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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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...
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Your kids are growing quickly and that means assessing their bedroom for better studying and creating. Here are tips for getting that done. *** School is a big deal when you’re a kid. Every new grade is another step...
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  Do you really need more space, or can you just use your space better? Here are some ideas to get you thinking! *** I’ve been looking at a lot of European homes for a long time now and...
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In the 21st century home, we’re rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here’s a great example. *** In Lincoln, Nebraska, a quiet, dirty little revolution has taken hold. Spurred on by climate-change...
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Insurance makes the difference from having the worst day of your life versus starting the worst chapter of your life. Protect yourself, even as a renter. *** Lately, I’ve had reason to investigate insurance a lot and I’m constantly...