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The Challenge: We asked two designers to create a room concept using Beauti-tone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Tropic of Conversation. Vote for your favorite today for a chance to win a $ 250 Home Hardware gift card from Beauti-tone!

Yvonne’s Cheerful Bedroom

Yvonne Whelan: For this cheerful, modern bedroom, I started with a warm earthy Antique French floor in Bordeaux and a neutral wall color paired with Beauti-Tone’s Color of the Year, Tropic of Conversation. I would use this bold color to paint a sliding barn door for a stunning feature. Furniture and accessories in bold, black and white patterns give the space a very modern feel. A few pops of orange carry the barn door color throughout the room without over complicating the look.– Click here for more information and sources.

Jacklynn’s Contemporary Living Room

Jacklynn Little: My inspiration started with the Color of the Year from Beauti-tone called Tropic Of Conversation and a beautiful French Antique floor in Bordeaux. I added hot pink to both balance out the bright orange and give the room a bold look. The sofa is a neutral shade of cream which gives great contrast to the wall color. Pillows in orange and pink fabrics in a variety of patterns will make this room both contemporary and fun to live in. A luxurious rug pulls together all the colors in the room and the gold coffee table and side tables give the look an elegant feel.- Click here for more information and sources.

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20 Things You Never Knew About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Before the bird goes into the oven, some 50 million people will feast their eyes on the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this turkey day. But relatively few viewers of the three-hour shindig know the real story about the historic holiday parade. Here are some festive facts—and well-kept secrets—about one of the biggest entertainment events of the year that you won’t uncover by tuning in on TV or attending in person.
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Outfit Formula: White Boots with Dresses and Skirts

This is part two on how to incorporate white boots in outfits. Last week I covered white boots with pants and jeans. This weeks it’s dresses and skirts. 

Repeating a few upfront comments I made in the previous post on white boots with pants and jeans: 

  1. Platinum blondes, light silver, and white-haired people naturally bookend white boots in outfits. If the white boots match nothing else in the outfit, they will effortlessly create a complement with their light-coloured hair.
  2. It is not essential to bookend the look. You can have ANY complexion and hair colour and rock white boots.
  3. When you wear tops and toppers in shades of white, white boots look more integrated into the outfit.
  4. Create a two or three item complement with white boots using a belt, a scarf that picks up some white in the pattern, a handbag, or a an item of jewellery. My white pearls do a good job of picking up the white in my footwear.
  5. Don’t worry too much about mismatching white boots in an outfit. Their jarring and bright effect as a stand-alone addition is in itself a trendy look, although an acquired taste

Some visuals to get those white boot outfits rolling:

1. Super Hero Dress

Combine short white heeled booties with any dress, walk out the door and feel like a super hero. Finish off the look with a topper that works with the outfit. The pattern of the dress does not have to have a white component. White works with any solid, and you don’t need blonde or silvery white hair to bookend the outfit.

Eloquii Printed Knit Fit and Flare

2. De-Bombshelled Mini

I liked how the short skirt is combined with a fluid blouse that’s tucked for structure instead of a tight top that would create a body-con look from neck to hem. The tailored flat booties further de-bombshell the outfit the same way a pair of sneakers would. The tailored low-contrast booties lengthen the leg line, as does exposing the waistline which offsets their flatness. The white in the tartan of the skirt picks up the white of the boots.

Heartmade Soran Skirt

3. Sharp Neutals

Combine a neutral top and bottom and finish off the look with white boots because it’s as neutral. The cohesion in the outfit comes from the repetition of the cognac bag, toffee top and ginger hair of the model. Of course, you can wear any neutral, but the earth-toned repetition here is interesting.

NEOUS Spath Leather Ankle Boots

4. The ‘90s

Black and white matched with bright red is the most classic palette of all. Combine a black skirt with a red top, and finish off the vibe with white boots. Here, the black soles and laces of the boots work well with the black skirt. The blonde hair of the model bookends the white of the footwear. Of course, black pants and jeans work just as well.

R13 Glossed-leather Ankle Boots

5. Prairie Fabness

Midi dresses are very fashionable, and flouncy ones like this are a nod to the Western trend. Tall white ruched boots with high heels are a fringe trend, and look fresh under the longer length of the dress. The light background of this dress complements the white boots, which pulls the look together. Tall white cowboy boots could look fabulous too.

Alexis Junno Dress

I wear white Western shooties instead of white booties with my skirts and dresses at the moment, and insulate with sheer barely black hose or black micro fishnet hose. Here are the exact items from my wardrobe. I add a pair of cropped flares to the short Zara dress and wear it as a tunic.

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Families anxious to learn fate of hundreds missing in California fire

Family members and survivors of the deadliest wildfire in California history sought news on Friday on the missing 630 people – 10 times the number of confirmed dead – from the fast-moving blaze that reduced much of the town of Paradise to ash and charred rubble.


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Yummy Christmas Mocktails Perfect for Christmas Dinner

If you’re going to go out of your way to leave a non-alcoholic beverage out for Santa this year, why not follow suit with these festive virgin drinks that even the minors at your dinner table can enjoy.

 

Grinch punch

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Apple pie cider

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Eggnog hot chocolate

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Candy cane sparkler

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Festive fruit punch

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Exclusive: Chile regulators reject Albemarle plans to boost lithium output

Chilean environmental regulators this week rejected plans submitted by the world’s top lithium producer Albemarle to expand output from the Salar de Atacama, according to filings with Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (SEA) reviewed by Reuters.


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Fab Finds: Toppers, Pants & Dresses

Here’s an assortment of items across a range of price points that have been winners on my clients recently. It’s fun to see fresh and “new” silhouettes come through, and in colours other than black and grey. It’s great to see a more consistent level of good quality across brands like Universal Standard, Boden, Club Monaco, Halogen and COS. I’m loving the availability of extended sizes too. 

1. Universal Standard Short Puffer Jacket

This is the first time I’ve seen a plus-size brand size down to supply regular sizes in the same items. Usually it’s a regular size brand sizing up to provide plus sizes, and I like how the tables have turned. This puffer is available from a US2-4 to a US26-28, and the complete size assortment was displayed in the casual Point of View area at Nordstrom. A step in the right direction. It’s one of the best short puffers of the season, and well made too. Avant-garde, fashionable and architectural. Looks like a COS piece. The cut is sublime and works on a range of body types. The high-low hem is flattering. The colour is in between a cinnamon and burgundy, and quite accurate in the stock photo. It’s very versatile, looking as good with a dressy outfit as it does a casual one.

2. 1901 Cape

Bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes with this darling cape jacket. It’s SUPER cute, especially in the check. The waist tie is removable so that you can button the jacket like a proper cape if that’s more your vibe. Runs a size big so size down. NICE quality and crease-resistant. The checked cape has matching wide cropped pants. That’s a lot of check to wear in one outfit, but fabulous if that’s the statement you want to make.

3. Catherine Malandrino Faux Fur Collar Snap Down Jacket

One of the best $ 47 purchases of the year, and unfortunately the stock photo does not do the item justice. It’s a sweater jacket with a small faux fur collar that works on all neck lengths and bust sizes. Its gentle cocoon silhouette gives it an on trend vibe, as well as a Modern Retro one. It’s soft, comfortable and works over single and multiple layers. Dress it up or down. Wear it over dresses, skirts, jeans or pants. Leave it on indoors, or wear it as outerwear. VERSATILE. The ink blue with black collar gets my top vote. The black with the leopard collar next.

4. Boden Velvet Pants

The best velvet pants of the season at a relatively affordable price. Beautifully made and a fabulous fit. They have worked on everyone who has tried them on, although some need a slight waist alteration at the back. A magical fit that works on curvier and straighter body types because of sturdy fabric, a longer length rise, a bit of stretch, and enough room on the legs so that pocket linings don’t grin through. Available in petites, regular and talls in an assortment of colours, and up to a size US18. Very deserving rave reviews. The mustard is on its way to me.

5. Boden Velvet Blazer

The best modern classic velvet blazer of the season. It has worked on a range of body types, and is absolutely GORGEOUS quality. The stretch makes it extra comfy and allows it to mould to the body. Wear it with the matching velvet pants, or with jeans or trousers. Available in petites and regular, but not in tall. It might feel a little short on tall gals, but not too bad. Read the rave reviews. The mustard is on its way to me.

6. Zara Coat

BEST brown on-trend cocoon coat of the season. The silhouette is very flattering in an architectural way, and has worked on a range of body types. There is ample structure in the tapered hem and architectural drape of the style. My client tried it on and took my breath away. The shade of brown is cool-toned too. Wear it over single or multiple layers.

7. Club Monaco Dress Kyosti Sweater Dress

One of the best holiday dresses of the season. Warm, covered, avant-garde, architectural and very comfortable. Fabulous quality. Both colours are beautiful. Best suited to a straighter hip and less curvy bottom half, although a gentle hourglass can feel fab in it too. No shapewear required. Works really well on a broader shoulder line and shorter neck. Length is longer in person unless you are very tall.

8. Club Monaco Knitwear

Do yourself a favour and browse Club Monaco’s knitwear this season. Try it on, and look at all the colour options. It’s a little dressier and more unique than most of what is out there at the price point, and much nicer quality too. The colours skew cool-toned and neutral, which isn’t good for me, but might be ideal for you. The styles in this collection are the winners on clients so far.

9. Halogen Atlantic Pacific Faux Fur Coat

The quality of the coat is brilliant for the price point, and better than the usual Halogen level of quality. It’s a delicious shade of spicy cinnamon and makes a gorgeous on-trend statement. Modern retro, versatile and fun. Great length. It spans a range of sizes, which is one of the best things about it.

10. COS Pleated Dress

This is a repeat style for good reason because its works extremely well on a larger bust, and both curvier and straighter body types. Not good on extreme pretty pear shapes, but wonderful on adorable apple body types and broad shoulders. Substantial fabric and great drape. Can be dressed up or down. Wear it as dress with hose and boots, or over leggings. Our Inge has last year’s version in navy and looks sensational in it. She wears it over leggings and with booties and pops a coat and scarf over the top. Urban Casual Chic.

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DIY Poppy Wreaths to Honor Our Veterans

We’ve compiled some of our favorite DIY wreath ideas for Remembrance day; from simple wreaths you can use as teaching tools with your little ones to decorative, classic styles you can use as decor!

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Outfit Formula: White Boots with Pants and Jeans

Boots in white shades are on-trend. There have been lots of questions on the blog and forum about how to incorporate them into outfits, so here is the first of two outfit formula posts on the topic. 

A few things upfront:

  1. Platinum blondes, light silver, and white-haired people naturally bookend white boots in outfits. If the white boots match nothing else in the outfit, they will effortlessly create a complement with their coloured light hair.
  2. It is not essential to bookend the look. You can have ANY complexion and hair colour and rock white boots.
  3. When you wear tops and toppers in shades of white, white boots look more integrated into the outfit.
  4. Create a two or three-item complement with white boots using a belt, a scarf that picks up some white in the pattern, a handbag, or a an item of jewellery. My white pearls do a good job of picking up the white in my footwear.
  5. Don’t worry too much about mismatching white boots in an outfit. Their jarring and bright effect as a stand-alone addition is in itself a trendy look, although an acquired taste.

