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Caesarstone Isn’t Just For Countertops

Caesarstone Isn’t Just For Countertops

by Zoe Clark

If you’re looking for a suave and durable material for flooring, as a worktop, or for a backsplash upgrade in your kitchen, bathroom, office, or patio, Caesarstone is right up your street. Strong, low-maintenance, and resistant to liquid spills, scratching, heat, and stains, it is extremely versatile and easy to install, which makes it an ideal choice for upgrading a commercial or residential property. With the right slab size and thickness, adequate installation, and due maintenance, Caesarstone surfaces last a lifetime, and as far as application is concerned, the quartz stone can be added to almost any area you can think of. Here are a few ideas on where and how you can add chic quartz to achieve cool effects and optimize space functionality.

It’s no surprise that this type of stone is often used for kitchen islands, worktops, backsplashes, and floors. The material’s easy cleanup and durable nature make it a perfect finishing touch for contemporary residential kitchens where style and functionality are equally important. For an elegant kitchen worktop, choose a Caesarstone slab with a thinner diameter to reduce total weight load and cut the update costs. As far as design is concerned, you can choose from a range of textures and hues based on your personal preferences and existing kitchen backdrop.

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The Charleston Single House

The Charleston Single House

 

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Recently I travelled to South Carolina for holiday. While I was there I encounter one of the most original home designs around. Many places have homes that are uniquely designed for that specific area and can be found no where else in the world. One of the most striking examples of this type of design is the Charleston single house.

 

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So what exactly is a “single house?” According to documents from the Charleston County Public Library, Charleston was laid out and conceived in a very “English” style. That style included how lot sizes were designated. This style began to appear in the 18th century and many of the features that made it unique then are still brilliant architectural and structural elements in the 21st century.

Often they were multi use properties. Businesses on the ground level with a front or street entrance and living quarters with a side entrance . The design also had advantages when it came to air flow and keeping the inhabitants cool on hot humid southern nights. This ventilation was achieve through the use of a piazza.

So, in short, the Charleston single house is a tall, one room wide, well ventilated, unique design that was expertly adapted to small lot, hot and humid Charleston life in the 18th century.

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About 2700 of these houses remain. Many have been turned into multiple family dwellings and have been lovingly restored.

Learn more of the history from the Charleston County Public Library.

Coloured Appliances: A Bold Statement

Coloured Appliances:

A Bold Statement for Your Kitchen

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Big Chill

The designer Issac Mizrahi said that, “ Colour is like food for the spirit-plus it’s not addictive or fattening.

If colour really is food for the spirit then the trend towards very colourful appliances makes perfect sense. What is old often is new again but these new tones aren’t your 70’s Harvest Golds or Avocado Greens. These new colours are well, this.

 

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Viking

Everyone it seems is getting in on the act. From Whirlpool, GE, Mielle, Bertazzoni, The Big Chill, Kitchen Aid, Lacanche, Viking Blue Star and more, colour is king. White is now passé and black boring. Even stainless steel can’t compete with Wasabi, Jaguar Burgundy, Mint Julep, Buttercup Yellow, Cherry Red, Jadeite Green and Pink Lemonade. You can even use Pantone to create your own custom colour.

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Many of the latest colours have been inspired by food itself. The vibrant colours of fruit. The deep tones of vegetables and the subtleties of herbs and spices are finding expression in many lines of coloured and retro appliances. Who wouldn’t want a Saffron stove or a Basil Green dishwasher?

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But there are some considerations before you make the leap out of white, black or stainless.

 Colour might get dated.

Trends do come and go and how long will Turquoise really be what you want to look at everyday?

 

  Money

Colour isn’t inexpensive. Many manufacturers charge a stuff premium for the “out of the ordinary.” They manufacture the basics in droves but bold colours are still a bit of a niche market and you will pay for your desire for bold.

 

How long can you live with it?

Jaguar Burgundy may look great today but will you still want to live with it 5, 10, 15 years from now?

 

Resale value

You may love the colour but a perspective buyer may not be so keen. They’ll see dollar signs to replace the appliances. Or you’ll want to take them with you, which may create a new set of problems. If you plan to stay put the cost and statement they make is a better bargain.

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In the end it’s all about personal style, budget and choice. No longer are you left with a narrow choice of colours for your kitchen appliances. Want a Cherry Red fridge? Easy.

Flipping Real Estate Is A Second Career For These Celebrities

Flipping Real Estate Is A Second Career For These Celebrities

ZOE CLARK

Zoe is a proud mom of one baby girl and a miniature schnauzer. When not obsessing about designing perfect homes, Zoe is spending time with her family. She enjoys writing, cooking, travelling and loads of chocolate.

