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Garage Sale 411

By | Calgary, Community, Home, Kim Hayden, Lifestyle | No Comments

Just like the smell of fresh cut grass, garage sales are SUMMER. And if you’re like many Calgarians, you’ll be checking a few out or even hosting a sale of your very own; especially now that this warmer weather is here to stay. Garage sales are a fantastic way to shed items you no longer want or have any use for. Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Garage sales make an amazing finale to an intense SPRING cleaning project, so it’s best to prep for one now. After a long winter (and wow, this has been a long one), it is energizing to open the windows, bring out ALL the cleaning products, and get scrubbing. Pair your cleaning efforts with the right organization plan and you’ll be set for preparing for a garage sale of your very own.

On the show this week, Kim learns how to clean and organize her space. Just think S.P.A.C.ESort, Purge, Assign, Containerize, and Evaluate. Kim goes through these steps to get the most out of her space but for now let’s tackle PURGE. You’ve picked out what you no longer need and you are ready for your sale. But are you? Not to worry, your garage sale 411 is here to help.

Getting Started

The best place to start is to talk to your neighbours. See if they have anything coming up and if there is a chance to work together on a sale. If nothing is going on, pick your date and time. Try your best to pick something on the weekend and cross your fingers for good weather. You can share your event on Facebook, Kijiji, or even take out an ad in your local community newsletter. If you don’t have enough items to host a sale, you can always use Facebook buy and sell groups, Kijiji, or sites like VarageSale.

Helpful Tips

Weather you host a sale or use one of the sites above, make sure your item is priced appropriately. Don’t be afraid of a little barter but do the research and know what your item is worth. On the day of your sale, make sure to have enough change (minimum $100) broken up into small amounts. Use a pen and paper to keep track of your sales and how much things went for. It helps to have an extension cord on hand so that interested buyers can try out an electronic device before buying. Keep bags and newspaper on hand for wrapping items and packing them up. Don’t forget signage and balloons to help draw in crowds. Pair that with live Tweeting, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live and you’ll be sure to attract a crowd online and in the real world. Last tip, make sure to have lots of help!

Donate!

Not everything is going to sell but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still have worth. Take your left-over items to one of the amazing organizations listed below. We’ve broken down what each will take but be sure to check their website or call ahead if you aren’t sure.

Calgary Drop-In Centre

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Computers
  • Mobile phones
  • Small appliances
  • Books

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • Large appliances (less than 10 years old)
  • Furniture
  • Home décor
  • Lighting
  • Electrical supplies
  • Unopened paint, primer, stain
  • Sinks and faucets
  • Showers and bathtubs
  • Cabinets
  • Unopened flooring
  • Hardware and tools
  • Building materials
  • Microwaves

WINS – Women in Need Society Thrift Stores

  • Baby and Children’s Clothes and Toys
  • Women’s Clothes, Shoes and Accessories
  • Men’s Clothes, Suits and Shoes
  • Jewelry and Collectibles
  • Furniture
  • Household Items and Home Décor
  • Sporting Equipment

Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)

  • Unwanted electronics

Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Bedding, linens, drapes
  • Housewares

WorldServe

  • Bedding, linens, towels
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, games
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Craft items
  • Furniture
  • Home furnishings
  • Antiques
  • Kitchenware
  • Sporting goods (no mechanized exercise equipment)
  • Small appliances
  • Yard/garden items
  • Seasonal items
  • Shopping bags

Calgary Inter-Faith Furniture Society

  • Furniture
  • Kitchenware
  • Small appliances
  • Toys and games
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Music

Goodwill

  • Clothing
  • Home décor
  • Small appliances
  • Tvs, stereos, small electronics
  • Small tools
  • Sporting equipment
  • Toys, games
  • Books, movies, music
  • Household goods
  • Linens

Cornerstone Youth Centre

  • School supplies
  • Art/Craft supplies

Food Bank

  • Canned food
  • Juice
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Baby food and formula
  • Diapers

Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank

  • Sporting equipment

Two Wheel View

  • Tools
  • Bike pannier sets
  • Bikes

Kidseat Recyclers:

  • Take your old carseat in to be recycled

Best of luck getting prepared this spring!  Download our Garage Sale 411 PDF for a quick breakdown to help you make the most out of your garage sale. Catch us this Wednesday May 9 at 8:30 a.m. on CTV Two or Saturday May 12 at 10 a.m. on CTV Calgary to catch our full Spring episode.

