Month: October 2016 (page 2 of 16)

How Kitchen Design Impacts a Condo Buyer’s Decision

For the many people buying and renovating a condo in Montreal,  the kitchen design is very important. Think about it: the design and functionality of the kitchen dictates how comfortable a home is, especially in condos. The kitchen design should be able to maximize the space available, and yet remain highly functional


  1. The layout

The work triangle should be strictly followed. If a condo’s stove, sink, and refrigerator are too far away from each other, the buyer might think it’s too much of a hassle to cook and work in a kitchen like that. The whole purpose of a condo is to have the convenience of living in the city without compromising comfort and efficiency in the home, so make sure your kitchen’s layout is able to offer this.

  1. Tall shelves

Since the space is smaller than a regular house, make the most out of the space you have. The kitchen cabinets should be as tall as possible, so the homeowner will have additional space in the kitchen to store food, appliances, cutlery, etc.

  1. The details

Some details might seem too small a thing to even impact a buyer’s decision, but more often than not, the smallest details in a room make the biggest statements and influence on the buyer. A few changes in the kitchen’s hardware can add elegance or a modern twist to an otherwise very simple and plain kitchen. It can even enhance the appearance of the entire home.

  1. The lights

Good lighting is important, especially in limited spaces. When we first walk into a room, we often look up and check out the lighting fixtures. It’s easy to overlook this element when designing a home, but it’s always one of the first things people notice when checking out a place for the first time.

  1. The flooring

Beautiful floor tiles tie may seem unimportant, but they tie up a kitchen together and make the design cohesive. Using a different material for the kitchen floor will make it look more elegant and more luxurious.

  1. The sink

The sink is probably the most important fixture in the kitchen. It should not only look beautiful, but it should be high-quality as well. Make sure that it functions well, is positioned correctly, and has the perfect proportions. The faucet should also be in the right place, as some faucets can be positioned too far from the edge of the sink … READ MORE

Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert? Interior Design Ideas That Will Suit Your Personality

Real estate developers like Louie Santaguida and their interior designers always aim to give homebuyers what they want. If you’re trying to design or re-design your home, you should strive to come up with a plan that will suit your personality and taste. In this article, I’m going to help you design your home but first, let me ask you – are you an introvert or an extrovert? Because your answer will dictate which design ideas will work for you!


For Introverts

Embrace your type of personality by picking any of these suggestions:

  1. If you prefer to connect with a person one-on-one instead of in a large group, I suggest you create plenty of smaller seating areas and nooks to encourage quiet conversations.
  1. If you don’t like being surrounded by other people, go for large unobstructed windows so you won’t feel as if you’re trapped or confined to a small space.
  1. If you enjoy alone time, you should create a place in your home that is truly yours such as a reading nook.
  1. If you like to do research before you make any decision, then it’s important that you create a plan for each room in your home before you decorate.
  1. If you dislike noise, then you should have a separate office space where you can work without being disturbed.

For Extroverts

People with extroverted personalities are social butterflies. If you consider yourself an extrovert, here are some design ideas that may work for you:

1.If you feel happy and energized in a crowded room, your home should have an open space design so everyone is always in a single, flowing environment.

  1. If you’re bored or lonely when you’re all alone, you can go for a circular or grouped seating arrangement so everyone is encouraged to join in the conversation.
  1. If you have the tendency to make impulsive decisions, then you don’t need to overthink about how to decorate your home. Chances are, if you like something, you’ll buy it.
  1. If you prefer working in a noisy environment, then it’s perfectly fine to make your space part of a busy area in your home (such as the kitchen).
  1. If you seem to have a fondness for clutter (it helps you become productive perhaps?) then designing your walls with plenty of abstract or attractive paintings, wall art or interesting pieces may be a good idea.

The challenge here is if there … READ MORE

The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Shopping Online for Home Decor

It is not enough to find the best online shopping sites when buying home decor and furniture. If you’re not careful, there are potentially a lot of mistakes you can make when shopping via the internet that will make your experience a hassle. To help you avoid making the same mistakes, here’s a list of the most common missteps homeowners make when shopping:


  1. Purchasing all your furniture in one go

I understand that it is tempting to buy everything all at once, but giving in to this temptation can only lead to problems. Especially when shopping online, you may think the pieces you picked out look perfectly beautiful together, but you will never really know for sure until you see the ensemble in front of you. Returning purchases can be a hassle and can get expensive, too, so it is better to practice self-control and get one piece of furniture at a time.

  1. Not taking note of the product’s dimensions and your space

Guessing games should strictly be prohibited when shopping online. Make sure you have your space measured and compared to the piece(s) of furniture or decor you are eyeing before jumping onto it. You may think this is common sense, but you would be surprised at the number of people who overlook product measurements. I repeat, returns can get expensive and you may end up paying for more than the cost of the purchase.

  1. Not looking at product descriptions

Here is another mistake people tend to make. They think looking at a photo on the website is enough to determine if it’s the right dining set for their home, but wait until it arrives and it’s apparently made of plastic instead of wood. Certain angles and lighting can make a product look different on pictures, especially if the goal is to sell it, so be careful. You may also be fooled into thinking that a furniture is already assembled when in fact you will have to spend the day trying to understand assembly instructions and hating yourself for not reading the description on the website.

  1. Not researching a product before buying

There are lots of benefits to online shopping, and one of them is the availability of customer reviews. You should always take advantage of it as customer feedback gives you an idea how a particular piece would do or look like. Is it sturdy? Will it … READ MORE

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