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The cure for boring doors

Curb appeal is the housing version of a handshake or a good outfit in many ways, it can tell others a lot about you, your tastes and how tidy or untidy you may be.
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Civic number updating and DIY


A civic number is so much more than a way to identify a home, in a way you could say it’s a first impression or a handshake. Along with the decor and aesthetic of the outside of your home, it can also share a little bit of personality as well.
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Easy DIY countertop

As styles and tastes change over the decades it can be pretty easy for the decor in your home to go out of style or for homeowners to seek something different. As you start to change up your home it can be important to keep in mind how the renovation or decoration will age over the years, unless you’re into remodeling every couple of years.
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Holiday inspiration

A quick introduction,
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Transitioning out the Christmas décor

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DIY's On The Deck With Nicole

It's finally summer! Well, the first day of summer wasn't the most pleasant weather, but it helps the grass and flowers grow, right? 

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From Trash to Fab With Nicole

I did it again. I found something destined for trash/recycling and gave it new life. I was out for a drive during spring clean-up with a friend when I spotted this gem. I slammed on the brakes and said: "I think I need that piece of garbage!". I backed up and grabbed it - in its rusty glory, a former metal stand, likely used in a bathroom for towel storage or another purpose. 

This ultimate before-project sat on my deck for a few weeks, before I got tired of looking at it. 

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DIY Barn Board with Nicole

If you've read my previous posts, I've shared that we were fortunate to purchase one of the show homes off of the lot at Stone's, in fact, a lot of you actually probably were in our house before we even saw it!

I loved that it meant that our home already had beautiful and coordinating colors - all I had to do was move in and decorate!

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Knock, Knock? Who's There? It's Nicole's Pink Door!

I did it. I thought about it forever, then one sunny Friday I said I'm doing it. I'm painting our front door pink.
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The ABC's of Creating an Alphabet Wall With Nicole

Are you ready for the adorableness of this project? It's a beautiful alphabet wall!
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DIY The Perfect Easter Wreath With Nicole

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your decor and say goodbye to winter!
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DIY With Nicole: Another Day Another Headboard

With the recent trend of tidying up and purging unwanted goods, there’s one place I don’t touch: my fabric stash. Sometimes you see the right fabric, but you don’t know how you’ll use it, but when the right project comes along, you’ll be glad you have it (though tidying experts may beg to differ, but that will be our little secret).

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DIY Headboard with Nicole


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DIY With Nicole: Learn To Knit (Without Needles!)

I can tell you that there’s no greater feeling than making a gift for someone with your own hands and seeing them enjoy it - especially when it’s minus 20 degrees Celsius and you made them a knitted good!

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The Drummond - Detailed Design


The Drummond display home is a split entry with a lot of style and loads of space.  It was planned with a young family in mind, as this would be a great starter home.  With the three bedrooms on the main level and a full basement, there is ample room for all the needs of a growing family.  This layout is a popular one but can be switched up to meet the needs of each family.
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DIY Yarn Ball Wreath With Nicole


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DIY Hot Chocolate and Sweets Cart with Nicole

By the time you read this, I will already have watched the movie Home Alone 45 times. It is by far my favorite Christmas movie, and always gets me in the Christmas spirit (it may also have something to do with having Kenny and Dolly’s Christmas album on repeat in my car, but who knows). I channeled this holiday spirit into one of the easiest crafts ever. It’s inexpensive. It’s fun. It takes less than 5-minutes. It’s a hot chocolate bar stand! I think it mightactually take longer to read this blog than it does to make this.

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Easy DIY Bar Cart with Nicole

Some say they never left (me), but for some, bar carts are back!

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Quick and Easy Fall Porch Update with Nicole

We got the keys to our home in October, and the first thing I did when we walked in was hang a new fall wreath on our door. I was just itchy to get decorating, and fall is one of my favourite times to start!

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Quick and Gourd-geous Pumpkin Centrepieces

Fall décor is out in full force, and this week I’m going to show you how to prepare your own pumpkin centre piece in minutes to bring some fall décor into your home and add that extra piece as you welcome guests to your table for Thanksgiving.

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Home Is Where The Wifi Is

One of my favourite little touches I have in my guest rooms is ensuring that the Wi-fi password and connection is clear for guests to use. 

Yes, you can easily tell someone your password, but if you’re like me and you haven’t changed it from the standard-issued one, it’s a ridiculous series of letters and numbers that you never remember anyway. I'm lucky I remember anyone's telephone number these days!

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Mixing Modern With Heirlooms: Climb up to your own blanket ladder project!

Home Alone is one of my favourite movies, and I know that everyone loves the house from the movie, though as adults, many of us are focused on how much their mortgage could possibly be, and what the power bill is. Sometimes adulting is hard, eh?

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To Paint Or Not To Paint The Kitchen Cupboards?

