July 23, 2024

Year: 2024

Yukon setting up permits and construction investment see sharp slide to get started 2024

Amid allow backlog, Town of Whitehorse consultant foresees restoration next quarter

Household constructing permits in the Yukon are falling perfectly guiding the mark set final spring and cash invested in developing in the territory is also down. 

Details launched as a result of the Yukon Bureau of Figures states that the worth of residential making permits issued in 2024 is lagging a lot more than $30 million driving this time past yr. 

The price of all making permits issued from January to April of this calendar year fell substantially when compared to the identical months the former calendar year. The stats exhibit a sizeable lag in residential permits for the commence of this year. The figures are seasonally adjusted and inflation is accounted for. 

The total greenback benefit of all developing permits issued for the early months of 2024, January as a result of April, was $51.7 million. The bureau of stats report states that this is a minimize of $17.9 million from the exact time time period previous 12 months, down from $69.7 million.

The reduce is driven by slipping price of household constructing permits with the bureau reporting a $30.5 million or 72.4-for each-cent minimize.

This arrived as the value of non-household permits enhanced by $12.5 million, up 45.4 for each cent.  

Also slipping, according to the Yukon Bureau of Studies, is general expenditure in setting up building with April 2024 numbers sitting at $26.1 million, down $18 million or 40.8 for each cent from past April’s figure.

Both sets of Yukon knowledge can be as opposed to average nationwide raises by the very same metrics.

While Whitehorse isn’t the only area in the Yukon exactly where permits are issued and properties are built, 1 city councillor in the Yukon funds claims he sees a development of backlogged permits. 

In a June 12 press release, Coun. Ted Laking mentioned that there were being 71 permit programs beneath overview or however to be reviewed by the town whilst an further 55 permits are on keep awaiting the trade of a lot more info. He says this is putting hold out times for permits from the town at five to eight weeks. 

“While allowing delays are not special to Whitehorse, with our shortened making year in the north and the essential lack of housing, the challenge is far more acute,”  Laking reported.

“Doing what we can to pace factors up and work with our builders is critical to solving the significant issues experiencing our group and our overall economy.” 

Laking’s press release also clarifies some technological know-how he was uncovered to at a Federation of Canadian Municipalities trade clearly show in Calgary. He writes that he saw a presentation from the Metropolis of Kelowna in British Columbia which has employed an synthetic intelligence instrument that has turned the turnaround time on very simple permits to 24 several hours. Laking writes that he heard that this has left about 40 per cent of Kelowna’s permitting employees absolutely free to aim on the larger sized and much more effective permits, dashing individuals up as nicely. 

“The Kelowna product does not substitute employees, it delivers them far more assist so that they can focus on the larger developments,” Laking extra.

“When we have a housing shortage, we shouldn’t be allowing the allow for a drop slow down the allow for a quadplex and that is genuinely what this is all about — getting the smaller files off the desks of the team so that they can work with builders to get much more households crafted.”

Town of Whitehorse consultant Matthew Cameron handed on details that may possibly describe the sluggish start out to the yr as household permits are anxious. In his June 13 email to the News, Cameron writes that 117 loads in the city have been produced out there to builders by means of the April 2023 land lottery, but that all those who been given heaps were not able to accessibility lots in time to get permits for last year's development time. There was another land lottery this May possibly that released 135 much more solitary-household townhouse and multi-family a lot. 

“As a final result, the town is now working with two waves of lottery applicants. This is in addition to our regular spring rush for additions, renovations and little developing permits on older plenty now that we’re into the building period,” Cameron writes. 

“The metropolis will be taking a proactive strategy later on this 12 months to market recognition and persuade homebuilders to post applications at the starting of the year whenever feasible, instead than ready until the starting of the construction period.”

He says the city anticipates the bureau of data will report a considerable rebound of permits issued subsequent quarter.

Get hold of Jim Elliot at [email protected]

The 2023 ASID MN Interior Design Awards

The 2023 ASID MN Interior Design Awards
Design by Lucy Interiors

Photo by Spacecrafting

Interior design begins with a dialogue, one where designers’ curiosity piques and prods to get to the bottom of their clients’ deepest needs, values, and desires. The American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) local association members consistently engage in these critical conversations, devising innovative plans that surpass client expectations by thinking two steps ahead: How will the client inhabit and interact with this space? How will they infuse it with their own essence, creating moments of joy and laughter within its walls? The designers featured on the following pages both asked and answered with award-winning projects that speak for themselves. Here, we get up close and personal with the 25 first-place projects of the ASID MN’s 2023 design competition.

Commercial Institutional + Best in Show, Commercial

Project Name: University Blues
Firm: PureAlchemy Design
Designer: Stephany Eaton, ASID

Designer’s Note: This renovation of a university-owned student apartment
complex exemplifies smart design solutions that elevate the student living experience without breaking the bank. One of the key challenges was updating the tired oak doors and base without a complete overhaul. To address this, a hybrid flooring material was used to seamlessly blend with the existing trim, creating a cohesive look throughout the complex. Meanwhile, the lobby was transformed into a welcoming space with a striking deep-blue wall and clean architectural elements, establishing a strong design statement. Durable materials were selected for high-traffic areas, ensuring longevity and easy maintenance. The final product is a modern, well-maintained space that meets both design and budget goals, pleasing residents and management alike.

Commercial Corporate (small) (15,000 square feet and under)

Project Name: Chippewa Valley Contemporary HQ
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; Piper Donlin, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: When a commercial client decided to trade their suburban office for a vibrant, walkable locale, they knew their team needed more than just a change of scenery. The vision? A space that not only welcomed employees and clients but also nurtured well-being and community ties. The design team rose to the challenge, crafting a lounge reminiscent of a cozy coffee shop, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor elements with a touch of biophilic design. Natural materials, abundant sunlight, and picturesque outdoor views were strategically incorporated to create a serene, health-focused workspace. The result is a dynamic, culturally rich office space that not only meets but also exceeds expectations—fostering a happier, more connected workforce.

