Finding Art To Fit Your Space
Choosing the right art for your home can be a time-consuming process. While some of us are gifted with an eye for design, others may not have the same talent. Fortunately, if you are looking for a way to decorate your space and add some flair to your interior, there are many online resources that can help you to determine current trends, and what works best with the space that you have available. As someone who enjoys both art and design, I wanted to provide you with some tips on how to get your favourite artwork into your home and elevate your space for both your own joy, but also to ensure the wow factor is present when you have visitors, or if you are looking to stage for sale. Here is how to pick the right art for your home.
First and foremost, you need to make sure the art your putting in your space is something that speaks to you, that you admire, and that you love to look at. After all, it’s hanging in your home and is a reflection of your personal style. If the art does not spark feelings of pleasure and enjoyment, it’s not ideal to hang it in your space and look at it every day.
The next thing you want to consider is the size of the art piece you are looking for. Once this is narrowed down, it’s going to become easier to find the right work for your space. You should aim to fill approximately two-thirds to three-fourths of your wall space with your art. If you are looking for oversized art to use as a focal point, you can use the same proportions; if your focal point is above your couch, your art should be two-thirds to three-fourths the size of the couch.
Here is a guide to help you choose the right size art for any wall design in your home.
Oversized: Used for focal points. Minimum of 100cm in length. Measure your wall before purchasing to ensure the piece will fit according to the proportions mentioned above.
Large: Around 80-100cm in length, these pieces can be used as a centrepiece or balance with smaller art on either side. Try not to have more than 2 large pieces in a room.
Medium: Medium pieces usually measure from 60-70cm and can work well in a collage with other pieces, or on their own on smaller wall space.
Small: Typically from 45-60cm these pieces pair well with others, and are often used in groups of 3 or 6, and can surround medium or large works on your wall.
When looking for art to decorate your home, a general rule is, to begin with larger pieces and work your way down to the complimentary smaller pieces. Purchase or choose your statement pieces first as it is the first thing people will see when they enter a room and sets the overall tone. As you begin to decorate and develop the space, look for smaller pieces to highlight any unused area that requires a little extra spice. If using this principle, you will have your home decorated with beautiful works in no time.
Lastly, when decorating your home, make sure to be consistent. If you have a more modern style, let it run throughout the home. Stay away from mixing colour palettes or incorporating too many design styles (modern, famous, boho, etc.). Doing this can make your space look cluttered, unorganized, or unappealing. That being said, family members do not always foster the same style. Make sure you compromise where you can, and let children display their own style and design trends in their bedrooms. After all, they may have some ideas that inspire or influence your designs in a positive way.
Tiny Homes Provide Great Options for Homeowners
Tiny Homes provide great options for homeowners Tiny Homes can be a great addition for homeowners, especially those looking for an extra means of income. A tiny home, also known as a coach house, is a small free-standing apartment, detached from the principal dwelling but located on the same lot. Coach houses are intended to bring more density to established neighbourhoods without negatively impacting community spaces. This increase in neighbourhood density would naturally increase the number of affordable homes. The regulations concerning Tiny Homes vary from one municipality to another. Note: the following information is specifically regarding Tiny Homes in Ottawa. The Advantages of a Coach Home Building a Coach Home on your pre-existing lot can have countless advantages. The initial advantage is the extra means of income. The additional dwelling is connected to both city water and sewer lines through the primary residence. This means no new connections are required. Note, Tiny Homes don’t necessarily need to be a newly built structure. Accessory structures such as garages or sheds can also be converted into coach homes, as long as all building requirements are met. If having an extra income doesn’t lure you in, perhaps your in-laws are looking to downsize but your home just isn’t big enough to accommodate them. Tiny homes allow family members to reside close, while ensuring everyone has their own space and independence. Eligibility The rules and regulations concerning Tiny Homes vary from municipality to municipality. In Ottawa, not all lots meet the requirements for the addition of a coach home. In general, lots can accommodate a Tiny Home if the following requirements are met: The lot is serviced by municipal water and sewer lines, or if the lot is in a rural area, it is 0.4 hectares or larger and is serviced by a private well and septic system. The lot contains a detached, semi-detached, duplex or townhouse dwelling. Note, the requirements for a Tiny Home located on a lot where the primary dwelling is a rowhouse, the coach house must have direct pedestrian access to a public road. The pathway provided must be 1.2 metres wide. The primary dwelling unit does not already contain a secondary dwelling unit such as a basement apartment, garden suite or any rooming units. Other Important factors Other requirements, such as preserving mature trees and integrating with the urban context of the homes located in proximity must also be respected while building your Tiny Home. It’s important to note, coach homes must meet both size requirements and height restrictions. These regulations vary from one lot to another. Overall, coach homes must be smaller than the principal residence and not accede 40% of the main dwelling. As for height restrictions, urban areas must not exceed 3.6 metres in height, while certain rural lots allow for the possibility of a two story coach home. To ensure your lot meets the requirements implemented by the city of Ottawa, contact a Development Information Officer (DIO) to further evaluate your lot. Development Information Officers can be reached by simply dialling 3-1-1. Coach Homes can be a great asset to any lot, especially in cities like Ottawa where the need for affordable housing is always in high demand.
