The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 3,410 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during January, up 1.8 per cent from December on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis, but down 13.6 per cent compared to January 2012. Similarly, total sales volume increased 3.8 per cent SA, but declined 16 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $514,134, up 3.2 percent from December, however, down 2.7 per cent from a year ago.
A garden transformation! San Francisco, California–based designer Christopher Radcool Reynolds may specialize primarily in local landscapes, but he draws inspiration from cultures around the world and across centuries. Merging design cues from Machu Picchu, tropical jungles, and ancient Scotland, Reynolds brought a global influence to a spacious backyard in the city’s Castro district that he named the Garden of Iniquity.
In your younger years, you likely spent hours coloring with crayons, making forts from couch cushions, and conversing with imaginary friends. But the adult years offer far less time for such playful pursuits, meaning a great deal of your creative edge can be easily lost. Fortunately, there are ways to retrain your brain to think creatively and plenty of reasons you should make time doing so. Learning to foster creativity can alter the way you think, help you generate new ideas, and discover innovative solutions to the problems that plague your work and personal life.
This majestic home in Beverly Hills, California, had beautiful interiors, but was lacking the same care and attention outdoors. In what became a passion project, the owners took the time to plan for a grand exterior that was to include a cabana, cooking area, outdoor dining and sitting areas, a pool, and a grassy play area for their children. “The home is a warm beige-toned stucco, so the owners were looking for outdoor areas that reflected natural earth colors,”