September 2022


Get to know the Furniture Family of Saskatchewan

  • September 30, 2022

“Our goal has always been to give our customers the best quality at the best prices,” says Kristy Sorensen, general manager of Furniture World.

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It’s a business philosophy that has served the family well over the years — as well as its customers.

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 From modest beginnings, Furniture World has grown to become one of Saskatchewan’s largest — and most prominent — home furnishings ventures, with retail outlets covering the province.

“Our goal has always been to give our customers the best quality at the best prices,” says Kristy Sorensen, general manager of the family-owned venture.

 Indeed, it’s a concept that Furniture World has long embraced, offering a world of choice to consumers at affordable prices — without sacrificing quality or style.

It all comes down to the company’s retail model that has been there from the very beginning: by lowering margins — including overheads and non-commissioned sales — they can pass along those savings to customers.

“That’s been the way we’ve done business, and it’s worked,” says Kristy.

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Many staff members have been with Furniture World for 20 or 30 years, so there are always familiar faces at the store to greet customers. Photo: D&M Images/Elaine Mark
Many staff members have been with Furniture World for 20 or 30 years, so there are always familiar faces at the store to greet customers. Photo: D&M Images/Elaine Mark
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New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill donates produce to South Worcester Neighborhood Center to fight food insecurity

  • September 30, 2022

The New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is helping address food insecurity by growing fresh, nutritious produce.

The garden partners with South Worcester Neighborhood Center to donate fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs each week. Last month, the garden reached 400 pounds of produce harvested and donated this season, and in 2021 they were able to donate more than 1,000 pounds.

“There’s a concept in larger cities and towns where they’re food deserts. Fresh produce is hard to come by,” said Dawn Davies, formal gardens manager. “When you have a food pantry, what’s donated is hard goods and dry goods like peanut butter or bread, but you don’t have that fresh produce which is really important for a healthy diet.”

Davies explained that New England Botanic Garden has been donating produce from its vegetable garden for over two decades, but started specifically focusing on the local community in recent years.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, they would donate to Rachel’s Table in Worcester, which would distribute the produce using their own volunteer drivers. However, during the pandemic, it became more difficult as there were fewer volunteers to pick up donations from the garden, so they began taking matters into their own hands and bringing it to SWNC themselves.

“This way, we can harvest same-day and, within hours of picking, bring it to the donation site,” she said. “We can donate lettuce, Swiss chard and kale that would wilt. In previous years, we would just have to compost stuff like that.”

In recent weeks, the garden has been able to donate figs, blueberries, raspberries and sweet Spanish onions.

“I was able to drop them off myself, and it was great to have that one-on-one talk with people there about the back history of the produce,” Davies said.

This year, the produce

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7 Home Renovations You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On

  • September 30, 2022

Updating your home is a big deal. Whether you’re sprucing up your place to sell or just want to improve your quality of life, it’s important to make sure you’ll get your money’s worth.

More than half — 55% — of homeowners completed a renovation project in 2021, according to the 2022 U.S. Houzz & Home Study. The median spend per project was $18,000.

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Considering the amount of time and money that goes into just about any renovation, the last thing you want is to finish a project and realize you shouldn’t have started it in the first place.

Therefore, it’s important to think long and hard about why you want to complete the project before getting started. You’ll also want to research the potential value the renovation could add to your property — especially if you’re preparing to put it on the market.

Want to find out if the renovation on your wish list is actually a good idea? Here’s a look at seven renovations to think twice about, along with cost estimates from HomeAdvisor and Remodeling magazine.

Swimming Pool

“People are often surprised to hear that adding a swimming pool provides a terrible ROI,” said Zachary Staruch, team founder and broker associate with The Pelican Team, based in Southwest Florida. “You typically only get about 65-70 cents back for every dollar you spend on a new pool in Florida and the return is even worse in seasonal climates when you don’t get year-round use from it.”

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t build one.

