The Delight is in the Details

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a place special – those subtle details that give clues to a home’s history or the lives of people who’ve lived there and loved it as their own. 

 

In homes with a degree of vintage, a unique architectural detail evokes a place in time. The half-hip roof at 3378 Albert Street exemplifies the “built to last” construction ethic reflected in 1920s homes that replaced those lost in the Halifax Explosion.

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3378 Albert Street, Halifax

For some interesting history on reconstruction after the explosion, read here.

 

Sometimes a room’s distinctive shape gives it character. This bedroom isn’t just a bedroom – it’s a sanctuary!

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82 Duke Street, Lunenburg

 

There’s nothing like a peaked roof to make a bedroom feel cozy.

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5621 Leeds Street, Halifax

 

Exposed brick can act as a nod to the past that contrasts nicely with a home’s contemporary character.

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6428/6430 Norwood Street, Halifax

 

History stands front and centre in this home, where tall Gothic dormers attest to its Gothic Revival heritage.

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121 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay

For more on the history of 121 Edgewater Street, read here.

 

Vintage cast-iron radiators and wooden detail around the staircase give this home character and hint at its history:

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3080 Dublin Street, Halifax

 

The generous windows in this heritage character building located in a trendy part of the Halifax Peninsula are very much in keeping with its vintage:

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5574 Falkland Street, Halifax

 

Sometimes a detail’s uniqueness makes it memorable. Such is the case with the rare piano finish of the engineered wood floors in this Prospect, Nova Scotia home:

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140 Hages Lane, Prospect

 

The sweeping hardwood staircase is the centrepiece of this home – an inviting detail that leads visitors in and through the elegant, well-appointed interior:

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14 Amirault Court, Halifax

 

And there’s nothing like a bathroom oasis that includes a glassed-in shower with custom tile work. The only thing that would make this detail better would be heated floors to keep your feet warm. WAIT! They’re here!

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5959 Spring Garden Road #1207

 

Sometimes it’s the small details that add a feeling of luxury to a bathroom space – like this faucet and vessel sink:

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42 Sunnyvale Crescent, Sackville

 

Placed in just the right spot, an elegant light fixture can bring an entire room to life:

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45 Vimy Avenue #18, Halifax

 

Then there are the practical things. How about this tidy, space efficient laundry arrangement to make life a little easier?

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127 Purcells Cove Road, Halifax

 

From stylish to practical, contemporary to heritage, the details in a home say much about who we are and the things we hold dear. The next time you walk through your home, take note of the details, big and small – what do they say about YOU?

*Opening Image: Central Fireplace at 2 Tucker Lake Road, Beaver Bank.

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Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

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Sand and Salt Air – Oceanfront properties that bring the water to YOU

Sailors, surfers, swimmers – we all share an elemental attraction to the sea. Maybe that’s why Maritimers all return home, eventually. Whether you’re Nova Scotia born-and-bred or a “come from away”, these properties can help fulfill that instinctive need to live close to salt water:

Luxury living with 111 feet of frontage on Hubbards Cove. Yes, you CAN have it all:

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273 Dauphinee Drive, Hubbards

 

Over 230 feet of beautiful rugged coastline in picturesque Ketch Harbour. Build your dream home!

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23 Flemming Way, Ketch Harbour

 

How about a home close to the Halifax peninsula, with deeded water access to the Northwest Arm?

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127 Purcells Cove Road, Halifax

 

Want a home within walking or biking distance to Lunenburg? build here to enjoy a rural country setting without giving up the pleasures and convenience of town amenities:

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Lot 1R First Peninsula Road, Lunenburg

 

A family escape on the shore? Yes please!

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987 Hermans Island Road, Hermans Island

 

Over 200 acres and 3,000 feet of bold ocean frontage! Elevations facing west (over the Bay of Fundy) and east (over St. Marys Bay and Lake Midway). To learn more about The Digby Neck, click here.