A Heart of Gold: Calgary’s Relentless Entrepreneurial Spirit ft. the Recess Shop

By | Community, Entrepreneur, Kim Hayden

As you may know, Homes and Lifestyles is a show written, filmed and created by Calgarians, about Calgarians, for Calgarians! We like Calgary – have you heard?

All jokes aside, we have some mad love for this big little city of ours. It’s full of dreamers, doers and ambitious humans who hustle hard and together make up the vibrant pulse that Calgary is known and loved for. With this energy on a constant high, it makes people passionate, encouraging authenticity and a deliberate mandate to be true to yourself.

Being a part of this incredible community is what makes our big (little) town somewhere that you can not only dream, but also become a part of something bigger than yourself. Our metropolis has been handed a few very large lemons, but time and time again Calgary has managed to turn them into some very delicious lemonade.

One particular person that is a true example of this is Kyle Chow, founder of Recess Shop and Plant, both located in the heart of Calgary’s historic neighbourhood of Inglewood. Kyle is one of the many entrepreneurs and small business owners in Calgary who is genuinely so excited to share their dreams and passion with the rest of the world and this energy is radiated through every vein that runs through both of his businesses. Even if plants or stationary aren’t your thing, they certainly will be after talking to Kyle for a mere 5 minutes tops.

We had the exciting opportunity to sit down for a quick chat with Kyle and we were blown away at the tenacious spirit that drives him to be a small business owner in Calgary day in and day out. Saying that his passion is inspiring is by far an understatement. Take a read below to find out a bit about Kyle’s story, what inspired him to open a stationery shop and some tips for aspiring entrepreneurs in Calgary.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur in the first place?

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, It started with an Iced Tea Wagon that my friend and I set up at our local community college when we were 8 or 9. I’ve always been excited about creating things on my own, and initiating projects I had imagined. I wanted to be an entrepreneur to be in charge of all the decisions and details when running a business. Watching my dad running his own successful company gave me an idea of what it entailed, while revealing that I liked the idea of having the creative control to execute, unhindered by other decision makers.

Was there a specific “aha” moment?

There wasn’t a definitive “aha” moment- more like several over time as you move beyond what you think is sensible or even possible. You find new ways to do things or you come up with a new idea and that can just blow the doors of creativity wide open. It has taken consistent effort on a regular basis to fully realize my ideas, and even then, it’s never done. In all honesty, growth and opening my businesses came out of necessity. Each stage built on what I had created before it.

What motivates you when you wake up in the morning?

I am motivated each morning to constantly evolve my businesses. I strive to make my shops feel new and fresh each time a customer comes through the doors. You may visit every couple of weeks or every few months, but each time you will find new products, new ideas, and a fun, approachable, exciting environment.

Where did the inspiration to open a stationery shop come from?

My inspiration to open a stationery shop stemmed from my early childhood love of pens and paper. I never wanted toys as a kid, I just wanted my desk and all the supplies to fill it. I would sit for hours organizing my books and pencils, practicing my printing and handwriting. My love of tactility grew and grew, before I opened the shops I was a practicing graphic designer for a number of years, so utilizing stationery and collecting notebooks and pens was second nature for me.

What is the concept behind Recess Shop? 

The idea to open Recess came when I could only get my inspiration and products mostly outside of Calgary. I wanted to create a place where you could find, discover and enjoy the really unique, beautiful, and functional things that I’d only seen while visiting other cities. It’s such a joy to find small ways of contributing to the evolving culture here in Calgary, and being part of a small business community that helps make Calgary a great place to visit, and an even better place to live.

What is the premise behind Recess? Shop

We spend so much time in the digital realm, and I really think there is just so much value in slowing down, and literally putting a pen to paper. I know for me it helps me map out ideas and think more creatively, and I think there are a lot of people out there who feel the same. There is something so simple about it, so accessible. You don’t need anything fancy to get a good idea going: just a simple pen and paper will do the trick.

What has been your largest struggle since starting your own business?

