Montreal Home

VIEWS OF THE WATER

A past commodore of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, Kim undertook to connect her property to the lake through a renovation that had as its centrepiece a landscaped link between her home and the lakeshore it sits on. The first step was restoring the mid-20th-century, 5,000-square-foot house.

Toronto Home

SHORT MOVE, BIG CHANGE

Once upon a time, a tiny guesthouse built in the late 1890s sat in the corner of a wooded backyard in St. Lambert, behind a larger, brick-clad family home. The 600-square-foot shack was in such terrible condition that in 2008, when Jean-Luc Gagnon and Marie-Hélène Larouche bought the property it sat on, the deed of sale included a demolition permit, courtesy of the city.

Vancouver Home

FOR OUR GROWING LOVE OF PLANTS

Throughout the cold months of the year, when most of us are dreaming about our gardens, plant breeders are already hard at work selecting new varieties. It’s a multi-step process involving rigorous field trials at public gardens, universities, nurseries and by individual growers, seed producers and industry representatives.

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

HAB HAVEN

As the Centre for the Montreal Canadiens, David Desharnais knows the importance of passing the puck to a teammate who’s in the best position to score a goal. He took the same winning approach in decorating his new South Shore home.

Design Finds

NURTURED BY NATURE

People who sail in Centre Bay rarely see this award-winning home on Gambier Island. “You have to know its exact location because it blends so perfectly with the environment,” says Graeme Huguet, the managing director of the My House Design/Build Team, who created it for two Vancouverites.

Renovations

FOR THE BIRDS … OH, AND BEES, BUTTERFLIES AND BATS, TOO

Isabelle Bérubé and her husband built their dream house four years ago on a 12-acre property in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an hour’s drive southeast of Montreal. Passionate nature lovers, they planted flower gardens, vegetables and fruit trees to get the most out of country life.

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