 

Who would have thought that some of the brightest stars of the celebrity heaven sometimes need an additional income? It is not like they need a side hustle to pay the bills. As it turns out, these celebrities are quite handy businessmen, earning money not just for need but for having some side savings. Some of the successful celebrity flippers can make more money for one house sale than for a leading role in a major blockbuster, for instance. So, let us see who those wise money makers are and how that second career is working for them.

 

Courtney Cox

 

Turns out that Monica from “Friends” is very proficient in making her earnings from buying and then reselling houses. We can even call her one of the most successful celebrity real estate flippers. Cox is not only buying plane houses and then selling to the best bitter. She is purchasing serious pieces of architecture and investing in their renovation without destroying the present historic qualities. For instance, back in 2004 she purchased a house in the Trousdale Estates for $5.45 million, added a few features and sold it for almost five times larger sum.

 

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When he is not busy saving the world as Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner is flipping houses. Joining forces with his friend Kristoffer Winters, he is flipping everything from a Nichols Canyon home to a Hollywood located house formerly owned by legendary filmmaker Preston Sturges. Renner himself claims that he has actually earned more money from flipping real estate than from acting.

 

Jennifer Aniston

 

Another member of the “Friends” team finds her extra income in flipping real estate. One could say that as always she is following the footsteps of her more responsible friend, Monica (Courtney Cox). In fact, the actress’s house flipping career is equally as bright as her on-screen one – if we might add. Back in 2011, Jen sold her Beverly Hills mansion for $38 million and a year after she purchased a $21 million Bel Air mansion.

 

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The Oscar winner and Hollywood royalty has a very lucrative side gig purchasing, fixing up and selling properties. She has undertaken several renovations of historic houses in California and flipped some of them with great gains. Her latest project is listed for listed for $6.995 million was purchased in 2012 for $5.6 million. Therefore, the actress stands to profit $1.395 million. Not bad at all, right?

 

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“Here, hold my Oscar, let me sell this house” – Meryl Streep. No, the famous lady did not actually pronounced these words, but we wonder how does she find time to buy, renovate and sell houses, when she is constantly being busy getting herself showered in Oscars. To be honest, her flipping career is not as bright as her acting, but it works. She and her husband might have hoped for larger profit when they listed their house for $6.75 million, but they did still earned $300, 000. Better luck next time Meryl.

 

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The star is surely not as cold hearted as his alter ego Dexter, but he does know how to think straight and use his head to earn some money on the side. And it seems that just as with his movies and TV career, Michael has a killer career on the horizon – no pun intended. The “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” star has sold a Los Angeles house in 2013 after owning it for just one month. True, the profit was not large, but it is a start. Now, he has listed his California home for $4.85 million, and it is expected to profit almost $700, 000.

These celebrities are a clear proof that everyone needs a side gig sometimes and an extra cash influx has never been a bad thing.

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

 

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Summer is almost here and in Calgary the season can be a short one. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful, elegant and usable outdoor spaces that make the most of the sunny summer days and nights.

Whether you have a large yard, wood deck, stone patio or balcony, consider what you really want to be doing in that space. Is it for entertaining, playtime with the kids, feet up with book in hand or all of the above.

 

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 Outdoor Furniture:

Gone are the days of the simple white plastic lawn chair. Today’s choices for outdoor dining and seating are limitless. From wood to fabric, consider your needs and how much maintenance you are willing to put into your purchase.

 

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Any type of patio furniture will last longer with routine care. During cold weather seasons, when the patio is no longer in use, store your patio furniture in a garage, basement or garden shed. If you don’t have a place to store your patio furniture over the winter use a cover or tarp. It will make it last longer as the elements will damage it over time. Calgary winters will not be kind to furniture left to the elements.

During warm weather, wash seat cushions once a month with one part bleach to 10 parts warm water. And a few drops of dish detergent to the mix and let sun dry if possible. If you have wrought iron, wash and wax it a few times a year. For wood, use a gentle solution like Murphy’s Wood Soap to keep clean then oil if necessary.

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If you plan on buying cushions for your outdoor furniture set also make sure that they have a high UV rating and ventilation slits to avoid sun and moisture damage. Mildew-resistant acrylic fabric is long-lasting.

 

Outdoor Cooking:

 

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The backyard barbeque that your Dad used to grill bratwurst and steak has had a major upgrade. Old black charcoal blocks have been replaced with clean lines, sleek looks and superior aesthetics.

 

Barbeques are no longer just for cooking. Just as kitchen appliances are now more than utilitarian devices, the barbeque can add a great deal to the look and aesthetics of you outdoor space. So, with the seemingly endless options for grills don’t forget to incorporate one early on in your backyard planning.

 

And go from this

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                                      To  this

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 Outdoor Accents:

Just because it’s the great outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t add beautiful accents and art to make your space even more beautiful. Floral arrangements or screens can provide both visual and privacy Hang some art.

