September Newsletter


Client Appreciation Time!

I can’t believe it has been two years since I took a tremendous leap of faith and changed careers. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as it helped me discover my passion and calling as a realtor.

But my career wouldn’t be anywhere near as amazing without my clients. I can’t say enough about the support I’ve received from this dedicated group of people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Letting my clients know how much I appreciate them is of utmost importance to me. To express this, I held my second annual Canadian Client Appreciation Breakfast this summer, where I was joined by those who’ve helped shape my first two years in real estate.

The morning in Cedarvale Park in Georgetown was filled with fun games, delicious food and camaraderie. Children were entertained by Nick the Balloonist, face painting by Jessica Biffis, music by Matt the guitarist and activities with Kelly Friis of Barnilay Events. Yours truly also hosted my favourite game, a classic egg and spoon race.

Delicious pancakes were provided by the Norval Pancake Factory, with accompanying syrup from Miller Maple Syrup. I also sent my clients home with a complimentary bottle of Miller syrup (

The breakfast had a great turnout and I was able to spend time treating my clients for all they’ve done for me. I love having fun and celebrating with good people.

Welcome Rhianna!

I’m excited to announce the addition of Rhianna Cunningham to my growing team. Rhianna is my new office assistant/database co-ordinator. I look forward to making magic with you!

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Organizing School Work

As your life changes, your organizing solutions might need to be revisited so they keep serving you well. With one school-age child, a designated shelf and a pile of school papers worked great for us.

With our younger one starting grade 1 this September, our School Shelf was in need of an update to accommodate his school papers and books as well.
DE-CLUTTER – We went through all the papers and decided which ones will be archived, discarded or kept on the shelf.
FIND THE SOLUTION – I was inspired by my older son’s classroom, where each child had all their school papers, agendas and books in a labeled magazine holder.
MEASURE – We measured the height of the shelf. If you’ve ever bought magazine holders you know they come in many different heights and some of them would be too tall to fit our School Shelf.
FIND or PURCHASE and LABEL – Now it was time to find the magazine holders. We purchased two blue ones at Walmart. They are sturdy, have the perfect height and a label slot on the short side – exactly what we needed.
Happy back-to-school organizing!

Blanka Smetana is an Office Organizing Specialist who helps busy entrepreneurs create productive office environments, decrease stress and increase their company’s bottom line.

Staging Tips that will sell your home!

When we stage homes our most important goal is to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible number of potential buyers.
Here’s a list of just a few of the major points we always keep in mind as we help you prepare your home for sale. There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t so. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls.  Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.Allow yourself to move furniture, artwork and accessories into different areas of your house. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn’t mean it won’t look great as a sitting area in your bedroom. We have a trained eye and it’s easy for us to image your items in different areas of your house you may have not thought of.
One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many homes are improperly lit. Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures to the maximum and aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet.To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same colour as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.
Selling a home is a major and personal event in life. We are here to help you make a smooth and quick transition into your new home.  We will support you in preparing your home to sell it fast for the best price.


Janet Knox
Designs With Heart
Home Staging and Redesign

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