Toronto

A NEW ENERGY IN PALM BEACH

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The town is a 29-kilometre stretch along a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida. It is no wider than 1.2 kilometres and narrows to about 150 metres at points, covering an area of 27 square kilometres, of which only 10 is land. The rest is water. Oh, and there is sunshine everywhere.

THE JEWEL IN THE TOWN

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Take a small jewel, cut and polish it with care, and its sparkle and shine can rival that of a larger stone. The same holds true for small living spaces. So when designer Linda Mazur took on a semi-detached home in the Junction, she set out to turn it into a little gem its new owners could treasure for years.

RAVINE RETREAT

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As Sophia Kelly sips coffee at the small desk off her kitchen, she also drinks in the lovely view of her ravined backyard in Scarborough. She and her husband, Jeffrey Dean Kelly, couldn’t be happier with the way interior designer Cynthia Soda transformed the living space of their 1950s bungalow.

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

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This exquisite modern home was born out of tragedy after a fire destroyed much of the interior of the traditional Tudor-style structure. While the facade of the house was salvaged, much of the interior was burned and the family of four who lived there found themselves working with a clean slate.

TRANSFORMED INTO A LIFESTYLE OASIS

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The recherché Beaches area of Toronto is replete with quaint examples of early 20th century architecture. With its distinctive modern edge, the front facade of this recently built home stands out from those around it.

POSITIVELY PALM SPRINGS

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Erin Kleinberg, former fashion designer and current advertising agency executive, had a vision.  What her mind’s eye saw was her tiny Cedarvale-area cottage transformed into an oasis of Palm Springs chic. It’s a look embraced by such international designers as American Jonathan Adler and Australian Greg Natale, refined and minimal with a touch of old-Hollywood glamour.

THE MOZART OF MISSONI, THE COLOUR OF CONGREVE

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This time, it was the winter 2018 show. And it was no less intimidating than my first visit in September 2017. You may recall from my report of that visit that the event is staged in the centre’s eight halls, which cover a mind-boggling 246,000 square metres. Seeing all of the exhibits is impossible.

THANK YOU, MOM

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We don’t need a special occasion to tell our mothers how much we love them; we can do that every day. However, Mother’s Day gives us an opportunity to shower them with carefully chosen gifts. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect present for your mom.

TO YOUR HEALTH!

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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.