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7 kitchen pantry organization tips and ideas

Those dream pantries you’ve been seeing in magazines and pinning online aren’t as far out of reach as they might seem. Here are seven kitchen pantry organization tips and ideas you can implement in your pantry, no matter how small [...]

6 ways to create a private outdoor space

Unless you live in the country surrounded by acres and acres of land, there’s a pretty good chance you have neighbours all around you. Urban and suburban living means space can be limited, fences and balconies are often shared and “next door” is within arm’s reach. If you feel like your privacy is lacking these days, we’ve got 6 great ways to help you take back some of your personal space. […]

How to set up a nursery

When it comes to making space for your new arrival, there are so many things to think about and decisions to make. Follow our tips to create a special place the entire family will love and enjoy [...]

10 décor tips inspired by Monica Geller’s apartment

From her iconic purple walls to her well-organized kitchen, we can all draw a little creative inspiration and small space living tips from Monica Geller’s whimsical Brooklyn pad. We’ll be there for you with these 10 apartment décor tips inspired by one of the greatest TV shows of all time – Friends […]

How to make the most out of your backyard on a budget

A backyard oasis sounds perfect right about now! Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to read, a sunny spot to do some work, or an area to entertain your guests, turning your empty outdoor space into a beautiful extension of your home can add square footage without the price tag of a complete renovation [...]

Small balcony decor ideas and inspiration

This year more than ever, we think it’s worth it to invest in transforming your outdoor area into a cute and cozy oasis. Here’s the thing – you don’t need a big balcony or backyard to create a space you love, even the smallest nooks have huge potential! Read on for 10 steps to create the outdoor space of your dreams […]

What's a “Jack and Jill” bathroom?

What's a Jack and Jill bathroom? From benefits and bathroom layout options to Jack and Jill bathroom design ideas, we’re diving into what they are – and why we’re seeing this trend come back more and more in homebuilding […]

Incorporating the channel tufting trend

Channel tufting is back and bigger than ever! This trend can be featured in your bedroom, on a wall and even living room furniture like sofas and armchairs. Read on to see how you can incorporate channel tufting into your own space [...]

Interior design tips to improve mental wellbeing

There has always been a strong connection between mental wellbeing and your home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working remotely and spending a lot more time inside, so the impact our home environment has on us is more significant than ever. We take a look at some key interior design tips for mental wellbeing and happiness [...]

5 creative ways to hide your home office

When you leave the office or close the door of a home office, a physical boundary is created between work life and home life. But, if your home office is a corner in a living room or the dining room table, it can be tricky to differentiate between the two. That's why we’ve come up with 5 creative ways to separate your home and work life, even if you don’t have a separate room for it [...]

4 ways to incorporate music into your apartment

Incorporating your musical interests into the décor of your apartment could be just the thing to brighten your mood. Whether you’re dedicated to playing a specific instrument or just love playing and collecting albums, you’ll want to take a look at these 4 ways to create the ultimate playing and listening experience.

15 unique places to store books in small spaces

Are you an avid reader who struggles to find enough space for your books? We can help! When you don’t have the wall or floor space to store your library (big or small), try out these unique places to store books in your apartment instead […]

Lighting updates to brighten up your rental

If you’re a renter, one of the easiest ways to make it feel more like your own is to switch up the lighting. We’ve got 6 great lighting updates that add warmth and ambiance to your apartment (no electrician needed) […]

15 apartment kitchen space-saving hacks

If your apartment kitchen is lacking the space you need to just get organized, this post is for you. We share our 15 best space-saving hacks – so you can organize, save space, and love your cute, little kitchen all day long […]

Top interior design trends of 2021 you’ll want to copy

2021 is finally here! This new year provides the perfect opportunity to unleash our creative sides and bring a sense of comfort to the living spaces we spend so much time in. Every home needs a little refresh once in a while, so we asked one of our Minto Dream Home Interior Designers, Tanya Collins, what she thinks the biggest décor trends will be in 2021 [...]

The upside of spending so much time in your apartment

We’re here to let you know there’s an upside to all that time spent in your apartment. From rethinking to re-moving to re-decorating, this time of pause is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your space (and set you up nicely for when this is all over) […]

How to embrace the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year

Could you use a hug right about now? Benjamin Moore has wisely chosen the soothing Aegean Teal as the Colour of the Year at a time when we’d all like something warm and comforting to wrap itself around us. Find out how to incorporate this perfectly peaceful hue into your home to create a haven for resting, relaxing, and recharging [...]