Commercial Retail

Project Name: Radiant Boho
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; Piper Donlin, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: A jewelry maker turned business owner sought a shop design that could accommodate growth and reflect her warm, neutral aesthetic. The concept centered on organic materials and sunlight, incorporating arched and circular shapes inspired by nature. Opening the floor plan and adding transom windows flooded the space with natural light, creating a sense of airiness. Custom elements like the peach-hue tile (made from tile waste) and a unique semicircle door handle (reminiscent of the sun) add character. The design team ensured the project met budget and code requirements by collaborating with local vendors and retrofitting the building, reducing costs and the carbon footprint significantly.

Residential Bathroom (150 square feet and under)

Project Name: Plaisance Bath
Firm: Kate Roos Design
Designers: Kate Roos, ASID, and team

Designers’ Note: The renovation of the second-floor bathroom in this 1916 home is a project that combined functionality with classic style. Designed to accommodate the client’s teenagers and occasional guests, the project culiminated in a space that provides privacy while maintaining the home’s aesthetic. Challenges such as working around original windows and staying within the existing footprint were met with creative solutions. Tempered glass sashes were added to preserve the windows, nearby closets were incorporated for storage, and separate toilet and shower rooms were created. A frosted glass door maintains light and openness, while special features like the large soaking tub, handmade hex tile floor, and Schumacher’s Citrus Garden wallpaper add practicality and style to the space.

Residential Bathroom (151 square feet and over)

Project Name: Woodland Oasis
Firm: LiLu Interiors
Designers: Lisa Peck, ASID; Laura Shikowsky, Allied ASID

Photo by Chad Holder

Designers’ Note: The renovation of the clients’ secluded home, designed as a sanctuary from their demanding work life, focused on updating the primary bathroom to create a warm, intimate, and serene space. With the goal of daily stress relief in mind, the clients desired various amenities and a seamless connection to the home’s surrounding nature. The design challenge was to achieve intimacy without major structural changes. Solutions included creating a small laundry zone and large linen cabinet to reduce the cavernous feeling, using warm tones and textured materials, and optimizing lighting for both task and ambient purposes. The final product is a cozy, serene bathroom that offers a peaceful retreat and connection to the natural surroundings— providing the clients with a much-needed respite from their busy schedule.

Residential Bedroom Suite

Project Name: Inspired by View
Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designer: David Heide, ASID

Photo by Rich Michell

Designer’s Note: The transformation of this family cabin’s ’90s-style primary suite into a contemporary, yet woodsy retreat—inspired by its scenic surroundings—presented several challenges. Despite restrictions on structural changes and plumbing locations, the space was renewed through furniture and fixture reorientation, as well as material upgrades. One key challenge was determining bed placement for a view of the lake, solved by positioning the bed in the room’s center and designing a custom walnut headboard with integrated features. Horizontal design elements throughout the room contrast with the vertical forest view, avoiding cliche cabin aesthetics. The tranquil bathroom features oak and Japanese mosaic tile, with a sleek soaking tub and custom solutions for functional and aesthetic enhancement—all of which contribute to a peaceful, nature-connected experience.

Residential Kitchen (250 square feet and under)

Project Name: Connecting Nature to the Modern World
Firm: Habitation Design
Designer: Karl Peltier, Associate ASID

Photo by Ryan Stadler

Designer’s Note: The homeowners of this 1972 midcentury modern home in Bloomington have spent the last five years transforming it into a unique, current-day oasis for their growing family. The goal was to retain the home’s original charm while updating it for functionality. They started by redesigning the kitchen (initially hidden behind a large wall) to be open and functional, incorporating warm walnut tones and modern features. They also expanded their living space by removing a leaking solarium. The new design incorporates architectural lighting and design elements that pay homage to the home’s midcentury roots—resulting in a space that blends modern convenience with its original character.

Residential Kitchen (251-400 square feet) + Best in Show, Kitchen & Bath

Project Name: Nicollet Kitchen
Firms: Kate Roos Design & Partners 4, Design
Designers: Kate Roos, ASID; Nicole Sirek, Allied ASID

Designers’ Note: This riverside property underwent a remarkable transformation to enhance its views and modernize the interior while maintaining a soft, feminine sensibility. The design focused on opening the heart of the home to the living area, transforming both the kitchen and flooring while blending modern elements with warm tones. Challenges included addressing existing mechanicals, creating a defined kitchen layout, and achieving symmetry in an asymmetrical space. The accompanying solutions ran the gamut of rerouting mechanical runs, adjusting the kitchen work aisle, and creating symmetry with a range hood and painted cabinetry. Special features include a hidden walk-in pantry, double islands, and partial waterfall countertops to create a modern, functional, and inviting space.

Residential Kitchen (401 square feet and over) TIE

Project Name: Cottage Red
Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designers: David Heide, ASID; Michael Crull, Allied ASID; Elizabeth Mueller, Allied ASID

Photo by Rich Michell

Designers’ Note: This family cabin underwent a significant expansion and transformation to accommodate large gatherings while maintaining a rustic aesthetic. The kitchen redesign features custom details and distinctive materials, balancing a substantial scale with warm, enveloping materials. It serves as a hub—connecting the dining room, living room, deck, and scullery— with spaces for gathering. A large island, complemented by white cabinetry with vertical V-groove detailing, conceals a wine refrigerator and provides ample serving space. Custom elements include a stainless steel and wrought iron hood, passthrough serving window with red shutters, and custom-designed open shelving—achieving a balance between grandeur and cozy cabin vibes.

Residential Kitchen (401 square feet and over) TIE

Project Name: Lakeside Retreat
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: The clients of this project aimed to create a modern lake home on their existing cabin site that emphasized lake views while preserving the surrounding trees. They favored large timber construction and a strong indoor-outdoor connection for their family, with ample space for entertainment and gear storage. The design strategically positioned windows and spaces to maintain privacy and maximize views, all while respecting the existing trees. The main area features a dramatic kitchen, with custom timber and steel trusses for vaulted ceilings, as the focal point. The kitchen includes a “back of house” concept with a working pantry (showcasing high-end materials like handmade Moroccan tiles and quartz countertops), while a large sliding door blurs the lines between indoors and out.

