Health Benefits Of Balsam Fir Pillows

The medicinal properties of balsam fir needles have long been observed by Indigenous Peoples who believed stuffing their pillows to create balsam fir pillows encouraged tranquil, peaceful sleep. Not only do balsam fir pillows smell fresh and crisp, which is one of the reasons they promote a good sleep, but balsam fir is also good…
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2017 Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Review

2017 Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Review In 2017, the Lake Simcoe waterfront real estate market experienced a 14.2% overall increase in the average price within the areas that we have been reporting which, include: Georgina Innisfil Oro-Medonte Orillia Ramara Beaverton   The total number of sales dropped by 43% in 2017.  There were 159 sales…
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2017 Market Analysis – Lake Simcoe Waterfront

 Georgina & East/North Shore $1M + List Price since January 1, 2017             Waterfront values in the Georgina area are approx. 43.7% higher than the eastern/north shore based on the year-to-date data published by the Toronto Real Estate Board since January 1, 2017.  This is a higher than average price…
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For the love of stone surfaces: Stone counters

Our use of stone as the ideal countertop surface dates back as early as cooking itself when the rocks surrounding an open flame were the only work surface needed. And while granite has been the most popular choice for stone counters for about the last decade or so, there are other stone choices that should…
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Heritage home design series: Georgian home window ornamentation

In my last post I talked about double-hung sash windows being the predominant window style in Georgian homes and what exactly a double-hung sash window is. In this post, I’ll go into further detail about the ornamentation found above those windows. Wood Georgians often featured decorative pediments above the windows. A pediment is an architectural…
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Heritage home design series: Georgian double hung windows

In my recent post about Georgian architecture I mention that double-hung sash windows were the most popular type of window used in Georgian home architecture, but what exactly is a double-hung sash window? In Georgian architecture these windows, which slid up and down on a series of weights and pulleys, featured small panes of glass…
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GTA vintage lighting retailers

There is no better way to show off our personalities in our homes than through décor. While it’s fun to change some aspects of our home’s décor from season to season, or year to year, there are many pieces that we will invest in and will live in the space for the duration of our…
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Well.ca profile

There are many reasons why getting out to the store can be difficult for us. Fortunately the number of online Canadian retailers has increased significantly over the last few years, making online shopping much more convenient and reasonably priced. One such retailer is Well.ca – a company that sells everything from organics to supplements and…
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Heritage home design series part five: Old Ontario homes

Prior to 1950 the Gothic Cottage style was the most popular residential home style in Ontario. This is because of the promotion of the style in the “Canadian Farmer” publication in the 1860s, as well as the fact that Upper Canada’s property taxes were based on the number of stories in a home. At one-and-a-half…
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Heritage home design series part five: Georgian homes

Popular from 1700 to 1830, Georgian homes obviously enjoy a long history in North America and are one of the most popular home styles even today. Georgian home style is linked to Sir Christopher Wren, a well-known architect from England, where the style originated before being brought to North America. Characterized by symmetrical design and…
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