How to maximize your fridge space

You stuff it and stack it and shift it and pack it. We’re talking about your fridge – and it’s time to show it the respect it deserves. We’re breaking down the best tips to give your refrigerator a good clean overhaul – and with the holidays approaching, get it organized once and for all […]

7 best paint colours for your condo

Painting your condo is an exciting and creative way to update your décor. It can also be a challenge, especially if it’s your first time choosing colours for your new home. This season's top suggestions for beautiful and highly livable colours for painting your condo are completely enticing and include the following shades [...]

Step-by-step guide for creating a hot beverage bar at home

No matter what your hot beverage of choice is, there’s no doubt that a little at-home drink station is not only cute but super practical (not to mention will save you money). If you don’t have a ton of counter space in your apartment, don’t fret. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating the hot beverage bar of your dreams (whether your space is big or small) […]

Setting up a video call space to impress

With many of us working from home these days, our meeting rooms are now our living rooms (or bedrooms or kitchens). We’ve got 6 tips to help you find the best space possible spot for your work day and set up a video call space to impress […]

Holiday decorating on a dime

If you’re like us, you’re all about creating a trendy apartment for the holidays that glistens with twinkly lights and makes cozying up with hot cocoa that much better – just without the added cost of it all. We’ve got tips for festive apartment décor that won’t break the bank – and can be reused (hello, sustainability!). Check out these simple holiday décor ideas […]

10 tips we learned from The Home Edit about organization

The Home Edit – a new show on Netflix – is all the rage these days. Not surprising, since it’s all about organizing your home beautifully (and who doesn’t love that?)! We tuned in and recorded our top takeaways from this fun, energetic show. Here are the 10 things we learned about home organization from The Home Edit […]

How to choose the right tiles for your bathroom

Thinking about renovating your bathroom? There are lots of things to consider, like what kind of tile will work best in your space. Do you prefer bright colours or neutral tones? Patterned or plain? Small or oversized? Tile is a big commitment and typically a focal point in a bathroom, so this important detail is something you’ll want to pay close attention to [...]

Tips to carve out space for a small home office

Working or schooling from home can be a challenge in the best of times, but throw in a pandemic and it’s a whole new ballgame – especially if you live in a smaller space. No office? No problem. Here’s our top tips on how to carve out a dedicated workspace that lets you focus on the task at hand […]

20 ways to add a touch of fall to your space

Are you as obsessed with fall as we are? Now more than ever, it’s the little things that matter in life – like affordable autumn-themed décor that makes us want to snuggle up indoors. Check out this post for budget-friendly fall décor ideas that will have you falling in love with your home, all over again […]

How to create a home gym in a small space

Can we just put it out there and say that 2020 has been anything but kind to us? As we narrow in on the last few months of this crazy year, we’re reminded that the one thing we can do is be kind to ourselves. We’ve got lots of great tips to help turn even the smallest space into a home gym – and put your self-care back on track [...]

How to incorporate sports décor into your space

If you’re a sports fan, your love likely runs deep whether your favourite team is playing or not. Keep the team spirit high all year long with just the right amount of memorabilia in your space. We’ve rounded up a few sports-inspired interior décor tips that will showcase your fandom – foam fingers not included [...]

5 tips for styling your shelves

What is it about bare, open shelves that freaks us out so much? For starters, they’re usually the focal point in a room. No pressure. Will they hold books, family photos or a curated collection of travel treasures (or all of the above)? Before you dive in, follow these helpful tips to create a functional and beautiful displayed shelves […]

Simple ways to refresh your space for summer

Ah, summer! It’s the perfect time to add a splash of fun colour to your décor and breathe some life back into your home. Read on for some simple and inexpensive ways to refresh your space for the warmer months ahead […]

To feng shui or not feng shui?

The more time you’ve spent in your home, the more in tune you may have become to things that feel slightly “off”. If you’re noticing a certain imbalance you can’t put your finger on, it might be time to consider feng shui. Read on to find out how you can apply the basic principles to create harmony in your home [...]

What to do with an extra room in your home

If you’re lucky enough to have an extra room (or two) in your home, there couldn’t be a better time to make the most of it. These 12 ingenious ideas may inspire you to find the space you need without adding square footage [...]