Demands on your time as an entrepreneur are challenging. For a long time, my wife and I (and some wonderful friends and family members) WERE the business, and there were times when you burned out because it takes so much time and energy just making it work. As the business has grown and expanded, roles have shifted and that comes with different demands, including setting up processes to explain to others the things that have been buzzing around in my own head for years. To make explicit the things that you just do without thinking is a real challenge, so you need a great team to help you translate it and put it into action. We’re fortunate to have a talented and dedicated crew that does just that. If I’m being totally honest, my biggest struggle is living up to my own expectations. It’s always a work in progress.

What advice do you have for any aspiring entrepreneurs? Where do you recommend that you start?

My advice is to start with your interests, the things that you spend your time reading about, follow on social media, where you put your energy in your free time. Then from there get excited and gather information. Inform yourself about what others are doing: as inspiration, as a jumping off point for your own ideas, as a way to find out what is and isn’t being done already. Find gaps in the market, and find your own take- the things that will set you apart.

If you have not had the opportunity to check out this beautiful stationary shop, we highly recommend it. However, prepare yourself for some serious stationary envy!

Missed catching the Recess Shop being featured on Homes and Lifestyles? Check it out here!

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa: Nordic Tradition with a Canadian Twist

By | Calgary, Design, Dining, Entertainment, Kim Hayden, Lifestyle, Vacation | No Comments

Who can relate?

You’re at a spa for the first time and you don’t know what to do. Where do you sit? Where are the towels? And also, shhh, don’t dare speak. You feel completely aware of every move you’re making and you feel like everyone is watching you. They of course are not, and it’s pretty likely that many are feeling the same way you are. What is it about the traditional spa experience that can make us feel so uncomfortable?

Well take a deep breath. You will not experience this at the brand new Kananaskis Nordic Spa, located next to the beautifully updated Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. This deliberately different take on the hot-warm-cold-rest-repeat hydrotherapy lifestyle practiced in Nordic wellness circles for centuries feels, well, Canadian. *Read: comfortable, rustic, welcoming, friendly, and warm. Surrounded by alpine forest and rugged mountain peaks, deep in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, this oasis combines the Nordic Spa style tradition of repair, relaxation, and rejuvenation with rustic, modern Canadiana.

We took a test run (someone’s got to do it!) and have highlighted what we found makes this Nordic style spa uniquely Canadian and experience you won’t soon forget.

Outdoor Campfires

Who doesn’t like a year-round outdoor fire? We’re Canadians after all, we don’t let winter hold us back from getting outside and gathering with friends by the fire. At the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, you’ll find social campfire settings within the outdoor woodland design. And rather than the traditional ‘silence-at-all-times-please’ approach typically seen at Nordic spas, guests can quietly socialize within a spa setting. Well it’s still expected that the ambience be quiet and respectful, guests are able to socialize in hushed tones while unwinding together.

Canadian Tartan Robes

Instead of the classic white robe you’ve come to expect, the Kananaskis Nordic Spa has deliberately opted for something a little more Canadian. The tartan selected as the fabric for the robes, is the maple leaf print designed in 1964 by David Weiser to commemorate the new Canadian flag, with its four colours representing the colours of the maple leaf as it changes through the seasons; green in the spring, gold in the fall, red at the first frost, and brown when it falls to the ground.

The Spa Lodge

Surrounded by a series of hot, saltwater, and cold plunge pools resides the modern-meets-rustic Spa Lodge. Step inside to find a mix of bold industrial features complimenting the décor of stained grey wood panel walls, white tile flooring and granite counter-tops – finished with clean, bright white lighting. Rich textures, luxe fabrics, and soft seating add a home-away-from-home feel to the spa space – like a chic Canadian style lodge.

Outdoor/Indoor

Boldly making ample use of both the outdoors and indoors is what sets this spa experience apart. Outdoors, guests benefit from the hydrotherapy cycles, peaceful rejuvenation and meditation practices, while quietly socialize within a spa setting. Inside the Spa Lodge, guests are met with an inviting plush, comfortable lounge setting – reminiscent of a contemporary-luxe Canadian cabin, complete with a lounge area that can fully open up to the outdoors in the summer months.

So ditch the white robe and head to the Kananaskis Nordic spa for a red Canadian tartan robe. They’ll take good care of you, while you take good care of yourself. Disconnect to reconnect.