Some visuals to get those white boot outfits rolling:

1. Column of Colour

The white boots here are a mismatched addition, which I think works well. Less expected than black, animal print, or cognac boots to match the top layers. There is no bookending with light blonde hair, but there is an extremely narrow white stripe in the pinstripe of the blazer that picks up the white of the boots. It’s very subtle, and might as well not be there. The column of navy, and the long layer of toffee add vertical integrity to the outfit which offsets the high-contrast horizontal line created by the white boots.

PAUL ANDREW Banner Patent-leather Ankle Boots

2. Low-Contrast bottoms & Topper

Wearing white boots with light bottoms like these light wash jeans creates a low contrast that lengthens the leg line. Adding a low-contrast coat further elongates the outfit and harmonizes with the light blue and white. Here the white boots are less visually jarring than in outfit 1 above. They blend like the froth of cappuccino.

LOEFFLER RANDALL Cooper Snake-effect Leather Ankle Boots

3. Graphic Matching

Wearing wardrobe items with white in them makes white boots look integrated into the outfit. Here, the white of the sweatshirt and colour blocking of the topper match the white of the boots. The black-white-denim palette is a graphic classic where the white adds crispness to the outfit.

BALENCIAGA Talon Slash Leather Ankle Boots

4. Suited & Unexpected

Another mismatched combination that looks as if the wearer forgot to swap out her shoes. Personally I like the unexpected and jarring effect of the white boots. They look interesting, fun, crisp, and make a bold statement. There is very subtle bookending with the black hair of the wearer and the soles of the boots, which in turn matches the black bag. These small visual details help pull together the look.

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Claire Metal-trimmed Glossed leather Ankle Boots

5. Black, White & Grey

Wearing a black-white-grey outfit with white boots is a classic colour combination. First, the column of black creates vertical integrity which offsets the horizontal line created by the high-contrast boots. The white in the plaid and stripe of the coat pick up the white of the boots to create a harmonized whole. When the coat comes off, the repetition of the white is thrown out the window. That’s fine because mismatched boots look just a fab.

THE ROW Coco Leather Ankle Boots

I’ve been wearing white footwear forever. It’s my thing, signature to my style, and bookends my blonde hair and white pearls. White footwear is my wardrobe essential, so much so that I don’t think about how I’m going to integrate it into outfits because white footwear always works to my eye. It’s a completely subjective thing. It might not be your preference, and it’s all good. Horses for courses, always.


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Here’s How Much of Each Popular Thanksgiving Food Gets Consumed Each Year

Most of us heap a little more food on our plates during the holidays—but how much? Nielsen has crunched the numbers and tallied how much Americans are buying—from the turkeys we roast in our ovens to the cinnamon we sprinkle in our cider. Read on to see how Americans will be setting the table—plus pick up some helpful hints about how to make your holiday more enjoyable this Thanksgiving.
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9 Ways to Use Poppies in Your Decor

While poppies are most common in November as a symbol of remembrance, poppies are also a gorgeous flower that makes a great addition your home decor all year long!

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12 Mistakes That Make Your Car Vulnerable to Break-Ins

It’s no secret that Americans practically live in their cars, treating them as a home away from home. But cars are typically much easier to break into than the average home, resulting in an estimated 773,139 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2017 and some $ 6 billion in losses, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Data report. Motor vehicle theft continues to rise—in fact, from 2013 to 2017 the number of thefts rose 10 percent. Fortunately, preventing car break-ins is mostly matter of taking simple precautions that make your vehicle a less tempting target. Here are just a few measures you can implement to keep your car and belongings safe from thieves.
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Assorted Fab Finds for Fall and Winter

Party looks have started to filter through to brick-and-mortar and online stores. Here are some holiday looks that have worked well on my clients, with a few non-party items thrown in for good measure. Be sure to check out all the colours and extended size options.

1. Karl Lagerfeld Harlow Bootie

This bootie is NOT made in France despite the Karl Lagerfeld label and associations with high-end luxury brand Chanel. They are quite comfortable and look streamlined on the foot. Not great on a narrow ankle, but they fit an assortment of foot shapes. The embroidered version is festive for the holidays, and the dusty rose is unique.

2. Boden Agnes Fair Isle Sweater

A cuddly and classic Fair Isle in both cool and warmer shades has been a hit with some forum members. Despite the alpaca fibre content, the pullover is not scratchy. It has a streamlined fluid fit and is flattering on a range of body types. It looks great styled with a pencil skirt and trendy jeans. Lovely quality.

3. Eliza J Formal Flared Skirts

Flared skirts are an acquired Modern Classic taste because many tend to feel it’s too much skirt and adds bulk. But that’s the charm of the silhouette. These Eliza J darlings are winners every season, and the pattern assortment is versatile. They lay a lot more flat than you expect, are comfortable in the extreme if you enjoy defining the waist. They aren’t overly long and overwhelming. They work best on regular and long torsos who enjoy defining their waist. They can work with a short fitted untucked top to lengthen the waist. Or a buttoned-up short cardigan. Keep the look classic, or add a little unexpected to the skirt by combining it with sneakers, tough boots, a moto, or denim jacket.

4. Express Fold-Over Collar Puffer Jacket

This puffer is FABULOUS if you like an avant-garde fit. It is boxy and creates architectural drape. It’s like you bought it at COS. Some of my clients felt like they hit the jackpot with the look and loved it. Others felt like a gigantic marshmallow. The silhouette is an acquired taste so consider yourself warned. It’s extremely cosy and soft. Good for all neck lengths because the collar folds up and down. If I hadn’t already committed to my new short navy puffer from Boden because the quality and fit is GORGEOUS, I would have this in red.

5. JS Collections Soutache Sheath Dress

Oh my word. Where do I begin with how STUNNING my size US12 client with a larger bust looked in this dress. It’s forgiving of lumps and bumps, and a very elegant length. No shapewear needed. She’s going to finish off the look with leopard pumps and a bright red clutch to amp up the fun factor. It’s best on a rectangular or inverted triangle body type. Can work on an hourglass too.

6. London Fog Petite Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Down Puffer Coat

One of our petite forum members recently reviewed this puffer in burgundy, and it looks smashing on her. Petite puffers with a streamlined fit and suitable arm length are hard to find, but this one fits the bill for a very cold Winter.

7. Frye Shane Tip Western Bootie

Western Wear is on trend, but cowboy boots are always in style making them a Trendy Classic. They always look current, flattering and right, and can be used in all sorts of outfits. If you’re a black boots wearer, these are a great way to refresh your black boot capsule. They’re comfortable, very well made, fit a variety of foot shapes, and look extremely sharp. They are pricey, but have a high longevity factor.

8. Madewell Delilah Mary Jane Pumps

The Mary Jane pumps are well made and comfortable. Best on a low and regular volume foot. Excellent on those who like low heels and a secure pump. The glitter does not come off the blush version. The surface of the glitter is hard, but the inside of the shoes is very soft. Good with or without hose. Looks like a Jimmy Choo, but at a fraction of the price. The pink glitter earned a place in my wardrobe and is my new party shoe. Dainty and delightful.

9. Rachel Roy Collection Piping Detail Side Slit Midi

This dress works well on a rectangle, inverted triangle and hourglass. It works best on a regular and longer torso, and wider shoulders or a larger bust (you need to fill out the top). The sleeves are long, but can be easily hemmed. The diagonal lines of the piping are magical at creating a vertical and streamlined effect. They create curves for a straighter figure, and flatten curves on a curvier figure. The fabric is substantial and relatively girdling. The length and swoosh of the skirt are elegant.

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Trish’s Updated Classic Chef’s Kitchen

Inspired by the all black finish and clean lines of the new Riobel Mythic faucet, I wanted to create a kitchen suited to a busy home chef with an updated classic feel. A combination of white and dark wood cabinetry will create a neutral backdrop with plenty of contrast and warmth. Top this off with a stunning Silestone countertop that is both durable and easy to maintain for a dramatic yet elegant look.

A Ikon 33 apron sink in Anthracite is the perfect choice to compliment both the dark countertops and the matte black faucet. The black theme continues with a simple, modern pendant that draws the eye up and creates balance.

Of course, a home chef needs stunning, high quality appliances. The La Cornue range I chose is a showstopper in black and gold for a look that both looks and feels luxurious. And last but not least, every dream kitchen needs a steam oven and coffee centre to really make cooking a dream!

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20 Towns That Used to Run America

While some cities rose to prominence early in our nation’s history and stayed there, others sat in the driver’s seat of progress for a narrow window of time, yet had an indelible impact on American life. Scroll through for a look at some of the overlooked cities that have had a tremendous impact on American history.
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Evaluating Contractors’ Window Replacement Quotes

Comparing contractor quotes is an essential step of the window replacement process. A recent Modernize survey revealed 63 percent of homeowners compare three to four contractor estimates ahead of a home improvement project. Evaluating multiple quotes helps homeowners scope their budget and encourages contractors to be competitive with their pricing. It’s important to understand your window estimates and why quotes may vary from each other.

The Difference Between Estimates and Quotes

The terminology used with your home improvement projects is important. You may receive estimates, quotes, or bids from local contractors, but these contain different information.

An estimate on a project is roughly how much the professional believes the job will cost. A contractor will use their past experience and expertise to make this estimate. The actual cost of the project may be more or less— within 10 to 15 percent.

A quote, or bid, becomes a contract once it is signed. This should be a very detailed document that outlines all aspects of the project. At Modernize, we pair homeowners with contractors that offer free quotes for their window project.

Evaluating Window Replacement Quotes

Once you have received multiple quotes, it’s important to carefully consider each. Your project quote should be transparent, thorough, and even lengthy— depending on the scope of your window replacement. Every detail of the project should be noted, including the cost of materials, start and finish dates, and hourly rate. Your quote should also include factors like disposal/dumpsters, permits, and even porta-potties. Labor should also be included in your quote.

It is important to consider the numbers— as well as how they are presented. A good contractor will make sure the information is in an organized document. For example, your bid should read “two basement hopper windows” instead of “basement windows.”

If your quote is not properly itemized, feel comfortable asking for a revised quote before signing a contract.

Your Window Replacement Quotes May Vary

Ideally, your window project quotes will be very similar, but sometimes bids will be wildly different. Extremely low bids can be the sign of a scam. It’s important to understand why an estimate or quote is extremely high or low.

Factors that will lead to a higher bid:

  • High-end contractors will likely have more equipment and overhead.
  • Window prices, depending on the brand and type, can vary by hundreds of dollars. The price jump may be due to the windows themselves. We encourage homeowners to research the lifespan, energy efficiency, and price of their windows to find what works best for your home and budget.
  • Warranties will also impact your quoted cost. Many windows come with 25-year warranties, which saves homeowners time if there are problems in the future.
  • Research and be aware of hidden costs. Discuss these factors with your contractors.

