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.
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.”
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.