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A Work Of Art Without Much Work

By Glenn Curtis – Montreal, QC   Though properties come in all shapes and sizes, most landscape investors today share a common desire for low-maintenance spaces. It’s understandable: you want to spend your time enjoying your backyard paradise, not working on it. Fortunately, effortless beauty is attainable – and it now comes with a variety of options. The thought of a simple, low-maintenance space shouldn’t conjure up visions of a massive stone patio surrounding a concrete-framed pool in a virtually plant-free yard. In fact, that approach will probably get you stuck between a rock and an expensive hard place. Most...

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A Work Of Art Without Much Work

By Glenn Curtis – Montreal, QC The importance of Texture, Colour, Contrast and Balance in low-maintenance landscapes.  Though properties come in all shapes and sizes, most landscape investors today share a common desire for low-maintenance spaces. It’s understandable: you want to spend your time enjoying your backyard paradise, not working on it. Fortunately, effortless beauty is attainable – and it now comes with a variety of options. The thought of a simple, low-maintenance space shouldn’t conjure up visions of a massive stone patio surrounding a concrete-framed pool in a virtually plant-free yard. In fact, that approach will probably get...

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Finding Flare In The Colours You Share

By Carson Arthur I had a great conversation recently with a distraught homeowner complaining about their neighbour’s yard. They were desperately seeking some advice as to how to handle a next-door neighbour who has painted their home in bright and vibrant colours because they were certain that the home was hurting their property value. This is such a tricky subject. Your neighbour’s home definitely impacts the value of your own space. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much you can do about it when it comes to their choice of colours or materials. Just remember that your neighbour may have a...

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Your Colour DNA

The Return of  the Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini By Pierre Lalande – Toronto, ON   The dilemma of the “Itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka dot bikini” from Paul Vance’s hit 1960’s tune actually has more relevance today (in 2017) than people realize. Few people experience anxiety from bikinis or polka dots…however, yellow can still make a person “afraid to come out of the water”, as the song goes. Research tells us that people subconsciously judge us within 15 seconds of seeing us, based on their first impressions of our presence – including the colours we...

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Inkscape

  By Lori Sweezey – Dundas, ON Tattoo – noun – [ta-too]: the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments. When my 18-year-old son told me he wanted to get a tattoo, I almost lost my mind, despite the fact that I, myself, have several. Had I just become the hypocritical, un-hip Mom? And where was this reaction coming from? I mean, even Otzi the Iceman had a mom…and she let him get one! And that was way back in the day…like 3100BC! Historically, tattoos...

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