How to Cozy Up Your Home for the Holiday Season

Thinking of ways to warm up your home decor for holiday hosting?

These 5 tips will help to get you started! Hosting during the holidays can be stressful, but if prepared, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the food and company. A few added details make all the difference!

1 – Candles : Warmth, light, and ambiance. Any candles displayed on your table while food is being served should be unscented, while having scented candles around the rest of the home is great way to make any room in the home feel cozy.

2 – Bring nature indoors : For before and after the holidays, simple house plants and flowers can make big impact, like lilies, green hydrangeas, and orchids. For the big holiday events, a pot with birch logs, evergreen clippings, and berries adds a warm touch.

3 – Stick to a colour scheme : For some, a neutral palette with pops of red and green is a go-to option. Others may choose to have pastels or metallics as their main focus. If you’re not sure, a natural scheme with browns and warm beiges will always be a classic choice.

4 – Add extra lighting : There are several options to add extra lighting in areas and corners that don’t get as much love. Tall pillar lights stacked on top of old books, lanterns with candles, and string lighting can all do the trick.

5 – Think small : It really is all about the details, and this way it will be easier to add a touch of the holidays into every room. Whether it’s a seasonal candle in the washroom, or some natural elements added to the window ledges, your guests will notice these extra efforts and feel more in the holiday spirit.

What’s going on in Montreal real estate?

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How is Montreal helping businesses affected by on-going construction? Montreal is known for it’s endless construction projects and rue baree signs scattered throughout the city. The article below outlines plans to help businesses who suffer as a result.

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Villeray is welcoming a new project into it’s ever-growing market. Giantonio is a residential condominium project of 16 doors, 15 two-bedroom apartments, 8 penthouse units with 17 feet clear height ceilings on two levels, underground parking and  2 commercial units on the ground floor.

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Should you buy a single family home in 2019? Shupilov gives some points to consider as you’re making this decision. Single family homes have appreciated in price across all boroughs on Montreal Island except for one.

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This recently renovated bright family home has an open concept floor plan, a spacious multi-level patio, in-ground pool, and large green space which makes for a beautiful private oasis. The luxurious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom which features marble heated floors, a soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower, and a double vanity. The 3 other bedrooms share a recently renovated family bathroom.

4565 Montclair Av., Côtes-des-neiges

Asking Price$899,000

 

Recently Renovated

The finished basement makes a perfect playroom and also includes a full bathroom, laundry room and plenty of storage space. There is a large heated garage with extra room for storage and 2 additional driveway spots.

 

 

 

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Home Staging Tips!

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing your Home to Sell

by Maxine Foldiak

The first thing you should do when starting to prepare your home to sell is to DE-CLUTTER! There is nothing worse than walking into a room and not knowing where to look. This rule applies to both furniture and objects. A mantle above a fireplace should only have 3 to 5 items at most, unless it’s a multitude of small picture frames or certain valuable pieces that one may have collected over time. Your life doesn’t need to be on display. I suggest having a garage sale, this will help you not only de-clutter your current home, but it will allow you to trim down ahead of a move. People need to be able to envision themselves living in your home, and if you live in chaos and clutter, it is very hard for people to see past all that mess. Getting rid of items throughout a home that either don’t belong within the space or items that do not serve a purpose will allow for a better viewing experience and hopefully will allow for you to sell your home quickly.

Number two is to neutralize the palette of the home. In some cases, people love a vibrant blue dining room paired with a ruby red bedroom and a powder room covered in floral wallpaper. But when selling your home, you want to appeal to more than a few potential buyers.  And yes, people say that a little paint can fix anything and as a designer I very much agree. When you are selling you want people to walk in and remember how amazing the finishes were, how beautiful the original wood work is, the original moldings that carry throughout, the hardwood floors and large tiles, the size of the rooms etc.…Unfortunately, many people cannot see past the aesthetics of a home and they harp on things that can easily be changed.  It is your job as the homeowner to help showcase your house in the best light.  If you have a neutral palette that carries throughout the home, people will focus more on the character of the home and the things that truly matter.

Curious about tips 3 and 4?

Click below to read the full article in my Fall 2018 Newsletter.

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What’s going on in Montreal Real Estate?

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Intrigued by the luxury lifestyle of Tour des Canadiens 3? Contact me if you have any questions about the townhouse and penthouse suite properties in TDC 3. The surroundings of the Bell Centre and Windsor Station will be entirely transformed by the luxurious design of the future Quad Windsor Skybridge of TDC 2 and TDC 3.

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‘Plexes are officially the most in-demand property in Montreal.  Montreal’s ‘plex market is performing better than any other property type and the real estate market as a whole currently sits firmly in seller’s market territory, according to the latest Centris stats.

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Looking for new retailers who sell affordable trendy furnishings?  Apartment Therapy has you covered with 7 unexpected sources for all your furniture needs. If you’re searching for some elevated decorative accents that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, click below!

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Beautiful Condos on rue Dorion

1213 rue Dorion, Ville-Marie

Asking Price: $269,000

Top floor one bedroom condo unit with private terrace and balcony. Building and unit completely renovated in 2011. Prime location, steps from the village & 5 mins from Old Montreal. Easy access to the highway & bridges.

1215 rue Dorion, Ville-Marie

Asking Price: $359,000

Unique condo spread over 2 floors. This 2 bedroom unit is perfect for entertaining. Bamboo floors throughout the upstairs. Large renovated bathroom. The second bedroom is sizeable and the master bedroom has a generous balcony. Open concept living, dining and kitchen with modern finishing and concrete heated floors. The unit also has a large and private backyard. Situated in a prime location, steps from the village and 5 minutes from Old Montreal. Easy access to the highway and bridges. Situated steps from the Papineau Metro making it only minutes from the centre of downtown.




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Unique Design

Exposed beams and stones give the space a unique, eye-catching character. Well-placed lighting brightens the space and accentuates the already large living area.


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Selling In the Spring

Spring might be an even livelier home-selling season this year because buyers want to act before interest rates or home prices rise.

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