“However, as I tell everyone — including myself when we put in a pool — there can be

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2 basic bookcases get a modern makeover

  • September 29, 2022
 Before and after Christina's bookshelf make

Before and after Christina’s bookshelf make

Granted we all need bookcases in our lives, but do we need unsightly ones? Negative. If you’re not in a position to buy brand new furniture right now, refinishing a bookcase that you’ve thrifted – or that’s already in your home looking worse for wear – is a very wise idea. Whether you want to restore an old piece or give a ‘modern’ piece of furniture that feels a little tacky, a new stylish lease of life, there are some hard, fast and simple steps to follow that will help you achieve your bookcase of dreams.

You could, of course, build a bookshelf from scratch, but if you like to go thrift shopping – who does not? – follow in furniture flipper Christina Lipstone’s footsteps to create a fresh new look for your bookshelf.

How to refinish a bookcase

In most homes, storage is pretty much always at a premium. Even if you have a big space, there is always something to stow away, or display. In Lipstone’s case, her bookcases were very much needed for storage. So they are a key storage item and totally worth investing some DIY time into.

Keep scrolling for the step-by-step!

You may need:

1. A new paint color: Lipstone used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black 

2. New ‘chair’ legs: Lipstone purchased these furniture legs from WEICHUAN in Unfinished Beech Wood from Amazon (5.5″ Set of 4)

3. Square Dowels for hardware: Lipstone used 1/2 ×12 inch Wooden Square Dowel Rod Sticks from Amazon.

4. Furniture salve: Wise Owl  is used here.

5. A sander: Lipstone uses Surfprep

6. Festool Dust Extractor 

7. A paint sprayer: The Homeright Sprayer is a great pick on Amazon.

8. Wood filler

9. Wood glue like Gorilla

1. Source your

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Crap At Interior Design? 12 Style Cheats To Ensure Nobody Knows

  • September 29, 2022
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Decorating your home need not be a struggle with these simple interior design tricks (Photo: Mixed Retailers)

Decorating your home need not be a struggle with these simple interior design tricks (Photo: Mixed Retailers)

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Do you feel like everyone else’s home is effortlessly Insta perfect, while yours never feels quite right? You know you want a chic, stylish interior, but for one reason or another you find it difficult to achieve. The struggle is real.

No matter how many Pinterest home design boards you make, it can feel like you never quite nail it. Sigh. Wanna know a secret? It is possible to turn the tables on interior design.

Take it from someone who used to seriously struggle with their home styling, there are some manageable hacks out there that make it easier than you’d think. To help get you started, I’ve rounded up a selection of simple, stylish home buys that should work in any space. 

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Add one big central colour feature

To add colour to any room, opt for one central feature, such as a velvet sofa in this glorious green. Soft, luxurious, and super comfortable, this compact corner sofa, complete with chaise lounge is modern and stylish. (For simple styling, pair with a neutral colour scheme.)

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Modern Cat Furniture Market Size & Share | Industry Growth Report 2030

  • September 28, 2022

The modern cat furniture market is the second largest segment in the pet furniture market, preceded by the dog furniture market. The market has witnessed a steady growth around the globe since more people, especially millennials, are adopting cats as domestic pets.

The report offers detailed insights on the Modern Cat Furniture Market through an extensive analysis of key growth drivers, latest trends, potential challenges, and revenue growth prospects based on historical data.

Crucial information and forecast statistics, in terms of value and volume, covered in the Modern Cat Furniture Market report will arm both existing and emerging market players with necessary insights to craft long-term strategies as well as maintain business continuity during a crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Modern Cat Furniture Market Scenario During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 has adversely affected various markets in the retail & consumer products industry. The Modern Cat Furniture Market is no different. Products which are deemed ‘essential’ continue to experience significant sales, while non-essential items faced a sharp decline in demand.

Following government’s measures, particularly social distancing norms and stay-at-home orders, companies operating in the Modern Cat Furniture Market have put their production on a halt.

Additionally, movement restrictions and supply chain disruptions have created a logistical nightmare for market players, leading to severe product shortages in the global marketplace.

The FMI’s report includes an interesting chapter on preliminary impact of the COVID-19 on the Modern Cat Furniture Market.