Factors that will lead to a lower bid:

  • If a contractor does not have proper insurance (or any at all), they will often provide a lower bid. This may leave the homeowner responsible for laborer injuries or damages that occur. Modernize recommends that homeowners always select a licensed contractor for their home improvement project.
  • If there has been a recent hurricane or storm, and demand for home improvement projects are high, scammers may prey on stressed homeowners. If a bid is too good to be true, it probably is.  
  • Extremely low bidders may also be desperate for a job, which is never a reassuring sign.

For both high and low bids, always check your window replacement quotes for errors. Contractors are human and, while rare, errors can happen. Communicate any and all questions and concerns with your contractors.

Research Your Contractors

Vetting your contractors will ensure you find the best, reliable professional for your project.

Visit their website to ensure it is professional looking and updated. Check review sites and make sure they are accredited through the Better Business Bureau. Look at a contractor’s content information to make sure they have a physical address and not a P.O. Box (which can be a worrisome sign).

If something feels off about a contractor or business— go with your gut.

To help homeowners easily vet and find a trusted window contractor, Modernize recently created a free contractor checklist. You can access the interactive checklist by visiting the Modernize Homeowner Portal or by downloading it here.

Homeowners Can Negotiate Bids

Remember, you can always negotiate with your contractor on the price for the successful project before signing a contract. Discuss your budget with your contractors. Agree that any unexpected project expenses will be presented in writing to help you remain within your budget.

Keep All Paperwork 

Lastly, keep all estimates, quotes, and contracts in a folder, so you can reference these details easily if you have any questions or concerns throughout your window replacement.

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Remembrance Day Crafts to Make With Your Kids

Poppy-centric or Remembrance Day art is a great way to get your kids immersed in the day. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to teach them why this day is so important. Keep reading for five DIYs to get them (and you) started.

 

Pinwheel poppies

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Felt poppies

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Painted coffee filter poppies

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Tissue paper poppies

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Finger paint poppies

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Outfit Formula: Easy Black Pants with Grey and Blue

It’s a challenge to make a simple pair of black pants feel fresh, especially when they’re a staple for the office. Adding key, on-trend components, like white boots, sneakers, Western elements, longer blazers, statement plaid, and a flared pant silhouette are some of the ways my clients are preventing black-pant-outfit boredom without breaking the bank. 

Here are four easy renditions:

1. Blazer & Sneakers

When flares like bootcuts were on trend a while ago, it was all the rage to wear them with pointy-toe heels. Although a beautifully elegant combination that I adore and will personally continue to wear, it’s much more 2018 to wear flares with flats (like sneakers), a tucked top to showcase the fashionable high rise, and a blazer of sorts. That ‘90s longer length is on trend, but a shorter modern classic blazer is just fine. Feel free to add a blue blazer instead of grey, and any colour sneaker. Fabulous with cowboy boots too.

J Brand Velvet Joan High Rise Pants

2. Volume & Western Boots

Combine a pair of black culottes, wide crops or harem pants with a white top, and oversized grey or blue jacket. Wear the top tucked or untucked. Finish off the look with short cowboy booties or shooties. If Western booties aren’t your thing, choose black booties that are tailored on the ankle. A grey or navy top will look as fab.

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3. Modern Classic & Polished

Combine a pair of black pants with black boots, a navy top and and a plaid topper of sorts. Choose a blazer instead of a coat if that’s more your thing. NICE to see full-length black pants here for a change. I like the exposure of the high rise, but you can wear the top over the bottoms.

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4. Columned & White Boots

Create a column of colour with black pants and top. Layer a navy blazer or coat over the top, and finish off the vibe with white boots. No need to match the white boots with anything in the outfit. No need to have blonde or silver hair to bookend your look either. Just throw in the white boots and wear them! If that feels off – remember, you might need to get used to the jarring effect so give it some time. Failing that, build a white complement with white bag, scarf, top or belt. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

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How The Top Construction Companies are Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Midst of a Worker Shortage

If you work in construction, then news about the current labor shortage won’t come as any surprise. Construction professionals have named hiring as their top concern for a number of years; in 2017, the National Association of Home Builders survey findings revealed that 82% of construction professionals listed the cost and availability of laborers as a pressing priority for the year, compared to just 13% in 2011. Fill out the form below to download our eBook and learn how the top construction companies are battling the issue.

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10 Things No One Tells You About Homeowners Associations

Homeowners associations (HOAs) exist to ensure visual uniformity and to protect the property rights of residents of a specific neighborhood. Most of the time they do a decent job, but because their rules and regulations are decided and enforced by a group of neighbors, HOAs can overreach and make life miserable for certain homeowners. If you’re thinking of buying a home in a neighborhood governed by an HOA, keep reading to discover 10 things about these organizations that you may not know (but should).
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Detect Leaks and Caulk Windows

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing the amount of air leakage in your home is a cost-effective way to decrease heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. To prevent air leakage, homeowners can use caulk to seal, or reseal, their windows from the outside elements. Caulk is an affordable, flexible substance used to repair cracks and gaps less than 1-quarter-inch wide. This easy DIY task can save homeowners up to 14 percent on home heating and cooling costs, according to General Electric.

While caulking can be applied to interior and exterior of windows, it’s important to understand which window areas benefit most from this home improvement— and what areas should be avoided.

Detecting Leaks In Your Windows

Window leaks can occur when window seals are broken, or pulled away, due to aging or long-term weather exposure. Leaks allow air inside your home to escape. Drafts and rain can also seep into your home through the cracks.

There are multiple ways to detect leaks around your windows:

  • On the outside of your home, check the area where two different materials meet. This includes your window corners and frame.
  • Look for cracks in the window panes.
  • Examine the existing caulking and weather stripping. Make sure both are in good condition— leaving no gaps or cracks.
  • Give your windows a little shake. If they rattle, it is a sign that the frames are not secure and air is likely leaking.
  • If you can see daylight around a window frame, there is a leak.
  • Shut a window on a dollar bill. If you can effortlessly pull the dollar bill from under the window, the window is not airtight.

Types of Window Caulk

For one window, homeowners will likely use a half-cartridge of caulk. The U.S. Department of Energy shares the most common caulking compounds on their website, which vary in strength, properties, and price.

Applying Caulk to Cracks and Leaks

Once you’ve selected the best caulk for your home, follow these best practices:

  • Clean the areas to be caulked, and remove old paint or caulk. A putty knife, screwdriver, or even a rough brush can be used to help clean the area.
  • To avoid sealing in moisture, make sure the area is dry. It is best to apply caulk during dry weather with low humidity.
  • Apply caulk to all joints in the window frame, and the joint where the frame and wall meet.
  • Hold the gun or product at a 45-degree angle, and caulk in one continuous stream.
  • Make sure the caulk sticks to both sides of a crack.
  • If caulk comes out of a crack, use a putty knife or screwdriver to push it back in.

Special Concerns for Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are typically well-sealed, so interior caulking is often optional. Instead, homeowners should pay attention to sealant is around the frame, where the window fits into the wall opening.

Windows typically come in standard sizes, but when replacing a window, the wall is often altered for the new model. Sealing those gaps is vital to your home’s comfort and energy consumption. Talk to your window replacement contractor about any questions or concerns you may have.

Be Careful With Caulk

While it may be tempting to seal any and all gaps around your windows, windows require some ventilation to prevent excess moisture from accumulating.

Avoid caulking:

  • The window’s weep hole: This small hole at the bottom of the exterior frame in windows allows moisture behind the window to exit through the frame. If you plug this hole, you could cause mold or rot to grow unchecked.
  • Moveable parts: Caulking moving parts could seal your windows closed. Avoid affecting operable parts, like sashes in a double hung window.
  • Trimmed out windows that sit above the siding: This style is common in many modern homes, where the cladding is carried out to the edge of the window frame. For this design, it is not necessary to seal the joints. Doing so will harm your windows since trimming helps carry excess moisture away from your siding and windows.
  • Above the window frame: This is a spot to avoid, no matter what kind of window you have installed. This spot is known as a drip edge, and it helps usher rain and snow away from the windows and siding. Closing off this joint can cause moisture to become trapped behind the frame and the edge of the siding.

Here are some other helpful pages to help you through your replacement window project.


Best Window Brands 

Cost for Window Replacement

Measuring Replacement Windows 

Standard Window Sizes

Types of Window Frames

When to Replace Windows 

Window Glass Repairs 

Window Rebates & Incentives 

Window Replacement Information

Window Replacement Contractors Near Me


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Evaluating Contractor’s Roofing Quotes

Comparing contractor quotes is an important step to your roofing repair and replacement process. A recent Modernize survey revealed 63 percent of homeowners compare three to four contractor estimates ahead of a home improvement project. Evaluating multiple roof replacement quotes helps homeowners scope their budget and encourages contractors to be competitive with their pricing. It’s important to understand your project estimates and why quotes may differ from each other.

The Difference Between Estimates and Quotes

The terminology used with your roof replacement is important. You may receive estimates, quotes, or bids from local contractors, but these contain different information.

An estimate on a project is roughly how much the professional believes the job will cost. A contractor will use their past experience and expertise to make this estimate. The actual cost of the project may be more or less— within 10 to 15 percent.

A quote, or bid, becomes a contract once it is signed. This should be a very detailed document that outlines all aspects of the project. At Modernize, we pair homeowners with contractors that offer free quotes for their roofing project.

Evaluating Roof Replacement Quotes

Once you have received multiple quotes, it’s important to carefully consider each. Your project quote should be transparent, thorough, and even lengthy— depending on the scope of your roofing project. Every detail of the project should be noted, including the cost of materials, start and finish dates, and hourly rate. Your quote should also include factors like disposal/dumpsters, permits, and even porta-potties. Labor should also be included in your quote.

It is important to consider the numbers— as well as how they are presented. A good contractor will make sure the information is in an organized document. If your quote is not properly itemized, feel comfortable asking for a revised quote before signing a contract.

Your Roof Replacement Quotes May Vary

Ideally, your roofing project quotes will be very similar, but sometimes bids will be wildly different. Extremely low bids can be the sign of a scam. It’s important to understand why an estimate or quote is extremely high or low.

Factors that will lead to a higher bid:

  • High-end contractors will likely have more equipment and overhead.
  • Roof shingles can vary drastically in price. The price jump may be due to the shingles themselves. We encourage homeowners to research the lifespan and price of shingles to find what works best for your home and budget.
  • Warranties will also impact your quoted cost.
  • Research and be aware of hidden costs, like permits and tear off fees. Discuss these factors with your contractors.

Factors that will lead to a lower bid:

  • If a contractor does not have proper insurance (or any at all), they will often provide a lower bid. This may leave the homeowner responsible for laborer injuries or damages that occur. Modernize recommends that homeowners always select a licensed contractor for their home improvement project.
  • If there has been a recent hurricane or storm, and demand for home improvement projects are high, scammers may prey on stressed homeowners. If a bid is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Extremely low bidders may also be desperate for a job, which is never a reassuring sign.

