Forget second acts. Jim Owen, who turns 80 on Oct. 20, is capitalizing on his third. His new documentary film, “The Art of Aging Well,” is the culmination of what he describes as his purpose and his legacy: Inspiring older adults to become healthier and more active.
“We’re experiencing a health care crisis that no one talks about, and it’s not the second wave of the pandemic: We are a nation of couch potatoes, and it’s literally killing us,” says Owen.
Technology powers the Canadian economy. Home to many of the world's largest tech hubs, Canada boasts more than 41,500 tech companies, plus its 919,000-plus tech workers represent a diverse and growing talent pool that draws major investments from global businesses. As we navigate the "next normal" alongside the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many are looking to the tech sector — and Canada's tech hubs in particular — to help fuel the recovery in employment, innovation and growth.
With offices re-opening, workplaces across North America are rethinking gathering spaces and the furniture required to foster collaboration while maintaining social distancing. Companies are also leaning towards products that respect the environment. Keilhauer’s sleek new offering, Swurve – its first fully carbon-neutral office chair – ticks all these boxes.
Even a homeowner who takes great pride in their property may harbor this dirty little secret: A garage that has become a dumping ground.
Whether it's lack of time, financial or physical constraints, or simply being too overwhelmed to deal with the mess, many homeowners find it easier to just close the door and walk away – before the neighbors see it. In addition to being an eyesore, a disorganized garage can add stress and wasted time to your day.
Selling your home when it looks pretty similar to other properties on your street can be challenging. Many housing developments are built that way to save time and money, so you’ll want to kick up your home’s look several notches to make buyers notice it first.
In this age of social distancing, you might want to limit the number of strangers traipsing through your house. So chances are good you've said sayonara to the idea of having a staging company come in to artfully showcase your home for sale.
That means it's time to get creative in order to prep your property for sale. And guess what? There’s an app for that.
What happens when close friends invite you to join them on a vacation, but you're not comfortable with their quarantine protocols? How about if a pal asks you over for a home-cooked dinner at the kitchen table, but you're sticking to al fresco socializing? What if you ask your buddy to go on a road trip but she wants you to wear a mask in the car?
The question is how to navigate — or even turn down — these pleasant offers without offending anyone or damaging friendships.
Buyers who’ve realized that “staycation” mode is the new normal are looking for properties that make al fresco entertaining fun and easy. Transforming your backyard into a resort-like setting that includes an outdoor kitchen will set your listing apart from others in your neighborhood—and increase your home’s resale value. Here’s how you can elevate your outdoor space with luxurious features, or ones that just look that way, to create the aspirational lifestyle buyers are seeking.
Ceiling fans are enjoying a major comeback in luxury homes. Today’s models are stylish and attractive, featuring on-trend materials like polished nickel and exotic wood.
When choosing a ceiling fan, assess the motor size and blade pitch, which determine the fan’s speed. Many higher-quality ceiling fans include options for a variety of finishes and light kits, along with remote controls. Some even include carved ceiling medallions that add texture and interest.
Homes with garages usually have a leg up in the market compared to those that don’t. But is your garage looking a little disheveled? You’re certainly not alone.
Sure, purging and organizing your mountains of stuff will help big time if you’re putting your house on the market, but why not be strategic, too? Here’s the thing: Your garage can do double-duty, contributing precious usable space that buyers are clamoring for. There’s one garage update that can help sell your house in a flash—converting part (or all) of it into something else.
You may call it a mudroom in your listing description, but let’s face it: the space that’s currently doing triple-duty as a laundry room, makeshift office and overall dumping ground for your family’s entire wardrobe is not doing your property any favors. Potential buyers are not interested in wondering where all their stuff will fit, and if your mudroom is not up to the test, they’ll turn right around and check out your neighbor’s house instead.
Are the bedrooms in your home putting potential buyers to sleep—and not in a good way? From nurseries to kids’ rooms, guest bedrooms and main suites, it’s important to showcase sleeping areas as relaxing refuges from everyday life. Here’s how to transform these spaces so buyers can picture themselves having sweet dreams in your house.
The sudden urge to undertake a closet makeover can hit at any moment. And no matter your reason for it, giving your closet some attention will make your daily life simpler—and can be the perfect jump-start to organizing the rest of your home! If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’ve scoured Instagram and Pinterest to find some cool examples of homeowners who have gotten creative with their closets, and hopefully they will inspire you to tackle your own.