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Redoing the children’s bedroom

Here’s a checklist to make the job easier if you decide to redo your children’s bedroom.

Using a seagrass floor covering is an excellent decision. However, it’s recommended that you have it installed by a professional. Since it is a natural material, it can be difficult to make the joints. The product tends to fray.

Don’t forget that certain natural fibres used for floor covering, such as cork and rubber, must be placed in the room 24 to 48 hours before installation to acclimatize them to the ambient air.

Cork is not the only effective soundproofing product, sand between the joists also does the trick. It has the advantage of being inexpensive. Talk to a renovation expert.

Any handyman can install cork, as long as the surface is level.

Vinyl costs less and is more flexible than linoleum, but it’s also less resistant. And a material’s resistance is extremely important in a child’s bedroom.

If you are impatient and not very meticulous, you may not want to take on wallpaper. You will regret it. You have to wash the walls and woodwork with a stripper before applying the wallpaper. Continue reading

Christmas in the house of the future

Are you crazy about high-tech? Do you find each innovation to be a gift from heaven? You will be thrilled over the next few years.

Jump ahead a few years. It’s three days before Christmas. You’re in front of the bathroom mirror. You slide a finger along the mirror equipped with a camera and transformed into a touchpad connected to the house’s wireless network.

The mirror recognizes your voice or face. You check your emails or watch YouTube. You check the latest news or road conditions while brushing your teeth, shaving, doing your makeup or cleaning the vanity and sink.


Curious, you check your body mass in the mirror. Very useful when you want to maintain a healthy weight during the holiday season. Continue reading

Murale de papier peint New Wave 2015 de Rasch.de

Wallpaper as a work of art

Several factors can increase the value of your home. Investing in real estate is well known. Investing in art is too. But have you ever heard of investing in wallpaper or a wallpaper mural*?

Here and in Europe, artists are constantly reinventing the image of wallpaper and reusable wallpaper murals. Some works have even made their way into museums (Rasch.de).

In Quebec, at Muralunique.com, some thirty artists put their imagination to the service of this art form. For a universe dedicated to childrens’ imaginations, Annie Giroux, Tony Floreani, Birgit Schulz, Ruth Baker, Johanne Pépin have created great murals: a wacky library, a line of sheep with round eyes admiring the baby’s crib, a firehouse, a big wheel race, a hockey locker room, a construction site, a medieval castle, a space city, fantasy trees, enchanted forests, fairy tales, a pirate ship, giant alphabets, etc. Hours of passionate stories to share with children.

Donn Petelka uses a camera to plunge us into the bowels of nature, as shown by the attached photo of the Canadian Shield reproduced on a 15‘ x 9‘ (4.57m x 2.75m) mural. If all of the walls were covered with the Canadian Shield, we would probably feel the freshness of the caves. Continue reading


Creative humor in the bathroom

Summer is the season of every whim. Buy why reserve these whims exclusively for the kitchen, the dining room or the patio? The bathroom is an ideal place for fantasy.

Let’s start with the furnishings in case you are preparing to redo the bathroom. Designers are overflowing with imagination today. Bathtubs and sinks are taking on unexpected shapes. Add some lighting and the effect becomes mind-blowing.

It’s common to see an old piece of furniture transformed into vanity. But overlapping pink plastic bench, a bright orange pail and a round sink is quite original. The wall is also transformed with a yellow, blue, pink checkerboard panel that protects from splashing. You could choose a faux finish, like on the photo or opt for cyan blue.


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Wallpaper, better than ever before

What are your childhood memories about wallpaper? Maybe you remember your grandmother’s living room walls with gigantic pink and red roses. Perhaps you also remember wallpaper that buckled, peeled and yellowed.

Today, in addition to higher quality wallpaper, the choice of patterns and textures is endless. So what are the trends for 2013?

According to Chatelaine, there’s a return to murals. This is an entire wall covered by a landscape or an image, such as a view of the earth taken from a space shuttle. They’re ideal for giving depth to a room with less light or a lower ceiling, writes Josée Hivon (La Presse).

Graphic designs are also much sought after. They may recall the 1950s with their curves, squares or other geometric shapes, or take us back to the ‘70s with a little psychedelic element in the pattern. Vivid colours are trendy too. If you prefer more sober colours, black and white is very popular.

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Wallpaper with the appearance of feline fur or crocodile skin is among the trends. It may even have raised patterns to make it seem more realistic. Colour-wise, natural hues create a chic atmosphere while original tones like red or blue pack more punch.

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Traditional patterns like flowers and stripes are modernized by using updated colours. There are also plenty of metallic inserts in stripes, such as gold and silver. Paisley, the well-loved arabesque pattern, nearly timeless, is found in many catalogues in chic or in vibrant colours. The trend is to add inlays of mother of pearl or crystal.

What’s really amazing is wallpaper with a padded appearance! Its three-dimensional aspect is very realistic and adds great effect to a headboard or on a door. You’ll reach out your hand to make sure it’s not an optical illusion.

Among patterns inspired by nature, wallpaper imitating silk adds lightness to a room, whereas wallpaper that simulates leather, stone or metal creates a more contemporary atmosphere. Bamboo is also represented and can be charming due to its natural and textured aspect.

Given all these possibilities, you’ll be spoiled for choice—like a kid in a candy store.



References : Châtelaine ; La Presse

Photos: iStockphoto LP