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April 28th, 2017

Houzz

Tips for getting your task lighting right

By Brenna Malmberg The pros weigh in on how to light your living room, bedroom and office desk for reading and other tasks When it comes to task lighting, home design and health professionals can help you pick the right light for your space. This is the type of light you use when you read, […]

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April 26th, 2017

Houzz

Successful Office-Bedroom Combos

By Melissa Cowan Wake up, get dressed (or not), make coffee and head over to do some work at your desk. Sounds like heaven, right? There are, without a doubt, perks to working from home: no commute time, far fewer interruptions and more control over your work environment, to name a few. But it also […]

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April 4th, 2017

Houzz

10 timeless pieces of decorating advice

By Janet Dunn As we work — and spend — to make the places we live in beautiful and functional, we sometimes make decor mistakes we come to regret. Unhappy choices nearly always stem from poor planning, rushed decisions, self-doubt or bad advice. Here I’ll show you how to take sound and sensible steps to […]

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March 29th, 2017

New Home & Condo Guide

Coffee table talk: 7 styles and shapes to suit your space

By Yanic Simard LET’S TALK COFFEE TABLES – a necessity for any family room, the landing place for all, and the centre of attention. Available in various sizes, shapes and finishes, you can easily create many different looks just by swapping out the accent pieces. If you want to give your space a whole new […]

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March 28th, 2017

The Province

Boffo’s The Smithe rich with eye-catching details

By Mary Frances Hill   At the display space for The Smithe, Boffo Developments’ planned community of condominiums in downtown Vancouver, designer Scott Trepp responds to the tower’s architecture from the inside out — by embracing the potential of a bright space, bringing beauty to the smallest details and creating a centrepiece in the display […]

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March 23rd, 2017

Vancouver Sun

The Smithe offers stylish living in the heart of downtown

By Kathleen Freimond Excited by its first downtown Vancouver project, Boffo Developments has defined a new neighbourhood – the arts and events district – to better describe the location of its 27-storey highrise, The Smithe. “It’s a great location on the edge of Yaletown – we’ve coined it the arts and events district,” says Boffo’s […]

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March 21st, 2017

Real Estate Weekly

The Smithe: A New Jewel in Downtown Living

By Michelle Hopkins In the downtown core’s hottest location, The Smithe by Boffo Developments will offer 94 stunning luxury homes in a 24-storey tower. Photo by Raef Grohne At the edge of Yaletown, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s Entertainment District, steps away from the best performance theatres and finest restaurants, is where The Smithe […]

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March 17th, 2017

BuzzBuzzHome

The Smithe will offer unparalleled access to downtown Vancouver’s Arts + Events District

Photo by Raef Grohne Coming soon to downtown Vancouver, The Smithe by Boffo Developments will be a rare opportunity to own a home right in the heart of the dynamic Arts + Events District. With 94 elegant two- and three-bedroom residences, the building’s modern aesthetic and enviable location will provide a truly unprecedented homeowner experience. […]

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March 16th, 2017

New Home & Condo Guide

Condos: Family-friendly by design

By Bob De Wit THINK YOU CAN’T RAISE a family in a condo? Think again. There are many benefits to condo living versus the traditional single-family home. Compared to owning a home with a backyard, which may or may not have room for a play set, condo living has a lot of added family benefits. […]

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March 10th, 2017

Houzz

Home project: how to organize all those paper photos

By Brenna Malmberg It’s time to pull out the boxes, blow off the dust and do something with those physical photographs. These images carry generations of memories, but they don’t do anyone any good if they are hidden away or, worse, deteriorating. You can share and protect these images by organizing and storing your photos. […]

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March 2nd, 2017

Houzz

Empty nesters: some upsides to downsizing

By Joanna Tovia Moving to a smaller home can come with unexpected challenges along with a bounty of benefits. Your kids have moved out, and you’ve traded in the family home for a smaller abode, one that’s closer to the action (or the beach). Along with the memories you’re leaving behind, about which you’ll have […]

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February 23rd, 2017

New Home & Condo Guide

A little maintenance goes a long way

By Cameron McNeill The purchase of a new home is an exciting time in your life. While your property management firm alongside strata council will have an annual maintenance plan for the building and its common areas, you’re responsible for your home’s interior maintenance. Here are some helpful tips for the regular care and maintenance […]

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February 15th, 2017

Houzz

Pre-storage checklist: 10 questions to ask yourself before you store

By Laura Gaskill It has happened to the best of us: You’re fed up with the unused exercise machine, broken toaster, outgrown baby clothes or fill-in-the-blank taking up space in your home, so you pick it up and take it to storage. Whether your storage area is in a basement, an attic, a backyard shed […]

