Montreal

PARADISE FOUND

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The moment I arrived in the capital, Pape’ete, I could tell that I would not be disappointed by the trip that I had dreamed of for decades. Stepping off the plane, I inhaled the warm, fresh air and visually devoured the brightly coloured tropical flowers and sparkling azure-blue water.

Sweet Luxury

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Who has not dreamed of escaping into the lap of luxury? Of closing one’s eyes and breathing in deeply as a warm wave of sumptuous relaxation envelops one’s body? Safe, secure and detached, this is what enjoying the moment really means. But what if you could enhance this exquisite sense of timelessness, this feeling of living in the now, by having it all steeped in the style and intrigue of ancient Spain?

GO AHEAD! TRACK MUD INTO THE HOUSE

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Its name is mud — mudroom that is. But despite the unpromising moniker, in today’s houses, mudrooms are taking on new importance and lots of style.  No longer an afterthought, “Eighty per cent of the large renovations we do have mudrooms on the wish list,” says builder Dave Evans, partner at Cliff and Evans Ltd., a construction company in Toronto.

Finding Warmth in a Winter Wonderland

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Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. It’s time to hunker down and enjoy the warmth of the great indoors. At this time of year, there are few spaces more inviting than a well-designed bedroom, outfitted with beautiful linens, puffy duvets and fluffy throws. That goes for cozy living rooms and dens, too, where cushions and coverlets encourage us to sit a spell and warm up by a crackling fire.  Here’s a selection of products to help you create rooms that shut out winter’s cold.

LOVE BEGINS AT HOME

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She is a first-time homeowner who loves her home. But don’t dismiss her declaration as simply a passing fancy that might not survive the test of time.

A-OKAY

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This one-of-a-kind mixed-media work by painter Sarah Fecteau is called “It’s not right but it’s okay”. It measures a generous 24-by-30 inches. Galerie Le Balcon…