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200+ acres Oceanfront Land, Hwy #217, Lake Midway – Digby Neck

 

With or without a cottage, the rock-bound coast of Jones Harbour is the perfect backdrop for an oceanside escape:

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Lot 2, Hook Point Rd., Jones Harbour

 

With 200 feet of granite shoreline with a deck projecting over the water, Seascapes offers custom-designed, one-level living and a balance of sophistication and casual style:

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85 Spruce Point Road, East River Point

 

Positioned at the harbour entrance to Mahone Bay, this Kinburn Acres home includes an expansive back deck overlooking a sweeping lawn that leads down to 200’ of pebble and sand beach:

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50 Kinburn Acres Road, Maders Cove

 

Mason Island is 4 miles from the Lunenburg Yacht Club and right in the middle of Mahone Bay‘s saltwater paradise for sailors. Enjoy our video introduction to this ocean oasis.

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Mason Island, Mahone Bay

 

Did we miss anything? Since Red Door Realty is based in Nova Scotia, make sure to check our website for new oceanfront and waterfront listings on a regular basis. We’re pretty attached to the sea ourselves!

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Opening image: Mason Island, Mahone Bay.

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

What’s Your Kitchen Personality?

The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.
Julia Child

What style of kitchen is your ideal? As the room in the home that sees the most activity, your kitchen reveals much about your personality. From personal taste to practical considerations, your kitchen says a lot about you. So what’s your best fit? Let’s take a look.

THE FOODIE:
For you, a well-stocked chef’s kitchen is a must, complete with the BEST quality appliances.

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This kitchen at 140 Hages Lane is set with stainless Bosch appliances.

You are a loyal follower of the Slow Food Movement and belong to at least one Gourmet Supper Club. Your friends consider you a maestro in the kitchen and are more than happy to pitch in as sous chefs while you work your magic.

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This chef’s kitchen at 50 Kinburn Acres Road has plenty of surfaces and work stations.

THE MULTI-TASKER:
Need to supervise the kids’ homework while you cook supper? Work on a freelance assignment with one eye on the pot of spaghetti sauce bubbling on the stove? For you, an eat-in kitchen serves a multitude of purposes and helps you keep up with the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle.

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This updated eat-in kitchen at 328 Portland Street includes plenty of counter space and a nice little spot for a kitchen table.

Your friends treat your kitchen as an informal gathering place – busy, yet welcoming.

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Walk right in, sit right down! This spacious French country kitchen with woodstove is functional, practical and warm. 121 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay.

THE ENTERTAINER:
The kitchen is the centre of your home, with enough room for a crowd and a huge island where everyone can gather.

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The kitchen wall at 5529 Carriageway Crescent was removed and in its place is a large maple island, perfect for cooking, eating and entertaining.

You’re known as the ultimate host and there’s always room for one more friend around your table. An open-concept kitchen design is your ideal because it allows you to cook and socialize at the same time.

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An open-concept, upgraded kitchen at 14 Amirault Court.

The Urbanite:
You’d rather dine at a neighbourhood bistro or gastropub than eat at home. For you, a well-stocked kitchen includes a spacious wine rack and a fridge large enough to accommodate several quality cheeses from the farmer’s market, plus a couple of growlers of local craft beer.

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At Harris East Condos, you’re steps away from all the trendy new cafes and restaurants, and a few blocks from downtown Halifax. Unit 404, 5677 Harris Street puts you in the middle of all the action.

Your kitchen is the gathering spot before a night out on the town with friends.

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Southport Condos, 1065 Barrington Street, is where all the evening fun begins.

The Trendsetter:
For you, style is as important as function. You prowl the aisles of home design stores, looking for the latest trend and you’re perpetually planning your next kitchen update.

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Contemporary finishes including a modern colour palette and quartz countertops set the tone in this chef’s kitchen at 267 Nadia Drive.

Your friends consider you the go-to person for kitchen design advice and you’re happy to share ideas.

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Granite countertops, under cabinet lighting and plenty of cupboard space at 45 Vimy Avenue #18.

