Category: Original Content

Refinishing an Old Bedroom Dresser

Dear Marc: Do you have ideas for refinishing an old bedroom dresser? It’s a low, two-drawer dresser with a honey wood finish. I like the piece of furniture, but I want to “glam it up”. Help! Darlene Dear Darlene: The other day, I was sitting with friends and family in my sister’s dining room when […]

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DIY Faux Fur Chair Project

Dear Marc: I found a faux fur chair with natural stained wood at a flea market and I want to refinish it. I went to a fabric store to replace the existing faux fur with a more muted colour only to realize that this type of fabric is pricey! Do you have any ideas how […]

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DIY Repurposed Weathered Wood Sign

“I’m from the country and I like it that way” – Tracy Byrd, #1 Billboard Hit Country Music Artist Dear Marc: I have two eight foot lengths of 1 x 6 inch weathered wood. We had an old fence dismantled and these pieces were left behind by the contractor. I thought of throwing them out […]

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How to Create a Holiday Tablescape

  Dear Marc: I’ve always wanted to learn how to make those amazing Tablescapes I see in magazines and department stores. I can never seem to get the right look. Help! Megan Dear Megan: The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. While we reminisce of wonderful past Christmases spent […]

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Chef Fern’s Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, skin on 1 medium onion, small dice 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp chili flakes 1/4 tsp dill 1/4 tsp herbes de provence 2 bunches of medium size leeks, slice width wise 1/8 inch 10 oz jalapeno havarti, 1/4 inch cubes 10 oz shaved ham Instructions […]

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Creating a Room That Will Grow With Your Child

Designer Dvira shares her tips for creating a child’s room that can grow with them into the teenage years. 1. Choose pieces that are going to grow with the child and be classic throughout the years. 2. A bed is an expensive piece of furniture so you want to choose wisely. Pick a size and […]

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Easy School Lunches That are Fun AND Healthy!

The days of sending our kids to school with nothing but sugary snacks and soft drinks are gone. We want them actually eating the food we pack for them, right? Not trading it all away at lunch and just eating cookies. Mommy expert Jacqui Broesky shares a new take on getting creative with our kids […]

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DIY Valentine's Day

DIY Personalized Chalkboard Vase

Dear Marc: Valentine’s day is coming up and I wanted to make something a little different this year for my wife. She loves getting flowers but she never has a vase to put them in. I thought it might be nice to give her a personalized vase this year with flowers. Any ideas? Stephen Dear […]

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DIY Faux Mercury Vase

Dear Marc: I take off my rings when I wash dishes, but I am a little worried that they will fall down the drain. Do you have a trendy way to store my rings while I clean? Abbey Dear Abbey: There is nothing more gut wrenching than hearing the clink of your gold band hit […]

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Painting Tips: Never Forget Your Paint Colours Again

Dear Marc: I painted our bedroom a few years ago and our walls need touch ups. I thought we had leftover paint but I don’t think we kept any. We don’t have a lot of storage, so we try not to keep extra supplies around the house. I don’t remember what the paint colour is […]

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Doily DIY

DIY Doily Planter

Dear Marc: I love your column! Your DIY projects are so inspiring! While spring cleaning, I stumbled upon paper doilies. I was going to throw them out, then thought you might know a way to re purpose them. Melanie Dear Melanie: Doilies were once my grandmother’s decorating must-have. They were delicate, fun, and full of […]

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Dipped Vase

DIY Gold Dipped Vase

Dear Marc: I have been buying flowers lately. I enjoy having fresh flowers in the house and I like to change around the type of flower and vase displayed. I’d like to make a clear glass vase that I bought at the dollar store look more expensive. Any ideas? Jane Dear Jane: One of the […]

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Flower Ball

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Ball

Dear Marc: I woke up one morning two weeks after the festivities were done to find that my decorations were still hung around the house. I have concluded that I’m not the best with seasonal decor. I am so busy that it’s hard for me to find time to decorate let alone undecorate between seasons. […]

