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Spring Cleaning Checklist From The HSH Team

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

As March brings around the warm weather and longer days, it is also time for the usual festivities to welcome the season, SPRING CLEANING time!!!! Yep, we grunt, whine and procrastinate, but we all have to do it. By using this “Must Do” checklist as a guideline, you will be able to mark this “mission impossible” as “mission COMPLETE”!!!

 

1. Clean the kitchen.
Do a vertical sweep from one end of the kitchen to the other going from top to bottom.
Wipe cabinets
Clean appliances, inside and out, around, behind, on the sides
Clean pantry, throw away all expired and donate non-perishables to your local charity
Remove all items from the counters and cupboards and give them a good wipe with just soap and water
Remove light fixtures if possible to give a good cleaning and replace burnt-out bulbs

2. Windows, windows and more windows.
Wipe the interior of your windows, tracks, frames, sills, and screens. Use glass cleaner and newspaper to clean storm windows inside and out. A can of compressed air is great for cleaning out the crevices between the windows.
Wash and clean window treatments. If you have mini-blinds, the best way is to remove them and clean with water and dish detergent in the bathtub.
Powerwash the exterior of windows – recruit some help if you need to by hiring a window cleaner (ask me for my preferred suppliers)

3. Re-organize Closets.
Store away all the winter clothing and coats and bring out the lighter clothing
Donate all the items you no longer need
Clean boots before storing them away
Purchase vacuum storage bags to create more space

4. Vents and hidden dust.
Clean or replace the furnace filters and vacuum all heating vents
Clean and dust the ceiling fans that have been neglected
Don’t forget bookcases. Clear all items, donate unwanted items, and wipe down the top, shelves and sides, vacuum behind
Dust lampshades, picture frames, remove cushions from sofas and armchairs and beat the dust outdoors, vacuum underneath the cushions

5. Freshen up bedding.
Strip all bedding and launder all washables, including sheets, mattress pads, blankets, pillowcases. Store the heavier winter quilts after a good wash. Pillows can be drycleaned or tossed in the dryer for an air tumble (check label first). Matresses can be vacuumed and turned to promote evenness.

6. Floors, carpets and rugs.
It’s a great time to clean carpets by renting a deep-clean machine at your local hardware store or hire a professional carpet cleaner (again, ask me if you want me to refer you to a good supplier)
Some throw-rugs can be laundered and hung outside, along with area rugs, to soak in some fresh spring air
Clean under the large area rugs
Why not spruce up the living room arrangement while you’re at it?
Give the floors in each room a thorough sweeping and cleaning
Give stairs a good sweeping and use a pencil eraser to remove shoe scuffs

7. The forgotten items we see every day.
Walls – washing walls is one of the most neglected tasks throughout the year. To clean walls, prepare two plastic dish tubs, one containg cleaning solution and the other plain water for rinsing, two large rags again one for cleaning and one for rinsing, towel for drying, scrub brush for tough stains, and a mop for high places. The cleanser I like to use is called TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) but wear gloves and keep out of reach of children because this cleanser is a bit harsh.
Other cleaners will work as well if you can’t find TSP like plain soap and water, water and vinegar or Pinesol.
Baseboards – vacuum, wash with warm water and dish washing soap, and follow up with dry cloth. TIME SAVING TIP: run a dryer sheet over clean baseboards to repel future dirt, pet hair, etc.

Sources: choresandchecklists.com, inspirationformoms.com, howtocleananything.com

Kitchen Upgrade Tips From the HSH Team

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

 

Whether you are preparing your house to sell or it’s time to update your out of date house, kitchens are one of the rooms that offer the most value. Contrary to popular belief it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to significantly improve and modernize your kitchen.

Here is a list of a few upgrades that will WOW your guests the next time they are over for a dinner party.

Cabinet Re-facing or Painting: If the cabinets are in good condition but looking a little aged, liven them up with a fresh, new glossy paint job. For a little more of an investment have the cabinet front doors replaced or refaced. This can transform your old cabinets in to sleek new cabinets.
Faucet and Sinks: A new, modern faucet can go a long way in making an area of the kitchen stand out that normally doesn’t. Replacing the faucet, sink or hardware or all jobs that can be done quite easily and inexpensively.
Lighting: Upgrading the lighting fixtures can positively affect the overall style of the kitchen. There is nothing like a modern, bright kitchen.
Backsplash: Backsplashes take center stage when it comes to the artsy aspect of your kitchen. Choose a neutral palette that will accentuate other highlight features in your kitchen. Next time you are in hardware or tile store checkout the bargain section and see what it has to offer.
Countertop: For just a couple hundred dollars including installation you can purchase a new laminate countertop that will give your kitchen that contemporary look you’re striving for.

We hope these ideas help you achieve that new look you’re looking for in your kitchen. For more home staging tips and any real estate selling or needs please contact us today!

 

12 Unique and Creative Sofas

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

12 Unique and Creative Sofas

Modern sofas and creative sofa designs that will spice up any living room.