Foodie, Multi-Tasker, Entertainer, Urbanite or Trendsetter, the kitchen will be an important part of the house as long as there is food to cook and bellies to fill. So where do you fit in? Are there any categories you would add? Let us know by replying to this blog post.

Bon appétit!

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Opening image: Everything’s within reach in this kitchen at 19 Theakston Avenue.

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Putting your Home at Centre Stage

So you’ve decided to list your home. Maybe you’re downsizing and don’t need as much room as you did. Or your family has outgrown its space. Perhaps you’re moving because of a job transfer, or simply because you need a change.

Whatever the reason, selling your home is a big step – and as with all major life decisions, proper preparation is crucial. This is where home staging comes in.

“Staging” a residence means getting it ready to display to prospective purchasers. The reason for staging is to make a home  as visually pleasing as possible  in order to attract offers to purchase. The end goal: a fast sale for a good price.

There’s a distinction to be made here. Staging a home is not the same as decorating a home. To understand the difference, take a moment to read this article by Charlotte Skiba of Charlotte Interiors.

So how does a seller go about preparing a home for market? Here’s a checklist to help get the process started:

CLEAN:

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A clean, bright kitchen (here at 14 Amirault Court) is a sign of a well-kept home.

 

  • Clean your home from top to bottom, including windows, carpets and baseboards. Consider hiring a professional cleaner such as Lynn King to lend a hand – an entire residence is a big task!
  • Have chimney and furnace professionally cleaned and inspected.
  • Clean the air. Stale cigarette smoke is a potential deal breaker. Ditto for the smells that our furry family members can create. This helpful article sets out the house showing rules on pets.

DECLUTTER:

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Clean lines and uncluttered surfaces at 1454 Dresden Row #303

 

  • Pack what you need, purge what you don’t, using the 50% rule in closets.
  • Clean out cupboards, cabinets, shelves and drawers, leaving lots of space – the 50% rule applies here too. By the way, Prep Home Staging‘s blog offers some fresh ideas on how to  style a bookcase.
  • Edit your furniture and small appliances in each room. Remember, less is more – you want to create a feeling of space, so keep only what’s necessary and makes sense based on the intended function of each room. Many professional stagers such as WOW Home Staging carry an inventory of furniture and accessories for rent if you need to supplement what you’ve already got.
  • Consider a storage locker rental if you have an overflow of items that you absolutely cannot part with, especially if your plans include moving to more spacious accommodations.

COMPLETE SMALL REPAIRS AND TOUCH-UPS:

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Pristine tiles speak well for this listing at 62 Lawlor Crescent.

 

  • Re-caulk bathrooms.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Oil squeaky hinges.
  • Repair or replace anything cracked or chipped (ceramic, glass, stone, brick).
  • Thinking about removing or replacing worn carpeting? Now’s the time!

UPDATE:

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A neutral palette with pops of colour at 45 Vimy Avenue #18

 

ARRANGE THE FURNITURE:

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A feeling of air and flow between living spaces at 2107 Poplar Street, courtesy of Rave Review Home Staging & Redesign.

 

  • Arrange the furniture so that visitors experience a feeling of air and flow within each space and between rooms.
  • Create sight lines that draw the eye to features you want noticed.
  • Ensure each room offers the visitor an attractive scene that they can picture themselves in.
  • Use accessories sparingly, to create atmosphere. Here too, less is more!
  • Take a minute to read Revive Home Staging‘s excellent blog on arranging furniture to its maximum effect.

BOOST CURB APPEAL:

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A bright red front door offers visitors a cheerful welcome at 5503 Atlantic Street.

 

  • Mow lawn/shovel walks, steps and driveway.
  • Trim shrubbery.
  • Weed and mulch all plant beds.
  • Consider landscaping with fresh gardens.
  • Add pots of flowers, if and where appropriate.
  • More paint! Tip: A bright, freshly painted front door is very welcoming (especially a RED one!)