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DIY Boutique Accessories

Dear Marc: I started organizing my garage this week. I knew I had to do something when I couldn’t open my passenger door without hitting something. I found a box of garden ornaments that I had collected when I was in my previous home. Our new home has no room for a garden, so I […]

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DIY Chalkboard Labels

DIY Chalkboard Labels

Dear Marc: I find it hard organizing my kitchen cupboards. I used to love cooking but now I get so discouraged because I can never find the right ingredients in my disorganized kitchen. Help! Veronica Dear Veronica: Any chef will tell you that a well organized kitchen is the key to enjoying your culinary activities. […]

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DIY Felt Flower Throw Pillow

Dear Marc: I love to accessorize! I try to change things around using seasonal themes but I’m running out of inspiration. I’ve done everything over the years and now I want to try something unique and affordable. Help! Jill Dear Jill: Accessories are like icing on a cake – if you have a sweet tooth, […]

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Hanger Solution

DIY Solution for Slippery Hangers

Dear Marc: I am revamping my closet and trying to hang as many clothes as possible and have everything organized. The only thing that bothers me is that my clothes sometimes slip off the hanger – especially those made of delicate fabrics. Any ideas how I can fix this? Lorraine Dear Lorraine: The closet revamp […]

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Dear Marc: I have always wanted to learn how to make my own paper flowers. I can’t keep the real ones alive long enough to enjoy them, so artificial flowers might be a better fit for me. What supplies do I need to make paper flowers and where do I start? Katie Dear Katie: My […]

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Bathroom Organization

Chic Bathroom Organization Ideas for Low-Storage Bathrooms

Dear Marc: I’m at a loss as to what I need to do with my bathroom to make it look beautiful. My main concern is the lack of storage. Everything is out in the open – my mouthwash, toothbrush, cotton balls, and Q-tips. What should I do with with these articles when I don’t have […]

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DIY Throw Pillow

DIY Throw Pillow from a Scarf

Dear Marc: I had friends over for dinner this weekend and their daughter dropped juice on my favourite pillow. It’s a gorgeous feather down accent pillow. I paid a fair amount for it and I don’t want to throw it away. I’ve tried everything and the stain isn’t coming out. Any suggestions? Anne-Marie Dear Anne-Marie: […]

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DIY Flower Throw Pillow

DIY Flower Throw Pillow

Dear Marc: I have a plain accent pillow that I bought at a discount outlet. I thought it would be nice to sew a little design onto its front to make it look more fancy. What kind of design do you suggest? Claire Dear Claire: Everyone loves a good bargain! Especially one that has exceptional […]

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Create a Designer Living Room

How to Create a Designer Living Room In 4 Easy Steps

Dear Marc: How do I go about redesigning my living room? It has hardwood floors, a chocolate brown sofa, oak side tables and bright green walls. I want all new furnishings, so any ideas you have would be helpful. Tiffany Dear Tiffany: Designing a living room for the first time is like packing a lunch. […]

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Bathroom Updates in 6 Simple Steps

Dear Marc: Our bathroom needs attention! The fixtures are a classic white but all my accessories seem as if they have seen a better day. Do you have any tips on how I can give my bathroom style with easy bathroom updates? Angelica Dear Angelica: New Year, new bathroom! That statement seems perfectly logical. Although, […]

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How To Create A Masculine Bedside Table

Dear Marc: I find your column very informative! There is a side table that has been in my bedroom for years. My ex-wife had purchased it, but I think it looks a little too feminine for my taste. I want to paint it but I’m not sure which colour. I don’t want anything vibrant and […]

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Repurposed Wine Crate

Dear Marc: I have a beautiful rustic home on the outskirts of the city. We have a bar area downstairs adjacent to our family room. I would like some extra shelving without installing the regular pressed board with “L” brackets. I find those ugly! Do you know of a creative way I can have shelving […]

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