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SPRING INTO A TIDY HOME

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Springtime: the return of an instinctual, almost visceral, need to clear out and clean up. Beyond a quick refresh, a seasonal decluttering can have far-reaching benefits, say professional organizers.

LIGHT-FILLED SPACES

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The owner of Barroso Homes, who has been a builder for the past 12 years, has been putting her own unique stamp on luxury contemporary homes for the past eight years. For this Hartfield Avenue home, she made two compromises. To respect the more traditional architecture of the surrounding neighbourhood, she would tone down her usual approach, which is highly and boldly modern.

HAPPY TO BE HOME

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Homeowner Marie-Josée Lepine smiles every time she enters her Candiac home and sees the foyer’s bold floral black-and-white tiling. “I can’t help it,” she says, laughing. “Their design is so playful that they immediately put me in a more joyful and relaxed ‘glad-to-be-home-again’ mood.”

KEEPING IT REAL

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Jana Webb’s semi-detached home in The Beaches neighbourhood is under renovation. But the star of Real Housewives of Toronto says her new yoga studio in Yorkville is more of a natural habitat for her. Get ready to learn all about Joga

THE STRONG AND INTENSE TYPE

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When Behr launched its 2018 Colour of the Year earlier this year, the North American paint manufacturer captured the public imagination by erecting a full-sized, pop-up house in the middle of New York’s Grand Central Station.

HIGH STYLE ON A LOWER STOREY

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Essential to the look are plenty of pale surfaces. Walls, trim and ceilings are the same pure white in varying finishes. Played against this snowy backdrop is wide-plank engineered oak flooring in a white oak finish throughout the condo.

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.

BRIGHT, LIGHT AND WHITE

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Sleek mirrors, acrylic-and-glass cabinetry, and marble and mini-crystal tiles contribute to the beauty of the Simoni family’s condominium and its stunning penthouse views.