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THREEWEBSITESFORDESIGNER DECORONABUDGET Why do rooms in magazines always look so beautiful? Aside from the fact that they were styled and groomed by a pro, they are also filled with high-quality designer items. Think you can’t afford the same level of decor? Think again! Gilt: Want access to top designer brands at up to 70 percent off? Of course you do! Aside from home decor items such as rugs, furniture, artwork and decor, Gilt.com offers clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Shop featured and sale items, by designer name or just blissfully browse away.
Snowe: With categories such as Eat, Sleep, Drink, Bathe and Clean, you know you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for at Snowehome.com . The company also partners with factories directly, attaining high-quality products at lower costs than other retailers. Decorist: While online decor sites have certainly made the home design game more accessible, there are those of us who still want gorgeous interior spaces – without
having to do all the work ourselves. Enter Decorist.com , which offers clients their own personal designer for a flat fee. After filling out a simple questionnaire, a designer takes the reigns and gives you exactly what you want, including a list of furniture and
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Ingredients: 2 c. canned coconut milk 1 c. uncooked white rice 2 to 3 tbsp. sweetener of choice (optional) 8 rice paper wrappers Sliced fruit Sesame seeds (optional) Warm water 1/2 c. chocolate chips ¼ c. milk of choice 3 tbsp. olive oil or melted unsalted butter
Directions: COCONUT RICE
Courtesy of www.ehow.com 1. In a small pot, combine the coconut milk, rice, and sweetener. Mix well and bring to a boil. 2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. The rice should be sticky but not wet. SPRING ROLLS 1. Fill a pie pan with warm water. Briefly dip a rice paper wrapper in the water and place on a clean, dry surface. Let sit for a few seconds. The rice paper will become translucent and pliable. 2. Sprinkle sesame seeds on rice paper and place 3 to 4 slices of fruit in the center. 3. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut rice. Make sure the filling is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the edges. Fold each side of the wrapper inward, much like you would with a burrito. 4. Fold up the bottom half of the wrapper, tuck under the fillings, and roll shut. Set aside to dry slightly. Repeat. CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE 1. Before starting, create a double boiler. Simply fill 1/3 of a small pot with water. Lay a slightly larger heat safe bowl on top of the pot, making sure that the bottom does not touch the water. 2. In the bowl, combine half the chocolate chips and half the oil. Slowly heat the water so that it is steaming. 3. Once the chocolate has liquefied, add the remaining chips and oil. Mix until melted and smooth. 4. While the melted chocolate is still warm, stir in the milk until thoroughly combined. Pour into a small bowl. SELECTTHERIGHTPAINTCOLOURFORYOURHOME Much like many other areas in life, the abundance of choices when it comes to paint colours is enough to make your head spin. Even if you have a good idea of what colours you want in your home, choosing a specific shade from a specific brand can be completely overwhelming. That being said, it’s helpful to remember that paint is completely subjective and there are no wrong choices. Certainly, if you’re painting before selling your home you may want to steer clear of anything too bold or bright. Sticking within the rather large category of neutral is a safe bet, and experts say really any of the neutrals – white, beige, grey, even soft blues and greens – work well when you list. However, if you’re painting for yourself, that’s where the real fun begins. Don’t be afraid to experiment – especially in smaller spaces like powder rooms or in kids’ rooms where colour is expected. If you’re starting a room from scratch, decide if you want to select a paint colour and then purchase furniture and accessories to match or the other way around. If you already own decor items or know which ones you’re going to buy, choose a complimentary colour. Do you want bright yellow walls with neutral furnishings? Soft blue walls with a bold patterned sofa? Or do you love colour and graphics on every surface? If so, go for it! Don’t forget the role a paint colour plays in setting a room’s mood. Spend time in the space before picking up the roller and ask yourself how you want the room to feel. Calm? Go for lighter blues and greens. Energized? Bright red or orange. Dramatic? Deep purple or even black. Just remember that paint isn’t permanent and it can always be swapped out for a different colour entirely. After all, there are about a million colours out there! OCEANICTIDBITS A few facts about the big blue. 1. Most of Earth’s surface—more than 70 percent—is covered by oceans. 2. From biggest to smallest, the world’s five oceans are the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Antarctic (sometimes called the Southern), and the Arctic Oceans. 3. The words “ocean” and “sea” are often used to mean the same thing. A sea, however, is a small area of an ocean, usually with land on several sides.