This allows both leading and emerging market players to understand the market scenario during a crisis and aids them in making sound decisions to gain a distinct competitive edge.

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Modern Cat Furniture Market: Segmentation

Valuable information covered in the FMI’s Modern Cat Furniture

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PHOTOS: Exploring the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA | Multimedia

  • September 28, 2022

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia is a popular spot for Athenians and tourist alike. Recognized as Georgia’s official botanical garden, the 313-acre site is filled with several attractions, including the Tropical Conservatory, Visitor Center, gift shop, Cafe Botanica and Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum. 

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Vancouver Rove Concepts opens flagship in heart of downtown

  • September 27, 2022

There’s a new look in town.

Luxury Vancouver-founded furniture and design brand Rove Concepts is opening its first-ever flagship showroom.

The 4,000-square-foot space on the corner of Granville and West Pender streets has sat empty since December 2020. Dunn Tailors used to occupy the 480 Granville St unit and was recognizable by its iconic red neon sign that hugged the entrance.

The Dunn signage is gone now, replaced with a sleek white neon instead and giant plate glass windows which give an unobstructed view into the contemporary design showroom.

Rove Concepts was established by Art Lee in 2011 as an updated take on mid-century modern furniture, which his grandfather made. The retailer specializes in luxury interior design and has a minimal Pacific Northwest meets Arizona-chic vibe.

The furniture and lifestyle pieces are primarily handcrafted in an artisan workshop owned and operated by Rove Concepts using sustainable materials. The company has already phased out paper product instruction manuals and is in the process of completely phasing out genuine leather by the end of 2022. There are plans to roll out more eco-friendly packaging before the end of the year and switch to electric delivery vehicles in 2023. By 2024, the goal is to completely phase out plastic in furniture production and packaging.

Lee has also incorporated extended reality technology into the new flagship with an immersive augmented reality design lab that allows customers to design their spaces using rove furniture.

The palatial showroom is furnished with Rove’s bestselling living room, bedroom, and dining room pieces alongside the new 2022 collection. The store opens on September 22 and will operate Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Georgeson Botanical Garden construction aims to improve accessibility, layout | Local News

  • September 27, 2022

A major construction project will cause periodic closures at the Georgeson Botanical Garden through the end of September.

Workers will update the main pedestrian corridor to improve accessibility, strengthen the linear nature of the garden and visually unify it. They’ll add nodes that will improve navigation, interpretation and resting spaces.

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This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

  • September 27, 2022

House of the Week: This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

The revitalization included walnut and travertine finishes, custom interior design and a basement with a rec room

Neighbourhood: Corktown
Agent: Marianne Radman, Seventy Seven Park
Previously sold for: $915,000 in 2020

The place

When this Victorian townhome was purchased in 2020, the buyers hadn’t even been inside before closing the deal. “It was a hoarder’s house,” co-buyer Eduardo Pontes recalls. “You weren’t allowed to go into the home to see it. The City of Toronto had people with hazmat suits cleaning it out.”

A nearly two-year renovation followed. The home was gutted to the studs and reframed. The basement was underpinned and expanded, adding two additional rooms. Pontes partnered with Maia Legacy Builders and design firm Ancerl Studio to create this three-plus-one-bed, two-and-a-half-bath home with custom furnishings, built-ins and artwork—all of which are included in the purchase.

The neighbourhood, Corktown, is a mix of singles, young professionals, young families and senior residents. There are new condo projects and recreation facilities just north in Regent Park, the Don Valley and Riverside to the east, the Distillery District to the south, and plenty of bars and restaurants to the west.

The tour

A slender front door opens into a foyer and dining area. That brick wall was added during renovations, and the table (with a travertine-marble base), built-in walnut veneer and leather bench are all bespoke. There is heated, polished concrete flooring throughout the main floor.

The living room has a Planika ethanol fireplace surrounded by travertine with a built-in, concealed entertainment unit with storage above. The gallery wall over the couch is an original collection from Ancerl Studio.

Here’s a reverse view of the living room, with engineered white-oak hardwood stairs as

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