A chic DIY bathroom renovation for less than $2,000

Need to start a bathroom renovation but don’t want to break the bank? Take a cue from blogger and interior designer Heather Cooke. Her dated ’90s master bathroom was in desperate need of an upgrade, but instead of splurging on a pricey renovation, Cooke gave the space a makeover using secondhand finds, a lot of creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease.



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Now, the black-and-white space has an eclectic farmhouse feel more in step with her family’s tastes. “As someone who has decorated their home 95 percent secondhand, it’s always a proud moment for us to develop spaces that are both unique and fit our design aesthetic,” Cooke says. 

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The before

Cooke’s home was built in early 2000, so the bathroom had a very traditional 1990s feel. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad. “We fell

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Out of the Cold finds permanent home

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) has purchased the Apostolic Way Church located on 324 Victoria Ave. to have a permanent solution for the local homeless population.

Dan McCormick, chief administrative officer at RRDSSAB, said this purchase means they have a permanent location for the ‘Out of The Cold’ warming centre.

However, McCormick said even having a permanent shelter location does not solve the problem because it has to be coupled with treatment programs. One solution RRDSSAB is looking at is the Safe Beds Program which stays up to 30 days. McCormick said it is a treatment program that individuals usually join after they get recommendation from the OPP.

The second program RRDSSAB is working on is a Transition Bed Program where individuals go into a rehabilitation program for up to two years. McCormick said then they would try to get them into permanent housing in either

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This Stacking Shelf Set Is an Instant Kitchen Storage Upgrade

With space at a premium in tiny New York City apartments, mastering your storage can seem like a Sisyphean task. Just as you’ve found a place for that giant pack of toilet paper that was “too good of a deal to pass up on,” you realize that it’s cool enough to use your oven again, so you’ll also need to find a place for the pans you’ve been storing in there (or even clothes, for some).



a close up of a sink in a small room: For refining kitchen storage and keeping things in order while everyone is at home, these stacking shelves are a gift. Here’s why we love the shelf riser set from Open Spaces.


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For refining kitchen storage and keeping things in order while everyone is at home, these stacking shelves are a gift. Here’s why we love the shelf riser set from Open Spaces.

Related: 9 Essential Small Appliances for Tight Kitchen Spaces

Like many others, I’ve spent the last six months living, cooking, and working from home more than ever, which also means I’ve spent half my time constantly rearranging my apartment and

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