Residential Vacation Home

Project Name: Woodland Fairy-tale Cabin
Firm: Lucy Interiors
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: Nestled deep in the woods, this fairy tale-inspired cabin is a delightful, petite guest retreat designed for a growing family. Its storybook-like exterior, complete with brown-stained board and batten siding, white trim, and a charming green roof, effortlessly blends into the forested surroundings. Inside, the Goldilocks Kitchenette exudes more charm with its cottage-style cabinetry painted in Dayroom Yellow, complemented by a handcrafted marble-mosaic backsplash and soapstone counters. The Wildflower Bedroom, Forest Bath, and Café Au Lait breakfast bar add to the cabin’s whimsical allure. Crafted by skilled craftsmen with local materials, this cabin—complete with a wood-burning fireplace and Douglas fir flooring—is a nostalgic getaway destined to be cherished for generations.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (1,000 square feet and under) + TIE for Best in Show, Residential

Project Name: Preserving a Gem
Firm: Lucy Interiors
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: Reviving a neglected 1960s home for a conservation-minded couple meant preserving its essence with a modern twist and vibrant hues. A corner fireplace was restored with a custom mantel and walnut slats. The kitchen, in dire need of a refresh, was revamped with elegant walnut cabinetry, durable soapstone counters, and a striking emerald backsplash. Lighting received a significant upgrade as well, including a sculptural ceiling fixture in the lounge. The sunroom received larger windows and lively wallpaper, while the dining area was enlivened with bold red chairs. The hallway now features terrazzo tile and a custom enameled armoire and coffee bar, blending function with style.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (1,001-3,000 square feet)

Project Name: Hilltop Estate
Firm: Partners 4, Design
Designers: Lisa Pope, ASID; Nancy Baker, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: After a quarter-century in their home, the client sought a sophisticated update to their first floor to elevate the entertaining experience. The designers faced challenges with circulation (as two islands disrupted traffic flow), and the finishes felt dated and lacked distinction. The solution involved a complete reimagination of the floor plan, including the addition of a scullery and laundry behind the kitchen, the relocation of mudroom closets, and the incorporation of a large single island with ample storage. High-performance appliances, a decorative hutch, and an open bar area with visual separation are key features. The transformation was completed with floor-to-ceiling tile, elegant lighting fixtures, and carefully selected finishes—resulting in a modern, timeless space.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (3,001-6,000 square feet)

Project Name: River Serenity
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team

Photo by Scott Amundson

Designers’ Note: Desiring a spacious kitchen, dining area, screen porch, private getaway, and bedrooms for their grown sons, the owners of this St. Croix River home sought an abode with a deep connection to nature that was also maximized for family gatherings. The design features long, low-slung architecture along the river, with cabinetry at the main entry subtly breaking up the space while maintaining sight lines. Natural textures and finishes create peaceful interiors. With walnut and white oak prominent throughout, the main level—anchored by lighting and furnishings—flows seamlessly. Outdoor spaces blend with the interior, emphasizing the natural surroundings for a relaxing retreat.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (6,001 square feet and over)

Project Name: Forever Farmhouse
Firm: KASA Interior Design Inc.
Designer: Bonnie Kespohl, ASID

Photo by Alyssa Lee

Designer’s Note: This new-construction family residence was designed to accommodate frequent entertaining, out-of-town guests, remote work, and an active lifestyle. Challenges included balancing amenities with intimacy, blending a casual farmhouse feel with modern comforts while managing details remotely amid pandemic-related delays. Solutions embraced meticulous space planning, a warm and inviting color palette, and adaptable spaces for evolving needs. The design exudes casual sophistication, featuring entertainment areas such as a bar, TV lounge, and sport court. Despite its challenges, reselections were expertly managed with industry partners to maintain the integrity of the original design and budget.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (300 square feet and under)

Project Name: Project Lovely LL Bar
Firm: Home Design by Annie
Designer: Annie Tropple, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designer’s Note: The clients of this project envisioned a space that exuded warmth and a welcoming atmosphere, with a specially designed wet bar as the standout feature. The designer collaborated on a custom metal door, nestled within a rustic wood shiplap wall—crafting a snug alcove that sparks conversation. The wet bar’s rich, masculine textures and earthy tones create a “mountain retreat” ambience, infusing the lower level with coziness and character. It’s an ideal setting for hosting gatherings or catching up on sports, fulfilling the clients’ wish for a functional and inviting space highlighted by a unique design element.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (301-600 square feet)

Project Name: Artful Living
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team

Photo by Scott Amundson

Designers’ Note: The client of this project envisioned a living room that embraced a sense of welcome and simplicity while emphasizing natural textures. The focal point is the breathtaking view of the river, seamlessly blending with a screened porch to evoke an outdoor ambience. Abundant natural light enhances the room’s connection to the surrounding nature, and the space is accented by touches of green that harmonize with the lush trees outside. The room is designed for family gatherings and features a grand piano, fireplace, and integrated storage solutions. Timeless furniture pieces like the Pollock armchair and a Chet Baker painting—reflecting the family’s passion for jazz—are complemented by organic textiles and bespoke metal elements.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (601 square feet and over)

Project Name: Rhapsody in Blue
Firm: Ellington & Co. Design
Designer: Carrie Ellington, Allied ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designer’s Note: This residence received a remarkable makeover to suit the lifestyle of a young family, with an overall objective of crafting a captivating and inviting area that was contemporary, comfortable, and suitable for children. The room showcases a blend of formal, funky, and chic elements, with ample seating and secluded nooks for intimate conversations. Luxurious fabrics and finishes like velvet sofas, tufted leather chairs, and an array of eclectic tables introduce texture and warmth. This room, accommodating up to 20 guests, has quickly become the family’s go-to spot for both relaxation and entertainment.

Residential Specialty

Project Name: Secret Haven
Firm: Lucy Interiors & TDM Designs
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Tim Mohnkern, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: A 10-year-old boy, living with cystic fibrosis, desired a backyard treehouse to escape his daily health routine. In a heartwarming collaboration, a team of creatives and donors came together to make his dream a reality—providing all materials and labor as a not-for-profit effort. The treehouse, designed to promote well-being, boasts a dark, courageous aesthetic with his favorite colors: blue and green. It includes personalized elements like a crest, interactive games, and a secret room accessed through a pivoting bookcase. This special space offers him a retreat to simply be a kid, enjoy outdoor activities, and socialize with friends—providing a healing and empowering environment.

