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BEFORE YOU SELL

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If you’re planning to sell your home, you can make preparations that will ensure your property is attractive to potential buyers. There are many things homeowners can do to boost the appeal of their homes before they welcome in house hunters.

THE AT-HOME CINEMA EXPERIENCE

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Going to the cinema is always a joyful experience. But in recent years, it has also become a private experience that can be enjoyed without leaving the house. Technology allows homeowners to install home-based cinemas while they relax at home.

RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD, RIGHT STYLE

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Question: How do you know you don’t need a formal dining room? Answer: You rarely use it. “I think we sat in the formal dining room once in 14 years in our former home,” says Elizabeth Glimenaki. “I had a lot of square feet in my old house, but it was partitioned into many rooms. I never sat in the living room. I never sat in the dining room. We hung out in the kitchen and the family room.”

Design Project: A Florentine-Inspired Kitchen

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When I lived in England for three years, I realized much later that part of the reason I loved the landscape was the fact that it was so green — my favourite colour. Myriad different shades of green at every turn await, while out on a walk or country drive, and I found this palette both beautiful and relaxing wherever I went. I have always loved the colour green so it’s not surprising that England had this effect on me.

Ask an Expert: To Sell or Renovate?

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In the Toronto real estate market, the question of home ownership and renovations are a regular, frequent and widespread topic. Where you live, when you bought your house, and if you are renovating or moving are topics that fill up endless water cooler conversations, coffee dates and spur many a wine-induced evening.

The Interview: Barbora Vokac Taylor

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Barbora Vokac Taylor is an up-and-coming architect who is quickly building recognition for her own voice and style. She is known for leading a strong team and providing the highest level of attention to detail for her clients, helping steer them with confidence through the often confusing and stressful world of renovations.

Get on the bus for Circuit Index-Design Montreal

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Aimed primarily at design-industry professionals, the idea is to celebrate design in a relaxed setting, the event features many presentation and networking opportunities. “It will also be a great opportunity to discuss ideas and, of course, get as ense of the vast range of excellent products available in Quebec,” says Cindy Couture, Index-Design’s editorial and brand director.