Salt Water Pools vs. Chlorine Pools Benefits

If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably thinking about switching your chlorine pool to a salt water pool. Salt water pools have gained popularity because of the idea that they don’t contain chlorine. Maybe you or a family member is allergic to chlorine, or you’ve been hearing about the...

/ June 8, 2017

The Latest Wallpaper Trends for 2017

There has been talk of wallpaper making a comeback within the last few years, and I think we can now confidently say it is back and better than ever. What was once a longtime design taboo is now the go-to home decor trend to use as a way to dramatically...

/ June 7, 2017
phantom energy appliances

15 Home Appliances That Use Energy When Turned Off

It’s no surprise that electronic appliances use electricity when they’re on. What may come as a surprise, however, is that all of our devices continue to use electricity when they’re switched off. In fact, up to 10% of your electric bill is spent on appliances while they’re not even being...

/ June 6, 2017

7 Home Trends That Look Great But Are Ultimately Impractical

When decorating a home, style is definitely a top priority. Despite that, there are many trendy interior features that look great in photos, but in reality are a real pain in the behind. Take a look at this list to see the fads that are better left on the blogs,...

/ June 2, 2017

June HomeStars Star Reviewer Contest Now Open

Celebrate Father’s Day & Fathers with HomeStars More Reviews = Better Odds To Win! June means a lot of things. The end of Spring and beginning of Summer, school ending for the year, and getting ready to enjoy the warmer months. It also means Father’s Day is right around the...

/ June 1, 2017
hidden cat litter box ideas

The 10 Best Hidden Cat Litter Box Ideas

There’s a lot to love about cats, but there’s one thing that even the biggest cat whisperers out there can’t stand: litter boxes. Unfortunately, a litter box is an unsightly necessity that will stick out like a sore paw no matter what room you try to hide it in. That’s...

/ May 31, 2017
living room area rug

How To Choose The Best Area Rugs For Your Home Decor

The right area rug can really tie a room together but an ill-fitting rug can throw off your perfectly planned design. How to choose an area rug is more than just finding the right colour and pattern; size matters and it differs from room to room. Whether you’re looking for...

/ May 30, 2017
Kitchen

What a Million Dollars Gets You In Every Major City in Canada

It isn’t big news that some Canadian cities are in the middle of a housing crisis, where average detached housing prices have risen to $1.49 million in Vancouver, and $1.6 million in Toronto. This has made it more difficult than ever to own a house, but it really doesn’t have to be....

/ May 26, 2017
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The Importance of Securely Setting Up Smart Home Devices

For the tech lovers among us, the rapid advancements in smart home technology are exciting developments. It won’t be long until most homes have touchscreen hubs on their refrigerators, smart lighting, and various other voice controlled devices to make their lives easier. Perhaps the most profound changes have happened within...

/ May 25, 2017
designated substance survey

Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017