Residential Children’s Bedroom/Youth Space

Project Name: Children’s Space/Basement Remodel
Firm: Color Pop Interiors
Designer: Kashai Zupancich, ASID

Photo by Alyssa Lee

Designer’s Note: Underneath the staircase, a colorful retreat calls children into an imaginary wold—complete with a charming Dutch door, soft cushions, and fun patterns perfect for reading or play. In the kitchen area, a beverage cooler, popcorn machine, and child-size table (ideal for crafts and projects) await. An insulated subfloor ensures warm feet, while ample recessed lights illuminate the basement. This remodel masterfully blends functionality with a vibrant aesthetic, showcasing eye-catching wallpaper and custom storage built-ins that infuse the space with color and creativity. Every element is thoughtfully designed to cultivate joy and growth for the young adventurers who inhabit it.

Residential Use of Color – TIE

Project Name: Gastronomic Glamour: Deep Hues Loft Kitchen
Firms: Spencer Design Associates & Partners 4, Design
Designers: Shane Spencer, Associate ASID; Nicole Sirek, ASID

Photo by Scott Gilbertson

Designers’ Note: Mixed metals, luxe finishes, industrial-style concrete and brick, and light bronze elements all complement the classic color palette within the kitchen of this urban loft in Minneapolis’ Mill District. Shades of deep blue, intertwined with soft grays and pure whites, were chosen by the homeowner, who has a love of culinary artistry and exquisite wines. The details are equally luxurious: The kitchen’s custom hardware is crafted by English artisans, while a climate-controlled wine cellar fabricated in California is the pièce de résistance in the traditional, yet on-trend space.

Residential Use of Color – TIE

Project Name: Stairway to Heaven
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team 

Designers’ Note: The clients of this project envisioned a home on the Mississippi River that would blend with their active lifestyle and offer spaces for outdoor activities, family gatherings, and future expansion. The first step involved constructing an attached garage with a studio apartment, where the family intends to reside until the main house is completed. The staircase connecting the spaces emerged as a central feature, designed to be visually striking and durable. Portholes in the shower offer glimpses of the staircase mural and the river beyond, while thoughtful use of color and texture throughout the staircase adds vibrancy and character to the space.

Custom-Designed Object/Detail

Project Name: East Town Stairs
Firm: Albertsson Hansen Architecture and Interior Design
Designers: Christine Albertsson, ASID; and team

Photo by Wing Ho

Designers’ Note: The East Town Stairs project in downtown Minneapolis aimed to replace a circular staircase with a safer, more efficient design for accessing a roof deck-level bedroom suite. Crafted with reclaimed Douglas fir, Glulam stringers, and steel, the new staircase seamlessly harmonizes with the loft’s original warehouse construction. Open risers and strategic landings enhance safety and flow, while steel and cable railings add a light and elegant feel. The staircase now feels like an integral part of the space, making the daily journey between floors effortless.

Biophilic

Project Name: Connection to Nature in a Modern World
Firm: Habitation Design
Designer: Karl Peltier, Associate ASID

Photo by Ryan Stadler

Designer’s Note: Over the past five years, the clients of this Bloomington abode have been gradually updating their unique 1972 midcentury modern home to create an oasis for their young family. With a 2-year-old son and another baby on the way, they aimed to modernize the home while preserving its original charm. The residence’s interesting floor plan, including a round staircase and catwalk, posed design challenges. Rich walnut tones and black contrasts were used to complement the era of the home, while architectural lighting highlighted its unique lines. Adding biophilic design elements, such as texture, color, and artwork, enhanced the entire home and its outdoor spaces as well.

Student Commercial

Project Name: Oakley’s Dog-Friendly Cocktail Bar
School: University of Minnesota – College of Design
Designer: Caitlin Drews, Student ASID

Rendering by Caitlin Drews

Designer’s Note: Oakley’s Dog-Friendly Cocktail Bar in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood offers a luxurious experience for both humans and their four-legged companions. The bar boasts a grand wood ceiling with a dog bone feature, sealed concrete floors for durability, and a layout that accommodates events and training classes. The design includes an indoor play area tailored to different dog sizes, a blue and yellow color scheme visible to dogs, and furniture selected for style and practicality. The outdoor space includes an off-leash dog park and a terrace overlooking the Great Northern Railway. Oakley’s provides a unique and upscale experience that celebrates the bond between pets and their owners.

Congratulations to the 2023 second-place winners!

Special Award Winners

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Acquiring a contractor for house enhancement jobs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — June is Nationwide Homeownership Thirty day period, and summertime is a fantastic time for some home improvement assignments.

The Improved Organization Bureau (BBB) has recommendations on how to confidently find the appropriate contractor to make your property a property.

Karen Reeves, president and CEO of the BBB of North Alabama, stated it is significant to preserve scams in brain when getting a contractor.

In accordance to the BBB Fraud Tracker Possibility Report for 2023, property improvement ripoffs had been the riskiest for men and women who are 55 and older.

Reeves explained it is significant to be wary of people today who go doorway-to-door giving services.

When not all of them are scammers, the BBB stated home enhancement frauds typically get started with an unsolicited provide like that or an advertisement posted on social media.

Reeves recommends performing your “homework” by evaluating any contractor and checking their history.

The BBB studies that scammers will impersonate effectively-acknowledged organizations to encourage homeowners to give them the first payment, and will then vanish.

According to Reeves, a person rule of thumb when browsing for a contractor for a undertaking is to receive at the very least a few prices from distinct contractors.

Reeves explained that can aid make certain you aren’t becoming taken edge of and that you are not paying much too considerably for expert services.

A different tip: by no means pay back the full project expense upfront, even if they’re offering a big discounted for performing so.

The BBB recommends that you stagger payments all through the venture, so you can periodically test the get the job done as it’s finished to make certain you are content prior to you pay them much more.

Reeves said most deposits really should assortment concerning 10% and 30% of the whole task charge.

“Homeowners ought to steer clear of contractors that question for extra than half of the overall project expense upfront,” the BBB suggests.

A further thing to keep in brain is licensing requirements.

Relying on what get the job done you are obtaining carried out, state or local regulatory agencies involve distinct licensing.

Industries that usually need licenses consist of electricians, HVAC, plumbers and pesticide applicators.

Reeves suggests that householders double-test that the contractor has the correct, legitimate license.

