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The Language of Lighting

Lighting can get really technical, really quickly. This post will get you started on the basics of residential lighting, so you’ll be ready to talk to a designer, electrician, or lighting retailer about your project. Colour Temperature (Kelvin) Colour temperature is a way of talking about the colour of the light, measured in Kelvin. Lower K values are a warmer …

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Planning for Lighting

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when decorating or renovating, but lighting design can make or break a project. Lighting affects how well we can use our space, and how we feel in it. So this week we decided to talk to our friends at Verve Electric, who are experts at installing lighting and automated …

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The Structured Space

If you are diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, one of the first pieces of advice you’re going to come across is to create a structured environment. But a lot of the practical how-tos on doing so are aimed at kids. There’s plenty of advice about setting up homework space, but much less about making the kitchen less overwhelming or …

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Should resale value determine your design?

Conventional wisdom tells us to consider the resale value of your renovations. This can mean anything from painting in neutral colours to adding an addition you don’t want… but is it good advice? We think not! Reasons to Renovate On this subject, we side with Canadian finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade: renovations aren’t investments.┬áThe housing market is unpredictable, and trends change …