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Make staying home fun with these ideas from Montreal interior designers

After all the months in lockdown staring at the same four walls — and with the prospect of a long winter doing even more of the same — it’s no wonder Montrealers have got the itch to spruce up their space.

When everyone is at home all the time, priorities change. Montrealers are eager to spend their vacation budgets to create “staycation” spaces, local designers say, and desperate to find room for everyone to work and learn from home without driving each other mad.

“We’ve had a crazy amount of requests for renovations and decor projects, including a larger-than-normal request for home offices. There’s a major demand just to make their houses cozy,” said interior designer Sun Ah Brock of Lux Decor.

Basements and bonus rooms are being converted to offices, homeschool rooms, and playful spaces, Brock said. Existing rooms are being given new purpose: dining rooms become playrooms, dinner tables become workstations, and pool sheds become “she-sheds” where Mom can get away from the chaos for a while.

If basement conversions and other major renovations are out of your budget, there are many simple ways you can transform your space, Brock noted. Little touches can spark joy in your home. Paint an old coffee table or end table a fun, bright colour. Add some boldly patterned throw pillows and blankets. Wallpaper the back of a bookshelf. Move your furniture around.

Sometimes it’s not a big investment in furniture that enlivens a space: it’s just adding something fun. Brock is seeing more clients do things like add a candy bar or popcorn machine in the family room to make it feel more like a movie theatre, or making room for a ping-pong or pool table in the basement.

“In times of crisis, people get more playful,” she said.

Tina Mitchell,

6 Bathroom flooring tips and ideas to revamp the area

When it comes to bathroom decoration, then the floors also are an important part. If you are doing changes in the bathroom area, then don’t forget the floors of it. They should be matched well with the entire bathroom décor. And when it comes to bathroom flooring, then there are numerous options available.

Different types of tiles are there for you to opt for. Each of them is used to give a different vibe to the space. It’s needless to say when you are doing something extra with the bathroom floors, then the entire space gets enhanced overall. So, here are some bathroom flooring tips and ideas to spruce up your bathroom area.

Bathroom flooring tips and ideas.

1.If you want a cosy surrounding in your bathroom, then opt for wood floor tile to give the look of a wooden floor. If you want to have a bathtub on it, then go for white colour. Overall, there will be a welcoming vibe.



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2.Mix tile shapes to create a different form. For example, you can try the hexagonal floor tile to create the angular shape, if your window has the same shape.

3.If you like to be bold, then you can do that even with your traditional bathroom. For example, you can opt for the sunburst pattern tiles to showcase your bold style.

4.Simple square tiles are always up for the decoration as well. You can go with a simple symmetrical pattern or handmade ceramic tiles to give a hand-touched feeling. Otherwise, you can simply go for natural stones to have a natural look.

5.If you have a larger space in your bathroom, then go for graphic tiles to get a monochrome bathroom.

6.Penny tiles have a great visual impact in your bathroom. So, you can take

22 Sleek and Spooky Halloween Decor Ideas

Decorating for Halloween is an exciting time of the year, but it can become repetitive when you use the same traditional decorations as every house on the block. Make this the year that you stand out and get creative with your Halloween decorations. Let’s elevate your haunted house by spicing up your gothic abode with some ghoulishly glamorous Halloween decor. It’s easier than you think, too. These unique items will have your friends asking to borrow your decorations for their next Halloween costume party. We’ve got a little bit of everything in the ole candy bag for ya:

  • Flameless Black Candles
  • Neon Skull
  • Bloody Edison Bulb Lights
  • Creepy Canvas Art
  • Boo-tastic Bar Essentials
  • Crystal Ball
  • Ouija Board Serving Platter

We’ve included items that are easy to set up and some of them could even stay out year-round. And because Halloween knows no barriers, the list also features a number of spooky selects that could be used indoors or outdoors.

Trick out your pad with these seriously stylish treats: here are the best Halloween decoration ideas you need this year.

  

1. Eldnacele Store Flickering Candles

There are tons of battery-operated electric candles out there, but none feature the unique detailing that these spooky beauts offer. The set of three candle pillars boast detailed illustrations of a spider web, a skull, and a raven. The simple black and white color scheme doesn’t detract from the warm glow of the faux flame and will go with any design theme.



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halloween decor skull candle, spider candle and raven candle

Buy: Eldnacele Store Flickering Candles $28.99

  

2. Clever Home Spell Books

From curses and potions to brews and spells, these decorative resin books are a spellbinding addition to any shelf or side table. The

Essential Home Improvement Ideas & Trends 2020

Home improvement renovates the style of your house and increases its beauty. Home improvement has gushed all over the world and is changing the house interior in America.

Home improvement or renovation is the concept that revolves around remodeling or making new additions to an existing home. It is a process and an activity that entirely renews your home’s interior, exterior, and other small infrastructures. The activities involved in the home improvement process are painting, remodeling, repairing, altering, restoring, moving, & modernizing and lots & lots of research for each of those decisions. There’s no better place for deep research on home improvement related topics than HOD9.com, but more on that later.

Change is very important to refresh and add new value to our life. Home improvement is considered essential as it takes proper care of your house. Moreover, it adds a lot of additional value to your house by improving the appearance and ambiance of your house. Apart from keeping your house up to date with modern houseware, remodeling, repairing, and altering helps in maintaining the house and increasing its longevity. It also acts as a preventive maintenance as it decreases the chances of any future damage to the property.

The importance of home improvement activities cannot be emphasized enough. However, home improvement is a pretty long, tiring, and complex process. It involves long periods of careful thorough research, ideas, planning, and then finally comes the execution. The execution process itself is quite long and tiring. Hence, it is very important to give each step time and carefully plan out all the activities.

There are many mediums and platforms that you can use to derive inspiration and gather ideas for your home improvement process. Firstly, list down all the areas you want to renovate and then briefly jot down

28 Best Friend Gift Ideas, Including Herbal Teas, Chocolate, Handmade Mugs, and Cocktail Ingredients

The very best friend-gifts tend to be the gifts that you’d also like to receive. And if you’re anything like me, 2020 gift ideas are all about treats, relaxation-encouragers, and a little bit more time with nature (or, at least, a house plant or two). Continue reading below for the best gifts for friends whether you’re shopping early for the holidays, seeking birthday gifts, or just missing your pal so much during this time of long-distance friendships that you feel compelled to send a little something out of the blue.

Gifts to Keep Their Green Thumb Going Strong

Even in big cities, the mid-pandemic seed sprint took hold. Neighbors dutifully trotted home from the nursery with bags of soil. Tiny tomato plants peeped through the bars on fire escapes. Every window had an herb garden. Now, after the initial spark of inspiration has died off, I’d imagine many of those gardens are, like mine, suffering a bit, despite the best intentions. Give your best friend something to keep their garden going: a pretty planter, or garden shears and a watering can attractive enough that they won’t be hidden away. If their garden is really beyond help, maybe encourage them to start over with a sleek beginner hydroponic garden from Click and Grow, or a potted herb or two.

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Marble Queen Pothos (Pot Included)

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Stainless Steel Watering Can

Teas, Drinks, and Creams to Promote Relaxation

Leave the stand mixers, blenders, and toaster gifts to parents and siblings: As a friend, you get to give the fun stuff. Elements to build a relaxing evening ritual, like good herbal tea, chocolates, a handmade coffee mug from Etsy, and—if you’re feeling really spendy—a very cute kettle, might help tame their pandemic stress. I’ve thrown in my favorite rich