Montreal Home

MAKE THE MOST OF THIS FEVERED MARKET

For more than a year, headlines have been drawing attention to the heated real estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto. With prices climbing at a fast clip and foreign investors driving them even higher, provincial lawmakers in both British Columbia and Ontario have introduced new rules to curb spiking prices in an attempt to keep the cost of home-ownership within reach of more than just the ultra-rich.

Toronto Home

A NEW ENERGY IN PALM BEACH

The town is a 29-kilometre stretch along a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida. It is no wider than 1.2 kilometres and narrows to about 150 metres at points, covering an area of 27 square kilometres, of which only 10 is land. The rest is water. Oh, and there is sunshine everywhere.

Vancouver Home

FAMILY-FRIENDLY REFINEMENT

Style and function. When they come together, it is nothing short of a feat. Their coexistence is the hallmark of skilled engineering as much as it is great design.

Interior Design

MORE LIGHT, MORE SPACE

Mélanie Laberge and her husband Robin wanted to transform their two-storey duplex in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie into a single-family home. Moreover, they wanted the home to be filled with natural light.

Trending

SPRING INTO A TIDY HOME

Springtime: the return of an instinctual, almost visceral, need to clear out and clean up. Beyond a quick refresh, a seasonal decluttering can have far-reaching benefits, say professional organizers.

Lifestyle

TO YOUR HEALTH!

That big clean-up extends to our bodies, too, as we move toward the vernal equinox. For years, juices and smoothies have been the drinks of choice at this time of year for those who want to give themselves a post-winter health boost. And while it can be worth the trouble and money to invest in a juicing machine for the home, Canada seems to have almost as many juice bars these days as coffee shops, suggesting that some of us like to grab our wholesome liquids on the run.

Kitchen

INDUSTRIOUSLY REDESIGNING THE BATHROOM

Industrial design has been making inroads since people began converting former manufacturing spaces into residential lofts. So it was a matter of time before non-loft dwellers would want that creative look in their own homes.

Bedroom

SLEEP WELL

A forward-looking nostalgia prevails as 2016 nears, with bed designers selecting the best of the past and taking it in a new direction.

Bathroom

Decorating

KEEPING THE FAITH

The owner says he was “primed and prepped” when he and his wife began planning what eventually became this three-storey home in MacKenzie Heights. It took time for a lot to be scouted, bought and eventually built upon, but he maintained his enthusiasm throughout.

Design Finds

THAT EXTRA MILE

Going the extra mile for a customer is not unusual for Ken Simpson, owner of Fieldstone Windows & Doors. Quite literally, in fact.  The client was HGTV star designer Sarah Richardson. And the project involved providing the doors and windows for her Georgian Bay summer retreat as part of the filming of an episode of the “Sarah’s Cottage” show on that network.

Renovations

RAVINE RETREAT

As Sophia Kelly sips coffee at the small desk off her kitchen, she also drinks in the lovely view of her ravined backyard in Scarborough. She and her husband, Jeffrey Dean Kelly, couldn’t be happier with the way interior designer Cynthia Soda transformed the living space of their 1950s bungalow.

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