10 Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Dinner Party in Summer

10 Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Dinner Party in Summer

When it’s summer in the Okanagan, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor weather as much as possible. Hosting an outdoor dinner party is a fun way to do that, and it will mix up your next event with friends and family. Here are our top 10 ideas for hosting your own outdoor dinner party in summer. 1. Cozy up against the evening chill. Provide your guests with plenty of blankets, heat lamps or even set up the table by a fire pit if you have one to protect against the chill in the air as the evening goes on. 2. Add fresh decor. An easy way to decorate is by placing fresh-cut flowers in re-usable mason jars. You can then send them home with guests after dinner as party favours! 3. Add enough lighting. String lights, candles, and little tea lights add both a dreamy ambiance as well as some much-needed light as the sun begins to go down. 4. Keep bugs at bay. Invest in some good citronella candles and provide your guests with bug spray or bug wipes to keep mosquitoes away. You can also use upside-down cupcake covers as drink covers to keep bugs out – just punch a hole through the middle for a re-usable straw and you’re set! 5. Have a backup plan. Check the weather ahead of time and try to schedule for a clear evening. But if there’s a chance of rain, have a backup plan readily available, such as moving to the indoor dining room or under a covered portion of your outdoor space, or putting up a...
6 Fresh Decorating Ideas for Spring

6 Fresh Decorating Ideas for Spring

If you followed our recent spring cleaning checklist, your home is probably looking pretty spic and span. Now it’s time to spruce things up a little bit and give your home a decorative refresh. Here are some fresh decorating ideas for spring! 1. A Pop of Colour One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is by adding a small pop of colour. It’s also an inexpensive way to change up your décor. Pick up an accent pillow or throw in a bright colour or print to make your room feel much more spring-like. If you’re looking for even more of a commitment, a colourful area rug or even furniture can really brighten up a drab room. 2. Fresh Cut Flowers Who doesn’t love a fresh bunch of spring flowers? Not only will your home look nice, but they’ll smell beautiful as well. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, keeping fresh flowers in your home is a cinch. If not, head to a local flower shop once in a while to make your home look and feel special. 3. Natural Elements One of the biggest home design trends in 2019 is incorporating more natural elements in the home. Natural textiles and woven accents such as baskets add an earthy feel and make it easier to stay connected to nature from your living room. Also, leafy plants bring a touch of nature while simultaneously adding a pop of colour and air filtration benefits. It’s a win-win! 4. Cheerful Artwork Switching out the art on your walls or adding a few new pieces can really change the look...
7 Tips for a Successful Spring Clean + Checklist

7 Tips for a Successful Spring Clean + Checklist

The weather’s getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. That’s right, springtime is here! Spring is a time to refresh and renew, not least of all with your home. Here are our top 7 tips for a successful spring clean in 2019, plus a free, printable checklist for every room in your home. 1. Set aside time in your schedule. Spring cleaning can take a good amount of time, especially if you haven’t been keeping up with it throughout the year. Block off enough time in your schedule to allow you to be as thorough as possible and reduce the stress of too many obligations at once so you can stay focused. 2. Wear protective gear. This is especially important if you suffer from dust allergies. Spring cleaning will stir up all the dust in places that haven’t been routinely cleaned throughout the year. Also, chemicals in many household cleaning products can irritate your skin or give off fumes. Wearing gear such as glasses, a face mask, and gloves will help protect you while you get the job done. 3. Work from top to bottom. In every room, start at the top and work your way down. As you clean, dust and debris may float down. By working from top to bottom, you’ll reduce the need to go back over areas you’ve already cleaned. 4. Make it fun. Cleaning and decluttering are called chores for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it as enjoyable as possible. Put on your favourite playlist or current audiobook, bring the whole family together, or enlist the...
7 Energy Saving Tips for Every Homeowner

7 Energy Saving Tips for Every Homeowner

Being smarter with your energy use saves you money on your bill and is less wasteful of our planet’s resources. While some energy-saving changes in the home require a larger investment, there are plenty of small things any homeowner can do to make a difference. Here are our top 7 energy saving tips! 1. Switch to LED Light Bulbs Swapping out regular light bulbs for LEDs is an easy way to reduce your energy use. LEDs require less wattage and last longer than incandescent bulbs, making them a much more efficient option. Remember to turn off your lights when they’re not in use, and try to only use natural lighting throughout the day if possible. 2. Use Cold Water for Laundry Use cold water whenever possible, as this reduces the energy needed to heat the water. Most often, cold water is just as effective especially when using a cold water detergent. Always run a full load, and hang items to dry instead of using the dryer to save even more. 3. Seal Air Leaks One of the most common energy inefficiencies at home is air leaks. These commonly occur in cracks or small openings around windows and doors. Ensuring that any leaks are sealed will help improve the temperature regulation of your home, requiring less input from your furnace or A/C. When the time comes to replace your windows, consider investing in efficient windows that reduce the loss of heat or cool air in your home. Use shades to block the heat of the sun in summer, and allow the sun in during winter to help keep things warm. 4....
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist & Tips | Prep Your Home For Fall

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist & Tips | Prep Your Home For Fall

What are the most important fall home maintenance tasks to complete? Home maintenance is important no matter what time of year it is. However, there are certain tasks that you really should complete in the fall, especially if you’re listing your house for sale in the Okanagan. Deferring cleaning & maintenance is one of the top reasons buyers are scared away from a home, so it’s important you don’t neglect these tasks! Reduce these issues to avoid and hiccups during the home inspection process and set yourself up for a quick sale! The following are 10 of the most important tips for preparing your home for the fall. 1. Care for your Trees, Bushes & Shrubs The scorching heat of our Okanagan summer can leave your yard parched. If you’ve kept up with regular watering over the past few months it’s still very likely that your bushes are still lacking water. Apply fresh mulch to the underside of shrubs & bushes to trap in that much needed moisture. Set your trees, bushes & shrubs up for the winter by properly pruning & trimming them. This will help promote blooming in the spring & you’ll thank yourself for winterizing your yard now. Plant new bushes or trees. Since there’s less chance for extreme weather changes in the fall this will give them ample time to settle before the winter arrives. 2. Rake your Leaves Raking your leaves seems like a no-brainer. Even more so if your Realtor is showing your house to potential buyers. Give these buyers a look at what your neat & tidy yard looks like in the...