Saturday, October 30, 2010

silver bells...

Ok. I know it’s early. I know tomorrow is only Halloween….

But I was out and about today and couldn’t help notice that all the lovely holiday d├ęcor has hit the shelves.

While I’m not ready for Christmas carols to be blasting everywhere I go, I am starting to think about that time of year. To be honest, I love Christmas…must be all the white twinkling lights. I can’t help it. They make me happy, and playful and hopeful.

Favorite trend for this year (so far)?

Definitely silver, white and a pop of rich, dark purple. As always, a throw in a touch of whimsy and you are done!

Now, I’m not suggesting you have to run out the minute you pack away the creepy ghouls and goblins on Monday, but I’d suggest you at least start thinking about it…ok?

Until then, have a spooky fun Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

upcycle by rouge -- dresser on sale!

The vintage glam dresser upcycled by rouge (see September 20 blog post) is now on sale! Must go...need space for next project!!

This great, solid wood dresser –that can be used in a bedroom, in a closet, in an entry way, in a bathroom, and even in your kitchen – provides excellent storage. It’s got a hammered aluminum metal finish and vintage glam drawer pulls. It measures 44 inches (height) x 29 inches (wide) x 18 inches (deep).

Orginal Price = $295 Now on sale for $195!

upcycle by rouge” is all about taking something old and giving it a new life. Not just re-using it, or recycling it, but making it better than it ever was before. Mixing old vintage and vintage-inspired pieces with modern elements to create truly one-of-a-kind originals that you simply will not ever see anywhere else.

Get in touch to grab this deal...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

reno chronicles #9

So…I’ve recovered from “sticker-shock” on the cost of my little reno project. And I’ve reviewed the quote with wonderful contractor to come up with a few ideas on what to change to bring the cost more in line with what I was expecting. He’s putting the revised quote down on paper right now.

I had a great meeting with the bank, and all is well on that end. They are just waiting for me to give the final “go-ahead” to process the re-financed mortgage. (Silver lining? I’m actually getting a better rate on the entire mortgage because the rates have dropped since I first got my original mortgage). Relieved to know I can afford this little reno and not be house poor. Phew.

Then, I submitted all the paper work required to apply for a building permit. Along with a $300 cheque to go along with it. Three copies of everything – lot plan, architect drawings, contractor info -- and pictures to show my backyard along with that of my neighbor’s backyard (because I’m asking to do the exact same thing as they have already done).

I was feeling good. Things were moving along nicely.

And then….

A phone call from the development office (permits…etc) today who tell me that there are three areas in which my renovation plans do not meet the bylaw requirements. Setback, GFA (Gross floor area) and lot coverage.

And that my permit will not be approved.

Interestingly, since my house was built before the Halifax Explosion in 1917, it does not meet current bylaw requirements on it’s own. Never mind about the little addition. The setback needs to be 20 ft...and it’s 18ft. The GFA states that my house is only allowed to be 714 square feet (!). It’s currently 950 sq ft and I’m hoping to add a measly 126 sq ft. The total lot coverage of my house is only supposed to 35% of the lot. It’s already 55% and I’m hoping to add another 10%.

But, I can submit a variance application. Which is pretty much the exact same thing as what I just submitted, but with a paragraph as to why I am requesting a variance. And a $500 cheque, of course.

Then, every neighbor within 30 meters of my property will get written notice of what I am applying for and they have 14 days to respond, should they have any concerns. (I can't imagine what they could possibly be...!?) Next, the permit office reviews any feedback and makes their decision. If they deny my application, I can appeal it – where I would have to do so at City Council.

[insert giant rant about how bylaws are there for a reason, but should not be applied above all logic and common sense. Especially since most of our city was built a very long time ago. And because the city follks all say they want a healthy, vibrant downtown, but actually make it quite difficult for people to live here in an astounding number of ways...]

So anyway…moving on.

Tomorrow the application for a variance will be submitted. Because really, what choice do I have?

And I guess I’m just going to have to hope for the best…hoping, hoping, hoping...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy thanksgiving!

Dear just a little rouge readers,

rouge is taking a much needed mini-break for an extra long weekend, so there won't be a new post until next weekend.

Until then, happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

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xx rouge.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

random bits

Hey just a little rouge readers…here are a few random bits for the week.

Home Stagers Atlantic – will be at the Atlantic Connections Conference this week (October 5-7) at the Mariott. It’s organized by the Atlantic provinces Real Estate Associations with aim to provide a high caliber professional development opportunity for realtors. It’s a great opportunity to do a bit of very targeted education on the benefits of both home staging services and on why it’s best to choose an accredited home stager!

Check out this blog – read this blog every Friday for some cool DIY projects that are simple and stylish. And it’s Canadian…gotta love it! Last week’s is a creative way to make a lampshade.


rouge newsrouge gave a little advice this week for a new client. Staging is a week or two away (after the painting, carpet removing, bamboo flooring installation is complete), but wanted to give some pre-decluttering advice on what to keep out of storage for staging purposes. Beautiful home with wicked light, space and views will also be beautifully staged and ready for market before the end of the month. Stay tuned!

Oh…and if you read me via, please update your bookmarks to find me directly…

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