Darla Grant-Braid

Darla Grant-Braid

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Darla is a digital Content strategist and writer with nearly 15 years of industry experience. She specializes in the creation of targeted, optimized content that speaks to consumers throughout all stages of the buying cycle. In addition to eieihome.com, her home improvement and renovation articles can be seen on thestar.com, insidetoronto.com, Toronto Sun and The Epoch Times.

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Designing Outside the Box
While the older homes throughout Toronto have been known for their character and interest, houses going up in the suburban areas seem to have a certain sameness.  To get an inside look into why single-family home design has become so homogenous over the years, we spoke with Bole Cirovic of Modular Home Additions. There are three primary reasons behind the homogeneity of Ontario’s suburban neighbourhoods: The desire to fit in, municipal regulations, and resale value. (more…)
- October 20, 2017

Double the Interest with Two-Toned Cabinetry
In this, our second installment in our series on 2018 kitchen trends, eieihome.com is taking a look at two-toned cabinetry. This is an exciting trend that breaks what has been one of the most fundamental rules of kitchen design –that all cabinetry should match. Once again, we’ve enlisted the help of principal designer for AyA Kitchens and Baths, Amy Dillon, to provide an inside look at this delectable trend. Here’s what she had to say. (more…)
- October 19, 2017

Adding Wood Accents to the Kitchen
With 2018 just around the corner, eieihome.com is taking a look at kitchen trends for the new year. Fear not, hot pink refrigerators and salad gardens growing from the middle of your island aren’t a trend just yet. However, you can look forward to colour and hints of nature in the kitchen. We’ve enlisted the help of AyA Kitchens and Baths to give us an inside scoop on some of the details and designs that will be adding flavour to Canadian kitchens throughout the upcoming year. (more…)
- October 17, 2017

Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter
It may be hard to believe, but fall is upon us. For homeowners with gardens, it means that it’s time to start thinking about getting the garden ready for its long winter’s nap. With that in mind, eieihome.com spoke to Denis Flanagan from Landscape Ontario about some essential pre-winter gardening tips. (more…)
- October 13, 2017

How to Shop for a New Toilet
Toilets aren’t usually the first thing anyone has on their mind when starting a bathroom renovation. Although, when you think about it, they are probably the most fundamentally important part of your bathroom. While it is possible to have a bathroom without a shower or tub, no bathroom is complete without the commode. Before you begin thinking about things like style and flushing power, begin by considering three important criteria: (more…)
- October 12, 2017

What nobody tells you about installing shower body sprays
What constitutes a luxurious bathroom tends to vary from person to person. For some, a dream bathroom might contain custom cabinetry or heated floors; perhaps a soaker tub or a spacious, granite-topped double vanity. The differences are seemingly endless. However, there is one detail that tends to pop up on everyone's wish list, and that's a big walk-in shower. (more…)
- October 11, 2017

The future of kitchens: Smart Appliances
In the month of October, as eieihome.com celebrates all things to do with the kitchen, we want to look not only to kitchens of the present, but also the future of kitchens. How will kitchens change over the next five years? Where will lifestyle trends take this busiest of all rooms? What impact will the shrinking home sizes have on how kitchens are used? (more…)
- October 6, 2017

Thanksgiving Décor that Works Beyond the Holiday
Thanksgiving is on the way, is your décor ready? Admittedly, Canadians have never gone all out in the Thanksgiving décor department the way they do in the US. However, many of us still enjoy making a few subtle tweaks to commemorate the season. What that means is that our Thanksgiving décor doesn’t stay up very long, which can make it seem impractical. Thankfully, some of the best thanksgiving décor pieces are those that can be used all throughout fall and sometimes beyond. (more…)
- October 5, 2017

Canadian Home Blogger Inspiration for Fall
Oh fabulous fall. How we love everything about you –your colours, your coziness, your complete lack of hyper-aggressive wasps. Of course, one of our favourite things about fall is seasonal décor changes. The colours get richer, and more natural elements come into play. There’s also a more pronounced feeling of family that seems to weave its way through vignettes of pumpkins, wheat, and leaves. (more…)
- September 29, 2017

Sinks and Faucets that Add Art to the Home
Believe it or not, your bathroom is an excellent place to incorporate pieces of art into your home décor. We aren’t simply speaking about adding a vase to a shelf or hanging paintings. Rather, you can add beautifully artisan-crafted pieces in the form of faucets and fixtures. Explore the online galleries of bathroom faucet and fixture brands and you’ll find a treasure trove of items that are anything but ordinary. These sinks, tubs, and faucets are standout pieces that can instantly transform a lavatory into a gallery. (more…)
- September 27, 2017

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