Gutting and renovating a kitchen can cost a pretty penny.  Sometimes you’re ready for a change but maybe your budget isn’t ready yet. So, what do you do?  Suck it up or buy yourself some time?  I vote buy yourself some time by painting your cabinets.
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TV Gallery Wall with Nicole

When we were looking for a home, we fell in love with the layout of the Millbrook at Stone’s. Our family spends a lot of time in our TV room, which opens to our eating area, and our kitchen. Since we spend so much time there, it was important for us to create a space that had flow, and that the TV area was comfortable, inviting and had some personal touches.

Gallery walls are a really cool trend that brings in a mix of elements to any space. For us, We started with our TV on the wall, and on the left, we have a large frame from Michaels that I change out with seasonal prints. Purchasing or downloading free printables is one of my favourite ways to freshen up my decor. I search blogs, Pinterest, or Etsy and purchase or download free files and print them at Staples or Walmart.

Above the TV I have a sign that I made myself. I always strive to have our decor represent both mine and John’s taste, and here I have a wooden sign (purchased at Michaels, ready to hang!) with the phrase ‘Come as you are’, which is a Nirvana song, and a phrase I thought suited the message for our home. For my personalized signs that I make, I use a Silhouette machine which essentially allows you to cut custom pieces of paper or vinyl to make decals. I purchased a letter ‘R’ at Winners, added a basket for blankets, a plant and an old box to prop up a cozy pillow and blanket.

My favourite piece is a copper wreath that my dad helped me make. Using scrap copper he had, we fused the pieces together in the shape and size that I wanted. I love using metals in my decor, and for this I chose a non-traditional shape for a wreath. To finish, using a glue gun, I added a faux flower and some greenery, which can be removed for a more simple look.

For a final little touch, I changed out the knobs  on the fireplace doors, just to personalize it a bit with our decor. Adding new knobs or handles is a quick and easy way to change any pieces you may already have in your home.


About Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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DIY Faux Wallpaper with Nicole

Wallpaper has made a big come back, and there are even removable versions, and decals that you can use to make a big statement and add personality to your space.
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Cabinetry Hardware

Whether you're designing a new home or you're looking to spruce up the look of your kitchen, cabinetry hardware is a small detail that can pack a big design punch. With all of the options available on the market, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. We've put together some helpful tips when selecting your new hardware. 

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Welcome to the Maritime

Never has so much fun been had while selecting the finishes inside and out for a Display Home.  And do you know why?  It’s because we let you, the followers of Stone’s Prestige Homes, weigh in and make the selections for us!  This truly is YOUR home!  And The Maritime couldn’t be a better name for it, right?

Over the course of a couple months, you were given choices for the new display home and now it’s time for you to see the finished product!  Are you ready for the tour?

Let’s start with this great colour combination on the exterior.  The upgraded deep blue siding paired with the splashy yellow door is a great way to make the right first impression.  And the style of the front door is just so fabulous!

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The Coxheath Development - House 1/4

We had a client approach us looking to build four executive style homes in Coxheath, NS. He came to our office with a few plans picked out, the issue being that these plans were roughly 1200sqft too small for his needs.

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A Nod to the Contrasting Island

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Do you ever wonder what we’re doing that will date our homes and the people of the future will groan as they walk in and think, “Oh, that is so 2017!” Me, too. But part of me doesn’t care. We are here and we need to create a home that suits us now.
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Choosing Upgrades on a Budget


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First Time Homeowner: The Millbrook

 

In my role in marketing, I've had the privilege of touring, videoing and photographing so many beautiful Prestige Homes. I get to meet a lot of our new homeowners and I often ask them the same question.

"What advice would you give to a young person or couple who are beginning to look at the real estate market for the first time?"

Though the wording may vary, the response is always the same.

“Contact Stone’s."

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Versatility in Design


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Design Trends


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5 Upgrades Under $500

 

It can be hard to know where to invest your money during the design process with so many options to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of 5 upgraded features that come in under $500 as a helpful guide to getting the most ‘bang for your buck’! 

 

1) Boston Headers

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Staging To Sell

If you’re trying to sell your home, sometimes it can be an overwhelming project to prepare your home.  And it can be hard to see the forest for the trees when it comes to your own house.  How your home appears to potential buyers can really make a big difference in whether or not it sells.  Today we’re going to talk about a few things you can do to make your home more appealing to the buyers out there.


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I'll Know It When I See It

How often do you say those words when you are looking for something for your home?  Something needs to grab your attention and ‘speak’ to you and that’s when you know it’s the right choice.  We can be talking about anything from tile to sofas to a throw for the foot of the bed.  When it comes to dressing your home, it is so personal and almost instinctual.  Yes, good design plays a part in it but there’s so much more to it.

I’m sure if we looked into it, there would be visual clues that people give without knowing it that would indicate to watchers that they are drawn to something in a store.  Maybe they reach out to touch it, maybe they linger longer in front of it and maybe, and I’ve seen it, they jump up and down in excitement that they found it.   

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What Makes For A Comfy Bed?

Our bedrooms need to be comfortable and relaxing.  Do you know why? Because we spend a third of our life in bed.  So, let me ask you – do you want to spend that time in a place that you dislike and that doesn’t draw you in or do you want to spend that time in a place that is inviting and helps you shed the worries of the day to day life?
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