Home Trends 2018

05 January, 2018


2017 saw a year full of lush succulents, all-white kitchens, and marble...everything! This year will be opening the doors to more luxurious design and décor elements which will keep you feeling cozy and sophisticated at the same time. We have compiled a list of the top home trends for 2018, which one is your favourite?

1) Rich Jewel Tones
Vibrant pigments will help you stroll into 2018 in style. Long gone is the appeal of white walls or pastel hues, rich jewel tones have once again found their place in home décor. From walls, to furniture, to flooring – jewel tones are stylish and timeless.

2) Tropical & Floral Prints
The tropical trend is still going strong from last year, but now has started to incorporate more floral patterns to increase the airy, relaxed atmosphere. Balance the bright tones with neutral elements to help your tropical and floral themes really pop!

3) Statement Ceilings & Flooring
2018 trends are moving away from statement walls to bold ceilings and flooring. Bathrooms, hallways, and laundry rooms seem to be the most popular areas for this design trick, turning small rooms into vibrant spaces without adding clutter.

4) Spa-Style Bathrooms
Enjoy a spa vacation without ever having to leave the comfort of your home by turning your bathroom into a soothing, inviting environment. Bright lighting, white tiles, a stylish lounge chair, and luxurious accent pieces will make you never want to leave the comfort of your tub.

5) Fun Wall Art
Bare spaces have lost their charm. Fun and funky wall art is not only an eye-catcher but will also serve as a great conversation starter. Try one large piece or play with a variety of shapes and sizes on one wall to create an interesting gallery affect.


‘Tis The Season To Explore Kingston

08 December, 2017

undefinedThe snow and wind may have you running for the hills (or your warm bed) but there’s still time to enjoy the holiday season before hibernation begins. Now that summer has faded and the cold weather has crept in, it’s the perfect time to explore a different, cozier side of Kingston. You’ll never find yourself bored if you take advantage of all that the city has to offer, so we have compiled some of the best winter activities to take advantage of while you can:

Open Mic Night At The Rose & Crown – December 13, 2017 | 8:30pm
Stop by this fabulously cozy British-themed pub and enjoy live music and the opportunity to get on stage yourself at their weekly open mic nights! Enjoy some amazing drinks and delicious food while you revel in the holiday atmosphere.

The Crushed Candy Affair Murder Mystery Dinner – December 9, 2017 | 6:30pm
Murder, mayhem, and Minos – oh my! Book your ticket today for the 3-course dinner at Minos Village Restaurant which includes an interactive show with some wacky characters. Make sure to keep your eye out for anything suspicious! A perfect family outing or staff holiday party.

Kingston Holiday Market – December 9, 2017 | 11:00am
Enjoy some yummy treats and apple cider while you browse through the endless throngs of talented local vendors who will be participating in the Kingston Holiday Market. Happening every weekend until December 23, this is your one-stop-shop for everything on your Christmas shopping list!

Trivia Afternoon At The Alibi – December 10, 2017 | 3:00pm
The Alibi will be hosting a super fun trivia afternoon complete with games, prizes, great music, and delectable food & drinks! Every Sunday you can bring a team or come alone and join a team, but be prepared to battle it out for bragging rights! They also have free giveaway throughout the game, what more could you ask for?!

Improbable Escapes – Open Tues-Sun | By Appointment Only
Test your luck and your quick thinking with one of the many escape rooms options that Improbable Escapes offers. This fast-paced activity is sure to bring a smile to everyone face – and coax out that competitive spirit. There are games suitable for all ages and skill levels, our personal favorite was definitely the horror-themed “Coroners Report”!

Paint Nite Kingston – Book Online
Show off your creativity and bond with friends in these incredible workshops! So many options to choose from so you will always be able to find a theme that suits you. Bring your masterpiece home at the end of the night and cherish the memories made while you were painting it.



Foolproof Child-Proofing

02 November, 2017


If you’re expecting a new little family member, child-proofing your home can save you stress and prevent unnecessary boo-boo’s. Since a considerable amount of childhood injuries occur in the home, safety should be on the minds of all new parents. It may seem like an impossible task, but we promise that there are ways to ensure your little one if safe at home! Start by going from room to room and assess the areas that you feel will pose the biggest threat, then once those are out of the way you can focus on the less-obvious areas. Here are 10 tips we’ve gathered for foolproof child-proofing:

  • Make sure your fireplace is covered
  • Mount your TV securely on the wall
  • Protect any glass covered surfaces like coffee tables
  • Install cordless blinds so your little one can’t get wrapped up
  • Ensure any choking hazards are out of reach (candles, batteries, crayons, etc.)
  • Anchor heavy furniture to the walls or floor to avoid tipping
  • Lock all lower cabinets in your kitchen
  • Set cutlery and utensils out of reach
  • Remove waste basked liners from small garbage cans to avoid choking hazards
  • Ensure your toilet is latched closed

There are more safety strategies that you can use to keep your home safe through each stage of your youngster’s life, from crawling to running around like a wild child, so do your research. Remember that babies move quickly and since the average toddler starts to crawl around 7-9 months, you better start as soon as possible!

Create Irresistible Curb Appeal

05 October, 2017


First impressions are important, even more so in the real estate industry. Thanks to rapid advancements in technology, first impressions for properties really begin with online photos. How can you add an extra edge of curb appeal that will be noticed by everyone whether they’re shopping online or stopping for an open house? Our team put our heads together and discussed the five most vital tips for increasing curb appeal:

1) Fabulous Front Doors
Paint is an inexpensive way to brighten up your front door. Go a step further and paint door trims and window trims to match!

