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October 2009

October 08, 2009

Breakfast Television with the Darling Dina

Every so often I get to do a morning with the high-spirited crew of Breakfast Television and I always have a blast with Dina.  She's quirky, fearless and in-the-moment.  Hence the turkey gobbling thing.  She got me to do it twice.  I can't believe I didn't make her do it too.  Dang.

(If you click on the photo it'll take you to the video)

Breakfast Television Toronto

Nice Article About the Emotions of Home Ownership

HomeStars Article

October 01, 2009

Get Home Schooling at the Toronto Fall Home Show

Bryan Baeumler from HGTV's Disaster DIY will help you choose what to attempt and what not to - because he's seen it ALL, baby.


If you have questions about your dwelling and how to make it look good, feel good and last for ages, you can get a free education this weekend at the Toronto Fall Home Show. 

The home show is the city's best hands-on forum for homeowners trying to figure out the right course of action for the unique needs of their home.

More than 250 experts, contractors and vendors are on hand to answer your questions, give you advice and introduce you to the latest design trends and technologies. 

I'll be on The Planning Stage twice (12:30 on Friday October 2 and 12:30 on Saturday October 3) giving  a billion tips on how to make yourself feel comfortable in your home instead of worried, anxious or doubtful about the choices you're making.  (HINT: Denial is not the answer)

I'll take questions you may have, teach you how to use basic power tools, explain how you can tell exactly where to start upgrading to suit your home's personality -- even if it's wonky, old, semi-rotten or semi-finished. 

And if you're getting ready to sell, I'll give you 5 changes you can make to get the most money from a buyer. 

I'll even show you how to radically and economically upgrade your garage storage with Gladiator Garage Works components so you can actually park your car in there this winter!

BONUS: Save $5 off your ticket to the Toronto Fall Home Show by writing a few words about your plumber, landscaper, electrician, carpenter or installer.

The show runs from Thursday October 1 - Sunday October 4.  Need more info?

Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
151 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Are You Kind of a Beginner with Power Tools?

RTR Photo - Season I

I love seeing the look on people's faces when they realize what they can do with a few tools. 

That's why I'm teaching a free "Power Tools for Beginners" class (1 hour) at the Toronto Fall Home Show Friday October 2 (3:00) and Saturday October 3 (3:30).  I'd love to see you there. 

We'll cover 4 basic power tools you need to build your own shelves, fences, outdoor furniture, planters and toys.  It'll be SO FUN.

I have some fantastic colleagues who are also teaching free classes this weekend at the show:

 HGTV's Hands-on Workshop Series

- Cheryl Torrenueva, HGTV design expert - Luxe living for less!
- Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV's Disaster DIY - Building green
- Linda Leatherdale, financial expert - Your Home: How to get more bang
for your buck
- Christopher Jones, founder of StyleNorth.ca - The vintage advantage
- Janette Ewen, interior stylist and CityLine expert - How to be your
own decorator
- Jackie Morra, founder, Home Décor Solutions - Choosing the right
- ToolGirl, Mag Ruffman - Power tools for beginners

Here's a direct link to sign up for classes.  Hope to see you there.


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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie