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ON AND UNDER THE SURFACE

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Artist Cori Creed taps into her memories and her love of the natural world when she paints. Cori Creed’s work focuses on both the surface and what lies beneath it. The Vancouver artist’s large-scale oil paintings depict memories and a life-long love of the natural landscape around her.

A TOUCH OF THAILAND

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The soothing sounds of cascading water among Buddha heads and bamboo shoots are some of the natural elements that have transformed a Terrebonne backyard into a Thai-inspired oasis.

A Beloved Family Home

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Homeowner updates a Kerrisdale home inherited from parents. Modern architecture, with its geometric angles and gleaming metal surfaces, may appear soulless to some. The intent was just the opposite when it came to renovating this two-storey home in the Kerrisdale area on Vancouver’s west side. 

A SILK PURSE FROM A SOW’S EAR

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It was a former retirement home, a quadruplex on a block of similar buildings in NDG, most of which were in better repair. But Endrée Villeneuve of Vision enVert knew it could be turned into something special, four smart-home condos with flair.

IT’S IN THE DETAILS

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Coach houses were originally utilitarian buildings – garages for horse-drawn carriages and, later, automobiles – with living quarters above for coachmen, grooms and chauffeurs. Put a coach house into the hands of a good interior designer, however, and it can blossom into a charming residence.

SNAPSHOTS IN OILS

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Some of us know from day one what we are meant to be; others take time finding out. David Kelavey didn’t pursue his passion until he was in his thirties. But since then, the Beaconsfield artist has made up for lost time with a prodigious output.

AN ENDURING LOVE

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The proximity of a condo to the dining, nightlife and cultural activities of downtown Montreal sold Salvatore Falci and his partner on a project in the Plateau. And they were especially smitten after they saw the views overlooking a corner park, Mount Royal and downtown buildings.

FROM BRUTAL TO BEAUTIFUL

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Brutal. It’s not a word one often associates with a backyard, but landscape architect Myke Hodgins had hit upon the mot juste in this case. At the rear of a neo-Georgian house in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, the yard is in a little urban canyon, surrounded on three sides by multi-storey apartment buildings.

CLOSE TO HOME

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Same street. More space. When Allen and Michelle Aptekar decided to buy a larger home to give each of their four children a bedroom, they opted for the house right across the street. “And we’re not the only ones who’ve done so here,” Michelle says of their Vaughan neighbourhood. “It’s such an amazing street.”