London activities for your whole family to enjoy.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with spring already here, it is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to enjoy some quality time together! Create memories with your loved ones while having fun at some of these London activities your whole family will enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trails
London offers over 20 walking, biking and hiking trails in and around the city and dubbed the “Forest City” for good reason. Getting outdoors in London and connecting with nature is easier than you would think. If your interests include hiking, running, mountain biking, or you just enjoy going for a stroll, you may be surprised to find that you can accomplish many of these activities locally.
Meadowlily located just a short drive from Sunlight Heritage Homes: Old Victoria on the Thames site is a 3.1 Km walking/hiking/running trail containing marshes and floodplain woods along the Thames River, old fields, shrub thickets and mature woodlands on higher, rolling land, and some active and retired agricultural fields making it one of the most visited trails in London.

Boler Mountain
A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, the Treetop Adventure Park and more! During the green time, you can enjoy brunch at the Patio Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor yoga or join the adult volleyball league.
For more information: https://www.bolermountain.com/

Covent Market
Located in the heart of London since 1845 nestles in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. The market offers fresh products, gourmet foods, unique gifts, seasonal outdoors farmers market, and events. It is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
For more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

Storybook Gardens
Fun for all age’s family-friendly fantasyland built in 1958. The 20-acre attraction is where all your beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life and attractions are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area, and an interactive splash pad. The fun continues with amusements parks, music shows, stage presentations and puppet shows. Subject to admission fees and parking is free.
For more information: https://www.storybook.london.ca/

East Park
A recreation and entertainment facility Located just minutes from downtown London. Featuring an 18-hole executive golf course, with a driving range and 2 mini golf courses. Add to that London’s best waterpark including 7 waterslides, a water climber with a tipping bucket and large splash pad. Have a picnic on the grounds that can be rented for groups. Go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Parking is free and you only pay for what you play. Fun for all ages and activity-dependent.
For more information: https://www.eastparkgolf.com/

The Factory
Canada’s largest indoor family fun centre has a wide variety of top indoor attractions, high ropes, rock climbing, virtual reality, arcades and more. Creating endless fun things to do for the whole family. And if you’re moving to London, The Factory also offers Summer Camps for your little ones.
Check them out: https://thefactorylondon.ca/

London’s Children Museum
Provides children and their grown-ups hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. The museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. If you have an aspiring anthropologist, the museum also offers the Dinosaur Galley, jam-packed with activities they can enjoy.
For more information: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/

Elson House
The Elson House is a historical museum located on 481 Ridout Street, London, Ontario. Built 1834 by the Harris family, the house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century.
For tour and operating hours: https://eldonhouse.ca/

Fanshawe Pioneer Village
An open-air museum established in 1959 and located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London, Ontario. Get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe’s open-air Pioneer Village. There is often something cooking at the old family home of famed local artist, Paul Peel (1860-1892).  Watch the forge and bellows in action while observing the Village blacksmith crafting items for use on-site or for sale at the Denfield General Store. And don’t forget to stop by the Pioneer Village Café.
Fun for all ages.
For more information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

The Rec Room
Conveniently located approx. 10 minutes from Sunlight Heritage Homes Foxfield Trails Community.
The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hotspot. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment, and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event, or just play. Fun for all ages.
And don’t forget to enjoy some shopping later at CF Masonville Place!
For more information: https://www.therecroom.com

Find your perfect London home at Sunlight Heritage Homes.
For more information please visit us: Foxfield Trails & Old Victoria on the Thames

Adding Style To Your Home On A Budget

It is not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars to give your home a stylish touch. There are many ways you can decorate your house when you are on a budget, and it can look even better than some of the furniture stores you see today.

Some suggestions include: shopping second hand, seeing what family members have that they do not use, garage sales, antique stores, and more.

If you are hoping to redecorate your home but you are on a tight budget then don’t worry about hiring someone to come in and help you. There are some awesome sites on the internet such as Pinterest, that have lots of DIY ideas that allow people to create fabulous items on a low budget, which you can also personalize to your own liking, that can end up looking like they’re right out of a furniture magazine. You can also see room design ideas online as well, which can be very helpful. This is also where your family and friends can come in to assist with the helping of moving items and building them, which overall can become a fun experience for everyone.

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Chunky X Media Console

 

You could even hold a party to help you with the efforts of painting, laying tile, or anything else you have in mind. Friends and family are always willing to come and help with a design and/or decor project and if you provide the food and drinks then they usually will never say no.

When you are on a budget it is hard to find the best pieces and you have to be flexible. You can shop at second hand stores and find really nice furniture, paintings,
rugs, and more. Sometimes what you may find will need a bit of love but they make for great pieces. If you are willing to shop used, you will be surprised at some of the awesome items you can find at these places that you can use that will make your home look fabulous!

You can go to furniture stores and find defective furniture that is still brand new for very low prices. Some of the furniture might have a scratch that is barely noticeable at an excellent price.

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When you are on a budget, you have to think cheap but be creative and it can look like you paid a good penny for it.

Tell us about some of your success stories for adding style to your house on a budget, we would love to hear about them!

White Kitchen BackSplash Trends

Good Morning we hope that everyone is having a great week so far.  This weeks post we wanted to touch base on backsplash tile.  The options are endless, we do offer packages for backsplash to be added to your kitchens.  Different levels to choose from etc.  However customizing your kitchen can also be an option, getting creative and thinking outside the box. Here are some of our favorite backsplash ideas for lighter kitchens.

This first one was featured on ‘ Love it or List it Vancouver’, I just fell in love with the originality of it.  A modern porcelain tile that comes in a mix of 5 slightly different patterns.

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Another Beauty, this almost diamond shaped backsplash is a mixture of both Carrera and grey marble.

