDS’ SPACE

    It’s a balancing act, keeping the house tidy while giving the kids freedom to learn and play. While there’s bound to be toys, puzzles, games and who-knows-what-else lying around, not many of us have the flexibility of a room that can hold the clutter while the other rooms stay “company ready.” What this leads to is a Stimulista flying around the family room, stepping on Lego and cursing, while picking things up and finding places for it all to go.         The key to avoiding cleanup mayhem is establishing a place for everything.   This…

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HOW TO WEAR SPRING FLORALS

    It goes without saying that florals will always be a go-to look for Spring. Whether it’s in a flowy top, cute swing dress, or bold pair of pants, it’s a print that’s synonymous with a new season and warmer, sunnier days ahead. But while you can find everything and anything in a floral print in all your favourite stores, it can be tough to figure out how to wear them. Should you mix and match prints? Go for a large or small print? Don’t fret my friends, I’ve got your go-to guide to wearing florals this season:   PICK ONE. It can be tempting to want to add florals to every…

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BRING THE FLUFF OUT

      There are times when a Stimulista needs to bring some girly-girl into her world. It could be pink or it could be sparkly, or you could just fluff it up and go for soft, pretty fluffy things that make you smile. I love fluffy accessories. There’s something about them that brings more than softness to a space, they almost bring a sense of happiness too.       Before writing for Stimuli, one of my favourite DIY projects was creating feather lampshades for The Renovator’s and my bedroom. Despite them being what I would think of as…

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ORGANIZING THE ‘JUNK’ IN YOUR TRUNK

  I don’t know about you, but I love to stay organized, I like to know where my things are, that I have what I need ( and might need), and I want to find them easily.  Yes, I realize there is a little OCD in there!   I am also happy to report that at least one of my two children have paid attention to my love of organizing, especially when she likes to clean her own room!  I’m impressed with her skills! Not only do I like to have things in their place around the home, I also…

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BATHROOM VANITIES: ONE SINK OR TWO?

    Many a Stimulista has wracked her brains over the “one sink or two” debate when considering redoing her bathroom.     Whether it’s an ensuite or a main bathroom the question is an important one with opinions on both sides.         Obviously personal preference is important, but ultimately, it’s a question of space and usage.              In some bathroom layouts I love the look of two sinks. In others, I take a look and want to scream why, why, why – like ice skater Nancy Kerrigan after her 1994 attack. What makes it work or not work? Space and division.    …

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ROSE GOLD INTERIORS

    Making your interior rosey…   If there’s a metal colour that hit North America by storm and currently maintains its appeal, it’s rose gold. Cell phones, hair, watches and jewelry: rose gold is everywhere. For Stimulistas who love the colour and want to bring it into their home interior, the great news is that rose gold has grown to be just as popular for interior accessories as it is for personal wear.       WHAT TO BUY AND WHAT NOT TO BUY Unfortunately, rose gold won’t be the next stainless steel or brushed nickel, so using it…

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THE DOWNSIDE TO STOVE-TOP CONVENIENCE

          A better way to do potfillers and spice racks…                 I used to think a potfiller and behind-stovetop spice rack would absolutely be part of my dream home. I still love the convenience and functionality, but I’ve changed my point of view on how and where these things should play a part in a safe and functional kitchen. Sure that gleaming potfiller behind the stove top looks great and reaching up to grab a bottle of spices sound good, but there’s a better way to incorporate these tools…

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MAKING USE OF PANTONE’S 2017 COLOUR – GREENERY

          Each year Pantone comes out with a new “feature” colour and each year we at Stimuli talk about how you’ll see it both on the runway in terms of fashion but also how we can use it in our homes. Generally the colours are bold and only lend themselves to being accent colours in interior design. That’s why I’m so excited about this year’s colour – Greenery.               WARM, RICH AND ADAPTABLE Greenery is a rich, mid-tone green that’s surprisingly warm but without looking washed out or too yellow….

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FESTIVE TABLESCAPES

          So many of us Stimulistas will be entertaining in the coming days and while no one wants it to feel like a chore or competition, we do want our get-together to have something special about it that makes it stand out. One way to do this is through the way we put the table together.               In speaking to our friends at The Passionate Home in Langley, we learned that layering, height and texture are the things that make a table’s setup unique. That being said, you don’t have…

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FAMILY TREASURES

            Christmas, the most magical time of year, is full of memories.  Some are happy, some are sad, some are fond and some we just as soon forget.  Memories filled with people, young and old alike.  Some memories are filled with people who are no longer with us but hold a special place in our hearts, especially during the holiday season.           One way to include these loved ones into this year’s celebrations is by including something of that persons into your holiday décor and festivities.  I would like to share…

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