For both high and low bids, always check your roof replacement quotes for errors. Contractors are human and, while rare, errors can happen. Communicate any and all questions and concerns with your contractors.

Research Your Contractors

Vetting your contractors will ensure you find the best, reliable, roofing professional for your project.

Visit their website to ensure it is professional looking and updated. Check review sites and make sure they are accredited through the Better Business Bureau. Look at a contractor’s content information to make sure they have a physical address and not a P.O. Box (which can be a worrisome sign).

If something feels off about a contractor or business— go with your gut.

To help homeowners easily vet and find a trusted roofing contractor, Modernize recently created a free contractor checklist. You can access the interactive checklist by visiting the Modernize Homeowner Portal or by downloading it here.

Homeowners Can Negotiate Bids

Remember, you can always negotiate with your contractor on the price for the successful project before signing a contract. Discuss your budget with your contractors. Agree that any unexpected project expenses will be presented in writing to help you remain within your budget.

Keep All Paperwork 

Lastly, keep all estimates, quotes, and contracts in a folder, so you can reference these details easily if you have any questions or concerns throughout your roof replacement.

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Stylish Updates for Your Basement Ceiling

Drop ceilings have been the mainstay of basement ceiling treatments for decades but they don’t have to be plain or boring. A wood-look plank ceiling is a great choice, adding visual interest and style to the space. If you already have a 15/16 inch drop ceiling in place, Armstrong offers WoodHaven planks with Easy Up clips so you can quickly install the planks right over your existing grid! If your ceiling is unfinished, boards can be installed using furring strips on the joists or use the Easy Up track and clip system to maximize ceiling height.

For a pulled together look, install WoodHaven planks directly onto your wall to create wainscotting or an accent wall that matches your basement ceiling!

While white may help brighten up a dark basement, combining a natural wood color like WoodHaven’s Bamboo with rich, natural colors and great lighting creates a cozy and welcoming feel!

For a more dramatic, traditional look, combine stone veneer walls with metallic ceiling panels. Metallaire panels, like the ones shown here, can be installed into your existing 15/16 drop ceiling grid as well! – Armstrong Ceilings, www.ceilings.com/canada

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Tumble-Drying Clothes to Adjust their Fit

I should start by saying that 99.99% of my wardrobe items never see the inside of a tumble dryer. Not even panties, loungewear, yoga wear, sleepwear, and especially not bras. I tumble-dry my socks and camisoles, and that’s it. The rest is hung dry in an empty closet or sent to eco-friendly cleaners. That’s because I believe that tumble-drying ruins the fit of your clothes, tortures delicate fibres, wears out fabric, makes the colour fade, and takes the polished and crisp integrity out of them. So I go to the effort of hang drying and ironing as needed. It’s extra effort and time, but worth it to me.

That said, every once in a while I carefully use the tumble dryer to deliberately adjust the fit of my clothes. I don’t recommend this strategy unless you’re prepared to take a risk, but I haven’t had any disasters yet. Here are two recent examples.

The first is a pair of Carpenter Straight Leg Jeans (see them in action here). They are the perfect length for my white Western shooties, but a little long for short-shaft Chelsea boots. I thought about having them shortened about half an inch because I am that pedantic about the lengths of things. Instead of having them altered I decided to shrink the length with the dryer. First I washed the jeans and hung dried them in the closet till they were almost dry. I then popped them in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. Afterwards, I pressed them to look pristine. They successfully shrunk half an inch in the length, and not at all in the width. I thought this might happen because they are 100% cotton woven fabric and very thick, stiff denim. Stretchy, soft and thin denim tends to shrink all over (and bag out later). Now the length is perfect to wear with my shooties, low-shaft Chelsea booties AND my hi-top sneakers for that matter (see the exact boot styles below). 

I’ve worn the jeans several times post the tumble dry, and they’re currently my favourite jeans. I will NOT be putting them in the tumble dryer again.

The second example is a lovely oatmeal surface interest knit top that I bought in the Netherlands a few months ago. It fits very fluidly, and I semi-tuck for more structure. I thought I’d be a devil and tumble dry it to create a snugger fit. First I washed the top and hung dried it in the closet till it was almost dry. I popped it in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. There was no need to iron it since it’s a crease-resistant top. It shrunk all over to exactly the fit I wanted, which was more luck than wisdom. Knits shrink in the dryer when they have a high cotton content, but they can often shrink too much in one direction. I love that the fit across the armholes, shoulders and sleeve width is narrower after the tumble dry. The top is still quite fluid, but less so. It’s also shorter and a better match for my new capsule of jeans with high rises. The top has retained its new fit after a couple of wears. I will NOT be putting it in the tumble dryer again.

Over to you. Have you ever deliberately shrunk clothing items in the tumble dryer? And was it successful?

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Attract and Retain Rockstar Talent Within the Solar Industry

Good talent is hard to find, but with the worker shortage within the home improvement industry it can feel downright impossible to attract the rockstar talent that you need in a Solar sales rep. Modernize has partnered with Zoi Solar, a Solar technology company located in downtown Austin, Texas, to deliver a free webinar to teach you how to attract and retain Solar employees that will give you the competitive edge.

Watch our webinar recording here to learn a few simple steps to find and retain the Solar Sales Rep diamond in the rough such as:

  • Tactics to discover the best Solar Sales Representatives for your company,
  • Hiring and training best practices to be sure your new hires are educated and informed,
  • Tips and tricks to maintain employee satisfaction,
  • Industry secrets to keep your team ahead of the competition.

Don’t forget to feed your new sales reps with a steady stream of quality Solar leads! Click here to get started on a new campaign.

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Increase Your Market Share: How to Woo Homeowners That Have Yet to be Influenced

More than 80% of homeowners request quotes before they know who they want to work with or the product brand they prefer. If you’re hyper-focused on increasing your own SEO and brand awareness, you’re missing out on a larger reach of homeowners that have yet to be influenced.

By understanding homeowners’ consumer behavior, you’ll be able to achieve the competitive edge and increase your market share. Watch our webinar recording here to learn ways your business can increase your market share such as:

  • Insights into Modernize’s proprietary homeowner survey data,
  • Uncovering homeowner buying trends,
  • Tactics to case a wider net by leveraging homeowner consumer behavior,
  • Digital marketing tips and tricks for today’s residential home improvement companies.

To capture a piece of the 1.5 million homeowners that find their contractor through Modernize each year, contact us here!

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5 Essential Bathroom Accessories

Creating a spa-like experience in your bathroom is a great choice considering how much time you spend in there. Here are 5 essential accessories to make the most of your bathroom design!

Heated Towel Rack

Stepping out of the shower and wrapping yourself in a warm towel is a wonderful feeling. A heated towel rack is a great way to keep towels warm and ready to use. They also help keep towels dry which helps avoid that moist, mildewy smell that can develop on towels left hanging after use.

LED Lite Mirror

A mirror with built in LED lighting provides a fantastic secondary light source and offers even lighting for a variety of tasks. Choose a mirror with a dimmable light option for added flexibility.

Rainfall Showerhead

A rainfall showerhead is a modern, luxurious alternative to a standard showerhead, offering a gentler, more even distribution of water for a spa-like experience.

Robe Hooks

Keep your robe off the floor with a robe hook or two. These also double as additional towel hanging space when needed.

Linen Cabinets

A linen cabinet is a beautiful addition to a bathroom and adds valuable storage space, especially for bathrooms without a built in linen closet.

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14 Crazy Cleaning Tips That Actually Work

You may have your allegiances to certain brands of cleaning products, but are they really getting the job done? If you have an especially tough cleaning problem to solve and the supermarket supplies just aren’t cutting it, maybe it’s time for a slightly more unconventional approach, one that involves grabbing a few items from the pantry or trying a wacky, off-the-wall cleaning trick. Ready for a little adventure? Here are 14 crazy cleaning tips that actually work.
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Link Love: Workwear Brands to Watch

According to Fashionista, Modern Citizen is the Everlane of women’s professional clothing.

Refinery29 rounds up 5 plus-size-friendly workwear brands.

In this NYTimes piece three brands run by young women share their wisdom on workwear, and where it’s going next.

Fab Links from Our Members

Jessikams likes Universal Standard’s Transformers collection: “Super cool things you can add to your clothes to make them more interesting or fancy. Like Spanx ‘arm tights,’ but way more fun.”

She also thinks the video for Chaka Khan’s song Like Sugar is total fashion inspiration. She adds: “If you watch this one, and also Lizzo’s Good As Hell, while you get dressed, awesome outfits will result. Or at least you’ll have fun dancing around.”

UmmLila likes this ManRepeller/Leandra Medine piece on what maximalism means to her.

La Pedestrienne really enjoyed this New Yorker piece about the costumes and style on the ’90s sitcom The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher. “So many fond memories of that program from my childhood, and it is sooo fun to see the ’90s making a comeback. Talk about maximalism…”

Shevia directs us to this Vanessa Friedman piece in which she compares sneakers to Dutch tulips.

Jenni NZ thought people might like to read about Kelly Coe, designer of Augustine and other brands, whose collections are full of colour and sparkle.

And last but not least, Angie, Alyson from Wardrobe Oxygen, and Kat from Corporette, were interviewed for this New York Times article on what business casual really means.


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The Evolution of Solar Lead Generation

The solar industry has changed drastically in the past 10 years – even the past 5 years! With rising demand comes the evolution of digital marketing in the residential solar space. Modernize partnered with Horizon Solar Power to present a webinar on the evolution of solar lead generation including topics like:

  • Competition that you face as a residential Solar contractor,
  • How sales teams can evolve to approach homeowners in today’s Solar market,
  • Horizon Solar Power’s solution to reducing their cost per lead,
  • The pros and cons of exlclusive vs. non-exclusive leads, &
  • How Horizon Solar Power learned to love lead generation through their partnership with Modernize.

Click here to watch the webinar recording!

Interested in growing your solar business? Contact us to learn more!

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Kim, Fix My House: Creating a Wine Cellar

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CREATING A WINE CELLAR CAN BE A PRACTICAL AND EXCITING ADDITION TO YOUR LIFE.

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With the recent explosion of trends in entertaining, the enjoyment of wine has necessitated the evolution of stylish wine cellar options. Don’t be intimidated by price or size requirements as collections of 150-250 bottles can be housed in as little as 40 square feet. Innovative designs have cellars installed in the floor of your kitchen or tucked away in the corner of a dining room. Even custom built designs can be reasonably priced depending on the materials that you choose to include.

VINTAGES

The location of your wine cellar is one of the most important decisions you will make. Easy accessibility is ideal if there is the freedom to carry out structural alterations or build it from scratch so that the cellar resides in walking distance from the living or dining room. However, sometimes your space has limitations that make understanding the fundamentals of building a wine cellar key. When properly created, a good wine cellar will perform its essential tasks consistently and efficiently so it’s vital that you have an expert design team in place.