A homeowner could be held liable for get the job done that does not comply with constructing codes or qualified prospects to house injury if the perform was concluded by an unlicensed contractor.

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Furnishings Brand name Sunlight At 6 Masterfully Combines Standard Chinese Joinery & Contemporary Minimalism

For many children of entrepreneurial mother and father, carving one’s own path is vital. There’s a particular thrill in realizing you have cultivated a small journey all your individual, with twists and turns that you have produced and acquired from. But like, all paths, if you look again and retrace your steps, it will often direct you property. Antares and Capella Yee know this to be legitimate. The brother-sister duo guiding furnishings studio Solar At 6 have seamlessly melded historic Chinese joinery do the job with modern shape and type, for a stunning assortment of household furniture that has been showcased in the Forbidden Town, an historic historic palace in Beijing as nicely as San Francisco’s Asian Artwork Museum. But a closer search at the company’s origin tale and you’ll obtain that they are not the initially to master the artwork of furnishings layout.

“My mom's a home furniture designer, so it's tough to explain to just the story of Solar at Six,” points out Antares on a current Zoom get in touch with, referencing the family members matriarch Maria Yee. “It's honestly pretty all-natural simply because rising up all-around my mom, I’m strolling all over the kitchen area table at 10 sort of peering more than her shoulder and she's sitting down there sketching. So you sort of just the natural way soak up that as a kid.”

For context, Maria’s layouts centered about the aforementioned regular Chinese joinery and Ming Dynasty-period design and style. She realized her expertise from a joinery learn in Beijing and leveraged them to build a successful small business following going to the US in the ‘80s. Antares points out that his mother originally started off with quintessential Ming and Qing dynasty-influenced household furniture, created in the “traditional way.” (The glimpse of the historic eras is regarded for combining superior engineering with intricate and advanced carved structure.) Over time, she commenced to add her very own “personal spin” to her pieces, supplying the historic Chinese procedure a much more modern day edge.

Sun At Six furniture
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“It was, in a great deal of scenarios, using a good deal of the extra elaborate detailing and expressing, ‘You know what? This is a small far too gauche. Let me see what comes about if I streamline this part of it.’ I consider her structure feeling was usually influenced specifically by nature and a lot of [Japanese] minimalism. And so she form of used these varieties of issues to her traditional Chinese home furniture.”

Capella, Sunshine At Six’s head of improvement and functions describes that, since their father was also associated in the spouse and children business enterprise, just about every dialogue in the residence was by natural means centered all over furniture. This created for a lifelong schooling on the matter and the industry. “You'd be sitting at the evening meal desk and it really is about home furnishings. And right after school, if we didn't have sports activities, we would just end up in the warehouse just walking all around, observing people today restore issues or ship items out,” she says. “And then in the summers we would be at the manufacturing facility with my mother and father. So it truly is form of like the dinner desk education and learning where your entire existence is this matter, but you are not always conscious of it.”

At the begin of his design and style journey, Antares — who moved from the family members property in San Jose, California to New York City — originally pursued the “digital architectural experiential” space. But following a several decades of staring at a computer system screen the younger qualified was completely ready for a new obstacle, some thing more actual physical. “Because of my qualifications in furnishings, I was like, ‘Oh, I marvel what would transpire if I started out coming up with some furniture parts and observing how that does?” he says.

Antares took his inaugural offerings to a trade show to see what variety of reaction they may garner, and he was pleasantly stunned. “They did really very well, we marketed out of a few of the items that we experienced, and it was like, Ok, which is fascinating,” he claims. “So we kind of just kept likely, saved selling pieces, and then just converted to a total time [business model] and sort of grew from there.” And grew they did. Sunlight at 6 released in 2017, with Capella coming on in 2022.

Like Maria, Antares’s technique to Solar At Six’s home furnishings pays homage to typical Chinese joinery, but he points out that his creativity draws from multiple avenues. “I feel there's a huge variance just from a 10,000-foot watch,” he claims of the comparison amongst his furnishings and that of his mom. “A whole lot of my mom's work is modern usually takes on regular Chinese work. There is a whole lot of the detailing, a good deal of the curves that you can kind of see exactly where she was influenced by and kind of experienced her foundations in. For me, I'm coming from in essence New York Metropolis, so it can be a location in which there is so several unique styles of home furniture.”

Minimalism is at the center of Sunshine At Six’s design ethos, obvious in the basic but timeless structure of greatest-promoting objects like the curved, plush Temi Chair, natural reduce Ohm Coffee Desk, and the wonderfully rounded Kiral system bed. “Ultimately, what I worth is home furniture that a man or woman can sit on for really particular uses, and I think that's a seriously intriguing constraint to do the job with,” says Antares. “How can you improve a piece inside of that environment of [affordability and functionality]? So I feel which is something equivalent to my mom as effectively.”

Just one via line that Antares notes is the adore of well-executed style. “That's something we equally try for, is to make sure whatever the piece you are doing, the proportions, just the essential things of layout are there,” he clarifies. “So that's one more factor which is very similar.”

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Equally Antares and Capella remember their mother and father currently being skeptical of their foray into the home furnishings company in the these preliminary decades. “[My mom] was like, ‘Oh, which is lovable. You want to check out household furniture. I have been undertaking this for 40 decades. Sure, do your matter, no matter what,’” Antares says with a snicker. “I imagine she and my father both of those absolutely predicted it to are unsuccessful. She failed to actually convey that towards me, but she later on admitted it to me.” Just after observing the increasing achievement of Sunlight At Six, on the other hand, Maria started off to come about, respecting Antares’ “thought system and sensibilities” a bit extra.

And they are not the only types getting a deeper regard and being familiar with for a further generation. Capella suggests becoming a member of Sunshine At 6 has also aided her attain a further appreciation for her parents’ special standpoint on and tactic to company. “You see the very good and the negative,” says Capella of her initial two yrs at the enterprise. “You're like, ‘Wow, I are not able to imagine that you fellas in fact went from practically nothing to develop all of this and have this mastery in joinery and preserve this method [so well].”

The working experience has also deepened the bond amongst brother and sister, who admit that functioning collectively has brought about new conflict, but also new breakthroughs. “I consider just personally, that's been seriously impressive for me to be like, ‘Hey, you can find this particular person in my existence who loves me so a lot that even when I am genuinely, truly, definitely remaining the worst particular person, we can talk via that,” Capella says. “That I assume is just a nuts, effective romance to have in your daily life. And I never know if we would've gotten there, if not for doing the job together.”