Do Lo Res Sofa

Unique sofa composed of several soft, square-based cube or rectangular shaped units of various heights. The units are arranged in rows to form the shape of the sofa, and fixed to a platform by steel pins. [link]

Do Lo Res Sofa

Lips Sofa

Famous sofa in the shape of a mouth which Salvador Dalí designed with Oscar Tusquets back in 1972. [link]

Lips Sofa

LED Sofa

Modern LED Lighting Sofa by Colico comes with different colors that you can change by a using the remote control. [link]

LED Sofa

Roma Sofa

Cool sofa shaped like the Roman Colosseum will make you feel like an Emperor of your own living room. [link]

Roma Sofa

Morfeo Sofa

Sofa sleeper with 2 long antennas that have lights on the end, curl up and enjoy a book or the company of someone you love. [link]

Morfeo Sofa

Glossy Lipstick Sofa

Built more as an Art piece, this cool sofa is made from glass and lexan coated clear silicone. [link]

Glossy Lipstick Sofa

Metal Sofa

Stephen Newby creates soft looking sculptures from hard metal. [link]

Metal Sofa

Glass Sofa

Modern sofa by Italian manufacturer Santambrogio Milano made using superdurable tempered glass. [link]

Glass Sofa

LEGO Sofa

Creative soda inspired by LEGO bricks is made from solid, interlocking, systematically lumpy wood. [link]

LEGO Sofa

Tensile Sofa

Cool contemporary sofa by Swedish designer Therese Glimskär. [link]

Tensile Sofa

Diamond Sofa

Entirely made from mirror-like aluminium, the Diamond sofa was thought not only for sitting, but also as an object of very provocative design. [link]

Diamond Sofa

Modern Beds and Creative Bed Designs # 2

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Modern Beds and Creative Bed Designs

Collection of modern beds and creative bed designs from all over the world.

Housefish Suspended Bed

Creative suspended bed held by machined aluminum, stainless steel tension cables. The mattress platform is held completely rigid – it does not swing or sway. [link]

Housefish Suspended Bed

Float Bed

$25,000 Float Bed by David Trubridge, a New Zealand designer. [link]

Float Bed

Sampon Daybed Outdoor Bed

Amazing outdoor bed design from Lifeshop Collection. [link]

Sampon Daybed Outdoor Bed

Floating Bed Chicago

Floating Bed Chicago by Robert Bernstein – the four supporting cables at the corners of the bed go straight up vertically to the ceiling. [link]

Floating Bed Chicago

Geometric Bed

Ness faceted geometric bed by Jakob+MacFarlane. [link]

Geometric Bed

The Embrace Lounge

Creative lounge by Lost Angeles based designer Tanya Aguiñiga. [link]

The Embrace Lounge

The Embrace Lounge 2

Tree Bed

Creative $15,000 Tree bed by Shawn Lovell. [link]

Tree bed

Private Cloud Rocking Bed

The Private Cloud is a patented rocking bed by German designer Manuel Kloker. [link]

Private Cloud Rocking Bed

Private Cloud Rocking Bed 2

Flotiform Bed

Creative bed design. Pull out side tables with cup holders can be ordered for one or both sides of the bed. [link]

Flotiform Bed

Flotiform Bed Side Table

Flotiform Bed 2

Sleeping Tube

Futuristic two metre “sleeping tube”. [link]

Sleeping Tube

Sunset Chaise Lounge

This elegant piece by Rausch, designed for luxurious poolside lounging, could easily be mistaken for a dramatic outdoor sculpture. [link]

Sunset Chaise Lounge

Sunset Chaise Lounge 2

Terminal 1 Daybed

It is elegant, fluid, and harmonic, starting from a lucid plastic body, floating on a metallic frame, and varnished with the same colour but with a matt finishing. Its shape invites and supports its double function as an arm-chair and chaise longue. [link]

Terminal 1 Daybed

Magnetic Floating Bed

Conventional furniture is in contact with the earth through gravity. Floating Bed overcomes this fundamental power and falls towards the sky. Four thin cables assure its motionless position and form the only contact with the ground. [link]

Magnetic Floating Bed

The Scoop Bed

Scoop! is a sophisticated and innovative answer to the demand for combinig the sofa function with the bed function. The two semi-circular sides of the bed can be separated resulting in two new pieces of furniture. [link]

The Scoop Bed

The Scoop Bed 2

Disposable Cardboard Bed

Innovative bed design that may prove handy for poor homeless people worldwide. [link]

Disposable Cardboard Bed

Disposable Cardboard Bed 2

Ohm Transformable Bed

Ohm is a bed that can be transformed into two individual beds or used as a bench. [link]

Ohm Bed

Ohm Transformable Bed

Ribbon Staircase by HSH architects

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Ribbon Staircase by HSH architects

Beautiful and unique staircase design, constructed from 10mm thick sheet metal, by HŠH architects.

The concept of a delicate rippling ribbon was chosen in view of the exposed position of the staircase in the main living area of the house.

