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5 Tips to make your store profitable

 CLICK on the Image Below to view –  Jan Addams interview with the amazing Retail Specialist – Ms Heddy Bing from Urban Spaces.

Jan Addams Interviews Ms. Heddy Bing Part 1Heddy discusses what it takes to make a Retail Store profitable.

  1. It starts with an idea
  2. Business Plan
  3. Budget
  4. Proper Timing
  5. Attention to personal style in your Retail Boutique Store.



This is Part 1/2; CLICK HERE to watch ‘Part 2’ of the interview.

Jan with love flowers from Glen

When is it time to Sell?

Deciding to sell our home is one of the toughest things we face.

Our Playa Belcarra Home 2004There are memories we will take with us wherever we go but, it is the unknown that often haunts us.

Are we making the right decision?

Is the timing right?

Will we get the money we want for our home?

Will we like our new neighbours and neighbourhood?

All those thoughts keep us up at night.  We relive the multiple fun and sad events we’ve had in our home and area.  We watched our children grow into fine adults and ultimately move on with their lives.  We wonder if we will have the same level of enjoyment if we move to a different space especially if we end up downsizing.

If anyone has tips to help others with the process – post them below.

Meanwhile, grab  the FREE REPORTThe 8 Key Deciding Factors I created to help you through this process.

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Budgeting for a Renovation – DD Part 2/8

Before you begin any Interior Design Project you need to take into consideration several factors such as:

The Location; Amenities; Existing Structures; Landscape details and/or Topographical features as well as the current price point of the other properties in the area.

The Interior Space should be designed to complement the lifestyle and functional use of its occupants and plan for the future use to ensure the home design and materials will fulfill its highest and best use for years to come. This is called from ‘Cradle to Grave’ Design and can include items like wheel chair access and secondary suites for mortgage help or to be used as in-law suites.

Trends last 7-10 years so, if you aren’t sure whether you should spend the Money or TimeGrab this FREE Report:

The 8 KEY Deciding Factors – Should you Renovate or Sell?

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Jan Addams D.A.T. Girl – introduces DESIGN DOMINOES – The Interior Process Game

This is the first video in a series of nine.


Design Dominoes begins with choosing Art 


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If you would like to see more or have a question, please insert your comments below…


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3 TIPS to Personalize Your Home Office

Professional Organizer and Productivity Expert Sherry Borsheim

from SIMPLY PRODUCTIVE interviews Designer, Author, Trainer Jan Addams



Contact Jan Addams HERE to help you Personalize Your Office

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TIPS on how to Organize, Systematize & Automate

Jan Addams Interviews Organizing GURU…

Sherry Borsheim from Simply Productive

Sherry gives us 3 TIPS on how to have a…

  • streamlined
  • organized and
  • successful life & business in 2014 

                Organize > Systematize > Automate

Jan with love flowers from Glen

Tis the Season…

Poinsetta Tis the Season to be…

At this time of year everyone is running around trying to prepare for the holidays.

This includes ‘Black Friday‘ shopping after Thanksgiving and then the Christmas rush. Last year I wanted a less ‘stuff’ Christmas as I really didn’t want all the hassle of putting up a tree and all the fixings.  I decided instead to decorate our spiral staircase.  In case you missed it Click HERE to view.  That actually proved to be more work than decorating a tree!

This year will be a little different again…

If you have been reading some of my ‘Downsizing by Design  Blog posts you know that we are in the ‘de-clutter not de-style‘ mode.  I have to look at everything – including Christmas Decorations – and assess what I want to use, keep or give away while still maintaining a ‘holiday not a humbug spirit‘.

I have invited my wonderful girlfriend over to help me.   I highly recommend this!  Not only does it make it more fun, you get to see your stuff with a new set of eyes.  All of us (including Interior Designers and Decorators) can sometimes get a mental block for our own homes.

Stay tuned for the ‘Ho Ho – Let it Rain or Snow’ video…

Article by Jan Addams -DAT Girl

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Ventilation clearance for appliances

Small Kitchen DesignDesigning a home from scratch is a fascinating process – especially, when you are downsizing your home.  This requires you to think about how every inch of space is being utilized.

My husband is the main cook in the house and he is a ‘clean freak‘ that cleans up as he goes.  I am more the ‘creative cook‘ that pulls out ingredients as they inspire me.  I clean up at the end of the process.  See the dilemma?

So… we have agreed that I should have my own kitchen (some call it a wok kitchen, scullery, maids kitchen etc.  I call it Jan’s kitchen were magic happens! I can do want, how I want in ‘my tiny space‘ behind a closed door and what appears when I am finished is a ‘masterpiece of culinary work’ (Ok, only in my mind… usually dinner is ready when the fire alarm goes off ).

Anyway, as space is at its premium in my little kitchen, I am doing product research to find out the type of appliances I can use to maximise the space.  One of them is an ‘Over the Range Microwave‘ to save space.