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Saskatchewan qualified prospects the country in building development expense – DiscoverWeyburn.com

In accordance to the newest info from Data Canada, Saskatchewan ranks very first in the country in setting up design investment decision with a 9.7 percent maximize in April 2024 in contrast to March 2024 (seasonally-modified). These figures emphasize the province's flourishing financial landscape and its motivation to fostering development and development.

"Saskatchewan's setting up design sector is viewing file investment," Trade and Export Advancement Minister Jeremy Harrison claimed. "This investment does not happen by incident, it is a final result of our government's dedication to creating a competitive and steady business enterprise setting and reducing unneeded regulatory load. This financial commitment is major to new work and more possibilities for men and women across Saskatchewan."

In April 2024, making construction has also found a 21.8 per cent yr-in excess of-yr raise in this category more than April 2023 (seasonally-modified), inserting the province 3rd in conditions of percentage modify among the the provinces. Non-household setting up development (seasonally-altered) also improved by 3.5 per cent in April 2024, as opposed to March 2024, and residential development greater by 13.3 % in this interval.

Expenditure in making construction is calculated dependent on the whole expending benefit on creating building inside the province.

The provincial economic system proceeds to see sizeable expansion not too long ago. Exports are suffering from important progress, totaling about $101.9 billion for 2022 and 2023 put together. This is a 52.2 % enhance from the prior two-yr period of 2020-2021, which observed $66.9 billion in complete exports. 

Figures Canada's most up-to-date GDP numbers also show that Saskatchewan's 2023 genuine GDP arrived at an all-time superior of $77.9 billion, rising by $1.2 billion, or 1.6 p.c. This spots Saskatchewan second in the country for actual GDP growth, and previously mentioned the nationwide regular of 1.2 p.c. 

Personal cash investment is projected to achieve $14.2 billion in 2024, an improve of 14.4 p.c in excess of 2023. This is the optimum predicted share raise in Canada.

The province not long ago released "Securing the Subsequent 10 years of Development: Saskatchewan's Financial commitment Attraction Approach," in conjunction with the launch of the investSK.ca site. These initiatives are positioned to amplify expansion in Saskatchewan, serving as pivotal devices in driving even more enhancement.

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Six spring, summer trends for home

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Culinary décor, athletic aesthetics and romcom-inspired interiors that may move you to break out the tissue box as you binge-watch your favourite romantic comedies are among this spring and summer’s hottest trends, according to Etsy.

Let’s dive into the online marketplace’s home décor predictions, some of which just may transport you back to simpler times: 

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Trend No. 1: Chef’s kiss. As the culinary world becomes a dominant force in the cultural zeitgeist, shoppers are spicing things up with everything from foodie-inspired art and hosting gifts to clothing and accessories that reflect their favourite food or cocktail. Etsy predicts this “new iteration” of dopamine dressing and décor will heat up even more this year, complete with foodie-inspired art that it describes as a “feast for the eyes.” 

Decorating tips: “My favourite way to incorporate this trend in the home is through food and cocktail themed art and printed napkins, tea towels and other textiles,” Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson says. “There are so many fun options on Etsy from sellers who illustrate, embroider or even screen-print these whimsical pieces that add a pop of personality to your kitchen or even a bar cart area.”

Trend No. 2: Western 2.0. Yee-haw. You can tip your cowboy hat to the music megastars who’ve been embracing the country genre and its aesthetics for this trend. The iconic Western look has evolved from rugged cowboy roots to incorporate elements like leather, suede and fringe with a touch of glam, Etsy reports. 

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Toast the chef’s kiss trend with artwork that celebrates delicious bites and delightful chefs.
Toast the chef’s kiss trend with artwork that celebrates delicious bites and delightful chefs. Photo by ETSY photograph

Decorating tips: Western 2.0 is all about mixing classic, timeless elements like distressed leather furniture and denim accents with more modern and contemporary pieces so that your whole space doesn’t feel too rugged, Isom Johnson reports. “Some of my favourite ways to infuse western influences right now are through cow print textiles, vintage horseshoes and cowboy boot motifs, which are a very popular candle shape as of late.”

Trend No. 3: Sports-core. From classic retro jerseys and oversized rugby shirts to golf-themed posters and prints, athletic aesthetics are on trend, Etsy reports. 

Decorating tips: “This summer is set to be filled with global games excitement and I love the idea of leaning into sporty aesthetics for summer entertaining. On Etsy, there are so many tennis and pickleball inspired table décor that make for a cute themed party. I also love incorporating backyard games like cornhole and ring toss, which you can even get personalized on Etsy.”

Trend No. 4: Garden girl. Flowers for spring may not be groundbreaking, Etsy admits, but this year shoppers are stopping to smell the roses and embracing their inner ‘garden girl’ by inviting nature’s beauty into their lives.

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This crocheted pillow complements the time-honoured textiles trend.
This crocheted pillow complements the time-honoured textiles trend. Photo by ETSY photograph

Decorating tips: “The ‘garden girl’ aesthetic is all about inviting nature’s beauty into your space through botanical motifs and natural, ruffled textiles that resemble blossoms. For the warmer months ahead, I’m all about pastel linen in the home: napkins, tablecloths, bedding and more,” says Isom Johnson. The self-described “dedicated plant mom” will refresh her indoor and outdoor planters with brightly-coloured ceramic and hand-painted flower pots.

 Trend No. 5: Time-honoured textiles. Crochet, quilted and embroidered details are seeing a major revival in both home décor and fashion, underscoring a desire for quality pieces with a handmade touch, Etsy notes. . 

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Time-honoured textiles like this comfort quilt offer a handmade touch to a favourite space. Photo by ETSY photograph

Decorating tips: “Quilted and crocheted pieces are timeless and they represent a long tradition of craftsmanship,” Isom Johnson says. “Sourcing authentic vintage items is a fabulous way to honour the past and add character to your home and I’m also loving the new wave of contemporary stitchers on Etsy who are creating really interesting modern quilts that are equally as stunning when used as a bedspread or hung on a wall as art.”