LOOK IT OVER:

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The whole picture: cohesion and harmony at 5959 Spring Garden Road #1207

 

  • Inspect your property with an objective eye – maybe ask a friend to do it.
  • An experienced REALTOR® can also give you valuable feedback in this area.
  • This may be a good time to enlist the services of a professional Home Stager who will apply their expertise to ensure your home puts its best face forward.

Major life changes are always stressful and believe it or not, strategic home staging can help you feel more in control of the entire home selling process. Just take it one step at a time and don’t be afraid to enlist outside help. Organizer Andrea Josey (Happy 2 Organize) illustrates this point in her blog posting, “Preparing to Downsize or Move“.

Remember, you have 30 seconds to make a first impression – and so does your home.

*Opening Image: 7285 Highway 329, East River Point, Lunenburg County

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Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

Red Doors – Some things you might not know

At Red Door Realty we love red doors (naturally). 

In fact, our Lunenburg office boasts a bright, welcoming red door:lunenburg-office-red-door

And did you know…

  • In China, doors are painted red before the New Year, to attract happiness and good fortune.
  • The Irish believe that a red front door protects against ghosts and evil spirits.
  • Scottish homeowners paint their front doors red in celebration of the mortgage being paid off. 
  • In early America, a red door signified to travelers that a home was a safe refuge. 
  •  During the American civil war, a red front door marked a “safe home” that was part of the Underground Railroad.  

And most surprising of all…

  • Rumour has it that the brilliant Albert Einstein painted his front door red so that he wouldn’t get lost on the way home!

Check out these 3 Red Hot Listings complete with cheerful red doors. Click on the caption to find out more about each:

 

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5574 Falkland Street, Halifax

 

Christmas is coming, and what better time to boost your home’s curb appeal by adding a beautiful red door? Contact Red Door Realty’s Owner/Broker, Pam Cherington about our offer to provide our clients with their own Red Door.

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Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

Confused by Condo Fees? You’re Not Alone.

Every condo has fees, but for the first-time buyer, this can be confusing. Why take on another monthly expense on top of your mortgage payment?

Let’s take a closer look: what exactly do condo fees get you? Here’s where your REALTOR® can help.

We consulted RDR’s Denise MacDonell, co-owner of The Condo Company, a Halifax-based source for information on the local condominium market: “When you purchase a home that is not a condominium, you have to maintain it, clear snow, mow the lawn, heat it, and insure the structure,” she says; “You can hire someone to do the work, or do it yourself, but you will still pay for materials, fuel, insurance. A condo fee pays for all those  things, just in an organized way.”

Take this Downtown Dartmouth condo, for example:

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1 Prince Street, #609, Dartmouth

Known as Admiralty Place, this condominium complex includes an indoor heated pool, fitness centre and hot tub – allowing you to cross a gym membership off your monthly budget; the gardens eliminate the bother and expense of maintaining outdoor green space; and the heated indoor parking keeps you and your vehicle warm, dry and protected from the elements year-round.

Also in Dartmouth:

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87 Pebblecreek Crescent #102

At Morris Lake Vistas your monthly condo fee pays for heat, hot water, underground parking (#102 includes TWO deeded parking spots – one heated, underground), maintenance and snow clearing. What’s really special about this condo complex is the deeded lake access!

Meanwhile, across the water in Halifax:

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114 Regency Park Drive #110

This classic Clayton Park condo boasts what appeals to every new homeowner or student looking for a well-maintained home that builds equity: a low condo fee that includes heat, water, landscaping, snow removal, underground parking, and storage.

And this is where paying condo fees can protect your home equity.
“Your condo fee has three components generally”, explains MacDonell: “One part goes to operating costs, one to insurance, and one part goes into a reserve fund. It is the reserve fund that builds over time so that when it comes time to replace windows, roofs, and retaining walls (among other things), there is enough money in the fund to cover the work.”

A good condo corporation manages and utilizes its reserve and contingency funds well. Summer Gardens is one such corporation.