Ribbon Staircase

Ribbon Staircase Design

Ribbon Staircase Design by HSH architects

Last Call for Home Reno Tax Credit

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

It’s not too late to renovate and get the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) … if you don’t mind long lines at your local home-improvement store. But you only have exactly one week to do so.

Know What Qualifies (and What Doesn’t)

It might be a good idea to check out all the details at the Canada Revenue Agency website. (Apparently, the Post Office is also handing out the Canada Revenue Agency General Income Tax and Benefit Guide for 2009.)

Basically, the rule of thumb is anything that stays with your property counts for the HRTC. Here are a few items that do qualify that you may not have thought of:

  • A new hot water tank
  • Blinds or shutters 
  • Paint (interior and exterior)
  • Re-shingling a roof

Even if you spend as little as $1,000 (but no less) you can get 15% off in tax credits when you file; just be sure you keep all your receipts.

There are rumblings about the federal government extending the deadline for the HRTC – or adding a new one later in 2010 but given how transient ruling governments can be (especially in a minority government!) it might be best to race towards this month’s deadline since it is a sure thing (even if you live in a condo).

And remember, you can “double-dip” on your renovation spendings if the products and/or services relate to energy-efficiency, thus qualifying for the HRTC and ecoEnergy Retrofit grants from Natural Resources Canada (and matched by your province in most cases).

How is your renovation spending going? Are you trying to get government money for the HRTC tax credit and/or ecoEnergy retrofit grant money?

For More information Please call the Home Sweet Home Team

10 Unusual and Creative Doors

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

10 Unusual and Creative Doors

Collection of modern doors and creative door designs that will spice up your home and surprise your guests.

 

Sliding Glass Door

This beautiful sliding glass door will look great in any home or office. [link]

Sliding Glass Door

Staircase Hidden Door

Always remember that a thief can’t burglarize a room he can’t find. [link]

Staircase Hidden Door

Chalkboard Door

Magnetic chalkboard doors are prefect for families on the go. Children can create original works of art directly on the door itself and parents will like it as a place to post grocery and to-do lists. [link]

Chalkboard Door

Two Way Door

Innovative ERGON door mounting system allows the door to be opened in both directions. [link]

Two Way Door

Futuristic Door

Maxdoor front door by Nódesign requires remote control instead of a key and comes with an LED display that shows apartment numbers directly on the door. [link]

Futuristic Door

Ping Pong Door

Designed by Tobias Fränzel, this cool door turns into a ping pong table when needed. [link]

Ping Pong Door

Light + Air Door

The series of holes in the door can be opened and closed by sliding the knob that adjusts the amount of light and air that gets in the room. [link]

Light and Air Door

Shattering Door

Amazing door design by Leandro Erlich from Argentina. [link]

Shattering Door

Moving Walls Door

Contemporary moving wall / door design by Lotty Lindeman. [link]

Moving Walls Door

Walls In Motion

3 in 1 Door

UK design group Slam has designed the world’s first 3-in-1 door. [link]

3 in 1 Door

 

Article Provided by : www.toxel.com

6 Ways to Spruce UP your home for under $1000!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Whether you;re getting ready to sell or just want a quick pick-me-up, these decorating ticks- which can be done for under $1,000 –  will turn your place from drab to fab!

1 – PAINT- It’s no wonder painting is on the top three paybacks for resale value. A fresh coat makes any room or home look new and pristine. Try warm grey for a contemporary update, lighten up with a classic beige, or paint once wall a crisp – bold color for an accent wall!

 2 – DEFINE YOUR COULOUR SCHEME – Choose a colour scheme and edit your things to work within it. Aim to have one or two main colours, or stick to a single colour family plus one accent colour to “pop”. No eye for colour? Study a couple of home decor magazines for inspiration

 3 – EDIT YOUR ACCESSORIES – Clear a room of everything except for the furniture, carpeting & curtains. After leaving it for a day or two, bring in accessories one at a time- either stuff you have of something new. Try throw cushions, a statement- making collection of vases( groups of three or five works best), or a piece of art. Don’t add too much, and store the rest to rotate in later.

 4 – REFRESH TIRED FURNISHINGS –  Shampoo upholstery and carpeting. Reupholster a worn couch, or invest in slip covers. If there’s a piece your really don’t like, give it away and replace with something you love. Treat solid hardwood with furniture oil/ polish.

 5 – REPLACE FIXTURES – FAUCETS & HANDLES – Updating kitchen and bathroom taps for a more contemporary design will make the whole room look better. Change cupboard  pulls to brushed chrome/nickel. Cover door knobs to lever-style handles. For the best results use a consistent style throughout your home.

 6 -LIGHT UP YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Throw a little light on the subject – your home – to instantly refresh it. You can illuminate dark corers for a warmer cheerier atmosphere. While recessed  lighting is attractive, its also costly. To economize, add track lighting  to hallways or bedrooms, scones in a vestibule, and new table and floor lamps in the living/dining room.

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