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This linen couch cover gives off romcom vibes.
This linen couch cover gives off romcom vibes. Photo by ETSY photograph

Trend No. 6: Romcom interiors. The 1990s and early 2000s vibe that took over fashion is making its way into our living spaces, according to Etsy. Driven by a longing for a “simpler, pre-social media era,” shoppers are embracing a “cozy, approachable and timeless décor style reminiscent of classic romcoms.” Heavily-styled bookshelves are the new gallery walls, patterns and prints live in harmony, and homes that feel “alive and lived in” trump minimalist or perfectly curated spaces, it says. 

Decorating tips: Isom Johnson is pleased to see shoppers moving away from feeling the need to have sleek, minimal picture-perfect homes and are craving something a little more real. 

“This trend is all about layering, and creating a home that feels truly lived-in and a little nostalgic,” she says. “Vintage, antique and flea market finds are really the ticket to transforming your space into a home that brings you comfort, just like your favourite ‘90s romcom.”

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Vanilla Ice crafted a true estate empire and is reportedly well worth $20M now

‘I made millions for doing nothing!’: Vanilla Ice built a real estate empire and is reportedly worth $20M now

‘I created millions for carrying out absolutely nothing!’: Vanilla Ice designed a genuine estate empire and is reportedly value $20M now

There is a long list of superstars who created a fortune and lost it all. Burt Reynolds, Mike Tyson and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson have all submitted for personal bankruptcy in the previous. Francis Ford Copolla has submitted for personal bankruptcy thrice!

Lots of believed Robert Van Winkle, much better identified as Vanilla Ice, would discover himself on that checklist after his songs vocation withered away.

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However, the rap star has managed to construct a business empire immediately after he still left the spotlight. Divorce data received by DailyMail.com showed that he was worth $9 million in 2018. In accordance to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his internet value is now at $20 million.

“I made millions for performing absolutely nothing!” Van Winkle advised comic Steve-O on a recent episode of his podcast "Steve-O's Wild Trip!"

Here’s how the 1-strike-wonder constructed a valuable real estate and media empire.

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Van Winkle’s biggest profession split was his strike tune “Ice Ice Baby” introduced in August 1990. The track was an instantaneous strike and went on to develop into the celebration anthem of the 90s. “We ended up promoting a million data a day, simple!” he informed Steve-O.

Sad to say, Van Winkle’s rap vocation nosedived soon after “Ice Ice Baby,” but the keep track of was effective sufficient to enable him accumulate a massive portfolio of genuine estate.

He reported he purchased properties "all more than the region" that he "never ever utilized." When he made a decision to offload his qualities, Van Winkle claims he was astonished by how beneficial the investments had been. “They sold actually speedy and I designed millions for carrying out almost nothing! I failed to even transform the carpet ... and I go holy s— let us go get a bunch more of them.”

When one particular of his residences was wrecked by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he made the decision to renovate it himself and sold it. This practical experience sparked a lifelong fascination with real estate. Van Winkle suggests he went to style university and worked as a standard contractor for quite a few decades.

As of 2018, he was building $800,000 a calendar year, in accordance to court paperwork launched in the course of his divorce at the time.

All this expertise getting and renovating homes gave him the instruments he essential to craft a long-expression business enterprise system.

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Immediately after 30 years of investing in actual estate, Van Winkle says he has developed a video game strategy. He suggests he prefers to obtain attributes that are off-marketplace and not stated on the many listing support (MLS).

Off-current market offers are uncommon. Only 3% of homebuyers surveyed by the Nationwide Association of Realtors in 2023 reported they procured their property straight from the seller or realized the vendor as an alternative of heading by means of brokers or on the net listing solutions.

He also purchases distressed homes and residence tax liens. He suggests he "places out tax dockets on properties" which presents him a prospect to buy the property "for pennies on the dollar."

Renovating these attributes adds price, but Van Winkle also works by using the renovation course of action for written content. His fact Television collection "The Vanilla Ice Challenge" on the Do-it-yourself Network has 180 episodes across 13 seasons, incorporating a further supply of money for the savvy entrepreneur.

This diversified real estate and media empire has assisted the previous rap star expand and maintain his wealth.

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How to choose antique garden furniture, from Roman to wrought-iron

On weekends from now until September, you’ll often find me wandering around a National Garden Scheme open garden, wondering why everyone else seems to be better at weeding, and desperately trying to identify plants I want. But also wishing that I had the budget for the antiques that some of the best gardens feature: because nothing seems to ground a garden quite like a wrought-iron gate or a painted bench, perfectly parked at the end of an avenue of trees. 

The world of antiques — particularly for the garden — can sometimes appear hard to navigate. Where do people begin? That depends on the style of your house and garden, explains Travers Nettleton, who runs Garden Art Plus, a two-acre site in Hungerford, Berkshire, full of garden antiques from early Roman pieces to tiered fountains and Victorian benches. “I’d start with something to sit on and something to eat at. We have clients coming to us and saying, ‘We’ve just bought a beautiful Georgian house — what would be in keeping?’”

“I’d start with some beautiful Georgian strapwork metal benches, produced by high-quality blacksmiths. And then, if you are a purist, 18th-century statues and urns and planters.”

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A mid 19th-century Margam vase made by James Pulham & Son in buff terracotta, from Garden Art Plus

Such items not only look beautiful, they also help to create a sense of history or tell a story about our homes. “Sculpture and architectural antiques have always been used through the centuries to draw your eye to a different part of the garden,” says Nettleton. And clever placement of the items can make a big difference: “It can introduce harmony and peace as well as help the gardener draw the person around the garden.”

Gates, for example, can frame a view — Nettleton recently took a huge, 3-metre-high pair of blacksmith-worked gates to display at Chelsea Flower Show. “People like putting gates up even if they don’t own the land beyond it,” he says.

It will come as no surprise to hear that the garden antiques scene is not really a place where trends apply. However, there are certain items that are ever popular and collectable. One notable example is the Coalbrookdale bench, made from cast iron at the Coalbrookdale foundry in Shropshire, and enjoying its heyday in the Victorian era.

