Category: Tile & Stone

Are you really covered? A look at Homeowner Insurance

We’ve had some weird, and extreme weather lately. Earthquakes on both coasts, Hurricane Irene, tornadoes outside of Tornado Alley, hailstorms and wicked winds have been top stories in the news over the last several months. How have you fared? How about your home? Home improvement experts recommend checking various areas...

/ September 23, 2011

Personalizing Your Space With Vicky Sanderson

HomeStars welcomes guest blogger Vicky Sanderson today with some tips on personalizing your space. The bad news is that a growing penchant for eclectic home decor means it’s getting harder and harder to tell from design mags and television make-over shows which looks are hot, and which are not. The...

/ September 22, 2011

HomeStars gives to the David Suzuki Foundation

Being able to give back to our local community is an important mandate for HomeStars. June 10th through July 10th, 2011 HomeStars ran a charity program to support the David Suzuki Foundation. For every review submitted through this program, HomeStars would donate $10 to DSF. We were pleased to present...

/ August 31, 2011

7 Great Kitchens (As Posted By Our Reviewers)

Every now and then we take some time to go through the many reviews posted on our site. Not only do we find great contractors (and some to avoid), but through reviews we find great design ideas. Here are a three trends in kitchens from the past few months. A...

/ August 24, 2011

Summer Traffic Report & Search Word Forecast

I took a look into both the search words and queries that bring people to HomeStars and the words and queries that are used once someone reaches the site, to get a better idea of what to expect in the coming months. Some of the most popular searches, no matter...

/ July 7, 2011

Growing a Giving Garden

HomeStars had the pleasure of supporting the Giving Garden in Kemptville over the past weekend. The Giving Garden is entirely volunteer run. It is a lovely open space just off a main-thoroughfare in Kemptville. Earlier this year during a wind storm, the garden shed had toppled over. The gardeners had...

/ June 23, 2011

Tool Box – Outdoor Living

This is a regular blogging segment that reviews the past week’s trends in the home improvement industry. If you come across a cool post or video you think should be included, send an email with the subject line “Tool Box” to inbound AT homestars DOT com, or Tweet it to...

/ June 3, 2011

Selling Your Home: 7 Questions for Penny Southam

I recently had the chance to put seven questions to local superstar, Penny Southam. You might know Penny from the hit W Network television show All For Nothing?. Penny also just happens to be one of Ottawa’s top interior designers to boot. 1. Spring marks the opening of real estate...

/ May 26, 2011

Restoring a Heritage Grist Mill in Spencerville

While we try to help a wide variety of community groups at HomeStars, it isn’t often that we find a charity or a project that directly relates to renovations. Thus we were eager to support the Spencerville Mill Foundation in its ongoing pursuit to restore a great heritage building. The...

/ May 16, 2011

Earth Day Toolbox – Green Home Renovation Trends

In 2011, Going Green is No Longer a Trend, but a Necessity. This is a regular blogging segment that reviews the past week’s trends in the home improvement industry. If you come across a cool post or video you think should be included, send an email with the subject line...

/ April 22, 2011