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TORONTO STAR - Chairs get second shot at love after Chair Affair auction

TORONTO STAR - Chairs get second shot at love after Chair Affair auction

Furniture Bank’s annual Chair Affair fundraiser, an auction of refurbished second-hand furniture held last month, helped raise more than $67,000 for low-income families in the Greater Toronto Area. Forty designers chose the pieces from Furniture Bank over the summer and then transformed them to suit the “from my home to yours” theme using paint, fabric and TLC. “They were (originally) pretty ugly looking chairs, in many cases,” said Dan Kershaw, Furniture Bank’s executive director. “They’re torn, they’re ripped, they’re stained, they’re wobbly. The designers go away and they reimagine it.” Here’s a sampling of their creations. […]

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MOVATO HOME MAGAZINE - Ask a Designer Before You Sell

MOVATO HOME MAGAZINE - Ask a Designer Before You Sell

If you’re planning to sell your home, you can make preparations that will ensure your property is attractive to potential buyers. There are many things homeowners can do to boost the appeal of their homes before they welcome in house hunters. Toronto Home asked real estate broker Sandra Rinomato, host of HGTV’s Property Virgins and Buy Herself for her advice on how to get a home ready for sale. […]

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METRO asked those in the know - What’s your take on micro condos?

METRO asked those in the know - What’s your take on micro condos?

The banks are not lending on these units, so right now we can’t really tell if they are going to take off or not. Micros offer living space in the very good locations ... I’ve seen the average size of a condo come down significantly in the last 20 years, and I think this will become a trend that lasts. Once the banks gain confidence in micro condos, first-time buyers will see them as viable options. Don’t forget, the banks were skeptical about lending on condos when they first made an appearance 50 years ago, and look at them now! […]

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