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Balustrade sundial made of Portland stone, with bronze armillary sphere, mid 19th century, Garden Art Plus

Michael Thompson, who runs Thompson’s Garden Emporium, is a Coalbrookdale bench specialist (a dealer, restorer and passionate collector). Their desirability, he explains, is down to the quality, both in terms of the manufacturing process but also the designs — the most famous of which is the Convolvulus pattern of twisting vines, first registered in 1842. Other examples include Fern and Blackberry and Nasturtium, highly detailed floral patterns, recognisably Victorian in style. 

The designs were first produced in wood, pressed into sand to make a mould, before molten iron was poured in. If you look closely at the back of an original Coalbrookdale bench, you’ll see that it is actually quite thin and beautifully crafted, says Thompson. So antique hunters beware: “The modern reproductions are a lot heavier than the original Coalbrookdales so it’s a bit of a myth when people say ‘that’s heavy, it must be a Victorian one’, because it’s actually the other way around.”

Thompson says that Queen Victoria purchased Coalbrookdale benches for Osborne, her home on the Isle of Wight. They were, and still are, expensive. To buy an original, says Thompson, will cost from £3,000 and could escalate to £12,000 depending on desirability, so it’s an investment piece. But they have stood the test of time and should continue to do so if looked after and restored when needed.

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Thompson’s Garden Emporium specialises in Victorian cast-iron Coalbrookdale benches; this one has a Fern and Blackberry pattern

Of course, if your house and garden predates the Victorian era, an 18th-century bench might be more in keeping. Unlike the Coalbrookdale benches that were produced in a large foundry, these were made as one-offs, often by estate blacksmiths. They tend to be simpler in design than the later Victorian models, with little turned-out feet to stop them sinking into the earth. To find examples, try auctions or specialist antique garden furniture dealers such as Lichen Garden Antiques or Garden Art Plus.

French antique garden furniture is also highly sought after. Caryl Tincknell runs Violet Grey, which sources furniture from Europe from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Arras pieces, hand-forged decorative furniture with distinctive claw or hoof feet. Much of it is found at déballages — huge antique fairs in the south of France. The company also specialises in unusual planters — it currently has an enormous, metre-wide copper pot for sale, used to make marmalade in the south of France circa 1900. It’s a striking piece with huge rivets — ideal for flowers or even for conversion into a water feature.  

It is garden table sets, however, that have proven to be hugely successful for Violet Grey. Its approach is to find pieces — usually iron tables with marble tops, and then match them with sets of chairs from similar eras. Most pieces are grit blasted and powder coated (often in green) before being sold on to clients. It’s a less traditional process but Tincknell says it protects the pieces from the weather. Demand has been huge. “As soon as they [the table sets] go online they’ve been selling out. We can’t keep up with it.”  

Most antique garden furniture does show its age through patina and imperfections, but if you would rather ensure that the end aesthetic is less shabby chic and more contemporary chic, architecture and interior design practice De Rosee Sa has just launched a new collection of restored garden pieces, with a sleek and modern finish.

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Enormous copper pot, used to make marmalade in the south of France circa 1900, from Violet Grey

The collection includes 1960s French wrought-iron foldable chairs, painted, restored and kitted out with square striped-linen seat pads, and a 1950s French garden set that the founder and director, Claire Sá, says has been “reimagined as a homage to the coastal furniture found in Positano patios”. It has a new paint job, a new marble top and vibrant orange linen seat cushions.

Sá says that there is “an appetite for a romantic and whimsical garden” and says that the new collection “aims to tap into a more environmentally conscious consumer who understands the importance of ‘buy once, buy well’.” Its careful paint choices and new upholstery, including stripes in different thicknesses, show just what can be done to make these older pieces appeal to a new generation of collectors.

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Interior Design ‘Disaster’ People Keep Making When Furnishing Their Home

Thinking of shaking up your living room setup? Make sure you're not committing this interior design blunder that happens "time and time again," according to a video on TikTok.

The mistake, with the use of rugs, was pointed out in a clip posted by Claire—who calls herself an interior adviser on her account @thatcotswoldclaire—which has had over 48,000 views since it was shared on May 20.

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A caption with the post reads: "I see this interior disaster time and time again... here's how to avoid it and how to do it better."

She said in the clip: "I don't want you to make that same mistake. So, I'm going to show you what it is and then I'm going to show you how to do it better. There's an expression—go big or go home—and that fits perfectly with what I'm about to show you. You will elevate your space by getting this right and it's easy, let me show you."

"This is it, if your rug looks like this," the woman says, as an image in the graphic shows a rug placed between some couches that are facing each other. The edges of the rug appear to just reach the legs of the furniture.

She explained: "We do not want a little teeny tiny rug floating like an island with nowhere to go in our lounge."

Her post comes as the median home renovation spend was found to have surged in the past three years. It soared by 60 percent between 2020 ($15,000) and 2023 ($24,000), according to a survey of 32,615 users, including 17,713 renovating U.S. homeowners, conducted by home design website Houzz.

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More than half of renovating homeowners (51 percent) were reported to have spent $25,000 or more on their renovations in 2023, a rise from 37 percent in 2020, the survey found.

Living-room projects were found to be popular last year, with one in five homeowners (21 percent) having undertaken them. But kitchens remain as the most commonly renovated interior room (29 percent), followed by guest bathrooms (27 percent) and primary bathrooms (25 percent), according to the survey.

'Giving a Space That Sense of Belonging'

Claire continued in her popular clip, "So here are some examples of how we do it better," as another graphic in the backdrop shows several floor plans with the edges of the rug tucked underneath the legs and edges of the furniture surrounding it.

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She added: "A rug is a really good tool for zoning an open-plan living area or giving a space that sense of belonging and that homely feel."

When purchasing a rug, Claire advised that you should be picturing the rug reaching the furthest point possible in your room.

She said in the video: "You must bring that rug underneath your furniture. And at the very least, you need to be putting the rug underneath the front legs of your sofa and beyond, if you can."

"Rugs are expensive, we want to make sure we get it right. I always recommend masking up your floor area, putting your furniture all in its space and decide whether or not your rug is framing the space enough," she added.

Living room setting with sofas and rug.
A stock image of a living room setting decorated with sofas and a rug. A TikTok user has claimed there is a "disaster" mistake that people make "time and time again" when it comes to...
A stock image of a living room setting decorated with sofas and a rug. A TikTok user has claimed there is a "disaster" mistake that people make "time and time again" when it comes to rugs.

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