Design Finds

OUTSTANDING DESIGN OUTSIDE

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Canadians love to live outside during the warm months. We cook, dine, swim, lounge and hang out under the sun and the stars. That’s why the outdoor room is an important extension of the decor we enjoy indoors. These items are on trend to help you decorate the perfect outdoor space.

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.

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.”

FIRST-CLASS SECOND FLOOR

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When decorating a home, it’s tempting to concentrate on the public areas: foyer, living room, dining room, powder room and even the kitchen – especially the kitchen. But anyone who’s snuggled down to read or nap in a well-decorated bedroom or den knows that the rooms upstairs are as important as those on the main floor.

NURTURED BY NATURE

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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.

MEANT TO BE

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This home was meant to be. It all began when the homeowner and her husband were looking to build a new house. They had some idea of the spirit they wanted in their new home – openness, warmth, connection with nature – but had to find an architect who could realize their vision.