2) Gorgeous Gardens
Planting some vibrant flowers and luscious plants will add a lush and relaxed feeling to your yard, the bumblebees will be happy too!

3) Immaculate Patios & Pathways
Create an inviting, picture-perfect porch using contrasting paints, beautiful furniture, and a few accent plants for an irresistible level of charm.

4) Landscape That Lawn
Show your neighbours who really has style by ensuring your lawn is immaculately manicured. If you don’t know where to begin, consider hiring a landscaper to help!

5) Restore The Roof
Homeowners often forget about their roof’s, but rest assured that it’s in the forefront of buyer’s minds. Keep yours in tip-top shape for an extra boost of appeal.

Finally, do a walk-through from the sidewalk to the backyard and try to see your home in the eyes of a buyer. What are they looking for? What unique features does your home have that can be enhanced to create more appeal? Other tips include polishing your house numbers so they’re visible from the road and adding some path lights to illuminate your yard. Now you’re ready to make heads turn whether they see your listing online or stroll past your home!



Staging Your Home: Tips from the Pros

18 August, 2017

undefinedSelling your home can sometimes be an overwhelming process, and often one of the most over-looked tasks is staging. “Staging” refers to styling and upgrading your home with the goal of making it sell faster. When dealing with such a significant transaction, you should be putting in extra effort to really help your property stand out. Potential buyers want to envision themselves living happily in your home, so aim to create a space that would easily fit almost anyone’s lifestyle. Real estate agents will be able to offer you guidance and can refer you to a professional home stager, but having a few tricks up your sleeve can help make the process smoother. To get you in the right mindset, we have compiled some great tips from staging gurus around the globe to help you stage-to-sell!

Tip #1 – Make A Great First Impression

Often buyers will be curious before they even come for a viewing, so will do a drive-by to see if your home is even worth stepping into. Aim to please by washing walkways & windows, planting bright flowers, and doing some yard maintenance.

Tip #2 – Clean & De-clutter

It seems straight forward but certain areas can be easily forgotten. Ensure that all junk piles are sorted, surfaces have been dusted, and ceiling fans are cleaned. And de-cluttering doesn’t mean throwing away your personal belongings! Consider temporary off-site storage to house the items that don’t suit your staging theme.

Tip #3 – Set Your Table

Set the scene for entertainment and help potential buyers envision what it would be like to host in their new home. If you have a large, elegant space, set the table as though you were celebrating a full-course meal. If your dining area is on the cozier side, set the table as if you were having a nice family breakfast.

Tip #4 – Mirror, Mirror, In The Hall

A mirror can give the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is by allowing more light into the space and lengthening the room, so consider adding wall mirrors to hallways or any area that needs to feel more spacious.

Tip #5 – Don’t Forget To Depersonalize

Allow perspective buyers to picture themselves turning your house into their home by removing personal photos and replacing them with inexpensive art. This also goes for any distinguishing toys or valuables that may indicate the lifestyle of the family that currently lives in the homes.


Remember that the staging process does not have to be an expensive, stressful venture. Aiming to appeal to a wide range of people will improve the chances of your listing being sold. Creatively styling and upgrading your home will create high demand for your property, and lessen the chance that you will have to settle on your selling price.




Summer In The City

06 July, 2017

undefinedWhether it’s the place you call home or a vacation destination, we can all agree that summer in the city of Kingston is unforgettable. No matter your age, ability, or interests, Kingston has something for everyone – especially throughout the summer months. If you’re new to the city or would just like to see a full list of city events, check out Kingston Region and YGK Events. Some annual events have become staples in town that everyone looks forward to each year, and new businesses have also started their own traditions, bringing fresh and fun ideas to the city.

Buskers Rendezvous - July 6-9 (Free – By Donation) 
Each year this event takes over the downtown core and immerses visitors with fantastic performances. Enjoy some of the wildest and wackiest street performance you’ll ever see, and be prepared to be pulled into the show!

Taste of Kingston - July 30 (Food Tickets $1 Each) 
This is the 19th year for this annual food festival located in Confederation Basin that celebrates local cuisine and live entertainment. Don’t forget to stop for a photo-op with the recently installed “KINGSTON” sign!

Princess Street Promenade - August 5 | 10am – 5pm (Free) 
A true shopper’s paradise and a great chance to get to know local businesses downtown. You can certainly spend an entire day picking through great sale items, grabbing some locally-made snacks, and participating in a variety of fun activities.

1000 Islands Poker Run – August 18-19 (Free) 
Another incredible annual event that takes place in Confederation Basin! Tour the docks and check out the boats on Friday night, then watch the stunning power boats take off for their journey around the 1000 Islands on Saturday morning.

Limestone City Blues Festival – August 24-27 (Bracelets $15) 
Get ready to be blown away by Blues Fest! Enjoy endless hours of amazing blues music with concerts in Springer Market Square and on Princess Street. Your festival bracelet also allows you to redeem “Blues Bucks” at various businesses downtown.

Movies In The Square – Every Thursday At Dusk (Free) 
Bring friends, family, and lawn chairs down to Springer Market Square to enjoy some great films on the big screen:
- July 13: Rogue One
- July 20: The Parent Trap (1996)
- July 27: Elf
- August 3: Finding Dory
- August 10: Ocean’s Eleven
- August 17: Beauty & The Best (1991)
- August 24: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
- August 31: X Men – First Class

Milestones Live Music –Tuesday’s | 7pm – 9pm 
You’ll go for the great food and stay for the live music. With a sexy atmosphere and special drink prices on Tuesday’s, it’s a great place to unwind after a long day at work or just to chill out with friends.