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Enter National’s #YOUHateHisStuff Facebook Contest

Posted on Apr 16, 2015
in #YouHateHisStuff

Enter National’s #YOUHateHisStuff Facebook Contest

Does your partner have furniture that you just can’t stand? Worse, they won’t replace it!? Are the dust bunnies taking over because you avoid going into ‘his’ room? It’s time for strong action.

Post a photo of the stuff you hate and you could win a roomful of furniture from National’s designer-decorated model home! Imagine your home with furniture from Pottery Barn & west elm instead. Now that’s more your style. 

It’s easy to participate. Upload your photo to Facebook hashtagged with #YOUHateHisStuff. Like National’s page and watch for the announcement of the winners! You could even win more from Pottery Barn just for watching National’s page. 

Every week, we will be giving away additional prizes such as Pottery Barn gift certificates and accessories so watch the page to find out how to enter to win.

Contest ends soon, so don’t miss out on a dream room makeover from Pottery Barn by entering today! 

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Toronto's top 5 skating rinks

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
in Activities

Where is your favourite place to skate in Toronto? Do you like the figure-8 shaped skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on the Lakeshore in Etobicoke? Or perhaps the Harbourfront Natrel Rink where you can skate under the stars?  Or how about Gage Park at Main and Wellington in Brampton? (especially nice at this time of the year with all the Christmas lights) Or maybe you’re more of an Evergreen Brick Works type, where you can skate and visit a farmer’s market at the same place! And for those who are looking for a more rustic skating adventure, consider Toogood Pond in Unionville for authentic Canadian style skating! Whatever style of skating rink you like there are more than 50 different outdoor rinks in Toronto and the GTA. For the Top 5 most popular skating rinks, visit

Under Construction at Churchill Collection in Forest Hill

Posted on Oct 29, 2014
in Churchill, News

Construction is well underway and only a few homes remain at National’s Churchill Collection, set on the highest point in Toronto. The market is hot and now’s the time to buy the only new townhomes in Forest Hill with secluded leafy rear yards and unobstructed views of the city from the terrace.

When you live in the exclusive St. Clair and Spadina neighbourhood, you’re a comfortable stroll from the cafes, markets, galleries, boutiques, bistros and restaurants of Forest Hill Village. You’ll love to wander up to the Village and meet friends for a quick coffee before picking up piping fresh bread for the rest of the weekend.

Residents are fortunate to have world-class private schools right in the neighbourhood including Bishop Strachan School for girls and St Michael’s College School for boys, and just minutes away are Del La Salle College “Oaklands” co-ed school, Blyth Academy and renowned Upper Canada College boy’s school.

Across the street is a wonderful park. Sir Winston Churchill Park has a great kids playground, toboggan hill, gated dog park, tennis courts and a pathway all around the park that’s perfect for your morning jog.

Along rejuvenated St. Clair, a host of micro neighbourhoods have made to area a growing food destination, with cafes and bakeries, and a range of eateries. At Wychwood Barns, you can shop at the weekly Farmers’ Market, enjoy concerts, art exhibits and seasonal events; don’t forget to catch the Holiday Barns Art Market during December.

Homes at The Churchill Collection will be ready to move in 2015. True to National’s philosophy of “You Are The Blueprint”, homebuyers can choose from an extensive selection of fine finishes by Alex Chapman of Union31 Design, and superb upgrade options to bring their own sense of style to their home’s great floorplans, ideal for entertaining. This is truly your chance to live in an exquisite home in one of Toronto’s iconic family neighbourhoods.

Stonehaven Grand Opening Huge Success!

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in grand opening, news, stonehaven

Crowds flocked to National Homes’ beautiful new presentation centre recently for the Grand Opening celebration at Stonehaven, an enclave of detached homes set to take shape soon in Newmarket.

