The Home Front: Taking a digital direction

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a person posing for the camera: Somn Home founders Julie Wu and Fredrik Orling.

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Somn Home founders Julie Wu and Fredrik Orling.

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk of home decor and furnishings retailers closing their brick-and-mortar storefronts and moving their businesses online. Like many things in 2020, this changing retail landscape seems to have been sped up by the recent health pandemic, with reduced foot traffic making overhead costs unaffordable for many retail locations.

A recent Statistics Canada report noted that e-commerce sales hit a record of $3.9 billion in May, which was over a 110 per cent increase from May 2019. The report indicated that eight per cent of everything sold in Canada is sold online.

Julie Wu co-founded lifestyle retailer Orling & Wu in 2009 with her husband and business partner Fredrik Orling. Opening their first boutique in Gastown, and quickly becoming a Vancouver design favourite, they opened a second

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11 Sleek and Spooky Halloween Decor Ideas

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Decorating for Halloween is an exciting time of the year, but it can become repetitive when you use the same traditional decorations as every house on the block. Make this the year that you stand out and get creative with your Halloween decorations. Let’s elevate your haunted house by spicing up your gothic abode with some ghoulishly glamorous Halloween decor. It’s easier than you think, too. These unique items will have your friends asking to borrow your decorations for their next Halloween costume party. We’ve got a little bit of everything in the ole candy bag for ya:

Flameless Black Candles

Creepy Canvas Art

Boo-tastic Bar Essentials

Crystal Ball

Ouija Board Serving Platter

We’ve included items that are easy to set up and some of them could even stay out year-round. And because Halloween knows no barriers, the list also features a number of spooky selects that could be used

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28 really useful hallway decor ideas from interiors experts

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cluttered dumping ground.” data-reactid=”34″To help you transform your entrance hall, we’re sharing some great hallway ideas from interior designers and colour experts to help you make the most of this space. These hallway decor ideas will help you whether you have a dark hallway or a cluttered dumping ground.

Dulux. ‘This decorating dilemma often results in us being super cautious with colour and using neutral pale shades which can flatten the atmosphere creating a space that is simply a functional corridor that no … Read More

French Provincial Home Near Leesburg Features Unparalleled Luxury

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LEESBURG, VA — This enchanting French provincial home showcases unparalleled luxury. The eye-catching fireplace is a replica of the one seen in Cinderella’s castle. Crystal chandeliers light an arched hallway that lead you through the house.

a small house in a green yard: This enchanting French provincial home south of Leesburg showcases unparalleled luxury.

This enchanting French provincial home south of Leesburg showcases unparalleled luxury.

The kitchen is a chef’s dream, with a limestone range hood, two Bosch dishwashers, Thermador refrigerator and separate ice machine. Take the elevator or stairs up to the private master suite that overlooks the resort-style backyard and pool. The master bathroom is a masterpiece of design and function. There are two separate walk-in closets and direct access to the upper level laundry room.


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All bedrooms have ensuite baths with specialty tile and large walk-in closets. The upper level office also has a full bath and closet. The next flight of stairs leads up to a fully finished recreation area.

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