Archive for September, 2015

What to Know Before Buying Your First Home

By SIRC

It pays to do some simple research to understand the pros and cons of buying versus renting. Renting instead of buying a home can seem like a convenient or affordable way to go, but you may find that owning a home is a great long term investment.

Buying a first home is one of the most memorable events. If you’re thinking of checking off that milestone, there are a few things you should know about the home-buying process.

Here is what you need to know before you buy your first home:

Clearly Define your Wants and Needs:

Before you get started, create a wish …read more

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Wallpaper Trends

By SIRC

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Wallpaper is a timeless way of adding style and character to a room. Trends in home décor come and go, but you can trust wallpaper to be in style. That’s because wallpaper doesn’t always have to be colourful or even printed. Wallpaper can add dimension to a room with texture or embossing in a neutral colour. There are endless wallpaper options.

Here is what is trending right now:

Feature Walls:

Feature wallpaper walls are great for any room as you can see below. It is a beautiful way to create a focal point in a room and is …read more

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2015 Fall Forecast*

By SIRC

Toronto and Vancouver to see continued gains in sales over $1 million; Montreal market to maintain healthy balance, while Calgary anticipates market consistency slowdown.

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s latest report forecasts strengthening demand for residential real estate over $1 million in Toronto and Vancouver into the fall, including building momentum in luxury sales over $4 million, reinforcing both cities’ positions as international market leaders in top-tier real estate.
The 2015 Fall Forecast analyzes Canada’s largest metropolitan real estate markets and examination of key macro-economic indicators.

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National Highlights:

Water Theatre Grove at the Gardens of Versailles

By iadmag

Part of the undeniable beauty of Versailles is that it never changes. Bistros come and go in Paris, and fashion designers get hot, then burn out and disappear. But Versailles, it is always thus.

Since this spring, however, that statement is not altogether true. The launch in May of the new Water Theatre Grove, designed by master French gardener Louis Benech, marked the first contemporary addition to the gardens of the Palace of Versailles since the French Revolution. It also returned a four hectare patch of green to a splendour it hasn’t enjoyed for nearly 250 years.

The Water Theatre Grove was …read more

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Burmese Days

By iadmag

Yangon Chinatown

Sitting in the bar of the elegant Strand Hotel in Yangon (formerly called Rangoon), Myanmar, you could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported back to British Imperial Burma, as portrayed by George Orwell in his classic first novel, Burmese Days (1934).

Long banned but now highly touted in Myanmar, Orwell’s novel painted an unhappy portrait of the bigotry, corruption and repression he witnessed as a police officer in the colony. Sadly, those features have continued to characterize the beautiful but hapless country for much of the past half-century while under military rule, despite a move toward reform in …read more

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Outdoor Fall Décor Ideas

By SIRC

Fall is such a gorgeous time of year. The sunlight on the falling red, yellow and orange leaves casts a warm and inviting glow over our neighbourhood, home and hearts. We often start our fall decorating around this time of year – cued by kids going back to school. Fall decorations can keep your home looking fabulous and festive for friends and family. Fall’s décor often tends to stay indoors; however, decorating outside of the home can be inexpensive and make a huge impact.

Here are some gorgeous outdoor décor ideas that incorporate three items that are readily available across Canada …read more

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At Home with Jillian Lansky

By SIRC

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Jillian Lansky started The August Diaries, the Vancouver-based personal style and fashion blog, in August of 2011 as a creative and inspirational outlet for herself. Since then she has seen great success and has been featured in countless publications. As a digital and style influencer, she empowers her readers to become the best version of themselves.

Jillian’s home on the North Shore of Vancouver absolutely reflects her style, which is described as “European chic meets West Coast sophistication”. The greenery inside (and outside!) shines while the clean lines and wood take it to the next level.

We …read more

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