Article by Jan Addams  DAT Girl

(Designer, Author, Trainer)


The following are minimum clearances required by product lines in general:

(Information Provided by www.geappliances.com)


Over the Range Microwaves and Advantiums:

GE Profille Advantium Over the Range MicrowaveOver the range microwaves require a minimum 66″ mounting height from floor to top of the micro. The 66″ from the floor dimension will allow approximately 14″-16″ between the cooktop and the bottom front of the microwave. All current over the range microwaves can be installed over gas cooking products up to and including 5 burner stoves. As long as the 66″ minimum from the floor to the top of the microwave is followed there will be no performance or warranty problem. This includes Advantium ovens and convection microwaves. ;

  • Note: Over the range microwaves and Advantiums are not recommended for use above any range or cooktop that has a combined btu rating over 68,000 btu’s, including the oven/broiler btu’s.


Countertop Microwaves:

  • 3 inches on each side.
  • 3 inches on the top.
  • 1 inch in the rear.

Note: In cabinet installation for countertop microwaves is not recommended without the use of a built in kit. Built in kits will be listed for specific models in their specifications. If a built in kit is not available, the above air clearances are necessary. Note: If the microwave is located near a range, 2 feet of clearance on the side adjacent to the range will be necessary. Microwaves cannot be mounted over a range unless they are specifically made to be an over-the-range model, with a vent included. Hanging Microwaves (mounted under a cabinet, not over the range):

  • 2 inches on each side.
  • 2 inches underneath.


  • 1 ½ inches to nearest adjacent sidewall above the cooktop on both sides.
  • 30 inches between the cooktop and the bottom of a cabinet.
  • 0 inches for sides below the cooktop.

Chest Freezers: 

  • 3 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • 3 inch of clearance at the back.

Upright Freezers (less than 9 cubic feet):

  • 4 inches of clearance on top.
  • 4 inches of clearance at the back.
  • 1/2 inch of clearance on each side.

Upright Freezers (9 cubic feet and larger):

  • 3 inches of clearance on top.
  • 3 inches of clearance at the back.
  • 3 inches of clearance on each side.


  • ¾ to 1 inch of clearance on each side.
  • 1 inch on the top (this is above the case).
  • 1 inch in the back.

Note: After the above requirements have been met, there are no other restrictions or limitations concerning location when installing a refrigerator. (i.e.) They can be installed by a dishwasher, range or a wall-oven. Dryers (In an Alcove or Closet installation):

  • 0 inches on side.
  • 4 inches front and rear (allows adequate space for venting).
  • 52 inch minimum space from floor to ceiling or overhead cabinets.
Jan with love flowers from Glen

Downsizing by Design

BACK of HWEPL64370Most of us have a vision of what our ‘dream home‘ looks like.  Reality hits when faced with the opportunity to bring that image to life in our interior space through planning and design.

My husband and I are now seriously consideringdownsizing‘ and don’t want to ‘de-style‘ in the process. In the next several months, as I concept design and then build our own ‘little’ home, I will walk you through the interior planning & building process from an Interior Designer’s point of view. Stay tuned…

Jan Addams  (D.A.T. Girl)
Designer, Author Trainer


Downsize Your Space not your Style:  24 Steps to ‘Living Large in a Little Space’

STEPS 1- 8

Step one:  Decide ‘why‘ you are choosing to build as this will give you clues on what your real ‘hot buttons‘ are.  Write a list of the things you cannot tolerate anymore (this is usually the easy list)  and then your ‘wish list‘ of the things you absolutely must have in your new space.

Step two:  Decide on your Project Budget Allowance (plus, a 10 – 30% contingency) this will help you narrow down your options from the size and style of your project to the exterior products used and the type finishing & interior products you can use.

Step three:  Decide where you are going to build (city, neighbourhood and its amenities plus, the actual site location and house direction)and have very definite reasons why you chose that specific spot.

Step four: Visit the local municipality (city hall) to find out that area’s building laws are and what permits will be required.  This step is often an overlooked part of the building process as it may seem a bit intimidating.  However, it will save you a lot of time, money and headaches in blueprint and/or product changes down the road.  Plus, you may learn more about your community and find the people in the planning & permit department have houses, family and friends just like you and are simply trying to make their community a desirable one.  In other words – learn, listen & you’ll love the building process.

Step five: Now it is time to find your dream house building plan.  Search on-line for some great ‘narrow lot‘ living house designs at www.smallworks.cawww.jenish.com; www.allplans.com.

Step six:  Choose your Architect, Interior Designer and Builder.  These are three distinctly different people (companies) and all play critical roles in creating your new home. When these three work cohesively together the more cost effective, stress free and simple your project will be.  Do your research both online and through referrals. Get references and sign an Agreement/Contract with each party to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Step seven: Design from the ‘inside out’.  The highest perceived value areas  are your exterior, kitchen & bathrooms.  Regardless of whether it’s large or little, today’s homes require spaces where you can live, work & play.

Step eight:  Sell your home and purchase the building lot!   (Watch for tips on how to ‘Stage your Home to Sale‘)


Stay tuned for the next 8 Steps… Playing Design Dominoesthe Interior Process Game©