SOMMELIER STYLE

With its practical purpose in mind, a wine cellar design must adhere to certain restrictions in order to maintain the storage quality of the wine. Knowing that bottles will be properly stored in optimal conditions, one is far more likely to purchase a higher quality wine. Though the details may appear finicky, ideal storage conditions are relatively simple as wine bottles must be placed horizontally and stored in a vibration-free, dark environment at a constant temperature of 10-15 degrees celsius and relative humidity of no less than 70 percent.

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Far more than just a room full of bottles on racks, a home-based wine cellar can reflect your personality and design taste in many ways. Working with the area that you have chosen to house the wine cellar, figure out a budget appropriate to its size and the elements that you will need to include. To achieve a custom look, select a style that suits the rest of your home design whether it be modern, traditional, rustic or fancy. For wall treatments, add a mural, stained glass or a mirror to deepen the look of the space. Despite the need to maintain a more muted lighting scheme to protect the wine from damage, there are still a wide variety of sconces, chandeliers and recessed lighting options that can illuminate the space. By carefully selecting the materials and tones, your décor choices will showcase the beauty and uniqueness of your wine collection. – Text by Kim Bartley

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Creating a Healthy Sales & Marketing Relationship

If you’re an owner of a construction company, you may find the world of marketing a bit intimidating. With more than 85% of all home improvement projecting starting online, it’s more important now than ever to optimize your digital marketing strategy to align with your sales goals. Whether your company handles all marketing campaigns in-house, you utilize a third-party lead generation service, or a mixture of the two, we’ve compiled 3 keys to a healthy Sales & Marketing relationship that will help your team surpass your revenue goals.

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How You Refresh Your Style

Forum member Bijou recently asked an interesting question: which aspects of our style do you regularly refresh so that you feel up to date, on-trend, and fabulous? Bijou boiled it down to the items that are the backbone of her style and work the hardest. For Bijou, it was dresses because she wears them frequently, and they’re signature to her style. 

The responses to Bijou’s post were fascinating. Some said tops, bottoms and footwear, and others said hairstyle, eyewear, colour, and outerwear. This makes perfect sense because there is no one, correct way to update or refresh your style. Fads are a thing of the past, trends last longer than they used to, and so-called style rules are obsolete. You can be as trendy, Modern Retro, classic or avant-garde as you like, and look absolutely fabulous.

When it comes to refreshing my own style, I prioritize these aspects, and strictly in this order.

1. Hair & Eyewear

Refreshing my hairstyle and eyewear is top priority because it’s integral to my signature style. I don’t go for drastic changes because I want to keep my hair short and blonde, and my eyewear Modern Retro. But I do change things up in a subtle way over the course of a couple of years to feel adequately refreshed. I’ve been growing out my fringe since January and wearing my pixie naturally wavy half the time. I added a new pair of vintage white prescription sunnies in February, and am looking at a new pair of red specs.

2. Jeans

Jeans are a wardrobe essential. I can wear them year round, to work and play, and white jeans are a favourite. Although I’m wearing jeans less frequently than I used to — favouring dresses, skirts and pants — I wear jeans A LOT. I want them to be the trendy aspect of my style because I’m not as trendy with shoes, pants and tops.

I don’t refresh my capsule every season, but I unexpectedly felt that my jeans capsule was too classic for Autumn & Winter, so I’m in the midst of editing and adding on-trend silhouettes. I’ve committed to the first two dark wash styles in the collection, and have the rest on order. I hope to add four new silhouettes.

3.Outerwear

I wear a lot of outerwear because of my climate. Since it’s my second favourite wardrobe item to purchase, I like to refresh with a few trendier items more frequently than most. I enjoy the drama of a trendy topper, and how it takes centre stage in an outfit. It also makes what you wear underneath feel “new”. This season I added an animal print coat in a gentle cocoon silhouette, and cape coat with faux fur. I’d like to add another short fashion puffer, but haven’t yet found a suitable style.

4. Handbags

I’m not into adding the new “it” bag of the season because I’m very set in my ways with bag silhouettes that work for my lifestyle. But since handbags are my favourite wardrobe item, I’m regularly refreshing my capsule and swapping out bags to create different moods in my outfits. This year I added a straw bag, and four Furlas (two of which were birthday presents). The Furlas are wardrobe workhorses.

5. Footwear

Footwear completes an outfit, adding a whole lot of interest and personality. Wearing on-trend footwear refreshes the look of golden oldies too. I do what I can to add a smattering of trendy shoes to my style each season, which is challenging given my fussy feet, urban walking lifestyle, and zero tolerance for uncomfortable shoes. This year I added mules, Western shooties, chunky white athletic sneakers, and more pairs of white boots.

6. Dresses & Skirts

From now on, I only wear knee-covering midis and dresses with sleeves, but I refresh with on-trend styles within my narrow range of style preferences. Midis are on trend at the moment, so I milked it and added a LOT of trendier dresses to my wardrobe this year. Some of the styles are Trendy Classics, which is even better.

Blouses, knit tops, knitwear, blazers, socks, scarves, belts, swimwear, make-up, nail polish, watches, workout wear, loungewear and jewellery stay relatively modern classic for my style. I’m less likely to amp up the trend factor in these items, if at all. Pants run the gamut. Sometimes I amp up their trend factor and sometimes I don’t. I focussed on dresses, skirts and white jeans for Spring and Summer, so trendy pants were not a priority. For Autumn and Winter, I’m focussing on jeans and dresses, and figuring out what I want to do for pants. I’d love to replace the orange and red pairs I recently passed on, but haven’t found anything suitable yet.

These six areas are a lot to tackle, and some years I’m more inspired, motivated and energized than others. Some seasons are more my look, which makes things easier. But lack of time, a limited budget, the wrong headspace, other priories, or just not being in the mood can get in the way. That’s OK too, because there are more important things than refreshing one’s style.

Over to you. Which components of your style do you refresh most regularly to feel on trend, up to date and fabulous?

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These 14 Ideas Are the Next Best Thing to a Mudroom

Not every home has—or needs—a full mudroom, but everyone needs a place to handle the comings and goings of today’s busy families and all their gear. If you’re wondering how to create the convenience of a mudroom without having a dedicated room for the purpose, you’re in luck. These 14 photos offer great ideas for mudroom alternatives that suit a range of budgets and space limitations.
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Keep Your Basement Safe & Dry

WHY ALL THE TECHNOLOGY FOR A BATTERY BACKUP SYSTEM?

For too long, customers have demanded more without results. They have asked for equipment they can remotely “keep an eye on,” or at least get an alert to their phone if an alarm occurred or if equipment needed attention. Zoeller Company’s Aquanot® Active 508 offers technology that accomplishes far more than this, even incorporating unique features like “Boost” mode, fail-over circuitry, an constant pump performance.

As this is the premier product in the category, we designed it to avoid the neglect and dormancy inherent in these applications which are in standby mode in the dark, lonely corner of residential basements. The “Active” system benefits from exercise, supervision, and reporting information that helps save property.

The Aquanot® Active 508 is a high performance, self-testing, battery backup sump pump system with unique features and multiple redundancies. The system connects to Zoeller Company’s Z Control® Cloud for 100% configurability, remote access, and alert notification. In addition, the use of the Z Control® Cloud with web and app interfaces are all 100% free to homeowners. In fact, homeowners can even electronically “share” their Z Control® enabled equipment with a willing contractor of their own choosing. “Now that’s “Real Time Peace of Mind!” – Jeff Sloss, Controls Product Marketing Manager, www.zoeller.com

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How to Make Small Windows Appear Larger

If your home has multiple high egress or small windows, it can be difficult to leverage natural sunlight and distract from your interior design. Many homeowners have this struggle. Small windows are a frequent feature of homes built in the ’60s and ’70s. But like shag carpet, this trend is no longer stylish.

There are multiple options to disguise, reframe, and dress windows that can dramatically impact your home. Color, trim, and cleverly hung treatments can all improve a room with small windows.

Ditch the Dark Curtains and Shades

If you have a room with less-than-luxurious windows, you need to maximize the natural light available. Avoid dark curtains and shades, which can block out or absorb light. This can make your windows appear even smaller. Opt for sheer or light-colored curtains to let the light shine through.  

Manipulate Height and Width  

There is no hard rule about hanging curtains three inches above the frame. Create a floor-to-ceiling effect by installing long drapes just below the junction where the ceiling meets the wall. You can also add more width using a longer curtain rod, and hang the drapes at each end. Both effects play tricks on the eyes, making it difficult to decipher where the window starts and ends.

This tactic can also be used with blinds. Look for blinds that measure three to four inches longer than the window on each side. This technique is a great choice for odd-sized windows, especially if you want a material that can’t easily fit custom spaces, like woven blinds.

Add Embellishments to Moldings and Trim

Decorative window moldings, like an entablature and side casing, help add gravity to diminutive window styles. If Victorian is not your style, consider a wide Craftsman molding or flat, ranch-style casing. Both provide a more subtle and minimalist look that still allows your windows to pop.

Install Plantation Shutters Over the Window

Installing a set of tall, wooden interior shutters over a small opening fools the eye into thinking there is actually more space. Try this trick on very small windows where other window treatments wouldn’t work— like a basement access window or a small privacy window in a bathroom.

Play With Patterns

Horizontal stripes in clothing are not ideal if you’re trying to appear extra svelte, and the same principle applies to your window treatments. If you want a window to look taller, opt for long, vertically-oriented patterns that will draw the eye upward.

Want to make a window appear wider? Select horizontal patterns that will give that extra-wide, luxurious appearance.

Harness the Power of Mirrors

One of the biggest disadvantages to tiny windows is that they can put a damper on your room’s light. Reflect the sunlight you do receive by installing a large mirror beneath or across from the window. The glass reflecting the light tricks the eye into thinking that there’s more, creating a lighter and airier space than before.

Place Furniture Wisely

A small, high window can appear out of place without the proper furniture surrounding it. Placing a desk, hallway table, or bureau just below the window helps frames it and makes it look like the window is exactly where it belongs.

Paint Trim the Same Color as the Walls

Contrasting trim is a staple in most homes, but with smaller windows, painted trim can shrink the appearance of windows. Instead, choose a color that matches the wall. This will give your wall a more fluid, integrated feel. Without multiple elements breaking up the space, it will seem larger overall.

Purchase New Windows

You don’t need to settle for teensy windows in your home. Window openings can usually be expanded to accommodate larger models that will provide a wider, more expansive feel. Large picture or casement windows will add more sunlight to your home, and improve the overall value of your home as well.

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Back to Body-Con Tops

Body-con tops are very fitted and a little tighter than tailored fits. They’re usually made of a knitted jersey or yarn across natural and man-made fibers. Although knitted tops and knitwear are stretchy by nature, many have a Spandex or elastane content for extra soft and comfy stretch.  