How to make your bed luxurious on a budget

There’s no question, we’re spending a lot more time in bed these days (sleeping in, working, watching TV…). And when you live in a smaller space, having a comfortable bedroom is essential. So we thought: How can we make up a luxurious, hotel-like bed on a budget? It’s easier than one might think […]

10 creative ways to give everyone their space

Sharing an apartment with roommates to save on costs? While the entire world is quarantining, personal space is definitely harder to come by. We’ve got 10 creative ways to give everyone their space (in an apartment of any size) – so you don’t have to give up every square inch of your privacy […]

10 ways to embrace your home right now

Spending more time in your apartment than you ever thought you would? You’re not alone. That’s why we’re sharing 10 ways to embrace your space and create a cozy and serene sanctuary during these unsettling times. Read on for our best tips […]

5 tips to follow when decorating your basement

Long gone are the days of scary basements. Whether you want to maximize on square footage or plan your secret hideaway, decorating a basement can be fun! We’ve got tips and tricks that will help turn that dark space into an inviting living area that everyone can enjoy [...]

How to decorate your coffee table for under $100

One thing most renters have in their home? A coffee table! This living room furniture item is a useful décor staple in many households, so we’re exploring how to accessorize it on a budget. Read on for ways to decorate your coffee table for under $100 […]

10 updates that add value to your home

Thinking of renovating this year? Exciting! Whether you’ve lived in your home for a while, purchased an older house that needs a little TLC or have a new build you’d like to put your stamp on, we’ve put together a list of improvements that add the most value to your home – and make the most of your budget [...]

Creative storage ideas for tiny bathrooms

Is your apartment’s bathroom lacking in storage, space, or both? Organizing a tiny bathroom can be tough without storage – and in rentals, you have to get a bit more creative with temporary solutions. Read on for a ton of ideas on how to add storage to a small bathroom […]

10 easy ways to declutter your home

The holidays, with their conspicuous consumption and overindulgence, have a way of making us want to start fresh, simplify and take a good look at all the stuff that’s weighing us down. We’ve put together a list of the 10 easiest ways to declutter your home – and make 2020 the year of the lighter load [...]

Top interior design trends of 2020

Wondering what’s “in” this year when it comes to decorating your home or apartment? Her past predictions came true, so we asked interior designer Wendy Snelgrove of Cabin Couture to share her insider knowledge on 2020 design trends with us – and we can’t wait to see how they unfold this year […]

5 ways to embrace the Pantone Colour of the Year

Love yourself a rich, dark blue? You’re in luck (and you’re not alone)! The recently announced 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue – “a timeless and enduring blue”. From walls to fabrics to dishware to everything in between, we have a feeling we’re going to be seeing this hue of blue popping up all over the place. Let’s get a jump on it, shall we? [...]

Rug styling 101

Rugs have a magical way of warming up a room – in more ways than one. But let’s be honest, they’re a big investment and choosing the right one can seem downright overwhelming. Fear not! We’ve got “piles” of tips to help you up your décor game with our guide to rug styling 101 [...]

What to do with awkward spaces in your home

Every home has its quirks, corners, nooks and niches that aren’t quite big enough to be usable rooms and just awkward enough to make us scratch our heads. These enigmas may be tricky to decorate and easy to ignore, but we’ve come up with a few creative solutions that will add charm and functionality – and help use every inch of your square footage […]

Trendy pet furniture for small spaces

We love our pets and want to do everything we can to find them a space (or mini couch) of their own – even in a tiny apartment. Fret not, friends. We’ve got a few solutions for you, with all sorts of trendy pet furniture and toys that won’t take up a lot of space […]

10 ways to store clothes without a closet

A change of season means a change of wardrobe. And that means you need a place to put all the clothes you won’t be needing. No closet? No problem. Read on for 10 ways to store your clothes in your bedroom if you don’t have a closet […]

7 different ways to decorate your dorm room

Are you getting ready for your next big step and thinking "how can I decorate my dorm room?" Once we help figure out your colour scheme and décor vibe, we've got 7 different ways to decorate your dorm – including tons of dorm décor ideas and inspiration to add to your college essentials checklist […]

10 small space living Instagram accounts to follow

Sometimes all we need is a bit of inspiration (especially if we’re apartment dwellers with limited space). And what’s a better source for inspiration than Instagram? We’ve searched through this beautifully eye-catching social media platform to round-up the 10 best small space living accounts to follow for décor inspo, small space hacks, and more […]

What your front door colour says about you

Colour is a wonderful, powerful thing – and it reveals more about your personality than you might think. So when it comes to painting your front door, it’s partly about curb appeal and mostly about giving the world a glimpse into who you really are. Curious? Read on […]

10 ways to make your home more welcoming for guests

If you love to entertain and throw parties, these 10 tips for making your home a welcoming gathering space is for you! From the way your furniture is arranged to small décor touches, your home (big or small) can transform into the perfect place to host guests – and help you feel confident while doing it […]

What’s your interior design style?