 

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So now that summer is here and in full swing wouldn’t you like to chill and entertain in an outdoor space like this.

 

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20 Book Lover’s Spaces That Will Make You Want to Read

March 26, 2016
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I’ll describe as “collected.” I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I’ve been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
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Upcycling: From Old to New

Upcycling: From Old to New

 

up·cy·cle
ˈəpˌsīkəl/
verb
gerund or present participle: upcycling
  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
    “the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast”

 

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Hermes Upcycling

ANA Interiors Upcycling

Hermes Upcycling

 

These pictures are from the  Hermes “Petit h” project. It was initiated by Pascale Mussard, the 6-generation descendant of Thierry Hermès, the founder of the brand. The idea behind the project is based on the wabi-sabi Japanese concept, which sees the imperfection of something as its beauty. The idea is to take so called ‘old’ or worn out pieces and create something totally new and fresh.

Upcycling is a great way to expand creativity and I am so lucky to have been part of the Calgary Home and Garden Show’s Ultimate Upcycle Challenge. 
I chose some old kitchen cabinets from Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Restore.   Then went work giving them new life as hand painted planters. 

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ANA Interiors Upcyclying

 

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My Master Bath Renovation Unveiled

My Master Bath Renovation Unveiled

 

Ana Master Bath: ANA Interiors

 

This recently renovated, modest master ensuite is small in scale but big in elegance. With Zen inspired finishes, a freestanding tub sits next to a wall clad in glass tile. A dimmable light is centered above the wall-mounted tub filler. A mirrored robe niche next to the bath and heated floors offer a spa-like touch.
The original 1970’s bathroom was removed and enlarged by moving a wall 2 ft into the master bedroom. A wall-hung water-closet adds a clean, contemporary and European aesthetic. The marble shower provides ample storage by way of 2 large wall niches, the shower floor is tiled in mini herringbone.
The light shaker style vanity is punctuated by dark hardware and topped with mystery white marble.

 

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What Are You Doing New years Eve?


What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

ANA Interiors New Year's Eve

It’s no secret that I love to celebrate. I especially love New Years Eve. It’s a time to start fresh in every way. Why not go the extra mile and add a little bling to ringing in 2016?

Pinterest is teeming with great ideas and inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed using a range of metallics, glitter, tinsel, and you can’t forget the sparklers – like I used on my midnight Pavlova last year!
Take a peek at these ideas incorporating the humble balloon, gold foil paper, twinkle lights, paper stars and bow tie napkins. You don’t need to go all out, but one or two special touches will surely make it a memorable night.

ANA Interiors New Year's Designs

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With gold being such a dominant scheme in home decor, you can’t go wrong with this hue. Paired with black and white, it’s a timeless and sophisticated palette signifying prosperity and a bright future ahead.

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How fun would a Great Gatsby themed New Years get together be? If you can’t make it to Fort Calgary’s Speakeasy Affair this year, why not host your own?

And if you’re not a lover of Champagne, pick up some Cristalino sparkling wine. It looks the same and trust me, tastes divine.

Celebrating New Years at home is easy, all you need are a few good friends, some tasty food, games or a night of movies, et voila. Some of my best New Years memories have been sitting around a table with my relatives after a beautiful home cooked meal, playing Sette e Mezzo (an Italian card game) gambling with nickels and dimes, screaming and laughing like we were high rollers in Vegas. It is truly the simplest pleasures that we cherish most.

Happy 2016, peace, love and abundance to all.

Holiday Gift Suggestions

Holiday Gift Suggestions

 

Christian LaCroix

Christian LaCroix

 

Fashion and decor have always gone hand in hand. Check out this pillow made from a Christian LaCroix silk scarf. Now just imagine the possibilities with a Hermes one? I have a collection of vintage Hermes scarves and now I know how I am going to adorn my office sofa. This particular creation is hand sewn with an imported velvet on the reverse side and is removable as well. Insert not included. And if you are going to buy an insert for a custom pillow, make sure it’s down. 😉

TraceySmithNewYork, $65USD

 

White Owl Basket

White Owl Basket

I love bringing nature into living spaces and this vintage country style metal basket with handles would be the ideal place to house a small tree. Add a few castors to the bottom and it could easily be wheeled to the sunniest corner of the kitchen, sunroom or loggia terrace. One alone is wonderful but a pair would be doubly as lovely. 16-3/4”H

White Owl & Company, $95 USD

Glazed Ceramic Table

Glazed Ceramic Table

This smooth glazed ceramic table in shimmering burnt gold would sit sweetly next to my new sleek freestanding tub. Not only is it the perfect perch for a scented candle and a glass of wine, the Remy side table pairs well with the oil rubbed bronze fixtures of my ensuite. 14” diameter x 17” high.

West Elm, $119.99 USD
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