A classic way to incorporate a subway tile.  Simple changing the way it is layed, this herringbone backsplash is stunning.

This space overall I am in LOVE with.  From the open concept upper shelving, farm sink and of course the backsplash.  This backsplash is an arabesque style mosaic, they can come in stainless, marble and porcelain.

A mixture in this backsplash, overall it is all calacatta stone with an arabesque mosaic center feature.
Hope you enjoyed these kitchens and backsplash as much as I did!
Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Heritage Homes
 

How To Get Your Furniture Arranged The Right Way.

 Furniture Arranging

So you have bought your brand new home and you don’t know where to start when it comes to filling it up with furniture.  Knowing the basic layout rules can be a huge help, and get you a fun a polished look to every room.  I’ve taken some of the basic rules of furniture arranging and parted them into 10 simple tips. These will absolutely help you figure out where to put things, where not to put things and how to assist you with the choices you will be making.

Tip #1

Planning
First things first, before moving any actual furniture you need to have a plan in place.  Test your design on paper to make sure everything is included and in order.  Measure the room’s dimensions, noting the location of windows, doors, heat registers and electrical outlets, then draw up a floor plan on graph paper using cutouts to represent the furnishings. Or, better yet, use a free online room planner, they have everything these days.  Learn to draw the space and test various furniture configurations. It’s less work and a lot more fun.

Tip#2

Function

You need to think about how many people will be using this space and how the room will be used.  That will ultimately lead you towards what type of furnishings you’ll need and the amount of seating required.

Contemporary Living Room by Las Vegas Architects & Designers DANIELLA VILLAMIL INTERIORS

Tip #3

Focal Point

Knowing what your focal point is, is a very important aspect when furnishing a space.  It can be anything from a fireplace, view, television etc.  You would then organize the furniture accordingly.  If you plan to use this room to watch TV the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore, if you’ve got a 40-inch television, your chair should be 120 inches away.

Transitional Living Room by Chicago Photographers Marcel Page Photography

Tip #4

Priority

Place the largest pieces of furniture first, like the sofa in the living room or a bed in the bedroom. Usually these pieces should be facing the focal point in the room. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart to keep it close in proximity for conversation. Unless your room is a little smaller, try to avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls.  About a 6″ gap between the walls and furniture will give the illusion that the space is larger due to the shadow it creates.

Tip #5
Symmetry
We all have learned about symmetry at one point in our lives.  This is a very useful tip when it comes to styling your home.  Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms, this is when you can split a room in half and each side is exactly the same. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual.  Keep in mind that the pieces you do use fill the same amount of visual weight.  If this is off your room will look off as well.
Tip #6
Traffic
This is when Function ties into the space as well.  You need to think about the traffic flow through the room, the pathways into the room.  Don’t block that path with any large pieces of furniture if you can avoid it. Allow 30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic areas and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones. A maximum seating area is 12 ‘ x 12’.  So be sure to consider anything bigger you would need to split up and create a different seating area.
Tip #7
Variety
You want to vary in the size furniture pieces you use throughout the room.  Doing this allows your eyes move up and down as you scan the space.  Balance a larger or taller item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or use art to replicate the scale or visual weight).  Try to avoid putting two of the similar size objects next to each other.  This can look bland and un lively.
Tip#8
Contrast
This is all about mixing different shapes of furniture.  Combining straight and curved lines to help create contrast. If the furniture is modern and more linear, throw in a round table for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular or straight edged piece. Also consider pairing solids with voids.  For example combine a leggy chair with a solid side table, or a solid chair with a leggy table.
Tip #9
Easy Use
When placing your furniture in a room you should definitely keep in mind the proximities.  By Placing a table within easy reach of every  seat, being sure to combine pieces of similar scale, and make sure every reading chair has an accompanying lamp. Coffee tables should be located 14 to 18 inches from a sofa to provide sufficient legroom.  This also takes your guests comfort into consideration, imagine having a glass of wine and not having a place in easy reach to place it down for a minute.
Tip #10
Circulation.
So far I have only been discussing seating areas in living rooms and family rooms, bedrooms. However a dining room is just as important In a home.  Make sure there’s at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be enough. In bedrooms allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door.
With all of these Tips I am sure that filling up your home will be a lot less stressful and a lot more fun.  This wont make you a designer over night but it will most defiantly help you and make decorating more fun rather than work!
Lilly Cordeiro

 

We are so excited to share with you…

Our Upcoming Projects

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Sunlight Homes will be building in the Doon South Area, a Community called ‘ Grasslands of Stauffer Woods’.  Grasslands is a beautiful community near parks and walking trails, it is surrounded by Green space and minutes away from every big city amenity.  This community offers spacious homesites, close to schools, shopping and the highway.  This community will specialize in pie shaped lots, 30ft wide home sites.

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Cedar Hallow Communtiy is located in London Ont, Sunlight Heritage Homes is introducing new plans in this great area of London.  The neighbourhood will consist of 30ft- 36 ft lot home sites.  It is conveniently located in north east London, Cedar Hollow takes advantage of a breathtaking setting along the Thames River.  Below are some of the models we have for this community.

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Fox Field offers quiet, enriched living on the eastern edge of London. With quiet streets and lots backing onto green space, Fox Field is located a stones throw from shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and schools. Everything a new family could wish for is right at your fingertips. The sizes for these homesites are 30ft & 36 ft wide.  Below are the models we are introducing to this Community.

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Westbury Internation is located in London, next to Andover Trails.  These home sites are 42ft wide.   If you’re looking for prime location, Westbury Internation is the neighbourhood for your family.  It’s just a short walk from London’s newest shopping plazas on Wonderland Road as well as nearby entertainment, transit and schools.  In addition, one of the city’s most beautiful nature trails – which extends from Southdale to Wharncliffe is at your doorstep.  The models are as follows:

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