Stonehaven offers a rare opportunity to own at the city’s most prestigious neighbourhood. This mature, existing community at Bayview Avenue and Mulock Drive features large, manor-style homes on oversized lots. Here, amidst pristine landscaping and wide, rolling cul de sacs National Homes is building a magnificent ravine enclave of detached homes up to 4,400 square feet.

By visiting the model homes close by in Bradford, purchasers at Stonehaven will receive $1000 off the purchase price of their new home. Two of the model homes in Bradford are also being sold at Stonehaven.

Visit the Presentation Centre today 900 Mulock Dr., Newmarket

Stonehaven Design Spotlight

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in design, stonehaven

At National Homes’ Stonehaven in Newmarket, you can move up to the luxury of your dreams! Check out The Lincoln, Elevation C – 3,000 sf of award-winning architecture combined with interior features galore! And from just $755,990, this is a family home that is affordable and beautiful.

Double doors off the covered portico open to an impressive foyer with a separate Cloak Room. The Living Room and Dining Room allow for easy expansion of the dining room for large gatherings. The nucleus of the home is the Kitchen/ Great Room combination, open space that beckons families to dine, play and be entertained. Upstairs a grand Master Suite features separate His and Her walk-in closets, a spacious ensuite bathroom with twin sinks, soaker tub, separate water closet and glass shower. Another three bedrooms, all with access to ensuite bathrooms, a laundry room and a Media Loft ensure that this home has everything the contemporary family wants.

Click Here To Learm More About The Home Designs At Stonehaven By National Homes


The Townes of Richview in the Heart of Etobicoke

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in Etobicoke, Richview

The Townes of Richview are now open in the exciting Kipling and Eglinton neighbourhood. Located near Princess Anne Manor and St. George’s Golf Club, this limited collection of 68 freehold brownstone-inspired townhomes is the perfect choice for people who love the urban life but also enjoy the peacefulness of a quiet, natural setting. Richview features elegant stone, stucco and classic brick exteriors, a choice of backyards, terraces, 2 car garages, 9’ ceilings, hardwood flooring and more with designs up to 2,790 sq. ft. Plus these are true freehold towns – no monthly “condo” fees.

The Townes of Richview is in the family-friendly heart of Etobicoke where everything you love about the city is a short walk or a bike ride away.

The Kingsway, James Gardens and The Humber Valley are five minutes away. Richview Square and Lloyd Manor Plaza are around the corner...

And you can be on Hwy 401, Hwy 427, the Gardiner Expressway, the subway or the future Eglinton LRT all within 15 minutes.

But one of the greatest features of the The Townes of Richview is its proximity to prestigious St. George’s Golf Club. Ranked the #1 Golf Course in Canada by Golf Digest Magazine, St. George’s has been a west end fixture since 1929. The Club is located at 1668 Islington Avenue – less than 5 minutes from The Townes of Richview.

Etobicoke boasts a number of prestigious schools including Richview Collegiate, Princess Margaret Junior School, Martin Grove Collegiate. Catholic schools include, St..Marcelles, All Saints and Father Serra. Private schools include Olivet, MPS, Nil and Northstar Montessori.

The Townes of Richview freehold towns are priced up to the $570’s.*

Register now for more information

HGTV's 10 Secrets of Home Staging

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in HGTV, Home Staging, Tips

By Leah Hennen

1. Bye, Bye Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

2. Furniture Groupings

There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.

3. Musical Furniture

Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn't mean it won't look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.

4. Room Transformations

If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot. Or drape fabric on the walls of your basement, lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and toss in a few cushy pillows. Voila - a new meditation room or yoga studio.


5. Home Lighting

One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many of our homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

6. Make It Bigger

To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.

7. Neutral and Appealing

Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Even if you were weaned on off-white walls, take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens. As for bold wall colors, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.

8. Color Experiment

Don't be afraid to use dark paint in a powder room, dining room or bedroom. A deep tone on the walls can make the space more intimate, dramatic and cozy. And you don't have to go whole hog - you can paint just an accent wall to draw attention to a dramatic fireplace or a lovely set of windows. If you have built-in bookcases or niches, experiment with painting the insides a color that will make them pop — say, a soft sage green to set off the white pottery displayed within.