Body-con tops are very tight. They cling onto the body and showcase the natural silhouette of your figure creating maximal structure. This creates the opposite effect of a fluid or oversized fit that hides your natural silhouette thereby creating an unstructured effect.

You don’t to have an extremely smooth upper body that’s void of extra bits to wear body-con tops. Longer body-con tops can be pulled up a little and ruched or scrunched across the midsection to conceal lumps and bumps. Semi-tucking a body-con top creates a similar ruched effect, and is quite concealing (especially with the girdling effect of a high rise). Body-con knitwear with stitch interest like ribbed surface interests are more forgiving over body bumps too. Generally, the better the drape and thicker the fabric, the more effectively a body-con top will camouflage the extra bits.

Body-con tops are back as a nod to the ‘90s trend. They work extremely well tucked into on-trend roomier high-rise bottoms, higher rise bootcuts and flares, culottes, paper-bag waists, and flared midi skirts. They are good to layer under a blazer or jacket.

More of my clients than I expected are back in body con tops this year, especially those who like to be bang on trend because they work well with the new look roomier bottoms. We’ve had to give foundation garments more attention though, because you really need to wear the right bra with these types of tops, and some clients are in shapewear. You can’t wear a bra with a narrow band that cuts into the flesh of your back. You need a more supportive bra with a wide band that smooths out back flesh.

Tailored and fluid fits are my favourite and that’s what fills my wardrobe. But I bought seven body-con tops this year, all of which are fine or very fine gauge pullovers. I needed the change, and wear all the tops except the citron patterned top semi-tucked or tucked into roomier high-rise bottoms, bootcuts, flares, wide crops, flared midi skirts, and a paper-bag waist. I don’t wear them with body-con bottoms or a tight pencil skirt because that would be too much tight-all-over for this leg of my style journey. I like body-con tops best remixed with bottoms that move in motion. Here are my body-con tops.

Over to you. Are you wearing body-con tops?

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13 Everyday Household Items You Had No Idea Are Flammable

House fires continue to take a searing toll on U.S. homeowners, with some 358,500 home structure fires per year causing as many as 2,510 civilian fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association. “People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.” Cooking equipment, smoking and heating equipment are the leading causes of home structure fires, according to the organization. But there are a number of uncommon, strange and even bizarre substances sitting in your home that could make a house fire even more serious.
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Barbie Girl DIY Lamp Makeover

All Barbie girls eventually grow up so what to do with a client’s vintage but broken barbie closet. Nicholas Rosaci has a bright idea and refashions them as fashionable Barbie lamps.

What you will need:

  • An old ‘Barbie Wardrobe” or similar.
  • Wood plank cut into 4 lengths (Home Depot Cutting service)
  • No Nails wood glue and small 1 1/2 in. finishing nails
  • Lamp kit and threaded lamp rod
  • Lamp shade
  • 4 small lamp feet
  • Rustoleum paint – gloss – white / black / pink
  • Masking tape
  • Glitter ribbon banding
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Barbie silhouette logo

STEPS:

Cut wood into 4 planks needed to create a tightly fitted box (open-sided) around the Barbie Wardrobe. Sand edges smooth. Use wood adhesive and small finishing nails at the edges to join the planks. Glue 4 small wooded squares “lamp feet” to underside of the bottom base plank.

Drill a small hole in the centre of the top / bottom sides of the wardrobe and open-sided box just large enough to accommodate the lamp rod kit.

Prime all areas of the box, let dry, and then paint all sides black.

Use silicone glue to affix the wardrobe inside the open side box. Feed the lamp rod through the box top and bottom hole and secure all lamp hardware according to lamp kit instructions.

Square lampshades were in the wrong color so they were painted with white gloss paint. When dry, masking tape was applied to create bold painted stripes in black gloss. The shades were finished with a pink Barbie silhouette, sourced online, printed to size, and cut with a craft knife to create a stencil used to trace (using a pencil) the image onto the lamp sides and shade. The outline images were painted Barbie Pink, and a glittery ribbon was glued on to band the shades for a glittering final Barbie touch!

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How to Convert Calls Into Actual Appointments

When you receive a business call from a potential client, it can be difficult to know exactly what to say. Telephone jitters are a legitimate worry for many pros who are otherwise confident in their sales skills—there is too much at stake during that first phone call to get anything wrong. Thankfully, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help make sure you are always prepared for an unexpected call. Here are some of the best ways to convert business calls into actual appointments.

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Know your brand

Confidence is key when it comes to selling your business to new clients, so a poised and self-assured conversational style will start things off on the right foot. For a business owner, coming across as confident is simple if you know your brand inside and out. Remember who you are, what you represent, and why your services are the best around.

Rehearse the script

While you can never be sure when a homeowner will call, you can practice potential conversations ahead of time to be as prepared as possible. Consider the types of questions a caller may have about your business and know what your answers will be. While it might seem silly, rehearsing calls out loud with friends or colleagues can significantly help you to boost your confidence levels on the phone and come across as knowledgeable and passionate about your brand.

Keep FAQs handy

When you receive a random call from a potential client, they will most likely want to ask questions about your business and address a variety of concerns. Although they can—and will—ask anything, you can usually anticipate some of their queries ahead of time.  Most often, potential clients will want to know about:

  • Your services
  • Your pricing structure
  • Your qualifications
  • Any available references you may have

If you have this information on hand, you can easily refer to your facts and figures when homeowners call out of the blue and impress them with quick, succinct answers.

Anticipate a caller’s needs

When you’re talking to homeowners, it’s imperative to know what stage they’re at in their sales cycle. For example, a homeowner who is curious about the cost of a window replacement or which roof material type is best for their warm-weather home is most likely seeking information that they’ll use in their ‘decision’ phase. On the other hand, a homeowner who has a broken HVAC unit or roof damage from a recent storm is going to have much more urgent needs and will, therefore, be ready to make an appointment with you as soon as possible.

Be approachable

Unexpected business calls can often catch you off guard. Callers often have an uncanny ability to call at inopportune and busy times, but it is essential that you remain professional and approachable even if the timing isn’t perfect. A friendly, welcoming tone of voice and a genuine interest in callers’ needs will be more likely to lead to a follow-up appointment than a curt, sharp conversation that implies you have better things to do with your time.

Suggest a face-to-face meeting

This final step may seem obvious, but extending an official invitation to a client meeting is sometimes the only way to secure an appointment with potential clients. After you’ve answered all their questions and promoted your business the best you can, a face-to-face meeting can seal the deal for a new lead. Even the most confident caller may feel nervous about asking for a meeting, so a straightforward approach on your end will put them at ease and give you a chance to make a lasting and positive first impression in person.

Securing new leads over the phone is a tricky business that requires patience and practice. However, by following these simple guidelines you can put your best foot forward and impress callers with your business acumen, confidence, and knowledge. Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to these kinds of calls and will be able to answer the phone with ease every time.

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Team Stripe or Team Polka Dot

We ran this poll seven years ago, so it’s time for a repeat. You bat for Team Stripe if you prefer stripes over polka dots, and vice versa. Note that any form of stripe counts: subtle, bold, tonal, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, pin, rugby, racing, Breton, jailbird, tuxedo or chevron. Any type of polka dot too. 

Most of my clients and friends will wear a stripe, even if it’s just a subtle pinstripe. Polka dots are popular too, but not nearly as popular as stripes. Many will entertain a very subtle and small neutral polka dot, or a self-colour Swiss dot but will say “no thanks” to the rest. That’s because dots can sometimes look clown-ish, overly busy, and juvenile, especially when they are multi-coloured, bold, large, and closely packed together. A quieter polka dot that is widely spaced, two-toned and neutral is perceived as more sophisticated, grown-up, and calming on the eye.

I LOVE stripes and polka dots. Along with checks and tartans, they are my favourite patterns. I adore their geometric integrity, fabulous pattern mixing potential, and punchy visual affect. I tire of most patterns, but not stripes or dots. They are Trendy Classics that reinvent themselves every season and never look old to my eye. The classic versions are comforting, and the new iterations are exciting.

Here are the stripes and dots in my current wardrobe.

I will wear most variations of stripes and polka dots, in any wardrobe item, and across the seasons. A simple striped top is one of my wardrobe essentials, and a graphic polka dot scarf should be too. I will wear stripes and dots in most colours, but tend to prefer them in classic two-toned neutrals (both low and high contrast). I’ll also wear a big, multi-coloured polka dot in a large surface area like a midi dress if the item looks and feels right.

Both patterns continuously catch my eye, energize me, and make me happy. When I want to add punch to an outfit, I reach for a stripe, polka dot, or bright coloured something. At the moment I have more stripes than dots in my wardrobe because stripes are more widely available than dots. But that can change and I have an equal affection for both patterns.

I can’t pick a side so I’m happily benched with creamy Autumn Norwegian salmon, fennel, potato, carrot and dill soup served with crusty hot bread. Lemon ricotta cake and berries for dessert. Over to you. Do you bat for Team Stripe, Team Polka Dot, or are you joining me on the bench? Team Stripe won the race before and I suspect history will repeat itself.

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How to Turn a Spare Closet into a Powder Room

According to an article published on HGTV.com, bathroom remodels tend to yield 100 percent return on investment – at least. A similar tune can be sung when it comes to adding a second bath. A National Association of Realtors study, conducted by Florida State University professors G. Stacy Sirmans and David Macpherson, revealed that adding a bathroom can increase the selling price of a home by about 24 percent.

That said, while it may make fiscal sense to add a bath, logistics can be another story entirely. For homeowners without a lot of space to spare, converting a spare closet into a half bath could be a clever workaround. Here are three important things to consider before you do so:

 

Consider: Resale Value

As any real estate agent will tell you, homes with at least two bathrooms tend to be more appealing to home buyers – but adding a full bathroom can be costly, time-consuming, and stressful. Half baths, on the other hand, demand less space, are generally more manageable to install, and add value. Long story short: if you have a conveniently located closet, you likely have the requirements necessary to add a half bath. When styling your half bath, stick to simple, neutral styles, which will bode better as far as resale is concerned.

 

Consider: Layout

Once you’ve determined where your half bath will go, start brainstorming what will go in it. As important as style is, functionality is key, so you may want to skip the fancy storage unit and decorative accents and stick to the half-bath-basics: a sink, mirror, and toilet. If possible, give priority to adding a window, which is a clever and effective way to add ventilation and nature lighting. If a window is not possible, opt for a fan/vent system to prevent stuffiness.

 

Consider: SANICOMPACT, by SANIFLO

It’s a shame that our houses don’t evolve as our families do; fortunately, bathroom technology is evolving. At the forefront of bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room innovation is SANIFLO. The SANICOMPACT system by SANIFLO is a compact and self-contained pumping system, which makes it possible to install a new bathroom without a plumbing rough-in. The SANICOMPACT system utilizes up flush technology and features a sleek tankless design. In addition to being an affordable alternative to a traditional plumbing system, SANICOMPACT uses minimal amounts of water, making it an environmentally friendly choice as well.