Summer Festivals Summer festivals are a great way to ensure you take full advantage of everything the season has to offer. The great thing about summer festivals, especially the ones in the west end of Ottawa, is that there is a large variety of events. This means, everyone is sure to find a festival that suits their interests. Here are 5 of the most popular festivals that take place in the west end of the city. Note the list also includes a rural festival, the Almonte fair. Escaping the city’s hustle and bustle can be fun all on its own. West End Food Truck Rally – August 10th 2019 – Christ Church Bells Corners What’s better than a fun event that supports a great cause? We agree, nothing’s better! This event has more than 10 food trucks that serve both sweet and savoury foods in support of The FAMSAC Food Cupboard. Enjoy great music, family friendly activities and entertainment while munching on some great food. Westboro Fuse- August 17th and 18th 2019 – Westboro Neighbourhood This festival is essentially a weekend long block party that showcases live music, family friendly-activities and great food. It’s sure to have you enjoying the modern vibe Westboro has to offer all while spending time in the sun. Folk Festival Birthday Picnic at Britannia Park – August 25th 2019 Britannia Park is a beautiful family activity all on its own but the Birthday picnic means you don’t have to plan lunches, or snacks or even activities. Join your community for this family friendly Birthday Picnic to celebrate the exact 25th anniversary of the first Ottawa Folk Festival. This will be a family favourite, with beautiful views for the adults and lots of activities for the kids. Bridge Street Summer Festival -August 3rd – Carleton Place This year’s theme is everything Motown! Seven bands will be performing various songs all in line with the overall theme. The festival doesn’t stop at live music, family friendly fun takes place all day long. Local shops also set up booths along the street while food vendors offer tons a yummy options to snack on. Almonte Fair- July 19th, 20th and 21st 2019 – Almonte Summer festivals like the Almonte fair add variety by offering events that tend to take place in the fall months. The Almonte fair has demo derbies to wrestling competition. Enjoy local food vendors and other more rural family activities. Whatever your interests may be, summer festivals are always a good choice when planning your time off, especially seeing the kids aren’t in school and the weather is beautiful. Just be sure to remember all the summer essentials like sunblock, water bottles and your favourite ball-cap to ensure you can enjoy all the festival has to offer.
How To Boost Your Curb Appeal This Fall
How To Boost Your Curb Appeal This Fall The cooler air is here and before we know it, the leaves will begin to change. Fall is a season of transition as we (and the world around us) prepare for the winter months ahead but this is no reason to assume that curb appeal doesn’t matter. If you have your home listed this fall, it’s important to remember the importance of first impressions. Ensure that your home looks its best inside and out. Keep Lawns Clean and Maintained Although you may not need to get the mower out every week, depending on the weather, the grass does still grow throughout the fall. Make sure that your lawn remains well kept and that you mow it when necessary. It’s also important to clean up any debris including leaves and garbage to ensure that everything is in top shape for buyers. Sweep the Front Step This may seem like a little detail but it can make all the difference as someone is walking up to your home. A front step that is neatly swept gives off the impression of a pride of ownership that is likely carried through the entire home. Bring in Fall Decor Adding some fall decor and plants to your front step can brighten up the space and provide a pop of colour. Consider including pumpkins and gourds in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Mums also look great in front of any home and do very well in the colder weather of fall. Paint the Front Door Even if you don’t have time to take on the whole front of your house, painting the front door can really freshen things up. Consider adding some colour to your home by painting the door a contrasting colour to the rest of your home. Red, yellow, and blue are all popular colours for front doors right now. Trim the Trees Fall is a great time of year to trim your trees. If your trees are growing too close to your home or driveway, it’s important to get them cut back. It’s also important to look for dead and broken branches and to get them taken care of as soon as possible as they may pose a safety risk. If you are not comfortable with heights or a chainsaw, it is always best to hire a professional. Clean the Windows Summer can be a very season. Dry weather can mean lots of dust and this ultimately finds its way to the windows. Make sure that all your windows are cleaned inside and out to ensure the best views of your now ready to list property!
Stay Up To Date
Receive the latest listings, real estate news and information on upcoming events.
Office: 613-755-2278 Cell: 613-552-0582