on June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Canada Day 2019 Decor Ideas
Monday, the 1st of July is Canada Day. Will you be celebrating?… great food aside. You definitely should and therefore we have just the tips and tools that can help. Get your yard into the day’s festivities with some of the ideas here. Get your maple leaf and celebrate with red and white. But instead of the usual fare, check out some of these ideas for decorating your home this year.
Throw pillows are an affordable and quite an easy way to get your space all dressed up. You can find a number of Canada inspired pillows and cushions on the market. So get some for your chairs even those outdoor ones. These don’t have to all be maple leaf, red and white throw pillows. Remember that forests, tents, moose, campfires and so much more definitely say Canada.
Canada Day is a day when family and friends get together. Inspire your guests with some Canadian inspired serving trays.
Start your celebrations with a mug of hot coffee or tea or end your celebrations with a nice cup of hot chocolate in a nice Canada inspired mug.
Canada Day Décor
From photo boot props to cake toppers there are many options for getting Canada inspired décor into your day. These smaller one-time use products are great for all your Canada Day get-togethers.
Why not get your barbeque all red with different products from mittens, thongs and more for celebrations this year.
Canada Inspired Books
While you are spending time with family, why not get a couple laughs or learn something new and interesting about Canada. Check out these books about Canada which can also be great gifts for your non-Canadian friends and family members.
Candles are one of those things that most people love. We love to receive and give them as gifts and we love to have them in our homes. Pick up a couple of Canada inspired candles to help set the tone for your Celebrations.
Whatever you choose to decorate with, this Canada Day, remember that Canada is not all red and maple leaf, find creative ways to capture your memory of Canada Day 2019 and officially kick off the summer.
on June 5, 2019 Comments Off on Wallpaper is Making a Comeback
Wallpaper is making a comeback and it’s not the type of wallpaper your grandma used. Modern wallpaper has different adhesive formulas that therefore allow for the paper to not leave residue behind. Not only do you have wallpaper but there are also even stick and peel fabrics. You can find modern wallpaper in a variety of stylish prints, also that is made from new materials. You can find ones made from dimensional fabrics and a wealth of new materials that make not just installation easy but also removal.
Why Choose Wallpaper?
Wallpaper is a very affordable way to transform any of your rooms. It is a lot more dramatic than paint and so you may not opt to have your whole room covered in wallpaper, but it is a great option for that accent wall. You’ll be happy to know that wallpaper is on trend now and has regained its “cool factor”. Wallpaper can be used as a focal point in your room and also can be used to highlight architectural feature for example to accentuate your fireplace.
How to Choose Modern Wallpaper
Embrace bold colors
Avoid small patterns
Texture and pattern are good
Customize a wallpaper to go with your room colors
Embossed jewel tones
Printed grass cloths in colors that are beautiful and highly saturated
Botanicals or Florals
Create a wall mural
Why We Love Wallpaper in the 21st Century
You can fall in love with the wallpaper trend all over again for a couple of different reasons. It is a great way to add a layer of texture and/ or color and can really put the finishing touch on a space. Depending on the space that you are using the wallpaper in you can use it to appeal to different senses. It can be used to appeal to the sense of touch and also a subtle color or design can be added to a wall where shelves will be installed. This will create layers of not only colors but also materials and will have a pop of color peeking through from between your shelves.
Wallpaper is a great choice for tying in themes, therefore they are great for kid’s rooms. It can also provide an alternative to purchasing a room full of themed furniture and décor items as well. Strategically placing wall coverings, certain areas or architectural details can be highlighted or details can be introduced where there were previously none.
Where to Use Wallpaper
Use wallcoverings in your living and dining rooms so as to create feature walls, in your bedroom to create a headboard wall or in your powder room. You can even include some wallpaper on your ceiling.
Where will you be adding wallpaper to your new SilverBeam Home? Comment below and let us know how you feel about this new comeback of Wallpaper.
on May 15, 2019 Comments Off on New Home – What Now?