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa will be featured on the first episode of Homes & Lifestyles season two, airing March 28th, 2018 on CTV Two at 8:30 a.m. We’ll be airing again March 31st, 2018 on CTV Calgary at 10:00 a.m. and again April 4th, 2018 on CTV Two at 8:30 a.m.

The New Kananaskis: A Home Away From Home

By | Calgary, Dining, Entertainment, Kim Hayden, Lifestyle, Vacation | No Comments

It’s been over 30 years since the original Kananaskis Lodge was built within the Kananaskis valley amongst the surreal Rocky Mountains. Emerging from a complete facelift and redesign, this boutique hotel has been officially renamed the “Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge” and is now officially a part of Marriot’s exclusive Autograph Collection of Hotels. Not only is this the first hotel in Alberta to be a part of the Autograph Collection, but it’s the 5th one in Canada. As Calgarians, we are honoured to have this luxury mountain resort so close to home, as it’s only a mere 45 minutes away from Calgary’s City center, how exciting!

What does it mean to a be a part of the Autograph Collection? The Homes & Lifestyles team had the amazing opportunity to visit the lodge and get a full tour before the new identity was revealed!

Embodies the Local Surroundings

One of the requirements to be a part of the Autograph Collection is that it must be inspired by it’s ‘locale’ and be reflected in the experience. From outdoor activities to your experience at the lodge, The Pomeroy is meant to be an escape from the hustle and bustle, with an emphasis on modern, yet rustic mountain living. It aims to inspire adventures, reconnect you with nature, and reflect the rugged, pristine image of the Canadian Rockies here in Alberta. It’s simply the perfect intersection of backcountry beauty and luxury world-class comfort, which is presented in all the details.

Flawlessly Designed

Each suite has been carefully designed to be more like a condo rather than a hotel room, to give guests a feeling that this truly is a home away from home. Along with standard one-bedroom suites, the lodge offers two-level lofts, which give a sense of space, luxurious comfort and openness. Take in the alpine outdoors on your very own private balcony or enjoy the comfort of a fire on those cool mountain evenings. With everyone in mind, the lodge also offers the Hospitality Suite to larger groups and families. All suites feature luxurious textures, stylish furnishings, soft lighting and are designed with a timeless charm that not only looks amazing, but provokes a tactile and emotional connection for every guest that stays at the lodge.

Authentic Canadian Hospitality

To be a part of the Autograph Collection having a guest-centric mindset is key. Paying ‘ode to our well known Canadian culture, the Pomroy aims at giving each guest a custom experience that arm you with memories and have you coming back time and time again. From nourishing food offered at one of their 5 uniquely curated, on-site eateries, to access to worldclass amenities and services to a concierge service that will make sure you are well taken care of from the moment you walk in the door, you will never need to look far to be prepared to indulge in the natural beauty of the mountain region.

A Focus on Health and Wellness

From getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature to nourishing your body with health-focused meals, fitness and health are a priority at the lodge. With organized group activities, recommendations for surrounding active mountain experiences and trails for all levels with panoramic breath-taking viewpoints, you’ll never find yourself with a lack of adventure at your fingertips.

Relax at the Nordic Spa

We took a test run of this four season, mountain sanctuary and let us tell you, it’s unlike anything we have ever experienced! Combining the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies this spa is meant to provoke relaxation and give you the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the Rockies. Learn more about the spa here!

Accommodations for the Entire Family

The Pomeroy is designed to accommodate guests of any age, along with your furry best friends (your dog is essentially a part of the family, so they’re more than welcome). They offer accessibility services, an extensive list of kid-approved activities and seasonal programs, along with menu items that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. Memoires made with your loved ones are the ones that matter most, and the lodge has been thoughtfully designed with this mantra in mind, aiming to get the entire family out to experience the natural beauty of the Kananaskis region. There’s also a recreational facility that is opening this summer that will feature an all-inclusive water park that will have you dragging your kids away at the end of the day. Stay tuned!