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February 9th, 2017

Houzz

6 ways to cozy up your home this Winter

By Melisa LaBancz-Bleasdale It’s the time of year when the crisp evening air gives way to frosted morning windowpanes. It’s a season of get-togethers, hopefulness, wonder and warmth. At least it should be. If you’re not feeling the whole warm winter mood, perhaps you need a little change to your environment. From piles of pillows […]

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January 30th, 2017

Westcoast Homes & Design Magazine

Choose your sofa wisely

By West Coast Homes & Design It’s an investment piece and a focal point in your home, so take the time to find the right one. When it comes to buying a sofa, we’ve probably all made a few mistakes. From not measuring the living room — I once had to slice off a leg […]

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January 23rd, 2017

Real Estate Weekly

2016 Vancouver Real Estate Year in Review

By Joannah Connolly Phew! What a year it’s been for Vancouver and BC real estate stories. From soaring values, to shadow flipping, to foreign buyers tax, to tough new mortgage policies and then Donald Trump’s US presidential election win… 2016 has seen it all. Here are the highlights of our local year in real estate. […]

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December 27th, 2016

Blog

A professional organizer shows how to store holiday decorations

By Gabrielle Savoie Photo: Anthropologie Do you open up your Christmas decorations every year only to notice that they’re a big, jumbled mess of tangled cords and broken baubles? You’re not alone. We, too, have spent hours untangling lights and picking broken glass out of the carpet. The culprit? Laziness. Each year, after we’ve spent […]

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December 15th, 2016

New Home & Condo Guide

Right-sizing your home

By Cameron McNeill Are you one of the millions who have right-sized in recent years? Regardless of what is motivating you to consider buying a new home – financial motives, the decision to start a family, or just the fact that you no longer require a home full of rooms that never get used – […]

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November 15th, 2016

Houzz

How to design a family photo wall

By Mary Jo Bowling In the digital photo age, not only do most of us have cameras on us at all times, but we have printers that can turn them from pixels into paper. There’s been no formal study I can find, but it only stands to reason that people have more photographs of friends […]

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October 28th, 2016

Houzz

7 quick and easy indoor halloween decorating ideas

By Sheila Schmitz Even with just a few days till October 31, it’s not too late to decorate. Pumpkins from the grocery store, leaves from the backyard and a few things around the house can transform a table or mantel into Halloween central. Family Portrait in Pumpkins Forget carving. Forget covering the whole pumpkin with […]

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October 17th, 2016

New Home & Condo Guide

Successfully transitioning to small space living

By Clare Kumar I FOUND IT! AFTER SEARCHING FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, I just signed the lease on a corner condo unit with magnificent water views. Now the fun begins. For the past eleven years, I’ve been helping my clients make the transition to smaller spaces, and it’s time for me to practice what I preach. […]

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October 5th, 2016

West Coast Condominium

How to: Live in a condo with your family

By Bob de Wit Kids + condos = a great combination in the right location. When I was a kid, no yard was ever big enough. We all had back yards, but we always ended up in the local park for a game of football or soccer. Today, young families wanting to live in Vancouver […]

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September 29th, 2016

Houzz

The hottest new neutral: sky blue

By Yanic Simard For years, interior design has been in a color-conservative period, with only the strictest noncolors being considered neutrals — and a cool gray or “greige” being king. However, people lately are rediscovering the joy of adding color to the home with “near neutrals,” versatile colors that can act as neutrals yet still […]

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September 20th, 2016

Houzz

Start the season right with some fall cleaning to-dos

By Laura Gaskill A once-a-year massive spring clean may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you’d rather break up the work, here are some ideas for sprucing up your space this fall. From updating your book collection to cleaning up outdoors, pick and choose from these eight to-dos to create a fall cleaning plan […]

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August 30th, 2016

BuzzBuzzHome

10 of the trendiest fall colours, according to Pantone

By Kelsey Pudloski The Pantone colour gods have spoken. 1. Lush Meadow – 18-5845 Photo: ohhappyday/Instagram A deep, yet vibrant green that will lend an organic quality to your interiors. 2. Riverside – 17 -4028 Photo: beautifulhomesinthenorth/Instagram This greyish blue has a moody ambience. It pairs well with nearly all of Pantone’s fall shades. 3. Spicy mustard – 14-0952 Photo: csdecoranddesign/Instagram Add a […]

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