To learn more about the SANICOMPACT system, visit the SANIFLO website.

 

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Save on Your Window Replacement This Winter

Most home improvement projects, including window replacements, are started and completed during the spring or fall seasons— when the weather is more comfortable and predictable. However, a home improvement project during high season will likely impact your estimate and project timeline. During these warmer months, contractors and supplies are in high demand. Contractors are less likely to offer discounts when during peak times. To save money on your window replacement, consider scheduling your project during the cooler months.

Save Money with Seasonal Sales and Promotions

Construction slows in the winter, but contractors still have a business to operate. To entice homeowners, many contractors will offer discounts and specials to attract business during the colder months. Take advantage of these seasonal offers to save money on your project.

Simple Scheduling and Cheaper Window Materials

During high season, it can take a few weeks to meet with busy contractors and order window supplies from manufacturers. During the winter months, contractors are more flexible. Materials are also usually less expensive and take less time to ship.

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Enjoy Increased Energy Efficiency

Replacing your windows in the winter allows you to immediately see your return on your investment. See reduced energy costs on your utility bill, and enjoy a warmer home with new energy efficient windows.

Don’t Fret About Cold Weather Affecting Installation

Many homeowners are concerned that winter weather will impact caulking, adhesives, and materials. Products are made to perform under all weather conditions. Contractors are also skilled at making sure your home remains comfortable throughout the installation. Contractors will replace one window at a time to avoid significant heat and energy loss in your home.

No Snow? No Problem

While snow and wintery weather affects many locations, southern states enjoy moderate weather year-round. Homeowners in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California should take advantage of seasonal discounts and pricing without much worry of ice and snow.

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Avoid Hidden Costs During A Window Replacement

Replacing multiple windows in your home is a worthwhile, but costly, investment. As you vet and select the best window contractor for your project, it is important to discuss your budget and potential factors that might affect the overall cost of your window replacement. To make sure your project is as affordable as possible, review these hidden costs ahead of your upcoming window replacement.

Old Window Disposal:

Ahead of your window installation, it is important to discuss how to best dispose of your old windows. While many window installers will clean up and discard the windows at no additional cost, some contractors do charge a fee for this service.

Check your estimate, and discuss disposal details as you vet contractors. The cost of transporting the leftover frames and dump fees for non-hazardous waste disposal can add an extra $ 40 or $ 50 to your budget.

Framing Changes:

Most new windows will easily slide into your existing window openings, making for a relatively simple replacement process. However, there are some situations —like uneven framing or rotting wood— that can cause pricey complications.

An existing frame will need to be rebuilt if:

  • There is uneven framing.
    • If your new windows won’t fit in the existing space, the frame may need to be rebuilt to accommodate the new windows.
  • There is rotting wood.
    • If you’ve had moisture damage from a recent storm, the water might leak into the wall. The original window will need to be removed in order the replace the damaged or rotted window.
    • This is more common in older homes. Homeowners may be unaware of this damage until after the window has been removed. In many cases with older homes, the wall structure may have broken seal damage, and not the window itself. This damage to the wall won’t be visible until the window is removed.
  • There is a fire code.
    • Homes older than 75 years old were likely not built to modern fire code standards. The International Residential Code dictates that windows must have a specific opening size (with a minimum of 24 inches height). If your home’s windows don’t adhere to these requirements, they will likely need to be enlarged to comply with these standards.

Rebuilding a window frame can cost an additional 50 percent on top of your current replacement costs. While rotted or severely damaged frames are usually a worst-case scenario, talk to your contractor about what damage they may encounter once the window installation is underway.

Window Delivery:

If you purchase your windows from a home improvement store and haul them home, you do not need to worry about a delivery charge. However, if you purchase your windows from a dealer or manufacturer, you may have a delivery fee.

Depending on your region and distance from the seller, the delivery fee can range anywhere from $ 50 to $ 400. If you are purchasing your windows through a dealer or contractor, discuss if your contractor will cover this fee. If not, discuss out how much it will cost, as it will be included in your estimate.

Permits:

In most cases, a home window replacement is a process between the homeowner and contractor. In some instances, a project may require a building permit before you can begin your project. A permit is required when a window opening is enlarged horizontally or when the wall structure is altered, as both of these changes can have safety repercussions.

An application must be submitted and a permit approved before any construction begins. While homeowners are responsible for acquiring permits, many contractors will take on the task. It is important to discuss any permit needs with your contractor, as the average cost of a building permit can run anywhere from $ 400 to $ 1600.

Lead Paint Test:

If your home was built before 1978, your walls are likely coated in lead-based paint. Undisturbed, lead-based paint does not pose many risks. However, renovations and repairs can create toxic lead dust. Paint lead and lead-contaminated dust are some of the leading causes of lead poisoning.

Windows carry a higher lead exposure risk due to their exposure to outside elements and paint friction. If you have an older home, you or your contractor will need to inspect your paint.

Testing for toxic lead typically costs between $ 200 and $ 400. You may need multiple tests. While homeowners can conduct a home inspection for an affordable price— if the test is positive, a lead risk assessor may need to examine the home and send dust samples to a laboratory for analysis.

If you have an older home, talk with your contractor about testing for lead-based paint and how it could impact the cost of your window replacement project.

Ready to find a trusted contractor for your window replacement? The Modernize Contractor Checklist will help you vet a trusted contractor, so you can relax knowing your window repair or replacement project is in good hands. You can access the interactive checklist by visiting the Modernize Homeowner Portal or by downloading it here.

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Weekly Roundup: Striped Items

Stripes were mentioned often in a recent forum discussion about our favourite patterns. They continue to look fresh from season to season because of their enormous variety and the creative ways they are incorporated into wardrobe items and outfits. They can be subtle, bold, tonal, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, pin, rugby, racing, Breton, jailbird, tuxedo or chevron. There’s a stripe for everyone. 

I’m particularly impressed with the 1901’s Back Button Crew Neck Sweater that I recently purchased in navy and a black & white stripe. The striped and solid versions are both wardrobe essentials, functioning like a tee. They are excellent layering tops, and SUPER soft. They’re cotton-rich and fab if you’re allergic to wool. They’re delicate and might need a quick press after laundering to create a polished effect. Gently fluid, versatile and extremely comfortable.

On to to the rest of the top picks that satisfy a range of weather conditions, colours, fabrics and silhouettes.

  • Geox Geox Asheely Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: Geox is an Italian brand of footwear that’s generally good quality and comfortable. These haute hiking boots are not leather, but very sturdy. Fun with olive pants. Comes in burgundy.
  • Madewell Madewell Stripe Turtleneck Sweatshirt | Nordstrom: Earthy Sweatshirt Fabness. When did you last see a cinnamon-coloured sweatshirt? I can’t recall. Fluid, tailored at the welt, good on a short waist, and nicely made.
  • GOLA Gola Coaster Rainbow Striped Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: Rainbow Sneaker Fabnes. Lots of colours and good reviews. Might run half a size big.
  • Halogen Halogen Belted Blouson Sleeve Blouse (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: An elegant and pretty belted blouse for Team Hourglass & Pear. Gorgeous on those who like to define their waist, and fab worn over high-waisted pants and jeans. Read the rave reviews.
  • Paul Smith Paul Smith Harley Swirl Odd Socks | Nordstrom: Statement socks to make you smile. I dare you to create a pattern-mixed outfit with these.
  • Boden Brecon Puffer Coat: GORGEOUS quality puffer with a fairly streamlined yet roomy fit and fun sporty racing stripes. Comes in three colours. Machine washable.
  • KENDALL + KYLIE KENDALL + KYLIE Pinstripe Jacket with Removable Hood | Nordstrom: A Veronica Beard lookalike at a fraction of the price. Fluid, straight, and works on a range of body types. You have to love grey and enjoy a Tomboy look to like the vibe.
  • Boden Bella Cashmere Hoodie: A refined casual cashmere hoodie with a gently fluid fit to wear as is or layered under a blazer. Fab quality and flattering fit. Polished. The grey is effectively brightened by the multi-coloured stripes.
  • Boden Tilly Roll Neck Sweater: AMAZING classic tailored turtleneck that is forgiving of muffin top because of substantial yet soft fabric. Fabulous fabric. Cotton-rich and good for those who are allergic to wool. Excellent for pattern mixing, and works straight into Spring with white jeans. The navy stripe is mine. Comes in solid colours.
  • Boden Muriel Sweater: Fit is perfectly fluid, JUST like how you see it on the model in the striped version. Very good structure on the neckline, shoulders, upper arms, cuffs and welt – which makes all the difference. I do not think it runs big if you want it to fit fluidly LIKE THE MODEL. You need long arms to wear the style because the blouson silhouette can overwhelm. Soft and not too thick, and with a neat and tidy neckline. Works on a range of bust sizes. The stripe is bold. Not good on petites unless you have regular proportions up top. Read the rave reviews.
  • Boden Jersey Midi Skirt: A Summery striped midi to wear casually with a tank, tee and sneakers. Excellent on a curvy figure. Read the rave reviews.
  • Karen Millen Faux Fur Colourblock Jacket: A little daytime ’70s Disco for 2018. Luxe and cuddly. Great quality. NOT streamlining, but very dramatic, on-trend, and packs a punch. The short length gives it some structure.
  • DvF DVF Stripe Faux Fur Jacket | Nordstrom: An unusual colour combination in a unique vertical stripe, which reminds me a little of a school blazer. Wildly ’70s with a modern touch. Bulky, yet super soft and cosy. Nice over midi dresses.
  • Converse Converse Chuck Taylor All Star CT 70 Street Warmer High Top Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: A repeat Converse style with a refreshing new watermelon stripe. Fleece-lined, VERY comfortable, cosy, and insulating. Excellent for cold-weather travel and urban walking. Good in gentle snow and on icy pavements too. Excellent traction on the soles. Works on a range of foot widths because the laces can be adjusted to fit the foot. Comes in black.
  • VAGABOND SHOEMAKERS Vagabond Mya Side Stripe Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: I haven’t seen these booties in person yet but the red stripe caught my eye. Better than basic, and could look fun with an all-black outfit.
  • RACHEL RACHEL ROY RACHEL Rachel Roy Gwen Crop Pants (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: Streamlined dressy culottes with a trendy high rise. Good on a range of body types. The tuxedo stripes add interest and vertical integrity.
  • The Office Of Angela Scott The Office of Angela Scott Mr. Smith Stripe Oxford (Women) | Nordstrom: STUNNING quality shoes with busloads of Tomboy charm. Comfortable after a few wears after moulding to the foot. Comes in a grey stripe.
  • Boden Berwick Sweater: Crisp shocking pink striped sleeves look fresh against a solid body. Well made, and runs a little big. Great on broad shoulders. Comes in three colours.
  • Boden Arundel Puffer Jacket: Bold Striped Puffer Fabness for those who wear cool colours. Beautiful quality, streamlined, and fashionably sporty. Practical, comfy and fun. This would be mine if it came in warm colours.
  • Boden Claudia Ponte Midi Dress: Elegant and gorgeous in motion. Fabric with heft and great drape. Best suited to hourglass, pear and rectangle body types. Four interesting colour combinations.
  • Boden Ellie Sweater: This Modern Retro pullover is stunning if you like a gently fluid fit and a playful neckline. Beautifully made, soft, and versatile. It could not fit me more perfectly in navy. A little roomier on me than on the model, but still an impeccable fit. It’s versatile because you can pair it with most bottoms, AND it works on a range of body types. Quite forgiving on the midsection. The structured neckline makes it work on long and short necks, and multiple bust sizes. The neckline looks bulky but it’s not. It layers under jackets, coats and scarves surprisingly well. PRETTY.
  • Pilcro And The Letterpress | Anthropologie Pilcro High-Rise Relaxed Straight Jeans: This is one of the more current silhouettes of jeans with their cropped roomier hems and high rise. They have worked on straighter and curvier body types. Forgiving, good fit, comfortable and great quality. They do not stretch out. The one pair has fun orange piping down the side.
  • PIKOLINOS PIKOLINOS Vicar Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: Tough boots with a sporty stripe. A little Punk, a little Prep, a little Rock ‘n Roll, and a whole lot of comfort. Spanish boots that work on a variety of foot shapes.
  • Pam & Gela Pam & Gela Stripe Scuba Knit Track Pants | Nordstrom: ’70s Sporty Fabness. Best on a straighter body type. Create a fun juxtaposition with a dressy support act.
  • CeCe Bow Detail Striped Cotton Sweater | Nordstrom: Fab pullover for a curvy top half. Good striped top for a larger bust because of the gently scooped neckline. Might run a size big if you need a narrow fit.
  • Boden Cashmere Crew Sweater: Gorgeous gently fluid fit and yummy refined quality. Love the way it drapes and glides over the contour of the body. Forgiving of muffin top. The colours of these stripes are cooler-toned in person.
  • Halogen Halogen Long Sleeve Modal Blend Tee (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: A simple and soft basic tee with a great scoop neck for broader shoulders and/or a larger bust. Comes in a navy and grey stripe. Not as clingy as it looks. Plenty of length for tall girls.
  • Zara Tweed Shirt With Stripes: A tweed stripe on an oversized shirt has boyish charm. This one looks best with a semi-tuck.