A Cosy and Inviting Atmosphere

Continuing the theme of a home away from home, the lodge aims at being a spot you want to hang out at. Curl up by the warmth of the roaring fireplace in the Blacktail Bar or the lobby and enjoy some lounge time tucked in one of their complimentary fluffy blankets on the low, sofa seating available. There are also games and a scrabble board available so you can recreate the excitement of a family games night in the middle of the lodge.

All Elements Combined Work to Tell a Story

From the details in the design to the outdoor spirit to the dedication to reconnecting guests with the beauty of nature, each element captures all the glory and natural beauty that Kananaskis is known for. The new logo says it best, combining nature, shelter and location, in a modern representation that highlights the mountain ridge and the expansive valley below the resort. Each element is meant to be a subtle reminder of the natural beauty of the lodge, the surrounding wildlife and laid-back coziness that is embodied in the ambiance of the new Pomeroy Kananaskis.

The Pomeroy Kananaskis will be featured on the first episode of Homes & Lifestyles season two, airing March 28th, 2018 on CTV Two at 8:30 a.m.

We’ll be airing again March 31st, 2018 on CTV Calgary at 10:00 a.m. and again April 4th, 2018 on CTV Two at 8:30 a.m.

Kim Talks to Sarah Richardson

By | Calgary, Design, Entrepreneur, Home, Kim Hayden | No Comments

*Due to technical issues, footage of the most amazing interview with Sarah Richardson was lost.*

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Richardson, acclaimed Interior Designer and host of Sarah Off The Grid on HGTV. I must admit I was pretty nervous and a bit star struck heading into the interview. Here was someone that I had seen on TV multiple times and admired. But Sarah quickly put me at ease with her down-to-earth, relaxed and friendly attitude.

We chatted briefly about the amazing career she has enjoyed (and rightly earned), starting back in the 1990s when interior design was not recognized and respected the way it is today. People told her, or rather expected her, to be a doctor or a lawyer. Interior design was a ‘fluff’ job, a dead-end, and not worth pursuing, but Sarah forged ahead, having always been interested in the creative arts. She also had an opportunity to work on a TV show for a year right after university, planting the seed for her future work on HGTV.

With an amazing and full career, that now adds Australia to her fan base, why does Sarah still participate in home shows and expos?  It comes down to people – shows like the Calgary Home Renovation Show provide her with the opportunity engage and interact directly with people – something she can’t do on her shows. She’s been attending these shows for so long now that she recognizes a number of the faces. She loves seeing the nods of recognition from people in the crowd as she tells a story because they “get it” – they understand. But it’s still surreal when she meets people and they feel like they know her.

I asked Sarah what’s her favorite space to renovate? Of course, the big impact rooms like the kitchen and baths are a focus for many people, she simply enjoys creating comfortable and unique spaces that reflect the homeowner.

We also talked about trends for 2018. Sarah likes the trend toward the use of woods, more natural products, the incorporation of recycled materials as reusing and re-purposing items, which fits in with her approach to design. She did find it kind of funny that natural woods are being described as a ‘trend’ – it’s just good design.

The big question that our viewers wanted to ask was, how does she do it? How do Sarah manage her time and make her work-life balance seem so effortless? Sarah attributes this to her husband and to strict time management. When she first started her career, she often had meetings in the evenings and the weekends to accommodate her clients, but one day her then boyfriend (now husband) said, “what about you and your time?” She started setting boundaries, letting the clients know that she was only available between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. When something came up, particularly with her family, she didn’t say, “I have to pick up my kids,” or give an excuse, but rather simply stated that she wasn’t available and tried to find another time. After much practice, she is very focused structuring her work time as work time and family or rest time as just that. Sometimes friends ask to go for lunch, but she says no because it would just mean that she has to stay longer at the end of the day. She eats lunch, usually at her desk. Of course, she still does these kinds of things – visiting Calgary for the shows – but that’s rare.

By the time the interview was over, I felt like I had been sitting with an old girlfriend, chatting about our lives and catching up. I gave her a copy of a recipe card book I had put together for Kim’s Kitchen and chatted about our favorite recipes, her latest find was a 45 minute cinnamon roll tested with her daughter Fiona. Mine of course is my stand by Pumpkin Pie Spiced Bread:

All in all, I can say that without a doubt, Sarah is all that you see on TV and MORE!!! Thank you for your time Sarah, it was lovely to meet you.