So you bought your first home! Congratulations, we are super happy for you to have reached this milestone in your life. But what do you do now? We know you are tempted to purchase all the home goods at all the home goods and furniture stores but wait, let’s hold off on all of that for right now. Yes, we understand that your new home is a new start and filling it with a bunch of new things feels like the right thing to do. But let’s face it, there are monetary constraints and it makes no sense to put yourself into debt with a house full of brand new items. So what do we suggest should be the new purchases for your home? Keep reading to find out.
Lighting is a very important factor in every home. In most cases, each room will require different levels of lighting based on how it will be used. Your office may require more lighting than your TV room for instance as well as your bathroom may require more lighting than your bedroom. The fact of the matter is you will need lighting before you attempt to move anything into your new house so let’s start here.
2. Window Treatments
Window Treatments – the jury is still out whether you should take care of lighting before you take care of the window treatments. These window treatments can really add some happiness to an empty room and they can also keep outside eyes from seeing what’s going on in your house while you are unpacking, moving in, sorting out your space. They can also keep the wandering eyes from knowing that your living room is still empty even though you moved into your new home three months ago. I hear you though, you haven’t got the color scheme and design all figured out yet. You can start off with basic window treatments that are only for allowing privacy. Get some drab drapes or some basic blinds until you have your full design figured out.
3. Side/End Tables
Side/End Tables – you never realize just how important these little pieces of furniture are until you have nowhere to place stuff. The great thing about these is even if you haven’t decided on your design theme or color story you can find neutral tables that can later fit into your chosen theme or story. These tables are very versatile and as such provide you with an exceptional bang for your buck since they can be placed in every room in your home.
4. The Necessities
The Necessities – now we cant list these out for you as these are different for each family. You will need to take stock of all home items you already own and first get those into space. Remember you can always change out into new things later, but for right away we want you to take all functional items that are still working and move them into your new space. Its all about making responsible fiscal decisions. Choose necessities that you don’t currently own and start with those purchases first.
While we understand that each homewoners needs are different going into their first home this list is a great place to start. It wont be a complete list for many and there may even be unnecessary things on there for some but it gives you a good idea to start off your new home purcashing or wish list with.
on April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Vancouver House and Condo Price Trends
Are you wondering where house and condo prices in Vancouver are heading? If you are looking to find a new home, then you will be happy to know that these prices are mostly going down. If you are looking to sell your home then this may not be the best news for you. the truth is that house prices have doubled in the last 10 years which equates to price increases of an average of 7% per year while our incomes have only increased on average around 1.5%.
House prices dropped in the summer of 2016 after the foreign buyer tax was introduced but the prices later recovered. The drop back then was a shallow drop and when you think of you, you really wonder just how volatile the market is. The truth is that prices in the Metro Vancouver area have already dropped by 12% which works out to approximately $192,000. While this drop may seem very significant just by looking at the numbers the truth of the matter is that this drop still leaves house prices out of reach for a lot of residents of Vancouver. Residents of the Westside and West Vancouver have been the hardest hit but there have been significant declines in East Vancouver and Richmond as well.
What About Condo Prices?
Within the same timeframe of 10 years, there has been a decline in the prices of Condos as well. This downturn had continued on the downward trend until last summer. While there was a decline in Condo prices it was not as notable as the decline in prices of houses.
What does this Mean for the Market?
With a market like this, buyers have a better chance of getting more house for their money. Sellers, on the other hand, will have to lower their prices to remain competitive and to increase their chances of closing a sale. First-time buyers who have been saving up for buying a home will be happy about the current market statistics but those who don’t have a sizeable amount saved up could still be second guessing buying a home at these prices.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much money you make and how much you have saved to help get your home. There are many people who remain in a good position no matter which way the market goes and there are those can just hope and pray that the market continues to show a decline in the price of homes.