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Halloween Decorations to DIY Using Supplies From the Dollar Store

You don’t have to spend heaps of money to have the spookiest front stoop. Check out these seven sinister and spooky Halloween decorations you can make with supplies from the dollar store:

 

Casper candles

Photo Source: thoughtfullysimple.com

Photo Source: thoughtfullysimple.com

What you’ll need: white candles, black sharpie

Details and instructions. 

 

Specimen jars

Photo Source: realhousemoms.com

Photo Source: realhousemoms.com

What you’ll need: containers, plastic critters of your choosing, battery operated tea lights

Details and instructions. 

 

Monster or count Dracula candy pot

Photo Source: savvychichome.blogspot.ca

Photo Source: savvychichome.blogspot.ca

What you’ll need: terracotta flower pots, paint

 

Spooky eyes

Photo Source: kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com

Photo Source: kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com

What you’ll need: foam spheres or plastic pumpkins, spray and regular paint, aluminum foil, jar lid to use as a stencil

Details and instructions.

 

Wine goblet candle holders: Frankenstein, mummies, witches or ghosts

Photo Source: thekeeperofthecheerios.com

Photo Source: thekeeperofthecheerios.com

What you’ll need: wine glasses, tea lights, glitter paint or regular paint, felt, craft foam, sharpie

Details and instructions.

 

Crash landing witch

Photo Source: eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.ca

Photo Source: eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.ca

What you’ll need: Crazy socks, pool noodles, decorative witch shoe or an old pair of shoes

Details and instructions.

 

Hanging body bag

Photo Source: instructables.com

Photo Source: instructables.com

What you’ll need: garbage bags, string or twine, newspaper

Details and instructions. 

 

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11 Things to Keep by the Front Door

When it comes to decorating and organizing, the foyer is often the last place homeowners think to touch. In far too many homes, it’s just a bleak portal for passing in and out of the house without a second glance. And that’s a shame, because the entryway is a prime piece of real estate and, when considered properly, can help make your day a little easier. The key is in keeping certain essentials by the front door where you won’t overlook them on your way out, or establishing an assigned place for everyday items. Here are 11 items that deserve a spot near your front door.
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The Most Haunted Places in America

Ready to get your ghost on? There’s a whole spectrum of spooky to explore all over the country — not just reportedly haunted houses but hospitals and hotels, forts and forests, even entire towns known for phantom shenanigans. So wherever your travels take you this Halloween, check out some of these eerie areas — if you dare!
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Trend: A Nod to the Wild West

I mentioned in my trend report that Western wear is getting its fashion moment. A nod to the Wild West also made my seasonal must-haves list for Fall and Winter 2018. It’s a Trendy Classic, iconic, timeless, and always in style. But because it’s fashionable at the moment, you’ll see larger and deeper assortments at retail. 

Western wear is generally an earth-toned and neutral palette, but these days pink cowboy boots are not uncommon. When I think of Western wear, cowboy boots and all sorts of variations of them are top of mind. But there’s also ornate cowboy belts, felt and straw cowboy hats, fringed anything, suede and shearling jackets, shearling vests, sheepskin, pony and cow print, plaid barn jackets, moccasins, bootcut jeans, ponchos, ruanas, tiered skirts, ruffled blouses, studded bags, saddle bags, prairie dresses, denim jackets, denim shirts, bandanas and checked shirts.

You can interpret the trend as fully as you like, especially when you live in an area of the US where Western wear is a stylish staple. Others might prefer to add hints of Western wear to their outfits. Or remix Western items with their avant-garde, hard-edged, Preppy, Modern Retro, Punk or Sporty styles.

My clients run the gamut. Some adore Western wear, and are never without a pair of cowboy boots and bootcuts. Some like fringe, suede and denim shirts, while others are into denim jackets, ponchos, ruanas, weathered brown leather and ruffled plaid blouses. And some don’t fancy the vibe at all.

Personally, I like the irregular juxtaposition of adding a Western element to a polished, pretty, crisp, dressy and very un-rugged outfit. That’s my ‘80s gene coming through, which is why I bought a pair of optical white Western shooties at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. I LOVE these shoes, and they’ve become unexpected wardrobe workhorses. I thought I’d wear them from time to time, but instead want to wear them all the time. They’re very comfortable, and add a fresh 2018 component to my outfits. 

For example, I’ve been wearing the new white Western shooties with a few Fall midi dresses, a ruffled midi skirt, and a pair of high-waisted black skinnies. For toppers, I’ve worn my old Smythe equestrian blazer and new cape coat over the floral midi dress. I’ve worn the navy polka blazer, denim jacket and old navy Theory blazer with the navy ruffled skirt and a form-fitting top. I’ve worn the black high-rise skinnies with a tucked striped top and cape coat. In every outfit, I sported high-contrast sheer black hosiery or socks with the white Western shooties, and finished off the look with a light blue bag and white pearls. The white pearls and my blonde hair effectively bookend the white footwear. I’m enjoying the new-to-me vibe VERY much. The happiness factor is high, and here are the exact items from my wardrobe used to create the outfits.

Over to you. Will you add a nod to the Wild West to your style? If so, how do you wear the trend?

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Basement Secrets

If you’re looking for ways to make your basement beautiful yet functional, check out these fabulous ideas!

WORKIN’ IT

With long commutes and congested traffic, more people are choosing to work from home. Create a multi-purpose space that unifies some of your favorite activities. We particularly love this space by Meghan Carter that integrates a home office with a gym area. – Meghan Carter Design, www.meghancarterdesign.com

Photography by Leslie Goodwin Photography, www.lesliegoodwinphotography.com

KIDS’ CORNER

We love this kids’ nook in the corner of a family room. This is a great way to designate a special area for the little ones to play and read. – Becky Freeman, www.beckyfreeman.com

COZY SITTING AREA

We love this sitting area by Just Basements with back-lit wine cubbies, perfect for relaxing with guests. – Just Basements Ottawa, www.justbasementsottawa.ca

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

A stylish leather sectional with chaise is great for a family room, as it is not only comfortable but also easy to keep clean. – Just Basements Ottawa, www.justbasementsottawa.ca

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14 Places in America Where the Usual Laws Don’t Apply

While some states, towns, and regions impose stringent statutes on residents, others are more lax and opt to limit personal freedoms as little as possible. Click through for a list of locales around the country where the law of the land is more lenient than you might expect.
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Evelyn’s Double Take: The Sleep Chest

Design and Event Editor Evelyn Eshun shows us how a spare room can double as both a guest bedroom and home office with a Sleep Chest. – Photography by Larry Arnal

Fresh & Lively

For our guest bedroom, I created a fresh and lively look, perfect for a guest or a youth’s room. Denim bedding, much like a well loved pair of jeans, adds texture and subtle color. The area rug adds a punch of color with an array of stripes. I picked up the yellow from the rug and introduced a mid-century inspired, slipper style chair. A large abstract art piece is leaning against the wall rather than being hung. This is the perfect choice for a space where you cannot put holes in the wall or want to be able to easily move it.

Elegant & Modern

To convert this room into an elegant home office with a feminine touch, I chose a beautiful chair with slight curves and an airy feeling in a beautiful colored, lighthearted fabric. For the desk, I chose a fabulous modern style desk with a glass top that swivels 360 degrees. The Sleep Chest is closed and I changed out the artwork for a layered look. A yellow and gray accent rug adds an air of sophistication and pulls color from the chair.

Sleep On It

This Sleep Chest is a great alternative to a traditional murphy bed as you don’t have to install it on a wall. It comes in a variety of styles and finishes making it the perfect fit no matter your preferred décor style. I particularly love the Madrid as it lends well to a contemporary setting. This Sleep Chest, a great piece of multi-functional furniture, comes with a mattress and best of all, assembles with minimal effort. – Evelyn Eshun, www.evelyneshun.com

Creative Space

  1. The glass top on this desk features a 360 degree swivel which doubles the available workspace when opened up. When not in use, the glass top slides closed therefore the desk can be moved aside and used as a console table. – Ambros Swivel Desk, www.smallspaceplus.com
  2. Because space was limited, I chose to include a chair instead of a nightstand. This provides a place for guests to sit but can also be used as a nightstand for holding books, glasses or other items as needed. – Bailey Accent Chair, www.smallspaceplus.com
  3. Hidden storage in the bottom of the Sleep Chest provides the perfect place to store bedding and linens when not in use. – Sleep Chest, www.sleepchest.net
  4. This arching floor lamp can double as both a bedside and desk lamp, making it the perfect choice for a multi-purpose room. A black lamp shade with white interior will direct more light downwards making it perfect for a home office.  – Vortex Floor Lamp, www.smallspaceplus.com

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