9. Vary Wall Hangings

If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary the patterning and grouping.


10. Three's Company

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.


Pottery Barn Models Now For Sale

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in Model Homes, News, Pottery Barn

Three exquisite model homes, exclusively decorated by Pottery Barn and West Elm,

epitomize elegance and casual luxury in perfect balance. Whether you love the comfortable, casual Pottery Barn style or the contemporary-casual West Elm style, then these model homes are a must-see!

Nominated for Best Model Home in Bradford by Building Industry and Land Development Association, the Yorkshire Model is magnificent and spacious stone and brick 4 or 5-bedroom elevation will delight the whole family, The Primrose offers a unique design with more living space for entertaining and spending time with the family, while the Rothwell is an open-concept dream.

These model homes are now for sale! Purchasers at The Forest will also receive 10% off at Pottery Barn and Free Professional Design Seminars from Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Recently West Elm hosted a Seminar where purchasers and their families brought photos of their homes and were given advice on how to re-decorate them. The session was extremely well-received and purchasers expressed very positive comments on the process. 

The single-family homes at The Forest offer designs to over 3,000 square feet and are priced from the upper $400,000s. There are limited lots left so visit the sales office and model homes at Professor Day Drive and Breeze Drive today. These professionally decorated models won’t last long. 

Click here for more information about the Forest by National Homes

The Churchill Collection Under Construction

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in churchill collection, news

The Churchill Collection represents Forest Hill in its purest form. A modern take on the classic townhome, each home is a testament to understated elegance with spa-like ensuites, gourmet kitchens and up-to-the-minute design. You’ll be surrounded by exclusive features and finishes that have been carefully selected by the celebrated Interior Designer Alex Chapman of Union 31. This is extraordinary living in Toronto’s most enviable neighbourhood. Only five homes remain! | 416-922-1414

How to Create a Backyard Oasis

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
in Design Tips

The dream backyard space depends on your own tastes and lifestyle but here are some neat ideas, from dressing up your deck to easy plantings to create a big effect and how to have the soothing sounds of water in your own backyard. 

Create privacy while you add pizzazz to your deck with a vine-covered pergola and plenty of container plants. Create separate zones on your deck, for relaxing in the sun and dining under the stars.

These days, outdoors is in. New more weather repellant fabrics allow outdoor furniture designs that look just like indoor furniture. Rugs come in numerous patterns and styles. Group sofa and chairs accompanied by tables to create a cool conversation area under an awning or umbrella. You don’t have to buy matching sets either. Outdoors among colourful plants and sunshine, even the most eclectic mix of furniture can be appealing.

Ponds and tabletop fountains may be popular these days among feng shui enthusiasts, but water features have been signature focal points in the best gardens for centuries. The sound of cascading water is so relaxing and there is a wealth of options available from tiny tabletop to wall fountains. A medium-sized pond can be created in a weekend using a plastic form sunk into the yard. Install a fountain and viola! The more adventurous can dig out their pond – over 4 feet deep if you want to over-winter your goldfish – even create a hill and make a waterfall.    

If you choose a fire pit feature, check first with your local municipality for fire regulations.

Remember that backyards are for the whole family. A space for the kids to play could include a trampoline, swings, sandbox or pool. They’ll get plenty of outdoor exercise and you get to putter in your garden.

Make the most effect in your garden with a clever combination of perennials and annuals. Even new gardeners will have success with some hardy perennials such as peonies, Shasta daisies, irises, hostas among others – and they’ll come back year after year. Fill empty spots ands containers with brightly coloured annuals like geraniums, petunias, lobelias and others.

Whether your outdoor space is multi-use or mostly for entertaining, just a few design ideas and a little effort will make the most of every minute you spend there.