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1470 Summer Street #1305

The condo fee for this 13th Floor unit includes everything that it takes to operate the building outside the unit front door. That means the beautiful indoor pool, fitness centre, hot tub and sauna are waiting for you when you come home after a long day; the common room is available for your entertaining needs; and during the sunny months you can enjoy the private and peaceful gardens – all of this is cleaned and maintained through each owner’s contribution of condo fees. It’s like the whole Summer Gardens community chips in so everyone can enjoy these unique features.

Parkhill Terrace is another solid, well managed condo corporation.

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105 Dunbrack Street #402

At 105 Dunbrack Street #402, condo fee includes heat, water and hot water. Not only that, This unit comes with a storage locker, and there is a private party room in the building!

Condo life is not for everyone, but more and more people are discovering its conveniences – and that includes condo fees! For more information on condos, contact Red Door Realty’s Owner/Broker, Pam Cherington, or any of our knowledgeable REALTORS®.

 

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.

Shedding Some Light on Home Decor

The lighting in our homes is something most of us don’t think about every day – until we don’t have it, that is. The next time there’s a power outage you’ll be reminded of how important the lights are. A basic element in any home or workplace, lighting affects every aspect of modern life. Whether functional or aesthetic or somewhere in between, light enhances our lives to the point where we’d find it almost impossible to live without.

Home lighting can be broken down into three major categories:

~General Lighting  illuminates a large space to facilitate day-to-day living. It can also enhance a home’s overall character:

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140 Portovista Drive, Portuguese Cove

Here, track lighting illuminates the entire space, with a modern flourish:

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2395 Creighton Street, Halifax

Paper Lanterns offer an affordable, fun way to fill a child’s bedroom with light:

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57-59 Dufferin Street, Lunenburg

They’re popular with students too!

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5574 Falkland Street, Halifax

At 192 Basinview Drive, a well-lit staircase provides safety and elegance:

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192 Basinview Drive, Bedford

Exterior lighting is important too, for safety and security:

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2117 Maynard Street, Halifax

Here, interior and exterior lighting combine to present a dramatic night-time vista – a beacon for friends and family!

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85 Spruce Point Road, East River Point

~Task Lighting fulfills a specific purpose – to brighten up work spaces such as desks, offices, vanities, kitchens and workshops. Check out the lighting in this home office:

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42 Falkland Street, Lunenburg

We LOVE this well-lit kitchen:43-madeline-09-we-loves-a-well-lit-kitchen43 Madeline Avenue, Lower Sackville

This light/pot rack combo is a clever way to add lighting in keeping with the home’s character:

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121 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay

In this Hubbards home, lighting illuminates a mirror for close work such as applying makeup or shaving, while beautifully accenting the space.

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273 Dauphinee Drive, Hubbards

A well-lit walk-in closet makes choosing your wardrobe a snap!

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35 Albion Road, Halifax

~Accent Lighting does just that – it accents features or aspects of a room to their best effect.

Strategically-placed accent lighting draws attention to this fantastic kitchen island:

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17 Endeavour Avenue, East River Point

A modern-day twist on a chandelier livens up dining room decor:

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140 Portovista Drive, Portuguese Cove

This central light accents the room’s symmetry:

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7285 Highway 329, East River Point

A neon light attracts attention in a retro-funky kind of way:

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43 Queen Street, Chester

Of course, candles are a lovely way to enhance ambiance. How about a candle lit dinner?

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5817 West Street, Halifax

Or a relaxing soak in the tub at the end of a long day?

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21 Randolph Street, Halifax

 

To light our way or brighten our day, lighting plays an integral factor in our lives by enhancing the use and enjoyment of our homes. Take a look around your place and notice the ways that lighting affects each space. Maybe you’ve picked up some ideas from the homes showcased here. We hope we’ve enlightened you!

*Opening image: 273 Nadia Drive, Dartmouth.

Red Door Realty is a full service real estate company that exists to serve residential, multi-family, and commercial clients. To view more of our current listings, click here.