New Hamburg house tour
News from Waterloo Record:

Would you like to take a nice little walk around the pretty town of New Hamburg, get a few home decorating ideas and support a good cause? Then mark Saturday, June 16, on your calendar and pick up a ticket for the New Hamburg Lioness Club’s Welcome Home Tour.

The first event, held in 2008, was so successful (it raised $ 6,300 for charity) that the club persuaded generous homeowners to open their doors in 2010 and again this year.

Proceeds will go to the Interfaith Community Counselling Centre, in New Hamburg, and the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.

Joan Bilinsky and Ruth Jones are chairing the Welcome Home Tour committee. Assisting them are Jan Boucher, Janet Dawson-Brock, Marjorie Heimpel, Kathy Lantz, Carol Massel, Tricia Miller and Bobbi Williams.

“The committee planned and organized the event but every Lioness is helping in some way, staffing homes or selling tickets,” the organizers said.

Two of the organizers are among those who will be welcoming visitors to their homes.

Bobbi Williams’ home is described as “a lovely example of retirement living in Morningside Retirement Village.” Her bungalow has a front porch perfect for sharing a morning coffee with her neighbours and a lovely back patio for enjoying a BBQ with family and friends. The inside rooms are designed for easy retirement living.

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Big design ideas for small kitchen spaces
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(ARA) – Bigger isn’t always better in the real estate world, and what’s more, it’s not always possible. With more baby boomers downsizing from McMansions to smaller, more manageable houses, and a growing number of people opting to rent rather than buy, many families are looking for new ways to decorate, design and work with smaller spaces.

Kitchens sell homes, but this most-used room in the house hasn’t escaped the “less is more” trend, either. Interior designers, decorators and home product makers are responding to the growing demand for practical, beautiful options that make sense in smaller kitchens.

If you’re looking to make a big impact in a small kitchen, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Work the walls – You may love your cozy kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you want to make it look or feel any smaller than it already is. Lighter wall colors can help a little kitchen feel more open and airy. One winning decorating technique for small kitchens is to paint the majority of the wall space in a light neutral tone, like a pale cream or taupe and then add a pop of brighter or darker color to one accent wall or area. You can edge up the excitement of this technique by using a mural for kitchens on the accent wall, rather than just a different paint color. Have an oddly shaped n…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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