Archive for January, 2014

Lighting: What to Know

By SIRC

Lighting is an integral part of the home, and if done properly, can enhance the design of a space. The key to great lighting in any room is layering. This means incorporating both architectural and decorative lighting. Architectural lighting, such as pot lights, should be aimed at specific things like artwork, sculptures, or task spaces such as a desktops or kitchen counters. Decorative lighting, which are elements like table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers, should be added to create an overall mood and feel. Dimmers are highly recommended as they allow for better control of both ambiance and energy …read more

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Trends in Cutlery

By SIRC

Cutlery is part of our everyday life. Often times when purchasing tableware we spend a large amount on dishes and glassware and cutlery is overlooked. There are so many options available at each price point that we should be using gorgeous cutlery that we love.

Here are five trends in cutlery that we love:

Gold Tone

Gold 2
Gold 3

Gold tone cutlery looks very luxe, but some options are very affordable. This option is a quick and easy way to dress up your table.

Wood Handles

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Design Store Favourites Across Canada

By SIRC

After purchasing a new home, the largest investment is typically spent on the décor and furnishings. Everyone has a particular style that they like, but we all draw inspiration from things that we see, hear and feel. It could be a Pinterest board that we follow, a blog we love reading, a set on a television show, a magazine or even a friend’s house. To avoid getting stuck in a style rut it is always best to keep an open mind and let your senses do the choosing.

Another great way to be inspired and find new ideas is to go …read more

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2013 Year-End Top-Tier Real Estate Report*

By SIRC

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s Top-Tier Real Estate Report is a bi-annual study highlighting market trends for the most expensive homes in Canada’s largest urban centres. It is the only Canadian report to provide commentary on high-end real estate by comparing data for residential properties with values over $1 million*.

This report analyzes year over year data and key market variables throughout 2012 and 2013, offering insight into luxury sales trends of properties in Vancouver, Calgary, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Montreal. The Top-Tier Real Estate Report compares sales volume, average days on market and percentage of homes sold over asking …read more

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Fun Kitchen Gadgets

By SIRC

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if we do not enjoy cooking it is often the place where people gather in our home. Everyone enjoys cooking more when we have the proper ingredients and tools. Certain things like high quality knives, salt and pepper mills, good mixing bowls and measuring cups and spoons can make a world of difference for any chef. Once we have the essential tools, we can purchase the smaller items that make the kitchen fun for us. New kitchen gadgets are popping up all of the time, but we have compiled …read more

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