We are so fortunate to live and work in the vastly growing and vibrant City of Abbotsford.
This month we are sharing our favourite retailing businesses in Downtown Abbotsford that we have had the privilege of working with. Whether it has been for custom reclaimed furniture, flooring renovations, or new collaborations it has all been so refreshing to work beside others passionate about this community!
Kicking off with Spruce Collective, a darling retail store with a curated collection of all things old + new. Located on the delightful Montrose Avenue, we have not met a more generous or advocating bunch of owners. This team endorses many of the start up businesses and is always finding new ways to collaborate to bring excitement to the street. Popular for its storefront appearances you might just catch them in a Hallmark movie or two. When you step inside you will find a range of homely goods, clothing, jewellery, kitchenware and a cute kids corner.
We (the team at Griffin Co) enjoy browsing the shop to find vintage treasures to stage our properties for sale. Hence why we love their most recent venture (a second store) called The Market by Spruce Collective which pushes all our buttons! The shopfront has moved locations and now you can find them directly across the road to the main store. Now believe me when I say, it’s not your average antique store! All vintage, all of the time, it’s a collection of hand picked local vendors under one roof. You must go see their latest batch of store treasures – it changes everyday.
With each changing season Spruce has something new and wonderful to share and is a constant source of energy for the entire street. We could not be more grateful for their contribution.
- Cleaning your carpet. It’s important to keep carpets looking nice all year round and there are simply things like taking off your shoes when you get home and vacuuming regularly that will all make a big difference in your home. Spring is the time to really get down on your hands and knees and get rid of the stains, use some of that arm muscle and make it look new again.
- Caring for your Tiles. Cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has a neutral pH on the label. You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pout 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a good mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture and use that arm muscle again.
- Caring for your wood floors. The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new is to use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage, use furniture protectors to avoid scratches and damp-mop once a week (with my personal favourite cleaning item in the house) the norwex mop (great for tiles to).
- Shine up the Kitchen. Wipe down the cabinetry doors, inside & out. If this is something you do on a weekly basis I commend you! Take the time to wipe all the handles and open each one and get rid of any drips that may have caught on top.
- Spruce up the Fridge. It really takes less time then you think. Take a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and wipe down all the shelves and get the drawers sparkling again.
- The greasy exhaust fan needs a good clean to. To often people forget all that delicious food you are cooking on your stove top often leaves a thick greasy residue underneath the exhaust hood. You’ll need a hot preferably more grippy cloth to get rid of this.
- Polish the Silver & Copper. Use a toothbrush and Hagerty Silver Foam on your silver because it’s not too abrasive and it’s water-soluble. Or cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt over it and rub straight onto your copper. This will gently remove the build of stains and discolouration.
- Organising Closets. Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
- Create a different mood. For easy makeovers changing the textiles in your bathroom and bedroom heck even the table linen can add a fast and easy change. Switch things out seasonally or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain colour or pattern.
- Reorganize bookshelves. Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets. Play with how you line the books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.
- Wash all the windows. Inside and out and take the time to dry them as well to make sure you’re not left with water marks.
- Ward off the dust and wipe down all your lightbulbs, give the blinds a spruce and any windowsills (even the higher ones you don’t see).
We sell our reclaimed wood wall art on Etsy so that consumers who are searching for pieces like these can find them with ease.
It’s exciting and such a great tool for buyers to shop on the other side of the world where they haven’t yet come across your brand or products before. Often it leads to new commissioned work and customers can have something very personal created for their space.
Women in particular would be more then happy to deem a well thought out and tasteful bathroom their favourite room in the house. Throw in some wine and candlelight with those bubbles and don’t expect her to get up if the doorbell rings.
If you are ready to renovate your kitchen, remodel the bathroom or simply upgrade your flooring – we’d like to help! The task can seem daunting, handing over your savings you have worked so hard for. Not to mention the overwhelming choices you have to make. So to help you stay sane, we have three simple tips to remember when you take the plunge.
- Finding a local contracting company you can trust will not only assure you quality workmanship but make the entire experience a memorable one (for all the right reasons).
- Know your budget and be prepared to listen to the professionals to help you maximize your return on the property.
- Don’t lose focus on your priorities. It is rare to have an unlimited budget where all things are possible. What is your priority? Is it to make your home more family functional? Brighten the place up? Or add property value by making new additions to the house? Whatever it is don’t forget why you are renovating in the first place and what you can afford this time around.
We all know Kitchen and Bathroom renovations are where as a homeowner you will put the most of your hard earned money, and where you will also get the biggest return for your investment.
When it comes to countertop selections it is important to consider not only the cost, but also durability and ease of maintenance.
We polled our crew to find out what they love and here is what they are over the moon for.
Steve, our Senior Project Manager, is sold on Quartz. A long time fan of natural stone, he has made the leap to quartz for the variety of colours available, the antibacterial quality and the low maintenance which has been a huge draw for our clients.
Steve also likes the ease of mix and matching colours within the same space – “When you don’t have to worry about different patterning in the veins or an overall different feel in the stone it really opens up the ability to be creative and be able to utilize different counter colours within the same space”.
Hayley, our design fanatic, loves adding in wood counters to create warmth in a space! They come in a variety of colours and species, they age beautifully, and are a lot quieter then stone counters! While they can be a bit more maintenance then stone (they usually require oiling once or twice a year) they can be sanded and refinished easily. “I love the way wood counters seem to add a serene feeling to a kitchen – the give the cabinets a furniture-like feeling, creating a space that you could really hang out in!” says Hayley who is forever in her own kitchen prepping traditional family recipes.
When you decide on renovating make sure to put some time into selecting your counters – We promise your time will be well worth it! If you are not sure where to start give us a call, we would love to help out!