THREESMALLEARTH-FRIENDLYCHANGES Want to do your part to make the world a more eco-friendly place? Start with these three small changes. 1. Brew your own coffee. To-go coffee cups aren’t always recyclable. And recycling is still not as earthy friendly as using a travel mug. 2. Use beeswax instead of plastic wrap. Cotton coated in beeswax is a much greener way to wrap up your leftovers. 3. Buy bulk. Buying bulk keeps unnecessary packaging out of the landfill and saves you money too! THREECOMEBACKCRAFTS Just like fashion and decor, crafts go in and out of style. Here are three crafts from the past that have resurfaced. 1. Hand Embroidery. More than just monograms stitched on towels and napkins, hand embroidery has a variety of methods, which all produce different results. Cross-stich, thread paint and punch needle embroidery are all popular techniques. 2. Stenciling. Who can resist a craft used by both street artists and master crafters? If you’re intimidated by painting, drawing and other free form crafts, stenciling provides the option for creativity within a more structured setting. Apply stencils to stationary, pottery, fabric, walls, tiles and beyond. 3. Macramé. The word macramé comes from the 13th-century Arabic word for fringe – migramah. This craft has been popular for centuries and experienced particular popularity in the 1970s. Once you’ve learned a few basic macramé knots, you can create your own beautiful wall hangings, planters – even clothing!
ACROSS 1. Resembling or characteristic of a fox (7) 4. Grains used for food and animal fodder (4)
7. The swiftest mammal (7) 9. Large African antelope (3)
BRAIN TEASERS - Animal Crossword 10. Bird shelter (4) 11. Male goose (6) 13. Hound with short legs and long ears (6) 14. Young of domestic cattle (6) 17. Venomous snake of northeastern Australia (6) 18. Small biting insect (4) 21. Nocturnal bird (3) 22. Deciduous horns of a deer (7) 23. Colony insects (4) 24. Cats (7) DOWN 1. Female fox (5) 2. Migratory grasshoppers (7) 3. Wild mountain goat (4) 4. Snake or serpent (8) 5. Large endangered forest animal (5) 6. Small donkeys used as pack animals (6) 8. Short-necked river duck (4) 12. Large long-winged warm-water seabirds (8) 13. Large monkey with dog like muzzle (6) 15. Deer meat (7) 16. Male red deer (4) 17. Claw (5) 19. Tailless stout-bodied amphibians (5) 20. Marine mammal (4)
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All Residential Average Unit Prices Decrease, Unit Sales Increase Month Over Month Edmonton, August 2, 2018 - In the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), the average all residential selling price decreased 3.63% compared to July 2017. Single family home average prices decreased 2.25% to $436,825 year over year. Condominium average prices 6.22% compared to July 2017. “The overall real estate market is softening as the summer selling season begins to slow,” says REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Chair Darcy Torhjelm. “Average prices are decreasing and that may continue in the rest of the year due to the high inventory levels. It is important for sellers to be prepared to negotiate more and expect to be a bit more flexible with their property prices.” Inventory increased slightly in July, up 0.52% compared to July 2018. New listings increased 4.04% year over year. In total, there were 1,603 MLS ® System listed properties sold in July 2018. Average days on market increased for most categories, indicating more of a buyers’ market for the Edmonton CMA. The average for single family
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
DOWN 6.22% year-over-year
DOWN 2.25% year-over-year
ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)
DAYS ON MARKET
SALES TO LISTING RATIO
homes was 52 days. For duplex/rowhouses, the average days on market was 61. Condominiums required 66 days on market. Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton
Stats are Reflective of July 2018 Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Market values stated are of the average of Edmonton and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.
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