BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Steffani Cameron

Steffani Cameron is a Victoria BC-based writer on a variety of topics. Here on the BuildDirect blog, she specializes in writing about smaller, urban spaces. How do you make the most of your smaller space? How do you decorate it to suit you? And how do you wage the war against clutter and win? This is Steff’s specialty.

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Forget garden tools and storage. Let’s talk about all the possibilities that exist in the world of creative shed-planning. Here are 11 shed ideas beyond the norm. *** In the old days, you’d have to block off a few...
Thor Kitchen Tool Chest
Kitchen storage is a big issue in every home, so functional storage solutions that can serve in multiple duties are great! Especially when they look this good. *** When it comes to ideas, there’s no better spot to get...
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Smaller spaces have their challenges. Here are some ways to make them more efficient, including floor plan creators, wall space, and plain old vigilance. *** Recent news stories show that some early proponents of the “tiny house” lifestyle seem...
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When you’re planning to redesign a room yourself, what are some basic home decorating ideas and principles to follow? Here are 5 from a professional interior designer. *** Recently, I chatted with a Portuguese interior designer called João Tavares...
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Old furniture and elements in a space are sources of home decor personality. Through colors and patterns, here are some ways to restore and preserve them. *** It’s a shame how much furniture gets tossed because people think it’s...
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  It’s incredible how much free online storage one can get these days, and with digital media everywhere, do you need to keep hard copies? Some pros and cons. *** We live in a digital age and it’s changing...
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Moving is exciting and expensive, but what about moving out of your old place? Here’s how to take care of your home so you get your damage deposit back. *** Often, when people are moving, they think about the...
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My friend wrote to brag about her new stylish food-scrap collecting bin in her kitchen, and  got me thinking about the messy topic of compost and food waste. *** Compost is a fascinating topic, but not one we tend...
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Renters often don’t do enough research with apartments and homes, and as a result, you hear about folks moving a lot. Here’s how to save your money & time. *** A friend looking for an apartment asked me for...
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Ahh, the end of summer, a time of delicious bounty — and busywork in the kitchen. Preserving food is a beloved seasonal task that keeps giving for months. *** As I type, all across the country, avid food gardeners...