Are you traditional or transitional? Industrial or French country? Coastal or mid-century modern? Pinning down your interior design style can be tricky, but once you do, it can keep you from spinning on decisions and help you focus in on what you really love. How do you know for sure what speaks to you? We’re here to help you figure it out […]

How to choose your kitchen countertop

Do you choose your kitchen countertop for budget, style, durability, or all of the above? Do you prefer wood, concrete, granite or marble? And what's the difference between them all? Read on for key things to keep in mind when choosing a countertop for your home [...]

Tips to get your porch in summer shape

The world is a different place when it’s warm outside. The streets are abuzz with activity, kids are riding their bikes again and neighbours are stopping in for a quick hello on their way by. Now that we’ve got snowless months ahead, let’s get that front porch ready for all the time you’ll spend on it. Check out our tips to get it in tiptop summer shape […]

6 tips for a cozy bedroom

Given all the time we spend in our bedrooms, it's important to make sure they're as cozy and comfy as possible. Read on for 6 simple tips on how to add warmth and coziness to your bedroom. Happy hibernating (and Netflixing in complete bliss) [...]

Beautiful home organization ideas

"A place for everything and everything in its place”, right? If you’re totally into Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we’ve gathered lots of great ideas that will help you tidy, toss and tune in to a beautifully organized home [...]

Repurpose with purpose

Have you ever had that moment where you just felt overwhelmed by “stuff”? You know, by all the things that are broken or you no longer use that are just taking up space? Before you donate, recycle or throw away, we’ve got tons of ingenious ways to repurpose household items to give them new life again [...]

Tips for keeping your kitchen clean(ish) - even with kids!

With the reality of making lunches, prepping dinner after a busy day and getting your family out the door in one piece, we have a few tips to help avoid kitchen chaos and keep your family sane before the dishes pile up. Here's how to keep your kitchen clean(ish), even with a busy family […]

Temporary wall treatments for instant home updates

Whether you’re an apartment dweller limited by what you’re allowed to change or just aren’t ready to commit to wallpaper or a bold paint colour, there are more (ingenious) ways than ever to try out the latest trends without hiring a crew. Check out some of these fun – and temporary – embellishments that can take your home from boo to oooohhhh […]

How to choose art for your home

Choosing artwork for your home can be a deeply personal and somewhat intimidating experience. Not only is it an investment (big or small), it’s also a true reflection of your personality and sense of style. So how do you choose the right pieces for your space that work with your décor (and budget) and still speak to your soul? Read on […]

Easy bathroom updates that won’t break the bank

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in any home – and often the most overlooked. But because they’re likely the smallest, it’s super easy to change up the décor without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for quick and inexpensive ways to give your bathroom a refresh, we’ve got tons of updating tips – from tiling to towel bars […]

Kitchen organization that makes sense

Big or small, neat or messy, we could all use a little kitchen reorg in our lives. Tidying up your kitchen can seem like quite the task, but with the right plan in place, anything is possible. Read on for some tips on how to arrange your kitchen so it makes sense […]

How to add comfort to your home

Even in the heat of summer does your home lack a certain “warmth”? It’s all in the touches you add that give it a comfort that’s all your own. Read on for ideas to help make your space even more inviting […]

The Benefits of a New-Build Kitchen [Guest Post]

It feels good to start fresh. When you move into an older home, there will always be something you don’t totally love – but with a new kitchen, you have a blank slate. In this guest post, our friends at Laurysen Kitchens take a look at 8 benefits of a new kitchen […]

Easy DIY projects for your home

Hey, guess what? Adding a bit of flair to your home or apartment doesn’t have to break the bank – you can take our word for it. Here is a roundup of some great DIY project ideas you can take on. They may need a little elbow grease, but a lot less cash […]

10 design hacks for small spaces

Don’t let a tiny home crush your design dreams. There are so many interesting ways to put together a room, no matter how big or small. Here are some clever design hacks that will help you get the most out of your space […]

Q&A: Design trends for 2018

Curious about what’s “in” this year when it comes to decorating your home? We sat down with interior designer Wendy Snelgrove of Cabin Couture to talk design trends for 2018 […]

Tips for de-cluttering your home

Feeling that urge to purge? No matter how big or small your living space is, there’s nothing quite like ridding your home of the “stuff” that’s bogging you down. Follow these tips to help de-clutter and organize your home without feeling overwhelmed [...]

The most follow-worthy interior design instagram accounts

Looking for ideas to spruce up your home or apartment? Here’s a roundup of some of the most follow-worthy Instagram accounts to give you all the design inspo you need [...]